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Jul 30, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S II Might Not Receive Android 4.2.2 Officially Due to TouchWiz Issues

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics might not deliver the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS upgrade to the owners of Galaxy S II handsets, mainly due to some “adjustment issues with TouchWiz,” new reports on the matter suggest.

A recent article on Connect.de claims that Samsung has decided to skip Android 4.2.2 for the smartphone, and to leave it with Android 4.1.2 loaded on it forever. Furthermore, SamMobile notes that the same could happen to Galaxy Note too, given that it packs about the same hardware as the Galaxy S II.

Apparently, the newer Galaxy S II Plus handset is set to receive the Android 4.2.2 upgrade, although things are uncertain where the original is concerned. Hopefully, Samsung will find a solution for this, so stay tuned for more on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy S II
Image credits to Samsung

New Leaked Samsung Galaxy Note III Photos Show Handset’s Internals

Samsung Galaxy Note III, the upcoming large Android-based smartphone from South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung, can now be admired in two new leaked photos, though only a prototype of the handset has emerged online, it seems.

However, the device in the aforementioned photos resembles the one seen in the previously leaked images with Samsung’s upcoming high-end product, and it also provides us with a view of the internal circuitry that could land inside it. Apparently, this is a late engineering phase unit, with the screen still not wrapped in the actual chassis, though it does appear to confirm that Samsung will include an elliptically-shaped home key on it, as phoneArena notes.

Galaxy Note III is expected to become official on September 4 at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin, and all the necessary details on it should be unveiled there, so stay tuned.

Samsung Galaxy Note III leaked prototype
Image credits to Weibo via PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Note III (SM-N900L) Emerges on GFX Bench with Snapdragon 800 CPU

More confirmation on the upcoming release of the Galaxy Note III smartphone is now available, courtesy of a listing on GFX Bench, where it emerged with model number SM-N900L attached to it.

Furthermore, as SamMobile notes, the listing shows that Samsung is working on a Galaxy Note III model that will arrive on shelves with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor packed inside, paired with an Adreno 330 GPU. Other confirmed specs of the device include a 1920 x 1080 pixels display, support for LTE-A network speeds (up to 150mbps), given that it is a South Korean flavor, and Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system.

The mobile phone is also rumored to arrive on shelves with a 5.7-inch screen (or 6-inch, for some models), 3GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with optical image stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy Note III benchmark
Image credits to SamMobile

Panasonic KX-PRX120, Home Phone with Android OS

If I were to see just the left half of that photo up there, I'd be sorely tempted to say that the Panasonic KX-PRX120 is just another one of the company's Android smartphones.

I'd be wrong though, because while it does look and behave like a smartphone, it isn't one. It's, in fact, a home phone with a wireless receiver. Basically, it's a smartphone that needs to be within reasonable proximity of the stand at all times. The KX-PRX120 digital cordless phone has a 0.3MP front camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 1450 mAh battery, a 3.5-inch HVGA display (capacitive multi touch screen), and Android 4.0 OS.

The spec sheet also includes a microSD / microSDHC Card Slot on Handset, a micro USB charging port, Incoming/Outgoing Call Barring, a 40-minute answering machine, a Key Finder accessory (Optional) and the ability to register 6 other handsets.Pricing and availability details remain unknown, sadly.

Panasonic KX-PRX120
Image credits to Panasonic

Porsche Design BlackBerry 10 Handset to Go Official Soon

Soon, BlackBerry enthusiasts out there might be able to purchase a new BlackBerry 10-based smartphone, this time made by Porsche Design.

The company has already released a BlackBerry 7 device, namely the P’9981, which managed to become quite popular, despite its over $2,000 price tag, and it seems that it is set to make a similar move once again. In fact, a series of leaked photos that emerged over at Vietnamese website Tinhte suggest that the Porsche Design BlackBerry 10 smartphone might already be in the works.

As N4BB notes, said images show a Porsche Design-styled battery cover, which could be very well attached to a BB10 device. Rumor has it that the battery door will arrive with genuine leather and with carbon fiber on the inside near the NFC sensor. Stay tuned for more on this.

Porsche Design BlackBerry 10 back cover
Images credits to tinhte.vn

Oppo to Launch N-Lens Devices with Focus on Camera Capabilities

Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo is reportedly preparing the launch of a new series of devices that would provide users with better camera capabilities when compared to the current series of products, and which should arrive on shelves under the N-Lens name, it seems.

The company has already confirmed plans on the matter, an article on Engadget notes, and even said that this would be the "most important flagship series for Oppo going forward." Furthermore, Oppo reportedly confirmed that these new N-Lens cameras will still feature wireless connectivity. Most probably, said devices will run under Android, the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Unfortunately, no other details on the N-Lens series have been provided as of now, though a recent report on AndroidAuthority claims that users should expect high-resolution cameras with great low-light capabilities.

Oppo to launch N-Lens camera devices
Image credits to AndroidAuthority

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