Samsung Galaxy S III at last getting Jelly Bean update in October

By on September 11, 2012 at 4:09 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S III at last getting Jelly Bean update in October

 

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean

Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III owners will only have to wait one more month to get their device upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. CNET UK on Tuesday reported that Samsung’s premier smartphone will finally be getting Jelly Bean in October, months after it was first announced at Google I/O. Upgrading a big-name device such as the Galaxy S III should do wonders for Jelly Bean’s adoption rate, as Google (GOOG) says that less than 2% of all Android devices currently use the latest version of its operating system. More →

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Galaxy S III sales top 20 million in just 100 days

By on September 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM.

Galaxy S III sales top 20 million in just 100 days

Galaxy S III Sales 2012

Wondering if Samsung (005930) can really live up to the hype and repeat the success of the Galaxy S II with its latest flagship smartphone? The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant on Thursday announced that sales of the Galaxy S III smartphone topped 20 million in just 100 days, crushing the pace it set with its previous-generation flagship series — the Galaxy S II took about 10 months for sales to reach 20 million units. Samsung also released regional sales figures, stating that it has sold 4 million Galaxy S III handsets in North America so far, 6 million in Europe, 4.5 million in Asia and 2.5 million in Korea. Samsung’s press release follows below. More →

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Apple’s iPhone 4S is no longer the top-selling smartphone in the U.S.

By on September 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Apple’s iPhone 4S is no longer the top-selling smartphone in the U.S.

U.S. Smartphone Sales August 2012

For the first time since it launched, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 4S is not the top-selling smartphone in the United States, according to channel checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. The Cupertino-based company is widely expected to announce its next-generation iPhone next week, leading a large number of consumers to delay their smartphone purchases until then. At the same time, Samsung (005930) is pushing its newly released Galaxy S III smartphone, which has become the best-selling device on three of the four major U.S. carriers. The iPhone 4S remained the top-selling smartphone on AT&T (T), although the Galaxy S III was able to outsell the handset at Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S). More →

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Apple goes for Samsung’s jugular, adds the Galaxy S III to its injunction hitlist

By on September 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM.

Apple goes for Samsung’s jugular, adds the Galaxy S III to its injunction hitlist

Apple Injunction Request

Even though Samsung (005930) wasn’t happy to get slapped with a $1 billion verdict in the recent Apple (AAPL) patent trial, the company could at least take some comfort that its top-selling products from this year weren’t part of the suit and weren’t likely to face potential sales bans. That may be about to change, however, as AppleInsider reports that Apple has added both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note to a separate complaint that it filed this past February that asserted eight utility patents against 17 different Samsung products. More →

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Samsung promises Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III ‘very soon’

By on August 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

Samsung promises Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III ‘very soon’

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean

Lost in the slew of new products that Samsung (005930) dumped onto the tech market Wednesday was the news that Samsung’s flagship smartphone may finally be getting its long-promised upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As Engadget writes, Samsung announced during its IFA keynote address that the Galaxy S III and the new Galaxy Note 10.1 would both be upgraded to Jelly Bean “very soon.” While the company didn’t hand out any firm dates on when the upgrade would occur, it’s doubtful that Samsung would make such a pledge if the devices weren’t slated for an upgrade until late in the year as had been previously rumored. More →

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Unreleased Jelly Bean update hits T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III early

By on August 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Unreleased Jelly Bean update hits T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III early

Galaxy S III Jelly Bean

T-Mobile subscribers who have been itching to get their Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean can now do so using a leaked over-the-air update file posted on the XDA-Developers forum. Android Police says that the file is an official T-Mobile OTA file that the carrier planned to use for the Galaxy S III soon, though the blog adds that this particular build still has some bugs related to Wi-Fi calling, the stock Web browser and the video player, so it likely isn’t the final version. Users who want to install the pre-release upgrade will need to root their devices first, Android Police says. More →

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Samsung gushes over Galaxy S III design [video]

By on August 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM.

Samsung gushes over Galaxy S III design [video]

Samsung Galaxy S III Design

Samsung (005930) loves to talk about its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The South Korean manufacturer previously revealed how the device was developed with Apple-like secrecy, and now it’s gushing about the handset’s design — and you know what, it should be. Samsung has clearly done something right because the Galaxy S III is not only the company’s most successful smartphone, it is also one of the most successful devices of all time. The handset has already sold more than 10 million units and it is estimated that Samsung could sell an additional 15 million in the third quarterMore →

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Samsung’s unreleased Jelly Bean update hits Galaxy S III early [video]

By on August 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM.

Samsung’s unreleased Jelly Bean update hits Galaxy S III early [video]

Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update

From the looks of it, Samsung’s (005930) flagship Galaxy S III smartphone may be among the first non-Nexus Android devices to be updated to Jelly Bean. According to a YouTube video from AndroidMX, the South Korean manufacturer’s Jelly Bean update is rather far along and could be arriving sooner than we once thought. The video walk-through reveals that Samsung’s update will have almost no visual changes thanks to the TouchWiz user interface, but it will include enhanced notifications and Google Now. The company previously promised that a Jelly Bean update would be available by the end of August, although it did not indicate which markets would receive the update first. The video showing Jelly Bean running on A Galaxy S III can be seen below. More →

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The Galaxy S III is a huge hit, but usage in the U.S. still lags way behind iPhone

By on August 8, 2012 at 4:50 PM.

The Galaxy S III is a huge hit, but usage in the U.S. still lags way behind iPhone

Samsung Mobile Web Presence

While the Galaxy S III is helping Samsung (005930) grow its presence on the mobile web, the company is still well behind Apple (AAPL) when it comes to usage. Mobile ad firm Chitika has released new numbers showing that the Galaxy S III’s share of overall Samsung ad impressions in North America has risen significantly since its initial release, jumping from less than 3% on June 18th to over 11% on August 6th. More →

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Voice calling plans might finally be dying: Samsung Galaxy S III gets Voice over LTE in Korea

By on August 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM.

Voice calling plans might finally be dying: Samsung Galaxy S III gets Voice over LTE in Korea

Samsung Galaxy S III VoLTE

The days of smartphone users having to pay for buckets of voice minutes each month may be approaching an end. The South Korea IT Times reports that South Korea Telecom will soon start upgrading its customers’ Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III smartphones so they can make voice calls over the carrier’s LTE network. This is significant because it means that voice calls on the SKT customers’ smartphones will become just another data application rather than a separate service requiring its own monthly plan. In the United States, major carriers Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) all plan to deploy their own Voice over LTE services sometime in 2013. Of course, considering the direction data plans have been heading recently, we should all expect carriers to compensate for any potential lost voice plan revenue by raising prices elsewhere.

UPDATE: MetroPCS announced a VoLTE service of its own on Tuesday. More →

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Samsung’s new ‘cash-for-clunkers’ trade-in program offers up to $300 for old smartphones

By on August 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM.

Samsung’s new ‘cash-for-clunkers’ trade-in program offers up to $300 for old smartphones

Samsung Smartphone Buyback Program

Samsung (005930) wants consumers to buy its Galaxy S III so badly that it’s willing to pay them for their old smartphones. Any new customers buying the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II or the Galaxy Note can get up to $300 back in cash if they sell Samsung their old smartphones. Of course, most smartphones won’t net customers anywhere near $300 — Samsung is only willing to pay that amount for the 64GB iPhone 4S. As for other devices, trading in the HTC (2498) One X will get customers $175 back, the Galaxy S II will yield $145 and trading in the 8GB iPhone 4 will let buyers recoup $115. A full list of buyback prices can be found on Samsung’s Facebook page. More →

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Samsung wraps iTunes, Spotify and Pandora into one with new Music Hub service

By on July 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

Samsung wraps iTunes, Spotify and Pandora into one with new Music Hub service

Samsung Music Hub Release Date

Samsung (005930) on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of Music Hub, the company’s new streaming music service for the United States market that wraps iTunes, Spotify and Pandora into one great package. Initially available on the wildly popular Galaxy S III, Samsung’s mSpot-powered Music Hub brings a massive catalog of more than 19 million songs to users’ Samsung smartphones and to desktop Web browsers thanks to an HTML5-based companion site. Like iTunes, Music Hub allows users to purchase tracks and download them or store them in the cloud for streaming; like Spotify, Music Hub can stream an unlimited amount of on-demand music to smartphones or computers; and like Pandora, Samsung’s new service offers custom radio stations that provide endless streaming and help users discover new music. More →

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Google Wallet hacked to work on Verizon Galaxy S III [video]

By on July 30, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Google Wallet hacked to work on Verizon Galaxy S III [video]

Google Wallet Verizon Galaxy S III

You won’t find Google Wallet, officially, on any of the smartphones offered by Verizon Wireless (VZ), not even the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, you won’t find Google Wallet on any smartphone offered by T-Mobile (DTE) or AT&T (T) either — the only carrier that supports Google’s (GOOG) mobile payment platform is Sprint (S). Other wireless service providers have backed a mobile payment competitor known as ISIS, and have blocked Google Wallet from devices that run on their networks. Despite this speed bump, hackers have found a way to enable the service on select handsets such as the Galaxy Nexus and Samsung’s (005930) latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The device will of course have to be rooted, and after a slight tweak to the build.prop and the installation of a zip file, users will be able to make purchases using Google Wallet. A video demonstration follows below. More →

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