Verizon Encrypts the Galaxy S III Bootloader, Developers Currently looking for a Workaround

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Just when you thought Verizon couldn’t piss you off any more, they appear to have gone off and done it again. According to a few lucky developer-types who received their GSIII pre-order early, Verizon’s version of the phone has a protected bootloader. Yeah, that’s right. Verizon has the only U.S. Galaxy S III, nay, the only Samsung phone that isn’t unlockable – the bootloader has been signed and encrypted at Verizon’s request.

Now before you go and cancel your pre-order because you were hoping to hack your way to a better experience, keep in mind that you still have a two week return period before you are stuck with the device. I say this because we aren’t at a complete loss just yet. Keep in mind that only a select few of the many thousands have received their pre-ordered GSIII and hopefully someone will find a loophole in the near future. One interesting thing I should mention is that one dude from XDA got his new GSIII and supposedly it had already been re-flashed. We are just waiting to see if a system dump can be obtained from that unit, and who knows, maybe that will hold the key to our hackable future. Either way I have faith still. We’ve seen our beloved developers overcome some pretty sticky situations in the past. Lets just hope this one isn’t too much of a pain in the ass.

source: XDA

 

 

Samsung granted temporary stay of ban on the Galaxy Nexus

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Last week we reported that Apple had won an injunction against Samsung effectively blocking sales of the Galaxy Nexus. It’s clear that this action has frustrated and angered many people in the Android community. However, it seems as if Samsung’s protests have paid off as the U.S. Court of Appeals has now granted a temporary stay of ban until July 12, awaiting a response from Apple on the matter.

It’s safe to say that Google’s not out of the woods yet on this one, so stay tuned for more updates on Samsung and Apple‘s latest tango.

source: bloomberg

Samsung Galaxy Beam now available in the UK through Expansys

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For all of you in the UK who were interested in Samsung‘s  lumen projector smarphone combo, the Galaxy Beam is now in stock on Expansys website for £394.99. Just to recap, the G Beam will boast a 15 lumens pico projector, practically allowing users to walk around with a 50-inch screen TV in their pocket, or so Samsung says. The smartphone side will bring a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP rear-facing camera and 1 GB of RAM.

The concept is pretty cool, I have to admit, however it will be difficult for many to see this device as anything else past a social gimmick. The specs are good, but not as great as Samsung’s latest release, the GSIII, which will make adoption of the G Beam quite challenging. Who here is thinking about biting the bullet and snagging up one of these? If so, what real world applications do you have in mind for such a device?

source: expansys

If you pre-ordered your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III before June 28th, make sure Verizon didn’t change your unlimited data plan

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Remember when Verizon announced their new Data Share Plan? We previously reported that with Verizon’s new Data Share Plan, they were terminating their $30/month unlimited data plan option for customers. This new data plan that Verizon was heading towards became official on June 28th, thus it was crucial for certain customers to upgrade to a new phone before that date so that they will be able to keep their unlimited data plan and essentially become “grandfathered in.” For the Samsung Galaxy S III, if you pre-ordered it before the 28th of June, you were guaranteed to keep your existing unlimited data plan and not be switched into the new Data Shared Plan.

The problem is, once you attempt to activate your phone, Verizon’s system may not take that into account and could possibly switch your unlimited plan into their 2GB data capped plan. According to a user on Reddit by the name of kthxbaaai, that’s exactly what happened to him:

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Samsung profits sore thanks to smartphone sales

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Things continue to look pretty good for Samsung. They haven’t officially reported their 2nd quarter results yet, but they are estimating that profits will hit 6.7 trillion Won ($5.9 billion), which is a 79% increase over a year ago. As far as sales goes, they’re estimating it to be 47 trillion Won ($41.4 billion), which is actually below analysts expectations of 50 trillion Won.

Samsung probably sold 50 million smartphones for the quarter, but analyst estimates were expecting 53.4 million units. The drop isn’t the lack of success of the Galaxy S III. It’s because there were lower-than-expected sales of the lower end phones in emerging markets and competition from Huawei and ZTE. As far as the Galaxy S III goes, they probably moved 7 million units in the quarter, which is good, but they actually could have moved more if it weren’t for a shortage of components. This shortage is only temporary and they expect to move 19 million units during the current quarter.

Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Rolling Out Substantial Update to the Unbranded Galaxy S III, Brings New Features and Improvements

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Shortly after the international Galaxy S III was launched the device received an OTA update that many claim helped speed up the UI. In an effort to improve things even more, Samsung has just pushed out yet another update and is reported to bring dramatic change to the overall user experience and even brings new features. Folks fortunate enough to receive the update are reporting that the device now has a slider control for brightness adjustment, further audio adjustments, new toggles added to the power menu, improvements to AccuWeather, new kernel and radio firmware, and more. Unfortunately, this update is currently limited to the unbranded international version of the GSIII so those of you in the U.S. will have to wait for the sometimes lengthy carrier testing period to end before you can experience the goods.

For the folks in other parts of the world, I would start looking for the I9300XXLFB update, and should be 72MB in size. Go ahead and go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update, and let us know if you see anything. You can also use the Samsung Kies desktop application to pull the update right now. Since we are unable to check out the update here in the states, let us know if you spot anything we haven’t mentioned. Thanks!

source: Phandroid

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to be unveiled at IFA 2012

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Last year Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note at the IFA Conference in Berlin, and in the “no shocker” rumor of the day, Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note 2 during this year’s conference. We’re hearing it will have a 5.5-inch display (5.3 for the original), but the device itself probably won’t be any bigger than the original as they will make it up with less bezel. I also think it’s safe to assume it will sport an Exynos quad-core processor and will probably resemble the “made for humans” design of the Galaxy S III. The conference will take place at the end of August so there’s plenty of time for you guys to send us some fake renders!! Of course the image above from GSM Arena might just hit the mark.

source: MK

Samsung Galaxy S III with 2GB RAM, Quad-core CPU, and LTE Hitting Korea on July 9

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We previously wrote that Samsung was creating a “special” Galaxy S III for their home country of Korea. Looks like those reports were true as Samsung is giving their home territory a “suped-up” version of their Galaxy S III which will release on July 9th. This Galaxy S III will contain a quad-core Exynos 4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity. The Korean Galaxy S III will launch on SK Telecom, Korea Telecom and LG U+ carriers, with different radios to accompany each network. The trade-off for this extra connectivity and power is that it will be a little bulkier, weighing in at 4.88 oz compared to 4.7 for the international model, and measuring 9mm thick versus 8.6mm elsewhere.

Given the specific hardware and radios needed for the Korean market, don’t expect to be able to use it on any American or European network if you plan on importing one. What do you guys think about Samsung essentially “saving the best for last” and only releasing it in Korea?

source: Android Central

Google to release software update next week to work around Galaxy Nexus ban

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As previously reported, Google and Samsung are preparing a solution to work around the recent ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. The halt on sales of the device is a result of a preliminary injunction granted as part of a lawsuit filed by Apple against Samsung. Apple alleges Samsung has violated a patent for a “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system.”

According to reports, Google has prepared an OTA update to roll out to current Nexus owners. Google indicates they plan to resume sales of the Nexus smartphones next week loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. According to spokespersons, the Jelly Bean implementation will include the workaround so the devices will not be in violation of the preliminary injunction.

We will continue to monitor the situation for reports of users receiving the OTA update and the restoration of the Galaxy Nexus to the Play Store. Hopefully the wait will be a short one.

source: ABC News

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Chat QWERTY Smartphone

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Samsung has just unveiled an attractive new QWERTY smartphone called the Galaxy Chat. This attractive Blackberry Curve-style device is expected to feature some nice options including Ice Cream Sandwich and:

 

  • 4GB of internal storage with MicroSD card slot for expansion
  • 2MP Camera
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ( b/g/n ), Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 2.0

 

Naturally the device will feature additional Sammy-exclusive goodies like AllShare Play and of course, the ChatON instant messaging service. The Galaxy Chat will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to the rest of Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point— so you can expect the device to be easily wallet-friendly for prospective buyers.

source: Samsung Tomorrow