Samsung devices exposed to security risks through Exynos vulnerability

Over the weekend, users over at XDA-developers have discovered a significant vulnerability in the kernel for a number of Samsung devices. Apparently, an application can exploit this vulnerability to gain full R/W access to all physical memory on devices that use the Exynos 4210 or 4412 chipsets, which power some of the most popular Android devices on the market, including the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2. XDA members have created a patch for the vulnerability, but it causes the devices' camera to become inoperable. Samsung have been notified about the issue, but... Continue reading

Optus handset news – Samsung Galaxy S II & III Jelly Bean updates approved

Optus have updated their handset update status page today with some big news. The Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update has been approved, and deployment is imminent. No dates as yet but it won't be far off. Also big news for Samsung Galaxy S II owners, as their Jelly Bean update has also been approved and is expected early January. A maintenance update to the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G is also under testing and is expected any time now. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update appears to be some way... Continue reading

Telstra Android handset update news

Once again, Telstra have provided an update on the status of their Android handset updates. It seems most devices with an impending update are set to receive them before the year's end. The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update is now rolling out as we speak. According to Telstra, the update is going to be staggered across the next two weeks: Day 1-3 : 10k of devices selected at random to be eligible for update, users are either alerted via FOTA Push Message or by manually checking Day 4-13: An additional 10% of devices... Continue reading

Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked early

According to Slashgear, a Seoul newspaper has jumped the gun slightly early ahead of the August 29th Launch at IFA in Germany and leaked the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Apparently it will have: a 5.5" Super 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4412 CPU, 3G/4G — the precise 4G Bands are not known so we don't know if it will be compatible with the Telstra 4G network here, 8MP camera, Android 4.1(Jelly Bean), and 16 or 32GB internal storage. Sounds like a pretty sweet piece of hardware with the Wacom stylus and digitizer on-board. Just a couple of days till the... Continue reading

Rumour: The next Nexus phone could possibly only be a minor upgrade on the Galaxy Nexus

Ahh, I love this time of year. The rumour mill for the next Nexus phone from Google is starting to ramp up and here we go, is advising that the next Nexus phone we see will be from Samsung and be only a minor iterative upgrade from the Galaxy Nexus(GT-i9250) and more along the lines of a Googleified version of the Galaxy S III. The new Nexus will be model # GT-i9260 and will have the same sized screen but will get a CPU speed bump from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz although it will remain as a Dual-Core and not... Continue reading

Samsung looks set to unpack the Galaxy Note 10.1 at August 15th event in the US

We saw today that Samsung confirmed that the August 29th Event in Germany was to launch the Galaxy Note 2, so that leaves the Galaxy Note 10.1 and from the look of the above invite that is being sent out to US press that's exactly what Samsung plan to launch at the August 15th event. The graphic on the invite appears to represent a tablet form factor and seems to show a place for the stylus in the bottom left. That's an interesting slogan as well 'Meet the new way' considering the Note 10.1 will be their first S-Pen... Continue reading

Optus Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich update approved for rollout

Looks like the Galaxy Note or its successor is all the news today, the Optus software update page has also been updated to advise that just like Vodafone they have approved the update for their network and are waiting on the manufacturer to roll it out to customers, Samsung has yet to comment on the rollout for the phone on either network but I would again urge Galaxy Note owners to ensure that their Kies software on PC or Mac is up to date in case Samsung decides to roll it out via their desktop software rather... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to be Unpacked at IFA in Berlin on August 29th

This is the invite that has been sent out to press over the last few days inviting them to an unpacked event at the IFA trade show in Germany at the end of August, much speculation abounded on the inclusion of the stylus in the graphic on the invitation and conclusions were drawn that the Galaxy Note 2 was to be announced, now a Samsung spokesperson has confirmed it to a Reuters reporter who advised : We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29 Rumours have been out there... Continue reading

Samsung sends out ‘Save the date’ invites for event in the US on August 15th

Samsung has been sending out 'Save the date' emails to press for an event to be held by Samsung America next month to show off their 'Newest Galaxy device'. The email that the press are receiving is promising a major product announcement but little else in regards to what. Two rumoured products which are supposedly close to being launched are the Galaxy Note 2 which was thought to be being launched at IFA in Berlin later next month or the long awaited Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet which was first shown off at Mobile World Congress in Spain earlier this... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III – 32gb variant available in store, and so’s pebble blue

We've received a few tips today indicating that the Galaxy S III is now available in its 32gb variant, and not only this - but in the much sought-after Pebble Blue colour. We've received tips from well placed sources indicating that Vodafone currently has them in stock across its store network, with Optus and Telstra tipped to receive stock in coming days. For Vodafone customers (or those prepared to become one), you'll find 32gb devices available at most (if not all) stores, and the price point is delicious - just $5 more than the 16gb model. That's not bad... Continue reading

Rumour : Galaxy Note II coming this October

After they announced recently that they have sold over 7 million Galaxy Note handsets, Samsung must be feeling pretty good about themselves and looking towards what they can do in terms of offering a successor, to that end UbuntuLife are reporting that Samsung are looking at launching one in October. The newer model will sport a 5.5-inch display 1680×1050 resolution WSXGA+ screen @ 360ppi but that the screen will be Pentile, they are also stating that it is likely to be the Exynos 5250 chipset running it with 1.5GB RAM, an 8 MegaPixel Camera and 4G/LTE... Continue reading

Register your interest in Samsung Galaxy products with Virgin Mobile

The day of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III we saw pages where you could register your interest in Samsung Galaxy products with the three major carriers, nothing specifically stating the Galaxy S III disappointingly but it's a start. Now Virgin Mobile has tweeted a link to register your interest in Samsung Galaxy Products that they sell, whilst again not obviously stating that it's to sign up to be notified of the launch of the Galaxy S III, I can`t really see any other reason for putting this link up at this time. Head on over... Continue reading