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 →
Phablet fans who double as T-Mobile customers won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy Note, according to TmoNews. New purported T-Mobile planner documents obtained by TmoNews suggest that the popular Note will be hitting store shelves on August 8th, roughly six months after the device debuted on rival carrier AT&T. TmoNews says that the device had originally been rumored to drop July 11th, so the new release date represents something of an unofficial delay for the Note on T-Mobile. “Let’s hope T-Mobile can nail down an official date soon, before the Note II drops,” the site writes. More →
Samsung on Friday announced that channel sales of its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II smartphone lines have topped 50 million units globally. Roughly 24 million Galaxy S-branded smartphones have been sold into channels since the phone’s debut in June 2010 according to Samsung, and the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant has sold more than 28 million Galaxy S II smartphones into distribution channels to date. Samsung also confirmed that sales of its debut “phablet,” the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, have topped 7 million units around the world. The company announced in March that it sold more than 5 million Notes at that point in time, and Samsung hopes to sell at least 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones this year.
Apple and Samsung each reported record first-quarter results last week and according to research conducted by one analyst, the companies combined to account for all mobile industry profits last quarter. Apple last week reported $11.6 billion in profit on $39.2 billion in sales, both second fiscal quarter records for Apple, and Samsung managed a best-ever profit of $4.5 billion in the same quarter, $3.9 billion of which came from its IT & Mobile Communications business. Read on for more. More →
Samsung’s smartphone-tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note, is currently available exclusively on AT&T in the United States. According to leaked images published by TmoNews, however, the supersized handset will soon be making its way onto T-Mobile. Subscribers on the nation’s fourth-largest carrier were previously limited to software hacks in order to grant the popular “phablet” access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. The leaked images suggest that the device is running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and contains the usual preloaded T-Mobile apps — Name ID, Mall, TV and My T-Mobile. No details regarding a launch time frame were made available. More →
Chinese handset maker ZTE said it could ship 100 million smartphones a year by 2015, Reuters reported on Monday. The company sold 15 million phones in 2011 and is looking to sell upwards of 50 million this year. “As handsets contribute more to overall revenue, it will affect our profit margins,” executive director He Shiyou said. “In 2012, our aim is to increase handset margins.” Following the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, ZTE will release two smartphone-tablet hybrids — affectionately referred to as “phablets” — in 2012. “We want to come up with the next generation of a Galaxy Note-type product — a combo product of handsets and tablets,” Lv Qianhao, ZTE’s head of handset strategy, said. ZTE has previously focuses on the low-end market, though recently it has made a push to compete on the same level as Samsung and Apple. Unlike many of its competitors, however, ZTE may face problems and set backs due to its lack of brand awareness. “People who buy Apple and Samsung have greater brand awareness so they might not take chances with a little-known brand, especially one from China,” said Teck-Zhung Wong, a Beijing-based analyst for research firm IDC. “No one really knows ZTE outside China.” More →