Samsung announces Jelly Bean update plans for American Galaxy S III users

By on October 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM.

Samsung announces Jelly Bean update plans for American Galaxy S III users

Samsung Galaxy S III

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 →

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The iPhone 5 is already generating more web traffic than the Galaxy S III

By on October 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

The iPhone 5 is already generating more web traffic than the Galaxy S III

iPhone 5 Data Traffic

Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III is a big hit, but it’s still playing second fiddle to the iPhone. The latest numbers from mobile advertising network Chitika show that the iPhone 5 is already generating more traffic across its network than the Galaxy S III, despite the fact that the new iPhone only came out three weeks ago while Samsung’s flagship device has been on the market for months. In fact, Chitika has found that the iPhone 5 claims a 56% share of all traffic produced by the two devices while the Galaxy S III claims a 44% share. The firm says that the iPhone 5′s big sales numbers “along with new 4G browsing speeds which encourage data usage, are the most likely explanation for this tremendous growth” in data consumption. More →

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The Galaxy S III is T-Mobile’s best selling device of all-time

By on October 8, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

The Galaxy S III is T-Mobile’s best selling device of all-time

Galaxy S III Sales T-Mobile

T-Mobile late last week revealed on its Twitter page that the Galaxy S III has become the carrier’s best selling device of all-time. The smartphone has found a place in the company’s record book after being released less than fourth months ago. We are left wondering, however, if the milestone would be different had T-Mobile offered the iPhone. Samsung’s (005930) flagship smartphone has seen near universal praise and achieved high sales so far, and the South Korean manufacturer has sold more than 20 million Galaxy S III smartphones as of September and expects to top 30 million units by the end of the year. More →

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Samsung says Jelly Bean for Galaxy S III is ‘coming soon’ to U.S. carriers

By on October 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

Samsung says Jelly Bean for Galaxy S III is ‘coming soon’ to U.S. carriers

Samsung Galaxy S III

How many times have we heard that Samsung’s (005930) popular Galaxy S III smartphone would be getting upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean any day now? Well, a lot of times. But now Android Guys has spotted some notifications on Samsung’s official support pages showing that Galaxy S III users on Sprint (S), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular are all slated to get an upgrade to Jelly Bean that is “coming soon.” Whether “soon” means this week or the end of the month is impossible to tell, but American Galaxy S III owners can take solace that their long wait for Jelly Bean is nearly over. Probably. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III sales haven’t been hurt one bit since loss to Apple in patent trial

By on October 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S III sales haven’t been hurt one bit since loss to Apple in patent trial

Samsung Galaxy S III Sales

Mock Samsung (005930) all you want for allegedly copying Apple (AAPL), but consumers around the world really love its Galaxy S III smartphone. In fact, analytics firm Localytics says that demand for the popular device hasn’t slowed down at all recently despite the twin blows of Samsung losing a $1 billion patent verdict and the release of the iPhone 5. More →

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Four-inch Samsung Galaxy S III ‘mini’ rumored for launch next week

By on October 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM.

Four-inch Samsung Galaxy S III ‘mini’ rumored for launch next week

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Rumor

Intrigued by the Galaxy S III but are put off by its large 4.8-inch display? Don’t worry, it looks like Samsung (005930) has apparently got you covered. Unwired View got its hands on a flier in Germany teasing the launch of a Samsung product that’s billed as “something small [that] will be really big” and “a little sensation.” Unwired View notes that the flier prominently features “the S that Samsung has always used for its Galaxy S branded devices, so it’s going to be a Galaxy S that will get unveiled next week.” The smaller version of the Galaxy S III is rumored to have a four-inch display, making it roughly the same size as Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5. More →

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM leaked for Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III

By on October 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM leaked for Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III

Galaxy S III Android 4.1

Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III users on Sprint (S) can now either wait for the carrier to officially release Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or grab the leaked ROM and install it themselves right now. Leaked on XDA-developers, the Android 4.1 ROM is the custom skinned version of Jelly Bean, meaning that it comes equipped with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. While the ROM does have all of the features that Google (GOOG) touted at its Google I/O conference, including Google Now and the speed-enhancing Project Butter, several XDA-developer forum members have reported issues with both the gyroscope and apps crashing. Keep in mind that installing this leaked build of Android on any Galaxy S III will void its warranty and could result in your phone getting bricked. But if you’re willing to tinker, you can download several builds of Jelly Bean for Sprint’s Galaxy S III here. More →

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Because competing with Apple is way too easy, Samsung finds new rival in Facebook

By on September 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Because competing with Apple is way too easy, Samsung finds new rival in Facebook

As if the task of competing with Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone 5 isn’t daunting enough, Samsung (005930) has chosen an interesting approach to promoting its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone in the U.S. that inadvertently brings a new rival into the mix: Facebook (FB). As dominant as Apple is in the mobile industry — the company accounted for 77% of all mobile industry profits last quarter — Facebook is equally in command of the social space. But nevertheless, Samsung’s recent promotional efforts in the U.S. take aim squarely at one of Facebook’s key features. More →

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Major Galaxy S III vulnerability patched by Samsung, update now available

By on September 26, 2012 at 7:55 AM.

Major Galaxy S III vulnerability patched by Samsung, update now available

Galaxy S III Vulnerability Patch

Samsung (005930) on Wednesday confirmed it has issued an update that fixes a major security flaw in its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone.  The vulnerability, which was uncovered earlier this week, allowed a simple script included in the code on any webpage to remotely wipe the Galaxy S III, erasing all of its data and restoring it to factory settings. “We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update,” a Samsung spokesperson said in a statement given to Engadget. “We recommend all Galaxy S III customers download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.” The security hole still affects other smartphones that include Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and service layer, and reports suggest other Android smartphones may be vulnerable to the hack as well. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update begins rolling out globally

By on September 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update begins rolling out globally

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean

Android upgrades are like Forrest Gump’s infamous box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get, when you’re going to get it, or even whether or not the box contains any chocolate at all. Nowhere is this more evident than in the long, fragmented upgrade process Samsung (005930) fans have witnessed with the Galaxy S III, which this week has finally been upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean… but only in Poland. More →

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iPhone 5 edges out Galaxy S III in display quality tests

By on September 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM.

iPhone 5 edges out Galaxy S III in display quality tests

iPhone 5 Galaxy S III Comparison

It’s pretty clear by now that Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 and Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy S III will be the two biggest smartphone launches in 2012, with each device selling tens of millions of units by the end of the year. But in terms of the devices’ displays, a new analysis from the image quality experts at DisplayMate shows that Apple still has the edge when it comes to developing clear smartphone displays that deliver the highest-quality images and videos. More →

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Samsung targets iPhone fans once again in new Apple attack ad [video]

By on September 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM.

Samsung targets iPhone fans once again in new Apple attack ad [video]

Samsung iPhone 5 Attack Ad

“The next big thing is already here,” according to Samsung (005930). Following up its botched attempt to promote the Galaxy S III on Facebook and an iPhone 5 attack ad that ran earlier this week in newspapers, Samsung has released a new commercial that again takes aim at Apple (AAPL) fans willing to wait in line to purchase new Apple products. As iPhone fans tout trivial new features such as a relocated headphone jack and a cool new dock adapter, Galaxy S III users stroll by and show off functions such as NFC playlist sharing and Share Shot. Thankfully, Samsung left features like “Palm Touch Mute Pause” out of this new ad. The full video can be viewed below. More →

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Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to top 30 million in 2012

By on September 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM.

Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to top 30 million in 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III Sales 2012

In the second quarter this year, just two companies accounted for more than 100% of the smartphone industry’s profits according to estimates. Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt recently said Apple (AAPL), which will unveil the all new iPhone 5 on Wednesday afternoon, took in 77.1% of second-quarter smartphone profits. Samsung (005930) accounted for 29% of Q2 profit among major global smartphone vendors. As the rest of the market continues to lose money, Samsung has yet another blockbuster hit on its hands — the company said on Wednesday that it expects to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones before the year is over. More →

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