Samsung has already rolled out the Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy S III. Sadly, most of the carrier locked variant of Galaxy S III in the US has not yet received this update. Sprint was the first carrier to roll out this update. Now, Verizon Wireless has finally joined the bandwagon. The big red carrier has recently posted the complete changelog and it reveals a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Check out the complete changelog below.
Keyboard Predictive Text feature has been improved
User can take pictures while on a call
Manual refresh button has been added to lock screen stock ticker
Email syncing has been improved
Bluetooth performance has been improved
VZ Navigator and Amazon have been added to stub applications
Sadly, this update does not bring the Samsung’s much-awaited Premium Suite to the Verizon’s Galaxy S III. The Premium Suite includes Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, updated gallery app, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call and Page Buddy which was first seen in the Galaxy Note 2, followed by the international variant of Galaxy S III. To learn more, head over to this page.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The manufacturer has already rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the unlocked variant of this device across the globe. However, the owners of the carrier locked Galaxy S III are still waiting for their respective carrier to approve and roll out this update.
Luckily, T-Mobile and Sprint customers were the first ones in the US to get this update. On the other hand, Verizon failed to roll out the update on time. Now, the disappointed Verizon subscribers has a reason to cheer. The big red carrier has finally rolled out the Android 4.1 update for the Galaxy S III.
The latest update is numbered JRO03L.I535VRBLK3 and it bumps the Galaxy S III to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This update brings smart keyboard, improved S Voice, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, new Photo Effect Filters, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
Device is enabled for Global Roaming. Now take advantage of voice and data services in over 205 countries worldwide.
Isis Mobile Wallet
Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet; Shop, pay, and save with your phone using the Isis Mobile Wallet. The Isis Mobile Wallet holds virtual versions of most things your existing wallet does such as payment cards, loyalty cards and coupons. Just tap your phone to pay at any Isis Ready merchant.
Improved connectivity and reliability when syncing Google and POP-3 e-mail accounts.
Enhancements made to improve accuracy of predictive text.
Automatic Set Up option has been enabled when setting up a Road Runner email account.
Improved accuracy and runs reliability of Weather application.
Visual Voicemail has been updated to ensure proper delivery of notifications.
Fixed resets that were sometimes seen when trying to connect to a VPN client.
Support for opening attachments in .ics format.
Now supports Software Upgrade Assistant; installs and runs automatically when plugged in to your computer’s USB port.
Missed Call Log has been updated to ensure accuracy.
Enhancements have been made to ensure the reliability of Back Up Assistant Plus.
Improvements made to automatically reconnect to known previously used Wi-Fi sources hot spots.
Verizon Accessories Application has been added as a preload.
This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device has at least 50% or more battery. It is advised to backup all your data before updating this device. You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.
The new multi-view multi-tasking implemented by Samsung in the Note II has bowled many people over. This hybrid of a phone and tablet device has won the hearts of many people with its software tweaks, despite its huge size and being panned by the critics.
Now, it looks like Samsung might just bring the multi-view multi-tasking feature to the Galaxy S III as well. The Japanese/DoCoMo variant of the Galaxy S III, which packs in a slightly faster 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM, features the same multi-view multi-tasking feature as on the Note II.
It will be interesting to see whether Samsung decides to bring this feature to the international Galaxy S III or not. The I9300 variant of the S III already suffers from poor RAM management issue, and the multi-view multitasking feature requires oodles of free RAM to work smoothly and properly.
The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III contain 2GB of RAM, but packs in half the number of processing cores. If Samsung does not bring this multi-view multitasking feature to the International version of the S3, the chances of the feature making it only to the U.S variants are nearly zero.
Samsung today unveiled a new Galaxy series handset, the Galaxy S III Mini. The S III Mini is a budget-oriented handset from company, aiming to bring a Jelly Bean filled experience to the consumers.
As the leaked specs of the handset had earlier indicated, the S III Mini packs in a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson SoC, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and the other usual goodies such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi. At the back of S III Mini is a 5MP snapper with an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front for all your skyping needs.
On the software side, the Galaxy S III Mini runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWIZ on top of it. The nature inspired version of TouchWIZ contains some of the software goodies that Samsung included in the Galaxy S3 and the Note II including S-Beam, Direct Call and Smart Stay. The latter ensures that the screen of the phone does not turn-off when the user is reading some content on the phone. The S III Mini will pack in a 1500mAh battery and will launch sometime later this year at an unknown price.
While the Galaxy S III Mini packs in decent specs for a budget oriented Android handset, it does not do proper justice to the ‘Galaxy S’ branding. Samsung really needs to stop diluting its Galaxy S brand.
Samsung Galaxy S III needs no introduction. It is the company’s latest flagship device, which was unveiled back in May. Within three months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell 20 million units of this device worldwide. It seems that Galaxy S III will soon break the records of its predecessor in the next few months.
Samsung Galaxy S III was originally launched in just two colors – Polar White and Pebble Blue. Last month, the manufacturer unveiled 4 new color options – Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. Samsung recently announced a new color specially targeted at the female smartphone users. You guessed it right! Samsung Galaxy S III will be soon available in Pink color. Thankfully, there are no changes in the specs of this device.
Pink Samsung Galaxy S III comes with the usual 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
This handset will be shipped with the old Android 4.0 OS, however the manufacturer has already started rolling out the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update. So, you won’t have to wait longer for updating your device to Jelly Bean. Pink Galaxy S III will be available starting this week in Korea. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this variant in other countries.
Apple has just unveiled its next-generation iPhone, and as expected it packs in a larger 4-inch screen with higher resolution. It will also be the first handset to make use of the recently approved nano-SIM cards. While the iPhone 5 sports similar design as the last two generations of the iPhone, it does look much more beautiful, at least in the press shots from Apple.
If you are looking to buy a handset, and are confused about how the iPhone 5 stacks up against its competition, here is a specs based, on-paper, comparison of the handset with some of its major competitors -:
While the iPhone 5 does not sport a new design or any new innovative features, it does feature an excellent camera, a powerful SoC and an excellent battery life. On paper the iPhone 5 may look similar to the iPhone 4S and its Android competitors, but the device packs in some marvellous piece of technology. It will be interesting to see how the 8MP camera on the iPhone 5 stacks up against the 8.7MP PureView camera on the Lumia 920.
If you are interested in knowing which is the best smartphone in the market right now, then you won’t find your answer here. This question is extremely subjective and the answer depends more on the user’s needs than anything else. If you want the largest screen possible on a phone, then buy the Galaxy Note 2. If you want something that ‘just works’, then the iPhone 5 will be perfect for you. If you don’t like the restrictions of iOS6 and a closed ecosystem, the Galaxy S III is the handset you should buy.
Ever since Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean hit AOSP, owners of Galaxy S3 have been impatiently waiting for the update. The rumor mill indicated that Samsung might announce the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III at the Galaxy Note II unveiling event at IFA on August 29th.
However, August 29th came and went by, with no word from Samsung on the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. Now, according to a report from CNET UK, Samsung has confirmed that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.” Samsung will also be releasing the GT-I9305 variant of the Galaxy S III on the EE network in the U.K with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on-board.
There have been quite a lot of Jelly Bean firmware leaks for the Galaxy S3, with the recent leaks being pretty much bug-free and stable. If the leaks are an indication of anything, the final Jelly Bean firmware for the handset is not far away.
The international Galaxy S III might just get the official Jelly Bean update before Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus. So much for being a ‘Nexus’ device.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note last year, the company was mocked for releasing such a big phone or a tablet with such a small screen. The hybrid handset fell in no man’s land and was criticized by every reviewer out there for its size. Even then, the sales figure of the Galaxy Note proved everyone wrong and the phablet managed to sell in excess of 10 million units, even though it was not widely available in a major market like the United States.
While the Galaxy Note was more of an experiment for Samsung, the Galaxy Note II is all set for sure shot jackpot. People have been itching to get their hands on the Note II ever since Samsung announced it in August, and this time the company has decided to go big with this big handset. Thee Korean company aims to go big with the Note II by launching it on all major U.S carriers like it did with the Galaxy S III.
The folks over at BriefMobile have managed to get their hands on some leaked screenshots, which show off the About Phone screen of the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy Note II. Unlike the U.S variants of the Galaxy S III though, the Galaxy Note II in the United States will not be sporting a Qualcomm S4 Krait SoC. Instead, it will be powered by the same quad-core Exynos SoC that will be found inside the International Galaxy Note II. This will be the first time that Samsung will be bringing its Exynos SoC to the United States with LTE support. It will be interesting to see which 4G LTE modem Samsung has coupled with its Exynos SoC inside the Galaxy Note II, and whether it is as power efficient as the Qualcomm’s S4 Krait SoC+modem combination.
After the Galaxy S III and the iPhone, the Note II will be the only device to launch with presumably the same specs and design on all the four major U.S carriers.
Samsung has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy Note that brings with it some new features and UI updates. The XLRQ firmware update brings with it some UI updates that Samsung had originally introduced in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2. The app drawer has received a make over in the update and now sports a similar UI as the Galaxy S III. The Gallery app from the Galaxy S III/Galaxy Note has also been added with this update
The Gallery app has also been updated to sport a new 3D look as on the Galaxy Note II. The whole unofficial change-log of the new LRQ firmware update from XDA member garytube can be found below -:
– new launcher (like the Galaxy S3) – new gallery with fancy 3D effects – new contact list – pop-up video can now be resized – slightly changed contact list layout – you can now save contacts in the S-Clound (like google contacts) – performance improved! – added S-Cloud (there is no dedicated App but after flashing you will be asked if you want to sycn all your settings with samsung) – added new motion: call contact currently displayed if you raise the phone – added bloatware (NTV, Lieferheld, ChatOn, myTaxi) – black clipping not fixed
The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note had also brought some new features with it including the ability to unlock the device using a custom signature via S-Pen. While it is nice to see Samsung adding new features to the Galaxy Note from time to time, the Korean company has completely ignored the Galaxy S2. The handset has not received any new software features from Samsung ever since it was originally launched, while the Galaxy Note has got two such major updates from Samsung.
Samsung is slowly rolling out this update via KIES and OTA, and as of now the firmware update is only available in Germany.