Samsung Galaxy S Series Reach 100 Million Sales Mark

Samsung, today, announced that its highly popular Galaxy S brand of flagship handsets have sold more than 100 million units worldwide. The 100 million mark comes after 2 years and 7 months since Samsung initially launched the Galaxy S in May 2010.

The Galaxy S III, which is currently Samsung’s most popular handset, has already sold more than 40 million units within 7 months of its release, and is selling at a whopping 190,000 units per day rate.

The S3’s predecessor, the Galaxy S II, has also been selling briskly more than a year after its launch and has managed to reach the 40 million mark in 20 months. The original Galaxy S, Galaxy S III Mini and other Galaxy S branded handsets have also contributed significantly in making Samsung reach the 100 million sales figure from the supply side.

Keep in mind that the 100 million sales figure is from the supply side, and does not relate to units actually sold.

Via – Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy S III Review – The Good, The Not-So-Good And The Bad

The Galaxy S III is no doubt the most popular Android handset of this year, at least until the next Nexus from Google is unveiled. Samsung has left no stone un-turned to make sure the handset excels in each and every category, right from the outstanding 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED HD display, a powerful quad-core Exynos SoC to the beefy 2100mAh battery.

If you, however, still have not made up your mind on whether you should splurge so much money on the handset or not, read our short review below to find out.

The Good

Ergonomics – Excellent! The handset is roughly the same size as the Galaxy Nexus, but the rounded bottom of the phone makes it easier to use the phone single-handedly. The missing bump at the back also helps in improving the overall ergonomics of the phone.

Performance – This thing flies! Literally! The quad-core Exynos SoC and the ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU make sure that the phone does not stutter even under heavy multi-tasking. All the games I have played on the handset do not show even a sign of lag, including GTA with all the graphics settings cranked to full.

Apart from the SoC, even the NAND storage used by Samsung in the handset is blazing fast. It took only 10 minutes to transfer nearly 9GB of data from my Mac to the S3’s internal memory. The I/O performance of the handset is unrivalled by any other Android handset.

Storage – One thing I absolutely hate about my Galaxy Nexus is the low amount of storage space.  13.3GB of storage space just does not cut it in 2012, with most games taking up nearly a GB of space.

The Galaxy S III not only comes with 13GB of internal space, but also a microSD card slot to make sure user’s never run out of space.

Sound Quality – Unlike the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S3 with more than audible loudspeaker. Considering how silent these loudspeakers are getting with every new handset, this should come as a welcome change to many.

Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy S III with a Wolfson W8914 audio chip. Original Galaxy S and Nexus S owners who know what this means. The Galaxy S3 is going to have top-notch audio quality enough to rival dedicated audio players.

Battery Life – The Galaxy S II barely used to last a day on 3G with medium-usage. Thanks to Samsung’s under the hood optimizations, and a beefy battery, the Galaxy S III will easily last you a day on medium to heavy usage. Earlier firmware of the handset have had some ‘Cell Standby’ battery drain issues, but that has been greatly fixed via a couple of OTA updates from Samsung. The Galaxy S III might not have the best battery life, but it is right there at the top with the iPhone 4S and the Droid RAZR MAXX.

Developer Support – The Galaxy S and Galaxy S II had one of the best developer community, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The phone already has a stable CM9 port, along with some extremely talented developers like Supercurio and Franco cooking mods for it.

The Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad

Display – The Super AMOLED HD display on the Galaxy S III is probably the oldest piece of ‘tech’ used in the handset.  The display exhibits typical AMOLED characteristics, with bluish whites, and strange artifacts at extremely low brightness level. Even then, the display holds its own against the S-LCD2 used in the HTC One X, thanks to its black levels and contrast.

However, the naked human eye will definitely prefer the SLCD2 on the One X to the S-AMOLED HD on the SGS3 because of better color rendering.

Camera – The 8MP snapper on the Galaxy S III is stupidly fast. It makes the zero shutter lag on the Galaxy Nexus feel slow. The Galaxy S II packed an awesome 8MP camera, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The sensor inside the SGS3 is slightly better than the one on the Galaxy S2, with a slightly larger aperture. In adequate lighting, the Galaxy S3 can take some fantabulous shots, almost iPhone 4S like.

However, in low-lighting condition the camera is nothing short of a disaster. Pictures come out grainy, with barely any details and look like they have been clicked with a VGA camera. In fact, the Galaxy S II camera performed much better than the S3’s camera in poor lighting conditions. The OTA updates rolled out by Samsung did bring about a noticeable improvement in the camera image quality in low-lighting conditions though, but there is still room for improvement.

It is only because of the poor low-light performance, that the camera on the S3 comes in the Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad list. If you don’t care about the low-light photography, you will be more than happy with the S3’s camera.

The Bad

Design – The Galaxy S was a cheap iPhone lookalike from Samsung.  The Galaxy S II looked like a smart looking ‘matured’ Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S III has been “Made for humans” by Samsung. Sadly, most humans on Planet Earth have not really appreciated the looks of the handset. Some, like me, have found the handset to be downright ugly, while others have not found it to be particularly attractive.

Build Quality – The Galaxy S and S II had terrific build quality, all thanks to the plastic used by Samsung to make the phone. Even though the Galaxy S III is made of plastic, the phone is much more fragile than before. In quite a few drop tests done by other bloggers, the Galaxy S III could not survive a fall from shoulder height with the Gorilla Glass 2 on the handset shattering into pieces.

TouchWIZ – Samsung has made a lot of progress with the Nature UX on the Galaxy S3, but it still does not stand a chance against stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. TouchWIZ may trump stock ICS in terms of features with Smart Stay, Direct Call, and Smart dialer etc.

However, TouchWIZ looks dull and ugly compared to stock ICS. There is no UI consistency in TouchWIZ, with the magazine like Swipe UI missing in some places (like Dialer) creating confusion. The inclusion of a menu button instead of ICS styled Recent button adds to the confusion. Also, nearly every list menu in Samsung’s stock apps are *long* I understand TouchWIZ is necessary for Samsung to differentiate its product, but the company can also offer an option to disable TouchWIZ for advanced users

Conclusion

If the looks and the poor build quality of the handset does not bother you, the Galaxy S III is THE handset to buy. Not only is it much faster than its closest competitor, the HTC One X, it also has better battery life, music quality and better developer community support.

Samsung Galaxy S and S II Surpass 50 Million Sales; Galaxy Note at 7 Million!

Samsung has been THE Android device maker to beat. The company’s Galaxy series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world, and helped the company in surpassing Nokia as the biggest smartphone maker in Q1 of 2012.

Today, Samsung has confirmed that three of its most popular Android handsets, the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note have managed to break another sales figure. The Korean company has managed to sell more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II combined, since it launched the former in June 2010. The Galaxy S has sold more than 24 million units since it was first launched, while the Galaxy S II has been brought by more than 28 million people in just 13 months.

Apart from this, Sammy also announced that its hybrid smartphone-tablet mix, the Galaxy Note, has managed to surpass the 7 million sales figure within 7 months of its launch. The sales figure of the Galaxy Note definitely prove that there is a “niche” market for phones with huge screens, that are barely pocketable.

With the Galaxy S III hitting the retail stores in certain regions of the world, it will be interesting to see whether the handset manages to make a dent in the sales of other handsets from Samsung itself.

Via – SammyHub

Samsung Galaxy S ‘Value Pack’ Firmware Update Released In Korea

A couple of weeks ago, Samsung had announced that after it starts rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, it will also roll-out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S. The new firmware update will not bring Ice Cream Sandwich update, but instead is a ‘value pack’ upgrade which contains some Ice Cream Sandwich.

This includes Face Unlock, an improved TouchWIZ launcher, a new lock screen, faster performance and the ability to click pictures while shooting a video. The Photo editor found in the Galaxy S II, is also bundled in this update. At the moment, this ‘value pack’ firmware update is only available for the Galaxy S owners in Korea.

Samsung will hopefully start rolling out the update to other regions of the world soon. To install the firmware on their handset, users need to use Samsung’s KIES 2.0 software.  Sammy will also be releasing the ‘value pack’ firmware update for other Android powered Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy M, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy K/U.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich Update Live; Galaxy S To Get Value Pack Firmware Update

After a lot of rumors, false tweets and hoopla, Samsung has today announced the roll-out of the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II. At the moment, Samsung is rolling out the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II in Korea, Poland, Sweden and Hungary.

Along with this, the company also confirmed that it rolling out a new value pack firmware update for some of its older handsets including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S L, Galaxy Tab 7 and the Galaxy W. This Value pack firmware update will include some of the features from Ice Cream Sandwich including Face Unlock, ability to take screenshots natively, and a photo editor among other features. The value pack firmware update is expected to be rolled out to the mentioned devices from the end of March. Readers can find a step by step guide to install the official LPQ Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S II here.

Other high-end devices from Samsung, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy S II LTE, GAlaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1, 8.9 LTE, Galaxy R and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will also be getting the Android 4.0 ICe Cream Sandwich update sooner than later.

 

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S Advance; Confuses The Consumer Even More

Samsung has just announced a new and advanced version of the Galaxy S – the Galaxy S Advance. Including the original Galaxy S, Samsung has until now released 4 different variants of the handset  – Galaxy S, S L, S Plus and now the Galaxy S Advance.

The Galaxy S Advance is aimed at the mid-range market, and comes with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. It also packs in 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution, a 5MP camera with an LED flash at the back, a VGA cam in the front, and the usual bunch of radios and sensors. The display on the Galaxy S Advance is also curved, like on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, to facilitate easy handling of the phone.

The Galaxy S Advance will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box, with no clear indication from Sammy whether the handset will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update or not.

Samsung did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset, but since the Advance is a mid-range device, it should cost around $100-150 less than the high-end smartphones.

While it is nice to see Samsung trying to re-define the mid-range market with a dual-core handset, the company needs to realize that it is announcing too many phones, which will ultimately create confusion among the consumers.

 

Top 10 Android Phones Of 2011

2011 was all about Android phones with bigger and better screens, dual-core processors, and oodles of RAM and 8MP cameras. More than 50 Android handsets and numerous Android tablets were released in the last year.

10) Samsung Galaxy S – So yeah, the Galaxy S is a pretty old phone and was released in Q2 of 2010. Yet, the handset is still selling extremely well in all regions of the world. The modding community even actively supports the handset.

The handset is so popular that Samsung was at one point re-considering bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, after all the Galaxy S owners filed a petition when the company had initially announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0. While the company later on decided against updating the Galaxy S to Ice Cream Sandwich, it did promise to release a Value Pack.

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In fact, a Value Pack firmware for the Galaxy S leaked online last night which brings Face Unlock and many new features.

9) LG Optimus 2X – The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core phone to be available to the general public. LG and Nvidia had a clear 3-4months advantage, since no other manufacturer was able to release a dual-core handset in the market before Q2 of 2011. The Optimus 2X is not the best dual-core handset out there when it comes to performance and software stability, but at its current market price, it is nothing short of a steal.

8) Motorola Droid Bionic – The Bionic was initially supposed to be launched in the first half of the year, and was eagerly expected by the people in the United States, since it was the first 4G LTE phone to hit Verizon’s network with a dual-core processor. The handset was first expected to be launched with a Tegra 2 processor, but released with a much powerful OMAP processor, after the delay.

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However, the Droid Bionic’s launch was over-shadowed just a couple of months after its launch, when Motorola launched the Droid RAZR, which was basically a slimmed down version of the Bionic.

7) Sony Ericsson Xperia Play- Many dubbed the Play as a disappointment when Sony had initially announced it. For a gaming phone, the Play had somewhat dated specs. However, Sony Ericsson proved everyone that it’s the combination of hardware and software that matters.

Many games are exclusively launched for the Xperia Play first, and then for other much powerful phones like the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation etc. There are more than 200 games specifically optimized for the Play available at the moment, and the number keeps on growing.

6) Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V – The Xperia Neo V is a dumbed down Xperia down. Due to the floods and Earthquakes in Japan and its nearby areas, there was a shortage of the 8MP Exmor R camera sensors used by Sony, and thus the company decided to fit in a 5MP cam on the Neo, and call it the Neo V.

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The Neo V sports a 1GHz single core processor, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and packs 512MB of RAM. All these specs make the Neo V one of the best Android phones in the mid-range segment. No other Android phone comes close to the price/performance ratio offered by the Neo V. The best part is that Sony Ericsson has already confirmed that it will be updating the Neo V to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2012.

5) Samsung Galaxy Note – Okay, the Note is not really a phone, and its not really a tablet as well. It still however runs on Android, has a SIM card slot, and can be used for making calls.The Galaxy Note is a bigger version of the Galaxy S2, with a mammoth 5.3-inch screen with a whopping 1280×800 resolution. Under the hood is a 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. As its name suggests, the Note is meant for taking notes and comes with an S-Pen for this purpose.

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The S-Pen surprisingly works very well in real life, and is suited for designers, artists and people who want to take some notes on the go.

4) HTC Sensation – This sensational handset from HTC was their answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S2. The Sensation was a decent performer, but still nowhere near Galaxy S2. The Galaxy S2 trumped it in nearly every department, except for the superior build quality and the higher-resolution screen found on the latter.

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The Sense 3.0 UI found on the Sensation looked beautiful, but was also criticized heavily for slowing down the overall performance of the phone.

3) Droid RAZR – With the Droid RAZR, Motorola attempted at reviving the iconic RAZR brand. Like the original RAZR, the Droid RAZR was the slimmest phone released this year at just 7.1mm thick. Even then Motorola managed to pack in a dual-core OMAP SoC, an 8MP camera, 4G LTE and a Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen on the handset.

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The RAZR however was a announced at the wrong time. Moto announced the handset just 12 hours before Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich, and so it was forgotten quickly. The encrypted bootloader on the handset also made sure that the developers stayed away from the handset.

2) Galaxy Nexus – The release of Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich did steal some thunder from the Galaxy S2, but it still was not enough to make it the best Android handset of 2011. The Android version running on Galaxy Nexus comes straight from Google, without any modifications from carriers or handset manufacturers, and that is what makes the Nexus brand so popular.

The Galaxy Nexus was also among the first few phones in 2011 to sport a 720p (1280×720) resolution 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen. The handset also comes with a 5MP camera at its back, which takes some mediocre pictures, but has zero shutter lag. This means a picture is clicked and saved as soon as the user presses the virtual shutter button. It’s ridiculously fast!

1) Samsung Galaxy S2 – The Samsung Galaxy S2 was no doubt the hottest and the most popular Android handset of 2011. Right from its announcement at MWC 2011 to its launch in various regions of the world, the phone was always in the limelight. No wonder the Galaxy S2 was the highest selling Android phone of 2011, and also the fastest selling phone ever in Samsung’s history. The handset breached the 10 million mark in a mere 5 months.

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The Galaxy S2 was the most powerful Android handset released this year, all thanks to Samsung’s own Exynos 4210 SoC, which packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU.

Don’t agree with our list of the Top 10 Android phones of 2011? Drop in a comment and let us know!

Samsung Galaxy S Will Not Get The Value Pack Update!

Galaxy S owners, here is some bad news for you. When Samsung had originally announced that it won’t be updating the Galaxy S and the Tab to Ice Cream Sandwich, there was quite a huge up-roar. Millions of Galaxy S owners were pissed and they started an online petition so as to force Samsung to update the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks to the negative publicity, Samsung decided that it will be re-evaluating  the ICS update for the Galaxy S, and later announced that it will be releasing a Value pack update for the handset, like it had done for its lower end Bada handsets.

Well, now Samsung has announced that it won’t be releasing a Value Pack update for the Galaxy S as well. Samsung claims that the hardware on the Galaxy S is not capable of running a new version of the underlying OS.

While this news is definitely going to disappoint quite a lot of Galaxy S users, I am sure most of them must already be running one of the Ice Cream Sandwich based Custom ROMs available for the handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S To Get a Value Pack Update Instead Of Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Just before  Christmas, Samsung announced that it won’t be upgrading the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This led to quite an uproar and protests, and Galaxy S owners even started an online petition so that Samsung update their handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks to all the negative publicity that the company was  receiving, Samsung changed its decision and said that it is re-evaluating the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S and Tab. Now, it looks like Samsung has finally made up its mind and not be updating the Galaxy S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will however release a ‘Value Pack Upgrade’ for the handset, which will enhance some of the existing features of the phone like web-browsing, multi-tasking etc. The Android OS version will remain the same at Android 2.3 Gingerbread though.

Samsung had adopted a similar strategy for its Wave 525 and 533 handsets. The company had announced that it won’t be updating these two handsets to Bada 2.0, but instead will be  releasing a value pack update for the handsets.

Samsung Re-Evaluating Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

Late last week, Samsung announced that it won’t be updating the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, even though both the devices are more than perfectly capable of running it. The company stated that it cannot fit all its TouchWIZ related enhancements and Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy S and Tab.  The Nexus S packs similar internals as the Galaxy S and Tab, and is  receiving  its Ice Cream Sandwich update at the moment.

The company faced quite heavy criticism from more than 15 million Galaxy S customers. In fact, ever since Samsung’s announcement, Galaxy S/Tab owners all over the globe have started online petitions so as to force Samsung to update both the devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now, according to a Korean website – ajnews – Samsung has backtracked its statement and is currently evaluating to see if it can manage to install Ice Cream Sandwich on the limited memory available on the Galaxy S and Tab.