Samsung recently started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the international Galaxy S III. The company has, however, been mum on the Jelly Bean roll-out plans for the U.S variants of the S3, thanks mainly to the carriers. The AT&T and Verizon variants of the Galaxy S3 have already had their fair share of Jelly Bean firmware leaks. Today, joining this list is the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3.
The firmware contains all the Jelly Bean goodies including the enhanced notification bar, Google Now, Project Butter and more. Advanced users who have already flashed the firmware on their phone report that the firmware has no bugs whatsoever, with the ‘Butter’ effect being clearly visible. The firmware also contains a new radio that has apparently improved the network reception for some Sprint users.
The leaked firmware is available in both odexed and de-odexed versions and can be downloaded from here.
Oh! and if you don’t like Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI, the Sprint Galaxy S3 has a perfectly stable CM10 build available for it.
Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III. The official firmware update comes after tons of unofficial firmware leaked over the last few weeks. In fact, the Jelly Bean sources for the I9305 variant of the Galaxy S3 also made an appearance on the Internet a few days ago.
The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III brings an updated notification bar with expandable notifications, Project Butter for buttery smooth performance and UI interactions, Google Now, some minor UI changes, enhanced Face Unlock, and more. Samsung has also fixed some issues found in the previous Galaxy S III firmware along with updating some pre-installed apps including freeing up more RAM, replaced S Memo with S Note, new Camera and Gallery app, two different homescreen modes, and a bunch of other changes and tweaks.
As of now, Samsung is only rolling out the Jelly Bean update in Poland via its KIES software. The OTA update should not be far away, and a global roll-out should happen soon enough as well.
Verizon is known for locking down bootloaders on its handset to prevent users from flashing, rooting or modifying the handset in any way. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was no exception to this, and came with a locked down bootloader angering many of its early owners. While Verizon and Samsung did announce a developer edition of the Galaxy S3, it made little sense since it came without any warranty, and had to be purchased outright.
The Verizon Galaxy S3 developer community through its hard work had managed to gain root access, and even flash a custom ROM including CM9/10 on the device. Now, in a major break through, AdamOutler has managed to unlock the bootloader of the Verizon Galaxy S3. He managed to unlock the bootloader via an unsecure bootloader leaked by an “African-Canadian Sock Monkey”.
If you ever flash this unsecure bootloader on your Verizon Galaxy S3, make sure you never install an update from Samsung or Verizon. Doing so might just brick your device. Flash the unsecure bootloader only if you are willing to run custom ROMs on your Galaxy S3 for life.
Head over to this thread on XDA for more information and how to flash the unsecure bootloader on your Verizon Galaxy S3.
Kudos to AdamOutler for doing an excellent job and the “African-Canadian Sock Monkey” for the leaked bootloader!
The Galaxy S III is the hottest Android handset right now on planet Earth. Even then, it runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and not the latest and greatest version of Android, Jelly Bean. Google pushed Jelly Bean to AOSP in the 2nd week of July, and Samsung has since then been working hard on porting the OS to the Galaxy S3.
Rumors have indicated that Samsung will be rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 by the end of this month. While Samsung itself has not confirmed anything, a video posted on YouTube by AndroidMX does seem to confirm this. The video shows off the LG4 firmware on the Galaxy S3, which is based on Jelly Bean, running like ‘Butter’ on the device.
The video clearly shows the revamped notification bar of Jelly Bean along with expanded notifications, and the quick notification toggles from Samsung. If this video is anything to go by, Samsung may very well be on track to release the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 by the end of August.
Samsung Galaxy S3 owners, your ‘Butter’ filled Jelly Bean update with Google Now is coming sooner than you expected.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is probably the only phone in memory that was launched without a black color variant. The handset was released by Samsung in ‘Marble White’ and a very dark, almost black shade of blue, ‘Pebble Blue’ colors.
However, a few days ago, a Black colored variant of the Galaxy S III popped up on the Internet, pleasing all the black gadget lovers. It was, however, uncertain whether Samsung will officially launch a black variant of the handset or was it just a blooper from the company.
While Samsung has not confirmed anything, a popular online retailer — Mobile Fun — just did. The retailer has put up a pre-order page for the black variant of the Galaxy S III, along with a blog post claiming that they are the first one to announce the new color of the handset.
The Black variant of the Galaxy S3 won’t be available immediately though. If the pre-order page of MobileFun is anything to go by, the black S3 will only arrive in stocks around 4-6 weeks from now on.
Samsung has been having a heck of a run lately. Nearly all the Galaxy phones of the company are flying through the shelves, and it’s recently released Galaxy S III, which costs more than $800 in some regions of the world, is no exception to this. Now, it looks like the Galaxy S III has already crossed the 10 million sales figure in just under 2 months of its release and initial availability.
Samsung’s head of mobile, J.K. Shin said that “It appears that it (accumulated sales) has exceeded 10 million units.” It is not yet confirmed as to Shin was referring to the number of units sold or the units shipped here. Nevertheless, the 10 million figure is still nothing short of amazing. Samsung expects the Galaxy S3 to cross the 20 million sales mark by the end of this fall.
The Galaxy S III started hitting the retail stores around the world sometime in late May, and was available on all the four major carriers in the United States by July. With its unique combination of an ugly design, an uglier UI, a sleek body, powerful internals, a decent camera and sound quality, the Galaxy S III sure is an all-round performer.
The Galaxy S3 is selling like hot cakes, but you probably already knew that. Even as most other Android manufacturers are struggling to eke out a profit, Samsung is raking in the dough. Now the Korean giant has come out, and revealed that it expects to sell as many as 10 million units by the end of July.
It’s worth nothing that Samsung typically labels units shipped to retailers as units sold, so the actual number of units purchased by customers will be lower. However, given that the S3 has been more or less flying off the shelves, the difference shouldn’t be huge.
In any case, it’s clear that the S3 is living up to the hype, and Samsung has another blockbuster in its hands. If anything, the new Galaxy flagship cements Samsung’s position as the leading Android handset manufacturer. The S3 is not the best looking smartphone, nor does it have the most exquisite finish; however, none of that clearly matters for most consumers. They are more than willing to sacrifice on looks to get their hands on what is undoubtedly the best performing smartphone till date. The S3 is yet to be released in the US, but it should be available with various carriers by the end of this week.
When HTC unveiled the One X, it also announced that all One series owners are going to get 25GB of free space on Dropbox for Twitter. Samsung up’d HTC when it announced that all Galaxy S III owners will be getting 50GB of free space on Dropbox for two years.
Sadly, it looks like this offer from Samsung won’t be valid for the U.S variants of the Galaxy S III. Quite a few people in the United States who have already managed to get their hands on the Galaxy S III in the United States complained about not getting the free storage space after signing up on the Dropbox forums. This is when a Dropbox forum moderator chimed in and announced that some of the U.S carriers have opted out of this promotional offer.
For some unknown reason, Verizon and AT&T have both opted-out of this promotion offer with their variant of the Galaxy S III. It is still not confirmed whether Sprint or T-Mobile have also opted-out of this promotional offer or not. I am not really sure as to why AT&T and Verizon opted-out of this offer, when the promotional offer is still valid for the HTC One X in the United States.
Samsung has launched its highly anticipated handset – the Galaxy S III in India at an event in New Delhi. India has always been one of Samsung’s strong markets, with both the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note doing extremely well here. Thus, its not a surprise that the company launched the Galaxy S III in India so soon.
Unlike Canada and the United States, which will be getting a different version of the Galaxy S III, the Indian version will pack in the same specs as its European sibling. The Samsung Galaxy S III in India will come with a Exynos quad-SoC, an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p Super AMOLED HD screen, a super-fast 8MP camera, and some unique features like Smart Stay, All Share, Group Cast, S-Beam etc.
The official MRP of the 16GB variant of the handset is Rs 43,180. Yes, a whopping Rs 43,180 or roughly $860. Just a couple of thousand bucks more, and one can buy a decent two-wheeler in India for the same price. However, the street price of the handset will be much lower and a bit reasonable at around Rs 38,000 for the 16GB variant. Vodafone India has also tied up with Samsung and will be providing free 3G usage for six-months to all Galaxy S III owners.
Samsung has put a lot of hard work into the software to distinguish the Galaxy S3 from other Android smartphones. S Voice, S Beam, Social Tag, and Smart Alert are just a few of the new software goodies available on the latest flagship from the Korean giant. While some of the features are deeply integrated into the OS, others are simply apps developed by Samsung that are fairly independent of the actual ROM. As you must have guessed by now, enterprising developers have pulled out some of these Samsung goodies and packaged them into APKs that can be installed on other Android phones.
Samsung has been promoting S Voice heavily. While reviews suggest that the Vlingo powered S Voice is pretty primitive compared to Apple’s Siri, it still is the best Siri alternative currently available for Android. The good news is that if you have an Android handset running Ice Cream Sandwich, you can also use S Voice. All you need to do is download and install this app.
The app appears to work pretty well, but does have a caveat. Soon after S Voice was leaked on the interwebs, Samsung had blocked all S Voice requests originating from devices other than the Galaxy S3. In order to get around this restriction, the new APK makes your ROM identify itself as an S3. This might have unintended consequences on other apps (especially apps from your OEM).
Other goodies that XDA members have managed to pull from the Galaxy S3 include clock widgets (digital and analogue), Accuweather widget, video player, YouTube player, FM radio, G Talk, wallpapers, and ringtones. You can grab all of them from here.