A couple days ago Samsung announced the devices in their portfolio for which they will provide an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. However, Samsung did not say anything at the time about international devices. New information was released today indicating the list of international devices will largely mirror the U.S. list. The notable exception is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which did not make the cut. » Read the rest
When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10. » Read the rest
Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II owners have something to look for this spring. The guys over at Android Geeks spoke with a Samsung software engineer that said they will be updated “in late Q1 2014, soon after the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 roll out.” The two devices will get Android 4.4.2. Furthermore, he says that the user interface will get minor changes and Samsung’s own software will not get any new additions.
According to a new study, the Galaxy S 4 isn’t Samsung’s most popular phone in North America. This study analyzed tens of millions of online ad impressions of Samsung smartphone and tablets within the Chitika ad network. The time frame was within December 1st and December 29th. In that time frame, Chitika saw that S III users generated about 10% more web traffic than that of the Galaxy S 4. The Note series generated about 13% of the overall web traffic.
The fact that many users are still holding on to their Galaxy S III could be why the S 4 hasn’t done as well as Samsung had hoped it would. Of course part of that could be in thanks to users being locked into a two year contract with carriers, and most people’s reluctance to pay full price for an upgrade. That being said, most of those people will have contracts that end this year, so Samsung will need to wow people with the S 5 in order to keep users. The study did find some interesting numbers regarding Samsung’s tablet market as well.
Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners on Sprint or US Cellular. You can now go ahead and grab the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your device! There’s no detailed information on what US Cellular’s update brings with the exception of a software update. The Sprint variant, however, will also gain compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it is certainly welcome for a handset that was released almost two years ago. And if you are wondering if the handset will get KitKat, a leaked schedule points to March or April.
Now we know why updates aren’t always available to everyone right from the start. It’s because problems can arise. AT&T pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4, and now Samsung has pulled the 4.3 update for the global version of the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300).
Once you look at this list, you will wonder how the update was approved in the first place. Samsung did issue a statement, but you won’t get an answer to that question. Hit the break for it as well as the list of issues.
When the Galaxy Note 3 launched, many people were up in arms over a SIM Regional Lock policy that Samsung implemented, which made it difficult for people to import the global version. At first, it appeared the Note 3 would only work with the SIM for the country that the particular model was intended for. Then it was later clarified that if you powered on the phone with the proper SIM (from the country it was intended for), then it would be unlocked and could be used anywhere. However, many people found this wasn’t the case.
Now Samsung has chimed in again with more clarification on how it works. Apparently there is one more step that is needed in order to free the phone of the Regional Lock: Once the phone is powered on with the proper SIM, you will need to make or received calls for a total of 5 minutes. Once that is completed, the Regional Lock will be removed. Now if you have no way of doing this because you’re in the U.S. with a European model, you can still go to a Samsung Care Center, and they will unlock it for you.
Late last night, we posted about the leaked Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), but now it’s official. Since this is a jump from Android 4.1.2, there are quite a few changes. Unfortunately Samsung didn’t offer a changelog, but SamMobile put together an extensive list. One thing to note is the absence of Samsung Knox, but that is expected with a future update. Also, the core UI has changed, but you will still find the old GSIII launcher and widgets.
As of now, the update is available to those of you in Ireland, but other countries will follow soon. You will be able to get the update via KIES or over-the-air. Only unlocked non-carrier versions are getting the update for now. Carrier branded versions will have to wait, hopefully not longer than a couple of months.
Hit the break for the changelog.
Amidst the buzz for Android 4.4 KitKat, there are many device owners out there who would be happy with the next best thing, Android 4.3. A test build of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S III, a device that Samsung never bothered to update to Android 4.2, will be welcome news for those users who have not yet updated to a newer device.
According to those who have been using the test firmware, it is “very stable” though still subject to a few bugs. It appears Samsung has incorporated many of the improvements found in Android 4.3, especially the core UI improvements. However, at this point Samsung appears to still be using the original Galaxy S III launcher and widgets and they have not yet implemented Samsung Knox.
If you are interested in giving Android 4.3 a try on your Galaxy S III, hit the source link for the files needed and instructions on how to install the firmware update. Just keep in mind the update is not official and may be subject to problems. You should also note that the process of installing the update will wipe your device, so be sure to back up your data before attempting.
@Evleaks recently tweeted (you guessed it) another leak!
This time, we have images suggesting that Target will be offering a T-Mobile tie-up later this year, featuring “brightspot.”
This includes a $50 deal with unlimited talk/text, and 1GB of 4G data. The picture also shows a SIM kit, which can activate any unlocked compatible GSM phone, activate compatible Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, and includes both standard and microSIM.
This picture shows the Galaxy S III with the deal, but other devices are expected to come with brightspot, including the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, and the Lumia 521.
An official announcement has yet to come, but the news may come very soon considering the leaked information.