You folks remember about a subtle, but very important utility update for the Galaxy S III that was released a few days ago? Well apparently, it does more than just fix the sudden death issue. SamMobile reports that the same update (I9300XXELLA) fixes a well-known security vulnerability found in the Exynos chip. Basically, the vulnerability essentially gave root permissions to any app (again with emphasis— any app), with the result being no control over the permissions from users of the smartphone. Fortunately, it has been identified that the recent update the has actually patched the security vulnerability. Additionally, the update contains new bootloaders which should help to alleviate any sort of possible sudden death issues with the smartphone.
As of now, only owners of the GT-I9300 variant in the UK have received the update, though we’re hopeful that the rest of the GT-I9300 owners out there will get the update sooner than later.
If you’re the owner of a shiny new Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, you’ll be enthralled to know that Christmas isn’t over just yet. Samsung Mobile USA is holding a generous giveaway on its Facebook page, offering up a free bag of goodies for those owners who register their device. Included is an official pink, blue, orange, or guacamole-colored Flip Cover, as well as six individually programmable NFC TecTiles.
Samsung will also throw in a 50 percent off coupon code for your choice of accessory purchased through the company’s official online mobile store. Ole’ Sammy isn’t discriminating either; those who don’t own a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II can still register and receive the same 50 percent off coupon to use online. Be sure to hit the source link below to get in on the action.
Update: The offer appears to be over as of 10:00AM EST.
At this point, nothing surprises us when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy lineup of devices and its variants. This latest rumor comes by way of the Bluetooth SIG database. It looks like we’ll soon see the SGH-T999L Galaxy S III on T-Mobile’s network if the screenshot above holds true. At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to what exactly the “L” stands for or introduces in the model number. Of course the first thing that comes to most of our minds is LTE. Is T-Mobile readying Samsung’s flagship phone with LTE compatibility? We do know that in 2013 they plan on rolling out their LTE service, so what better way to introduce that than with a shiny new Galaxy S III wielding LTE? Hopefully we’ll find out more about the mysterious “L” model soon.
Many of you Verizon Galaxy S III owners are just recently enjoying that awesome Jelly Bean goodness, but there is additional good at hand. Samsung has quietly dropped the latest Jelly Bean source code (version LK3) for Verizon’s popular device– so this brings all of you developers and fiddlers one giant step closer to custom mod glory. Interested parties can find all the juicy deets once they hit the source link below.
source: Samsung Open Source
If you were hoping to pick up a new T-Mobile device for yourself or as a gift for someone, T-Mobile is launching a new “Last Chance” sale starting on Friday, December 21st. Running through the end of the year, T-Mobile is offering buyers the opportunity to get their hands on a new 4G device for $0 down with a qualifying Value plan and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan. Some of the devices available for no down payment include the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Google Nexus 4. If you are willing to spring for a $100 down payment, you can get your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy Note II.
It’s been a slow, arduous process so far– but Samsung is getting out its Premium Suite update to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten, the update not only brings a whole lot of Jelly Bean goodness, but it brings items like Multi-Window capability and of course– included Contextual Actions such as Page Buddy. The update is available from today, so all of you Galaxy S III owners in the UK who haven’t gotten that coveted update notification yet should head on down to your Settings and Software Updates in order to grab the update immediately.
Additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
Samsung has certainly stepped up its advertising budget in the past few years and is ramping things up for the holidays as we’ve already seen. To add to their holiday repertoire, Samsung has redone their humorous, yet slightly suggestive, S-Beam commercial with a cheery Christmas theme. Instead of being sent off by wife and children, Santa Claus S-Beams some videos from his hard-working elves and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus has the traditional Galaxy S III, but Santa is rocking the brand new Galaxy Note II. Of course, the video he gets from Mrs. Claus comes with a dirty look and the warning “Don’t watch it on the sleigh.” Thanks for tainting my childhood memories of Christmas, Samsung. Hit the break below for the video.
With US’s other 4 major carriers already delivering the Jelly Bean update to their Samsung Galaxy S III, US Cellular is next up in line and plans on releasing the update this Friday the 21st. As you and I already know, Jelly Bean brings forth some great speed enhancements and the much popular Google Now feature to your S III. As for TouchWiz, you can expect several new features, mainly in the camera app department as it brings forth several new features and enhancements in the TouchWiz camera software.
The update will be provided via an OTA, but it seems like a manual update via Samsung Kies can also be achieved if you wish to go that route. Hit up the source link for more information!
source: US Cellular
Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.