Sprint Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Update

Here’s one reason to fall back in love with the Galaxy S3

By on May 1, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

Here’s one reason to fall back in love with the Galaxy S3

The “old” Galaxy S3 may not be the hottest Samsung Android handset in town anymore, but there still are millions of these devices in use around the world. One of the phone’s main “flaws” is the fact that it’s still stuck in a Jelly Bean universe, six months after Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Luckily, Sprint’s Galaxy S3 version is finally going to receive its KitKat build, making the phone a lot more exciting for users and bringing hope that other versions will follow the same path soon. More →

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Samsung Galaxy s3 slim

Two years later, Samsung is still spamming out new Galaxy S III models

By on March 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Two years later, Samsung is still spamming out new Galaxy S III models

Samsung just released a new version of its Galaxy SIII in Brazil, and it is called the Galaxy S3 Slim. It’s not a fancy new phone like the recently announced Galaxy S5, but a cheaper alternative that is meant to appeal to those on a budget. It looks just like the SIII, but is a tad slimmer and has worse specs. The Slim, which was spotted by Sam Mobile, has a 4.5-inch screen, a 5 MP camera, and will run the out-of-date Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device will come with 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of storage. Despite its slimmer shape, the device will be heavier than the SIII, weighing in at 139 grams (compared to the SIII’s 133 grams). Samsung’s release of the Slim looks to be following a similar strategy as Apple, which released a cheaper 8 GB iPhone 5c today. Still, Samsung is taking this strategy even further, as the SIII was already a two-year-old phone.

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Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update

Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III will be updated to Android 4.3 next month

By on September 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM.

Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III will be updated to Android 4.3 next month

Amid the song and dance that ushered in Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Note 3 and the brand new Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Wednesday, some more good news popped up. Samsung confirmed during its Unpacked event that the Galaxy S4 will be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean sometime in October (just in time for Android 4.4 KitKat’s arrival, perhaps). What’s more, last year’s flagship model, the Galaxy S III, will be updated to Android 4.3 next month as well, so users with older devices won’t be left hanging. Different carriers will undoubtedly release the update at different times, of course, so don’t be surprised if October comes and goes and your S III or S4 is still waiting to be updated.

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Keasy Keyboard Case

BlackBerry woes exploited in effort to sell smartphone cases

By on July 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

BlackBerry woes exploited in effort to sell smartphone cases

The past week has been among the roughest BlackBerry has seen in recent history as its share price plunged more than 25% following a huge earnings flop. As analysts continue to back away from the stock and paint ever-worsening pictures of BlackBerry’s future in their research, a small startup has managed to find a new way to kick BlackBerry while it’s down. In a press release titled “Blackberry’s Future Further Endangered By Physical Keyboard Case: Keasy,” a small U.K.-based upstart is looking to exploit BlackBerry’s woes in an effort to gain backers for its KickStarter project, which offers a protective case for the Galaxy S III smartphone that features a detachable physical keyboard. The project has received crowd-sourced funding totaling £2,266 of its £45,000 goal as of the time of this writing. Keasy’s full press release pitching its keyboard case, which it calls a “nail in BlackBerry’s coffin,” follows below. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III Android Update

New Samsung Galaxy S4 features coming soon to Galaxy S III

By on May 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM.

New Samsung Galaxy S4 features coming soon to Galaxy S III

Samsung is staying true to its word and will soon bring new features from its Galaxy S4 smartphone to its older Galaxy S III. SamMobile has got hold of a leaked version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III and has found that it will bring several Galaxy S4 features to the Galaxy S III, including the new version of S-Voice, a revamped settings UI that will feature a tabbed interface and the Galaxy S4’s new lock screen system. SamMobile says that Samsung will push out the Android 4.2.2 update to Galaxy S III owners starting in June. Samsung said earlier this year that any new features for the Galaxy S4 that aren’t reliant on hardware will also be brought to its other flagship smartphones such as its Galaxy Note line of phablets.

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Galaxy S 4 Features

Samsung vows to bring Galaxy S 4 software features to Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II

By on March 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM.

Samsung vows to bring Galaxy S 4 software features to Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II

Owners of older Samsung (005930) smartphones may be feeling envious of the newly announced Galaxy S 4, which is chock-full of new features. They shouldn’t be too worried, however, because the company has promised to bring some of Galaxy S 4’s top features to both the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s vice president of portfolio planning, Nick DiCarlo, revealed in an interview with PCMag that any feature that doesn’t rely on hardware will be brought to “all the flagship devices.” The executive hinted that features such as the new camera interface and new filters may arrive on earlier models later this year. It is also speculated that Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Translator and S Health will also be made available.

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Galaxy S III Lock Screen Bypass

Galaxy S III unlock screen flaw opens up entire device to hackers

By on March 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM.

Galaxy S III unlock screen flaw opens up entire device to hackers

The iPhone and Galaxy Note II both contain vulnerabilities that allow unauthorized users to bypass the device’s lock screen. Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy S III running Android 4.1.2 can also be added to the list of vulnerable smartphones. Similar to the earlier methods, the bug in the Galaxy S III utilizes a flaw in the “Emergency Call” button on the lock screen, however unlike the other methods it gives complete access to the phone. More →

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Android Smartphone Sales

Sprint smartphone sales help Android jump ahead of iPhone in the U.S.

By on February 26, 2013 at 7:50 AM.

Sprint smartphone sales help Android jump ahead of iPhone in the U.S.

During the three-month period ending in January, Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system once again surpassed iOS in U.S. smartphone sales thanks to the help of an unlikely partner. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android smartphone sales at Sprint (S) helped the operating system climb 6.4 percentage points to account for nearly half, or 49.4%, of all U.S. smartphone sales. In the same period, iPhone sales dropped 4.7 points from a year ago to make up 45.9% of U.S. smartphone sales, while sales of Windows Phone’s share increased to 3.2%. More →

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BlackBerry Z10 Teardown

BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals striking similarities to the Galaxy S III

By on February 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM.

BlackBerry Z10 teardown reveals striking similarities to the Galaxy S III

When picking out hardware for your big comeback smartphone, why not go with what’s already proven to work? That’s apparently the philosophy that the team at BlackBerry (BBRY) decided to adopt, as a teardown of the BlackBerry Z10 by UMB TechInsights shows that much of the new device’s hardware is the same hardware used in Samsung’s (005930) smash hit Galaxy S III device. More →

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Galaxy S III Wireless Charging Hack

Galaxy S III gets wireless charging with simple 10-minute hack

By on February 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

Galaxy S III gets wireless charging with simple 10-minute hack

Wireless charging isn’t something that really resonates with smartphone users at this point, but it’s still a nice feature to have in the few smartphones that support it. While no wildly popular handsets include wireless charging out of the box, recent rumors suggest Samsung (005930) may look to make wireless charging mainstream with its next-generation Galaxy S IV. But whether or not the rumor pans out, Galaxy phone fans don’t have to wait for wireless charging thanks to a simple hack. More →

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Samsung Exynos Exploit

Samsung starts patching major security vulnerability in the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II

By on January 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM.

Samsung starts patching major security vulnerability in the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II

Back in December a forum member on XDA Developers discovered a major vulnerability for devices equipped with Samsung’s (005930) Exynos processors. The company confirmed the exploit, which made smartphones such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II vulnerable to app-based attacks, and promised to address it as quickly as possible. It appears that Samsung has begun to patch the vulnerability on select devices. T-Mobile on Wednesday released an over-the-air update that brought “Exynos and other security enhancements” to the Galaxy Note II, while Sprint offered a “security update” for Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch owners. Other Samsung models, such as the international Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, remain vulnerable and have not yet been patched.

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Galaxy S III Galaxy Note II Sales

Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II are still hot buys

By on January 16, 2013 at 7:45 AM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II are still hot buys

When a new smartphone from Apple (AAPL) or Samsung (005930) is released, sales generally level off over the following months. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II have been an exception, however. Despite rumors of next-generation devices, Samsung’s smartphones have remained “red-hot” and consumers are still eating them up. More →

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Smartphone Data Usage

Smartphone data consumption tops tablets for the first time ever

By on January 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM.

Smartphone data consumption tops tablets for the first time ever

A study released Monday by Arieso found that for the first time ever, smartphones consistently used more data than tablets in Europe. The “hungriest” mobile devices in 2011 were the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and original iPad. In 2012, however, the hungriest devices were all smartphones — iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Sensation XL. It was discovered that iPhone 5 users consumed four times as much data as iPhone 3G users and 50% more than iPhone 4S users, while Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 users demanded 20% more data than iPad users. The firm, which specializes in mobile network optimization, notes that the study’s results can be applied to carriers around the world and not just Europe because “relative consumption between device users remains constant between geographies.”

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