Samsung Profits Jump To $5.9 Billion While HTC Manages A Measly $247 Million

Back when Android was still gaining traction in the mobile market, HTC was the Android OEM manufacturer to reckon with. Thanks to Android’s ever growing popularity, HTC had a monumental growth and posted some staggering profits back in late-2009 and 2010.

However, things changed drastically in 2011 as HTC failed to launch a remarkable device, and Samsung won the heart of million of owners thanks to its Galaxy S II. HTC is trying hard to save its plunging profits and market share by releasing the One series earlier this year. However, it looks like things still have not favored the Taiwanese maker.

In an unaudited Q2, 2012 report released by the company, HTC managed to make a profit of only $247.7 million down from a whopping $582.5 million in the same quarter in previous year. The only silver lining here is that compared to the Q1 profit of $150 million, a near about $100 million jump in profit definitely looks good. Revenue for the quarter was around $3 million.

On the other hand, Samsung has released partial financial report of Q2, and the numbers are staggering. The Korean company has had a record quarter and amassed nearly $5.9 billion in profits, all thanks to the strong sales of its Galaxy series of handsets. The company, however, expressed concerns over the weak euro and how it has been eating into its profits.

“Europe is our biggest consumer electronics market and we may have to initiate cost cuts and product price increases should the euro fall further from the current level,” said one executive who didn’t want to be named as the plan is internal.

“Our smartphones are flying off the shelves, with some outlets reporting 40-60 percent sales growth, but that’s distorting the overall trading outlook which is more challenging due to the weak global economy and a weak euro.”

With the Galaxy S III just hitting the U.S shores, Samsung is all set for another record-breaking Q3, while HTC can just hope its profit does not plummet further.

Via – Reuters

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets A Software Update In India

Earlier this month, Samsung started rolling out a new software update in the United Kingdom for its recently released flagship droid – the Samsung Galaxy S III. While Samsung did not provide any official change-log for the update, users who installed the update suggested that it included a new radio, an updated kernel, some bug fixes and more.

Now, it looks like Samsung is slowly rolling out the update in India as well. I got the 21MB update notification on my Galaxy S III earlier today via OTA. I did not notice any immediate change in the performance or stability of the handset post the update though. Considering the size difference between the OTA update being rolled out in the U.K and in India (9MB vs 21MB), I am not sure if the OTA update in India brings more bug-fixes and changes with it or not.

If you live in India, and have not already got the OTA update notification, head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the Software Update option. The phone should then automatically notify you of a new software update. Alternatively, users can also use Samsung’s KIES software to update their handset to install this update.

Samsung Galaxy S III Get Its First Software Update – Improves RAM Management, Updates Kernel and More!

Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the Galaxy S III. The new update bumps the firmware version to LF2, but does not bring any major or noticeable changes along with it.

The official change-log from Samsung only states that the update brings about some stability and performance improvements. Users who have already got the update are reporting that the OTA update also includes a new updated kernel. The update also fixes the slow response time of the Home button, making it much more usable.

The update is around 9MB in size, and also improves the RAM management and the Cell standby battery drain issue as reported by many Galaxy S III owners over at XDA.

At the moment, the update is being rolled out only to the unlocked/unbranded variants of the Galaxy S III in United Kingdom. Galaxy S III owners can update their handset either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Samsung Galaxy S III Tips and Tricks

Samsung’s Galaxy S III was no doubt one of the most hotly anticipated handset of this year. Now, that the handset has hit the retail stores in quite a few regions of the world, it has been setting the sales chart on fire, even with its exorbitant price tag.

Samsung handsets are known to come with some nifty features and tricks one can only find after playing around with the handset. Below is a list of tips and tricks that Samsung has included in the Galaxy S III -:

1) Sort the App Drawer Alphabetically – The TouchWIZ launcher in Samsung Galaxy S II did not sort the installed apps in alphabetical order for some strange reason. Thankfully, Samsung the TouchWIZ launcher in Samsung Galaxy S III has the ability to sort the installed apps in alphabetical order.

You can do so by opening the app drawer, pressing the menu button, and selecting the “Alphabetical Grid” option from the ‘View Type’ menu.

2) Swiping left to right across a contact in the Contacts app or the Messaging app will call that person, while a right to left swipe will allow you to directly send a text message to that person.

3) If you have turned off the auto-brightness on your Galaxy S III, you can manually control the brightness by simply sliding your finger across the notification bar at the top, when on your home screen. Samsung had introduced this feature back in the Galaxy S and it has since then been ported to all other popular custom ROMs including CM7 and CM9.

4) Enable Swype Keyboard – Like the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III also comes with Swype keyboard pre-installed. However, for some strange reason, the keyboard has been somewhat merged with the stock Samsung’s keyboard, and its functionality has also been limited to certain places only.

To enable Swype keyboard on your Galaxy S III, head over to Settings -> Language and Input. Select the ‘Settings’ button next to the Samsung Keyboard and then select the “Continuous Input” option from the menu that pops up.

5) Samsung has included two different ways to take screenshot in the Galaxy S III. The first way is to swipe your palm across the screen from left to right or right to left, and the phone will automatically take a screenshot. However, this feature will only work in certain places like the home screen and not while watching a video or playing a game.

The second and more conventional way to take a screenshot is to keep the Home and Power button pressed simultaneously for 2-3 seconds.

6) The stock lock screen on the Galaxy S III allows users to have 4 short cuts for quick access to certain apps. The option to change the lock screen shortcut has however been hidden deep in the Security sub-menu under Settings.

Head over to Settings -> Security and select the ‘Lockscreen option’ to change the default lockscreen shortcuts.

7) Light Flow – The Galaxy S III is the first handset in the Galaxy series to come with a notification LED. The RGB notification LED has been beautifully hidden at the top left of the handset. By default, the LED will blink blue for any missed notifications, and red when the battery is low.

However, using an application called Light Flow, users can customize the LED color according to the notification. The application does not work properly with the Galaxy S3 at the moment though. A temporary issue floating around the Internet is to revoke the Accessibility access from the app.

8) Motion –Galaxy S III comes with a bunch of sensors and Samsung has made some intuitive use of it. The company has included some nifty features like Direct Call, Smart Alert, Tap to Top, Tilt to Zoom and more. However, most of these options are disabled by default. Don’t forget to enable them from Settings -> Motion.

And that’s it! We will update this post if we find out any new hidden feature in the Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE With Quad-Core SoC and 2GB Of RAM Heading To Korea

Until now, Samsung has announced two different variant of the Galaxy S III. The European variant comes with a quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, a Mali-400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM. On the other hands, the U.S variant comes with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a relatively slower Adreno 225 GPU, and a whopping 2GB of RAM.

The folks over at PhoneArena managed to get their hands on an upcoming Galaxy S III variant for Korea that is going to offer the best of the European and U.S variant. Apparently, the Galaxy S III LTE will be sporting a Exynos 4412 SoC, ARM Mali-400 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Sadly, the handset is only meant for the Samsung’s home market, so if someone really wants this variant of the Galaxy S III, they will need to blow a big hole in their wallet and get it imported.

Other specs of the Galaxy S III LTE remain the same as its European and U.S variant including a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, an 8MP camera, and all the other usual sensors and connectivity features. The Galaxy S III LTE is expected to launch in Korea sometime in July under SK Telecom’s network sometime in July at an unknown price.

AT&T Announces The Pre-Order Date Of Galaxy S III; Gets Exclusive Access To Red Color Variant

Yesterday, first Samsung announced that its latest Droid powered handset, the Galaxy S III, is coming to the United States in June on five major carriers. Soon after, four out of the five major carriers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S Cellular) announced their pre-order and release dates along with the on-contract pricing of the handset. AT&T was the only one left to announce the pre-order and release date of the Galaxy S III under its network.

The blue carrier finally announced the pre-order date of June 6th for the handset, with an on-contract pricing of $199 for the 16GB version and $249.99 for the 32GB version. AT&T has however managed to get exclusive access to the red version of the Galaxy S III, which will be available sometime this Summer. The company did not announce a release date for the handset but that should not be far away as well.

The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S III will pack in a Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD, a 2100mAh removable battery, a microSD card slot, and will also support the carrier’s HSPA+ and 4G LTE network.



Samsung Renames Pebble Blue Color Of Galaxy S III To Metallic Blue; Gives It A Different Shade As Well

Samsung initially announced the Galaxy S III in Marble White and Pebble Blue color. People who went hands-on with the device at the launch event stated that the Pebble blue variant of the Galaxy S III looked much better than the Marble white version.

A couple of weeks after its announcement, rumors started floating that Samsung had to recall all the Pebble blue variant of the Galaxy S III it had shipped because of some manufacturing issues. Rumors suggested that the Korean manufacturer had to destroy nearly 600,000 back covers for the Galaxy S III due to this manufacturing defect. Another rumor suggested that the front and back of the Pebble blue variant of the Galaxy S III had different color shades, due to which the company had to recall the handsets. The Galaxy S III went on sale in quite a few regions of the world on May 29th with only the Marble White color in stock.

Now, it looks like Samsung has had to make some changes to the Pebble Blue color of the Galaxy S III which gives the phone a slightly different shade. The company has apparently also renamed the the Pebble Blue color of the handset to Metallic Blue. Below is an unboxing video of the handset with the new shade of blue known as “Metallic Blue” -:

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Galaxy S III Pre-Order and Release Date Announced By Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S Cellular

Earlier today, Samsung announced that its latest and greatest flagship, the Galaxy S III will be hitting the five major operators in the United States sometime in June.Fast forward a few hours later, nearly all the major operators have announced their on-contract pricing and release date of the handset. While Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will start accepting pre-orders for the handset as early as June 6th, U.S cellular will start the pre-order for the handset on June 12th.

The on-contract pricing of the Galaxy S III — $199 for 16GB variant and $249.99 for the 32GB variant on a two year contract – remains the same across all the three major operators – Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. While Sprint and T-Mobile will start shipping the handset on June 21st, Verizon is yet to announce a proper release date of the handset. U.S Cellular did not announce anything about the pricing or the release date of the handset. The press release states that the carrier will do so when the pre-order for the handset begins. The handset will support the LTE network of all the carriers, including U.S Cellular’s nascent LTE network.

This is the first time that Samsung has managed to launch the Galaxy S III in the United States simultaneously on five different carriers, and most importantly with no design modifications. The original Galaxy S had nearly 5 different variants, while the Galaxy S II had nearly 4 when it was launched in the United States. This time, except for a change in SoC and a bump in the RAM to 2GB, the European variant and the U.S variant of the Galaxy S III are similar to each other.

It is just a matter of time before the AT&T’s PR team wakes up, and sends a press release announcing the release of Galaxy S III on their network.

Samsung Galaxy S III U.S. Launch Goes Official; Coming To Five Major Carriers In June

Back in early May, Samsung announced the hotly anticipated Galaxy S III. With its hefty price tag, big screen, a beast of an SoC, and one of the best camera found in an Android phone, the Galaxy S III is definitely looking to repeat the success its predecessor — the Galaxy S II — managed to meet with. The handset is already on sale in more than 28 different countries of the world, with the number expanding to a whopping 145+ by July.

“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.”

However, Samsung is all set to take the launch of the Galaxy S III to the next level with the launch of the S III in the United States. The Korean company has just announced in a press release that the Galaxy S III will be hitting five different operators of the United States – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular Services – within the next couple of weeks. The on-contract price of the handset will also be a reasonable $199, which is definitely going to please a lot of people.

The U.S variant of the Galaxy S III will sport the same 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, the blazingly fast 8MP snapper, its slim waistline of 8.6mm, a microSD card slot, a removable 2100mAh battery, and all the other software features like Smart Stay etc. However, the Exynos SoC will be swapped with Qualcomm’s S4 Krait SoC coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

Thanks to the Krait SoC and Qualcomm’s baseband, the S3 will support LTE networks of all these carriers, if available. The handset will be available in marble white or pebble blue color, when launched.

Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Canada On June 20th; Sports Qualcomm S4 SoC and 2GB Of RAM

Samsung has officially announced that its latest and greatest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, will be available in Canada beginning from June 20th. While this news will definitely please people residing in Canada, there is a catch here.

The Canadian variant of the Galaxy S III will sport completely different internals than the European I9300 version. Instead of the 1.4Ghz quad-core SoC and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU, the Canadian version of the S3 will sport Qualcomm’s S4 SoC. The S4 SoC is a dual-core custom designed Cortex-A15 competitor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.5GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. While the dual-core S4 SoC can compete with the quad-core Exynos SoC, the Mali GPU of the Exynos absolutely trumps S4’s Adreno 225 GPU. The Qualcomm S4 SoC will allow the Galaxy S III to support the LTE network in Canada, which the Exynos SoC lacks.

“We are very excited to bring the highly anticipated GALAXY S III to Canadians so they can experience firsthand, the power, performance and passion that Samsung is known for,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Samsung Canada. “This next generation of the GALAXY S series is sleek and stylish, and offers users features that promote sharing, and are intuitive and powerful, allowing Canadians to enjoy a more human experience with their smartphone.”

The Canadian version of the SGS3 will also sport a whopping 2GB of RAM compared to the 1GB of RAM found in the European version. Other than this, the Canadian variant packs in the same specs as its international sibling, which includes a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p resolution, a 2100mAh removable battery, NFC, 16/32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, and Samsung’s new nature inspired design and UI features like Smart Stay, pop-up play, free 50GB of dropbox storage space for 2 years etc.