Samsung Galaxy Note

Android Community Weekly: February 4, 2012

This week in tech news, we see a number of software updates, preparations by companies for the Super Bowl, and even a few official device reviews. Monday, Motorola began to offer a bootloader-unlocked RAZR XT910 'Developer Edition'. It is currently available for €499 ($657), but only in Europe for the time being. ClockworkMod Touch by 'Koush' was released in Beta form early on this week as well. It has had steady updates throughout the week, and it's obvious he wants to implement the new features on as many devices with a strong developmental following as possible.

Pre-order a Samsung Galaxy Note from Best Buy, get a free flip cover

Plenty of Americans have been patiently waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and assuming they're OK with AT&T service, they won't have to wait much longer. The carrier has set February 19th as zero day for the oversized smartphone - but don't start camping out at your nearest AT&T store just yet. Pre-order the phone through Best Buy, and they'll give you a free flip cover for your trouble. Considering how large the phone is anyway, you could consider that a blessing or a curse, but if you want to get into the old-school PDA spirit, you've got to have  a faux leather book-style cover.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note source code released

More source code news today -- and no we don't mean the Jake Gyllenhaal movie either. Today Samsung has just pushed the kernel source code out for their new Samsung Galaxy Note with AT&T LTE. The code was released some time ago but this new release is specific to the AT&T 4G LTE model that was announced last month.

Samsung releases teaser video of upcoming Super Bowl ad

In case you missed the news, Samsung is set to run a rather long and hopefully impressive commercial during this years Super Bowl. It will be important for a few reasons. One being that it's their first ever commercial in the big game, and it will reportedly be 90 seconds which will cost them an arm and a leg. Today they've released a small teaser video and you can see the short clip below.

Samsung spending millions on Galaxy Note Super Bowl ad

We're pretty stoked about the Samsung Galaxy Note finally making its way stateside - but not nearly as excited as Samsung themselves. Today the Samsung Mobile US Twitter account teased an upcoming Super Bowl ad, and their wording leaves little doubt that it's promoting the 5.3-inch smartphone bound for AT&T later in February. Samsung claimed that the ad will be "one of the longest in the game", which points to at least a 60-second spot and maybe even a 90-second one. Considering that a single 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl runs about 3-4 million dollars, Samsung is poised to spend a heck of a lot of money for a single promotion. They've even hired the producer of Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary to oversee the project.

Official: Samsung Galaxy Note launches on AT&T February 19th

For those of you who salivated when AT&T announced that Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Note smartphone would make its way to America, your wait is nearly over. The wireless carrier announced today that it would launch the much-anticipated device on Sunday, February 19th. As expected, the phone will cost $299.99 with a two-year contract or extension - there's no word on how much the phone will cost without a commitment. Eager customers can pre-order the Galaxy Note starting on February 5th and get it delivered two days early. The Galaxy Note LTE will come in Carbon Blue and Ceramic White color options. The Galaxy Note has created quite a following since the original model was announced way back in October, at the IFA show in Berlin. The phone's outstanding feature is a 5.3-inch 1280x800 Super AMOLED display, easily the largest and most high-resolution screen for any phone being sold today. In addition, it packs a Wacom digitizer and old-school stylus ("S-Pen") for pen-based drawing and input. Samsung has several customized applications to take advantage of the stylus, as well as the S-Pen SDK for developers who want their apps to integrate with the feature as well. If the Galaxy Note is well-received, the S-Pen may make its way to other future devices. The rest of the Galaxy Note is no slough: underneath that huge screen is a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space and an 8MP camera. To power all that you get an admirably large 2500mAh battery. The Note runs Samsung's TouchWiz version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an update to Ice Cream Sandwich is already in the works. The major difference between AT&T's version of the Note and those already released overseas is the new radio, which will take advantage of the carrier's LTE data network. Rumors of other US Galaxy Note variants, particularly the "Galaxy Journal" on Verizon, have yet to be confirmed. [timeline] [device id=1438]

AT&T Galaxy Note rumors point to February 18th for $299

Some new details and rumors are starting to hit the streets regarding not only the highly anticipated Galaxy Note, but of two other Android devices all headed to AT&T. We have now learned of a leaked Q1 2012 roadmap of AT&T's smartphone devices and of them is the Galaxy Note hitting the streets February 18th for just $299 on contract.