Samsung GALAXY Note II Boasts Quad-Core Processor, 64GB Storage, 2GB RAM, & Android Jelly Bean

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Samsung officially unveiled last week the sequel to its smartphone-tablet hybrid and simply named it as the GALAXY Note II. And like what we initially guessed back in July, the handset brings you a stunning quad-core processor, with storage option of 64GB, and a 2GB of RAM for faster computing. And as far as NFC technology is concerned, the handset has an NFC support, not just as an optional feature only like on original GALAXY Note, but really built on every GALAXY Note II device. And like any other high-end and latest Android handsets out there, the GALAXY Note II offers the sweetest Jelly Bean flavour out of the box. Though it has a lower pixel density than its predecessor, the GALAXY Note II still got a pretty superb high-definition (720 x 1280 px) Super AMOLED screen display at 5.5-inch diagonal.

Samsung GALAXY Note II

LTE radio is also under its hood, but it’s still unclear yet if local LTE providers like Smart and Globe Telecom offers compatible frequencies. And because this handset is going to be power intensive, Samsung boost the battery to 3100mAh, which is really a huge power source for smartphone or tablet, or a phablet. And since the GALAXY Note II is designed with business people in mind, Samsung got a deal for you by offering free 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years!  (more…)

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You Can Now Search on Google by Handwriting

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Google introduced today a new way to use its, well… search engine, by searching the web without having to use a keyboard or voice commands. This new feature is called Handwrite, which basically allows users to do a web search in Google by handwriting. Handwrite, however, is only available for touch-enabled mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. I’ve personally tested Handwrite a while ago and it works just fine. Google is picking up text inputs into the search box perfectly, even though the search giant said such feature is still experimental.

If you have either a smartphone or tablet, you can give Handwrite a try by visiting Google.com through your mobile browser (works seamlessly on Safari and Chrome browsers). While in Google.com homepage, scroll a bit down and tap on search “Settings” and there you can “Enable” Handwrite, and “Save”. (more…)

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HTC One X, One XL, & One S Android Jelly Bean Upgrade Confirmed!

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When HTC Philippines launched the HTC One S here in Cebu just last week, I got an opportunity to ask the company’s country manager if the HTC One line-up can be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean anytime soon. Uncertain of HTC’s plans for such devices (at least for the OS upgrade roadmap), he didn’t confirm yet (perhaps to play it safe) whether HTC is working for a Jelly Bean upgrade or not. It turned out that HTC is indeed working for a firmware update, to which the Taiwan-based smartphone maker has confirmed to Engadget that it will bring Android Jelly Bean to select HTC One handsets which include the One X, One S, and the LTE-capable HTC One XL.

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

This statement, however, is still unclear for some users across the globe. And the question remains whether or not the Jelly Bean update applies to other regions outside the US.

For the uninitiated, Jelly Bean is the latest version of Google-owned Android OS, which brings new features with primary focus on enhancing the user interface functionality and performance. (more…)

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