Samsung Sells 20 Million Galaxy S III Units Within 100 Days

The Galaxy S was one of the most successful phones ever to be released by Samsung. The company sold in excess of 10 million units of the Galaxy S and its variants worldwide in less than a year of its release. In 2011, the Galaxy S II was released and it broke the sales record of Galaxy S within months. In just a few months of its release, the Galaxy S II was able to surpass the sales figure of the Galaxy S and become the most successful handset to be ever released by Samsung.

This year is no different for Samsung with the Galaxy S III. The handset may have received criticism for its poor build quality and design, but even then it has successfully managed to woo in customers.

Today, Samsung has announced in a press release that it has sold more than 20 million units of the Galaxy S III in record time. The latest flagship from the Korean company took only 100 days since it was originally released in May 2012 to reach the magical figure of 20 million. This has, once again, made the Galaxy S III the most successful and popular phone in Samsung’s history.

“The GALAXY S III has enjoyed tremendous attention and popularity since its launch in May, and we are thrilled with its success,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to customers who have chosen the GALAXY S III. We will never stop providing the latest smart mobile technologies to help users live a life extraordinary.”

With the next-generation iPhone set to launch next week, the sales of Galaxy S III will take a hit in the coming months. However, the handset should successfully manage to breach the 30 million sales mark before the year-end thanks to the holiday season.

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Four New Color Options

Back in May, Samsung announced the much-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone. Within two months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell 10 million units of this handset worldwide. Previously, Samsung Galaxy S III had only two color options – Polar White and Pebble Blue. Later in July, AT&T exclusively launched the Galaxy S III in Garnet Red color for their customers in the US. On the other hand, Black Galaxy S III is already up for pre-order at MobileFun in the UK.

Last month, Samsung has also launched the limited edition Team GB Galaxy S III in the UK. Now, Samsung officially announced four new color variations for this powerful handset. The new colors are Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. According to the company, Galaxy S III adopts a pure and clear material called Hyperglaze on the back cover casing. The material’s rich properties create the illusion of dual colours, adding depth to the design and the phone’s look.

There are no changes in the specs of this device. It 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.

Minhyouk Lee, VP and lead designer of Galaxy S III at Samsung, said:
“Every inch of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been created to reflect the natural elements that inspired its ergonomic design, from the softly shaped curvature to the minimized bezel. By expanding the colour range of the Galaxy S III we are continuing to evolve the Minimal Organic design theme of the handset. The colour options we have added evoke the phone’s emotional and natural aspects in a very simple but effective way.”

All of the new colors might not be available in your country. Samsung has clearly pointed out that the availability of colours will depend on your country, retailer and carrier. Check out the Galaxy S III in Amber Brown, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey colors below.

Samsung Galaxy S III 32 GB Variant Coming Soon To India For Rs.41,500

Last month, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone in India. However, this device was available only in 16 GB variant. Samsung has already promised to release the 32 GB and 64 GB variant soon after the launch. Now, it seems that Samsung has finally made its mind to launch the 32 GB variant. Samsung India have recently listed the Galaxy S III 32 GB variant on their official eStore.

Currently, this device is not available for sale or even pre-order. However, just by signing up, you will be notified when the device goes on sale in India. This device will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update is already expected to roll out in the coming weeks. There are no other changes in the specs of this device.

Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 32 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR,2 GB RAM, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, 3G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Samsung Galaxy S III 32 GB variant is expected to be available only in Metallic Blue color at the time of launch. The 16 GB variant comes with a price-tag of Rs.38,400, while the 32 GB variant will be available for a slightly higher price of Rs.41,500 (approx. $750). To learn more, head over to this page at Samsung India’s eStore.

Samsung Launches The Limited Edition Team GB Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy S II smartphone. Samsung has managed to sell more than 10 million units of this device within two months of its official launch. Samsung is the worldwide Olympic partner in the wireless communications equipment category, while Galaxy s III is the official phone of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

We have a good news for the folks who were planning to buy this device in the UK. Samsung recently launched a limited edition Team GB Galaxy S III for the customers to show their support for Team GB. The limited edition Galaxy S III models feature the Team GB lion on a marble white background and the union flag on a pebble blue background. It will also come with the original cover, allowing customers to convert their phone back to its original design.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division said:
“As a Worldwide Olympic Partner, we at Samsung want everyone to get behind Team GB and offer them support during the Olympic Games. We are delighted to be able to offer Carphone Warehouse customers the chance to own this exclusive London 2012 Samsung Galaxy SIII handset, combining the chance to support Team GB with owning a piece of cutting-edge Samsung technology.”

There are no chnages in the specs of this device. It 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.

The limited edition Team GB Galaxy S III will be exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse stores starting from August 1. You can get this device for free with a 2 years service agreement and a £28 per month plan from major carriers including Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Talk Mobile and Three.

Samsung Galaxy S III Second OTA Update Rolling Out In India

Samsung has started rolling out another software update for the Galaxy S III in India. This is the second OTA update for the handset, within a couple of months of its release. While the first OTA update only brought some under the hood changes along with a kernel and baseband update, this new update actually brings one nifty feature – a brightness slider bar right in the notification bar. Apart from this, the 73MB OTA update hopefully brings about some improvement and stability fixes.

The original Galaxy S and the Galaxy S II had an option to control the brightness by sliding the finger across the notification bar. This nifty little feature was appreciated by the whole Android community, and was even ported to CM7 and CM9. However, for some strange reason Samsung had removed this feature in the Galaxy S III. This is the same update that Samsung started rolling out internationally just a week ago.

If you live in India and have not already got the update, head over to Settings -> About Device and select the ‘Software Update’ option.

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.

AT&T To Launch Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III On July 29

Samsung Galaxy S III is the successor of the popular Galaxy S II smartphone. This handset was launched in most of the Asian and European markets in May. Last month, Samsung announced the availability of Galaxy S III for AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile and Verizon customers in the US.

Samsung already managed to sell more than 6.5 million units of this device in less than 2 months of its official launch. Samsung Galaxy S III is available only in pebble blue and marble white colors. However, AT&T customers can get this device in an exclusive Garnet Red color. Apart from the change in color, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 4G Mobile Hotspot capability, Wi-Fi Direct and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, 50 GB of free cloud storage from Dropbox, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

You can get this handset for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement. AT&T is not likely to sell the 32 GB variant of this handset. The ‘Garnet Red’ Galaxy S III will be available for pre-order at AT&T’s online store from Sunday, July 15. You can also purchase this handset at AT&T’s retail store starting from July 29.

Verizon Announces The Developer Variant Of The Galaxy S III With Unlock-able Bootloader

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S III for the United States, it managed to do the unthinkable. The Korean company managed to launch the same phone on all the major carriers in the United States, without any internal or external modifications. Before this, only Apple had managed to pull something like this off with the iPhone.

However, all future Verizon Galaxy S3 owners got a good shock when it was found out that the carrier had managed to lock-down the bootloader on the handset. Samsung openly supports the developer community and never locks down the bootloader of its handset, so this move must have come from Verizon, since the carrier is known for locking down bootloaders on its handsets.

This news rightfully angered the Android developer community and they decided to boycott the phone until Verizon decides to unlock the bootloader of the handset. Verizon today finally responded to the developers not by unlocking the bootloader on the Galaxy S3, but by releasing a developer edition of the handset.

Like the developer edition of the RAZR that Verizon had launched earlier, the developer edition of the Galaxy S3 will come with a fully unlockable bootloader, but will still be network locked to Verizon. The handset will come with no warranty whatsoever, and interested buyers will need to purchase the phone outright for $599.

Considering that all other operator variants of the Galaxy S III come with an unlocked bootloader, it would make more sense to shift to another carrier instead of buying a developer edition of the Galaxy S III from Verizon.

International Galaxy S III Gets The Second OTA Update

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the company’s latest flagship device which needs no introduction. This handset is the successor of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. This device was announced and launched in most of the Asian and European markets in May 2012. The Samsung Galaxy S III is already available for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers in the US, while the Verizon and US Cellular subscribers will have to wait for a few days.

Last month, Samsung rolled out the first software update for its flagship handset. There wasn’t any noticeable changes, but the update brought some stability and performance improvements. Now, the manufacturer is rolling out the second software update for this device. However, this update will be available only for the international variant of Galaxy S III. If you have recently purchased this device from your favorite carrier on contract, then you are out of luck.

The Samsung Galaxy S II has the option to change the screen brightness just by holding the notification bar for a second and moving it to left to decrease or right to increase the brightness. Sadly, this option was missing in the company’s latest flagship device. After receiving complaints of auto brightness not working properly on the Galaxy S III, the company has rolled out a new update which solves this problem.

The latest update brings a new widget which lets you toggle automatic brightness. It also allows you to manually adjust the brightness using a slider. Apart from these changes, the new software update comes with extra sound icons in the device options menu for silent, vibrate and normal, improved AccuWeather widget, additional digital clock widget and so on.

The size of the update is 72.68 MB and the build number is I9300XXLFB. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. It might take some days for the update to be available in your region. On the other hand, carrier branded Galaxy S III will have to wait for few weeks, until the testing is done.

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III Comes With A Locked Bootloader

Bad news for future Verizon’s Galaxy S3 owners. The carrier has shipped some SGS3 units to the folks who had pre-ordered the handset, and to their horror, it looks like the handset comes with a locked down bootloader. While the bootloaders of the Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy S III are fully open, Verizon has somehow managed to convince Samsung to lock-down the bootloader on its variant of the Galaxy S III.

The whole community over at XDA is seemingly angry over this, and ace developer supercurio has suggested everyone on the forums to return their Verizon locked SGS3 and get a full-refund.

A locked down bootloader means that gaining root access on the handset is going to be tough, custom ROMs will be limited, and there will be absolutely no way of flashing a custom kernel. While sometime in the future, a developer might find a way of unofficially unlocking the bootloader on the Verizon’s Galaxy S III, it won’t solve the problem altogether. Future firmware updates from Verizon will definitely try to patch any security hole via which developers managed to unlock the bootloader.

Samsung has been known to support the Android modding community by providing them with devices, and always releasing their devices with unlocked bootloader. Looks like Samsung ultimately did had to pay a price for releasing a non-modified variant of the Galaxy S III under Verizon’s network.

If you want Verizon or Samsung to unlock the bootloader on the Galaxy S III, head over to this thread and sign the petition. Don’t get your hopes up though! Verizon is known to have a tough stance on not unlocking the bootloader on its devices.