HTC One To Be Available In All Major Markets Before End Of April

Today, HTC has released an official statement regarding the availability of the One in major markets and its delay. The company states that it “has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One” and will be making the handset available in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week. Other major markets including Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific will get the One “before the end of April.”


“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”

When HTC had unveiled the One back in Feb, it had hoped to make the handset available in most markets by March. However, things have not really gone as the Taiwanese maker had planned with delays due to shortage of supplies of the handset’s camera components.

By the time the HTC One will be available in nearly all the major markets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would have also hit shelves in the major markets, which will definitely make things tough for the Taiwanese maker. While the HTC One may have a better in-hand feel and other nice features compared to the Galaxy S4, it lacks the marketing and brand presence that Samsung’s Galaxy S series enjoy nowadays.

Samsung To Bring Some Of The Galaxy S4 Features To Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S4 comes with a plethora of software features, which the company intends to bring to the Galaxy S3 as well. Samsung’s VP of Product Planning, Nick DiCarlo, has stated in an interview with PCMag that the Korean giant will bring “anything that we can do that’s not dependent on hardware like infrared, we’ll definitely bring to all the flagship devices.”

This means that not only will Samsung be bringing some of the Galaxy S4 software features to the Galaxy S3, but to the Note 2 as well.  It is not yet confirmed as to what all features Samsung will be bringing to its previous flagship phone, but don’t expect the new Air View, IR Blaster or other hardware dependent feature to make the cut. The enhanced Camera features and eye-tracking functionalities are the top contender that will may make it to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
Samsung should, hopefully, bring these features to the Galaxy S3 when it rolls out the Android 4.2.2 update for the handset sometime in the next few months.

Verizon Rolling Out Android 4.1.2 Update For The Galaxy S III

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.

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  • 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 Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

The folks over at SamMobile have managed to get their hands on an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S3. Samsung is still testing Android 4.2.1 on the Galaxy S3, and the leaked firmware is nowhere near final even though it is relatively bug-free.

The Android 4.1.2 update brought with it a lot of new features to the Galaxy S3. However, it looks like the Android 4.2.1 update will only bring minor new features including voice actions for controlling the Camera, Radio, Music playback and call.

While Samsung has included all the features that Google introduced in Android 4.2.1 including Quick Settings, Lock screen widgets and Daydreams. Notably absent is the Photosphere feature from the Camera app. However, it may be possible that Samsung will add this feature in the final version of the firmware. Samsung has slightly changed the lock screen ripple effect, along with slightly tweaking the toggles in the notification bar to accommodate Quick Settings. How useful the voice commands feature that Samsung will introduce in the final build of the firmware only remains to be seen.

SamMobile states that Samsung will be releasing the Android 4.2 update for the Galaxy S3 only after it unveils the Galaxy S4. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S4 at an event to be held on March 15th.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Premium Suite Update Available In India

Samsung India has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in India. While the jump from Android 4.1.1 to Android 4.1.2 does not bring any new major features, Samsung has taken this opportunity to bring a truck loads of features to the Galaxy S3.

Galaxy S3 users can now enjoy Multi-Windows multitasking as originally seen on the Galaxy Note 2. This feature will allow Galaxy S3 owners to simultaneously use two apps on their screen. Other new features that have been ported from the Galaxy Note 2 include an enhanced camera app with a new Night mode, a new Gallery app, Group Cast, Paper Artist, Smart Rotation, Page Buddy, the ability to customize the notification toggles, and much more.

The OTA update is being rolled out in stages, and a notification about the update should pop-up when you connect your Galaxy S3 to a Wi-Fi network.

Samsung Rolls Out Fix For Exynos Security Exploit And Sudden Death Issue For Galaxy S3

Samsung has started rolling out a new firmware update for the Galaxy S III in the United Kingdom that fixes the Exynos security exploit and the sudden death issue.

The Exynos security exploit was discovered in the middle of last month, and allowed any malicious app to gain root access to the RAM/physical memory of any Exynos 4 device easily. Samsung was informed immediately about the security exploit and the company announced that it will roll-out a fix for the exploit as soon as possible.

The new firmware update (XXELLA) for the Galaxy S3 is still based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and does not bring any new feature like the previous firmware updates brought with it.

While Samsung has not confirmed it officially, SamMobile have managed to confirm it with their sources that the firmware update also fixes the sudden death issue plaguing the Galaxy S3. Apparently, the firmware update also contains a new bootloader update that fixes the issue.

As of now, the firmware update is only live in the United Kingdom and is available via OTA or KIES. Giving how serious the security exploit and the sudden death issue is, expect Samsung to start a global roll-out of the update sometime soon.

Samsung Working On A Fix For The “Sudden Death” Issue Of Galaxy S3

Late last month, a thread popped up on XDA forums where many Galaxy S3 owners were complaining about their handset dying suddenly on them. For some strange reasons, many people’s Galaxy S3 died on them overnight while on charge or while it was just lying idle. And it was a total brick. The phone even refused to boot, and the only way to fix the phone was to get the motherboard replaced from a Samsung service center.

After some investigation from Elite XDA developer, Adam Outler, and others, it was found that there was some bug in the eMMC firmware of the Galaxy S3 which suddenly lead to the death of the handset.

Well, Samsung has now officially confirmed the bug and also announced that they are working on a fix. The company has not given a timeframe as to when S3 owners should expect the fix to arrive. There is nothing Galaxy S3 owners can do to prevent their phone from dying suddenly other than perhaps pray. In the meanwhile, if your Galaxy S3 dies suddenly head over to your nearest Samsung’s service center to get the motherboard replaced.

Via – SamMobile

Open Galaxy Bootloader Will Allow Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Camera To Boot From SD Card

Galaxy S3 owners, here is some good news for you. Elite Recognized developers – Adam Outler and Rebellos – have managed to come up with a “totally revolutionary SDCard” based bootloader for Samsung’s Exynos based devices.

The ‘Open Galaxy Bootloader’ is an alternative to Samsung’s closed source bootloader, and will allow Exynos based Samsung devices to boot from a SD card. As of now, the “Open Galaxy Bootloader” will works only on the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Camera.

The open-sourced bootloader will also allow advanced users to recover bricked Galaxy S3 devices. After some more development, it will be possible for Galaxy S3 owners to directly boot into other OSes such as Ubuntu, Chrome OS or WebOS.

As of now, Adam is waiting to get his hands on a ‘dead’ Galaxy S3. Until someone loans or donates his ‘dead’ Galaxy S3 to him, not much progress can be made in the project. So, if you own a Galaxy S3 that died overnight while charging and is refusing to boot now and are interested in donating the device to Adam, head over to this XDA thread.

Top 10 Smartphones Of 2012

2012 has been a crazy year in the mobile industry. The industry was mainly dominated by Samsung and Apple this year, with the likes of HTC and Sony struggling to stay afloat. Earlier this year, Google shocked everyone buy buying Motorola for 12.5$ billion. Later on, Apple shocked everyone and caused a lot of trouble to its iDevices owners by ditching Google Maps for its own in-house mapping system, Apple Maps. This eventually led to Tim Cook firing Scott Forstall, who was the senior vice-president of iOS software.

In 2012, smartphones were all about big screens with 720p resolution, oodles of RAM, quad-core processors and, thankfully, nearly all day battery life. Like in 2011, Android phones absolutely dominated the sales chart, especially Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

Now, that the year is going to end and the holiday season is fast approaching, we list down our top 10 phones of 2012.

10) Motorola RAZR i – Motorola promotes the RAZR i with an edge-to-edge display, and rightly so. The RAZR i packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD display with dimensions that are the same as the iPhone.

The RAZR i is also the first handset from a major OEM to pack in an Intel Atom processor clocked at a whopping 2GHz, along with an outdated PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and 1GB of RAM. If you don’t want a phone that does not have a massive 4.7-inch+ display, the RAZR i will be your best option.

Under Google’s keen eye, expect Motorola to come up with a stellar handset in 2013 that will shock and surprise every tech enthusiast out there.

9) HTC One S – The HTC One S is the perfect upper mid-range Android handset out there. It has a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, 16GB of internal storage, absolutely stellar build quality and a decent 8MP camera.

If the One S failed to set the sales on fire, it was because of the lack of its microSD card slot, and HTC swapping the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Krait processor with the older-generation S3 processor in some markets.

8) LG Optimus G – Google’s Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G. Both the devices share the same internal specifications – a 1.5GHz Quad-core Krait processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch IPS HD 768p display, and an 8MP camera (13MP in some variants). It even has a back that has the same disco-ball effect as on the Nexus 4.

The Optimus G was the first Android smartphone to make use of Qualcomm’s quad-core Krait processor. While the handset is not bad by any means, it is not going to be as successful as LG might have hoped for, all thanks to the Nexus 4, that packs in similar specs for half the price.

7) Nokia Lumia 920 – While the verdict is not yet out if the Lumia 920 is as successful as Nokia might have hoped for, the handset definitely has all the ingredients needed to make it a hit.  The 4.5-inch ClearBlackDisplay comes with PureMotion HD+ technology that gives the screen on the Lumia 920 a higher refresh rate than other competing screen technologies out there.

However, the selling point of the Lumia 920, and the reason why it has made it to this list, is because of its 8.7MP PureView camera, which has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Windows Phone 8 adding some much needed features to the mobile OS from the Redmond based company, the Lumia 920 might just be enough to pull back Nokia into profitability.

6) HTC One X – The One X is nearly 10 months old, but is still one of the most stunning phones available in the market. The handset sports a stunning 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 32GB of storage space, and an 8MP F/2.0 camera with ImageSense. The AT&T version of the One X swapped the Tegra 3 quad-core processor with a dual-core Krait processor from Qualcomm, which is no slow-couch either.

While the One X might not have sold in large numbers as HTC might have hoped for, the handset did prove that HTC is going on the right way. If the DNA is any indication, the HTC One X2 might just bring back HTC in the game.

5) Google Nexus 4 – When rumors started leaking on the Internet that LG is going to make the next Nexus handset, everyone was doubtful about the handset’s quality and its reliability. Ironically, after the Nexus One, the Nexus 4 is the only Nexus branded device from Google to pack in bleeding-edge specifications. Right from the 768p IPS HD display to the quad-core Krait processor to the 2GB of RAM or the build quality of the handset, the Nexus 4 screams of premium/quality. The disco-ball effect at the back of the phone is a nice addition as well, and makes the phone stand out from the crowd.

What, however, is not premium is its pricing. For only $299 for the 8GB version and $349 for the 16GB version, the Nexus 4 is well worth it just because of its stellar price tag. The Nexus branding means that owners will be the first in line to get future Android updates. With Android 4.2 already on-board, the Nexus 4 is already running the latest version of Android, which includes Photosphere, an enhanced keyboard, lock screen widgets, multiple user profiles and more.

4) HTC DROID DNA – The DROID DNA from HTC is only available in the United States under Verizon’s network and as the Butterfly in Japan. The phone was supposed to be launched in Europe but rumors indicate that HTC might have had a change of heart. The DROID DNA/Butterfly is the first Android smartphone to sport a 5-inch screen with a whopping 1080p screen resolution. Apart from the screen, the DNA/Butterfly includes a blazing fast 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP F/2.0 camera and more.

After quite sometime, HTC is struggling to meet the demands of the handset in Japan, which should come as a sigh of relief for the Taiwanese maker. If the DROID DNA is anything to go by, the One X successor from HTC that will be unveiled next year at MWC, is going to set the bar high for the Galaxy S4 and others.

3) Apple iPhone 5 – With even budget oriented phones coming with a 4-inch+ display, Apple had to increase the size of the display on the iPhone, and it did with the iPhone 5. Instead of making the display wider and taller, the Cupertino company only made it taller so as to facilitate one-hand usage.

Apart from the bigger screen, the iPhone 5 also packed in LTE in a much slimmer (7.6mm) body. The usual generational updates were also present including a blazing fast custom-core A6 SoC from Apple, improved GPU performance, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera with improved low-light performance.

However, the iPhone 5 along with iOS 6 lacked any kind of innovation or the ‘new’ factor. The new version of iOS only brought about minor enhancements and nothing else. Even then, the lack of innovation did not stop Apple from selling more than 5 million units of the handset in its first weekend in the United States. The iPhone 5 might have lacked innovation, but it can beat the combined sales figure of the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 in just a month.

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Samsung has been on a roll with its Galaxy series. If the Galaxy S series is aimed at smartphones lovers, the Korean company has successfully managed to please people out there who want a ‘phablet’ with its Note series. When Samsung initially unveiled the Galaxy Note, it was ridiculed for releasing a device with such a big screen. The Galaxy Note, then, went on to sell in excess of 10 million units. The Galaxy Note 2 has gone a level further and reached the 5 million sales mark within 2 months of its release.

For a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 packs in everything that once can imagine including a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen, an 8MP camera, oodles of storage, a bunch of sensors and a beefy 3100mAh battery for an all-day battery life even with heavy usage.

1) Samsung Galaxy S3 – If the Galaxy S and Galaxy S2 made Samsung popular, the Galaxy S3 confirmed Samsung’s prowess in the mobile industry. Not only is the Galaxy S3 loaded to the brim specs wise with a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, a 720p HD Super-AMOLED screen, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot, it can also last nearly a day of moderate to heavy usage thanks to its beefy 2100mAh battery and 32nm-HKMG fabrication process based SoC.

If the hardware of the phone is impressive, the list of all the features that Samsung has included in this phone is exhaustive. While the nature inspired version of TouchWIZ in Galaxy S3 is still ugly and not to everyone’s liking, Samsung has added so many features to it, that it is tough to not use it. These features include Pop-up play, pop-up browser, multi-view multitasking, Smart stay, Smart rotation and much more.

While the phone does look ugly and is still made of plastic, it has been selling like hot cakes all over the world. No wonder Samsung managed to sell more than 30 million Galaxy S3s within 5 months of its launch.

Don’t agree with our list? Feel free to drop in a comment and let us know which are your top 10 smartphones of 2012.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Premium Suite Upgrade Part 2 Features Posted; Brings Paper Artist, Low Light Shot And More!

Last week, Samsung listed all the new features that will be coming to the Galaxy S3 with the Android 4.1.2 Premium Suite upgrade. Today, the company has posted the second part of all the new features that the Premium Suite upgrade will bring including a a new low-light mode for the Camera, Paper Buddy and more.

Below is the second list of all the new features that the Premium Suite Upgrade brings to the Galaxy S3 -:

Powerful Multimedia

(1) Paper Artist: You can make a picture like a pop artist! Change the moods of your pictures whenever you want!

(2) Camera, Low Light Shot: It’s always tough to take pictures in dark places. So the GALAXY S III with Premium Suite has a Low-Light-Shot  function. Get your hands on one and check out the difference!

(3) Camera, Best Face: The problem with group pictures? Somebody always, ALWAYS blinks. Well, Best Face is your solution to that.  Best Face takes 5 consecutive pictures and lets you choose the best face for each person among those shots.

New Features & Better Accessibility

(1) Easy Mode: For first-time smartphone users and/or those who are really really, well, lazy. This function helps you set up the most five frequently used widgets on the home screen, so you don’t have to be tired of looking everywhere to find those apps.

(2) Sound Balance: You can adjust the balance of volume one each side of earphones.

(3) Setup Wizard: After turning on your cell phone, you can see the accessibility menu right away on the screen.

(4) Camera Easy Snap: With ‘talk back’ and ‘face detection’ on your settings menu, the GALAXY S III tells you how many faces it can detect on the camera preview.

The Korean company has started rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade only in Poland and other neighboring regions for now, but should start the update on a wider basis sometime soon.