Purple Samsung Galaxy S III may be headed to Sprint

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According to a tip delivered to web site PhoneArena.com, Samsung may be preparing a purple version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III to be available through Sprint. The tipster claims to have grabbed a screenshot from one of Sprint’s web portals that provides details of updated handsets scheduled for upcoming launches. Included in the list is a “Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Purple.” It appears the device will be released on April 12th though no other details like pricing have surfaced.

No images have surfaced of this purple device and no official word has been released by either Samsung or Sprint.

source: PhoneArena

Fitbit adds wireless sync via Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support for Fitbit Flex device

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A few days ago we reported on Nike’s decision to ignore the majority of smartphone users by opting not to bring an app to the Android market to support their fuel band device. In contrast, Fitbit provides Android support for their Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and upcoming Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers. They recently updated their Fitbit app for Android to include wireless sync capability using Bluetooth 4.0. The feature will only work with Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II devices. Using Bluetooth 4.0 sync keeps the Fitbit dashboard updated in real-time and the app can provide motivational notifications and social interaction with friends.

In addition to the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 sync capabilities, Fitbit has added NFC compatibility for their upcoming Fitbit Flex device. A tap on the Flex with an Android phone will automatically launch the Fitbit for Android app. You can read the full press release after the break and grab the app using one of the Google Play Store links. The app is free and only requires Android 2.1 or higher to get the basic functionality. » Read the rest

Three UK Launches Samsung Galaxy S III “Ultrafast” Smartphone

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In an effort to distinguish its wireless networks from its competition, Three UK has formally launched the “Ultrafast” Galaxy S III smartphone. The phone is easily distinguished from its HSPA+ sibling because of the simple fact that it features full DC-HSDPA and LTE capabilities. So essentially, users of the device will be treated to even faster data speeds when using the device compared to those using plain ol’ 3G. Aside from the faster modems— the device will be like other typical Galaxy S III models by coming in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, feature a quad-core processor and an awesome 8MP camera. The device will cost a pretty penny as it will run customers about £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan and for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £29. Conversely, customers can go for the Pay As You Go for £449.99 plus a top up and go for one of the many all-you-can eat data plans.

Three UK is pretty excited about this, so why not just hit the break and check out the full presser.

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Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

Samsung Shows Off Extended Version Of Its Next Big Thing Super Bowl Commercial

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We know that most of you Android fanatics out there were no doubt tickled seeing Sammy’s Super Bowl teaser last week— but viewers of the Big Game were treated to an even better version of the ad. In this extended version of the advertisement, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen each take some time to go back and forth about who should be featured in the ad and why they should be featured, while highlighting a typical Samsung device’s noteworthy feature (i.e. being able to take a photo and scribble on the photo with the Galaxy Note II). Of course when given the opportunity, they are each given the chance to pitch their reasoning to a top Samsung exec on what should be featured in the ad— only to realize that the advertisement should feature the world’s greatest basketball player featured as opposed to something with Rogen and Rudd in the ad.

Of course only reading about the funny ad is only half the story— hit the flip to get a good chuckle from the 2:00 min ad.

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Samsung to release Music Hub service to other devices and countries

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After Samsung acquired mSpot in 2012, they revamped the music locker service and released it as Music Hub on the Galaxy S III. Up to this point, Music Hub has been exclusive to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, but Samsung is reportedly planning to release the application to more devices, as well as to devices outside of the US. Older Samsung devices will get the honors of being first in line, and other non-Samsung devices will receive it afterwards. No word on exactly when this is happening, but with the success Samsung is having, I can’t imagine it’s going to take too much longer.

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Mystery shoppers find Samsung recommended over Apple in U.K.

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A recent mystery shopper survey conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media found Samsung Galaxy devices were the most likely smartphones to be recommended by major British retailers. Leading the pack as the most recommended phone is the Samsung Galaxy S III despite being one of the older phones on the market now. Another popular choice was the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with Apple’s iPhone 5 drawing a few recommendations and other manufacturer’s devices seeing little action. » Read the rest

Jelly Bean update for Australian Galaxy S III now available

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Any Australian Galaxy S III users waiting on Jelly Bean? We might have some good news. Reports are that the unbranded Australian GSIII can now get their hands on the 4.1.2 update via Kies. There’s no official changelog yet, but you’re likely to see that kernel exploit fixed and hopefully a resolution to that weird sudden death issue some users were having. Both of those two things are great reasons to install the update, regardless of the other features.

source: Ausdroid

AT&T Galaxy S III now receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA

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For those of you who own the Galaxy S III on AT&T and absolutely despise Samsung’s Kies desktop software (you have every right to), you’ll be excited to know that the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now officially rolling out to handsets over-the-air. As expected, users can expect all the new features that come with the dot upgrade, including a refreshed TouchWiz, Google Now integration and the incredible smoothness of Project Butter. 

If the update hasn’t already shown up, you’ll need to manually check for the new firmware by heading to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates. You’re going to need to be connected to Wi-Fi to download the file and at least 30% battery life to complete the process. Godspeed. We’ll see you on the other side.

The Impossible Has Been Done: Samsung’s Galaxy S Series Officially Moves Past The 100M Sales Mark

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Well friends it’s finally happened. Samsung’s all-powerful Galaxy S line has officially passed the 100 million mark. The astonishing fact is how little time it took for Samsung to reach that historic figure. From the original Galaxy S’s launch back in May 2010, it has only taken 2 years and 7 months for overall sales to break past the 100 million mark, while the Galaxy S III is selling even faster rate as Samsung has sold 30 million units in only 5 months and 40 million in only 7 months. Considering Samsung is continuing to push the envelope by introducing more speed as well as new and innovative technologies in its devices, it probably won’t take too long for us to see Sammy eventually reach the 200 million mark. Until then— we’ll just sit back and continue to see Sammy just rake in all those profits.

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