Giveaway: PureGear Utilitarian case
This week MacNN and Electronista are getting into the holiday spirit, and as such we are going to be giving away a lot of cool prizes from today through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between. Be sure to check back often to get in on the action. First up, we are giving away three PureGear Utilitarian cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5, or Galaxy S III.
TiVo ships Slide Pro Remote with concealed QWERTY keyboard
TiVo has put its new Slide Pro Remote on sale. Much like the original, the Slide Pro Remote resembles a normal TiVo remote, but conceals a backlit QWERTY keyboard in a second layer. This new version, which includes RF support, dedicated "Search" and "Back" buttons, and can play a tune when lost, will work with all TiVo Roamio DVRs, TiVo Premiere DVRs, and TiVo Minis with a dongle, and is priced at $50.
Galaxy S 4, S III, Note II to gain Jelly Bean 4.3 from SFR by December
Android version 4.3 will be reaching the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in October, according to a European carrier's update roadmap. SFR of France has revealed that, just as reported earlier, the Galaxy S 4 will be the first of three Samsung devices to get the update to 4.3 Jelly Bean, with the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II both getting it at a later time.
Software update to add support for Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung will be bringing Android 4.3 to two more Galaxy devices later this year, after revealing its new Galaxy Note 3 will ship with the latest version of Jelly Bean. Both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 will receive the mobile operating system update, which will be issued to carriers sometime in October, and will reach customer devices shortly afterward.
Oddly, iPhone 4S and 5 also drop slightly in resale value
Analysts at investment firm Piper Jaffray, after monitoring online auctions for Apple and Samsung smartphones, have found that the three-year-old iPhone 4 has actually gained in resale value by just over 10 percent, while the later iPhone 4S and 5 models dropped in resale value -- but nowhere near as much as Samsung's former flagships the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. A similar study conducted in China looking at resale auctions there saw similar results, with the iPhone 4 gaining resale value while newer iPhones and Galaxy products dropped.
Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2 tied for first place; iPhone second
A new study focusing only on smartphones by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has ranked two premier Samsung smartphones -- the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 2 -- ahead of Apple's iPhone various iPhone models in a new survey of 2,500 buyers. The results have a number of odd notes to them, giving high scores to mostly older models and entirely omitting recent entries such as the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10 and Samsung Galaxy S4; ranking all three iPhone models as essentially equal when the iPhone 4 is now three years old; and using the exact same vaguely-defined methodology as a recent Korean study, suggesting a possible agenda (though the Korean study actually gave the crown to the iPhone).
Third party battery said to be unauthorized, faulty
Samsung has made comment on the case of an exploding battery in a Galaxy S III, determining that the battery was an unauthorized component. The GS3 in question belonged to a woman in Switzerland, and the South Korean giant acquired the damaged device to inspect it. Samsung released a statement to Le Matin saying that the battery that was in the phone at the time of the explosion "was not supplied or manufactured by Samsung or a company authorized by Samsung."
Galaxy S III to get Daydream, Driving mode, new controls
The Android 4.2.2 test firmware for Samsung's Galaxy S III has leaked to the Internet, signaling that a final update for the Samsung handset may not be to far off in the future. Devoted Samsung site SamMobile acquired the leaked firmware, and the site notes that it is definitely in an unfinished state. The update is still under testing, and it may see release from Samsung in July or August of this year.
Samsung battery inflates on charge near sleeping owner, melts phone
A Samsung Galaxy S III suffered a potentially hazardous fault yesterday, according to a user of Reddit. Photos on the social news site appears to show a phone that started to smoke and an inflated battery, with damage ranging from melted and burned plastic on the smartphone itself, a small burn on the poster's finger, and a hole in their foam pillow mattress cover caused through the excessive heat.
Changes to lock screen, main UI appear in test firmware
A future update for the Samsung Galaxy S III could include a number of features carried over from the Galaxy S4, according to a report. The pre-release ROM using Android 4.2.2 as a base, still undergoing testing by the manufacturer, adds new options to the lock screen, as well as a number of design cues carried over from the Samsung flagship smartphone.
Last generation flagship arrives on T-Mobile with LTE
An LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy S III will be showing up on T-Mobile's network even as Samsung has moved on to the next generation of its Galaxy S series. The carrier already supported the Galaxy S III, but T Mobile's network wasn't LTE-compatible until just last month.
Rollercoaster ride used to demonstrate low-light capabilities
Nokia is continuing to tease its impending launch of the Lumia 928, by comparing its camera against that of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. A video on the Nokia website using footage from the three phones claims to show how the 8.7-megapixel PureView camera stands up to those found in competing handsets in low-light conditions.
Galaxy S4 Active to be dust and waterproof, rugged yet retains S4 appearance
Samsung is planning to introduce a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S4 this summer, according to a report. The Korean electronics producer is also plotting to put out a smaller version called the Galaxy S4 Mini, mimicking the product strategy of the Galaxy S III, as well as a new eight-inch Galaxy-ranged tablet sometime in June.
IHS 'virtual teardown' finds over 60 percent of parts made by Samsung
According to a preliminary "virtual teardown" by IHS, the HSPA+ version of the new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone holds $236 in parts, and the LTE version contains $233 in silicon, mostly produced in-house by Samsung. The bill of materials in the new device exceeds the equivalent version of the Galaxy S III smartphone by $30.40, a 15 percent increase.
Study shows iPhone 5 alone sells nearly double Galaxy S III figures
Apple's dramatic uptick in iPhone sales in the final calendar quarter of 2012 put its two leading iPhone models -- the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S -- at the top of the heap as the current most popular smartphone models in the world, according to handset industry monitoring firm Strategy Analytics. Together, the two iPhone models sold over 44.8 million units in Q4, handily surpassing its nearest rival, Samsung's Galaxy S III (which shipped 15.4 million units, a sizeable decline from the prior quarter).
British retailers recommending Samsung phones over iPhone
Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones may be getting an extra bit of sales push from retail attendants in the United Kingdom. This according to a survey by Informa Telecoms and Media, which found that the two Samsung handsets were the most recommended smartphones among eight of Britain's leading electronics retailers. The two Samsung phones were recommended more often than any other devices, including Apple's iPhone 5, even though much of their competition is newer to the market.
Samsung moves into top gear crossing the 100 million Galaxy S sales
Samsung has announced that it passed the 100 million sales milestone for its Galaxy S smartphones. The South Korean technology giant said that it achieved the milestone just two years and seven months following the launch of the original Galaxy S in May 2010. Of the three models sold so far, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III is the fastest selling model to date selling 40 million units in just 7 months.
New cases scheduled for release in early 2013
XPAL Power, maker of the PowerSkin line of shock-absorbing, battery-boosting cases for smartphones, has previewed its new lineup for 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show. The new products showcase a Pro Series of double-injection hard plastic iPhone 5 battery cases in a variety of colors for the first time ever, along with a next-generation slim design for iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, as well as a Hybrid Battery Charger, featuring suction cups and tip connectors compatible with Android and Apple iOS devices.
No announced release date for patch in other countries, including US
Samsung has begun to address a serious security flaw found in Exynos 4 ARM-based smartphones. A patch for the Galaxy S III has been released in the UK that fixes the problem, according to SamMobile. A date for a wider release for the patch has not yet been made public.
Withdrawal based on Samsung promises to not sell handset in US
Apple has filed to exclude a new Samsung phone from its next smartphone patent trial with the Korean manufacturer. The complaint against the Galaxy S III Mini has been withdrawn, according to a court filing in the US District Court in San Jose, CA. Samsung claims to not be "making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the Galaxy S III Mini in the United States," despite Apple being able to procure samples through authorized retailers such as Amazon.
Smartphone rumored to merge Galaxy S, Galaxy Note lines
Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy S IV Android smartphone in April, according to rumors. The South Korean company is also said to be merging its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series in the successor to the Galaxy S III, and will allegedly be the first in the Galaxy S series to launch with the S Pen stylus.
Contextual features, camera app updates added to smartphone
Samsung has started rolling out its Premium Suite for the Galaxy S III in the United Kingdom. The update, which adds multi-window support and camera enhancements, among other changes, is being pushed out starting from today according to the company, though this could take up to a week to actually complete, depending on individual networks.
Samsung adds the Grand to the Galaxy line of smartphones
Samsung has taken the covers off the Galaxy Grand, the latest in its ever-expanding array of devices wearing the Galaxy brand. The new device continues the current design language seen in the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. The Galaxy Grand also sits between the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III and the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II with a 5-inch display.
Samsung Exynos 4-based processors vulnerable to serious
Devices running Samsungís Exynos 4-based processors (4210 and 4412) including the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been shown to be vulnerable to a hack with potentially serious ramifications. A developer on the XDA Developers forum @alephzain uncovered the vulnerability, which could give a malicious app the ability to wipe data, brick a device or access a userís data without their knowledge.
Jelly Bean update brings Google Now, more
Verizon models of the Samsung Galaxy S III will begin receiving an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, beginning tomorrow and continuing over the next week. The upgrade will make the phone Global Ready, and it will also bring compatibility with ISIS, the mobile device-based payment system Verizon is currently testing in Austin, TX, and Salt Lake City, UT. Users can manually check if their phone is ready for an upgrade by going to the settings menu, though Verizon will also push out upgrade notifications when a phone is ready.
Facebook image warns readers away from slow S III downloads
Motorola has attacked the Samsung Galaxy S III in a campaign to advertise the Droid RAZR HD. Updates to the company's website as well as its Facebook page compare the RAZR's various features against the Samsung smartphone, including comparisons of the build quality, speed and battery life between the two handsets.
Muse syncs with Galaxy devices to play MP3s
Samsung today announced the availability of a new miniature music player, the Galaxy Muse. The Galaxy Muse can sync with Galaxy devices in order to give owners a lightweight way to keep their tunes with them when on the go. Thanks to the new Muse Sync Android app, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners can sync music to the Muse without having to connect to their PC at all.
Contextual features, multi-window added to smartphone
Samsung has started to roll-out its Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update to the Galaxy S III smartphone. Starting with international editions of the handset and mimicking its recent update for the Note 10.1, Samsung will be adding something called the Premium Suite Upgrade, which includes a number of contextual features and other items that are are already being used by users of the Galaxy Note II.
Revision not being pushed, manual update required
As expected, the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now available for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone on AT&T. The software, while available now, and is not being pushed out to users at this time. Galaxy S III owners are required to install the update through the Samsung Kies application, but won't be sent notifications that they are eligible for the upgrade at present.
Galaxy S III going for $100 with two-year contract
Starting this sunday, RadioShack will be offering Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone with a complimentary $50 Google Play credit. The retailer is offering Samsung's flagship smartphone for $100 with the activation of a two-year contract. Customers looking to get the S III on AT&T will have to make their purchase in-store in order to take advantage of the offer, while Sprint and Verizon customers can get the Play Store credit in-store or online.
T-Mobile GS III now getting Google Now, Project Butter
A few months after a build was initially leaked, the T-Mobile version of Samsung's Galaxy S III has begun receiving its update to Android 4.1.1. Owners of the handset should begin receiving notifications that their S IIIs are eligible for a software update some time today or over the next few days. The update can be triggered either through checking the phone's settings or by using Samsung's Kies app.
Samsung Galaxy S III sells 18 million units during Q3
The Samsung Galaxy S III took the number one position as the top selling smartphone in Q3, according to new research conducted by Strategy Analytics. The company estimated that Samsung sold 18 million Galaxy S IIIís during the quarter. The Apple iPhone 4S came in second, with 16.2 million sales, despite strong rumors about the iPhone 5 putting a significant dent in iPhone sales for the quarter.
Note II sells three times faster than original
Samsung's previous optimism about sales for its Galaxy Note II "phablet" appears to have been borne out since its launch, as the South Korean manufacturer says the device has hit the three million unit mark just 30 days after its international release. The company made the announcement earlier today, pointing out that the new Note hit the three million mark in just a third of the time it took for the original Note to do so. The Note II has a number of advantages over the original, including that it has launched on more carriers in the United States than did its predecessor.
White juice pack for Galaxy S III now shipping for $100
As expected, Mophie has now released its first juice pack auxiliary battery case for a non-iOS device. The latest juice pack case will nearly double the battery life of Samsung's Galaxy S III. The 2,300mAh battery embedded in the case is said to provide up to seven extra hours of talk time on 4G, or 9 additional hours of web browsing, or 32 hours of audio playback.
Mid-range offering out on all major UK networks
Samsung has revealed the street date for the Galaxy S III Mini in the UK. The smaller four-inch follow-up to the company's flagship handset will be going on sale from Thursday 8th November, and will be available across all major networks, high street shops, and other retailers at the same time.
TiVo fall update includes changes to My Shows page
TiVo's fall update will feature updates for the To Do List and the My Shows page. A post on Twitter by vice president Margret Schmidt confirmed the update and also included screenshots showcasing some of the changes. While an official rollout date has not been set, TiVo is allowing some users to preview it early, via sign-ups to the Priority List.
Galaxy S III will be the most powerful handset ever offered by MetroPCS
MetroPCS will begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S III handset on Monday, October 22, as promised. The regional carrier will sell the handset for $500 without a contract, while the high-speed LTE data plans from MetroPCS range from $30 to $70 per month. Its arrival will mark a significant milestone at MetroPCS, as it will be the most powerful, expensive, and fully-featured handset ever offered.
Three first to offer Galaxy S III update to its customers
The Samsung Galaxy S III has finally started to roll out in the UK. National carrier Three released the update earlier today, and is the first network in the country to offer the update, with other carriers likely to offer it over the next few days. Aside from checking through Samsung Kies and the handset itself, Three confirmed the update through its own Twitter-based support team.
Web traffic numbers despite fewer iPhones sold than Android
According to an updated report by online ad purveyor and analyst firm Chitika, Apple's iPhone accounts for 46 percent of the smartphone internet traffic. Apple's performance beats out Samsung-built phones by 29 percent of the total share. The previous report cited data saying that web impressions from the iPhone 5 had overtaken the Galaxy S III 56 percent to 44 percent of the cumulative total of the two phones' traffic.
Suggested Android 4.1 update due in the coming months
Samsung has confirmed that it will be providing all Galaxy S III users in the US an update to Jelly Bean. The change to Android 4.1 from Ice Cream Sandwich will be dependent on how long each carrier spends with the update before releasing it to customers, and in lieu of a definitive release date, it will be rolled out "in the coming months."
ISIS mobile payments to arrive in Salt Lake City, Austin, on October 22
The ISIS mobile payment system is set to go live on October 22, according to some leaked memos from the carrier. Shared by TMoNews, the image reveals that the ISIS Mobile Wallet app will arrive at Google Play store on October 22. Those in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas, will be able to use the system as part of a pilot program.
Hardware upgrade seems to match Galaxy Note II
A new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been announced in Japan. Appearing on Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, the Galaxy S III Alpha is an improved version of the original, sporting hardware remarkably similar to that of the Galaxy Note II. A new color is also carried over from the Galaxy Note II, however the stylus does not.
Galaxy S III now among top five devices for ad impressions
A pair of mobile marketing analytics companies -- Velti and Chitika -- have released statistics updating trends in both mobile ad impressions and web traffic, with some surprising results. According to Velti, the introduction of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 has pushed Apple into a growth position over combined Android statistics in ad impressions. Chitika, meanwhile, reports that Android's top-selling phone, the Galaxy S III, has fallen to the iPhone 5 in terms of web traffic -- possibly suggesting that sales of the new iPhone have grown significantly.
New version brings photo thumbnails, UI changes
The Dropbox app for Android received an update today, bringing changes to the user interface as well as a number of bug fixes. The new app allows users to view preview thumbnails of their uploaded photos and videos under a new Photos tab. Uploads have also been moved to the menu in the file browser. The new version is available as a free download in the Google Play Store.
Reduced size, lower specifications compared to original Galaxy S III
Samsung has officially unveiled its long-rumored Galaxy S III Mini. The smaller sibling to the well-received and high-selling Galaxy S III, it offers a slightly smaller 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display and marginally reduced specifications. As an entire package, it appears to be a mid-range offering for customers wanting the Galaxy S III experience, if not the size or cost.
Mobile head claims 4-inch form factor for European market
Samsung has confirmed that it will be launching the Galaxy S III Mini tomorrow. JK Shin, head of Mobile Communications at Samsung, commented on tomorrow's event in Germany to Inews24, confirming the device to have a four-inch screen and have a "full form factor," though it will not apparently be an entry-level smartphone.
Lawsuit, iPhone 5 spur interest in GS III
Samsung's Galaxy S III appears to have surged in sales following both Apple's $1.05 billion court victory and the revelation of the iPhone 5. This according to Localytics, which tracked sales of the Galaxy S III over the past four three months, finding that Samsung's flagship Android phone saw sales spikes for the weeks of the verdict and the announcement. Localytics' results suggest that the patent defeat may not have branded Samsung as a "imitator" in the eyes of the public, but it may have established a perception of the company as "comparable" to Apple.
TomTom Android app is lacking support for some of the latest Android devices
TomTom has gone ahead and delivered its promised navigation app ($50, Google Play) for Android-powered mobile devices. The app brings offline navigation capability as well, making it suitable for driving to new and remote places. It's largely the same app as the one offered for iOS users, and includes radar camera warnings in some countries, free map updates, and traffic guidance, among others.
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini launch possible
Samsung has sent invites out for a media event in Germany. An invitation sent to MobiFlip.de tells of an event taking place on October 11th, suggesting the launch of "something small [that] will be really big" and to "get ready for a little sensation." Despite the lack of product naming, the leaflet does give the appearance of a launch for a rumored Samsung Galaxy S III Mini.
Update sees pop-up play video changes, Google Now
Samsung has started its rollout of Jelly Bean onto the Galaxy S III. The Android update to 4.1.1 has been released in Poland, with the company adding that it will be "gradually introduced to other markets" in the near future. Today's release takes place well in advance of its earlier plans to release the mobile operating system changes in October.