Mar 06 AT 3:16 PM Taylor Wimberly 55 Comments

Can anyone guess Samsung’s “exciting special announcement” on March 9th at SXSW?


Samsung Mobile just sent out a press release to let us know they will make an “exciting special announcement” at 4:00 PM CST on March 9th. Whatever is going down, it will happen in the Samsung Blogger Lounge at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Samsung Mobile is scheduled to present at the gdgt Live party we are attending on March 12th, so be sure to RSVP and maybe you can get a glance at whatever they have to show.

We always love to speculate, but how about we let you guys figure it out. Any guesses as to what Samsung might announce?

Show Press Release


At SXSW, Samsung will show how art, technology and communications come together with #FEED and launch #BeNoteworthy

DALLAS — March 6, 2012 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1 is showcasing its latest world-class, innovative mobile device, the Galaxy Note, at SXSW. From March 9 — 18, 2012 in Austin, TX there will be various opportunities to experience the device everyone is talking about, as it combines the best features of a smartphone with a larger viewing screen and allows for new ways to capture, create and share content.

The Galaxy Note includes a creative tool called the S Pen, which delivers fast, responsive and precise control to create fine lines and detail on the device display, allowing for communication in new ways. Users can make their own love notes, write a shopping list, crop a photo, create a vibrant multimedia memo and even take notes directly on the screen during phone calls. The S Pen opens a new world for gamers, allowing for easy and more accurate control than ever before, while offering a brilliant viewing experience on the Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch screen. For Galaxy Note users, Samsung Apps provides the best place to find apps uniquely suited for their device — including those “Made for S Pen” — applications designed to take advantage of the precision control and writing instrument for the Galaxy Note, the S Pen.

Special Announcement: March 9, 4:00 p.m.
On Friday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the Samsung Blogger Lounge (Austin Convention Center, room 19AB), Samsung will make a special announcement. Details will be released soon.

Samsung Mobile Presents: #FEED powered by Twitter
Learned Evolution will host Samsung Mobile Presents: #FEED powered by Twitter at Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, TX. The ten-day community experience will run from Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 18, 2012, spanning the Interactive, Film, and Music segments of SXSW. Samsung Mobile will integrate the Galaxy Note to show how technology, art and communication come together in new ways.

Through the partnership with #FEED, Samsung has integrated the Galaxy Note throughout the museum for attendees to experience the superphone in new and innovative ways, in addition to hosting a @DAY event and a @NIGHT party.

During the ten-day program, there will be #FEEDart installations at the AMOA for visitors to view works from the world’s leading interactive artists. Attendees can experience the superphone through a test drive program where each Galaxy Notes will be installed with Sonic Notify, a real time interactive presence aware application integrating every installation at #FEED. Additionally, the #BeNoteworthy lounge allows attendees to sit down, recharge at a Samsung charging station, and view content from the Noteworthy Project series as well as the #BeNoteworthy influencer program (details on #BeNoteworthy below).

@NIGHT Party: March 9th, 9:00 p.m: Samsung will be hosting our @NIGHT party on Friday March 9th at the AMOA to kickoff SXSW. Entertainment will include Remix Artist Collective, Eclectic Method, and Ernest Gonzalez. The party, which is open to the public, will highlight the Galaxy Note.

@DAY Event: March 10th, 2:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.: Samsung will host an event at the #FEED rooftop at the AMOA with several of our partners.
2:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.: #BeNoteworthy Launch Party featuring Hugh McLeod of along with #BeNoteworthy influencers. Hugh will be featuring and creating his iconic art work on-site and in real-time.
4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Samsung and a special guest (to be announced soon). There will be an exclusive demo of a new interactive experience for attendees.

#BeNoteworthy Project
From March 9 — 13, Samsung Mobile will equip several influencers with a Galaxy Note to use for inspiration and to create, consume and share content and ideas in new ways. Participants of #BeNoteworthy include Hugh McLeod, Guy Kawasaki and Soraya Darabi, among others. Each will be capturing and posting inspiring content throughout SXSW with a Galaxy Note and sharing them via the #BeNoteworthy Twitter hashtag. To meet the influencers, and hear more, please join the @DAY event at the rooftop of the AMOA (details above).

App Developer Meet-up
Samsung will hold an app developer meet-up on Sunday, March 11 from 10:45 — 11:45 a.m. in the Samsung Blogger Lounge (Austin Convention Center, room 19AB). Developers can come and meet Samsung’s developer team to ask questions and learn about developing for apps for Samsung. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge for developers to create S Pen integrated apps for the Galaxy Note using the S Pen Software Developer Kit. Winners of the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge will split more than $200,000 in cash and prizes, with a grand prize of $100,000.

About the Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note is designed with a 5.3-inch display with HD Super AMOLED technology, a high-resolution screen that provides a bright, rich, colorful viewing experience. The Galaxy Note includes a tool called the S Penâ„¢, which delivers fast, responsive and precise control to create fine lines and detail on the device display, much like an ink pen and pad of paper. These core mobile benefits of various devices and utilization of AT&T’s 4G LTE* network creates a premium user experience.

Follow Samsung Mobile on Twitter @SamsungMobileUS.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • jaxidian

    Is it too early for the SGS3? I didn’t expect it THIS early…

    • Jeff Pan

      Now way is it SGS3 !

      It could be a new variation of Galaxy tablet!

      • Jon Garrett


        I hope its the new 11.6″ tablet. also on March 9th the Colts are expected to release Peyton Manning but I don’t think that’s what Samsung will announce.

        • tmihai20

          Samsung said SGS III will not be launched any time soon. I think too they will focus on Note-like devices and tablets.

    • Dean

      Its new announcement for a new Operating system update for Galaxy Note /Tabs/S2/S1 (maybe)

  • thekaz

    Yeah, I gotta go with SGS3 … I actually thought you guys were being rhetorical with the headline! :)

  • Vieper07

    It’s the SGS3!!!!
    so we have 2 ultra phones next month!!! HTC One x and SGS3

    • zerosix

      I suppose, in Android world Samsung’g Galaxy S line is the creme de la creme. HTC Sensation is great, but not as great as SGSII.

  • spazby

    They will introduce a new bada phone with bing search engine…. They will call it, oh never mind, too corney…

  • Joel


    Please be the GS3…

  • oddball

    Ipad 3 I mean Samsung galaxy tab 11″ In all seriousness though I hope it’s a worldwide release date for the sg3 but I would expect it to be something big to deal with all the fanboi crap we are going to be hearing after the Ipad 3 conference

    • zerosix

      Yes, really. Apple sent messages about iPad3 during Google’s conference at MWC.
      Samsung must show us something very-very exciting.

    • alxrock

      GTab 11″ sounds right… “Everything’s bigger in Texas” right?

      I’d love to hear news about the GSIII or even Galaxy Journal though.

  • jwjones

    either the GSIII or GT11.6 would be amazing

  • Tony

    It’s either Samsung’s new Android tablet with that super high definition screen 2560×1600 or something like that, or Galaxy S3 or both. My guess is it’s just the new tablet but I don’t mind being surprised :D

    • WlfHart

      That much res and an S-Pen would make me drool. I hope whatever it is it is released soon after announcement.

  • clshores

    Angry Birds Space!

  • Km

    plzz be the SGS + ICS update

  • cwjones4

    The new tablets that were rumored at MWC?

  • T1beriu

    Bada 3. Angry Birds Moon. New line of TVs.

    If Samsung wants to launch SG3, it will make it in a big way so that the whole world knows about it. So no SG3 om the 9th of March.

  • Hall Lo

    I would love to say SGS3 :D Sammy please!!

  • jenskristian

    The Galaxy S III?!

  • Fahad

    Why does the press release say Galaxy Note?

  • john

    samsung frost free fridge freezer that actually works haha

    that their updating all there dropped smartphones to keep existing consumers happy (galaxy europa ETC) hopfully :)

  • kwills88

    I just hope it’s more exciting than the Galaxy Tab 2..I like that they doing this 2days after apple supposed to be announcing something.

  • jaydeeIL

    Angry Birds on the Galaxy Note. I would think Samsung is going to hold their own press announcement for the SGIII

  • Stuart

    They will not be launching any huge products 2 days after the ipad announcement. All it will be is showing off the Note 10.1 that just got announced at MWC and if it is anything big I’ll eat my Nexus

  • proximus88

    Think they are announcing samsungs first quadcore phone, thus maybe the gs3!

  • slurms mckenzie

    come on let it be a quad core 11.6 tablet im sick of these 7in toy ones

  • spintrex

    They’re announcing their new line of hybrid smart-phones powered by potatoes

  • ion orov

    Galaxy Tab 2 6.2
    Galaxy Tab 9.4
    Galaxy Note 8.1

    You know… so normal folk would be really clear about which tablet to buy…

  • honourbound68

    Every tab will be $249.
    Now wouldn’t that be incredible :)

  • Yildirim Sertbas

    will introduce sgs 3..

  • Dirge

    I’m guessing the new rumored Galaxy Tab(with super high res screen!?).

    Or something that has to do with software(TouchWiz 5.0?).

  • Nathan D.

    From the rumors earlier this week it should be GS3 and I really hope so. =)

  • aranea

    I bet it’s going to be the tablet not s3

  • sunrise

    PLEASE, let it be the SGS-3. I really need a new phone soon, and want to see what the SGS-3 will offer before I make a purchase decision. If the specs are fantastic, I’m will to wait till it’s release!

    • sunrise


  • NT_

    I have no eye deer what they might be announcing. None.

  • jamal adam

    I definitely agree that it probably has something to do with bada but a man can wish.

  • Stuart


  • David

    i hope its the galaxy note verizon version, i want one….

  • domi

    Galaxy Tab HD with higher resolution than the iPad3

  • stuart1

    It’ll be Angry Birds in space.

    Read somewhere that Angry Birds in space was going to be launched via the Samsung Note.

  • Noel Beale

    I am hoping for a tablet that blows away the iPad3.

    I really want to see the SGS3, but a tablet that shames the iPad3, launched before the iPad3, would just make my day.

  • Anne Carpenter

    Oh hot spit! Maybe the Galaxy Note will go to all the other carriers: T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon and be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich!!! I could do a multimedia blog on this!!

  • cb2000a

    Yes a new fridge..or possibly a new washer? Hmm maybe the sphone5? Oh wait….

  • Riz

    Just like the last time Apple announced iPad2; Samsung announced their offering two days latter. Apple is announcing next version of iPad today, March 7th. What do you think Samsung will announce two days latter on March 9th?

  • Owain

    I’ve noticed that the Galaxy SII has droped to Free on £21p/m + ($33) contracts in the UK (for some carriers) This is significant drop, so looking at shifting stock?

  • tcalouri

    Please be the Journal or whatever they elect to name the Note when it comes to Sprint!!!!!

  • redraider133

    Verizon is going to get the sgs3. yeah right one can wish anyway this year they will get the sgs3 with exynos processor and lte.

  • masterpfa

    I’m going to put my neck out on this one.

    I think it will be a Samsung Galaxy.

  • Rob

    Im hoping for the ICS update for my Galaxy Note!

  • Brett

    Angry Birds on Galaxy Note??

  • adam powers

    ….It’s the new samsung galaxy 8.1″ with that guerilla glass scratch resistant thing. I talked to some employee at best buy and office depot and its supposed to be released into all stores tomorrow(5-11-12)…but what time tomorrow…..???????hahahahaha.