Samsung UK took to its Twitter account over the weekend to confirm rumors that it has no intention of rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S3’s and Note 2’s in the region. The handsets will, instead, remain on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Samsung has put a lot of effort into its apps of late, but a recent study shows that its efforts are mostly for nothing. The company clearly still has a long way to go.
According to the study, users spend a very little amount of time on Samsung’s apps. These apps include services like ChatON, which is Samsung’s answer to WhatsApp. In fact, the report shows that users of the Galaxy S3 and S4 spent an average of 6 seconds per month on ChatON, which is compared to over 11 hours on Facebook per month and 2 hours per month on Instagram.
It seems like it will never end. Patent wars between Samsung and Apple are set to continue, with the second trial between the two companies beginning tomorrow. The end of the first trial saw Apple winning $928.8 million from Samsung, which is $450 million less than the original amount. Both companies are appealing that decision.
This next trial will likely have more on the line because the devices involved will also include newer models. According to Apple, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2 also violate five patents each. These patents include “slide-to-unlock” and universal search.
Right on the heels of the HTC One receiving Android 4.3, Samsung is preparing to push the latest version of Android to their own devices. This morning SamMobile tweeted (below) that testing has begun on last year’s Galaxy Note II. According to the Samsung-only site, the Korean company is concluding testing on other devices. They speculate that Android 4.3 will head to the Galaxy S 4 in October and the Galaxy S III near the end of October or early November. And since Samsung has just started testing on the Galaxy Note II, it isn’t expected to be lifted to Android 4.3 until the end of November or December.
Verizon’s Galaxy S3 was a bit behind on features and updates, but according to a newly released support document, that’s about to change. The Verizon variant is slated to receive an update to build number VRBMD3. It’s a Jelly Bean update that (finally) includes multi-window functionality. Of course, it’s not only a multi-window update, as you’ll see other features such as S Beam’s Auto Share Shot, improved hotspot reliability, carrier billing in Google Play, the Best Shot mode in the camera, and a long list of other fixes and enhancements.
The update isn’t live yet, but since the support documents are up, it shouldn’t take too much longer. Hit the link below to check out the full changelog.
Verizon has started rolling out an update for Galaxy S III owners with a new build number (VRBMB1). The update will bring users to Android 4.1.2 and features improvements for the keyboard’s predictive text function, allows pictures to be taken during calls simultaneously, better sync of emails and enhances Bluetooth connectivity. The size of the update is around 150.3 MB in size and is expected to be on most devices within a week. Let us know what you think of the improvements brought with the latest update in the comments section below.
Source: Verizon Wireless
We have good news for those of you who subscribe to MetroPCS because the Samsung Galaxy S III is slated to arrive on the nation’s fifth largest carrier sometime this fall. This version of the Galaxy S III leaves nothing to be desired and will be equally as powerful as the multiple variants available today. The only difference being the “MetroPCS” logo on the back of the device. One last key point I should mention is the device will have a few MetroPCS apps loaded onto it, but nothing too intrusive. In terms of pricing, the carrier has not released any information but we believe it will be somewhere around $549
So how many of you are on MetroPCS? If you are, will you jump in and pay the full price to get your hands on it? Let us know!
Just as the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich brought along new features to its users, including The “Premium Suite” of applications (for the Galaxy Note), the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update brings new TouchWiz applications and features. As we reported previously, the Jelly Bean update (not the final) already leaked, and the folks over at AndroidCentral put a list together of all the enhancements. Hit the break for the complete rundown.
I don’t know about you, but every time someone performs a drop test on a phone I cringe. The thought of taking a $600 device and trashing it intentionally is mind boggling, even though it’s for science! Now this technically isn’t a drop test, but it definitely puts the Samsung Galaxy S III through its paces. In the following video, YouTube user “aperfectgalaxy” goes bananas with a brand new iPhone 4S and pits it against a brand new Galaxy S III with Corning Gorilla glass to test the strength of both their screens. Can you guess the outcome? Hit the break to find out! Read more
The good news is that a customer choosing between the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III really can’t lose, both are fantastic phones in their own right. Much has been said about the design of the Galaxy S III, but the design seems to be growing on people as all indications show strong demand both in the US and abroad. HTC, despite showing decent numbers and demand for the One X has had a rough 1st quarter, and is certainly keen to turn things around. Click on through to the source for a few more photos.