Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Camera 2 debuts ahead of CES 2014
Samsung on Thursday introduced its second generation of the Galaxy Camera, the Android-powered digital camera. As you might expect, the hardware and software are pushed forward and feature quite the powerful and smart experience.
Details include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 16.3-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with 21x optical zoom lens and 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD display. on its backside. Under the hood you’ll find a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 2GB RAM, and a 2000mAh battery. Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.
Like its predecessor the Galaxy Camera 2 is packed with many software touches and enhancements for taking the best photos and recording the best videos. Using the NFC connection, the new Tap & Go feature lets users quickly share photos with connected devices.
With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.
There’s no indication as to what pricing and availability is just yet but with CES on deck next week we could learn more shortly.
Samsung Launches the Galaxy Camera 2, a Powerful Successor to the Galaxy Camera
Featuring an Android platform and a lightweight retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 allows avid photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed
SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a successor to the award winning GALAXY Camera which combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities and an intuitive design to match the most up-to-date smartphones. The Galaxy Camera 2′s revolutionary technology, which includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform makes it faster and easier than ever for users to shoot, edit and share high quality images with friends and family. With a lightweight, retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is the ideal option for photographers who do not want to sacrifice style for technology.
“Consumers love the Galaxy Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public’s passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results and with the Galaxy Camera 2′s host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images.”
Fast and Superior Performance
The Galaxy Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful pictures.
A high performance camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced in perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.
Simple Sharing and Easy Use
Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be automatically paired and transter images swiftly using a host of clever functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.
The Galaxy Camera 2′s 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.
With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.
Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.
Preliminary hardware details are seemingly confirmed by Samsung’s website
Details for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite have been found in the back halls of Samsung’s website, seemingly confirming the soon-to-be-announced handset. Should the listing prove accurate, and we think it should, the SM-N750 should run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (or later) and feature a 720p display.
Previous rumors indicate the smartphone will feature an 8-megapixel rear camera and LCD display; the standard model offers a 13-megapixels and Super AMOLED display combo. It is also expected that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will not offer LTE connectivity.
As many of you know, CES takes place next week and Samsung is reportedly set to introduce a number of new devices in this new year. Once rumored for Mobile World Congress, perhaps this, and a few other products are en route to Las Vegas as we speak.
Verizon Wireless on Thursday announced that the Moto G smartphone will be available starting from January 9, 2014. Priced at a mere $99, the phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a guaranteed update to at least Android 4.4 KitKat. You’ll be able to pick one of these through Verizon’s website next week followed by a retail presence in the coming weeks.
Customers will be able to pair the Moto G with rate plans that start at $60 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 2GB data. Should you need more data, a $70 plan offers 4GB per month.
It’s pretty darn ridiculous the amount of phone you’re getting here for the money. With nary a contract in sight, it’s nearly impossible to resist. Hardware features include a 4.5-inch HD display, 5-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.
Back at CES 2013, we got a little taste on where Samsung wants to take foldable, or flexible technology. Having the ability to fold your tablet into the size of your phone, is something everyone can wrap their brains around. Yesterday, we posted about Samsung submitting patent designs for the Galaxy S5 and Note 4. Now we get design concepts for a foldable tablet.
Now it doesn’t look like the tablet will fold down to a smaller size, but rather open and close like a book. That is still very cool, and I am curious to see is Samsung unveils anything new in foldable or flexible technology at this year’s CES. We will keep you posted about these designs.
Source: Android Headlines
Apple’s iPhone was the only smartphone to gain mobile web traffic share in North America during the holidays, according to a new report from analytics firm Chitika, suggesting that the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c were popular with consumers over the holiday season.
The iPhone saw a 1.8 percent jump in web traffic from the period between December 20 and December 29, while other smartphone manufacturers experienced no gains or a slight loss in traffic share. Overall, the iPhone has a 54.3 percent share of total mobile web traffic, far above its closest competitor Samsung, which has a 23.7 percent share.
Despite its minor share loss, the iPad remains the most popular tablet, comprising 76.1 percent of all mobile web traffic in North America. Apple’s closest competitor, Amazon, has a 9.4 percent share, while Microsoft and Samsung come in at 2.3 and 5.9 percent.
Mobile web traffic usage numbers have changed little over the course of the last year, with iOS devices continuing to dominate Android devices. In a report from late 2012, Chitika noted that iOS had an overall usage share of 67 percent, while Android had a 33 percent share.
Apple’s mobile web traffic dominance was also confirmed by a recent report from IBM, indicating the majority of online shopping from mobile devices during the Christmas holiday was done by iOS users rather than Android users. 23 percent of total online sales on Christmas in the U.S. were made from iOS devices, while just 4.6 percent were made from Android devices.
To gather its data, Chitika used its Chitika network ad impressions, analyzing data from millions of smartphone and tablet users in both the United States and Canada. An ad impression was measured each time an individual user loaded a page containing Chitika ad code, giving an impression of overall web usage rather than a measurement of unique users.
Readdle’s popular document scanning app Scanner Pro has been named Apple’s app of the Week, and as a result, it is available for free for the first time since its initial 2011 release.
Scanner Pro is one of the most highly rated scanning apps in the App Store and is designed to turn the iPhone or the iPad into a portable scanner for documents, receipts, notes, photos, and more. The app removes shadows, sharpens scans, and corrects perspective in order to make scans as “readable as possible.”
It also utilizes edge detection in order to create fast, accurate scans, and it stores scans as PDF files that can be uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, or emailed/printed.
Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document.
Scanned documents can be emailed and printed, uploaded to Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote, or simply saved on the iPhone/iPad.
Motorola is starting off the new year right. Yesterday we got word that the Moto G is coming to Verizon as a $100 prepaid device, and today Boost Mobile announced that it’s also going to be selling the budget-friendly smartphone through multiple channels. The most eager fans can grab one of their very own today through HSN, which is selling the G for $100 after a $30 mail-in rebate; it’ll also be available for $130 on Boost’s website starting January 14th and brick-and-mortar stores on the 20th. If you’re trying to get a solid Android device and don’t mind the 3G speeds, you can’t get much better than this.
Hercules may be bearing down on the Northeast as we speak, but we’ve never let something as small as a giant snow storm derail the machine that is the Engadget Podcast. CES on the other hand, is another issue altogether, with much of our team already making its way to Sin City. We’ve still managed to cobble together enough of a crew to talk the week in tech — and the big show to come. Join us after the break, won’t you?
The HTC One 2, or M8, has been on us tech enthusiasts minds, simply because we want to see where HTC takes their HTC One line. Yes, HTC doesn’t make the best decisions in the world, but they do make excellent devices. Being that the HTC One is number one on most tech sites lists of best devices in 2013, the HTC One 2 should no doubt be a winner as well.
Leak king, evleaks, sent out a tweet about the HTC One 2, giving us “preliminary” specs of the new phone. Preliminary as in these specs are not official, and could change once the phone is announced.
Preliminary HTC M8 specs: Snapdragon MSM8974, 5" 1080p display, 2GB RAM, UltraPixel rear / 2.1MP front cams, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, KK, Sense 6.0
— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 2, 2014
Sadly these specs aren’t reporting that the new HTC flagship will be running the latest Snapdragon processor. Not a huge deal, but it is nice to know that the device you purchase has the latest and greatest in technology. Other than that, the specs look pretty decent, so let us know your thoughts about the new HTC One. Once we find out more about these specs, we will let you know.