Official: Galaxy Note on AT&T Available February 19th

Samsung just dropped a nice note in our inboxes confirming that the Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T will be made available on February 19th. Additionally, presales will begin on February 5th “for delivery by February 17th,” meaning you preorderers will have a chance to get the device a day or two early. Keep this site bookmarked for that day.

AT&T’s Galaxy Note will feature 4G LTE radios, but due to this fact it won’t have Exynos. The 5.3 inch 1280×800 device is still a looker, though. It comes with the S Pen and some great apps to accompany it for those who like to draw or write. It’ll be available in carbon blue and ceramic white for 0 after a new two-year contract. Read on for full press details.

create, capture and share in new ways with the samsung galaxy note, available from at&t feb. 19

AT&T’s Latest 4G LTE Device Offers Customers a New Way to

Communicate and Collaborate

 

DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2012 –

 

Key Facts

  • ·         Previously announced at AT&T’s Developer Summit leading up to the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy Note™ arrives in carbon blue and ceramic white at AT&T* stores beginning Feb. 19 for 9.99 with a two-year agreement. 
  • ·         Customers excited to get their hands on this dream device even earlier can pre-order at http://www.att.com/galaxynote or any AT&T company-owned retail store beginning Sunday, Feb. 5 for delivery by Feb. 17.
  • ·         The Galaxy Note combines the best features of a smartphone with the larger viewing screen of a tablet and advanced technology in the S Pen™ — delivering an all-in-one device that allows users to work more efficiently and maintain productivity, while communicating in a unique, personal way.
  • ·         Galaxy Note boasts the world’s first 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED™ screen (1280×800), one of the largest screens on asmartphonefor sharp, clear colors and readability – both indoors and out.  With the expansive high-resolution screen that provides an immersive viewing experience, customers can take full advantage of the large display, to create and consume more.
  • ·         The Galaxy Note includes a highly advanced tool called the S Pen, which delivers fast, responsive and precise control to create fine lines and detail on the device display, much like an ink pen and pad of paper.  With the S Pen, users can easily sketch drawings, jot down notes, or write emails and texts quickly and easily in free-form handwriting.
  • ·         S Memo™, a multimedia application designed to capture all forms of user-created content captured by the S Pen, allows for pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings to be combined via a single application, converted to a ‘memo’, and shared as desired.
  • ·         It also includes a smart professional planning tool that makes full use of the device’s large screen. The calendar integrates the phone’s to-do list and schedule; control and navigation is intuitive, helping customers comprehensively organize their lives.
  • ·         An easy screen-capture function also allows users to instantly save any screen, which can also be annotated with the S Pen before being saved or shared.
  • ·         Users can communicate in personal, creative ways expanding beyond traditional sharing methods with the Galaxy Note.

 

Accessories

The Galaxy Note features a unique portfolio of custom designed optional accessories including:

  • ·         Desktop Dock to get the most out of your Galaxy Note at home
  • ·         Spare Battery Charging System that allows for a convenient backup charging solution
  • ·         Protective Flip Cover Case, available in multiple colors including tan, black, pink, red, white, blue.
  • ·         Galaxy Note S Pen Holder Kit which offers a solution for users in need of a more traditional writing instrument. With a spare S Pen included, the S Pen Holder secures the navigation tool inside and offers a comfortable grip and allows for more detailed use.

 

The Galaxy Note is also compatible with the following universal accessories:  Micro USB Adapter, HDTV Smart Adapter, Car Power Charger with Detachable Data Cable (Micro USB), Micro USB Data Cable, Travel Charger (Detachable with USB to Micro USB Cable), and the premium Refined Sound wired headset.

 

Pre-Orders

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 5 customers will have the option to pre-order the Note at http://www.att.comgalaxynote or by visiting an AT&T company-owned retail store.  Pre-orders processed by Feb. 15 will arrive by Feb. 17 at customers’ homes.

 

Quote

“The Galaxy Note brings a new level of efficiency to busy customers who would normally rely on multiple devices,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.  “This new breed of smartphone helps consumers accomplish more with a single device than ever before.  The unique all-in-one experience can simplify daily life while tapping into AT&T’s 4G LTE network to let customers work even faster.”

 

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets.  4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available.  Deployment ongoing.  Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.  Learn more at att.com/network.

 

Limited-time offer. Samsung Galaxy Note requires a new 2-yr wireless agreement with voice (min .99/mo) and min monthly data plan (/mo). Subject to Wireless Customer Agrmt. Credit approval req’d. Activ fee /line. Geographic, usage and other terms, conditions and restrictions apply, and may result in svc termination. Coverage and svcs not avail everywhere. Taxes and other charges apply. Data(att.com/dataplans): If usage exceeds your monthly data allowance, you will automatically be charged overage for additional data provided.Early Termination Fee (att.com/equipmentETF): After 30 days, ETF up to 5. Restocking fee up to . Other Monthly Charges/line may include a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge (up to .25), a gross receipts surcharge, federal and state universal svc charges, fees and charges for other gov’t assessments. These are not taxes or gov’t req’d charges. Visit a store or att.com/wireless to learn more about wireless devices and services from AT&T.

 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Phandroid Logo: To Change or Not To Change? [POLL]

Way back in November, we held a ,000 logo contest. As you’ve probably noticed, our logo hasn’t changed although we did announce a winner. So… what gives?

We’ve grown a bit attached to our current logo, but since we’re eager to print up some T-Shirts, it’s time to make an ultimate decision. With your help, we’re hoping we can decide what direction to go. So we pose the question to you: which logo should we use?


Let us know what you think in the comments below!

AT&T Galaxy Note Discussion at AndroidForums.com [Forum Talk]

This past Sunday saw the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T. While their LTE-equipped version has Snapdragon instead of Exynos (due to those aforementioned radios), plenty of people are still excited for the 5.3 inch smartphone. Folks over at AndroidForums.com have already bought the device and are discussing things such as accessories, 4G speeds, call quality and more.

If you want to partake in all this good discussion be sure to head to the Galaxy Note LTE section of AndroidForums.com, and be sure to sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. Oh, and our review was posted today – see what Chris has to say about the device that’s almost too big to real.

Instagram For Android Possibly Leaked

Now, take this as a grain of salt but apparently, the insanely popular iOS app Instagram could/might/possibly be making its way over to Android if this pop-up notification on TatWZA’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is to be believed.

Now, I’m a little rusty with Android’s tablet UI (it’s been awhile since I had my Samsung G-Tab) but if legit, where exactly is this notification originating from? The Android Market? If this is somehow Android/Google/Samsung endorsed, it’s possible the ad leaked out ahead of the official Instagram launch but then again — it could very well be malware.

It was only a few days ago a faked Instagram app appeared in the Android Market (with 5-star ratings from its users) from an unknown developer. The app was promptly removed only moments later. Many times, malicious apps will display Airpush ads in a device’s notification bar advertising “updates” to the Android Market or hot apps like Instagram. This could very well be nothing more than that.

If this is, in fact, a leak for the official Android version of Instagram, all I have to say is — ’bout damn time.

[InFlexWeTrust]

What’s better than the Nokia N9? A Nokia N9 running Ice Cream Sandwich

OK, so saying that this particular build of Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Nokia N9 is better than the N9 with MeeGo is a bit of a stretch. That’s only because there is still a lot of work to be done before one could deem Alexey Roslyakov’s Android 4.0 port user friendly. The N9 is just the sort of phone that is popular for its fine specs and good looks but often leaves folks wondering if its accompanying OS realizes the device’s full potential. With a bit of polish it looks like we could have an answer.

The N9’s hardware drivers have been the biggest hurdle in getting Google’s latest update to their mobile platform to play nice, but developers have had success with the N9 in the past, bringing various Android 2.x version to the handset.  Notice the extraneous icons on the phone’s lockscreen (or maybe the lockscreen controls on the phone’s homescreen). Once things get sorted out the goal is to create a dual-boot system that will allow users to easily switch between the stock MeeGo experience and ICS. We’d take it with Android only.

[via AndroidCentral]

Apple complains about Motorola with European authorities, wants more transparency in patent licensing


After losing against Motorola, in a permanent injunction, Apple was requested 2.25% of all 3G Apple devices sold in exchange for patent licensing. If Apple’s profit numbers are considered, that percentage amounts to quite a hefty amount of cash. And Cupertino Giant is not commiting to anything until it knows that Motorola is being fair.

Apple believes that Motorola is trying to take advantage of Apple, due to their rivalry, which is why Apple asked for more transparency about Motorola’s deals with other manufacturers. But they have taken things a bit farther, and have now asked European regulators to intervene.

Asking for a full-blown intervention from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Apple is thinking that Motorola is going against patent FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) standards.

As it goes with the legal wars, there is rarely a conclusion. We will have to wait and see if this is what is happening. Stay tuned and let’s hope all of this stops Apple from being a playground bully.

[Source: Reuters Via: Engadget]

Bootloader Officially Unlocked for HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status, and T-Mobile G2

HTC’s on a roll with their bootloader unlock program as they have added support for six new devices today. Those devices include the  HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, DROID Incredible, Status, and T-Mobile G2. While some of these devices already have community-developed methods it’s always good to see official support from the OEMs. Head to HTCDev to get started. [Thanks Joel!]

Nvidia Plans To Ship New Tegra 3 Smartphones Within Weeks of MWC Debut

Nvidia saw their revenue dwindle towards the end of 2011 and for this year, the company hopes to get back on its feet, thanks to their new and improved, Tegra 3 processor hitting smartphones and tablets this year. Despite high expectations, Nvidia has slightly toned down its outlook for this year bringing down their previously expected billion in revenue to a more reasonable 0 million.

Speaking of those Tegra 3 smartphones, during Nvidia’s earnings call today, CEO Jen Hsun Huang said the company plans to begin shipping these quad-core super phones within weeks of their big unveiling at Mobile World Congress in just a few weeks. Although he didn’t mention any phones by name, we’re expecting the LG X3, HTC One X and possible others to make their debut at this year’s MWC. Huang also mentioned that Nvidia also hopes to ship their new pure cellular chipset — codenamed Gray — this year. Gray will include both 3G and LTE capabilities into a single chipset.

Nvidia was first out the gate with a dual-core processor last year, but handset OEMs (or consumers?) seemingly lost faith in the processor moving onto similar offerings from rivals Texas Instruments and Qualcomm dual-core processors. Should be exciting to see which semiconductor company will be first to try and 1-up Nvidia’s Tegra 3 this year.

[Reuters | Via Electronista]

 

SEGA to Preview Virtua Tennis for Android at CES 2012

While CES is mostly known as an event to showcase the latest tech hardware, software makers do make an appearance from time to time. This year SEGA is using their ties to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to showcase Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Android version of the popular tennis title. SEGA says the game has been designed with touchscreen controls specifically in mind, but it has been designed to map flawlessly with the slide-out gamepad of the Xperia Play. Though graphics probably won’t look as great as the PS3 version (pictured above), Virtua Tennis has been optimized for devices using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, which should offer a respectable presentation on mobile devices. Here is SEGA’s full statement.

SEGA SERVES UP SNEAK PREVIEW OF VIRTUA TENNIS CHALLENGE AT CES 2012

SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Virtua TennisTM Challenge will be making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, January 10-13, during a special invitation-only showing in the Sony suite at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas hotel.

Virtua Tennis Challenge has been designed specifically for mobile experiences and touch screens. The title is also being optimized specially for the Xperia Play and the Qualcomm Snapdragon systems, and features some of the best graphics ever seen in the smartphone tennis game market.

[via EuroDroid]

Chrome Beta For Android Update Detailed – Breaks On Some Custom ROMs

Chrome Beta for Android has seen an update today that left many users scratching their heads. With no changelog under the “What’s New” section in the Market, people had no idea what actually changed. One thing many people did notice was a major performance increase sending their browser into overdrive, scanning entire image archives of Selena Gomez in milliseconds. The other thing rooted users noticed, is the app is now all but useless after the update so for all you custom ROM flashers out there — PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

After a short wait, Google did finally post their changelog via their official Chrome blog and here’s what you can look forward to in Chrome Beta 1.1 (0.16.4215.215):

  • Android Beam support – now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.
  • Support for additional countries
  • Compatibility checks to ensure system prerequisites for Chrome are met
  • Essential bug fixes

Known issues

  • 112923 : No way to toggle between mobile/desktop UA
  • 113140 : YouTube Links Do Not Prompt For Which Application to Use
  • 113132 : Chrome for Android beta doesn’t support configured proxy in wi-fi settings
  • Other notable issues listed here

[Google | Market Link]