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Some lucky fellas have been enjoying the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on their Galaxy S II units since this morning, but those based in the UK will have to wait another week.

Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Korea are the markets in the first wave of the update roll-out, with UK (among others) to follow shortly. The exact quote that Pocket-lint.com managed to get from Samsung is that the update will start seeding in Britain in the week commencing March 19, which is exactly 6 days from now.

And with the Galaxy S II update already rolling out, the Samsung R&D center is already shifting its attention towards the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 duo. Those should be the next devices in the company’s lineup to get official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates.

Finally, Samsung confirmed that it will be delivering Android 2.3 Gingerbread Value Pack updates for the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy Tab 7″, the Galaxy S Plus, the Galaxy W and the Galaxy from the end of March. The update will be bringing Face Unlock and other ICS features to the smart devices that won’t be getting to taste Android ICS officially.

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Smartphones are now available in different shapes and sizes. In fact some has grown a bit bigger and larger than usual. There are some people that still long for a smartphone that they can place comfortably in their pockets. This is what the new Samsung Galaxy Pocket is designed for.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a new Android smartphone that caters to those who still want to have their mobile phone always handy in their pants pockets. This mobile phone is only 11.98mm thin and weighs 97 grams. It also comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display that features the convenient TouchWiz user interface for smoother navigation. It comes with a 3GB user memory with an SD card slot for an additional 32GB storage space as well as WiFi and HSDPA 3.6 connectivity for faster Web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is set to first arrive in UK shores sometime this year and possibly to other countries as well. No pricing details have yet been provided.

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The Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T is bound to bring a massive dash of toughness to the Korean giant’s Android ranks. Compliant with MIL-STD-810f military grade standard, the handset will also enable Samsung to compete in yet another smartphone segment of the already saturated U.S. market.

While it is no secret that Samsung’s smartphone lineup in the United States is difficult to keep track of due to its sheer size, a rugged device had been a notable omission until the arrival of the subject of today’s feature.

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Despite being a newcomer to the U.S. market, the Samsung Rugby Smart is hardly a revolution in terms of design or specifications. What Samsung have done essentially, is put the single-core, 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU and Snapdragon chipset of the Galaxy W into the casing of the Galaxy Xcover. Add a 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen to the mix and there goes the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T. Here is the full list of key features for you.

Key Features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • MIL-STD-810f ruggedness standard compliant
  • 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU; Adreno 205 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset; 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage, microSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 3.7″ Super AMOLED display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution; 252ppi pixel density
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera; HD (720p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
  • Rich video format support out of the box
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Hot-spot and DLNA connectivity
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS; Digital compass
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • DivX/XviD/X264 video support
  • Office document viewer/editor
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash 11 support

Main disadvantages

  • Not exactly a looker
  • Hardware is not exactly at the cutting edge
  • No dedicated camera button

As you can notice at its key features above, the Samsung Rugby Smart is not exactly at the cutting edge of the Android realm today. The smartphone surely is not a looker either. Instead, the handset is here to offer its potential users solid functionality, without compromising on toughness.

In case you haven’t heard, a new version of Angry Birds is being released. But unlike the original version we have seen on iOS, Android, PC, Google+, and Facebook, Angry Birds Space will be available exclusively to Samsung Galaxy Note. I could hear a chorus of consternation nearby.

Rovio’s latest creation was formally unveiled at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Angry Birds Space, as you can tell from the title, puts the laws of gravity and weightlessness into the fray of this physics-based trajectory game. Users will find a bonus level of play, as well as a free Danger Zone add-on, which consists of 30 levels that would be available to the public as an in-app purchase.

Angry Birds Space will officially debut on March 22.

Source: Engadget

Just as we were getting ready to get it on March 15, we got even better news. Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II will be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on March 10 – less than 48 hours from now.

The globally available I9100 will be the only version, which will receive the update at the moment. The TouchWiz-ed firmware will be available both on Kies and OTA.

As you can see in the screenshot above, Face Unlock, Android Beam, and mobile data usage are among the major improvements which will come with the update. In a rather interesting fashion, flash support and Bluetooth 3.0 HS will not be supported due to an “ICS OS feature.”

Samsung also warn against updating your device while running a customized or unofficial firmware on it. Apparently, unexpected problems might arise during installation.

It is needless to tell you that we will be checking regularly our office I9100 for the update. In case you upgrade your own handset, feel free to drop us a line with your impressions in the comments section.

Thanks to everyone, who sent this in!

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Mobiado has partnered with luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin to create their latest Grand Touch Aston Martin edition.

Just like the previous Grand Touch smartphone, this one, too is a Samsung Nexus S underneath, but it’s pimped out with a really expensive case on top. It can be made out of a solid aircraft aluminum or solid brass with yellow or rose gold. Below that some ebony wood or mother of pearl can be inserted depending on your taste.

Of course, the other part of the phone isn’t so exquisite and packs the usual Nexus S hardware, like the 4-inch WVGA screen, 5MP camera at the back, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Quite unfortunately, the device comes with Gingerbread pre-installed, but being a Nexus device, you can easily update it to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich.

Not that you are going to be bothered, because to buy this device, you’ll need to have more money than sense. Official pricing is not unveiled, but we imagine yellow gold, aircraft aluminum and ebony wood don’t come cheap.

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Rumors continue to pile up as to when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S III launch, but it appears a source that should definitely be in the know is now pegging it for April.

Speaking with Samsung’s marketing and advertising agency Cheil WorldwideZDNet Korea has learned that the agency is preparing for an April debut of the Galaxy S III.  Apparently the big push is going to be in the U.K., one of the launch territories for the follow-up to the ultra-popular Galaxy S II line.  This is partially planned due to the impending Summer 2012 Olympics to be held in and around London, giving them the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for the phone with people from all over the world.

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When we learned that the phone would not debut at Mobile World Congress, the only hint we were given to a launch date was there would be a dedicated press event in the first half of the year.  Well, April falls in that time frame, and it also happens to line up with another rumor we heard back in January.  Perhaps April truly will be when this highly anticipated phone will finally see its big debut.

Despite its oddball proportions the Samsung Galaxy Note phoneblet has manged to be quite popular among those with big hands (and pockets). The first million mark was passed in just two months after the launch of the device and now two months later since that event, the Galaxy Note has crossed the 2 million mark.

Of course, these are not the actual sales but merely the number of devices that have been shipped till date but nonetheless it’s quite an achievement for a device in a fairly new category that a lot of people believe shouldn’t exist in the first place. In comparison, however, Samsung managed to ship over 10 million Galaxy S II in the first five months. And let’s not even get into comparison with the iPhone 4S, which Samsung often chooses to mock in its ads, that sold 4 million units in just over the weekend after its launch.

However, Samsung has much higher expectations from the Galaxy Note. Talking to Forbes, it has revealed that it intends to ship another 10 million units before the end 2012

Samsung Launches Low-Cost Android 4.0 Tablet

By Mikael RicknäsIDG News    Feb 13, 2012 10:30 pm

 

Samsung Electronics has launched the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), the first of its tablets to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and its own Touchwiz user interface, the company said on Monday.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)The latest addition to Samsung’s tablet portfolio is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and has a 7-inch screen with a 1024-by-600 pixel resolution.

The tablet will cost about €270 (US$350) excluding taxes for the Wi-Fi version, according to a statement from Samsung in Sweden, which also says that it will start shipping in March.

Samsung will also sell a 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), which can function as a phone and connects to the Internet using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) at 21mbps.

The tablet is 0.41 inches (10.5 millimeters) thick and weighs 0.75 pounds (344 grams), compared to the iPad 2, which is 0.34 inches (8.8 millimeters) thick and weighs 1.32 pounds (601 grams).

The specification also includes two cameras; 8, 16, or 32GB of integrated storage and MicroSD card slot; and a 4000 mAh battery that should last for up to 39 hours, according to Samsung.

With a lower price, Samsung hopes to attract a larger audience to its tablets. Sales of Android-based tablets more than tripled during the fourth quarter of 2011, but Apple still dominates the market, according to a recent report from Strategy Analytics. The Android camp had a 39.1 percent share of global tablet shipments, compared to 29 percent a year earlier. Apple’s share dropped from 68.2 percent to 57.6 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

Upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS screenshots leak

CrackBerry.com has acquired an internal email from RIM, which shows off the UI of their next generation OS, the BlackBerry 10. The hardware in the pictures below might be current the current 9860 but the OS is all new.


In this picture we can see the new homescreen, which is quite a bit different from the one we saw before. You can see large widgets on the screen that remind you of the live tiles in Windows Phone. And they are not static either and you can see information like weather, call information, album art and current location on a map on the respective widgets. There is also a new bar at the bottom that vaguely reminds us a bit of Nokia’s Belle OS.

Moving on, we have the application drawer here. Looking at the screenshot it’s hard to say which direction it scrolls in. We can’t find the usual tabs at the top of the drawer as in the current OS 7 either, so maybe RIM has gone for a single, long list. We can see new icons, as well as a folder that you can use to put icons in. It’s unclear how you invoke this application drawer from the homescreen.

Finally, we have an image of the in-call screen, showing a large picture of the caller on top and large touch buttons, including one for video calls, below.

Overall, the new BlackBerry 10 is looking quite promising. Unfortunately, there will be quite a wait before we could actually get our hands on it.

Chinon Unveils Bargain Tablets

The Chinon Swift-7 costs just $160, while the Swift-10 costs $280.

By Jeff Bertolucci  Feb 14, 2012 7:15 am

Chinon USA Monday announced two low-cost Android tablets targeted at cost-conscious buyers. The 7-inch Chinon Swift-7 costs $160, while the 9.7-inch Chinon Swift-10 is $280.

Both tablets run Android 2.3–a disappointing choice what with new Android slates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 featuring version 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The smaller Swift-7 is aggressively priced. In fact, it’s $40 less than Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire.

How do they compare? Both tablets have 7-inch screens, but the Kindle Fire’s 1024 x 600 resolution is higher than the Swift-7’s 800 x 600.

Unlike the Fire–but like Apple’s iPad–both Chinon displays (7- and 9.7-inch) have a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Expandable Storage

The Kindle Fire has more storage, too: 8GB (with 6GB available for user content) versus the Swift’-7’s 4GB. That’s enough room, Chinon says, for about 2,000 songs, 40,000 photos, or four full-length movies.

You can add storage to the Swift-7 or Swift-10 via a Micro SD memory card slot. Battery life for both Swift tablets is approximately five hours.

Like the Kindle Fire, the Swift-7 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi. Unlike the Fire, the Swift-7 has a front-facing camera with a not-so-great 640 x 480 resolution. (Given the tablet’s $160 price, it might be too greedy to expect anything better.)

The Swift-10 has two cameras–front and rear–each 2 megapixels. Like the iPad 2, its 9.7-inch IPS display has a 1024 x 768 resolution.

Chinon USA is clearly aiming for the bargain end of the burgeoning tablet market. The Swift specs suggest a so-so slate experience–which may be good enough for users who simply want to check email, watch the occasional YouTube video, and, yes, play Angry Birds.

Then again, the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook may very well offer a better user experience for a mere $40 more.

In the 10-inch market, the Swift-10 faces stiff competition from a host of Android challengers, many of which are priced only slightly higher. For instance, the Wi-Fi version of the aforementioned Galaxy Tab 2, which runs Android 4.0, will cost around $350 when it ships in March.

And don’t forget about the iPad 2, which Apple may continue to sell at a reduced price, once the iPad 3 (allegedly) arrives next month.