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Samsung May Be Rolling Out Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update on August 29th

I came across a blog post somewhere that got me excited and I thought I should share with you – about Samsung Galaxy S3 and Android Jelly Bean.  Well, the talk of the internet is that Samsung is working on rolling out the much-craved-for Android OS update as early as this month!  According to the guys at GSMArena, credible sources from Samsung Mobile report that Samsung will have the update ready for the S3 users by 29th of this month – the same day that Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy Note 2 during the IFA event in Berlin, Germany.  If this happens, Samsung will surely steal the limelight in so many levels on this day.

What I find interesting about this over the air update though is that even with the device still just a couple of months old, there are several software builds on various Android forums and sites especially on XDA.  We have been left to guess on the progress SamMobile has been making on the software update for so long so far but it appears they have been busy.  If you have an S3, one thing you can be sure of is that Samsung takes this handset very seriously, it was evident from the way they launched it.  It also appears that Samsung has been keeping a tight leash on security when it comes to software and news leaks as well.

The sources did not mention whether this update will be coming to specific versions of the Galaxy S3 or there is an update for every S3 – international included.  Since Android jelly bean is still fresh from Google’s kitchen, we wouldn’t blame Samsung if it took a little longer to roll out the updates for all the S3 version but we have to congratulate them on the speed it took to roll out the update if they indeed roll it out on the 29th.  For now, we just have to wait and see if this happens or if there is any new leak developments that say otherwise.

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Samsung Gets Ready to Bring Jelly Bean to Galaxy S II and S III

Samsung is reportedly already preparing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III smartphone, and possibly the S II, as well. Exactly when users can expect this is still, however, unclear at present. Sammobile reports that the Galaxy S III smartphone could be getting it around August to September this year. Naturally, this device would be prioritized as it is the South Korean company’s current flagship phone.

That said, the Samsung Galaxy S II is still considered to be a hot item, and Samsung allegedly already had success in testing the latest update to the Android OS on the phone. If all goes according to plan, users of the Samsung Galaxy S II could also soon be enjoying Android Jelly Bean.

It is speculated that the Jelly Bean update will be available first on international versions of the S III that are unlocked. Thus, those using the S III that are locked to carriers in the United States might have to wait a little longer to enjoy the new features that Android Jelly Bean has to offer.

Among the other Samsung devices which could be slated for the Android 4.1 update are the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7. The Note, in particular, has good chances because Samsung also likes to give much attention to its high-end and popular devices.

Android Jelly Bean is a minor upgrade from Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but it still brings some nice new enhancements in responsiveness, accessibility, web browsing, language support, and Google services. Other improvements involve the use of Bluetooth for Android Beam, USB audio, the Android Browser, Network Bandwidth Management, Google Cloud Messaging for Android, Smart App Updates, and Wi-Fi Network Service Discovery, among others. Moreover, like other updates, it promises bug fixes to several issues encountered on previous versions of the OS.

Neither Samsung nor the phone carriers have released an official statement regarding this rumor.

Via tmonews

Samsung Galaxy SIII vs. Nokia 808 PureView

The Nokia 808 PureView has been one of the much hyped smartphone launches this year. It’s Nokia’s imaging flagship phone, and a true successor of Nokia N8. On the other hand, we have the Samsung Galaxy S III which is probably is the smartphone which grabbed the most eyeballs than any other Android based smartphones out there. Let’s compare these two, shall we?

Design And Build Quality: The design of Samsung Galaxy S III is pretty neat and compact, and just 9mm thick, and compared to Nokia 808 PureView, which boasts a 14mm thick body, Samsung Galaxy SIII definitely stands out of the crowd, owing to its compact asymmetrical design and the big screen. The design of Nokia is nothing new and similar to most of the Nokia touchscreen phones from the past, however, the company has used polycarbonate to construct this handset, which makes it one of the most rugged top end smartphones of the year.

Display: Nokia has plonked in a 4” AMOLED screen while Samsung decided to go with a 4.8” Super AMOLED. Both the phones have AMOLED screens, but similar to all the Nokia Belle based handsets, the screen resolution on Nokia is 360×640, which corresponds to pretty low pixel density as compared Galaxy SIII featuring a 720×1280 AMOLED screen, which makes Samsung win hands down.
Both the phones have comparable viewing angles, but Nokia has put a ClearBlack antireflective layer on top of the screen, which makes the screen look a bit brighter.

Interface and functionality: Samsung Galaxy SIII runs Android and Nokia Pure View 808 runs Nokia Belle. Nokia Belle is a very good improvement over the Symbian interface we’ve seen in the past, but at that resolution, it’s not giving Samsung a run for its money, besides knowing the fact how functional Android is. Android’s Play Store has a choice of apps which Nokia Store cannot even dream of. Also, the interface is very silk smooth on the SIII, thanks to quad-core Exynos processor doing its job under the screen. The Nokia 808 PureView has voice commands and dialing, but Samsung has S Voice as an answer, which is certainly more functional than what Nokia has to offer. Again, Samsung wins hands own in this department.

Imaging:

Nokia 808 PureView is the first ever smartphone which features Nokia’s PureView technology. The technology is basically a pixel oversampling technique which essentially decreases an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution image, achieving higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom, which is a pretty nice feature to have on your handheld. The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 8MP camera sensor providing handy Panorama and HDR modes, but it cannot match the images created by the rather huge 41MP camera with PureView technology any time.

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Camera is where the Nokia wins. The pictures clicked by SIII looks unprofessional and often overexposed and oversaturated at times when compared to that from Nokia. We don’t think anyone can match Nokia’s photo quality anytime soon.

Internet & Gaming: Well, Samsung Galaxy SIII is powered by a quad core processor as opposed to Nokia’s counterpart which is powered by a 1.3 GHz ARM processor, so obviously Galaxy SIII should do better when it comes to browsing experience. Galaxy SIII wins hands down in every way possible, and it supports full desktop Adobe Flash, which when paired with 4.8” display delivers one of the best browsing experience ever on a smartphone.
Coming to the gaming part, 808’s performance is pretty improved as compared to earlier Symbian based devices, however its gaming capabilities hasn’t satisfied us. Compared to Galaxy SIII which is powered by Exynos 4212 GPU, combined with the quad core processor, the phone handles complex 3D games like a piece of cake. In short, the gaming performance of Nokia 808 isn’t comparable to Galaxy SIII.

Battery life: A large 2100mAh battery powers the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is bigger than what most of the android phones out there have. Nokia 808 Pure view is powered by a classic 1400 mAh battery, however, since the energy requirements of Nokia 808 is pretty less compared to Galaxy SIII, you can expect both phones to last for same period of time once fully charged. Talk time number on Galaxy S III substantially better at 12 hours in 3G mode as opposed to 808 PureView’s 7 hours.

Conclusion: Both phones are great in their own ways, and your choice should actually depend on your usage. If you’re a gamer or like to browse internet and play with apps, Samsung Galaxy SIII should be your choice, but if you’re an avid photographer and photography is your thing, and not interested gaming or downloading a bunch of fancy apps, there can’t be a better choice than Nokia 808 PureView.

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Best 3 Android Phones Rankings – July 2012

Are you looking to get a new Android smartphone and want nothing but the best in the market?  Finding the best Android smartphone can be a daunting task especially with the recent top notch smartphone releases by different manufacturers including Samsung, Asus, Huawei, HTC and others.  In my opinion though, here are the best Android smartphones in the market for July 2012 based on specifications, features and performance.  Other factors used to rank the phones are device age, OS version, Sales popularity as well as the overall buzz factor.

1. [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link]

Even with the release of the SIII, the Nexus passes as the top smartphone at the moment largely because it is still a nexus and is the best Android experience despite the fact that there are other smartphones with much better specs.  It is powered by a dual core 1.4GHz processor, has a bright sharp and colorful AMOLED display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 16GB onboard memory.  It would be hard to pass on the Galaxy Nexus if you are looking to buy a new Android device.

The best part of this phone, it’s currently going for [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]$0.01 on amazon wireless[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview

  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460) Processor
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 (Specifications differ on LTE devices)
  • 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED Display
  • 5 MP Rear AF LED Flash and 1.3MP Front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • 1GB RAM and 16/32GB onboard memory
  • Standard Li-on 1750 mAh Battery

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2. [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S III[/easyazon-link]

This is a new entrant to this month’s rankings but it is one of the most talked about smartphones today.  The SIII is a much improved version of the SII and features a beautiful screen, an impressive camera upgrade and the TouchWiz UI.  What cost this smartphone the first position though is the undersized battery which Samsung put in such a high performance device.  A heavy user will struggle with the 2100mAh battery that the SIII has.  The phone is going for [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]$189.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera (can record 1080p video recording at 60fps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 Operating System
  • 16/32GB Internal storage memory, 2GB RAM
  • SD Card slot (memory expandable to 64 GB)
  • 2100mAh battery

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3. [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]HTC Evo 4G LTE[/easyazon-link]

The HTC Evo 4G LTE is gaining popularity among shoppers, especially those who prefer to buy American.  Its specifications go toe to toe with those of the SIII and ranks highly in general as a high performance device especially in battery life and camera.  Price is [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]$129.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS with Sense 4
  • 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720) Display (with 16.7 million colors)
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 3G/4G 8 device mobile hotspot capable
  • 8MP Rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • HTC ImageSense
  • Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM.
  • 32GB microSD card support

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is now SAFE for American Enterprises

The latest bazooka from Samsung- the Samsung Galaxy S III is all set to hit the American markets and Samsung has made sure it’s SAFE too. Having already knocked and out-witted Apple, Samsung is all set to lock horns with Research in Motion and out-charm the business-class as well.

SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprises) is a standard that addresses the security concerns of regulated industries keeping in mind Android fragmentation. The out-of-the-box Galaxy S III would support a full-suite of enterprise-ready features and support for over 338 IT policies. These include 256 bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Virtual Private Network support and other MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions.

Colleagues would be able to share documents, presentations or videos using AllShare Play and MDM solutions would allow users to share contact and meeting information. Moreover features like Intelligent Display and Motion allow you to focus on your job and intuitively place direct calls and manage the screen. Moreover, with Samsung TecTiles, which supports NFC programmable tags and mobile application, small and large business owners can now transform their business.

Samsung also announced a SAFE2SWITCH Prosumer / Enterprise Trade-In Program, which supports transition to Samsung SAFE devices from Samsung devices or even smartphones from other manufacturers.

In the words of Mr Tim Wagner, “The Galaxy S III effectively defragments Android to provide a more sophisticated level of IT compliance to individuals who crave for better security when it comes to their personal or professional life”.

While some enterprises still feel that Android might be deadbeat when it comes to high-end security, Samsung believes it has left no stone unturned in delivering top-notch security features in the new Galaxy S III. Plans are on to roll this update on other devices as well, but right now Samsung is focused on marketing its flagship device- Galaxy S III.

“It’s now safe to say, that the next best thing in enterprise is here” – Tim Wagner

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Event Prior To U.S. Release Date

For latest on Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon release dates for Samsung Galaxy SIII, check our update here.

In preparation for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the U.S. Market, Samsung is holding a pre-launch event at Skylight Studios in New York’s Tribeca on June 20th .  The event, named The Next Big Thing, is available to a few selected contest winners and invite-only bloggers and jouralists.  Samsung had previous held a contest on Facebook to select a few lucky Samsung enthusiasts to join the press event and preview the device.  It is expected that a few members of the press will be able to take home a review model to kick the tires around and perhaps share with the rest of us a preview from their perspective.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Release Dates

The Samsung Galaxy S3 had been one of the most highly anticipated smartphone releases this year, along with the HTC One X.  Unlike the iPhone, Samsung is releasing the phone to all the major U.S. carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Verizon Wireless (Available Pre-order, shipping July 10th)
The phone was finally out for pre-order at Verizon Wireless in early June with a shipping date of July 10th, and perhaps available in stores a couple days thereafter.

Price (16GB):  $199.99 with 2 year contract, $599.99 full retail

Price (32GB):  $249.99 with 2 year contract, $649.99 full retail

AT&T (Available Pre-order)

Like Verizon, AT&T had also been holding back on its official release date for the phone, but as of today, the S3 is available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com when bundled with an AT&T plan.  The official date for the phone to be available in stores is still unknown.  There’s been reports on the web floating around a $149.99 price tag for this phone with partnership with Amazon and Target.    As you can see below, what we found was a backordered page on Amazon that lists the phone for $189.99.  But either price point would be lower than the Verizon version.

Price (16GB):  [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]$189.99 with 2 year contract[/easyazon-link], $699.99 full retail

Sprint (Available Pre-order, releasing June 21st)

Sprint has officially announced to release the phone a day after “The Next Big Thing” on June 21st.  As of time of writing, the 16GB phone is available for pre-order, but the 32GB is out of stock.

**Update (06/20):  apparently, Sprint is overwhelmed by the demand for this phone, the 32GB version of the phone will be shipped next week and the 16GB should be on schedule to be shipped this week.

Price (16GB):  $199.99 with 2 year contract, $549.99 full retail

Price (32GB):  $249.99 with 2 year contract, $599.99 full retail

T-Mobile (Available June 21st)

The T-Mobile website simply has a stale page showing the release date of June 21st without much details such as pricing or pre-order information.  And unlike the other three aforementioned carriers, T-Mobile is not currently promoting the Samsung Galaxy S3 on their front page.

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Samsung galaxy SIII: an out of the galaxy phone?

Samsung Galaxy S III- Smart, Sleek and Stylish.

 

It’s yet to be launched worldwide and it has already become the most popular phone in Britain and subsequently, many other nations worldwide.

Samsung seems to have done the trick this time. The new flagship device from Samsung quite rigorously justifies its marketing tagline-“Designed for humans”. Samsung went with a more curvy design to make it fit comfortably into hands. Though that affected the way device looks (could have out-pared HTC One), but the curves make the device incredibly comfortable to hold (which was not the case with Samsung Galaxy Note). Besides, with a 4.8 inch super AMOLED display, 1.4 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, it’s a beautiful beast.

S III in turn delivers the slickest and the most sublime Android experience ever. Switching between tasks, managing applications and interacting has never been so much better. It’s incredibly smooth and convenient at the same time. Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is an ideal topping which sits on top of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich.

Apart from being stylish and power-packed with performance, it’s incredibly smart. To combat the fruit bearing company’s voice assistant, Samsung has come up with S-Voice, which works just like Siri. It comes with Smart Stay- a unique eye-sensing technology (uses the front camera) which detects whether you are looking at the screen or not and accordingly adjusts the screen timeout.

Grappling its competitors like Nokia Lumia 900, iPhone 4S and HTC One X, Galaxy S III however undoubtedly stands out as a complete stalwart. Be it looks, performance or dexterity, it embodies each of them with elegance and grace.

So, does that mean S III knocks out Apple’s iPhone 4S? Well, not yet. S III offers you more bang for your bucks when compared to 4S. That being said, iPhone 4S is still a wonderful device. The dual-core processor does not allow the device to stutter even a bit and most eminently- it is equipped with iOS 5.1- the most user-friendly interface till date.

So, which one is superior? That’s a tough one!

Well as mentioned both are equally preferable; it’s all a matter of choice. While the single ‘S’ is easier to use, the three ‘S’ put together is loaded with a lot of avant-garde features.

So, which way are you going?

 

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Is June 20th the Magic Date for Unveiling Galaxy S3 in US?

Samsung Galaxy SIII Android Smartphone

The credibility of June 20th being the big day for the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy SIII got a boost with its unveiling in Australia on Thursday May 31st.

Samsung Galaxy SIII Android Smartphone
Galaxy SIII Launched in Australia on 31st May

 

Samsung Galaxy SIII, already nicknamed the ‘super-phone’ and the ‘mother of all smartphones’ by enthusiasts and reviewers has already hit Europe, most parts of Asia and lately Australia.  Samsung has also confirmed that shipping to Canada will begin on June 20th but Americans are still in the dark regarding when to expect the SIII.

There have been a lot of speculations saying the SIII will be launched in the US the same day as Canada – one rumor even claimed that T-Mobile would be the first carrier to distribute Samsung’s new flagship Android Smartphone.

The main reason so many fanatics and geeks are anticipating the SIII is because it is a powerful and fully-featured Android phone whose speeds and capabilities are comparable to laptops, tablets and even desktop computers.  The smartphone is expected to boast of a 2GB RAM, 1.5 GHz. Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’  OS and a 4.8 Inch HD Super AMOLED 720×1280 pixel 306 ppi screen.

 

During the Vodafone launch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII in ‘the land down under’ on Thursday. One of the carrier’s officials hinted on June 20th as the next stop for the SIII’s nationwide US tour to start in New York.  Although there is no way to confirm what the ‘official’ was talking about, there can be only two possible conclusions.  The SIII will either enjoy a special unveiling in New York in about three weeks from now and after a short while hit the shelves or it will be presented to the public during unveiling.  There is also a possibility that the ‘official’s’ hint may have been a mistake but one thing we can be sure of is that the SIII’s unveiling in the US cannot be far from now.

Some major questions to be answered besides the unveiling date though still remain unanswered, even by rumors.  Last year, during the release of the SII, carriers had exclusivity period (S2 and Sprint), will carriers have the same exclusivity?  Will the US version of the 4G LTE SIII come with 2GB RAM as it did Japan?  Will the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models be available in both blue and white colors?

The answers to all these questions, and especially the release date, are bound to be leaked in coming weeks if not days, keep checking to stay updated.  Be sure to check the Samsung Galaxy SIII review and more news here.

Samsung Hedeges On Galaxy III Launch During Earnings Call

On Wednesday rumors were hot and heavy that Samsung may not release the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The mobile industry’s largest mobile focused trade show is set to kick off a month from today. MWC is often a launching board for OEM’s to bring their newest superphones to market. Samsung has used MWC to launch the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S II and some of the Galaxy Tab moves.

Based on the rumors heard Wednesday it didn’t look good for a follow up announcement to the Samsung Galaxy S III for MWC. Early this morning, while most of the US was asleep, Samsung reported their Q4 2011 earnings. During the press portion of the call Samsung was asked about the Galaxy S III and an MWC release.

On the call Samsung replied “still reviewing several options on when to launch.”

That pretty much confirms we won’t see the Samsung Galaxy S III at MWC. Sammyhub has the audio.

source: BI