Samsung loves their Galaxy line and they’ve just added another one called the Galaxy Grand. Running the latest iteration of the TouchWiz UI which includes all the usual Touchwiz enhancements such as: S Voice, Multi-Window, AllShare Play, Direct Call, Smart Alert, Popup Play and Software, Social and Music Hubs. The Grand comes with a 5″ screen that sports a very underwhelming resolution of 480×800 pixel, making this screen best suited to someone who needs larger icons. The rest of the specs are decidedly mid-range but the true test will be where the price will be, at a low to mid-range[Read More...]
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The other day the Optus Update page advised that the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III had been approved and was awaiting distribution by Samsung, well it appears that this rollout has now begun with many users tweeting us to advise they have received the update on their phones. The update takes the software version from 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and is rolling out Over The Air now. In terms of release these OTA updates are generally staggered however the update is usually available immediately via KIES. If you would like to[Read More...]
Earlier today, we posted about a security vulnerability that affects certain Samsung devices. True to form, some of the guys at XDA have posted a fix already. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing. It doesn’t require your phone to be rooted, and it’s completely reversible, but it might screw up your phone’s front-facing camera and HDMI output. Until Samsung releases an update, it’s probably a good idea to install this. Click here to head over to Project Voodoo and download the application.
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 haven’t[Read More...]
A couple of days ago we received an email from a company called aussiePADS, telling us that they are busy developing a new, Australian-made Android tablet based on the 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor. For those of you playing at home, you’ll realise this is the very same chip inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note II. This is one powerful System on a Chip (SoC) and aussiePADS are building a tablet based on this. Not only will it feature an Exynos 4, but we’re told it will feature the following specs: Mali-400 MP4 GPU 2GB DDR3[Read More...]
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 off as Optus have yet to receive[Read More...]
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 are selected[Read More...]
Looks like owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G are about to receive their Ice Cream Sandwich update finally, with Craig Ruhan from Telstra advising via the Crowd Support Forums that the Samsung has advised that the update will begin rolling out to the handsets from 5PM tomorrow : All, Samsung have informed us that the GS2 4G ICS update will commence deployment from 5:00 PM Friday 14 December. The FOTA deployment will be “staggered” : Day 1-3 : 10k of devices selected at random to be eligible for update, users are either alerted via FOTA Push Message or[Read More...]
It’s been a loooooong wait and Samsung has certainly been a major factor in the reason behind the wait, but it appears the wait is nearly over for Vodafone Galaxy Nexus owners with this weeks latest software update blog advising that the upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.04) to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) is ‘Approved, awaiting roll out by Google’. To prompt your phone to check for a software update you can go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now for update. The rollout hasn’t begun as yet as far as we know and even[Read More...]
Samsung’s newest Chromebook is based on the ARM architecture. Can it replace a netbook or a tablet? The Chromebook is an enigma. A laptop that is confusing to some and a Godsend to others. Most people have used a laptop with a Windows or Mac Operating System on it. When I tell people that this notebook has a Google Operating System on it many of them look confused. It’s when I ask them what browser they use that the lights come on. I’m finding that lots of people use the Chrome browser! Many still use Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer[Read More...]
When Samsung launched the Note II 4G in Australia on 14 November many people were disappointed that Telstra delayed their launch until ‘early 2013′. Perhaps in response to the negative feedback they received on their blog, Telstra today announced that they were able to ‘accelerate development’ and the Note II 4G will be available from Telstra stores commencing Boxing Day (26 December). The Note II 4G has been available from grey importers for a while now, and from Optus and Vodafone for the past few weeks, but many people have been holding out to pick one up on a Telstra[Read More...]
Samsung is at it again, presumably taking advantage of a recent statement from the Victorian Police which advised iOS users against using Apple Maps after the Mildura Police had to rescue some people who had followed directions from the Apple Maps software to the Victorian town of Mildura, that landed them smack bang in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park which is in reality, 70 Kilometres away from the town. The latest Samsung stunt has seen them today park a Nissan Patrol 4WD in Australia Square in Sydney and a VW Combi Van in Southern Cross Station in[Read More...]
Looks like all models of the new Samsung built Nexus 10 are now out of stock in the Google Play store, with one of our regular readers Alexei pointing this out this morning. With no news from Google on when new stock is expected to arrive customers are now faced with the agonizing decision of waiting for Google to replenish the stock and release them to the Play Store or look at other options in 10″ tablets. My initial thoughts on the Nexus 10 which I purchased on launch day lead me to tell people to wait, the tablet is[Read More...]