Moment begins Kickstarter campaign for clip-on smartphone camera lenses

If you're fed up with the camera on your phone, there's no shortage of clip-on lenses to enhance the experience: Just take a look at Sony, Olloclip and Photojojo for great examples of this. This doesn't mean there isn't room for a new contender, however. Moment, a startup founded by the creator of Contour, has just launched a Kickstarter project for a pair of lenses that clip on to your iPhone, iPad or Samsung Galaxy S 2, 3 or 4. The new products, which consist of your choice of wide-angle or telephoto, can be mounted onto the phones with a thin piece of metal. Each one features a four- or five-element lens, almost no geometric distortion or chromatic aberration, the same professional-quality cinema glass that Moment claims is used for HD film and slightly larger diameters designed to keep image quality the same around the edges as it is in the center. If you choose to back the project, you'll be able to buy one lens for $50 or two for $100, though there are a couple more expensive options should you be interested in getting something a little more exclusive.

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Contract-free T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II now available for $299 from Walmart

Contract-free T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II now available for $299 from Walmart

If you’re looking for a decent great Android smartphone but don’t want to commit on any carrier contracts, T-Mobile and Walmart may have something for you. Now you can get yourself the Samsung Galaxy S II for $299 from the big retail chain. Of course, you’ll also need some minutes, texts and data, and T-Mobile suggests its Monthly4G no annual contract plan of $30 per month or higher. That $30 per month gets you unlimited Web, with the first 5 GB at up to 4G speeds; unlimited text; and 100 minutes of talk, with 10 cents per minute after the first 100 minutes.

Alternatively, you may want use Walmart’s Family Mobile service, which too is a monthly, no-annual-contract plan that costs $45 per month for the first line and $35 per month for additional lines, and provides unlimited access to Web surfing, data and social media for all lines on the account (base plan includes the first 250MB per month at up to 3G speeds)…

Contract-free T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II now available for $299 from Walmart originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-09-05T09:19:37Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


T-Mobile’s latest Galaxy S II update silently removed ‘universal search’ feature

TMobile's latest Galaxy S II update quietly nixed 'universal search' feature

As you may or may not know, there's been an issue related to the universal search feature inside a region-specific batch of Samsung Galaxy S IIIs; with the Korean company going as far as "inadvertently" removing it from some Euro handsets a while back, before eventually bringing it back to life. Now, thanks to great, thorough inspecting by the folks from Android Police, it appears T-Mobile's S II flavor is the latest galactic slab to have such searching trait completely wiped out from the device. Apparently, this took place during the T989UVLH1 update from T-Mo a couple of days ago, but much to everyone's surprise, mentions of any "universal search" tweaks were nowhere to be found on the changelog. More importantly, how's it looking on your end? Do let us know in the comments below.

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T-Mobile's latest Galaxy S II update silently removed 'universal search' feature originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumored Samsung Galaxy S II Plus resurfaces: adds purported specs and pictures

Rumored Galaxy S II Plus resurfaces adds purported specs and pictures

It's been a long, long time since we first saw the unannounced Galaxy S II Plus show up in some leaked benchmarks. Today, however, Sammy's souped-up flavor of that famed S2 is making the rounds on the interwebs once more, and better yet, we've got an idea of what it could look like physically come its official revelation. According to Chilean carrier VTR, Samsung's Galaxy S II Plus will be sporting a 4.5-inch AMOLED display, which is said to be paired alongside a dual-core, 1.5GHz Exynos CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera -- notably, the site's also listing it as an Ice Cream Sandwich device, making it slightly different than what we'd seen previously in earlier benchmark scores. Either way, all signs point toward the Korean outfit being close to legitimately introducing its S II Plus sooner rather than later; while we wait for that to happen, though, the angled shots after the break will have to suffice.

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UK: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too

UK: T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too

After all other operators and unlocked device users, Samsung Galaxy S II owners on T-Mobile’s British network are finally getting their serving of Ice Cream Sandwich. We haven’t heard what happened with Orange (they should be getting their updates, too), so as far as UK is concerned – every friggin’ SGS2 users is cleared or will be cleared in the next couple of days. You know how it goes with these sort of updates – they’re rolled out in stages so that servers can sustain the demand.

Expect all of the features Android 4.0 delivers along with some TouchWIZ improvements. Yep you should update, though make sure you have a local copy of all important data just in case, God forbid, goes wrong. If that’s on place and if your battery is fully charged, connect to a fast Wi-Fi network, check for updates and take it from there. Within minutes your Galaxy S II will run Ice Cream Sandwich. ;)

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UK: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-04-25T06:59:50Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


UK: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too

Strange things have happened. Usually unlocked smartphones get software updates first and are followed by carrier-specific versions weeks, sometimes even months later. With Samsung Galaxy S II, it’s completely different, with carrier-branded devices getting their servings of Ice Cream Sandwich before SIM-free ones.

In the UK, users on Three, O2 and Vodafone already got the latest version of Android, while folks who paid a small fortune for an unlocked device are still waiting. The Korean giant acknowledged this and has started pushing the new software to SIM free devices. Here’s what they said:

Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/sim-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience.

Orange and T-Mobile are also mentioned, which is cool, though no dates were given.

As you probably know, these updates are usually pushed in stages, so even if you don’t see it yet, don’t worry – you’ll get it in the next few days…

[Via: EuroDroid]

UK: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich update, too originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-04-19T06:43:14Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


Winners of IntoMobile & ngmoco’s five Skyfall-themed Samsung Galaxy S IIs are…

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… commenters KingcobraKing, RoverDover, DJPaulyC, Stimpylover, and Captarabia!

Congratulations to our five winners on being chose to win one of our five Skyfall-themed Samsung Galaxy S IIs courtesy of our friends at ngmoco! You’ll be the talk of the town when you all pull out your custom Galaxy S IIs!

Thanks to all who entered in our Galaxy S II giveaway. If you’re feeling lucky this week, we’re giving away a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, so try your luck with our current giveaway! And if you’re itching for more Samsung Galaxy S II info, be sure to check out our review!

Winners of IntoMobile & ngmoco’s five Skyfall-themed Samsung Galaxy S IIs are… originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-03-30T17:23:50Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


UK: O2′s Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android 4.0 update, too

O2's Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android 4.0 update, too

I love the way British carriers are competing against each other to be among the first ones to launch the Ice Cream Sandwich for the super-popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Three won that race, with Vodafone and Orange saying their customers will have to wait a little longer.

Now we have O2 joining Three to release the latest (and greatest) version of Android to its SGS2 customers.

Unfortunately, it’s not an over-the-air update and you’ll rather have to use Sammy’s Kies software in order to make it run ICS. That, however, shouldn’t be a problem though you never know – personally I hate non-OTA updates and I know I’m not alone. On the other hand, I want ICS badly so that small thing won’t stop me, despite the fact that I find Kies somewhat a sucky product. I don’t use it. Ever. Period. That’s why we have cloud-based services. I’ll stop my rant here… ;)

UK: O2′s Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android 4.0 update, too originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-03-30T07:56:12Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


Win one of five Skyfall Samsung Galaxy S IIs from IntoMobile & ngmoco

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This past November, I was invited by ngmoco:) to check out a couple of their upcoming games, one of which was Skyfall. A couple of weeks ago I was also invited to partake in an editor’s challenge against a number of fellow editors from a number of big name outlets to reach a certain area in Skyfall the fastest. Through my hard work and years of gaming experience, I successfully completed the challenge and my reward is what you see before you.

I was given five unlocked Skyfall-themed Samsung Galaxy S IIs to do what I want with them. Seeing as we love you all so much, I decided to share my reward with you, the IntoMobile readers.

The Samsung Galaxy S II should be no stranger to you by now. We reviewed it and deemed it the king of Android back in May 2011, has made a ton of money for Samsung, and has just started to receive its ICS update. As far as its innards go, it’s rocking a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, and more bells and whistles that will keep you satisfied.

Here’s what you’ll need to do in order to qualify for an entry to win one of our five unlocked Skyfall-themed Samsung Galaxy S IIs:

  • Follow IntoMobilengmoco:), & Skyfall on Twitter; retweet the following message, “@IntoMobile & @ngmoco are giving away five @Skyfall Galaxy S IIs - http://bit.ly/GHXrMf“
  • “Like” IntoMobilengmoco:) & Skyfall on Facebook.
  • Comment below on what is your all time favorite ngmoco:) game is and why.

Skyfall is ngmoco:)’s F2P social RPG whose main focus is exploration. As you explore, you’ll clear your path to your next quest or just to run around and kill random enemies wandering around. The social aspect of Skyfall is where its at as you can invite friends or strangers to fight alongside you in some of the game’s more challenging quests. The game is currently available on Google Play and is completely free for you to play.

Our giveaway will be taking place from the time of this post until 3/26 at 11:59pm PT. We’ll be choosing five random winners from the comments below who have followed all of the rules and we’ll announce the winner by updating this article as well as a new post announcing the winner. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

You can also follow the IntoMobile team on Twitter. This isn’t required to win but it sure couldn’t hurt.

Win one of five Skyfall Samsung Galaxy S IIs from IntoMobile & ngmoco originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-03-21T19:03:05Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j


Samsung Galaxy S II ICS kernel is out

Samsung Galaxy S II ICS kernel is out

Samsung’s “version” of Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S II doesn’t work for you? If you want something custom running on your SGS2, you’ll be glad to know that the Korean giant released the source code for its ICS kernel, allowing third party developers to (“legally”) get into action.

Your best bet to get a custom ICS experience is to keep your eyes on XDA Developers forum, which is known to gather the kind of folks who like to experiment with their devices. On the other hand, if you want to do some coding for yourself, you can grab the kernel source code from here.

Finally, if want to know what’s all included with the ICS update to the Samsung Galaxy S II, you can see that from here.

[Via: gsmarena]

Samsung Galaxy S II ICS kernel is out originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2012-03-20T08:28:30Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j