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Samsung (005930) has officially announced Galaxy S3 Mini, a smaller version of it’s bigger brother Galaxy S3. Even if it’s smaller than it’s bigger brother it still offers very compact and powerful experience for those who don’t what their smartphone to be big. Galaxy S3 Mini is packed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1,500mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution. 5 Megapixel camera and NFC. The device weights in at 111.5 grams and it will support HSPA and EDGE networks. Check out the press release Samsung just released.
GALAXY S III’s nature-inspired design and intuitive ease-of-use in one stylish, compact smartphone
SEOUL, Korea – October 12, 2012 –
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the GALAXY S III mini,
a compact version of the flagship smartphone GALAXY S III.
The GALAXY S III mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant,
compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen. It can be an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones.
“The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world.
We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III mini in a more compact form,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs.”
The GALAXY S III mini is powered by Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.
Jelly Bean has fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search™ experience featuring Google Now™, which brings you just the right information, before you even ask.
Stylish and compact, the GALAXY S III mini shares the GALAXY S III’s breakthrough design and simple elegance.
Its ultra-minimal curved frame delivers a rich natural feel, which is also reflected on its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones.
Its beautiful 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display offers a generous viewing experience that lets you view multimedia and Web content in brilliant color and clarity.
Its compact size gives users a comfortable grip and allows a convenient one-hand operation.
The GALAXY S III mini is packed with intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone incredibly natural and intuitive.
S Voice, Samsung’s advanced natural language recognition software, lets you use your voice to unlock the phone with
simple customized commands, or to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, organize your schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.
The GALAXY S III mini also understands your gestures to make using your phone easier and more natural: With Smart Stay,
the phone’s camera tracks your eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend,
Direct Call enables you to automatically dial a call simply by lifting the phone to your ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts you to missed calls or messages as soon as you pick up your phone.
Content sharing is easy and fast on the GALAXY S III mini: Its S Beam feature lets you share a 10MB music file in just two seconds
by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device including GALAXY S III or GALAXY Note II, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.
Previously was rumored that the device on the left in the photo was Galaxy Nexus 2, but now it’s confirmed to be Galaxy Premier. Samsung (005930) Premier is packed with 4.65-inch HD screen, dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 8 Megapixel rear camera and 2 Megapixel front facing camera. It also seems to be running latest Android version of Jelly Bean. Price is set to be around €500 and it will be available around December.
The CyanogenMod team says that they have released second build of Jelly Bean-based CyanogenMod 2 ROM. “M” builds of the popular custom firmware are described as “essentially stable” and is ready for daily use, Nightly builds is not as stable, but more common than “M” builds. “M2″ was launched month after the first version of the “M” build.
“M2″ is rolling out now to CM’s servers, but the build is already available for all Galaxy Nexus models, as well as numerous Galaxy S2 and US Galaxy S3 phones. CyanogenMod 10 M2 is available via CM Updater, ROM Manager. and the get.cm.
Google (GOOG) and Lg has been very quiet about next Nexus smartphone, but now theres yet another leaked photo of the device. Leaked photo was shown by Belarusian site Onliner.by and they are claiming that they have prototype of the device. Specwise LG‘s Nexus smartphone is similar to Optimus G, packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU, 1,280-by-768 4.7-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 8 Megapixel camera. There’s no hint about the which Android OS it’s currently running, but i think that it will come packed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Google (GOOG) started rolling out new version of it’s mobile homepage. You can now see expandable menu on the left, which offers range of company’s mobile services. Similar to the official Google+ and YouTube apps for Android. New menu can be activated by pressing new menu button in the top right corner. When you press menu button new list of all the Google’s mobile services, including YouTube, Google+, Maps, News and many more. There’s also notifications are for Google+ notifications. Google’s new mobile homepage won’t show for everyone just yet, but Google is rolling it out to more people in coming days.
Samsung has confirmed that October 24th event is about Galaxy Note 2 in US. Samsung has sent formal invitations to press with exact details whats coming on: it’s the US stop for the Galaxy Note 2 World Tour, with press event that night and followed by “consumer celebration” later night. This also means that Galaxy Note 2 is getting firmer release dates and prices.
iOS and Android version of Google+ gets updated, supports iPhone 5 and brings new widget to Android!
Google (GOOG) releases updatefor both iOS and Android devices, update brings support for pages and iPhone 5. For Android update brings redesigned homescreen widget, one-click access to photos in posts and new ‘Find People’ function. For Apple (AAPL) hardware it gains iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support, as well as save photos function, ability to edit posts and search for people and posts on the iPad. Update your Google+ now from App Store or from Google Play and check out tonistechblog’s Google+ page.
Motorola (MSI) and Verizon (VZ) introduced RAZR HD LTE back in their co-produced event, but it seems that Verizon won’t the first carrier to offer the device for sale. Canadian carrier Rogers is the first carrier which has announced availability of the device. RAZR HD LTE is Motorola’s Android flagship model and it’s packed with 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU and LTE connectivity. RAZR HD LTE comes first with pre-installed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will be updated to Jelly Bean in near future.
If you want to purchase RAZR HD LTE you need to pay $99.99 for three-year contract or but it without contract for $599.99. Verizon hasn’t announce any definite date for it’s users to get this smartphone.
Samsung (005930) Galaxy S3 Mini specs and images leaked by German site MobileGeeks. Samsung’s head of mobile JK Shin confirmed Galaxy S3 Mini earlier today. Galaxy S3 Mini resembles the original Galaxy S3 but has smaller form factor. Galaxy S3 Mini has 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 5 Megapixel Camera, dual-core 1GHz CPU, NFC, GPS, 1,500 mAh battery, microSD slot and 16GB of internal storage. Pricing in Europe is expected to be around €399.
Starting today, developers who offers in-app purchases in their apps on Google (GOOG) Play can now offer free trial periods to users. Trial period is set to not shorter than seven days, and it starts after user gives billing information. If users wants to cancel their free trial in anytime theres no bill.
When the trial period ends, Google Play automatically initiates billing against the credit card that the user provided during the initial purchase, at the amount set for the full subscription, and continuing at the subscription interval. If necessary, the user can cancel the subscription at any time during the trial period.
This is huge for Google Play and developers to showcase their products, without users needing to commit to monthly subscription.