Android Other: T-Mobile Galaxy Note Hits FCC, AT&T Wants Verizon’s Spectrum, and Galaxy SII ICS

Android Other is a quick look at some of the other Android stories that hit the web today that we thought you may care about as an enthusiast. In order to stay up-to-date on all things green robot, this isn’t a bad post to check out on the daily.


Galaxy Note Headed for T-Mobile Passes through the FCC

The Samsung Galaxy Note, the 5.3″ phablet that passed the 7 million units sold mark a while back, is looking to ad to its surprisingly high totals. There were rumblings that the Note may be making its way to T-Mobile, but this FCC filing looks to make that pretty official. Now the question is, when can we see it? Rumors point to July 11 for this phone launching on the Magenta network and it may have Ice Cream Sandwich already on board if we’re really lucky. With the Note making its way to another US carrier, do you still want it on Verizon?  (more…)

Contest: Win a Samsung Galaxy Note from the Exynos Team – (Updated: Winner Picked)

The Samsung Exynos team reached out to us a couple of weeks ago because they not only love the DL community, but they know how much we love the power of their processors in phones. To say that we drooled a bit over benchmarks and the performance of the Galaxy SII last year would be a massive understatement. In fact, the Exynos dual-core chip that debuted at last year’s MWC inside the SGS2 set the bar so high that I’m still not sure that many of the current dual-core chips even compare. And what I mean by that is the Galaxy Note that sports a dual-core Exynos, benchmarks higher than almost any other phone on the market, right now. It’s a beast of a chip, folks.

So with their Exynos 4412 quad-core chip being demoed a week ago and their next-gen quad-core 5250 sampling now, you can bet that there will be a hefty Exynos mark put on 2012. There has been a lot of talk about competitors’ chipsets already making their way into phones and tablets, but understand that when Samsung’s next Exynos SoCs are ready, we’ll likely be impressed, again. And who knows, we may just see one of them this week at Mobile World Congress.  (more…)

Reminder: Win a Samsung Galaxy Note from the Exynos Team – Simply Tell Us Why You “Demand Exynos” Processors in Your Phones

Don’t forget, you still have until March 1 to enter our contest for your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note straight from the Exynos team. All you have to do is tell us why you “demand Exynos” processors in your devices.

Enter here

If you want to learn all there is to know about Samsung Exynos, be sure to check out their dedicated site. This is a landing page for the geek in all of you and is surely the spot that their quad-core chips will land on very soon. It may also help inspire your entry to this contest.

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Want the Galaxy Note on Verizon? There is a Petition for That.

Even with the Samsung Galaxy Note receiving a lukewarm reception from early adopters (or at least reviewers), there are still those that want nothing more than to see it land on Verizon. Once rumored to “certainly” be headed to Big Red as the Galaxy Journal, it’s completely unclear if it will actually ever arrive. Thankfully for those looking to get some 5.3″ action, a petition has been started. Wait, how would a petition help a phone get released…on…a…carrier? Yeah, I’m as confused as you are. But if this is the phone for you, Verizon is the only carrier that you want to belong to, and you think that signing a petition will help the cause, then sign away!

Petition here.

Curious, how many of you – after reading reviews across the interwebs – are still interested in this phone?

Discussion: Is the Galaxy Note Too Big? Does Anyone Really Want to Use a Stylus?

As we inch closer to Galaxy Note release day here in the U.S., we are starting to see some negative feedback over the size of it and its stylus accessory. CNET walked around New York City asking for quick responses from random people and most were not all that excited or interested. But first off, let me just say that none of these people had even heard of the device from what we can tell. So clearly, the Super Bowl ad that Samsung paid millions for, did almost nothing to help spread the word about their next-gen device.

Most of the respondees were not keen on the idea that the device could replace both their phone and tablet. They also tried to pocket the 5.3″ beast and came away torn – some were down as long as it fit, some were not excited about the added “bulge.”

There aren’t any public plans for Verizon customers to get this phone other than one random report that if we do, it will be called the Galaxy Journal, but that doesn’t mean bigger phones won’t come from other OEMs. We are already starting to see massive phones like the Spectrum with its 4.5″ screen and the HTC Endeavor with its 4.7″ screen. The Galaxy Note does not appear to be the only device that will have a larger than life personality. But when is big, too big? Is the Note pushing the limits? Some of you are thrilled with the idea of having this much screen real estate while others would rather companies hang around the 4.3″ range.

And on a related note, what’s with the stylus? Is it because the phone has a big screen that Samsung feels the need to re-introduce the stylus into our world? I have an HTC Flyer and bought the Stylus, only I’m struggling to find any real use for it. I can type faster using the on-screen keyboard that I can physically write out some chicken scratch. Is it an artist thing? Or am I missing the point here?

So tell us:  has Samsung completely missed the mark with the Galaxy Note and its stylus?

Thoughts on Samsung’s Super Bowl XLVI Galaxy Note Commercial? Too Much or Hilarious?


Samsung’s 90 second spot for the Galaxy Note dropped some time around the beginning of the 4th quarter during yesterday’s Super Bowl, and boy was it somethin’. I’ve watched it a number of times now, yet still can’t decide if it was 100% win and hilarious, so over-the-top that it may have scared Android enthusiasts, or simply forgettable. It was so different from their subtle jabs at iPhone lines in previous spots that had a certain witty brilliance. I get that it’s the Super Bowl and things are supposed to be big and boisterous, I’m just wondering if it was a little much? Your thoughts?

Rumor: Galaxy Note Headed to Verizon as the Galaxy Journal

The Samsung Galaxy Note was everywhere last week at CES. Attendees from other parts of the globe were carrying it, busses were covered with massive Note decals, and news coverage of it could not be missed. With its massive 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and HD cameras, we aren’t surprised that rumors of it finding its way onto Verizon would start popping up already.

According to an “industry analyst” that spoke with the Examiner, the device is “certainly” coming to Verizon and Sprint during the first half of the year, potentially as the Galaxy Journal. Our sources have yet to mention the device to this point, but would love to see it on Big Red. When the device was introduced early in 2011, we had mixed emotions on the size. However, after getting our hands on it at CES last week, we might be sold.

I should point out that to my knowledge, Samsung does not have a CDMA/LTE model available anywhere in the world yet. The HSPA+/LTE model is available across the globe now, with AT&T availability happening very soon.

Interested in a 5.3″ daily driver?

Via:  Examiner