MWC 2013 - Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 officially in Q2


Filip Reznicek | 8:58 PM | , , , , ,

We've seen it leaked a few times, but Samsung has beaten the Mobile World Congress rush and officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0. The device is basically a super-sized version of the Note 2 smartphone, right down to the physical home button (a first for Samsung's post-Android 3.0 tablets), call capability, and vertical orientation.
GALAXY Note 8.0_1  
The screen is an 8-inch 1280x800 panel, and it's unfortunately a TFT LCD - I had been hoping that they would make it Super AMOLED, and create a spiritual successor to the sadly underutilized Galaxy Tab 7.7. Naturally, you get the S-Pen and all of Samsung's custom TouchWiz applications on top of Android 4.1.2. Underneath the hood you get a beefy 1.6Ghz Exynos A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and an open MicroSD card slot. The rear camera is a serviceable 5 megapixels, with a typical 1.3MP front shooter. The 4600mAh battery should provide plenty of runtime.
The smartphone-style hardware has proven divisive - the thing looks like someone took a rolling pin to the later generation of Galaxy smartphones. At the moment an HSPA+ version is confirmed for an international release with phone capabilities in some territories, but a WiFi version should be coming at launch or soon after.
A worldwide release is scheduled for the second quarter of this year, though Samsung informs us that distribution in the United States has not been finalized. At the time of writing, there is no price information available.
Update: you can get a few fleeting glances of the Note 8.0 in Samsung's ChatOn 2.0 commercial (featuring 100% more Camille Saint-Saens than ChatOn 1.0!), below.

Source: androidpolice.com

PRESS:
SEOUL, Korea [February 24, 2011] – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the 8 inch tablet, the GALAXY Note 8.0; a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010. Providing unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen, the GALAXY Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to evolve the tablet experience and ensure you achieve new levels of efficient multi-tasking while benefitting from superb voice call functionality*. Furthermore, the intelligent S Pen brings together the latest innovation and the ease of using a traditional pen and paper; creating a sophisticated mobile experience that will enhance life on the go.
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
“The GALAXY Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity - the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play,” added Shin.
At the core of the GALAXY Note 8.0’s innovative solutions are beneficial functions, including multi-window options to split the portable 8inch screen and allow optimal access to a number of live applications; a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen with advanced usability; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share everyday documents; the Samsung “reading mode” technology to enjoy e books with optimized resolution, video and voice calls*. In addition, a suite of exciting new content and services are pre-loaded for users at no additional cost including, for the very first time on Samsung GALAXY tablet, the innovative Flipboard, and Awesome Note.
A smart diary for life on the go
Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the GALAXY Note 8.0 brings powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Designed to store and manage your personal and professional data efficiently, the new era device gives users the perfect pocket-sized hands-on organizational tool. Practical S Note templates and S Planner feature help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. All content can be entered and updated with the finest of detail thanks to the evolution of the intelligent Samsung S Pen. Enhanced precision is offered with Handwriting-to-Text conversion and advanced Productivity Tools that support formula and shape recognition are now available at the touch of your S Pen.
New content and services
GALAXY Note 8.0 is packed with pre-loaded content and apps specifically for the value maximizing, mass multimedia consumer. Upgraded Chat-On provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats – images, video, voice, contacts – for simple, enjoyable communication. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is introduced in android tablet for the first time with NOTE 8.0, is capable of unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. With Flipboard, your news, social network and other feeds come together in one stylish, flippable format so you can enjoy all your news and life’s great moments in one place. Flipboard developed a customized version of its application exclusively for Samsung that allows users to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard's main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote, gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing you to manage TV and video watching seamlessly.
A new age of S Pen intelligence
Optimized to aid personalized creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved to increase everyday usability and enhance creation expression. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is an extension of the GALAXY Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus that it thinks you’ll need and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate your most recently adapted S Note home screen.
S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only to hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on SPlanner without opening the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture allows images and content to be easily edited and cropped, whilst Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalized.
In addition, for the very first time in GALAXY NOTE category, you can use S Pen to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology.
Maximizing mass multimedia consumption
Creative multi-tasking with the GALAXY Note 8.0 is effortless due to innovative Dual View feature, two multi window options that seamlessly allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage. Dual View’s split screen accommodates optimal operation of different apps, such as launching the S Note on the web browser screen and allowing content to be resized, dragged and dropped as required.
Multi-tasking is extended to phone calls*. Pop Up Note allows you to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions and Pop Up Video ensures you can keep surfing the web whilst chatting – content windows can be easily resized by pinching to enlarge or reduce.
Perfect info-tainment partner
Packed with features to engage, entertain and excite, the GALAXY Note 8.0 supports your practical everyday needs. Reading Mode transforms the GALAXY Note 8.0 into an e-Book reader, provides the optimal reading conditions to ensure you can curl up and enjoy a good book. You can even turn it into a universal remote control with Smart Remote, to seamlessly manage TVs, set-up boxes, DVD & Blu-ray players.

Cars in sandbox: Construction v1.0


Filip Reznicek | 6:05 PM | , , , ,


Description: ★ Editor's Choice Award — Children's Technology Review
★ I really enjoyed this app, and while my son is still a little young to figure out all the controls I am sure that we will love playing it in the future. — The iPhone Mom
★ Little boys will just go crazy playing around with these 8 beautifully illustrated construction vehicles. The physics, animations and sounds are extremely well put. — Apps4Kids
★ I definitely recommend this app for any truck-fan as it offers a good variety of actions, selections and sounds! — Mom and More
Interactive car game for children aged over 2 years.
Many parents find their young children to be particularly fascinated by construction vehicles. We've made it easy and exciting for your child to explore them.
Different types of construction vehicle and road-building machinery are presented as toys in a sandpit, making the process of learning familiar and appealing. Throughout there are lots of beautiful animations, with great video and sound effects. These make clear what each vehicle can do and how it helps people in the real world. All the vehicles are charmingly but accurately depicted, with little surprises such as opening doors and horns which sound.
It is really easy to make vehicles move by touching or tipping the screen. Your child will also be able to do things such as extend the arm of the crane or operate the dumper by simple touches. Each vehicle comes with an involving little mission to complete, such as moving toys around, which will help your child discover what each kind of construction vehicle can do. This exploration will be great for fine motor skills, and success at each stage will be made clear by the award of another gold star.
Characteristics
▸ Simple easy-to-understand interface
▸ Fun to play again and again
▸ An unusual and interesting way to learn about different vehicles
▸ Exciting and realistic vehicle sound effects
▸ Colorful attention-grabbing backgrounds for all episodes
The list of vehicles:
▸ Dump truck
▸ Dumper
▸ Tractor
▸ Grader
▸ Crawler-mounted excavator
▸ Telescopic handler
▸ Loader
▸ Crane

Android OS Requierements: 2.2+

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Pettson's Inventions 2 v1.09


Filip Reznicek | 8:00 AM | , , , ,


Description: The sequel to the praised Pettson's Inventions. Bigger, better and more fun than ever!
Help old man Pettson and his cat Findus build their amazing inventions! Which of the objects should be included and where do they fit in the machinery? Drag and drop the parts to their right spot and watch the invention go! As usual a secret waits to be unlocked for those who manages to complete everything. A fun and pedagogic app that teaches logic and stimulates creativity for children of all ages.
★ A whopping 37 ingenious inventions to solve!
★ Possibility to increase difficulty by including fake parts in the inventions.
★ Voices in English, German and Swedish.
★ Fantastic original artwork!
★ Kid-friendly interface!
★ No in-app purchases.
Keep inventing! Check out Pettson's Inventions 1.

Android OS Requierements: 2.2+

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Slingshot Racing v1.3


Filip Reznicek | 3:00 AM | , , , ,


Description: Slingshot Racing is an original racing game developed exclusively for touchscreen devices. Behold a beautiful steampunk environment with ice tracks, grappling hooks, snowmen and more!
Pro Tip: To deploy the hook try picking a corner of the screen and just keep pressing there. You do not need to press on the towers to slingshot.
REVIEWS
★ Touch Arcade 4.5/5 'Mobile Racing Redefined'
★ 148apps 4.5/5 'Snowbolt and Crescent Moon have absolutely nailed this game'
★ Gamezebo 4/5 'Silky smooth one-touch racing gameplay.'
★ TouchGen 4/5 'As multiplayer games on one device go I think Slingshot Racing is hard to beat.'
★ App Advice: 'A New Genre Of Racing Emerges In Slingshot Racing'
★ AppSpy 4/5
★ App-Score 9/10 'Slingshot Racing is one of the most innovative games we've playing in a long time'
Use your grappling hook to slingshot around corners in this fast paced arcade style racer. Hone your skills by learning on the tutorial tracks, then blast out of the snow onto more complex tracks against other racers. Race around a selection of tracks in stunning day and night settings.
Career mode features 80 races with different objectives and settings. Take part in a simple straight race to the top spot on the podium. The pickups race pits you against the clock to collect all the cogs on the track as quickly as possible. The time trials offer you the chance to shave those all important seconds to achieve the perfect race. Alternatively prove your mettle by taking on the fearsome chomper as it hunts you around the track.
With 4 way multiplayer you can race family or friends on a single device. With just a few clicks you can create mini tournaments the way you like or just mix it up with a quick random selection.
FEATURES
★ Super addictive gameplay
★ Revolutionary controls, easy to pickup and difficult to master
★ Stunning graphics with gorgeous 3D effects, shadows, and particle systems
★ 4 player simultaneous play on one device! Play against your whole family!
★ Tweet or Post your high scores on Facebook

Android OS Requierements: 2.2+

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