For one to say that this whole “Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III locked boot-loader” fiasco has been tumultuous would be quite the understatement. First, Samsung acknowledged the locked boot-loader and stated that it’s the direction they have and always will believe in. Soon after, Samsung and Verizon announced a “developer” edition of their Galaxy S III that will feature an un-locked boot-loader tailor made for developers and hackers. While that made some happy, it came with a hefty $599 price tag and obviously doesn’t do much for the customers that have already purchased or pre-ordered their Verizon Galaxy S III.
Now in a sudden, and quite surprising twist, it seems as if Samsung and Verizon are planning on a software update that will un-lock the Galaxy S III’s boot-loader. Several customers have reportedly been receiving e-mails from Verizon customer service reps acknowledging a supposed software update that will un-lock the boot-loader. Here’s one of the emails that a reader from Droid Life received from Verizon:
A “supposed” snapshot photo of a Best Buy computer screen has implied that the retailer could start selling the unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S III in stores. In the photo, the “model” is clearly shown as the I9300, which of course is the unlocked variant of the Galaxy S III. While I think it would be great if this were true, there’s several aspects of the photo that says otherwise. The “begin” date for the sale shows May 25th of this year, which of course has already passed. Also, in the “inventory” section everything is shown as “0”, even the “on order” is shown as 0, thus assuming that they’re not expecting any device units to be shipped to them.
Last but not least, the hefty price tag of $799.99 before taxes is far too steep when it’s cheaper on other online retailers. What do you guys think about this? Does this look valid or is it just “much ado about nothing?”
source: Android Central
Yesterday we reported that customers will be able to pre-order the Garnet Red Samsung Galaxy S III via AT&T starting July 15th and will be in stores by July 29th. The Garnet Red Galaxy S III will be an exclusive color for AT&T and there have been no reports whether the color will make its way to other carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. While the Galaxy S III comes in two great colors (Marble White and Pebble Blue), I had hoped that Samsung would pump out more colors such as this as time went by. Surprisingly, a Samsung UK spokesperson has released a statement regarding other colors for their Galaxy S III. According to the Samsung rep’s statement obtained by Pocket-Lint, “We will be announcing potential colour variants in due course.”
Sadly there’s no timetable on when this will happen, nor what colors Samsung is planning on releasing. I for one would love to see a black or gunmetal color, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. What color would you guys love to see on the Galaxy S III?
I know there are a lot of you that might want to get into rooting and utilizing custom ROMs, but just don’t know where to start. Although it’s always best to do things the manual way, we can understand why some of you might want something that’s quick, simple, and has everything in one place. That’s exactly what toolkits do. They allow you to unlock and root your device as well as flash custom recoveries and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Well XDA member mskip has a toolkit available for the international Galaxy S III (i9300) as well as 3 of the 4 U.S. Galaxy S III’s (AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint). Obviously Verizon isn’t included since the bootloader is locked. The U.S. variants get one universal toolkit, while the international version has its own. Hit the break to see a list of all the features, download links, and forum links.
It might have a locked bootloader, but Verizon is likely to sell a lot of Galaxy S III’s. After being available at AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile for a few weeks now, it’s finally available at Big Red. You can order it online with free shipping or go to the store and see it for yourself in person. It’s priced at $199 for the 16GB version and $249 for the 32GB version. Let us know if you pick one up.
When AT&T announced they would be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, they told us they would offer an exclusive special edition red version this Summer. They just announced that you can pre-order it beginning July 15th and it will be in stores starting July 29th. More importantly, they finally gave us a press shot so we can see what it will look like. We assume the pricing will be the same as the Pebble Blue and Marble White versions as they didn’t mention it. Hit the break for one more image.
AT&T has joined the ranks of carriers rolling out an OTA update for the Galaxy S III. Part of the update is removal of local (on device) search. In addition to the change in the search function, no doubt a move undertaken by Samsung as part of their ongoing legal battles with Apple, the update also provides a new radio (UCLG1).
source: Android Central
Samsung just announced the expansion of their partnership with SugarSync. If you aren’t familiar with SugarSync, it’s a free service that lets you access, sync, and share all of your files and folders across all your computers and mobile devices. SugarSync has already been available on all Samsung AllShare Play-enabled Smart TV’s, but now it will be on the Galaxy S III and all Samsung mobile devices that feature the AllShare Play service.
From within AllShare Play, users can easily create a SugarSync account and they will get 5GB of free storage. From there, users will be able to access files, photos, music, and movies from their compatible Samsung devices. They can save files such as photos and videos from their Samsung mobile devices to the SugarSync Cloud and they will be able to view them at any time from other Samsung phones, tablets, and Smart TV’s.
Full press release after the break:
When we told you that Verizon was keeping their Galaxy S III tightly locked up, many folks were upset, considering the other carriers have user-onlockable bootloaders on their S III’s. Well fret no more, young hackers, for Samsung has just announced that they will be offering a developer edition S III that works on Verizon.
This hacker-friendly version will be sold directly from Samsung’s developer portal (developer.samsung.com) for $599. It’s unfortunate Verizon won’t sell it directly themselves since it won’t be subsidized, so if you want this phone for $199, you’re out of luck. But if you’re willing to spend the bucks or don’t want to be on-contract anyway, Samsung’s offer should be music to your ears. Of course, many of you who already purchased the Verizon S III are probably a little miffed. Time for a return?
All the usual warnings apply… unlocking, modding, flashing, etc. is all done at your own risk. Screw something up and you’ve got a very pretty and expensive brick. But we know you’ll be careful.
Hit the break to read Samsung’s mini-FAQ about this edition.
Yesterday the Sprint Galaxy S III began receiving a security update OTA, but little information was given as to what the update addressed. Users have reported that the update has removed the universal search feature from the device, meaning only web results are given from the search bar. The removal of local search is undoubtedly in response to the recent Apple lawsuit against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for the very same ability. Google and Samsung are working together to fight that case and this move is a preemptive strike in case Apple decides to take on Samsung’s latest star.