Welcome, everyone! Stephen Shankland is getting settled at the event in Berlin. Today promises to be packed with surprises, so you're in the right place for commentary, analysis, and the general blow by blow.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 4:53:58 PM
Right now, the live stream features a bunch of Samsung ads. My favorite oddball one is the James Franco bit, which he apparently also directed. Did anyone else see that?
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 4:55:34 PM
The event space looks packed. I'm hoping for a sweep shot of Stephen Shankland, but just crowd shots so far.
Rahul8/29/2012 4:55:58 PM
My galaxy s3 needs jelly bean now
Lqkas8/29/2012 4:56:32 PM
This is going to be awesome! 5.5" Note ftw!
mibf8/29/2012 4:58:43 PM
Galaxy Note 2... please? Would VZw carry this or would I need to switch carriers?!
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 4:59:06 PM
@mibf It's unlikely they'll announce a U.S. carrier at a Berlin-based show...though stranger things have happened.
DocWllk8/29/2012 4:59:18 PM
Hi Jessica, any live poscasting coverage from the cnet crew? 404, The old Buzz crew?
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 4:59:25 PM
@DocWllk Today you get us. You'll just have to imagine our voices in your head : )
E8/29/2012 5:01:08 PM
Jessica, how is connectivity in the venue?
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:01:23 PM
@DocWllk: Yes, and just to let you know, my voice sounds like I'm perpetually screaming.
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:01:25 PM
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:01:33 PM
@E Stephen Shankland is there, and is presumably still getting settled in. I hope he pops on to tell us himself!
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:02:01 PM
Here we go!
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:02:14 PM
Oh wait, never mind. Here we go... in three minutes!
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:02:19 PM
3 minute countdown...
mibf8/29/2012 5:02:40 PM
understood.... US should announce shortly after todays unveiling.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:02:46 PM
@mibf Let's hope so!
HeuzeJerome8/29/2012 5:03:03 PM
This is great :) - will you be able to post photos? - Thanks Jessica
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:03:16 PM
@HeuzeJerome Absolutely! Stephen is a whiz with a lens.
Jeff Abramo8/29/2012 5:03:25 PM
Hoping beyond hope that this Sprint user hears the Galaxy Note 2 will be made available there! Fingers crossed!
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:03:55 PM
@Jeff Abramo I'm sure Samsung would love to blanket the U.S. in its "phablet." Let's take a vote: who likes the word "phablet"?
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:04:30 PM
I dig it, but then again, I'm a sucker for portmanteaus
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:04:49 PM
Debbie Parker8/29/2012 5:04:54 PM
I like Fablet...
Subbu8/29/2012 5:04:56 PM
not me. It's so awkward to use that "Phablet". the name it self says that.
Brian Bennett8/29/2012 5:05:03 PM
Yes! I'm here!
ajac098/29/2012 5:05:05 PM
Rumor is note 2 coming to all 4 carriers in the US in september early october!
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:05:22 PM
Also sounds like a "fabulous" "tablet."
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:05:27 PM
@ajac09 That'll be a good one for CNET's rumor show. Have you seen? DO. It's hilarious.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:05:49 PM
Alright, the gang's almost all here. Let's get these announcements flowing!
yahoowizard8/29/2012 5:05:59 PM
Phablet sounds really bad. Really really bad.
Kent German8/29/2012 5:06:28 PM
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:06:59 PM
This ambient muzak Samsung is playing is really lulling me to a deep sleep...
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:07:13 PM
Either that or it makes me want to do yoga.
Sabita Maitra8/29/2012 5:08:27 PM
Are the windows phone any good? They really don't look very appealing.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:08:52 PM
@Sabita Maitra They have a lot of promise. We'll need to see if the Samsung ATIV S delivers. See the link above for specs!
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:10:12 PM
Kent whispers to me: I feel like I'm in a nursery with this music. Tee hee!
rahillio8/29/2012 5:10:18 PM
I think they have to bring it in Us as soon as possible as if iPhone 5 comes before it,thn even Fandroids will buy it.... And it will sell more than any smartphone ever.... I think Samsung's all products combined(not so smart android phones sorry) ;)
Lynn La8/29/2012 5:10:24 PM
It's like Disney's Fantasia... but for phones.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:10:43 PM
@Lynn La Oh man, I love Fantasia.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:11:28 PM
If you're NOT watching the live stream, Samsung is starting with a promo video about how 5 people re-created Berlin with the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:12:09 PM
Which makes sense, because one of the biggest premises of the Note series is the creativity and drawing apps.
Jessica Dolcourt8/29/2012 5:12:52 PM
David Goldrake is the emcee, and here we go with a presentation that feels like an awards show...or a magic show.
Sabita Maitra8/29/2012 5:13:10 PM
I'm a HUGE iSheep and I am ashamed to say that I am torn between buying the Galaxy Note 2 or waiting for the iPhone 5!