Only minutes after Samsung officially announced the 5 U.S. variants of the Galaxy S III, Sprint opened up registration for an event being held in Boston Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 12th. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the event will focus on especially when the headline of the event reads, “The Next Big Thing Is Here.” Beginning at 6 PM in the Cyclorama at the Center for the Arts, Sprint will most probably unveil the Galaxy S III, and will let everyone know when they can officially get their hands on one.
For those of you who are located in the Boston area and are interested in checking out Sprint’s version of the GSIII before anyone else, you can sign up right now to secure your ticket to the event. That’s right, the event is open registration and tickets are free but you better act fast because seating is limited. Guests must be of 21 years of age and I.D. will be checked at the door. For those who are interested you can sign up through the source link below. So who’s going?
As quickly as Samsung sent out their press release on U.S. availability of their Galaxy S III, Verizon and AT&T have set up landing pages for the device. Right now, Verizon’s page is simply a placeholder waiting for content. But AT&T’s page shows pictures of the device, specs, and other details. You can also enter your email address to be notified when the phone becomes available.
It’s coming… who’s waiting for it?
Hit the source links below for each of the pages.
source: AT&T, Verizon
This is quite a momentous announcement by Samsung. The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to arrive in the U.S. very soon, but until now we didn’t have official word on which carriers would be selling the device. Samsung has managed to one-up its previous U.S. carrier coverage by adding U.S. Cellular to a list that includes the big four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
That pretty much covers the majority of all smartphone owners in the States. Nice work, Sammy!
Pricing starts at $199 on-contract, but exact pricing and specific release dates will be announced by each carrier individually in the coming weeks.
According to the pictures sent along with the press release, it looks like the design is unchanged from the international version, physical home button and all.
The specs also mimic the Canadian versions:
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor (no quad-core)
- 2GB of RAM (w00t!)
- 2 colors (white and blue)
- 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display
- 8MP camera
- 16GB and 32GB models
- Expandable storage
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Hit the break for pictures and the full press release.
By now we’ve all heard what the late Steve Jobs had to say about Android. Specifically, these two quotes from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography:
- “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”
- “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
In the upcoming trial between Apple and Motorola over a series of alleged smartphone patent violations, Apple lawyers had requested that these quotes, and any others from his biography, be excluded from testimony. On Thursday, federal Judge Richard Posner refused Apple’s request without explanation.
On Friday, the judge had this to say:
“More broadly, I forbid Apple to insinuate to the jury that this case is a popularity contest and jurors should be predisposed to render a verdict for Apple if they like Apple products or the Apple company or admire Steve Jobs, or if they dislike Motorola or Google.”
In other words, Posner is essentially saying that Apple should not try to influence jurors based on sentimentality over the late Steve Jobs, his popularity, or Apple’s.
The trial begins June 11 in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois.
We previously heard about Motorola preparing to release a whole slew of new handsets, including the RAZR V (MT887), for Chinese markets. Yesterday, Motorola made it official with a press release announcing both the RAZR V and the MOTOLUXE MT680.
The specs for the RAZR V include the following:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Dual-core 1.2GHz processor
- 4.3-inch screen
- 8MP rear camera
- 1880/2010 of TD-SCDMA, HSPA; GSM 900/1800/1900, EDGE
- Water-splash guard body
- 8.35mm thin
- Available in black, white and shocking pink
Both phones are now available in China, with the RAZR V going for RMB3,299 ($518) and the MOTOLUXE MT680 for RMB1,999 ($314) off contract (or free with a China Mobile Beijing monthly contract).
Hit the break for the full press release.
With the news of the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE coming to Verizon a few weeks ago, many anxious HTC One series admirers on Big Red have been patiently waiting for any more details to surface as to price, release date, etc. There’s still no official word from Verizon on the subject but some internal sources have found a couple of clues that point to a possible launch as soon as later this week.
The first sign of a close release date comes from the DROID Inc 4G LTE showing up in Verizon’s TestMan site, which often occurs when a phone is near release. The price displayed for the phone shows $299 with contract but it’s speculated that this is merely a placeholder and not the actual price. Other information uncovered confirmed that the phone will indeed come with a $50 MIR (mail-in-rebate) as was reported earlier and that this rebate would go into effect sometime later this coming week.
Again, there’s no official statement from HTC or Verizon on the matter so we’ll just have to be patient a little longer.
With last week’s news about T-Mobile‘s GSIII scheduled for a June 20 release, the FCC now has also received filings for Sprint and Verizon‘s GSIII variants. Not much is disclosed about either model at this time but many of us hope to see 2 GB of RAM a la the Canadian GSIII, which in my opinion is a “sorry you aren’t getting quad-core” move from Sammy. We also know that a spotting at the FCC means that availability is just around the corner!
Most of us Android users care a lot about what’s under the hood of the latest smartphones. Everything from the processor make and clock speed, amount of ROM and RAM available along with the other hardware bits such as GPU, memory card slot and notification LED. However, it’s not too often that we actually get to take a peek at the actual innards of our smartphones.
The folks over at iFixit have done just that with the Samsung Galaxy S III and have provided pics of the mother board, front and back housing and even the camera. It’s a fairly light read with plenty of pics and is quite interesting if you’re into how things work and all. Keep in mind that this is the international version of the GSIII so definitely expect the setup to change when the U.S. variants hit the shelves in the near future. Hit the link below to check it out.
The last time we looked at the Android version number distributions, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich had a 4.9% piece of the total Android pie. Google just released the latest numbers for the two weeks leading up to June 1st, and now we see ICS has grown 2.2% to a total of 7.1%.
Though the growth is admirable, keep in mind that the ICS SDK was released 8 months ago in October. To only be on 7.1% of all Android devices out there doesn’t say much for the time it’s taking manufacturers and carriers to upgrade existing devices.
Other notable changes:
- Honeycomb is down 0.6% for a total of 2.7%
- Gingerbread is up 0.6% to a total of 65%
- Froyo is down 1.8% to a total of 19.1%
- Eclair is down 0.3% to a total of 5.2%
The trends are mostly moving in the right directions, with Gingerbread’s growth slowing down slightly and ICS’s rate increasing just a bit. Maybe now that the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE are making it to stores, and the Samsung Galaxy S III is on the way soon, the next platform numbers may show a larger bump for ICS.
source: android developers
A little later than originally advertised, HTC‘s low end Android phone the Desire C is finally available both sim-free and on select contracts.
The Desire C is a unique offering as it’s one of the very first entry level Android phones shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone is powered by a single core 600 MHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and offers a 3.5″ HVGA display. The rest of the specifications are very reasonable for the price with Beats Audio, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,230 mAh battery and 5MP rear camera all on-board.
The device is available in black or white and Three UK are offering it up for free on a 2 year contract at £13 per month or on Pay-As-You-Go for £149.99. If you prefer your phone to be sim-free and unlocked then you can pick it up from Clove for £189.99.
If you’ve been looking for an affordable Android 4.0 device then the Desire C could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Hit the links below to find out more.