Note II clone - Star S7180

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.

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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.

Galaxy Note 2 vs Oppo Find 5 copy

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!

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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.

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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.

Huawei

A Huawei executive has revealed that his company is currently working on a new device that will take on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. He revealed that the device will feature a “giant” display. There are reports that say Huawei’s new device will feature a 6.1-inch display, a quad-core processor, and a 4,000 mAh battery.