Verizon Galaxy S III is finally available online and in stores

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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.

 

Garnet Red AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders begin July 15th, In-store July 29th

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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.

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AT&T latest to roll out OTA update to remove universal search on Galaxy S III

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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

SugarSync to ship with the Galaxy S III and other AllShare Play-Enabled mobile devices

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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.

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Samsung Announces Galaxy S III “Developer Edition” For Verizon, Hackers Rejoice

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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.

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Samsung Removes Universal Search From Sprint Galaxy S III

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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.

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HDC Galaxy S3 is KIRF-Tastic

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Every popular phone these days eventually sees a Chinese-made knock-off arrive sooner or later, and the Samsung Galaxy S III is no exception.

Presenting the HDC Galaxy S3, which on the outside doesn’t really even look that bad.  It is thicker than the real deal, but the screen is about the same size and looks to even be running a skinned version of Android that mimics Samsung’s own Touchwiz.

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III Receives Security Update

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Sprint just released an OTA update for their Samsung Galaxy S III. The software version is L710VPLG2 and according to Sprint, it provides a “Google security update.” The user should feel nothing relatively new with this update, it seems as if Sprint is just enhancing the security of the phone. Nonetheless, it’s always good to give your phone any beneficial update. Hit up the source link for more information!

source: Sprint

Be the first to unlock the bootloader on the Verizon Galaxy S III and collect the bounty

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Well the Galaxy S III might be created for humans, but not for the development community. Well, at least for the Verizon version that is as its bootloader is locked by design. Now it was rooted over the weekend, but we need a method to permanently unlock the bootloader to allow unrestricted flashing from ODIN. Well our friends over at XDA created a bounty for anyone who can do it. Right now the total is at $1,320 and is sure to climb. Hit the break for the rules:

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Verizon Wireless confirms locked bootloader on Galaxy S III and pretty much anything else moving forward

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As we already knew, Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S III has a locked bootloader, but you didn’t think Samsung did that on purpose did you? Verizon has never been a fan of unlocked bootloaders, which always amazed me that they allowed the Galaxy Nexus on their network. The Verge reached out to Verizon for comment about the GSIII and this is what they had to say:

Verizon Wireless has established a standard of excellence in customer experience with our branded devices and customer service. There is an expectation that if a customer has a question, they can call Verizon Wireless for answers that help them maximize their enjoyment and use of their wireless phone. Depending on the device, an open boot loader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers. It is always a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the requests of a few who may want a different device experience. We always review our technology choices to ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible.

The GSIII is locked, but it has been rooted and trust me the amazing Android development community will figure something out soon.

source: theverge