It was previously reported that several Galaxy S III owners were experiencing problems with their devices. Users discovered that the flash memory in the handset was becoming corrupt and failing, causing the phone’s mainboard to die. Devices were reportedly lasting between 150 and 200 days before permanently dying, at which point Samsung (005930) was replacing them with no questions asked. A company spokesperson revealed to Dutch site Tweakers that the problem is in a firmware bug that can be easily solved with a small update. The spokesperson confirmed that the issue has only been affecting “a very limited number of Galaxy S III models with 16GB memory” and the company is working on a fix that will be released as soon as possible, though no timeframe was provided.
Samsung (005930) is reportedly quietly replacing faulty Galaxy S III devices according to many users on XDA Developers. The issue appears to be related to the NAND becoming corrupted and killing off the Galaxy S III’s mainboard, which causes the phone to essentially “brick” itself. Users have reported the issues have affected some devices after 150-200 days after purchase. Users on XDA Developers and Reddit are also saying Samsung is replacing affected smartphones (rooted or not) with new ones that could potentially be just as faulty in another 200 days. The Galaxy S III made headlines last week when an XDA forum member discovered that a security hole in its Exynos-4 processor was vulnerable to app-based malware attacks. Samsung has since said it will patch the hole as soon as possible.
Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners had a big scare last week when it was discovered the smartphones are vulnerable to app-based attacks stemming from a security hole with their Exynos-4 processors. Samsung confirmed to Android Central that it has investigated the “potential security issue” and re-states that the “issue may arise only when a malicious application is operated on the affected devices; however, this does not affect most devices operating credible and authenticated applications.” Nonetheless, Samsung will be releasing a software update “to address it as quickly as possible.” Samsung’s swift action is reassurance that it values the more than 30 million Galaxy S III and more than 5 million Galaxy Note II customers it has racked up this year.
Samsung’s (005930) flagship Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones may be vulnerable to app-based attacks following the discovery of a security hole in the company’s line of Exynos 4 processors. XDA Developers forum member “alephzain” uncovered the problem and noted that a Play Store app could potentially access information from the phone’s RAM or even inject malicious code directly into its kernel. It has also been reported that the vulnerability could affect all devices that are equipped with a Exynos 4210 or 4412 processor and utilize Samsung’s kernel. More →
Verizon Wireless (VZ) on Thursday announced that it will roll out a major software update for its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone beginning Friday. The update will bring Jelly Bean to the popular handset, though it will be a variant of Android 4.1 rather than the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. Key features include Google Now support, actionable notifications, global roaming support, live filters for the camera and ISIS mobile payment support. The update will roll out in phases but users can update manually by initiating the download within the phone’s settings. Separately, Sprint (S) announced that an Android 4.1 update will begin rolling out to its EVO 4G LTE on Thursday.
Samsung Galaxy S III to get Galaxy Note II features like split-screen apps in new ‘Premium Suite’ update [video]
Galaxy S III owners, are you ready for new smartphone features? Samsung (005930) announced on its Samsung Tomorrow blog that the Galaxy S III will be getting a special “Premium Suite” upgrade that will add Galaxy Note II features such as Multi Window, Page Buddy and Contextual Awareness and more. With Multi Window, users can open two app windows at once, Page Buddy will add smart actions such as opening up specific music when headphones are plugged in, and several Contextual Awareness features will allow you to instantly add tags after a photo is taken or choose to see most frequently displayed apps while searching. The software upgrade will be available to international Galaxy S III owners first and it will ultimately be up to a carrier to decide whether to issue the upgrade or not.
Long-suffering AT&T (T) subscribers who have been waiting for months on end to get their Samsung (005930) Galaxy S IIIs upgraded can now rejoice. Engadget reports that Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is now available for download to AT&T Galaxy S III owners through Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update service. Users might want to make sure they have plenty of storage space on their phones before downloading, however, because Engadget says early reports show the update will be a fairly hefty 738MB. Sprint (S) became the first American carrier to offer Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S III this past October, while rival Verizon (VZ) still hasn’t announced plans to bring Jelly Bean to Samsung’s flagship smartphone.
The best-selling smartphone in the world is no longer an iPhone. New data released on Thursday by market research firm Strategy Analytics finds that Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III was the world’s top-selling smartphone model in the third quarter this year, displacing Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone for the first time in years. Samsung announced earlier this week that cumulative Galaxy S III channel sales reached the 30 million unit milestone and according to Strategy Analytics, 18 million of those were shipped in Q3 2012. During the same period, Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S handsets, slipping into the No.2 spot for the quarter. More →
Samsung (005930) mobile boss JK Shin said in September that the vendor hoped to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones in 2012. With just under two months left in the year, Samsung on Monday announced that Galaxy S III sales have already surpassed the company’s target, topping 30 million units in just 150 days. “The GALAXY S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world,” Samsung’s Shin said. “Meeting this sales milestone in five months sets another record for Samsung, and we are extremely proud and yet motivated to continue to provide our customers with products that they love.” Samsung had previously announced that sales of its flagship smartphone topped 10 million units in under two months and it took about 100 days to hit 20 million.
Samsung (005930) isn’t content to just make fun of hapless iPhone fans — it’s now touting its own smartphones as a way to share sex videos. In a new ad released this week, Samsung depicts a man going off on a business trip and saying goodbye to his wife and children. Before he leaves, his wife taps their two Galaxy S III smartphones together to share a video with him via NFC. Just as he’s about to drive off, she warns him that he “probably shouldn’t watch it on the plane” and gives him a suggestive raise of the eyebrow. While it’s not clear whether Samsung will be successful in touting NFC as its big differentiator over the iPhone, it is clear that watching nude videos is far more interesting than standing in line at an Apple (AAPL) store for hours on end. A full video of Samsung’s ad is posted below. More →
Congratulations, Sprint (S) Galaxy S III owners: you’ll be the first ones in the United States to get your devices upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sprint on Thursday said that it has started pushing out Jelly Bean to the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III as an automatic over-the-air update. Once the update has been downloaded, customers will be prompted to fully install the upgrade, which the carrier says will take “a few minutes.” Jelly Bean updates for Galaxy S III owners on Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile are expected to come out in the coming weeks. Sprint’s full press release is posted below.
At long last, prepaid wireless carrier MetroPCS (PCS) has a popular high-end device to go with its low-cost data plans. MetroPCS on Friday announced that it will now offer customers the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III, although they’ll have to pay the full $499 to get it since MetroPCS isn’t subsidizing it. On the other hand, customers willing to pay the upfront expenses could save money on their wireless bills in the long run since they’ll be able to take advantage of the carrier’s $55 monthly plan that delivers unlimited voice, text messaging and LTE data on a single line. MetroPCS, which recently agreed to merge with T-Mobile, is one of the few wireless carriers still waiting for Apple (AAPL) to give it the green light to sell the iPhone. The company’s full press release is posted below.
At long last Samsung (005930) today announced that it will start pushing out the Galaxy S III’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade to American users. However, the company did not release any specific timelines for when various carriers would have the upgrade ready, saying only that all American Galaxy S III customers would be able to download Jelly Bean from Kies “in the coming months.” Individual wireless carriers will make separate announcements to reveal when their customers can upgrade their devices to Jelly Bean. Samsung’s full press release is posted below. More →