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This is certainly great news for Samsung Galaxy users.
Samsung has announced that it is aiming to roll-out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a selected range of its Galaxy devices as early the first quarter of 2012. The update will start rolling out to the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note devices within the first quarter 2012 while the following devices are slated to get ICS later in the year.
Samsung says they will make separate announcements on details of ICS update schedule for each market according to availability taking into account market situation and carriers’ requirements. If we hear anything, we’ll update you.
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Update: It seems that we have offended a few Nokia N8 enthusiasts out there with our findings. In pursuit of the truth, we want to set the record straight, and so we have a proposition for the N8 enthusiasts who’ve expressed their opinions about this post. We have a proposition for you. Is the Nokia N8 still the best camera phone out there? Let’s settle this once and for all. Head on over to after the jump for details.
We’re just one week away from the launch of the iPhone 4S in Malaysia. Aside from an uprated processor that’s now dual-core and very chatty Siri, the biggest improvement on the new iPhone is its camera.
With a Sony-sourced 8MP backlit sensor and improved optics, Apple says the new camera on its latest iPhone offers performance that rivals most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but is this claim founded?
Naturally, we’re curious to find out ourselves if the camera on the iPhone 4S is as good as Apple claims it to be, and so we’ve assemble some of the best 8MP smartphone shooters we could get our hands on along with the 12MP Nokia N8 for good measure and went out on a photowalk; taking pictures and videos using these devices in various situations to find out which smartphone available in the market right now has the best camera overall.
We compare the iPhone 4S with the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Motorola RAZR, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Nokia N8. Follow us to after the jump to see the sample shots and videos as well as our verdict on which smartphone has the best camera right now.
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As with the dark blue version, you get a blazing 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and an excellent 8MP camera in the white Galaxy Note. Essentially the specs remains unchanged at is the price which is currently RM2,299.
In addition to the white Galaxy Note, availability of the Galaxy S II (which has been available in Malaysia since September) and Galaxy Ace in white was also announced today.
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DiGi is offering a free phone skin and screen protector which gives the Galaxy S II a carbon-fibre/kevlar look at both sides. No ideas how it looks in real life but if you’re interested, this offer is exclusively available through DiGi Online Store.
Obviously it won’t be as tough as the real deal. Pics of the Galaxy S II with the skin after the break.
Samsung has released a new ad entitled “The Next Big Thing”. It shows a crowd lining up at an obvious “fruit” store and they got fascinated with something different. You’ve gotta admit, it’s a cheeky way of Samsung to poke fun at its competitor. Last year, they did a newspaper ad which mocks iPhone 4’s antennagate issue.
Update: Commenter Sid Acidic mentioned a link to a how-to video that shows you how to install ICS on Samsung Galaxy S II. We’ve added that into the post. Head on over to after the jump to view it. Word of caution: We have not tried the method ourselves and can’t say that it is 100% safe. As always rooting and installing ROMs not officially released for your device is risky, so be careful if you attempt to install ICS on your device. Good luck
Just recently, Google has already released the source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In just couple of days, the latest OS has already been ported to a Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 3D.
While waiting for the official roll out from the device maker, you can expect earlier release from the hardworking custom ROM developers. At the moment the direct port doesn’t seem to be fully functional. Bluetooth and WiFi doesn’t seem to work right now but eventually kinks like these will be sorted out later.
Head after the break to see the LG Optimus 3D running on ICS.
Other gadget drop/torture tests to watch:
iPhone 4S drop test
iPad 2 & Playbook drop test
iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom vs Samsung Galaxy Tab drop test
Samsung Galaxy S Gorilla Glass tortured
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The kit comes with a larger 2000mAh battery which is 21% more than the standard 1650mAh battery. Since the battery is thicker than usual, there’s a special back plate included in the kit to cover that extra bulge. So Samsung Galaxy S II power users, your prayers are now answered.
Solving Rubik’s Cube is challenging, at least for us. With the powerful processor on smart phones, solving them could be an easy task. Just check out the video above where a Samsung Galaxy S II is paired with a bunch of Lego Mindstorm NXT kits to create an awesome Rubik’s Cube solver. It was able to solve a random cube in 5.35 seconds.
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One of the biggest improvements made to the iPhone 4S is its processor. Where its predecessor was running a single core brain, the iPhone 4S kept up with the joneses with a dual-core processor and an updated GPU.
Apple says that the iPhone 4S is twice as fast as its predecessor and delivers over seven times faster graphics overall, but is this claim founded? More importantly, with the A5 in the iPhone 4S running at just 800Mhz, how does it stack up against the mighty Samsung Galaxy S II with a dual-core processor that’s pushing 1.2Ghz?
The meticulous reviewers at Anandtech ran some benchmarks on the iPhone 4S and the results will surprise you. Despite the slower clock speed and a yet to be determined RAM count, the iPhone 4S tops the charts when it comes to hard-core performance.
Head on over to after the jump for the full stats.
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