Samsung is aiming to attract more users this holiday season and it’s using whimsical videos to do so. The biggest smartphone maker in the world has recently released a video where Kirigami, the ancient art-form of cutting and folding paper, is used to wish the viewers happy holidays.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was first released just a little over two and a half months ago. But apparently someone in China has decided that it’s already ripe for the cloning. Indeed, you can now purchase a brand new Galaxy Note II knockoff in China that, according to its retail box, goes by the name “Android Note II.” And its casing is decked out in all white, to boot.
It never takes those guys over at XDA Developers long to break into anything it seems, and the Verizson’s Galaxy Note 2 is their latest success. With the bootloader unlocked the Note 2 is now open for more custom ROMs and modifications, so it will be interesting to see what the community decides to so with this technological behemoth.
The two phones that we are pitting against each other today are both amazing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Oppo Find 5 deliver the best specs around and a refined user experience. But the differences between the two devices are substantial. So let’s compare them!
The three-month old Galaxy Note 2 has been Samsung’s first device to run Android 4.1, so it was only natural to expect it to be the first to get 4.2 as well. And while that’s still in the cards, it seems that we’re all going to have to wait for a bit longer because the GNote 2 is being upgraded right now, but only to 4.1.2.
Verizon has recently started to sell its own Galaxy Note 2 version, complete with that annoying Verizon-branded Home button that’s likely responsible for the phablet’s launch.
If you are looking for a new smartphone on Sprint and all these minuscule under-5 inch screens just aren’t doing it for you, watch out. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now available through Amazon Wireless for only $149.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is selling like hotcakes, and Google Wallet continues to gain ground as a leader in the mobile payment space. Sadly, you can’t use both together. Luckily for U.S. users, there’s an unofficial solution to that problem. Unless you use Verizon.
In case you happen to own one of Samsung’s 2012 flagship smartphone, either the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy Note 2, you’ll be happy to hear that you can unlock them from the shackles of your carrier free of charge. And you can do all that by yourself, as long as your handset runs a Jelly Bean version.
It’s been a good year for Android. Join us as we cast an eye back to December 2011 and reminisce about how far Android has come in the last 12 months. From ICS to Jelly Bean, from Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S3, and from Android Market to Google Play.