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Galaxy S3 Charging Problem

Recently, we received a message in The Droid Guy Mailbag that reads, “Hi, I am experiencing a Samsung Galaxy S3 charging problem. The issue is that the phone only charges when it is switched Off. When I try to plug it into a power source while On, the Battery indicator does not show that it is charging. Also, its charging, even when turned Off, is so slow. Please help me with this. Thank you.”

Upon researching the problem, it was found out through various online forums dedicated to Android phones that this is experienced by a number of Galaxy S3 users. In fact, I would like to note also that I have experienced the same problem with my Android tablet before. So, I would like to share how the technician fixed my tablet because it may apply to an Android Smartphone too since the architecture of both devices are nearly similar.

Possible Solutions to the Galaxy S3 Charging Problem

Basically, the first solution he came up with is a Factory Reset because he suspected that it might be caused by a RAM-hogging app or a rogue app.

However, if by chance, there is a way for you to identify the app triggering the system error, simply disable or uninstall it to do away with performing a Factory Reset.

The problem persisted, so that got him thinking that it is probably the battery. As a result, we bought a new battery for it and even a new charger.

Still, the Galaxy S3 charging problem recurred. And that’s where he found out that there is an issue with its circuits, which also explains its frequent overheating as of late. He fixed the issue with the circuitry, and after that, the device can charge again even when plugged in while powered On.

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The article Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Slow Charging Problem [How To Fix] might also provide possible remedies to your Galaxy S3 charging problem.

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New FAA Mobile Policy Prompts one day Kindle Sale from Amazon

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To celebrate the new FAA mobile policy that allows electronic mobile devices to be powered on through all stages of flight, Amazon are putting their Kindle tablet range up on a one day sale today.

The 7 inch variants for the Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle e-reader tablet will all receive a 15% discount off of their original prices for one day only, bringing their original $229, $139 and $69 price tags down to $195, $118, and $49 respectively.

There are a few rules to the FAA mobile policy deal to stop frantic early Christmas shoppers from taking advantage of the nice gesture from Amazon, including a one discount per order deal.

Unfortunately, this deal is only available in the United States and you have until the end of today, Monday 4th November to purchase a Kindle device at this price.

If you’re looking for a decent priced tablet in time for Christmas and aren’t sure whether to spend it on a Kindle device, a Nexus 7, or something else entirely, Amazon’s 15% discount may be just the right thing to help you make a decision.

The new FAA mobile policy will also mean you’ll be able to enjoy your Kindle Fire tablet or e-reader whilst flying around the world, which is pretty nice too.

Source: AndroidAuthority

 

Samsung’s Flexible Phone Might not be Galaxy Note 3

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Despite previous reports, the upcoming flexible phone from Samsung may not be a variant of the Galaxy Note 3 after all. According to Money Today, a Korean outlet, the flexible device we’ll soon be able to get our hands on will in fact be more similar to the Youm prototypes Samsung showcased earlier this year.

This would mean that the handset wouldn’t have S Pen capabilities and perhaps not any of the specifications in the current Galaxy Note 3.

The most likely candidate for Samsung’s flexible phone could be a prototype that we saw earlier this year at CES- it was a handset that had a slight curved screen so that part of the display could be seen from across the room when face up.

The design purpose of this is so that owners can see notifications on the small strip of screen that stretches out to the side instead of having to walk up to the phone and stoop over it to see notifications.

In terms of inner hardware, Ameblo, a blog from Japan reportedly discovered a GFXBench benchmark entry that could belong to the Samsung flexible display device.

According to their report, the hardware include a Snapdragon 800, a full HD display and Android 4.3.

There is no real proof to either of these reports, so we’ll have to wait a little while longer to find out just what Samsung has planned for their flexible display smartphone, and whether it will manage to beat the other flexible smartphones on the verge of being announced.

Source: AndroidAuthority via Money Today

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Hits Stores October 10th

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This years Galaxy Note 10.1 has previously been speculated to release on a date close to the release of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, and just as the hype slows down for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear combo, Samsung have now officially announced details on this year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and it’s release date.

This year, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been named the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and it will be available to own from October 10th onwards.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will open up tomorrow, on the 27th September, and will be available from Samsung, Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart, among other retailers.

The new tablet will cost $549.99 for the 16GB version and will come with the TouchWiz UI, along with the whole S-pen suite found in other Note devices, such as the Galaxy Note 3.

This year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 will have a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 (299 ppi), 3GB RAM, a  Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 in the 3G model, and a  Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 in the LTE model, giving it plenty of oomph to be capable of using  the demanding software features Samsung is renowned for, such as Multi-window.

Source: bgr

Samsung Admits Galaxy Gear ‘Lacks Something Special’

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Along with many other smart watches, the Galaxy Gear has been expected for some time now, and while we all wait for manufacturers to put more emphasis into the wearable smart tech market in the near future, we’ve got to look at what today offers us, and to be quite frank, there really isn’t that much to offer.

Surprisingly, even Samsung has admitted that their new Galaxy Gear ‘lacks something special,’ and it seems that even they aren’t happy with the capabilities wearable tech can offer us right now.

According to Korea Times, a Samsung official has said specifically:

“We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”

Personally I don’t see the need for a smart watch right now, and I feel similarly to the Samsung Official above, but it’s clear Samsung has only just begun with the Smartwatch market.

It seems as if the Galaxy Gear was almost a test run to see if consumers were happy to purchase a smartwatch along with a smartphone, and according to Samsung, the Gear is  “receiving a warm response.”

There’s no doubt that we will see more smart watches in the future by Samsung, and competitors will of course jump in to try and get a bit of the action, but the question is- When will smart watches actually be worth it for us as a consumer?

It’s hard to say, but with the pace smartphone technology has evolved over the past decade, we could all be using Smart watches very, very soon.

Source: Engadget

Is it Worth Upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3?

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Samsung has just announced the brand new Galaxy Note 3, and it’s bigger, better and more powerful than it’s predecessor. The Note 2 was and still is a beautifully powerful device, so making an upgrade may not be an easy choice. Whether you’ve got a brand spanking new Galaxy S4 in your pocket or you’re still running about with a tiny less-than-4-inch Gingerbread budget smartphone, read on to find out whether it’s worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3.

 

Price

The first thing that should be looked at without a doubt is the price- there’s no point trying to convince those around you that it’s a worthy purchase if it’s not even within your own budget, so if it isn’t within reach, perhaps the still impressive Galaxy Note 2 may be a good choice.

No final details have been given on price, but UK retailers are gearing up to offer it on contract for between £40-51 (around $70/month.) This is pretty expensive for a smartphone and there’s no doubt that the off-contract price will be equally expensive. Verizon will start pre-orders tomorrow– hopefully we’ll find out pricing details from them.

Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3 with a price as high as this? Well, that comes down to how much you truly want the Note 3 experience…

 

Display

This is probably one of the biggest reasons why anyone would upgrade to the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 has a massive 5.7 inch display, making it 0.2 inches larger than it’s younger brother. That extra 0.2 inches may make or break somebody’s experience- 5.5 inches was already too much for some, but for others 5.5 just wasn’t enough. Whether that extra 0.2 inches will change the way you use your phone or not will only really be able to be tested once there are demonstration models in phone shops.

In terms of display quality, the Galaxy Note 3 has a very stunning 1920×1080 HD display with 388 pixels per inch, so despite the screen size increase, Samsung have still managed to improve the picture quality on the Note 3. If screen quality means a lot to you when it comes to smartphones, this is certainly a reason why it may be worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3.

 

Camera

On paper at least, here’s another area where the Galaxy Note 3 is much superior to any other smartphone out there.

Thanks to the overpowered Snapdragon processor, the Galaxy Note 3 will be capable of recording in ultra HD 4K resolution. 4K is a fairly new recording technology that has a image quality four times that of 1080p. When it comes to actually watching footage back in 4K, unless you’re willing to fork out a lot of money for a decent 4K TV, you aren’t really going to benefit much from this.

However, more and more 4K devices are starting to reach the market and it won’t be too long before 4K takes 1080p’s place as the industry standard. Plus, there’s always bragging rights.

 

Hardware

Let’s put it this way- whatever you want to do on an Android operating system can be done on the Galaxy Note 3- in fact it could probably still be done if you took out a couple of gigs of RAM and underclocked the processor by 800MHz. Similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S4, there will be two variants of the Galaxy Note 2 and they will both be released in different markets. The LTE version will have a quad core snapdragon processor clocked at 2.3GHz, whilst the HSPA version will have Samsung’s home-grown Exynos Octa eight core 1.9GHz processor.

Both variants will have a beefy 3GB RAM, and will come in 32GB and 64GB storage capacity versions. As usual, the Galaxy Note 3 has Micro SD support.

 

Battery

We all know just how important battery life is, and Samsung did a pretty good job on the battery within the Galaxy Note 2. The Note 3 isn’t a different story. The Galaxy Note 3 will come with a 3,200mAh battery as opposed to the Note 2’s 3,100mAh battery. Although there is more miliampere-hour in the Note 3, we’ve got to take into consideration the improved hardware and larger, higher resolution screen on the Note 3. Personally I think battery life on the Note 3 will feel similar to that of the Note 2’s battery life, which is very decent for a smartphone.

 

Software

Samsung has worked hard to bring out even more software utilities that sound cool but no one ever really uses after the first few months of owning the phone. This time round, Samsung has put even more emphasis into the S-pen. There aren’t any software features on the Note 3 that feel like they get in the way, and it doesn’t feel as if Samsung have tried to add more features just for the sake of making the Galaxy Note 3 sound more attractive to customers.

Overall, I think the Note 3 software experience will be very smooth and will ultimately feel like any other TouchWiz Galaxy phone with a few new upgrades and adjustments.

 

Design

Samsung have gone with a strange faux-leather design for the Galaxy Note 3. It is both different and going to take some time to get used to. I actually prefer it to the plasticy feel of the rest of the Galaxy range, and I hope that it feels nice and comfortable in the hand.

 

Summary

Is it worth upgrading to the Galaxy Note 3? Well that’s a question for you to decide the answer for. If you’ve purchased a smartphone within the last year and are strapped for cash I’d advise against it. It’s nice to have a new piece of tech, but if it’s not going to prove to be a handy addition to your life there really isn’t any reason for it. If you do have enough money at hand, feel free to delve into the Galaxy Note 3 experience, it certainly is a very fine smartphone, and if you’re using an outdated smartphone, the jump to the Note 3 will feel heavenly. 

Android Phone of the Future Could be Powered by Eco-Friendly Silk Chips

There’s no denying the fact that our increased usage of electronic devices has caused a rise in waste management problems, and if we don’t seek to solve these issues we may soon run out of space to dump our old phones or PCs.

At the University of Illnois, Professor John Rodgers has recently talked to the Associated Press about their work on a new technology that uses thin silk as a replacement to the standard electronic chip.

As a naturally occurring material,  the silk used to hold circuits can easily be disposed of and will dissolve many times quicker than that of standard electronics equipment without causing any damage to the environment.

John Rodgers showed a simple radio circuit the size of a thumbnail that works as intended and also “self destructs” by itself thanks to the silk it is printed onto.

His ambitions for the future of what he has called the born to die project are to build upon the designs of the silk to create circuit boards capable of holding the innards of a mobile phone and then work on a mobile phone that is completely bio-degradable.

Judging by the simplicity of the circuit used in the video demonstrating the project compared to the complicated innards of a smart phone, it may be a long while before we see a fully bio-degradable Android phone of the future. I do think that this is a very positive step towards the future and it’s certainly something that could help the Earth in a big way.

 

Galaxy Note 3 Release may be Slowed by Production Issues

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One problem that manufacturers and consumers will always share are production problems, and every now and then we see up and coming tech that doesn’t make it to market at the time we’ve expected, at least not in the quantity that is demanded.

This may be the case with Samsung’s 2013 phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. The reason behind the production problems lie with the new OLED display being used with the G Note 3 that uses flexible technology to ensure a more durable “unbreakable” screen. According to Asia Economic, Samsung are trying hard to make the OLED panel part of the new Galaxy Note 3 but currently the expected demand for the third G Note far outweigh the amount of flexible OLED displays currently expected to be available at launch.

This means Samsung may have to move to older screen technology to ensure demand is met, although perhaps we’ll still have a chance of getting the flexible OLED display later on along with the other Galaxy Note 3 variants rumored to hit the market.

source: bgr

Are there too Many Android Phones?

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Earlier today I posted about Lenovo, a company that covers a fair amount of ground in the mobile scene in countries like China, but is currently unheard of as a mobile phone manufacturer by the majority in countries in America and Europe. That made me think about all of the manufacturers that seem to be grasping at the potential to have a successful mobile manufacturing business.

Whilst we have companies like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Huawei at the top, we’ve got dozens of others like ZTE, Lenovo, ASUS, or Oppo that are certainly less in-demand. And below this, we have layers upon layers of other manufacturers trying to break into the market like Toshiba or HP.

What this leaves for customers is a mess of handsets that is incredibly hard to decide between. Manufacturers are of course going to tout their handset to their hearts content, but because of the fact that there are just too many Android phones, the majority of customers will just go to the company that can shout the loudest about their phones.

This is certainly clear in Samsung’s case- a company that has spent billions on advertising their Galaxy brand, and have managed to outspend Apple on advertising by over 4 times.

What this leaves is a small space for other manufacturers to fight for, and once again it seems those with the loudest voice manage to slip in ahead. Companies like HTC, LG and Sony already have funding from other areas of manufacturing, so they can easily spend money on advertising.

As a customer, this can become very confusing. Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 the best phone yet? Or is it the Sony Xperia that most customers hear a lot less about? Of course, this comes down to personal preference, but manufacturers won’t let customers know that. 

Because of this, many customers will be confused about what phone is really best for them, and once again will flock to the most well-known or advertised smartphone at the time.

Perhaps the problem isn’t that there are too many Android phones on the market, but instead that manufacturers aren’t being clear enough to the customers and pointing out what uses each smartphone may have. I praise Samsung for being able to release Galaxy handsets for all sorts of needs. For example, we have the phablets for large power users, and standard sized phones for the average user. We also have Mini variants of the flagship, and now even have dual-SIM variants as well. HTC seem to be following Samsung with their own HTC mini and HTC max, and if manufacturers were to point out the benefits of each one of these handsets, this could be a much better way to disperse clarity for their customers.

For the average customer, it would be a lot more beneficial if he or she could see the difference between handsets right away. For example, Samsung could list a handset like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 as a large device useful for those who love media content, instead of just claiming it to be the next best thing again and again.

Will companies make it clearer for customers in the future? Who knows. I do hope that lesser known companies like Oppo get a bigger chance to shine because some of these companies seem to believe strongly in making the customer happy and helping them to understand the benefits of their smartphones instead of trying to make even more room in their pockets for more incoming cash.

New Lenovo X910 Spotted on AnTuTu

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Although Lenovo is best known for it’s work with laptops and PCs, they are trying hard to break into the mobile world. The new Lenovo X910 may be the first ‘flagship’ to hit wider markets such as the US and Europe, and we’ve seen a little hint of what the smartphone is capable of thanks to AnTuTu.

Whilst we haven’t heard anything about the smartphone in terms of specifications, the new Lenovo X910 has been given a score of 29,231. There’s a few bits of data we can take from this- firstly, the AnTuTu benchmark post also shows that the Lenovo X910 is running on Android 4.2.2, and the processor is clocked at 2150 MHz (this will probably be marketed at 2.2GHz)

On top of this, we’ve learnt that Lenovo code names their smartphones depending on the SoC being used. For example, the K900 uses an Intel chipset, so seeing as the X910 is using an ‘X’ instead of a ‘K’ it would make sense that the X910 is using the Snapdragon 800. This is the only ARM chipset that we know of that is capable of reaching such scores on AnTuTu.

Do we need another game player in the land of Android or should Lenovo stick to what it does best?

source: nextpowerup

 

Samsung Galaxy Note II will Get Update Straight to Android 4.3

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With leaks circling around about Android 4.3, it’s been speculated that a bunch of Galaxy devices will be updated to the new Android, skipping past Android 4.2.2. Whilst we’re unsure about devices such as the Galaxy S3 or S3 Mini, a leaked image seems to point to the fact that the Galaxy Note II will get an update for 4.3 and will not get a 4.2.2 update first.

The new Android 4.3 update is rumored to have new features such as a better overall performance, an autodialer feature that will finish dialing a number after dialing the first few numbers, new notification settings, new overall settings, and most likely a huge bunch of tweaks and changes under the hood.

Whilst the jump to Android 4.3 might not be as exciting from going to Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, we’re certainly slowly making our way to Android Key Lime Pie.

Source: nextpowerup

Samsung I9192 Galaxy S4 Mini Dual SIM Now Available

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 While you may be fed up with the constant stream of Galaxy devices, it’s only now that we have finally seen a Galaxy S4 Mini dual SIM hit the market. The Galaxy I9192 is a dual SIM variant of the original Galaxy S4 Mini and has specs and an appearance almost identical to the original S4.

The Galaxy S4 Mini dual SIM is now available for many countries, including the US, India and Spain. The phone has both the Black Mist and white Frost version and can be purchased for $483 for the Black Mist version and $489 for the White Frost variant.

It’s nice to see that Samsung are opening their arms to other countries and now have dual SIM variants of their phones in countries like America instead of only distributing them to the western market.

The dual SIM Galaxy S4 Mini will allow the owner to switch between the usage of two SIM card at once. Android usually has a few settings to allow you to easily switch between each one, and this makes it easy for owners to use each SIM card for particular reasons.

source: GSMArena

Will the Second Nexus 7 Be on Shelves Next Week?

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The first Nexus 7 has been incredibly popular, and the speculated second Nexus 7 is expected to keep that success going. So far we haven’t really heard confirmed details on anything, however we keep seeing plentiful amount of leaks.

A new leak involves a document with information about the arrival of Google and ASUS’ new Nexus 7 tablet. According to the leaked document, retailers will be capable of receiving the tablet as early as the 20th June.

A recent leak also stated the prices and models available for the second Nexus 7, showing that the 16GB model would be $229, whilst the 32GB was $269.

The leaked date may not be 100% accurate though, and seeing as Google has a product event planned for the 24th, it would not be a surprise to see the tablet reach shelves after that date. Obviously at this time it’s hard to predict what will happen, but either way, the new Nexus 7 is coming, and it is coming soon.

Source: Engadget

QR Code Exploit Gives Hackers Complete Control over Google Glass

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In the digital age, what could possibly be scarier than having your computer hacked and given access to for malicious reasons? How about a piece of wearable tech that hackers could gain full control of just by simply getting you look at the wrong thing at the wrong time?

A new patch has recently been made behind closed doors for Google Glass in order to fix a problem that allowed hackers to take control of Glass by presenting a QR code to it’s camera. Google Glass currently has a system that will automatically spot QR codes and use them to trigger configurations within the system.

The main idea behind this is to give users quick access to things such as free WiFi spots- Google Glass wearers could simply look at a QR code to get set up. However, this new exploit certainly has riddled holes into the concept.

By hiding a QR code into what would seem like an normal image to the human eye would allow hackers to gain control of the Google Glass operating system, look at network traffic and take complete full control of the system.

The QR code exploit could be taken as far as to take control of the camera and view what was happening through that persons eyes. Luckily though, this exploit was found by someone who had no intentions for using it for harm, and thanks to this Google has managed to work on a patch for it.

source: Slashgear