Nokia Research Center has developed Indoor Navigator to provide precise indoor location information on a handset, without needing GPS. (Image Credit: © Nokia)
Nokia this week announced the new In-Location Alliance that will be working on the innovation and promotion of a new standard-based short-range wireless technology, that will make it possible to locate objects or positions indoors with extremely high accuracy, using mobile devices. The In-Location Alliance includes more than 20 tech companies across different industries, with Nokia being one of the founding members.
Nokia, wanting to become the “Where platform”, already have quite a few positioning services in the works, and have talked about Indoor position for a while. To speed up the adaptation, and with hopes to create a unified standard, Nokia now seek a cooperation with other high profile name from the mobile industry such as Broadcom, CSR, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Mobile Communications. Neither Apple or Google is however part of this new Alliance.
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 now available in the U.S. (Image: © Samsung)
Samsung Electronics has finally announced it’s highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The device is available for purchase now across the U.S.at authorized retailers, and extends the GALAXY Note category. Samsung hopes to continue the success of last year’s worldwide popular smartphone with this new 10.1 inch model.
The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 delivers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper, by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display. It also comes preloaded with Adobe’s premium creative application, Photoshop Touch, that is optimized for Samsung’s S Pen to deliver best precision and control possible
Samsung hit new daily record sales of 50,000 Galaxy S III LTE units the first day of its launch in Korea (Image © Samsungtomorrow)
This Monday Samsung launched the Galaxy S III LTE in their own home country of Korea, and it managed to reach record sales on it’s first day of availability. Unlike the LTE version of Galaxy S III with a dual-core processor, previously released in the US and Canada, the Korean version is packing Samsungs own Exynos Quad-core processor.
On it’s first day, 50,000 units of the S III LTE where sold in total via all three major Korean carriers. In comparison these sales figures truly pales the first day sales in Korea of the previous Galaxy models. The Galaxy S sold 10.000 units, and the Galaxy S II sold 24.000 units their first day.
Samsung GALAXY Chat
Samsung Electronics just announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Chat, a sleek and compact phone designed for the socially-active user. The new GALAXY Chat will allow its users to connect the people around them more easily. The phone will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point
The phone combines a 3.0 inch touch-screen with a full QWERTY keypad, and is powered by Android 4.0. The design has the look and feel of the Nokia E6 and the classic Blackberry phones, and intends to make it easy to keep up with your social life and turn it into a fast and fun experience.
Samsung Mobile PIN Store. Image: © Samsung Tomorrow
This Friday, Samsung announced that they will introduce new Samsung Mobile PIN stores in London to celebrate the launch of their new flagship smartphone, the GALAXY S III. The mobile stores are intended to encourage consumers to interact with the latest technology’s from Samsung, and try out the solutions with the help of fully trained members of staff.
The Samsung Mobile PIN’s have a unique glass-housed structure that has been specially engineered to capture the customers imagination with it’s futuristic design, but it’s still mobile enough to easily change location if needed. The wall of the Mobile PIN is made up of a two-way customized mirrored glass, making it the most dominate and eye catching feature. Even the furniture within the store has been specially designed to showcase the Samsung products design, and the user experience they offer.
Samsung Electronics presents a new Graphene structure. Image: © samsungtomorrow.com
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the core R&D incubator for Samsung Electronics, has developed a new transistor structure utilizing graphene. Current semiconductors consist of billions of silicon transistors. To increase the performance of a semiconductor used today, you need to either reduce the size of individual transistors to shorten the traveling distance of electrons, or use a material with higher electron mobility which allows for faster electron velocity.
Graphene possesses electron mobility about 200 times higher then silicon, and a switch to this material could be an alternative path for making faster and more energy efficent devices as it allows faster electron velocity. An issue with using graphene is however that unlike the conventional semiconducting materials, current cannot be switched off because the material is semi-metallic. This has long been a key issue, preventing graphene transistors to be realized.
Is Samsung Galaxy S getting ICS?
In recent weeks Samsung confirmed that Galaxy S II would receive an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but could at that time not confirm a release date. The joy of these news was unfortunately then dampened among some of the Galaxy fans when an update list concerning ICS and the Galaxy line was presented last week, giving indications that Galaxy S and P1000 Galaxy Tab 7.0 would not receive the ICS update at all. A lot of users was understandably infuriated and contacted Samsung to show their displeasure and disappointment. Many of them naturally also tried find out the reason for this decision.
Turns out Samsung actually seem to be listening, and have now promised to look into the matter, and reevaluate if there is a possibility for both Galaxy S and P1000 Galaxy Tab to get the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich update. They are of course not making any promises that the devices in the end will get the update, but it is nice to know that Samsung is paying attention and is open to feedback from their customers.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Today Samsung along with Google officially announced the Galaxy Nexus, the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s planned to be released in November to US, Europe, and Asia through NTT DoCoMo in Japan. The Android’s UI has been tweaked considerably in Ice Cream Sandwich, to be as Google puts it, “a pure Google experience”. This therefore means no longer any manufacturer created skins. ICS has a cleaner interface and is driven entirely on screen. Much like what Nokia introduced with the Nokia N9 running MeeGo, there is no longer a need for any hardware buttons. The commands you commonly use, like Home, Back, and a multitask button, appear directly on the display.
The Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED screen with a reported 1/100th of a millisecond response time. It runs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal memory, and a 1750mAh battery. It also has a front 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the back. Samsung say it will take stills “with zero shutter lag” and video up to 1080p at 30fps. For connectivity there is Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and also NFC. It supports Pentaband HSPA+, and for some regions an LTE version will also be available. There still no USB-OTG support though it seems.
iPhone 4S reveled October 4, 2011
Danish professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, that predicted the iPhone 4 “antennagate” controversy, thinks Apple may once again run into trouble regarding the antenna. This time it might add a new chapter to the “patent wars”, since the new antenna switching solution of the iPhone 4S may infringe on Samsung patents.
Based on available information about the design of the iPhone 4S, Pedersen think that Apple is likely to come into conflict with several patents related to antenna selection, that he and several other researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark have developed – and several years ago sold to Samsung.
"Tablets" in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
Samsung is currently caught up in a legal battle with Apple that is trying to prevent them from from selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.
A judgment made in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany granted Apple a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge who made the decision has backed Apple’s assertion that Samsung’s tablets infringe on the patented design of the iPad 2.
Samsung has now chosen to appeal the court decision and one element of Samsung’s defense strategy is the claim that the iPad is in fact ripped off from a tablet design created by Stanley Kubrick for 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.