Followers of our site are probably familiar with Samsung and Jay-Z’s mysterious $20 million partnership. Those who tuned into Game Five of the NBA Finals last night were treated to more details, and for fans of the undisputed king of mainstream hip-hop, the news was exciting. According to a dedicated website, Jay-Z is giving his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, to one million Galaxy phone owners (specifically the SIII, S 4, and Note II) via a special app available from the Google Play Store.
Not long after a Jelly Bean build leaked for the international Samsung Galaxy SIII, a build has surfaced for the T-Mobile version, compliments of XDA-Forums member LuffarJoh. To flash this ROM you need to do the following:
- Download and Install the stock firmware (from Samsung)
- Download the OTA update and apply it (from Samsung)
- Download the .zip (XDA forum)
The actual OTA update is rumored to start rolling out later this month, but if you’re feeling brave head over to XDA and follow the instructions. But it’s always wise to take a backup before proceeding. Happy flashing!
The bad news as you can see above is that there seems to be a bug in the battery stats on the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn’t what you want to see from your brand new flagship phone.
The good news is twofold: (1) the bug is a reporting bug, not an actual battery usage bug, and (2) there’s a fix available already, albeit not from Samsung but from some crafty developers over at XDA.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is already one of the most capable phones out there, and now we’re hearing even more about its capability to use external accessories via the microUSB port. XDA user NZtechfeak has done some testing and discovered that the latest and greatest from Samsung will play USBHost to XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii controllers, as well as portable hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more. You’ll need a USB-To-Go adapter to make it all work, but after that the integration is seamless. See the video after the break showing the possibilities…
Samsung is just full of announcements today, having just stated the delay of the pebble blue GSIII. Now Sammy has some good news with the official announcement of their “Music Hub” that will initially be available exclusively for the GSIII. Music lovers will be able to have access to over 19 million songs for purchase along with free 30 second previews of each song and a web-based interface for listening and purchasing at musichub.com. It sounds very similar to what is currently offered by competitors now so we will have to see if Sammy will be adding any distinct flavors to separate themselves from the pack. Check out the full presser below for more details.
Yesterday we reported that UK carriers were expecting shipping delays on the pebble blue version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Now Sammy has decided to come forward and officially make a statement on the matter.
“Samsung’s GALAXY S III Pebble Blue version comes with a newly invented blue colour and special hyperglaze material. In order to meet the highest internal quality standards and to provide the best quality GALAXY S III to customers, a short supply of Pebble Blue version is expected in some regions in the next 2-3 weeks. Samsung is working hard to ensure that customers will get the Pebble Blue coloured devices as soon as possible.”
Rumors of poor quality back housing might just be the cause of this delay but we can only assume Samsung will do their best to fix the issues. I would definitely rock the pebble blue so hopefully we will begin to see more of them in the near future.
Earlier today we had reported that a supposed Verizon Galaxy S III model was spotted on the Bluetooth SIG website. Now a possible Sprint variant has also appeared under the model number SPH-L710, which closely resembles the model number to Sprint’s Galaxy S II, SPH-D710. I think all of us Sprint customers already assumed that we would be getting a GSIII this summer, but it’s nice to start getting some confirmation. With the Evo 4G LTE delays, is anyone considering waiting out for the GSIII?
It appears that the hottest, most highly anticipated smartphone ever has just been spotted having a rendez-vous with officials at the FCC. From the paperwork, it seems to be the same version of the Galaxy S III that was announced in London, ready to rock some HSPA+. There is also a mention of a 2,100 mAh battery that is expected to give users up to 10 hours of moderate use. Not much else is revealed at this time, but there’s a good chance that this version may be headed to T-Mobile or possibly AT&T. Sammy has already announced that we will be seeing the U.S. versions of the GSIII this summer so we shall discover the details soon enough.
If you’re itching to be the first on your block with a shiny new Galaxy S III, then look no further than Expansys import web shop. Of course this GSIII will only be able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T here in the U.S. but you can now pre-order one for a sizable wad of cash to the amount of $694.99 plus shipping. If you ask me, that’s a lot of laundry money to shell out just to be one of the first to show off Sammy’s latest and greatest Android smartphone, especially because we know that Samsung intends to release the phone in the U.S. later this summer. So is anyone thinking about pulling the trigger on this one? Does being the early bird in technology trump the lack of certain features like LTE? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Now that Samsung has released their latest flagship, the Galaxy SIII, everyone wants to know how the specs compare to some other heavy hitters. The folks at Droid Life have put together a handy comparison chart between the Galaxy SIII, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, and HTC One X. Click the image above to see the details.