Samsung announced today that it sold a total of 5 million Galaxy Note II units worldwide, following its announcement earlier this month that 3 million were sold. That means the South Korean-manufacturer moved 2 million 5.5-inch phablets in just under a month —surely thanks to its availability in the United States on AT&T. Sales aren’t as high as the Samsung Galaxy S III that competes side-by-side with Apple’s iPhone 5; however, it is interesting that a large chunk of customers want a larger handheld experience. Being available in various parts of Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa, the 5.5-inch device will likely have a strong holiday quarter adding to this month’s strong sales. [Samsung]
According to reports out of Asia, Mountain View-based Google will unveil its own-branded 12.85-inch touch laptop powered by its Chrome OS at the end of 2012. Details are scant this morning on what embodies the device; however, a report from Commercial Times said 20 million units are on tap. A Taiwanese-based company, named Compal Electronics, will be responsible for the overall production, while Wintek will supply the touch panels for the laptop.
Traditionally, Google’s approach to Chrome OS —or any of its software—has been to distribute it to various OEMs for production. Google has never manufactured its own product on a large scale, as the Nexus Q was the only one, and it wasn’t even shipped to the mass-market, but that won’t be the case with its latest Chrome OS device.
Samsung and Acer have released past iterations of Chrome OS. While the overall success of the platform is not really known, Chrome OS products are sold in larger stores like Best Buy. Google pitches Chrome OS as the solution “for everyone.” Just maybe a touch-enabled laptop could strike the fancy of some users looking to ditch their traditional devices.
You aren’t going to find a better deal on a smartphone this holiday season. The HTC One V at Virgin Mobile is just $49.99 —$100 off! The One V is a compact Android 4.0 smartphone with a fantastic camera and unibody aluminum enclosure.
Do the $35 per month unlimited data plan and you’re all set. Read more
The world feels a little bit more right today as South Korean Pop Star PSY’s “Gangnam Style” music video passes Justin Bieber’s “Baby” on YouTube’s all-time watched list. With my kids still watching the video a few times a day, it shouldn’t be long until the video is the first to pass 1 billion views. The hit is notable because it is the only top video not from VEVO and not from a North American English speaker.
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So, we at 9to5Google scoured the Web for the best Android deals available for everything from smartphones to apps. Check out the full list below, but keep checking back as we will continually update throughout the day.
(All on-contract unless otherwise noted.)
- 16GB Samsung Galaxy S III 4G | Sprint ($29.99)
- 16GB Samsung Galaxy S III 4G | Verizon ($54.99)
- Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G | Sprint ($199)
- HTC One X 4G | AT&T (1 cent)
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 4G | Verizon ($149.99)
- Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 4G 32GB | Verizon (1 cent)
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G | Verizon (1 cent)
- LG Optimus G 4G | Sprint ($199.99)
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While lack of LTE connectivity in the Nexus 4 seemed to be one of the biggest controversies surrounding the device’s launch, Canadians will at least get to access local LTE networks on the device for now. As discovered by Canadian blog Tekgadg, which posted the video above (via TechCrunch), enabling support for LTE by simply switching the network type in settings seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately, the trick, which only supports Canadian networks running LTE Band 4 put o 20MHz, could possibly be shutdown by Google in the near future. Until then, those who want to enable LTE on their Nexus 4 will have to type in *#*#4636#*#* to access the necessary preference pane. TechCrunch has step-by-step instructions, if you’re interested.
Google Maps (@googlemaps) November 21, 2012
Just in time for Black Friday and the upcoming holiday shopping season, Google confirmed on the Google Maps Twitter account today that indoor floor plans are now available to all Google Maps users on the desktop. Unfortunately, unlike Android users who have access to multi-floor views, Google Maps on the desktop currently only shows the main level of buildings for indoor floor plans:
Currently, desktop Google Maps users are only able to view the main level of buildings available in indoor maps. For Maps users on Android devices, you can see additional levels using the level switcher function on the right side of the map.
Google has a full list of locations with indoor maps here.
Currently available in Kansas City, Kan., Google Fiber has proved to be a disruptive new service from the folks out of Mountain View. The service not only offers groundbreaking Internet speeds “100 times faster than broadband,” but also a radical new television service that offers content from a slew of sources: broadcast TV, cable, Netflix, and other Internet services. Google offers three plans: free Internet with a $300 construction fee, $70 per month for Gigabit Internet, and Gigabit + TV for $120 per month that includes a Nexus 7 to use as a remote control.
While we’ve seen brief encounters with the service, BTIG Research (via AllThingsD) has now given us a solid hands-on of the Google’s Fiber TV offering. The research group uses still shots to explain the features; but nonetheless, by the end of it, you’ll probably wish Google Fiber was available in your area. You can check out the video below to see the 905.28mbps down and 794.59mbps up speeds and how the Nexus 7 and TV interfaces work off each other.
A chairman of the Federal Communications Commission just publicly backed Dish Network’s proposal to create a wireless service, according to a new report by the Washington Post.
While the FCC still needs to vote on the proposal before the end of the year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski supports the plan, which requires approval from the agency’s four other commissioners, because it would help increase competition in a wireless market currently dominated by AT&T and Verizon.
Dish Network said the regulatory body has apparently set limits on how it can use the wireless spectrum, however. The agency’s proposal, for instance, requires Dish to use lower power levels to reduce potential interference with neighboring airwaves. Dish said the requirement—which direct competitor Sprint Nextel supported— would limit its network and slow upload speeds.
We loved it. You might too. Today, the HTC DROID DNA is officially available from Verizon Wireless for $199 on a two-year contract. For those who need a spec refresh, the DNA features a 5-inch, 1080p 441PPI display, which seemed a little “too good” to be true, 8-megapixel rear-camera, 2.1-megapixel front-camera, embedded Beats audio, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4. Check out our review for more. [Amazon] Read more
Those that updated to Android 4.2 might have noticed a bug that prevents users from selecting December for events like birthdays inside of the People app. Google has now officially addressed the issue in a post on the Android Google+ page by confirming that it plans to fix the bug before December:
We discovered a bug in the Android 4.2 update, which makes it impossible to enter December events in optional fields of the People app (this bug did not affect Calendar). Rest assured, this will be fixed soon so that those of you with December birthdays and anniversaries won’t be forgotten by your friends and family.
ReutersTV posted this video of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt speaking at the RAND Corp.’s “Politics Aside” conference in Culver City on Nov. 19. During the 32-minute-long interview, Schmidt discussed Google’s position on free speech, privacy, and described the process of removing potentially inappropriate user-generated content on YouTube.