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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Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

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Jan 142013
 
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Samsung today announced that cumulative global channel sales of its Galaxy S series devices have now topped 100 million units. The series is made up of the original Samsung Galaxy S which launched in June 2010 as well as its successors, the Galaxy S II and current flagship, the Galaxy S III.

The original Samsung Galaxy S has now shipped over 24 million units to global channels. Its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has now topped shipments of 40 million units. The Samsung Galaxy S III has now passed the mark of 40 million unit channel sales, or average daily sales of 190,000 units.

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

The company named the Galaxy S II as the “driving force behind Samsung Electronics’ rise to the top on the global smartphone market.”

Impressive numbers all around!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow

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.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

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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Some Samsung Galaxy devices vulnerable to malicious HTML hack (Updated)

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Sep 252012
 

Potentially bad news for Samsung device owners today. A number of Samsung Galaxy devices running Samsung’s TouchWiz UI have been found to be vulnerable to a malicious hack that could wipe them clean. The exploit occurs when a website runs a USSD code (essentially a dialer code) via the browser to trigger the full factory reset. It can also be triggered with a QR code or by NFC. Among the devices that are affected are the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Beam, and Galaxy Ace.

The exploit was demonstrated by Ravi Borgaonkar, a researcher at the Technical University Berlin, at the Ekoparty security conference last week:

The Samsung Galaxy S III is also among the vulnerable devices but some units have been shown not to be affected. It appears that a recent update has removed the vulnerability. For example, the unlocked international version does not reset when the exploit is run on it. A fix is also reportedly included in the Android 4.1 upgrade that has now begun to be rolled out.

It also appears that the exploit does not work in the Chrome browser, suggesting it could be limited to the stock browser.

One thing is clear: The vulnerability is out there but Samsung appears to be on the case already and busy releasing updates to patch it. Let’s hope that it moves quickly to patch all affected devices and not just its more recent models.

Update: Samsung has issued a statement in regards to this issue:

“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”

Samsung is also working on a patch for the Galaxy S II but it has yet to issue a statement on the situation for other devices.

Read more: CNET, AndroidPolice and The Verge

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.

Read more: SamMobile

Rumour: Samsung readying Android 4.1 update for Galaxy S III

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Jul 202012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung is already testing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III according to SamMobile sources. Testing appears to be going well with Samsung being “almost ready” to provide an update to customers. No date is confirmed but an August or September time frame appears likely.

The report adds that Samsung has also begun to test Android 4.1 on the Galaxy S II. An update could well be in the cards if further testing goes smoothly. The success that Samsung has had with the Galaxy S II may well play a factor in the company’s decision to offer the update as well.

Other devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note, could also see updates in the future.

For its part, Samsung has yet to make any announcement about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for any of its devices.

Read more: SamMobile

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)

Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 upgrades start rolling out today

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Mar 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung today announced via Twitter that it has begun to push out Android 4.0 updates to its Galaxy S II smartphones. The rollout began in a number of European countries and Korea with other markets to follow:

#ICS for #GALAXYSII will be available today in Europe including Poland, Hungary, Sweden, & Korea, & gradually roll out to other markets.

Pocket-Lint has also learned that the UK deployment will begin the week of March 19th. Specific availability will depend on “each network’s own software approvals process.”

There are no dates yet for Canada and the U.S. According to a leaked document seen last year, Bell Mobility will deploy its Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy S II in the April timeframe. Certainly sounds plausible…

Read more: Samsung (via Twitter) and Pocket-Lint

Android 4.0 upgrades for Samsung Galaxy S II coming March 10th? (Updated)

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Mar 082012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIt appears that Samsung is getting close to releasing its Android 4.0 update for its Galaxy S II (model GT-I9100). The Samsung Philippines site today announced that the update will be available starting March 10th. The same News Alert does not show up in all other countries though. For example, there is no mention of the update on the Samsung Canada site.

In an accompanying FAQ, Samsung lists the following changes:

  • Addition of Face Unlock and Android Beam
  • Addition of Mobile Network Data usage function
  • Improved multi-tasking and general application usability
  • Adobe Flash and Bluetooth 3.0 HS no longer supported (Bluetooth 3.0 will still be supported)

Samsung warns that homescreen layouts and some application settings may be lost due to the upgrade.

The FAQ also indicates that the upgrade will be available over FOTA (requiring at least 350MB of free device memory) or through KIES 2.0 (requiring at least 60MB of free device memory).

Assuming that the date is accurate, it is unlikely that all versions of the Galaxy S II will be updated on March 10th. For example, carrier-specific versions are likely to receive updates only after they have undergone carrier testing and certification.

Update: That March 10th date was too good to be true. Samsung confirmed via Twitter that the date posted by its Philippines website was a mistake. There is no confirmed date yet and Samsung reiterated that it will announce it announce via Twitter when it is set.

Read more: Samsung and Samsung FAQ (Source: The Verge)

Samsung Galaxy S II tops sales of 20 million in 10 months

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Feb 232012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung today announced that its Galaxy S II (model GT-I9100) has topped sales of 20 million units into global channels since its launch less than a year ago. According to JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business:

“Since its launch in late April 2011, the Galaxy S II has seen tremendous growth reflecting its tremendous popularity with customers around the world. We are thrilled that 20 million customers around the world has [sic] enjoyed the smart life Galaxy S II has brought us. We will continue to introduce products to satisfy our customers’ high expectation.”

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S II’s successor, the Galaxy S III, sometime after next week’s Mobile World Congress but still within the first half of the year.

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Another Samsung Galaxy S II ad: Type With Your Voice

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Jan 242012
 

Last night, I asked for more Samsung Galaxy S II ads and this morning, my wish came true. This time, it’s a little voice control and romance (and a possible defection?).

One question: Has the enamored Apple friend not heard of Siri, Apple’s own voice control technology?

Source: MobileSyrup

Latest Samsung ad: “We just got Samsunged”

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Jan 202012
 

Samsung is at it again! It has released a new ad, called “Samsunged” which takes aim at Apple and its die-hard customers. This time, the ad highlights turn-by-turn navigation which requires a third-party app on the iPhone but is standard on its Samsung Galaxy S II (and other Android smartphones).

Is the verb “samsunged” about to enter our vernacular?

Samsung announces Galaxy device Android 4.0 update plans

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Dec 202011
 

SamsungSamsung has already committed to updating its Galaxy S II lineup to Android 4.0 but missing so far was a timeline. It today announced a longer list of devices that will be upgraded and gave the first clues as to when users can expect to see Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on their devices.

Updates will start with the GALAXY S II and GALAXY Note in Q1 2012. Other Galaxy devices will follow afterwards. The following are now confirmed: the GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus.

Samsung will make further announcements on the updates “according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.”

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