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 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” -:
The Samsung Galaxy S III was announced earlier this month, and has already caused quite a stir in the Android world. The handset is a worthy successor to the highly popular Galaxy S II in every aspect, except for the design. The handset is up for pre-order in certain regions of the world, and will hit the shelves on May 29th.
However, even before the handset has hit the retail shelves, Chainfire – a very popular and talented Android developer – has managed to gain root access to the handset. He has not released the rooted kernel though, so as to maintain the anonymity of his source. So what’s the point of getting the root access then, you ask? Well, this means that unlike HTC, Samsung phones are still very easy to root and don’t have a locked down bootloader that HTC phones have.
This also means that a pre-rooted kernel for the Galaxy S III will be already available by the time most of the readers get their hands on the phone. An easy way to root the phone, along with an unlocked bootloader are the only requirements to make an Android phone a developer community favorite.
After a disastrous 2011 and Q1 of 2012 with dwindling profits and sales figure, HTC finally has something to cheer about this week. Firstly, the main competitor to HTC’s One X – the Samsung Galaxy S3 – was finally unveiled this week and in general, it was met with disappointment. The Galaxy S3 is a pretty darn good handset; it easily beats the HTC One X in every department except for one – looks/build quality. The Galaxy S3 looks extremely ugly and the glossy plastic of the handset is not to everyone’s liking. HTC has no doubt already won the best industrial design of 2012 with the One X and the One S.
The other good news for HTC is that the sales of its handsets have again started rising, albeit a bit slowly. Compared to consolidate sales of $1.05 billion in March, the Taiwanese handset maker managed to report a slightly higher consolidated sales figure of $1.06 billion in April. Considering the One X launches under the AT&T network in the U.S today, and the Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE variant goes on pre-order today, it is certain that the May sales figure of the company are going to be even better.
It will however be interesting to see how the sales of the company’s handset are affected in June, once the Galaxy S III hits the shelves.
And it’s finally here! Samsung has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated successor to its 2011 flagship, the Galaxy S3. As rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S3 will come with a 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED HD screen with 1280*720 (720p) resolution. Inside the 8.6mm thin body of the handset is a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz, an ARM Mali-400MP GPU, and a gig of RAM. There is also 16GB/32GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and a 2100mAh battery to ensure that the handset lasts a full day of heavy usage. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus though, the Galaxy S3 comes with a wider physical home button as found in the previous Galaxy S handsets, and two capactive keys on each side which bizarre-ingly includes a menu key.
Like the Galaxy S2, the S3 comes with an 8MP snapper in the back and a 1.9MP camera in the front. The camera features a bigger and better sensor, so picture quality will be better than the SGS2. The camera also features Burst Shot, Best Photo and Buddy photo. Samsung also loaded TouchWIZ 5 on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to spoil the stock Android experience. However, the company has added some interesting gesture based options to the handset to differentiate the SGS3 from other Android handsets. The usual bunch of connectivity features like NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and a MHL port are also present. There is also Wireless (Inductive) charging feature present on the handset.
The ‘Smart Stay’ feature of the phone will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen when a user is reading some content on the screen via the front camera. It will also make sure that the screen of the phone does not turn off while a user is looking at it. The ‘S Voice’ feature will allow users to dictate their SMS, email, control media playback and say “Snooze” to make an alarm snooze. The “S Beam” feature will allow users to share music and videos via Wi-Fi Direct with other phones by simply tapping their phones. Samsung has also made sure to make its own copy of the Siri, which at least from the demo looks pretty cool. How effective it will be in real life is something which only time can tell.
Samsung has also gone one up on HTC, and will be offering 50GB of free space for all Galaxy S III owners on Dropbox. The Galaxy S3 will be available by the end of this month in Europe, and other regions will follow soon with the 4G version of the handset coming soon to the United States sometime in “summer”.
It looks like Samsung is finally all set to unveil one of the most hotly anticipated handset of this year, the Galaxy S III. Samsung has started sending out press invites for the unveiling of the next Galaxy handset. The much anticipated event is going to take place in London on 3rd May, which is just 17 days from now!
Below is the official teaser image included in the press invite with the tag line ” Come and Meet The Next Galaxy” -:
Considering how successful the Galaxy S and S II were, it will be interesting to see whether the Galaxy S III is able to match them or not. The Galaxy S III is probably the only handset to match near iPhone like hype and rumor levels. Samsung has also done a very good job of preventing leaks and thus keeping the S3 as a secret right until it is official announcement.
I totally expect the Galaxy S III to blow away its competition, including the almighty iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.