Samsung last week introduced the Samsung Galaxy S IV in Times Square, New York and now there is already talk about the company unveiling their next tablet the Galaxy Tab 3 in Berlin during IFA in September.
It’s also been said that the Galaxy Note III will showcase next to the Galaxy Tab 3 during IFA as well. No specifications on either device were given with this tip from an insider who shared it with SamMobile.
LG wasn’t the only company that decided to crash Samsung’s Event in Times Square, New York. HTC sent some reps along with the HTC One to grab some of the attention away from The Galaxy S 4. The reps showed off the sound quality and “ultrapixel camera” on the handset.
A lot of the viewers were impressed with what they saw, a lady shared “Better than Samsung”, a gentleman talked about how the handset looked saying “It’s slick, smooth, I’m gonna tell you something, it’s sexy!” and another guy even said, “I might have to switch from my iPhone.”
You can view the video below.
T-Mobile is gearing up to flip the switch on their LTE network. Today they began pushing out software updates for Android version 4.1.2/ Software T889UVBMB4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new update introduces LTE support along with other improvements for the device.
Joining the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s 4G / LTE will be the BlackBerry Z10. In testing the LTE network Laptop Magazine is showing download speeds of 58.8 Mbps and uploads at 25.5 Mbps. Keep in mind those numbers are from a tower not under any type of load so probably wont be real world numbers when LTE goes live.
The software update will take place OTA (Over The Air) and if you want to read more about the update you can follow this link.
LTE will go live first in Las Vegas, NV and Kansas City. The plan is to cover 100 million people by mid 2013 and 200 million by years end.
BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins speaks on Apple’s iPhone in an interview with Australian Financial Review and feels “The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old”, in other words he feels it’s outdated.
Heins did acknowledge “Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market”, he also stated, “They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.”
Technology on smartphones has advanced in the last few years and consumers are always looking for the next best thing and Heins feels “the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.” BlackBerry can relate as the company took a big hit once touchscreen devices became the new standard.
“One area that the new BlackBerry phones had surpassed the iPhone was in the ability to multi-task-running multiple apps at once” said, Heins. This allows for users to work on their smartphone as if they were working on their laptop or desktop. Read more
Allen Engstrom did what many people accidental do, he left his iPad out for someone else to find. Anyone who loses an electronic device knows there is not much you can do other than beat yourself up over it and go purchase a new one. Engstrom left his iPad on a flight from Phoenix to Denver last month. Upon realizing his mistake he wrote the iPad off and moved on.
A month later Engstrom’s son was playing with his phone and asked who the women in the pictures was. To everyones surprise his iPad was updating his Photo Stream with the new users self-portraits. Read more
BlackBerry is opening their doors to Android and iOS with a security solution for both work and personal data on mobile devices, BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space. Managed by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) users will have a solution for third-party platforms. These solutions will provided secured client applications for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing.
An update for BES 10 will extend BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit. It will also, provide separation between your work and personal data on your device.
“With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry’s only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,” said David J Smith, EVP, Enterprise Mobile Computing. “With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we’re extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 offers administrators a single, intuitive platform enabling them to effectively and securely manage a variety of devices while protecting their corporate assets and at the same time providing employees the flexibility they desire.”
Secure Work Space is a solution that enables customers to save considerable effort and expense, as they would no longer have to configure and manage expensive VPN solutions.
BlackBerry feels they offer a very “secure and reliable solution” with their Secure Work Space and that it’s a “clear choice for enterprises and governments” to support BYOD policies.
Beta testing for Secure Work Space is already in testing and official availability will be offered by the end of the second quarter. More details we will made available at the BlackBerry Live conference in May.
Today is Samsung’s big day and the company has been advertising “Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy” in Time Square as they prepare to announce the Galaxy S IV tonight.
LG has decided to make their presence known. Above Samsung’s ad space LG placed an ad that simply states “LG Optimus G is here 4 you now!”
That’s great marketing by LG, but Samsung faithful will be unfazed as the event unfolds tonight.
Don’t forget you can watch the Samsung Galaxy S 4 event live tonight. 7 Eastern / 4 Pacific. Not sure if anything new will be announced outside of what we already know with all the leaks leading up to tonights event. You can watch it live at SamsungMobile.
If you miss the live event it will be available shortly after the conclusion. Any of our readers headed to Times Square tonight to watch it on the big screen?
Andy Rubin, founder of Android has decided that he is going to leave the Android team and start a “new chapter at Google”.
Android has a global partnership of over 60 manufactures, over 750 million devices activated (globally) and about 25 billion applications have been downloaded from the Google Play Store, under Rubin’s leadership.
Taking his place will be Sundar Pichai, who currently works with Chrome and Apps.
Larry Page, CEO stated in their Official Blog:
“So while Andy’s a really hard act to follow, I know Sundar will do a tremendous job doubling down on Android as we work to push the ecosystem forward”.
Verizon is set to accept BlackBerry Z10 pre-orders starting tomorrow March 14th at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. The BlackBerry Z10 will come in white or black and will be available online or in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28th.
Priced the same as AT&T, the BlackBerry handset will be $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. You can follow this link to get your pre-order in.
- 4.2-inch LCD display
- 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
- 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 2 GB of RAM
- 1800 mAh Li-Lon battery (removable)
- 32 Gb of storage
LifeProof has been in the case game for a few years now. They advertise their cases as being water, dirt, snow, and shock proof. I caught up with the folks at LifeProof at CES this year and took a look at what they had to offer now. They graciously sent me some review samples to put through the paces. This review has been a long time coming, but I wanted to be fair and honest with it, so I used both cases for over a month before deciding to jot down my thoughts. Well, here it goes…