Rogers delays some Android Jelly Bean upgrades

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Jan 182013
 
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Rogers has once again updated its OS Upgrades Schedule found on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but ETAs for many have slipped a bit.

The Motorola RAZR HD is now slated for its update in early February (from late January). It will be followed by the Sony Xperia T (LT30a) in mid-February. Bringing up the rear are the the Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-I727R) and Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) with late February ETAs.

On a more positive note and just in case you have missed them somehow, the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X updates are now available.

Rogers does warn “release dates are subject to change.” There could be more changes so you will have to hang on (patiently) a bit longer. If nothing else, kudos to Rogers for updating the timelines regularly.

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Rogers updates Android Jelly Bean upgrade schedule

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Dec 142012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers has updated its OS Upgrades Schedule posted on its Community Forums. All devices on the list are scheduled to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the near future but it’s a mix of bad and good news.

Let’s start with the bad news: Upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) and Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) have slipped to “Early January” and “Late January” respectively from an earlier “Late December” ETA.

And now the good news: Three devices have been added to the list: The Motorola Razr HD, the Sony Xperia T, and the HTC One X. All three are currently scheduled for “Late January” updates.

As Rogers warns, “release dates are subject to change.”

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Rogers provides ETAs for Samsung Galaxy S III and Note Jelly Bean upgrades

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Nov 062012
 

Rogers CommunicationsSamsung Canada has already promised that the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note will be upgraded to Android 4.1 before the holidays. Rogers is now providing a better estimate as to when the updates will roll out through its Community Forums. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-I747M) – Late November
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) – Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) – Late December

As usual with upgrade schedules, Rogers warns that “release dates are subject to change.”

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Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note to get Android 4.1 update before holidays

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Oct 162012
 

Google AndroidThere is good news today for Canadian owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note. Samsung Canada confirmed via Twitter that both devices will receive their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades in the next few weeks:

Exciting news for Note and S III owners! You can expect Jelly Bean to arrive before the holidays!

Time to keep your eyes peeled for that notification!

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Apple adds Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note to patent lawsuit

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Sep 022012
 

AppleOn the heels of its US$1 billion patent infringement victory over Samsung, Apple has amended a second and separate lawsuit to add more devices, including the Galaxy S III smartphone, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Galaxy Note, to a list of products that allegedly infringe some of its patents. In the updated document, Apple accuses Samsung of continuing to “flood the market with copycat products” and “release new infringing products, including its current flagship device, the Galaxy S III.”

Among the patents allegedly infringed upon in this case are the ‘721 “Slide-to-unlock” and the ‘604 “Universal search” patents.

This separate case (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Ltd, et al 12-00630.) has Apple alleging infringement over eight utility patents. It was first filed in February and has already seen Judge Lucy Koh issue an now on hold injunction against the Galaxy Nexus.

Read more: AppleInsider

Samsung has now sold over 10 million Samsung Galaxy Notes

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Aug 152012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung today announced the U.S. launch of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. It also announced today that it has now sold over 10 million Galaxy Note devices across the world. It was only in June that it announced sales of 7 million Notes.

This is quite the achievement considering that many were unsure how this smartphone-tablet hybrid device would be received by global markets. Samsung will unveil a successor, the Galaxy Note 2, at its next Unpacked event on August 29th.

Samsung hit a similar milestone, albeit significantly faster, last month with its Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone.

Read more: Engadget

Rumour: Android 4.1 updates coming to Samsung Galaxy S II, S III, Note and Note 2

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Aug 062012
 

SamsungSamsung will reportedly update a number of its higher-end devices (both older and new) to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year. According to SamMobile, updates will begin this quarter and stretch into the fourth quarter.

The Galaxy S III will be first device to be updated. Since the first reports in July, Samsung has apparently succesfully tested test versions of the new firmware and is now readying the public version. Once completed, it will require Google approval for the deployment to begin. Samsung expects this to happen sometime in Q3.

Updates for both the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note are expected to follow in Q4. Testing is currently underway and going well. Should further testing not go as well though, Samsung could still cancel the update and instead issue a “value pack” update.

As for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 (likely to be announced on August 29th), it remains to be seen whether it will ship with Android 4.0 or 4.1. Testing was done with 4.0 so it may well ship with this version with an update to then follow “a couple of months after.”

Samsung for its part has not confirmed its Android 4.1 plans beyond saying that it would “soon” provide an update on which devices it plans to update.

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Samsung Galaxy Note coming soon to T-Mobile USA

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Jul 172012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteT-Mobile USA today confirmed that it would soon offer the original “phablet,” the Samsung Galaxy Note and promising “an innovative, all-in-one experience that is perfect for work, play and everything in between.”

Consumers are demanding larger smartphone screen sizes. In fact, a recent T-Mobile survey showed 77 percent of consumers prefer a device with a 4.5-inch or larger display rather than a smaller screen. The Galaxy Note speaks directly to that demand with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen — the largest screen on a T-Mobile smartphone. The device is elegantly designed to handle both business and home tasks with ease.

The T-Mobile version will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed along with Samsung’s Premium Suite software.

T-Mobile has not announced specific pricing or availability details, promising only that it will be available in “the coming weeks.” It looks like it will launch just as Samsung is set to announce its successor, the Galaxy Note 2, at IFA 2012 on August 30th.

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Google Android 4.0 update now being pushed to Canadian Samsung Galaxy Note

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Jul 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung Canada today began to push out its Premium Suite upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy Note. The upgrade consists not only of Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but also additional multimedia features and new S Pen optimized applications.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight Canadian customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President Enterprise Business Group at Samsung Canada. “With the Premium Suite upgrade, we added features that enrich the GALAXY Note experience, including the highly anticipated upgrade to Android 4.0 software and innovative applications to S Pen functionality.”

The Premium Suite includes S Note, a tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content. It includes different templates to help with meeting minutes, a diary, and more. S Note also includes Shape Match and Formula Match that let you correct and digitize geometric shapes and even solve mathematical formulas hand-drawn with S Pen.

With Android 4.0, a number of new features such as Face Unlock, Data Usage, and Android Beam are also now available.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Premium Suite upgrade is now being pushed out. I have seen/heard reports from all three major carriers that the upgrades are hitting their devices. If you have not seen it yet, check using Settings, select About phone > System updates > Check Now.

Read more: Samsung Canada

Samsung sells 50 million Galaxy S and S II and 7 million Galaxy Notes

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Jun 012012
 

SamsungOn the heels of the launch of the Galaxy S III (available in Canada on June 20th), Samsung today announced that its predecessors, the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, have together topped sales of 50 million units. The original Galaxy S, available since June 2010, has now sold some 24 million units. Its follow-up, the Galaxy S II has sold 28 million units in 13 months, making it Samsung’s fastest selling device to reach this milestone. Since Samsung’s last sales announcement in February it added an additional 8 million sales.

The Samsung Galaxy S III could well top these impressive numbers. Samsung announced about two weeks ago that pre-orders for its latest Galaxy flagship had topped 9 million.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet also continues to do well. It has now sold over 7 million devices in the 7 months it has been available. It was only two months ago that the Note topped sales of 5 million units.

Samsung shipped some 300 million handsets last year and is aiming to sell 374 million in 2012 with smartphones making up as much as 150 million of that target.

Read more: Samsung (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: The Verge)

Android 4.0 updates begin rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note

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May 112012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung has begun to roll out the Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy Note. Reports from Europe indicate that users have begun to receive notifications of the over-the-air update (and Samsung’s Kies software in Germany). Build XXLPY will update Android to version 4.0.3.

The update, dubbed a “Premium Suite upgrade” by Samsung will not only include Android 4.0 but also extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications such as the new S Note app and widget.

The staggered rollout should expand to other regions in the near future. In Canada, TELUS expects to deploy the update in early June.

Read more: SammyHub

Ceramic white Samsung Galaxy Note comes to Canada

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Apr 042012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung Canada today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note in a glossy ceramic white colour is coming to Canada. Aside from a new coat, it is identical to the black model already available from Bell, Rogers, and TELUS.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers with its incredible versatility and unique user experience and we are excited to introduce a new colour of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note to Canadians,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Mobile Communications at Samsung Canada. “Designed to capture, share and create content like never before, the Galaxy Note combines the power of a tablet with the convenience of a smartphone to bring an all-in-one device to the Canadian marketplace.”

TELUS is already offering the white Galaxy Note (starting at CA$199.99 with a three-year contract) alongside the black model. Rogers has promised (via Twitter) that it is “coming soon.” Don’t be surprised to see it pop up at Bell in the near future as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note tops sales of 5 million

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Mar 282012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung today announced that it has now sold more than 5 million Galaxy Note “phablets” in about five months. Samsung attributes its success to the 5.3-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen and its S-Pen which “recreates the analogue experience of using a real pen.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note was launched five months ago. It topped sales of 2 million units at the beginning of March.sales of 2 million units.

Samsung this week announced that it would delay the release of the Galaxy Note Android 4.0 update to Q2 but that it would be part of a “Premium Suite upgrade” with additional multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications.

The term “phablet” has been coined to describe smartphones with oversized displays like the Galaxy Note’s own 5.3-inch screen. They target an audience looking to have the convenience of both smartphones and tablets in one device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 upgrade pushed to Q2

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Mar 232012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteSamsung yesterday announced that it has pushed out the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy Note from a Q1 release to sometime in Q2. The bad news comes with some good though as the company also announced that the udpate, dubbed a “Premium Suite upgrade,” will also include extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications.

“GALAXY Note continues to delight customers all over the world with its incredible versatility and unique user experience. With the Premium Suite upgrade, we wanted to add features that enrich users’ Note experience even more, including the great advantages of Android 4.0 and innovative applications for S Pen,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are committed to providing extraordinary experiences for consumers, and we will continue to provide new features and upgrades to enrich our offering.”

Among the new features and applications will be S Note (first seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1), a tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, and My Story, an app that lets you to create personalized digital cards using any type of content including video content, photos, text or voice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note sales top 2 million

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Mar 012012
 

Samsung Galaxy NoteIt was only in December that Samung announced that it had shipped over 1 million Galaxy Note “phablets.” It has now confirmed to Forbes that shipments have now topped 2 million units. It also hopes to top shipments of 10 million Notes (it’s unclear if this is only the 5.3-inch model or the new Galaxy Note 10.1 as well) by the end of the year. The announcement appears to vindicate Samsung’s position that there is a market for oversized smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is not the only phablet out there anymore. LG recently unveiled the LG Optimus VU which comes with a 5-inch display.

The term “phablet” has been coined to describe smartphones with oversized displays like the Galaxy Note’s own 5.3-inch screen. They target an audience looking to have the convenience of both smartphones and tablets in one device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is available from Bell, Rogers and TELUS in Canada and AT&T in the U.S.

Read more: Forbes