Security flaws are very much the order of the day currently, with both the iPhone and Galaxy Note II finding themselves in the middle of a lock screen-related security storm that just won't go away, even after software releases that were supposed to correct the issue.
Over the last few years, “phablets”, the new product category defining devices that are too large to be considered smartphones but still too small to be considered tablets, has become increasingly popular. One of the most popular players in the field, Samsung, is said to be readying the release of the Galaxy Note III, which is expected to sport a 5.9-inch screen opposed to a 6.3-inch one as previously reported, according to a Korean newspaper.
If you are a Galaxy Note II and had it unlocked, you might have been disappointed when Verizon sneaked a new bootloader last week and re-locked it. Thankfully, a new solution is available now through a new exploit and a slight update for the user-friendly CASUAL tool.
The success of a smartphone these days depends on a lot of factors, and for that reason, it’s hard to single out devices that have been successful with all sorts of crowds. For Apple, success comes mainly from the immense ease of use that their phones and tablets deliver, and from the fact that the company sells on its brand name, too. When it comes to Android. a lot of other factions come into play. For instance, the device’s hardware specifications, the Android version that it’s running, and equally importantly, how much customization friendly it is. On the last front, advanced users are more concerned with how much hackable the device is. Recently, Samsung’s high-to-middle range phones have been on a roll, not just receiving rooting methods, but also, a lot of community support.
If you prefer your mobile operating experience to be of the Android variety and always opt to let Korean based Samsung handle your hardware requirements then the discovery of a new exploit within certain Samsung devices should be more than enough to peak your interest. The vulnerability in the Samsung hardware has been discovered by a keen-eyed developer over at the XDA Developer forums and has been classified as being at the kernel level that allows malicious applications to gain access to all physical memory on the affected device.
Samsung’s smartphone-tablet hybrid, known as the Galaxy Note II, has managed to turn many heads since its announcement this last August. Should your bank balance be way too uncomfortable to get your hands on one, no worries: there’s a new knockoff in town that might actually be convincing enough to trick your less tech-savvy friends.
The Samsung Galaxy Note was something of a revelation when it first released last year, and with a ludicrously large display pushing on the kind of diameters we'd only seen with tablet devices, the term "phablet" was subsequently phrased. The surprisingly successful niche product has since evolved into the Galaxy Note II, and as with all of the Korean company's Note products, it has been marketed as a device for the creative mind. Some took the S-Pen stylus and drew some of the most fantastic drawings and sketches ever seen on a mobile device, but others - such as the artists and designers at Steak Studio - have put their heads together and come up with something truly spectacular.
Those who regularly keep abreast of what is going on in the smartphone industry will be more than aware that Samsung and Apple are constantly battling it out for sales supremacy, with Samsung managing to come out on top thanks to their array of extremely popular Android powered devices. Samsung have relied on their Galaxy S II and S III smartphones to bring in the big sales numbers, but it was only the start of this month that they announced the Galaxy Note II had been received extremely well with three million units sold. Less than four weeks later, the statistics are back with Samsung announcing that an additional two million second-generation Notes have flown off the shelves in November.
The launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Note was met by mocking calls from smartphone and technology fans who thought that the Korean electronics company were onto a loser with the release of the plus-sized device. Hindsight would seem to suggest that someone at Samsung knew exactly what they were doing. The first-generation Note managed to shift over ten million units during its first year of existence, and we now have the news that the Galaxy Note II is showing signs of being even more popular, with three million handsets selling in the first thirty-seven days of availability.
There has been no shortage of technology companies pushing out advertising and overview videos in the last few days. Obviously, not wanting to lag behind or be left out of the action, Samsung has followed suit with their own Galaxy Note II promotional video. The video doesn't just remind us that the Note II is imminently available on a number different networks, but it also serves to show us that the second-generation note actually ships with some fairly decent features.