Verizon Galaxy S III Gets A Major Bug-Squashing Update

Verizon’s Galaxy S III was originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Few months after its launch, the wireless operator rolled out a new update which brought an updated kernel and baseband that helped in improving the reception and performance of the handset. Few months later, Verizon finally released the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

Today, Verizon is rolling out a major bug-squashing update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. This update allows you to transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool, access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset, easier NFC access, S Voice tweaks and much more. Apart from that, Verizon has also pre-loaded Flipboard and updated its caller ID app. Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

Key Device Enhancements Allows You To:

  • Access your Wi-Fi connection easily on multiple devices when in Hotspot mode
  • Use ‘bill to my Verizon Wireless Account’ when buying apps from Google Play
  • Access phone screen without unlocking device when connected via Bluetooth headset
  • Use two apps simultaneously side-byside with Multi Screen and Multi Window
  • Categorize and display images, photos and videos with Samsung Gallery
  • Sync two devices and share content seamlessly with S Beam’s ‘Auto Share Shot’
  • Transfer content easily between devices with Samsung Smart Switch tool
  • Get popup suggestions from Page Buddy when connected to accessories like a wired stereo headset
  • Tag weather, people and place information in photos and video with Contextual Tag
  • Arrange apps in order of frequency of use for faster access with Contextual App Link
  • Pick the perfect group picture from five burst shots with ‘Best Shot’
  • Select and customize specific folders by category and file type with My Files tool
  • Save MMS attachments in your Gallery for quick posting and sharing
  • Create a variety of image styles with Paper Artist tool

Additional Update Includes:

  • Removed pop-up messages ‘Refreshing SIM Data’, ‘No SIM’ and ‘SD Card Inserted’
  • New message notification tone is no longer clipped
  • Devices remain in 4G mode without dropping to 3G when Hotspot is on
  • The Burst Shot setting is no longer the default setting in the Camera application
  • Consistent functionality of the Screen Time Out feature
  • Applications running prior to sleep mode will remain open when home key is pressed
  • Backspace button will no longer clear an entire sentence – only the intended word
  • Fixed an issue where web browsing would sometimes cause the device to reset
  • Lock screen function improved when screen is idle
  • NFC is now easier to turn on
  • Device is now recognized by the computer when connected via USB cable
  • Audio distortion fixed when connected to some Car Kits is resolved
  • All devices can now receive over-the-air software updates
  • Voice recognition performance is improved with the updated S Voice Application
  • ‘Remove All’ is now ‘Close All’ in the Task Manager menu

Added The Following Pre-loaded Applications:

  • Catch up on news easily with the Flipboard
  • Recognize contacts quickly with Caller Name ID application version 1.14.16

The size of the update is just 129 MB. This update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). 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.

New Samsung Galaxy SIII 4.2.2 Firmware Leaked

Samsung might be notorious for overloading its Android smartphones with oodles of gimmicky features; however, in spite of the plethora of software modifications, the Korean giant is generally among the quickest to push out Android updates. LG and Sony delivered Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to its 2012 devices only recently. HTC is still working on rolling out Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) to the One with the One X to follow later on. However, Samsung shipped the Galaxy SIV with the latest Android straight out of the gate, delivered Android 4.1 to the S II last year itself, and has been working for several months on bringing the latest version of Android to its older Galaxy SIII handset.

SamMobile has managed to get its hands on an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean test firmware for the Galaxy S III – I9300XXUFME3. The new version doesn’t have all of the fancy new features of the SIV, many of which are expected to eventually end up on the SIII. However, it does have enough to make users happy. The new firmware has all of the official Jelly Bean goodness including lockscreen widgets, quick settings, and Daydream mode. Additionally, Samsung has added a driving mode, revamped the settings interface, improved S Voice, introduced full screen Samsung apps, and ported the SIV lockscreen with new unlock effects and the option to add custom text.

You can download the flash the firmware from here. Please keep in mind that this is a pre-release firmware.

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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Changelog:

  • 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.

Pink Samsung Galaxy S III Coming To Korea This Week

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Case and Pouch Review

The Samsung Galaxy S3 might come with a Gorilla glass, but given the multitude of shattered Gorilla glass anecdotes doing the rounds on the web, that is hardly assurance enough. If you have butter fingers, or just don’t want to risk your prized possession, it makes sense to invest a bit more and opt for a protective case or a pouch.

Mobilefun sent me a couple of Galaxy S3 accessories to review. The first of them is the official Samsung S3 Slim Case. As the name suggests, the Slim Case is a super-thin case that barely adds to your Galaxy’s dimensions, but protects its hyper-glazed back from getting scratched. Samsung claims that the case is made from “unique plastic injection process” that retains strength and reinforcement. In my tests I definitely found the case to be sturdy and scratch proof. However, the biggest advantage of opting for the official case is its fitting. The phone fits perfectly into the case, which has precise openings for everything from the volume rocker to the tiny microphones dotting the S3’s exterior. The other advantage of the case is that it has a dotted texture (matt finish) that enhances grip and feels more comfortable to hold. At £14.95 (23.5 USD) for a dual-pack, the official case isn’t the cheapest option, but it provides almost no reason to complain.

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The disadvantage of the Slim Case is that it offers absolutely no protection for the screen. If you want a more comprehensive protection, Samsung has the Flip Case, which protects both the rear and the front. The official case is also pretty slim, as it replaces the back cover. However, I wanted to try out one of the cheaper unofficial alternatives to see if they could get the job done. I opted for the Slimline Carbon Fibre Style Flip Case. I am not sure as to what the manufacturer means by “Carbon Fibre” style, but the Slimline case definitely looks reassuring. The front-lid has a comfy, microfiber lining that should be able to absorb shocks to protect your screen from light drops. The back plate on the other hand has a soft rubber coating. Slimline case also fits in quite well, and I like how the case attaches itself without using any extraneous devices like buttons or velcro straps. However, some of the openings are not cut very precisely and tend to reduce the premium feel of a product that otherwise appears to be more expensive than it really is. The Slimline Flip Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 sells for £11.95 (19 USD).

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If looks are important to you, then the official Samsung Slim Case is undoubtedly the best option. The translucent case is barely visible from a distance, and completely protects the rear as well as the edges of the Galaxy S3. However, if you are concerned about protecting the screen, the Samsung’s Flip Case is a good option. The official case retails for $28 on Mobilefun ($40 on Samsung’s official website). If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, the Slimline Carbon Fibre Style Flip Case is as good a bet as any. It does add to the bulk of the phone, but I could hardly call it ugly. In fact, you can easily pass it off as a premium case.

[ Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories provided by Mobilefun ]

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.

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.

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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European S III Owners to Get FREE 30-Days EUROSPORT Player LIVE Streaming

Samsung - Official Partner of Olympics 2012

Just about a month ago, Samsung launched its Galaxy S III smart phone which is considered by many to be the most outstanding gadget in the smart phone arena to date. In doing so, Samsung decided to strike a deal with the International Olympic Committee to make the Galaxy S III the official phone of the largest sporting event taking place this year, the 2012 Olympics Games in London, England. Seemingly, a good move to carry out advertising of the gadget at a global level! It turns out that this move has just gone a step further. Enter EUROSPORT! The giant European sporting broadcaster has reached an agreement with Samsung to celebrate the year’s largest sporting event in a new manner. For its European owners, Samsung is offering a 1-month FREE subscription to the EUROSPORT Player. Subscribers can activate the subscription anytime between July 14, 2012 and August 12, 2012.

“The EUROSPORT Player brings you unlimited access to thousands of hours of LIVE sport from Eurosport and Eurosport 2.”

Olympics 2012 on Your Samsung Galaxy S III

You own a Samsung Galaxy S III? Are you fond of watching LIVE sports? Are you living in Europe? If you comply with the three criteria, you can download the EUROSPORT Player for Android and activate the subscription during the above mentioned dates by creating a Eurosport account and start enjoying unlimited access to Eurosport and Eurosport 2.