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CyanogenMod 11 M8 now available for download for various devices

CyanogenMod 11 M8 now available for download for various devices

The CyanogenMod team is rolling out a new version of CyanogenMod 11 in the form of the M8 build, with support for new devices including the Sony Xperia Z2, Xiaomi Mi2, Oppo Find 7a and 7s, and the OnePlus One. At the moment, the build can be downloaded for the Galaxy S Relay 4G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Xperia Z1 Compact, Acer Iconia Tab A700 and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, but availability should extend for other supported devices in the next few days. (more…)

How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S3 Common Problems [Part 17]

As you may have already known, we’ve been supporting a lot of devices but the Galaxy S3 Problems and Solutions is, so far, the longest running series. I started publishing posts like this a few months after the Galaxy S3 was release in 2012 (pre-Android 4.3).


Imagine, I’ve been supporting users of this phone for more than a year now and we’re still getting hundreds of emails from our readers daily asking how to solve their concerns. Why? Because Galaxy S3 is still one of the widely used smartphones with more than 40 million users. But majority of the problems we receive are related to apps and firmware, thus, minor.

In case you have problems with your phone, feel free to contact us via [email protected] and may include your problems in our next publication. But I urge you to provide as much information as possible. I don’t care how long your messages are as long as they make sense and help us diagnose what the problems really are. You can also reach us via our Facebook and Google+ pages; I am also one of the people that answers questions there. Lastly, try to go through each part of the series to see if we already addressed your concerns.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems After Android 4.3 Update [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13] [Part 14] [Part 15] [Part 16]

Galaxy S3 Problems and Solutions

#1. Galaxy S3 shuts down multiple times

Q: Hi, after the latest update a few weeks ago, my phone has been shutting down and failing to reboot at least 20x/day. Most of the time, the phone would shut down and get hung up on the Samsung logo, then shut down again, stopping at that. Once in a while, it would reboot, but shortly after shut down again. The periods where it stays on without shutting down is now seldom.


  • Right after the update a message had popped up stating that a Factory Reset was required since a data partition has been corrupted.
  • After backing up all the photos and data, I finally managed to attempt the factory reset. It took me this long due to the multiple phone shutdowns coupled with having to transfer via Bluetooth to my Mac desktop.
  • Phone is still shutting down while I am trying to start over after having done the factory reset.

Please say you can help me, and thank you! — Jocelyn

A: If the phone was just fine prior to the update, then it’s a software issue. At this point, we already know that Factory Reset could solve it and there are three ways to hard reset your phone.

The first is by going to Settings menu of the phone but as you said, it took you so long to do so because of the frequent reboots. The problem with it is that during the process and phone shuts down automatically, it may end up being corrupted and more problems will follow. So, if you prefer that procedure, all your need to do is boot the phone to Safe Mode and perform factory reset there. Here’s how you boot to safe mode:

  1. Turn the phone off completely.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. When the Galaxy S3 screen appears, release the Power button.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume Down key until the phone finished restarting.
  5. “Safe Mode” will be displayed on the lower left corner of the screen.

The second way to factory reset the phone to delete all personal information and settings is by dialing a code using the phone’s stock Dialer/Phone app. To do this, launch the phone app and dial *2767*3855# (star-2-7-6-7-star-3-8-5-5-pound). It will automatically reset your phone.

The third way is a bit complicated but the most effective because it does not only delete your personal information and settings, it will also re-format the cache and data partitions. You can do this by booting to Recovery Mode:

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons.
  2. When the phone vibrates, release the Power button but continue holding the other two until Android System Recovery screen appears.
  3. Use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’ and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Still use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘delete all user data’ and press the Power button to select the option.
  5. Once the master reset is finished, highlight ‘reboot system now’ and hit the Power button one more time.

I hope I provided all information need to bring your phone back to its optimal settings.

#2. Galaxy S3 charging problem

Q: Hey, I was reading your blog and would like to say that it’s really helpful. However I have a few problems of my own and would really appreciate if you could help.

Since a few months, I am experiencing problems in charging my phone (I know its been answered earlier but this is a bit different). Firstly it only charges with my own charger and refuses to charge with any other original Samsung charger. Further, if I charge it through my car or laptop, using the USB cord of my charger it actually drains the battery rather than charging it. I did a reboot and also cleared my cache but the problem remains.

Since a couple of weeks, when I put it on charging, it shows that its charging (the bolt sign shows on the screen) but it really does not charge. Also because of this, whenever I keep it on charging, I practically make sure that it does not get disturbed (as in moved or touched) but even then it constantly goes on and off from charging. Every now and then I hear that ping of it being charged. And thus, again the phone remains uncharged. I keep it on charging in the night. In the morning it shows 100% charged. But as soon as I remove the charger, it drains to 51 or 42%. I really am sorry as I know that these are a lot many questions but would really appreciate if you could help. Regards, Arpit.

A: If you think you’ve disturbed us by trying to explain what the problem is, well, you haven’t. I even appreciate the effort. In your message, you’ve already ruled out the possibility that it is just a charger problem. There is a very slim chance that 3 or 4 chargers will be damaged at the same time. That said, we are left with two suspects; the battery and the USB charging port.

I understand that you may not want to purchase a different battery kit considering there is no guarantee it would fix the problem. But honestly, there’s no better way to rule out the possibility that it’s a battery problem. If you know someone who owns a Galaxy S3, you may ask them to let you borrow their battery for few minutes so you could try charging the phone with a different battery.

If ever you get hold of a new battery, the first thing you should do is to try charging the phone and see if it does. If the phone charges fine with a new battery, our suspicion was confirmed that it was indeed the battery that has some issues, otherwise, you just have to look at the bright side that when the phone eventually get fixed, you already have a spare battery.

The other suspect is the USB charging port. This is where things get complicated a little. If you are confident you safely open your device and inspect the USB port, then do it. Otherwise, employ the services of an authorized technician. You may end up buying a replacement for this component but once replaced, your phone will be like new. Also, if you don’t want to buy a new battery, then bring the phone to a tech and have him check if it’s a battery problem or not. I hope I have somehow answered your questions.

#3. Galaxy S3 will not boot up

Q: Hello! I’m having trouble rebooting my phone. I wiped data/factory reset, and deleted “all user data” then pressed “reboot system now” however, when I pressed the power button it didn’t restart. Please help me with this, I figured it might be something with the USB port or battery but I’m not sure because even when I did the hard reset, it wouldn’t restart past the Samsung/android logo screen. I look forward to hearing from you, thanks!

A: You’re lacking something here: what happened before this problem occurred? It’s very rare that the recovery ROM would be corrupted. Based on your message, I don’t think the battery or the USB port has the problem. In fact, I don’t even think it’s a hardware issue after all. We could assume a lot of things that may result to this problem: my first assumption is that you updated the phone and the process was interrupted. You attempted to reboot it but you were stuck on the Samsung logo, so you emailed. It could also be that you tried to root your phone or installed custom ROM. The point is, I cannot provide solution to a problem that I don’t even know what the cause was.

#4. Galaxy S3 internet connection is unstable

Q: Hello. I have went through all your pages that will actually open and I cannot find a solution to our galaxy s3 problem. Ever since day one of upgrading to 4.3 I’ve experienced problems on Wi-Fi. I constantly get a message on top that says “internet connection unstable”. I upgraded about three weeks before my wife and as soon as she upgraded she stayed getting the same message. It doesn’t matter what Wi-Fi we’re using whether at home, church, or public it’s the same so I know it’s not our router. It only happened after the upgrade. Is there a solution or are we forced to deal with it like we have been? Thank you so much for all you do. — Troy

A: The last time I encountered this issue, I just disabled a feature that allows automatic network switching and the problem was solved. The reason behind that is when that feature is enabled, the phone would have the authority to switch between networks depending on the quality of service or coverage. So, I want you to try that one first:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to and tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Long press the network you’re connecting to.
  5. Tap Forget Network.
  6. Tap the Menu key again.
  7. Choose Advanced.
  8. Turn Auto Network switch to Off by unchecking the box.

If that procedure will not work, I urge you to back up all your important data and perform factory reset. You said the problem happens to your phone and to your wife’s after the update.

#5. Galaxy S3 mobile data gone from notification panel

Q: Hello. I’ve recently factory reset my S3 because I was trying to recover some preinstalled ringtones that got deleted some how. After the reset and setting up my phone to how I originally had it, the ‘Mobile Data’ button in the Notifications Panel disappeared. I went to the display settings and tried to reset the notification panel manually, but the ‘Mobile Data’ button didn’t even show up in the ‘Available button’ section. I’ve restarted my phone countless of times, I’ve tried the “battery pull” technique and have watched countless videos to restore the ‘Mobile Data’ button in the notification panel (which was no help because the software in the videos were the software before the update). Every time I have to use my data, which is a lot, I have to go through the settings just to turn it on and off. I truly miss just sliding my finger down from the top of my screen and having that option of my data to be on and off at the push of a button. Please help me, sir. Thank you. — Christian

A: Are you a Sprint, Virgin Mobile, or Boost Mobile subscriber? If so, then there’s nothing we can do about it because after the Android 4.3 update, mobile data switch/icon has already been removed from the notification panel. If you’ve updated your phone and the mobile data was still there after the update, the factory reset may have done it. You see, factory reset brings the phone back to the “default settings” of the current OS that is installed on the device.

However, if you’re not a subscriber of the carriers I mentioned, try swiping the notification bar. In the upper right hand corner you can see the settings icon (cogwheel) and just beside that to the right is the quick settings setup, tap on that. Now, items that have green bar at the bottom are the ones currently displayed on your notification panel, select mobile data and it should be displayed there.

#6. Galaxy S3 stops charging

Q: Hello! So my Galaxy S3 is giving me some trouble. It refuses to charge. I have tried multiple different chargers and it will just charge for a second then stop and keep on doing that and will not charge my phone over 15%. It is getting really frustrating. I’ve tried about 2 or 3 home plug in chargers and even a car charger so I know it has something to do with my phone. This has been a very recent problem it has been happening the past 2 days! please help! — Ally

A: Ally, it sure is a hardware issue. The first thing that comes to my mind is that the microUSB port on your phone is loose. Try wiggling the cable and I’m sure the phone would charge when there is good contact between the port and the cable but you have to hold it that way so it would continue charging. For this problem, please bring the phone to a technician and let him take care of it for you.

#7. Galaxy S3 screen flickers, network drops, battery drains faster

Q: I have recently getting problem regarding my Samsung S3, after its Android latest update. Phone battery is charged to 80%. While net browsing or during working on an application, the network of my phone suddenly disappears and the phone screen flickers. After this the screen freezes and nothing works. I have to shut down the phone. But if I try to power on the phone, it fails to do. The welcome screen comes and the phone does not turn on. Later if I try to connect my charger, it shows very low battery (nearly 2 %) remaining. Then I have to charge it all over again to use my phone. It seems that the sudden disappearance of network, screen flicker and screen freeze drains my battery charge. Is this problem related to software issues or battery issues. Kindly help me in this, if there is any solution to this problem.

A: It may seem like it’s a hardware issue but since you said these problems happened after you updated your phone, so there is a possibility that it could also been brought by bad update. I hope the update wasn’t, in any way, interrupted because if that was the case, then you need to reinstall the firmware and it’s not easy.

First things first, boot the phone to Safe Mode to rule out the possibility that a third-party app is causing it. I don’t know the frequency of the occurrence but based on your message I think it’s more frequent than I think. While in Safe Mode, observe the phone closely to know if the service drops and screen flickers. If so, then it could be an issue with the system itself, otherwise, an app caused them. Either way, it would still be wise to perform factory reset to bring the phone back to its original settings.

However, if Factory Reset won’t solve the problem, then it’s time you brought the phone to a technician and have it checked for possible circuit issues inside.

#8. Galaxy S3 won’t boot up after the update

Q: Dear Sir/Madam, I have updated firmware via wifi and after installing that update the phone rebooted. After reboot there is a screen of Samsung Galaxy S3 and then after few seconds only Samsung Logo with LED of phone is blinking. I have waited almost for an hour but no change in the screen so I have removed battery and again started phone, the problem is again the same (Samsung Logo with LED of phone blinking). I have tried this many times charged battery, replaced battery but still the same issue. So I have formatted factory reset the cell but still the same issue. Can you please tell me the way to solve this issue. Regards, Nagesh.

A: First of all, it could have been helpful if you mentioned the color of the LED that’s blinking. Secondly, I really want to know how your “formatted factory reset the cell” because I’ve already encountered users who said they performed factory reset but the fact is, they connected the phone to a computer and reformatted the drive as recognized by the computer. That is not factory reset! But here’s what you need to do, though:

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons.
  2. When the phone vibrates, release the Power button but continue holding the other two until Android System Recovery screen appears.
  3. Use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘wipe cache partition’ and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset’ and press the Power button to select it.
  5. Still use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘delete all user data’ and press the Power button to select the option.
  6. Highlight ‘reboot system now’ and hit the Power key.

Let me know if this works.

#9. Galaxy S3 displays grey battery icon

Q: Hi, hope you are well and can help me out. I’m having issues with my S3. I did an update to the new 4.3 when I was promoted to by the device, everything worked well and was having no issues for about 2 – 3 weeks. However I was in my room when my cell slipped off the bed and landed on the carpet (not hard surface) and started to reboot, It continuously restarted so I left it on and it drained the battery, I then plugged it in to charge and see if it had stopped its crazy ways as I plug it in the grey empty battery screen comes up and then restarts this continues over and over.

I have opened the device checked the checked all connections I have also checked the power on off button this seems to be triggering correctly, I haven’t been able to access the home button but this should not restart the phone if it is held down, only turn the screen on or off. Is there some device failure Maybe dead battery. I also tried disconnecting individual devices at a time to see if one was broken, camera, speaker, and this did not change the outcome. Regards,


A: The grey battery icon that comes out whenever you connect the charger means that the phone doesn’t recognize it as the “original” charger and two of the most common reasons are the microUSB port is corroded with dirt, and one of the pins is bent that proper contact is impossible.

That said, inspect the port on the phone to see if there’s corrosion or if a pin is bent. For corrosion, a small and dry brush can help clean out the port. For the other issue, a toothpick could bend back the pin to its original location but be very careful when you do so, you might end up bending it beyond repair or breaking it.

If the port has already been cleaned and pins looked straight and in place, inspect both ends of the cable you’re using. The same things could happen. However, if all your efforts fail, bring the phone to a technician and have it repaired.

#10. Questions before resetting Galaxy S3

Q: Hi, my S3 after update is going slower by the day. I would like to do a factory reset but I’m not sure about the implications. What I would like to know is:

  1. How to ensure that my data is not lost?
  2. Will my apps go away when I do a factory reset?
  3. If not the apps, will their settings and bookmarks etc will go away?
  4. How to backup my contacts on Gmail / Samsung / hard disk of a computer?

In short I’m a bit scared to do a factory reset as I’m not sure what will be recoverable after I’m done with it.

A: There are actually free apps from the Play Store that would help you backup every bit of data on your phone. Try to find one that’s easy for you to use but as far as backing of data is concerned, just copy all your files including pictures, videos, music, documents from your phone’s storage to the microSD card mounted on your phone.

Yes, all third-party apps including their settings and bookmarks will be gone after the factory reset. But as I said earlier, there are apps that could help you backup your data including apps. After the reset, you can just simply restore them.

About your Gmail and Samsung contacts, you don’t have to worry about them because they are saved somewhere and they will not be deleted from those servers. After the reset, you can sync your accounts and they will be restored on your phone.

As long as you’ve backed up everything that you don’t want lost during the reset, you can always restore them. There’s nothing to worry.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems, Errors, Solutions and Workaround [Part 16]

This is the sixteenth part of our Galaxy S3 Problems and Solutions series and it tackles ten of not so common issues. We still have thousands of emails to be answered and problems to be addressed so you can expect that there will be more articles like this to be published in the following days, weeks and months.


Aside from problems, we also received emails thanking us for the service we provide and that gesture, of course, makes us happy. At least, we know we are helping others. If you have problems with your Android phone, do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]. We cannot guarantee that we can answer all emails we receive but I assure you I personally read every email we receive. You can also reach us via our Facebook and Google+ pages.

If you currently have problems with your Galaxy S3, browse this post or the first fifteen parts as we may have already addressed them.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems After Android 4.3 Update  [Index] [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13] [Part 14] [Part 15]

#1. Galaxy S3 won’t turn on, re-flash may be needed

Q: Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 which was working fine one day then suddenly turned off. I tried rebooting but no luck. I followed your instructions on your site but still it doesn’t power on. I took it to a technician in my area who advised that it’s not the power switch or battery. He said it needs to be flashed. He also advised there is no one in Saskatchewan who can do this. Do you think you can help me by telling me how I can flash my phone? It’s the gt-i9300 model. Regards, Shreekesh.

A: First of all, I just want to make things a little clearer; powering on is totally different from booting up. The phone may be able to power on but can’t boot up but NOT the other way around. Since you used the words “power on” in your email, I would assume the phone is totally dead. So, there are three possibilities that I can see here; it could be a battery problem, the power switch was damaged, or there is an issue with the USB charging port.

I don’t want to discredit the technician who told you the phone needs to be flashed but if he wasn’t able to bring the phone back on, how did he know the OS needs to be re-flashed? Even if the phone can’t boot up, it would still power on and you can boot it to either Recovery Mode or Download Mode provided there is to problem with its battery or other hardware responsible in powering it up.

About your question on how to flash the firmware, well, you need to boot up the phone to Recovery Mode and install the package from there (this is for rooted phone) or to Download Mode, which requires you to connect the phone to a computer, and flash the stock firmware using ODIN.

Let’s say your tech was right, the problem is neither with the battery nor the power switch, how about the USB charging port? And did he try a different battery already? If the phone just suddenly turned off, I’m sure it’s not the power switch that has a problem. It’s between the battery and USB charging port and you need the help of a technician who knows how to deal with these kinds of problems. Have the phone powered on first before you can re-flash the operating system. I hope I explained it clearly.

#2. Galaxy S3 says “Waiting for network…”

Q: I have a Galaxy S3 and I just got and the person I got it from did a factory reset and now it comes up select language and I press English then Start and it goes to a screen that says Waiting For Network… Activation can take a few minutes. Then after a little while it says can’t activate the phone call customer service. So I did and they said they would not unless I had an account with them. — Lindsey

A: It’s a provisioning issue. The phone should be activated by the service provider before it can register to the network and use everything that’s offered. If you don’t like the service provider the phone was connected previously, try contacting other providers and ask if you can bring your own phone and use their service for a fee. After all, what’s the use of a phone if you can’t make/receive phone calls or send/receive messages?

#3. Galaxy S3 gallery shows pictures darker

Q: Good day, I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S3. Since the last update of my gallery it does some annoying things. When I have a picture that’s just clear, I click to view it and then it’s a lot darker. Little grey tint over it. And the date in the left bottom is annoying. Do you have a solution for the grey tint? Awaiting your reply. Thanks in advance!

A: Try to download any free gallery app from the Play Store and view the pictures to see if the grey tint is still there. If the tint is still present, please try to download those photos on a computer and view them from there. Now, if the tint is still visible in a computer, then it’s the quality of the picture that’s to blame and not the Gallery app. In case these photos were taken using the camera of your phone, the camera sensor may be at fault here.

However, if the tint is nowhere to be found with other gallery app, try clearing the cache and data of the stock Gallery app and see if that works.

#4. Galaxy S3 can’t download files

Q: Hi, I’ve scoured the net and cant find a solution to my problem. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon. For the last 15 months its worked great, but this weekend suddenly I cant download files from the internet. I haven’t rooted my phone or done anything fancy . Only have about 15 to 20 apps none of which are new. I’m using the blue globe icon fir internet same as always and haven’t had any other issues.

I’ve tried rebooting the phone, unmounting the SD card & reformatting it, even tried a new SD card, I tried clearing the cache and history, tried cleaning some files, I have 7.5 gigs of free space out of 16 on phone & .92 of .95 gigs free on SD card. Any ideas? — Jim

A: In cases like this, the user should be getting warning or error messages and the answer to your question is already included in those messages. However, try to double-check if the URL to the downloadable file is correct and if there are no security or anti-spam measures implemented per download. Also, go to Settings > Application Manager and clear both the cache and data of Internet app. As a workaround, try using other browsers like Firefox and Chrome.

#5. Galaxy S3 stuck on the welcome screen

Q: Hi! I really need your help, last 2 nights I updated my Samsung S3, it malfunctioned after the update, I can open it but it froze on welcome screen, I’ve tried your solutions already like wipe the cache, reset to factory settings, reboot, but no luck still the same. I wonder if you have some software for it or if you have some solutions. thanks a lot. – LG

A: Was it an official OTA update or you flashed custom ROM to your phone? But either way, you need to download the stock firmware and the popular flashing tool ODIN, boot the phone to Download Mode, connect it to computer and start flashing. No, we don’t have some kind of a software to help you out of it.

#6. Galaxy S3 camera failed

Q: Hello I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and my camera saying “camera failed” my husband tried replacing the back camera. The front camera works. A few months ago I took my last picture I have NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED! We are thinking its hardware issues and I have straight talk phone service.

A: It could be a hardware issue but before you let your husband replace the back camera, have him perform factory reset first because may be it’s just a matter of messed up software data. I have encountered problems like this but before I recommend having the camera sensor replaced, I would clear the Camera app’s cache and data, and then do the factory reset. There’s always a fifty-fifty chance it would be fixed.

#7. Galaxy S3 music player malfunction

Q: I recently updated the OS system on my Sprint S3 and suddenly the music player is crap. When I hit play, it takes maybe 30 seconds then either freezes up, plays the song or skips around to some other song on a different album. Sometimes when I go back to the music menu, it looks like someone else is pressing songs and trying to make it play them, even though I’m not touching the screen. I’ve tried third party music players and get the same results. I’ve heard you talk about a “factory reset” but I have no idea what it means — sounds like a royal pain. The phone seems sluggish in other ways, but the music player is the worst. Never had this problem before the update. Thanks, Mike.

A: If the phone became sluggish after the update, then there’s a more serious problem than just the minor music player malfunction. This is very common with Galaxy S3 especially if it’s a huge update like migrating from Jelly Bean to KitKat. We also had a lot of readers emailed us about the phone being sluggish after Jelly Bean was rolled out last year.

Factory reset could surely fix the issue but it’s a pain having to backup every data you have including contacts, messages, pictures, etc. Meanwhile, to remedy the performance of the music player, go to Settings > Application Manager and look for Music, and then clear its cache and data. Be warned though, you will lose all your playlist and other settings but not your music.

#8. Galaxy S3 working terribly after the update

Q: My phone has been acting up terribly since the new updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3 … was this designed to frustrate me and force me to upgrade … constant dropped calls … internet going in and out … GPS not functioning correctly … delayed text messages … not charging properly … phone constantly shutting down … very dissatisfied … and prior to the updates my phone was working fine … can my phone be reset back to before being updated?

A: Yes you can but the warranty will become void once you do that. With the help of the popular flashing tool called ODIN, you can flash the previous version of Android to your phone by connecting it to a computer. From there, you can use Odin install the previous OS for you. But there’s one thing I want you to try before doing that–Factory Reset. It will clear old caches and data from your phone and forces it to cache fresher ones.

#9. Galaxy S3 can’t automatically connect to mobile network

Q: Hello, So I have recently been to the shop where I bought my Samsung Galaxy S3 but i do not find them very helpful. I’m not sure if you could possibly give me any idea of what this problem could be, and if you could help resolve it. When I am at home my phone is fine, but when I’m out using 3G I got to use the internet to search something or to go on my social networking site I find that may I have no 3G. When I went to the phone shop and told them the same they said when it happens I could turn my phone on to flight mode and then back off, and then it work but I don’t want to always keep turning my phone onto flight mode and then off again when I’m out, away from home. I’m just wondering if there is anything I could do to stop this, or why it is doing it? Please help me!

A: It is a minor issue and it can be resolved by booting to recovery mode and wiping the cache partition. Please refer to the step-by-step guide below. Don’t worry, wiping the cache partition will not delete any of your personal data saved in your phone. It will, however, delete all cached files to force the phone to cache newer and fresher ones.

Wiping Cache Partition

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons.
  2. When the phone vibrates, release the Power button but continue holding the other two until Android System Recovery screen appears.
  3. Use the Volume Down button to highlight ‘wipe cache partition’ and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Highlight ‘reboot system now’ and hit the Power key.

After you wiped the cache partition, set the phone to automatically switch between networks. This will command the phone to connect to mobile data in the absence of a known Wi-Fi network. Here’s how you do it…

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Connections tab.
  4. If necessary, tap the Wi-Fi Switch to On. The Switch moves right and turns green.
  5. Tap Wi-Fi.
  6. Tap the Menu key, then choose Advanced Settings.
  7. Un-check ‘Auto network switch’ option.
  8. Now try to connect to your network.

#10. Galaxy S3 power switch problem

Q: Hi, firstly what a fantastic service you provide, giving us help to overcome Samsung problems. My problem is much the same as most posts on here. It randomly reboots and has trouble starting up. Right now I’ve taken the battery out for a while to see if that helps it boot up. Also I noticed that the close down screen was appearing all on its own and the power button (top right hand side) became sensitive so I took the phone apart and removed the button and that stopped the close down screen appearing. When I eventually get my phone back on, what can I do to stop it happening again? It hasn’t been dropped or water damaged. I need to keep the phone on as its my alarm for work. — Jason

A: Jason, the power switch button is replaceable and that’s what I think is the ultimate fix to this problem. But then there is a possibility that it’s just a matter of properly fitting the button so it won’t keep pressing the switch. You seem to be a techie person, I’m sure you can figure that out.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 starts getting KitKat update

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 starts getting KitKat update

It seems to be raining KitKat on Samsung phones this week. We’ve seen US Cellular and Sprint roll out the KitKat update for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, and now, Samsung is pushing the latest version of the OS to the Galaxy Mega 6.3, the largest phone in its extensive smartphone lineup. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems, Errors after Android 4.3 Update [Part 15]


Welcome to yet another part of our Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems and Solutions series. This is the fifteenth segment and you can expect to be reading a lot of posts like this as there are still thousands of emails from our readers left unanswered.

If you have issues with your Galaxy S3, do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] and please provide as much details as possible so we would know where and how to start with our troubleshooting. It would be very helpful if you included information about the problem, what your suspects are, what your carrier is, and when the problem started. Alternatively, we have our Facebook and Google+ pages where you can post your concerns. Meanwhile, browse the problems listed in this post to see if there are some that are similar to yours. You may also brose the first 14 parts of this series for more information.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems After Android 4.3 Update [Index] [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13] [Part 14]

#1. Galaxy S3 will not charge, drains battery fast

Problem: Hi. I don’t know if you can help me. I have been having issues with my phone and it not charging. When it is on the charger it barely charges or all I hear is the beeps when it charges or not charges. Sunday night I went to sleep with it charging and woke up and it was dead. Last night I put my battery in my boyfriends s3 and his in mine. When he plugged his phone in to charge with my battery it charged right away. When we put my phone in to charge with his battery it went from 93% to 77%. I went home with my phone fully charged after switching back batteries. I turned my phone off overnight and now I have it at 53%. I think its battery but now after switching it and seeing that my battery does charge I’m thinking it is my phone. I have 5 months on my contract so I know I don’t have warranty exchange anymore but I want to know if there is anything you may think of that I can do just to get my phone to last me 5 more months. Thank you. — Colleen

Suggestion: You’re right, it’s not the battery that’s having some issues. I’m thinking it’s the USB charging port that has some issues. In other words, it’s a hardware issue and the best course of action at this point is to have the phone checked by an authorized Samsung technician. If I were right, then you’ll have to purchase the USB charging port; you can buy this component for less than $10.

#2. Galaxy S3 randomly reboots, refuses to turn on

Problem: Hello, I was reading your article regarding my problem and the problem with my phone is a bit strange. It has happened around 3-4 times over the last 2-3 months. My phone is working normally and it suddenly begins to restart on its own. Then it won’t even restart completely. It would just show the Samsung galaxy S3 screen and then again try to restart after repeating the same process. But it can never come beyond the Samsung galaxy S3 screen. Then I put the battery out for a few hours and it again begins to function normally. Could you please help me with this? Thanks a lot. — Harsh

Advice: So, basically you can still use your phone normally until it acts up again. Based on the frequency of the occurrence, it’s a minor problem and I think it’s even just a glitch. But at this point, there’s no way for us what the problem really is unless you observe it closely. The thing is it could be a minor glitch on the firmware, an app goes rogue from time to time, a RAM issue, or even a battery problem. The best thing to do is to observe the phone closely and be mindful of the apps that run when the problem happened. If you also have access to a new spare battery, please try to use that and see if the problem still happens.

#3. Phone stuck on Galaxy S3 logo

Problem: I have a Galaxy S3 that refuses to turn on and I have tried everything you said but it’s useless. The thing is that the phone turns on and the Galaxy S3 sign keeps appearing and disappearing constantly and it doesn’t stop until I remove the battery and if I try again it gives me the same result. What should I do? Answer me as soon as possible please. Thank you. — Samar

Solution: Well, you said you’ve already tried everything I said but they’re useless, so why ask if they’re other “useless” procedures I can give? Go bring your phone to a technician and have it checked.

Guys, the procedures I provide in posts like this are all based on a point of view of a technician with a little extra. But if you think they’re useless, well, I don’t force you to follow them. After all, there are thousands of Samsung and in-store technicians you can find, you just have to get in line though.

#4. Samsung apps update process interrupted

Problem: Dear sir, I’ve just updated my Galaxy S3 firmware to version 4.3 thru software update. the phone booted then after restart I got a notification that the Samsung applications are being updated but unfortunately it freezed after 172Kb downolad. I restarted my Wi-Fi connection with no response so I restarted the phone but the update didn’t start again. Now I have problem with applications like the phone log being greyed out & I can’t modify it settings. Thanks in advance. — Mohamed

Solution: Some settings and data may have been messed up when the download / installation process was interrupted. Try booting the phone to recovery mode and wipe cache partition. If that doesn’t do the trick, try clearing cache and data of applications you’re having problems with. If that fails, you have no other option but to perform factory reset just to delete corrupted data and bring the phone back to its original or optimal settings.

#5. Galaxy S3 phone messed up after 4.3 update

Problems: Dear Droid Guy, my Galaxy S3 was working flawlessly and lightning fast…until the 4.3 update. Now I’m experiencing multiple problems that have rendered my phone nearly useless: Extreme lag. Every operation, button press and keystroke has a 5-30 second delay.

Several apps no longer work. I uninstalled/reinstalled them with no success. 2 of my apps (Candy Crush and Photoshop Express) will not reinstall. I get a message that says “unknown error. (-24)” Random reboots. Sometimes upon attempting to use an app or function, and sometimes when idle. An entire page of text symbols is missing from the keyboard. This is not critical, but definitely a bummer. Did I get a bad update? Or is this Samsung’s way of “encouraging” me to get a new phone? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks, Amber.

Solution: Ma’am, you are one of the few people who have this problem. It is possible the update process was interrupted or some data were corrupted during the download/installation. One way to know if this is fixable without doing a factory reset is by booting the phone to recovery mode and wipe cache partition. If problems persist, then there’s no other way to fix this but to do the dreaded factory reset. Please backup all your data as they will be lost during the process.

#6. Galaxy S3 shows negative (-) notification

Problem: I have a Galaxy S3 (Verizon 4G) my email icon has started to read minus one ( –1 )? What is that all about? It actually reads one less than really there, and –1 when no new is present. How can I get it back to normal? — Dennis

Solution: It’s a minor glitch in one of the services that handles badges and notifications. Please follow the procedure below:

  1. Touch the More tab.
  2. Tap Application Manager.
  3. Swipe left to display the All tab.
  4. Scroll down to find BadgeProvider.
  5. Tap Clear Data button.
  6. Tap OK.
  7. Now, reboot your phone.

I hope this helps.

#7. Galaxy S3 drains fast, shuts down with sufficient battery

Problem: Hi there! I’m having an issue with my phone and haven’t seen a solution anywhere thus far and was hoping you’d be able to help me out. My Galaxy S3 will shut off all on its own on a low battery (low, not dead) after the battery drains at a fast rate may I mention. I manage to turn it back on just for it to shut down before it fully restarts. This only happens with a low battery (20%, 40%, etc). What might the problem be? Thanks in advance. — Jacqueline

Solution: There are two possibilities here: first, the problem could software- or firmware-related, and second, it could be a hardware issue. Try booting the phone to Safe Mode and observe closely to know if it would still drains the battery fast or shuts down randomly. If so, then it’s time you bought a new battery kit and observe the phone again to know if the problems persist.

#8. Galaxy S3 slowing down

Problem: Hello, my phone is Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300), Android version 4.3. My mobile is very slow from few days. Even it took long time to open contacts. I have removed photos and media files from mobile. Also I did clear RAM but it doesn’t show much difference.

My RAM usage are 681 MB/831MB. Please suggest me the proper solution. Thank you, Dr. Dewyani.

Solution: Doc, there sure are several reasons why the phone slows down but in your case, I think there’s a lot of apps running in the background. Go to the Home screen and then press and hold the Menu key. Close all apps you can see there. Then, go to the Application Manager and tap the Running tab. In that screen you will see everything that runs on your phone, I want you to close all third-party applications you can there by tapping on the app itself and then tapping the Force Close button. Please try to clear the RAM again. If the phone is still slow after doing those procedures, then I think it’s time you performed factory reset. I know it’s a hassle but that’s the only way that could bring the phone back to its original, optimal settings.

#9. Galaxy S3 contacts has stopped

Problem 1: Hi! After I updated my Samsung Galaxy S3 , I haven’t been able to make calls . Whenever I press the phone button , it would lag and the keypad won’t appear and after a minute a message saying “Unfortunately, Contacts has stopped” would pop up. And I also can’t view any of the miss calls I’ve received. I’ve even tried resetting my phone but that didn’t help. What should I do? Thank you!Fatma

Problem 2: Good day. Kindly help me on my Samsung Galaxy S3 after I update the software the problem came. I already followed the steps and totally reset my unit but my phone still stuck on the same problem. I cannot open the contacts nor add numbers. Your response will be highly appreciated. Thank you. Regards, Anna.

Solution 1: Basically, the problem doesn’t just concern the Contacts app; there’s more to this problem than a glitch in that app. Please try booting the phone to Safe Mode, Fatma, and see if you would still encounter the same issues. If so, then the next thing you should do is perform factory reset. However, if the phone functions well while in Safe Mode, it means there are third-party apps, whose data may have been corrupted during the update process, that you need to uninstall.

Solution 2: As to Anna’s problem, I think yours is just minor and simple clearing of the cache and data would solve this issue. However, I urge you to backup every contact you have first and then turn off all contact syncs. If that doesn’t solve the problem, please visit this post (Samsung Galaxy S3 “Unfortunately Contacts Has Stopped” Error Message) and read it as my colleague explained this problem at length.

#10. Galaxy S3 drive mode randomly turns on/off

Problem: Suddenly the talk mode has started flashing on & off randomly. There is a symbol that looks like a uterus in a circle when the talk command mode comes on, I have never seen it before. I tried restarting the phone & removing the battery but neither one helped. Suggestions? — Tanner

Solution: Of all the things you can think, uterus was the first to come into your mind to describe the Driving Mode icon. But the immediate remedy to this kind of problem is to turn the Driver Mode feature off. Go to Settings > Language and input > Text-to-speech output > slide Driving Mode switch to Off.

If this problem, however, keeps happening, remove the battery of your phone. Get a dry brush (toothbrush would do) and gently brush the microUSB port. Moist and other dirt elements may bridge two ends that could trip the connection responsible in enabling Driving Mode. Let me know if this works.

#11. Apps gone, Galaxy S3 insists there’s no SD card

Problem: Hi, love my phone. However, today, all of my downloaded apps like Netflix, Xfinity, Live Poker, (about 10 of them) just uninstalled? I took the battery out and started it again – same problem. How did that happen and what do I do? It keeps insisting that I have no SD Card. Thanks.

Solution: When you say uninstalled, you mean everything gone or you can still see the icons but they’re greyed out? But if the phone keeps insisting there’s no SD card mounted even if you know there is, then it is apparently a microSD card problem. The apps there were affected are the ones you downloaded from the Play Store and installed on your device; pre-installed ones would still function normally. What you can do is remove your microSD card and let your computer or laptop read from it. Salvage any data as much as possible and they format the SD card into FAT32 format.

Once the microSD card has already been reformatted, insert it back and see if the phone can now read from it. If not, then there really is a problem with your card and you need to buy a new one.

#12. Galaxy S3 frozen after the update

Problem: Hi, I installed the software update yesterday and now my phone is almost permanently frozen. I need to reinsert the battery to reboot. I then have about 30 seconds before it is completely frozen again. Please help. — Julie

Solution: Julie, please try booting the phone to Safe Mode first. Observe if the performance returns to normal in that state. At the safe time, backup everything if you can while in safe mode. Either the phone performs normally in that state or not, it is necessary to perform factory reset. Boot to recovery mode and wipe cache partition first, after that perform factory reset while still in recovery.

#13. Galaxy S3 drains battery faster with mobile data on

Problem: Hello! I had a look through your pages on S3 problems, and I haven’t seen mine up there (however pages 5, 6 and 7 wouldn’t load for me). My 3G Network drains my battery. At least I believe it does. I will have my phone fully charged and after roughly 5 hours (with no play) I will be down to 30%-50%. If I turn my data off, it saves. Could this be a problem with the network/data or more with my applications? I’ve turned it on and off again but haven’t done a reset. What are you suggestions? Many thanks! — Anita

Solution: In truth, mobile data drains more battery than when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network plus your phone becomes hotter, which also contributes to faster battery drain. I’m sure how fast your battery drains but when you said that when you turned off mobile data your battery seems fine, I thought the phone drains the battery in a normal pace. However, if there’s always a problem with your network (for example, the signal is lost most of the time), it sure has a big impact on your battery life because the phone will keep connecting and re-connecting and pinging the tower. If you think the battery is faster than usual when mobile data is turned on, call your service provider first and ask if there are problems with the network or if you are in the area where there is good coverage.

#14. Galaxy S3 can’t dial a certain number

Our reader sent us two emails to make things clearer for us:

Email 1: My Galaxy S3 Mini phone has suddenly stopped allowing me to dial my home phone number. I can call any other number, and it responds correctly. My family members can even call me, but it won’t allow me to dial this one phone number. Can you help me with this issue?

Email 2: I’m sorry to send you an additional email, but to add some information to my home phone number issue, when I dial my home phone number (land line), I just get a recording saying, “Your call can not be completed at this time; please try again later.” However, a family member can call from this number, and I can receive the call. Any ideas what could be causing this?

Solution: The solution to this problem is actually to call your carrier or service provider. As long as you’re sure the number you’re calling from isn’t blocked, then there’s no reason to troubleshoot further. I personally encountered this issue when I was still a tech support for a wireless company that also offers home phones. Again, this pretty much is a carrier issue.

#15. Galaxy S3 mobile data is not working

Problem: Hi guys, I just got my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S3 and everything works except for the internet. In my plan, I got an unlimited data so I know it’s not my account however new it is. I can of course connect to the internet using the Wi-Fi but it doesn’t make sense if I paid monthly for the service I don’t use, right? Can you guys help me? I tried calling my service provider but I had to wait 30 minutes before I could get a human rep who is not very helpful because he too doesn’t know how to fix it. The second time I called the call got disconnected. I hope you guys can help me. Thanks. — Jeremy

Solution: I was actually waiting for you to mention what your service provider is. Okay so you made it clear that it’s not your account so the only thing I could think of that prevents you from using mobile data on your phone is your APN Settings. I understand you may have bought your phone from your current service provider together with your plan but that isn’t a guarantee everything will work fine or every setting is correct. So, please, try calling your service provider again and this time ask the rep to provide you with the correct APN settings and have him/her walk you through setting it up. That should solve the problem.

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Galaxy S3 (Android 4.3) Problems, Errors and Solutions [Part 14]


Twelve problems were addressed in this post and most of them are minor. This is the fourteenth edition of our Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems and Solutions, so there were already more than a hundred issues I’ve answered. If you have an issue with your phone, try browsing this post first to see if there are problems here related to yours. If not, try the first thirteen parts, links are provided below:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Problems After Android 4.3 Update [Index] [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10] [Part 11] [Part 12] [Part 13] [Part 14]

If you think your problem wasn’t included in the list, send us an email and tell us about your it via [email protected]. You may also post your concerns on our Facebook wall but please note that I may ask probing questions so as to know or have an idea what the problem really is. So, please, don’t be disappointed if I asked a few questions. For those who prefer to use Google’s social media, we also have our Google+ page.

#1. Lag, voice commands, multi-window problems

Problems: Hello Droid Guy, thanks for helping out. After upgrading Galaxy S3 GT19305 to Android 4.3 the following problems.

  1. Annoying lag. With power-saving turned off. Also in Safe Mode.
  2. The voice commands for the camera only, turned off, cannot be activated. Greyed out in settings
  3. Shortcuts for lock screen missing. Greyed out in settings.
  4. Wake up voice command for lock screen missing. Greyed out in settings.
  5. Multi-window not activated. Greyed out in settings.

How can it be reset to previous android version? Thanks. — Schalk

Solutions: Schalk, thank for you specifying every problem you have with the Galaxy S3 after the Android 4.3 update. I have a feeling that these problems resulted from corrupt firmware data. You can actually try troubleshooting each problem but I’m pretty sure there’s more that you haven’t discovered yet. I understand why you want to roll back to the previous version but I tell you there’s no easy way, not to mention the risk of bricking your phone if you’re doing it yourself.

But I recommend you do factory reset first; this will rule out the possibility that the firmware package your downloaded and installed was corrupt, or has corrupt data. If that doesn’t fix the problems, bring the phone in and have your service provider or carrier do the roll back to the previous version. If you want to take the risk, root your phone, download latest version of ODIN and the previous version of Android, boot the phone to Download Mode, and flash the firmware to your phone. Please google the instructions as we refuse to link to articles or procedures that we know could compromise the safety of your phone. I hope this helps.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera Lagging and Freezing Problems [Troubleshooting Guide]

#2. Phone can’t continue reboot after update

Problem: Dear Droid Guy, this evening, I updated my Samsung Galaxy S3. The entire update process seemed to go fine, until the final reboot. I have encrypted my device’s memory, and I get as far as putting in my password to “use the encrypted device memory,” and then the Droid/gear logo as usual…And then the phone reboots again. I’ve gone through this process numerous times, and I’ve tried clearing the cache as you suggested for someone else in a recent update, but still no success. Help! Thanks, Josh.

Solution: Josh, I’m sorry you have to go through this kind of problem but the last option left for you to do is to perform factory reset. There is a possibility that the firmware package has been corrupt during the download process or installation. I understand you may not have backed up your data because apparently you didn’t expect this to happen but you’re in a situation where you need to make a compromise to bring the phone back to life. Boot your phone to recovery mode and do factory reset from there.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stuck in Boot Loop

#3. Texts not arranged in chronological order

Problem: Hi, I am very pleased with my new Galaxy S3. However I have noticed in the past few days that when I am texting, my texts do not display in a chronological order. I can text a person and they will respond and then my next text will not follow theirs but I will find it next to my previous text. I hope this makes sense. It is hard to follow a conversation especially if you are asking questions as the answers do not always follow the question but my be visible before the question. Up until recently I didn’t have this problem. I have taken the battery out and put it back in but this did not help. I hope you can help. — Pauline

Solution: Pauline, I personally encountered this problem with my phone (not a Galaxy S3, though) but I haven’t been able to resolve it if I didn’t perform factory reset. But I asked my friend, an XDA Developer, about this problem and he said it could be that your phone’s time and date were messed up. So, you need to make sure they’re set properly.

As for messed up messages, there’s nothing you can do about them already. So, delete those messages that weren’t arranged in chronological order and set the time and date, if possible, set them to use the network’s time.

Galaxy S3 text messages disappear, can’t take screenshot, random overheating

#4. Recovering missing photos

Problem: Hi, I came upon your article regarding missing photos, unfortunately this has happen to me on my Samsung Galaxy S3. I have tried the steps you mentioned but none seem to be working. I have it setup where pictures are automatically saved onto the phone’s internal memory. I do not use an SD card. Would greatly appreciate, if you can assist me with my problem. Best Regards, Thinesh.

Solution: First off, I just want to make things clearer here, there is a big difference between the words ‘missing’ and ‘deleted’ (by accident or not). If your photos have gone missing, they could have just been moved to another directory. The best and safest way to find them is by going through every directory in your phone’s internal storage. If you’re using apps that hide files in your phone, you may check your hidden files and directories because those photos may have been included in the list of files hidden. If those photos were taken by your phone’s camera, you may want to launch the Camera app and browse your camera roll to see if they’re still there.

Now, if your photos couldn’t be found anywhere in your phone, then you could have deleted them. But don’t worry, there is a way to recover them and our friends over at XDA Dev forums provided a step-by-step guide how. Here is the link to that thread.

Missing Pictures in Samsung Galaxy S3 Gallery

#5. Contacts has stopped working

Problem: Dear Droid guy, I am experiencing an issue after I have updated my S3, which is I can’t access my contacts or making phone calls anymore, I have tried everything I found (changing the date and time format, call preferences, and factory reset) and its still not working. Would you be able to assist me? King Regards, Gabriel.

Solution: Did this problem happen immediately after you updated your phone or after several days / weeks? I understand you already did the factory reset but have you tried pulling up the contacts app right after your perform the reset just before you install anything else? One of the reasons why the contacts app crashes is when it tries to pull down information of a certain contact from the server and it never responds; the best example is Google Contacts. After the update, you may have been asked to enter your Google account so it’s possible the problem is related to syncing Contacts with Google. So try this, Home screen > Menu button > Manage apps > All > Google Contacts Sync > Clear Data.

Samsung Galaxy S3 “Unfortunately Contacts Has Stopped” Error Message

#6. Phone camera failed

Problem: Even after trying all the options listed in your post Samsung Galaxy S3 Camera Failed Problem [How To Fix] camera is still not working. Please advise.

Solution: You failed to mention when and how this problem started, I may be able to provide more information. Since you finished doing any procedure that could have led to the resolution of this problem, then I have reasons to believe it is a hardware issue. Bring the phone to a technician and have the camera sensor checked. Sorry, there’s only so much we could do when it comes to the hardware of your phone.

#7. Fast battery drain

Problem: When my Samsung Galaxy S3 was new it was working perfectly and had no issues. Even when I installed applications the battery was fine. It only used to drain small amounts while using apps. Soon, the battery started to drain massive amounts in a small amount of time. Just by leaving it on the table untouched with the screen locked it goes down by 10 in 20 minutes. Before it only used to go about 15 in 2-3 hours.

When I charged the phone from 0% to 100% it took 6-7 hours when it only used to take 2-3 hours. Same issue occurs with the mobile data on. Before when it was on and was just searching the web it doesn’t decrease much. Only a bit. But now it goes down about 10-15 in less than 10 minutes. And again it happens while calling or texting. I was having multiple conversations and the battery went down 15 for 10 minutes worth of calls and same with texting.

Even while watching videos from YouTube it decreases very much when before it never used to. So I contacted Samsung Support and they said to restore the phone. I did it but the problem is still there. Afterwards they said to take it to the support centre. I gave it in and after 2 days I received it back again restored. However, the problem is still there and has gotten worse than before I gave it to the support centre.

I sent another email to them again but they didn’t reply. Soon after a new software update was released for my phone. Android 4.3. After I updated it, the problem became MUCH WORSE. The battery literally dies much faster. Even when leaving it alone the battery drains. Please help resolve this issue. Thank You. — Rohit

Solution: What did the technician say about the problem? What were his recommendations? The main purpose why they requested you send the phone in was to know, in the first place, what the problem really is. After examinations the technician may already have known what the problem is or, at least, suspecting something that may have caused it. Even if the problem was solved, he should have told you about the issue in your phone.

The only thing I could think of while reading your message is that, it could be a battery issue. If you can get a new battery kit, that would be better. You never mentioned of any significant software-related changes so I assume this problem gradually showed until one day you noticed your battery was draining faster than before. It’s a sign that it has deteriorated over time and a sign to get a new kit.

Extending the battery life of Samsung Galaxy S3

#8. Phone slowed down

Problem: Hello, for the past 6 months or so, I’ve experienced a massive slowdown on my device. restarting doesn’t work, killing all apps doesn’t work, can’t really figure out what’s causing it…but the keyboard lags behind when you press keys, menus are slow sometimes, I don’t know what to do! any advice? Thanks, Russell.

Solution: It sounds like a typical slowing down of the phone. One way to know whether it is third-party apps that cause the problem or the pre-installed ones and core services, is to boot it to safe mode. While in that state, observe closely how the phone responds to your commands. If it performs way faster and buttery than its current performance, then there are apps that are causing all the lags.

However, if the phone still performs poorly even when in safe mode, it’s the pre-installed apps and core services that cause the issue. But either way, factory reset will fix the problem, you need to backup your important data before doing that, though.

#9. Phone stopped charging

Problem: Hi, my Samsung Galaxy S3 won’t charge. It just suddenly stopped charging. I took it to a place to see if it was the phone itself but they couldn’t tell me what was wrong & its not the charger or the battery I don’t know what to do. Thanks, Jae.

Solution: I would assume that you are 100% sure it is neither the battery nor the charger that has problems and if that’s the case, then it’s the phone or one of its components; I’m thinking about the USB port. I am not trying to discredit anybody here but if what the tech did was to charge the phone and gave it back saying he doesn’t know what the problem is, then he probably wasn’t suspecting the USB port. Again, I assume you’re certain it’s not the battery or the charger, so have the phone checked by another technician and have the USB port checked properly.

Galaxy S3 and S4 Charging, S Voice and Dictionary Problems and Solutions

#10. Galaxy S3 asks for Wi-Fi password every time

Problem: Hi dear, well finally I can vented my frustrations regarding this phone. I have a pain every time I get at home I have to enter my pass code for access my network (WiFi) the same happen when I go to my relatives home And I have to enter the codes all the time, before my phone was saving those networks…no anymore, this is a pain really because if I forget it I will be using Mobile date instead use the WiFi around. I will appreciate all your help. — Manuel

Solution: Hello, may be it’s just an issue with the Wi-Fi setting. Please follow these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings then touch the Connections tab.
  3. Tap WiFi, then tap the Menu key again.
  4. Touch Advanced.
  5. Tick the option Auto Connect.

I hope this helps.

How To Fix Galaxy S3 WiFi Authentication Error

#11. Phone will not turn on

Problem: Hi there, my Samsung Galaxy S3 was turning on /off randomly for a few hours. When turning it on, it was not staying on for more than 1 min. Then after a few hours it wont turn on at all. I was not upgrading or installing any app before this happened. I removed the battery for hours, charge it, but still cannot turn it on – the screen is black. Samsung suggested that the only chance is a Hard reset , meaning everything stored on the cell gets lost. Any other suggestions? Thank you for your help, Adriana.

Solution: Well, I agree with the Samsung rep. Factory reset is an obvious fix for this issue and that’s the easiest way. But it seems to me that you don’t want to compromise data in your phone, so here’s what I suggest:

  1. Boot the phone to safe mode, this way we would know if the phone would still power on without any third-party apps running. If you can, then there’s a greater chance that a third-party app is causing the problem. You only have to find that app while in safe mode and uninstall it; start from the most recent installation. Every after you uninstall an app, try booting normally if you can. This will take time but it’s worth it. You may also want to backup all your data while you can boot to safe mode.
  2. Boot to recovery mode. This step will test if the device will boot up even without loading the main Android and TouchWiz interface. Do this if you cannot boot to Safe Mode. In this state, try wiping the cache partition and boot up normally. If the phone still can’t boot after that, there’s no other option but to do what the Samsung rep told you.

How To Fix A Galaxy S3 That Won’t Turn On [Troubleshooting Guide]

#12. Cannot make calls without rebooting

Problem: Hi, I found your website via a Google search for issues I am having with my S3. So here is the problem: when my phone is turned on and I want to make a telephone call, naturally I navigate to the phone icon located on the lower left hand side of the screen. The phones keyboard is displayed, I type in the phone number, including area code. The number dials…then the phone call is “ended”. Repeating this yields nothing but the same, the phone call ends before any kind of connection can be made. Very frustrating! The only “fix” I know of is to shut the phone down completely, wait a minute or two, start the phone up again, wait for everything to load, then, make the call again. Usually works. However, this is a very cumbersome way to use a phone. Please help! Many thanks, David.

Solution: Odds are there is a third-party app that is causing this problem or it is a hardware issue. To rule the first possibility, boot the phone to safe mode and try making a call from there. If you can make a call without having to reboot your phone, then you need to find the app that’s causing it. In case the problem persists, please backup all your data and perform factory reset. If that doesn’t help, then bring it in and have it checked by a technician.

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AT&T Galaxy S3 Problems, Errors and Ways To Fix Them [Part 2]


This is apparently the second part of our AT&T Galaxy S3 (i747) Problems and Solutions. The issues aggregated in this post are among the most common concerns AT&T customers complain about when calling the carrier’s support hotline.

We don’t wish to compete with the support AT&T provides to its customers. Rather, we want to make it easier for users to troubleshoot their problems, and eventually fix them, before they spend several minutes on the phone waiting for a human representative to help them.

So, if you’re a Galaxy S3 owners under ATT’s umbrella, please take time to browse this post to see if I already addressed your concern. You may also want to browse the first part I published more than a week ago.

AT&T Galaxy S3 (i747) Problems and Solutions [Part 1] [Part 2]

If you are a Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or Straight Talk customer and also have problems with your Galaxy S3, please find visit the appropriate link provided after the break.

If your problems weren’t addressed in any of your previous post or you have a different issue, feel free to send us emails at [email protected]. I assure you I will read your email but I cannot guarantee that I can respond. We also have our Facebook and Google+ pages in case you want to use those media to get in touch with us.

#1. Gallery stopped working after update

Problem: Hi, recently my phone is acting up and I cannot view my images. When I open the gallery, I get this very annoying message “Unfortunately, Gallery has stopped” and I can’t do a thing but to tap OK. I’ve been reading your blog since 2012 and I give it to you guys, you can help a lot of people by doing this. I need your help now. I think you’ve already addressed this issue before but I don’t know how to find that post. If you can point me to that post, that would be great and if you’re so kind to address it, that’s much better. And oh, my phone is Galaxy S3 from AT&T. Thank you guys, Linda.

Solution: You’re right, Linda. I’ve already addressed this same problem on our previous post, titled “Galaxy S3 Gallery stopped working.”

It’s a common problem among GS3 owners that surfaced following Android 4.3 update. But since you are having a hard time finding it, let me give you a quick rundown of our previous recommendation.

I previously advised our sender to simply clear the Gallery app’s cache and data. While there are lots of workarounds available, clearing cache and data of the Gallery app is found to be very effective. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Touch Menu from the Home screen.
  2. Touch More tab.
  3. Touch Application Manager then swipe to display All Section.
  4. Scroll down to find and select Gallery.
  5. Touch Clear Cache to initiate clearing of cache from Gallery.
  6. Touch Clear Data and hit OK to start clearing data from Gallery.

If problem persists, then try this:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap the More tab.
  3. Tap the Application Manager, then swipe until you get to Turned Off section.
  4. Scroll to and tap Paper Artist.
  5. Tap the Turn On button.

This should already solve the problem. Otherwise, please email us back so we can find other possible workarounds available for you. Previous content addressing this same problem is available here.

#2. Messaging app says -1 unread message

Problem: Hello Droid guy, I’m a Galaxy S3 user under contract with ATT. It’s kinda weird that my phone says I have negative one (-1) unread message. How is that even possible? I’m pretty sure it’s a glitch but I don’t have a clue how to fix it. It’s not really a problem but it’s annoying to be seeing that read notification all the time. Thanks. — Darren

Solution: Although this problem isn’t common, you’re not alone Darren. In fact, we had received lots of prior emails from GS3 (Sprint and Verizon) owners with the same email issue. Instead of showing 0, it prompted them with negative 1 (-1) unread messages.

A developer’s theory has explained the negative number denotes the notification was not properly set and therefore, suggested to set or configure the notification so as to get this issue fixed. Unfortunately, this DIDN’T solve the problem.

Then we tried to suggest Clearing of the Email Cache and Data as the next possible resolution attempt and that fixed the issue.

Important Reminder:

While clearing of email cache and data has been known to fix same email glitch, be reminded that the process will also delete personal settings and messages from your phone. So you may consider backing up all your important files first.

Here’s how to clear email cache and data on your GS3 handset:

  1. Go to Applications Manager to get started.
  2. Swipe to select All Tab.
  3. Scroll to find and select Email App.
  4. Touch on both Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  5. Reboot your phone.
  6. Set up your email account again.

The above-mentioned procedure has worked well on our prior email senders with the email issue, and I hope it will do the same on you, Darren. You can find our previous content, addressing the same concern in this page.

There is one available solution online, and it’s basically the same as the aforementioned procedure but you’ll have to find the service called BadgeProvider.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Touch the More tab.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe left to display the All tab.
  5. Scroll down to find BadgeProvider.
  6. Tap Clear Data button.
  7. Tap OK.
  8. Now, reboot your phone.

I hope these procedures help.

#3. Phone will not continue booting up

Problem: Okay, I decided to email you guys because nothing on the web offers the same service as yours. I hope you can help me. My phone just received a new update and after that it won’t boot up. I’m pretty sure it’s not the battery because it powers on but it is stuck somewhere after the Samsung logo. The screen is blank or black but I’m pretty sure it’s powered on because I can see the logo just before the blank screen. I’m thinking of bringing it in for checkup but the nearest AT&T store is 75 miles away or so. I thought you’ve encountered this problem and I need your input on this before I decide to drive for hours back and forth. Thanks. – William

Solution: Many, users have encountered the same problem as yours William and some them have had relayed it to us already. Several workarounds have been made available to help GS3 owners deal with the issue on their device that stuck at Samsung logo after Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.

I strongly suggest you to perform a wipe clear partition to begin with and then do a factory reset afterward. Both procedures must be done in Recovery Mode.

Steps to wipe cache partition

  1. Pop the back panel open and remove the battery for about 1 minute while the phone is ON.
  2. Place the battery back after the time has elapsed.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons, simultaneously.
  4. Wait until the phone vibrates, then release the Power button first. Keep holding and pressing on the Volume Up and Home buttons until the Android System Recovery screen displays.
  5. Highlight ‘Wipe Cache Partition’ using the Volume Down button, and then press the Power button to select the current option.
  6. Once the device is done wiping cache partition, highlight ‘reboot system now,‘ then press the Power button to initiate phone reboot.

If problem persists after completing the aforesaid procedure, proceed to performing a factory data reset or master reset:

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons simultaneously.
  2. Wait until the phone vibrates and release the Power button first. Keep holding and pressing on the Volume Up and Home keys until you see the Android System Recovery prompt.
  3. Highlight ‘wipe data/factory reset’ using the Volume Down button, then press the Power button to select the current option.
  4. Highlight ‘delete all user data’ using the Volume Down button, then press the Power button to select the current option.
  5. Wait until the master reset is completed, then highlight ‘reboot system now.’
  6. Press the Power button again to continue.

Important Note: While performing a master reset or factory data reset has been proven to solve GS3 problems like this, you have to remember that doing so will also delete all your customized settings as well as the files you’ve saved on the phone.

You may also check out our other solutions to different problems on Galaxy S3 after firmware update available here.

#4. Previous downloads reappear or re-downloaded

Problem: Droid guy, how are you? I have a slight problem with my phone (AT&T Galaxy S3). It happened after I updated the device to 4.3 last week. I downloaded a lot of files before and some of them are still in my phone but after the update, they seem to be getting re-downloaded. Every now and then the Notification Panel displays notifications that items were downloaded completely. I don’t know if they were actually being re-downloaded or something but I just want to stop this non-sense and I don’t know how. Can you help me. — Miles

Solution: We’ve heard of and addressed this same issue relayed by one of our readers, who owns a T-Mobile GS3 smartphone. The issue is similar to yours, in which downloaded items reappear on the notification panel after the latest firmware update. In order to resolve this issue, we recommend you to do the subsequent procedures:

  1. Go to the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu key on the left side of the Home button.
  3. Select Settings to continue.
  4. Tap on More tab.
  5. Locate and tap Application Manager.
  6. Swipe the screen to the left until All tab contents are shown.
  7. Scroll to and tap Download Manager. If you can’t see Download Manager, look for Downloads and tap on it instead and proceed to the next step.
  8. Tap the Clear Cache button.
  9. Tap the Clear Data button.
  10. Tap OK to continue.

To refresh your phone’s memory, simply reboot the device. That should do it.

More about GS3 problems and solutions: You may also browse for more information on GS3 problems and solutions on this page.

#5. Cannot download/update apps through Play Store

Problem: I don’t know when this problem started but my ATT Galaxy S3 cannot update apps. When I open the Play Store app and go to My Apps, I can see some of apps I installed on my phone have updates so I tried updating one and there was an error. I tried doing the same to other apps and the same thing happened. Now, when I tried downloading an app, I’m getting another error message and I can’t continue the download process. I called AT&T about this and the rep walked me through clearing data of the Play Store but apparently it didn’t help. AT&T don’t know a thing of fixing this problem so I was thinking maybe you could help. Thanks. — Melinda

Solution: Were you prompted with error 403? If so, then it is not a problem with your smartphone but rather on Google Play Store itself. This should be fixed any time soon or a little later, so all you have to do is wait.

But if this is not the case, I recommend you to uninstall updates from your Play Store app. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap the Menu key from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings to continue.
  3. Tap to select More tab.
  4. Swipe to the left twice, to choose/select All tab.
  5. Scroll to and tap on Google Play Store.
  6. Tap Uninstall Updates.

Wait until the device is done uninstalling Play Store updates and try to download a new app or update an existing app again. Hope this helps you Melinda.

#6. New laptop cannot detect the phone

Problem: First of all, I just want to know I’m a 65-year-old woman and I own a Galaxy S3 and a plan with AT&T. My 5-year-old laptop died on my last week so my daughter bought me a new one. It’s a nice laptop but it seems not to detect my phone when I connect it. Previously, I just have to connect my phone and I can copy my pictures and videos to and fro but not now. What must I do to help my computer detect my phone? I worked for a computer company before so I know a thing or two about computers and phones but technology evolves every day and I’m afraid I was left behind. I would greatly appreciate it if you can help me. Thanks. — Roann

Solution: Thank you for letting us know of this problem Roann, and I’d be glad to assist you on further.

Regardless of whether your new laptop is running on Mac or Windows OS, it is very likely that you need to install a device driver that will allow it to recognize your GS3 smartphone.

Windows computers usually have these little programs that function as bridge between the computer itself and other devices attached to it, including Android smartphones. However, there are lots of universal USB devices that can automatically be detected or recognized by a Windows computer once they’re plugged in.

In your case Roann, your new laptop probably needs to have those drivers for it to recognize or detect your Galaxy S3 device. But before you proceed to searching for a device driver, I suggest you to perform these first few methods to refresh your phone’s system.

  1. Turn off the phone.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Wait around 30 seconds then put the battery back on the phone.
  4. Connect the phone to the new laptop.

Isolate the problem

If problem persists and the new laptop still doesn’t recognize your phone after doing the first recommendations, try to use a different USB cable (if available) to connect the phone to your laptop. Also attempt to connect other USB devices to your new laptop, to check if the USB is just working fine. If the new laptop does not recognized the other devices, then it means there is a problem on its USB port. If you may, please check your laptop’s device manager and see if there is any reported issue for the USB controllers. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + X on your laptop and then select Device Manager.
  2. Click on the + sign to expand the “Universal serial bus controllers.”
  3. If you see a yellow exclamation mark or a red X mark over any USB controllers, then that means there’s a problem.
  4. Right click on Device and select Properties.
  5. Go to the General Tab and check the device status.

If the device status prompts any corrupt driver or if the driver isn’t loaded for a USB controller, you will need to update the device driver.

Hint: To know which driver is right your new laptop for this function, you may search the web via Google or Samsung website on Galaxy S3 USB drivers to see available drivers for your new device. Other option is to install Samsung Kies and use it to find the right driver for your device. You may download Samsung Kies app here.

#7. Wi-Fi can’t stay connected after update

Problem: I updated my phone last week and I encountered a lot of problems so I decided to do master reset. Now, the phone is normal again with its new firmware but the Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting, I can’t get it to stay connected. I notice it disconnects every time the phone goes idle. Do you know how to fix this? Is it a software or a hardware problem? Thanks guys. I would appreciate it if you address my concern. — Nina

Solution: What you are experiencing Nina is more likely a software glitch and I believe it has something to do with the phone’s wireless network settings. Basically, the update to Jellybean 4.3 overrides the phone’s current settings, and so there’s a big possibility that your wireless network settings automatically changed.

I strongly suggest verifying of your phone’s network settings first and see if it’ll fix the problem. Here are the recommended workarounds for you.

  1. Tap the Menu key from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Power Saving Mode. If you see it’s turned On, slide the toggle switch to turn it OFF. Otherwise, leave it on.
  4. Verify/reconfigure wireless settings. Here’s how:

4.1. Go back to the Home screen and tap the Menu key.
4.2. Tap on Settings.
4.3. Tap WiFi.
4.4. Tap the Menu key and select Advanced.
4.5. Tap the option that says, ‘Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep‘ and set it to ‘Always.’
4.6. Tap on Auto-Connect. Be sure to put a check on the box.

That should work. If not, then please let us know ASAP so we can look for other possible fixes available for this issue and get back to you soon.

#8. Phone auto corrects every word I type

Problem: I don’t know what happened with my phone but it seems to show me it’s a lot smarter than I am because it corrects every word I type. It could have been better if the words were right but 90% of the time they’re incorrect. I don’t know so much about the latest technologies in phones so I can’t tell if this is a problem with the software or not. Do you know how I can turn this feature off or fix it if it’s a known issue? — David

Solution: Hi David, the problem you have right now is caused by a phone feature called predictive text. For some reasons, certain phone updates may have reset some features and phone functions. If this is the first time you encounter such problem, I recommend you to verify some settings on your device, specifically on Language. Follow these steps:

1. Go to the Settings menu.

2. Select Language and Input.

3. Check on the Predictive Text slider. If it is ON, toggle the slider to turn it OFF.

Hint: To prevent your phone from correcting every word you text, the Predictive Text slider must be set to OFF because doing so will likewise disable the phone’s Auto Correct messaging function.

#9. Can’t send MMS messages

Problem: Hi, I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 I purchased from AT&T but since Straight Talk offers better unlimited service, I ported my number to use their service. I can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, can connect to the internet but I can’t send MMS messages. I’m pretty sure it’s not a coverage issue because I can do things I previously mentioned that uses network connectivity. I’m at my wits end here and I tried calling Straight Talk but the representative told me my account is in good standing and I have unlimited plan so it’s not that. Is this a phone problem? Please help me. — Melody

Solution: The problem is not on your phone, Melody. Mobile data is one of the requisites in sending and receiving MMS messages. Unlike emails, you will not be able to send MMS messages even if your phone has Internet connection. In order to successfully deliver MMS messages to your recipients, an active mobile data is needed.

My first suggestion is to verifying your phone’s mobile data settings and make sure it is Enabled.

If it is already enabled but the problem persists, then it is more likely that the problem is due to incorrect APN settings on your phone. In this case, you will need to contact your service provider and ask for the correct APN settings.

There are also some instances when the Galaxy S3 cannot send MMS messages when it is set to Power Safe mode. To ensure this is not causing your problem, please turn this feature OFF.

#10. Wi-Fi auto reconnect gone

Problem: Hi guys! I’m an S3 owner and an AT&T customer. I received an update last week and everything went well. The phone is much better now that it runs the latest update but there’s one thing I’m missing. Before the update, my phone would auto-connect to Wi-Fi networks I often connect to and it’s gone now.

When I’m at home, I connect to my own Wi-Fi network but when I leave home for work, the phone will automatically connect to mobile data network in the absence of a Wi-Fi access point. And when I arrive in the office, my phone would auto-connect to the company network. But it’s not doing it now. I have to manually connect it to Wi-Fi networks I mentioned. How do I fix this? Thanks guys. Keep up the good work! — Roxanne


Have you verified your phone’s Wi-Fi settings yet? If not, then be sure you do it first. It’s possible that the latest update overrides your previous phone settings, including the Wi-Fi auto network switch configuration.

In order to let your phone automatically switch and/or connect to an available wireless network, the Auto Network Switch has to be enabled on your phone. Here’s how:

  1. Tap the Menu key from the Home screen.
  2. Select Settings to continue.
  3. Locate and tap on the Connections tab.
  4. Turn WiFi On first (if it’s OFF), otherwise, leave it as is and proceed to step 5.
  5. Tap WiFi.
  6. Tap the Menu key.
  7. Select Advanced.
  8. Locate the box beside ‘Auto Network Switch’ and be sure to put a check on it.

Your phone should now be able to switch/connect to an available wireless network. But if problem persists after doing the aforementioned workarounds, be sure to let us know ASAP so we can assist you further with this concern.

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Samsung Launches High Security Version Of Galaxy S III In Germany, Costs €1,700

Samsung has just released a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany that comes with a high security feature. It is reportedly more secure than devices with Samsung’s Knox security solution which has been approved recently by the United States Department of Defense.

Galaxy S III

The high security version of the device is called SiMKo 3, costs €1,700 or roughly $2255 and comes with a two year contract. This model uses SiMKo security technology that makes it very secure. Sammobile explains this technology as “Basically, SiMKo contains something called the L4 microkernel, which has only around 10,000 lines of code and provides a limited and secure environment for running a few apps, similar to KNOX. When that secure environment isn’t needed, users can simply switch to the standard Android OS, with data between the two environments separated as necessary.”

The device also comes with an option or owners to switch to the regular version of Android when the more secure environment is not needed. The data of the two environments are separated. Right now it isn’t available to the regular consumers and is only offered to businesses and government agencies.

Dongmin Kim, President of Samsung Electronics Germany  said that “thanks to extensive cooperation between the SiMKo 3 project team and our development department, together we have managed to bring a high-security smartphone based on the GALAXY S3 to market. Customers who have exacting security requirements can now use one of the most successful smartphones in Germany as a mobile work device. As the market leader, we are committed to taking secure telephony and data transmission forward.”

The SiMKo security technology is developed by Deutsche Telekom in partnership with companies based in Germany. Certgate supplied the crypto cards while NCP made sure that the connections are encrypted. Both companies are based in Nuremberg. Dresden Technical University, Dresden start-up Kernkonzept, Telekom Innovation Laboratories and Berlin start-up Trust2Core jointly developed the L4 microkernel system used by the device.

via sammobile

HTC One vs Xperia Z vs Galaxy S3


HTC launched HTC One today. HTC One will be the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer’s flagship phone. By the looks of it, the device looks just awesome and the phone is well equipped with best hardware available in the market. If you’re out to buy a new device, you’ll obviously be confused as there are so many smartphones out there.

Below is a comparison between HTC One, Xperia Z and Galaxy SIII. Samsung will soon launch Galaxy S IV, but we don’t have any official details on that yet.

DeviceHTC OneXperia ZSamsung Galaxy SIII
Device typeSmart phoneSmart phoneSmart phone
OSAndroid (4.1.2) Sense 5.0 UIAndroid (4.1.2)Android (4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI
Form factorCandybarCandybarCandybar
Dimensions5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm)5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
5.15 oz (146 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
4.69 oz (133 g)
the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)
RuggedWater (Water), Dust proof
IP certifiedIP 57
ColorsBlack, WhiteBlack, Purple, WhiteBlack, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Gray
Physical size4.7 inches5.0 inches4.8 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density468 ppi441 ppi306 ppi
TechnologyS-LCD 3TFTSuper AMOLED
Talk time11.00 hours
the average is 10 h (579 min)
22.50 hours
the average is 10 h (579 min)
Stand-by time22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
34.6 days (830 hours)
the average is 19 days (459 h)
Talk time (3G)14.00 hours
the average is 8 h (508 min)
11.60 hours
the average is 8 h (508 min)
Stand-by time (3G)22.1 days (530 hours)
the average is 24 days (577 h)
32.1 days (770 hours)
the average is 24 days (577 h)
Capacity2300 mAh2330 mAh2100 mAh
System chipQualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064TQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)
ProcessorQuad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300Quad core, 1500 MHz, KraitQuad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorAdreno 320Adreno 320ARM Mali-400/MP4
System memory2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel)1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage32 GB16 GB32 GB
Maximum User Storage26 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC up to 32 GBmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Camera4 megapixels, Immobile13.1 megapixels, Immobile8 megapixels, Immobile
Aperture sizeF2.0F2.6
Focal length (35mm equivalent)28mm
Camcorder1920×1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920×1080 (1080p HD)1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Front-facing cameraYes2.2 megapixels1.9 megapixels
Video capture1920×1080 (1080p HD)1920×1080 (1080p HD)

HTC One excels in camera department. What are your thoughts on HTC One?

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3, S2 and Note may come very soon

Recent reports suggest that the much anticipated roll out of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note is near. This is after millions of owners in the United States were disappointed and complained about Samsung’s delay and reluctance to roll out updates even for its older devices.

Many believed that the manufacturer’s legal battle with Apple is taking its toll. Hence, the reason for all the delays in releasing necessary firmware upgrade for owners who still believe its devices are among the most competitive handsets in the market today.

Owners of devices from Samsung under the umbrella of Rogers in Canada are reportedly going to receive the update by the end of this month. The Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE version will be the first one to get the system bump to Android 4.1. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note may receive Jelly Bean in the first week of December.

In UK, owners of unlocked GS3 started receiving notification of the availability of the update since last week of October. People who got subsidized versions are still waiting to get the latest firmware, though. Sources who have knowledge about it said it was Samsung’s intention not to roll out the update for everybody as there could still be some bugs that needed fixed. Though, it seems like only a few complained about errors while updating and majority of them were user-initiated errors.

In the US, only the GS3 owners under Sprint network were given the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of the latest version of Android. But even so, not all of its customers were given access to the update at first; it was believed that the carrier itself conducted a test to see if the new firmware could cause disruption in its services.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is considered the biggest update in the history of Android. The upcoming version 4.2 will still utilize the name “Jelly Bean” instead of the expected Key Lime Pie. Samsung posted a webpage showing the list of regions that will receive the update.


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Samsung Galaxy S III holiday sale for $49.99

US carrier Sprint has dropped the price of Samsung Galaxy S III to just $49.99 (originally $99.99) for its new customers. Android smartphone lovers and enthusiasts are given an opportunity to own the device considered as one of the most powerful and feature-packed handset at a very low price. While it hasn’t been revealed until when this offer would last, it is believed to be in preparation for the holidays. Interested parties are advised to visit Amazon Wireless to avail this great deal.

While this deal is a great offering, there are some of the conditions you have to fulfill before you can avail it:

  • You should choose only between the blue and white 16GB variants. No information was provided whether there are plans to offer Galaxy S III with higher capacity at a price as low as this.
  • You should be a new customer for Sprint. Current customers are not eligible for this promotional price and there is no upgrade plan just yet. However, it is expected that the carrier will give its existing customer something for the holidays.
  • The new customer should sign up for Sprint’s family plan. There is no exception, you should either sign up for the family contract or have to pay the regular price.

For those who might be looking for mid-range smartphones but don’t want to spend more, the prices of Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G and HTC Evo 4G LTE have also been dropped to $0.01 and $19.99, respectively. You can get either of these phones with an individual contract.

Offerings like these don’t happen so often and most of the times the promotion would last for not very long. These devices have really impressive specs, especially the Galaxy S III, with a lot of features everybody can enjoy. Here are the links of each device posted on Amazon Wireless.

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III – $49.99

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G – $0.01

Sprint HTC Evo LTE 4G – $19.99

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Leaked document shows Sprint is rolling out Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on Oct 25th

When Korean manufacturer, Samsung, announced that its flagship smartphone, Galaxy S III, released in the United States would be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update “soon,” it actually left an impression that US customers aren’t getting the same treatment as with customers from other regions. The company didn’t provide an ETA as to when the update would be rolled out pushing bloggers to speculate that the update might not be rolled out until 2013. There was, however, one carrier that hinted of an update this year—Sprint Nextel.

While many think Sprint would roll out the update in November, the most recent document that was leaked and published online suggests Sprint Galaxy S III owners could start receiving notifications today, October 25th. The screenshot does look legit and it says the update will bring software build L710VPALJ7 to the device. The XDA Developer community was the first one to publish the document and it spread like wild fire considering the popularity of Galaxy S3.

Many tech enthusiasts believe an update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean is simply an incremental upgrade as the core architecture of the operating system remains unchanged. However, the JB package intended for Galaxy S III should be larger than typical packages for other devices because of its features on top of stock features such as Home Screen Management, Android Beam, better Notifications bar, Google Now, etc. It is expected that Sprint would add a few features to facilitate better customer service.

If you are one of the Galaxy S III owners under Sprint network, this is one reason to be excited. But at the end of the day, this information still needs confirmation from either Samsung or Sprint and as we wait for it, we must take this new with a pinch of a salt. Perhaps, the best thing to do for now is wait and see if the screenshot was taken from the actual Sprint document.

[source: XDA Developer Forums] [via: Phandroid]

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Samsung Galaxy S III US variants to receive Jelly Bean update in 2013

The device dubbed as the “iPhone killer” seems not getting the kind of treatment than we expect but that goes only to units being distributed in the United States. Samsung Galaxy S III in the United Kingdom across all networks is reportedly queued up to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update by the end of the month and this has been confirmed by carriers in that region. In the US all carriers will not rollout JB update until 2013 so owners, especially those who don’t want to use custom firmware, would be stuck with the current Ice Cream Sandwich.

Among all Galaxy S3 owners, the ones in the US could be the last to receive the much anticipated update. This is after reports that internal variants of the device may also receive updates by end-October or early November. Perhaps, one of the factors why GS3 users will be so frustrated when JB update will not be released, at least, this year is because ever since the launching of the handset in London, there had already been a promise that it would become one of the most updated devices as far as OS is concerned. During that time, Jelly Bean already made a buzz, although many believed it would have been Android 5.0 and not 4.1.

Within the 5-month timeframe since its release, there have already been several updates rolled out to address minor issues including some fixes to make GS3 immune to possible Apple copyright disputes. It is, however, unconceivable that the handset will not be getting the update every owner desires soon. XDA Developers have released countless Jelly Bean custom ROMs for people who have guts to take the risk of flashing unofficial firmware into their precious device. People who are under any provider, especially in the US, are not really into using these ROMs simply because any one of them will void the warranty.

Basically, for now owners will have to engage into the waiting game Samsung and carriers are playing. But surely, it will impact the sales of any Samsung smartphones in the US.

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Samsung Confirms Galaxy S3 Mini Unveiling On October 11

JK Shin, the chief Samsung’s mobile division, recently made an announcement confirming the upcoming arrival of the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. According to Shin, “We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany.” He also adds, “There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.’”

It is speculated that the 4-inch device that Shin suggested is none other than the Apple iPhone, whose latest iteration, the iPhone 5, is equipped with a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally.

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Mini smartphone have been circulating for some time, but there has not been a confirmation from the South Korean electronics company prior to Shin’s statement. The October 11th unveiling in Germany, however, had already made headlines when invitations for the same were sent out to the German media a while back. The invitation is reportedly a large piece of paper that had been folded several times. It also says “Small is now a big hit!” in German.

Initially, it was believed that the press event would be for the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Music, a budget smartphone targeted at music enthusiasts. However, according to All About Samsung, the invitation shows a large “S,” which could be taken to mean that the event is for the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. They further claimed that this device will come with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system, and a dual-core processor whose speed is still unknown.

For its part, the Samsung Galaxy Music is expected to be packed with a single-core 850MHz CPU, a 3-inch QVGA display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3-megapixel camera. Its operating system is said to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and may come in dual-SIM or single-SIM variants.

Via androidauthority