When Samsung (005930) announced the S-Pen stylus with the Galaxy Note, we, like the rest of the world, laughed it off. The stylus was a big accessory in the days of the Palm Pilot and other PDA devices, however times had changed. Since the rise of the modern smartphone, the stylus was effectively killed of, or so we thought. Samsung has since expanded its S-Pen offering to its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and it is one of the company’s largest selling points. To ensure that we will never be without the stylus ever again, Samsung has invested in Wacom, a company know for its digital drawing pads and stylus pens. Samsung has acquired a 5% stake in the manufacturer, who are actually the ones behind the company’s S-Pen, for a mere $58.2 million.
While there’s been some speculation that Samsung may announce the Galaxy S IV at Mobile World Congress next month, it would seem the company is planning to announce a new tablet instead. According to SamMobile, Samsung (005930) is planning to unveil a mid-range 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet at the annual trade show in Barcelona. The slate is rumored to come with a 1280 x 800 display, 2GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The device may also include a microSD slot, 3G connectivity, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 4.2 and storage options of either 16GB or 32GB. Like Samsung’s other Note devices, the 8-inch tablet will also support the company’s unique S-Pen stylus. More →
The Galaxy S III isn’t the only device getting new software features. Samsung (005930) confirmed on its website that the original Galaxy Note will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which should mean it’ll run faster thanks to UI enhancements from “Project Butter.” Samsung-specific features including multi-window view for true multitasking, pop-up apps, photo frame mode, enhanced S Note and Google Now will also be available in the “Premium Suite” update. Essentially, the Galaxy Note will gain many of the features already available in the Galaxy Note II. The company didn’t provide any firm details on when the update will be released, but it should be any day now.
Samsung (005930) hasn’t had as much luck with tablets as it’s had with smartphones, but it looks like the company is taking another shot at the tablet market with a new seven-inch version of the Galaxy Note. SamMobile has found a new DLNA certification for a Samsung device called the Samsung GT-N5100 that “has been sized between” seven and nine inches. Although we don’t know for sure yet that this new tablet will be part of Samsung’s Note series, AndroidGuys says that all “previous Note products start with GT-N” in their certifications just as the new Samsung product does. So far Samsung has released Galaxy Note models in the 5- and 10-inch ranges, so releasing one in the 7-inch range seems like a logical next step.
We’ve been hearing about companies deploying iPads to their workforces for a long time now, but Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note phablet is about to get some love from Corporate America as well. American Airlines on Wednesday said that it would be giving Galaxy Notes to all 17,000 of its flight attendants to use as in-flight data management devices that will provide “greater access to more information about the customers onboard their flight.” More →
Even though Samsung (005930) wasn’t happy to get slapped with a $1 billion verdict in the recent Apple (AAPL) patent trial, the company could at least take some comfort that its top-selling products from this year weren’t part of the suit and weren’t likely to face potential sales bans. That may be about to change, however, as AppleInsider reports that Apple has added both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note to a separate complaint that it filed this past February that asserted eight utility patents against 17 different Samsung products. More →
Samsung (005930) on Wednesday revealed during its press event for the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in New York City that its smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, has sold more than 10 million units worldwide. Sales of the supersized smartphone have surpassed the South Korean manufacturer’s goal of selling 10 million units globally by the end of 2012. Samsung announced in June that sales had reached 7 million units. The Galaxy Note features a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a massive 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display.
T-Mobile subscribers will finally be able to buy Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note phablet on August 8th, around six months after AT&T subscribers first got their hands on the device. T-Mobile is charging $199.99 for the Note with a two-year service agreement on one of its Equipment Installment Plans, or $249.99 with a standard plan. Current rumors suggest that Samsung plans to announce a new version of the Galaxy Note in mid-August, however, so prospective buyers might want to hold onto their cash until they see whether T-Mobile will be getting the Galaxy Note II as well. More →
Android fragmentation is a notorious pain, but it seems some crafty software developers are taking matters into their own hands. Via PocketNow, XDA-Developers forum member XpLoDWilD has posted a preview of the new CyanogenMod 10 that is described as a “free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean” that “can be used without any need to have any Google application installed.” The folks at PocketNow tried installing the mod onto the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note and have, so far, come up with mixed results. More →
Samsung’s supersized smartphone-tablet hybrid is finally official for T-Mobile, though the nation’s No.4 carrier still hasn’t revealed pricing details or a launch date for its first “phablet.” T-Mobile says 77% of its customers yearn for a smartphone with a display larger than 4.5 inches, and those subscribers will soon see their wishes granted — the Galaxy Note features a gorgeous 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an S Pen stylus. An earlier report suggests T-Mobile will launch the Galaxy Note on August 8th, about six months after the phone first debuted on AT&T and less than one month before the handset’s successor, the Galaxy Note II, is expected to be unveiled. T-Mobile’s press release follows below. More →
The “phablet” that started it all is finally confirmed to be launching soon on T-Mobile. The nation’s No.4 carrier posted a note to its official Twitter account on Monday confirming the imminent launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, though no additional details were provided. “We are excited to confirm the Samsung Galaxy Note will be coming to T-Mobile!” a T-Mobile representative wrote. “More info to come.” The Galaxy Note features a gigantic 5.2-inch WXGA Super AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. The news is bittersweet for T-Mobile subscribers, however — Samsung will reportedly unveil its upgraded Galaxy Note II smartphone-tablet hybrid during a press conference next month.
AT&T’s magnificently monstrous “phablet” can finally be counted among the select few smartphones with access to Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. As had been previously reported, Galaxy Note users on AT&T now have access to the latest and greatest Google has to offer — well, almost — and Samsung’s tweaked ICS build for the Note also includes a “Premium Suite” of stylus-optimized apps. Separately, AT&T also announced on Tuesday that Galaxy S II Skyrocket users can now update their devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well. Samsung’s Galaxy Note press release follows below. More →
The slow roll out of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich continues as the Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T will be getting the ICS upgrade treatment on Tuesday along with a “Premium Suite” of Note-specific features designed by Samsung to take advantage of the phablet’s stylus capabilities. Upgrading the Galaxy Note will be huge in helping Google boost the number of Android devices running on Ice Cream Sandwich as the Note has proven to be one of the surprise hits of the year so far, selling in excess of 7 million units to date. CNET got a sneak peak at Android 4.0 on the Note and called the upgrade “subtle, but useful.” More →