AT&T Pulls Galaxy S II ICS Update for Further Testing, Will be Available Again ‘Very Soon’

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Earlier, we reported that the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II update is now available via Samsung Kies…. then all of the sudden it wasn’t. Apparently AT&T pulled the update shortly after it was released and has issued a statement regarding their reasoning:

We plan for the upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for Galaxy S II customers to be live very soon.  Like with every OS update, we test it on our servers before we roll it out to customers.  We’re in the process of doing that with Android 4.0 (ICS) for Galaxy S II customers and hope to make that live soon.  We recommend customers wait to attempt the update.

This extra testing phase that AT&T is taking for the update shouldn’t last too long and I wouldn’t be surprised if the update is live again in just a couple of days.

source: Android Central

Easy Phone Sync, Samsung’s Way to Bring iOS Data and iTunes Music to Galaxy Devices

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Samsung has announced that it has partnered up with Mushroom Media to bring the Easy Phone Sync app to their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. The name itself is pretty straight forward in what it offers for the user. Easy Phone Sync allows you to easily transfer content via a USB cable straight to your phone or tablet. The main focus of Samsung doing this is to give their Galaxy users an easy bridge to transfer their iOS data such as contacts and texts and most importantly music from their iTunes library straight to their Galaxy device with relative ease and quickness. This app is available for free at the moment through the Google Play store.

While the app isn’t as polished as most Apple apps, it does its job very well and is something that Samsung hopes will help persuade current iOS owners to switch to their Galaxy device lineup. As a previous iPod owner, the one thing I always found difficult was that my music was basically locked into iOS. I had to find some 3rd party software to rip the music out of  iTunes and in turn use them for any other Android device. With this app it makes that process much easier and painless. One problem that I do have with this app is that it has a persistent notification when you have the app installed and stays in the notification bar which could be bothersome for many people. Once you’ve used it for your needs, I’ve found that un-installing the app is the easiest way to get rid of that annoying notification. Hopefully Samsung makes an update so that we won’t need to do that, but only time will tell. Give the app and shot and let us know what you think!

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Samsung gets slapped with another patent infringement case and this time it’s not Apple

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Samsung has been involved with numerous patent cases over the last year or so and of course the majority of them involve our favorite Cupertino company, Apple. We just got word of another case involving gesture recognition, but its not Apple. The company is called Flatworld Interactives, LLC and they specialize in commercialization of touchscreen technology.

Flatworld was founded by Dr. Salvko Milekic, a Professor of Cognitive Science & Digital Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Well he developed gesture recognition touch screens for children, which of course made it easier for them to interact with a computer. Flatworld alleges that Samsung’s Android smartphones, tablets, and their Galaxy Players infringe on U.S. Patent No. RE 43,318, which is titled, User Interface for Removing an Object From a Display.

Interestingly enough Apple is also a victim of Flatworld. A few months ago Flatworld hit them with this same infringement for all Apple touch devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Macs using a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. Hit the break because things get even more interesting.

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Foxconn CEO Claims iPhone 5 “Will Put Samsung Galaxy S III to Shame”

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Saying one product is better than the other is one thing, it’s a completely different issue when you’re just being plain out unprofessional and even borderline racial. Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou just couldn’t help himself to stir up some controversy by highly urging customers to hold off on purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S III and wait for the eventual arrival of the iPhone 5 later this Fall. He even went as far as saying that the “iPhone 5 would put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame.” If you think that’s bad, Gou gets even more personal by also reportedly called Samsung “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors” this was a reference to a European price-fixing investigation of the flat panel industry in 2010. He also went on to praise the Japanese: “I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles. Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.” This isn’t much of a surprise as Foxconn reportedly does have an alliance with Japan’s Sharp Electronics Co. What really hit hard and probably made people lose respect for Gou, is that he also reportedly called Korean’s “gaoli bangzi” which can be translated to “Korean country hicks” or “Korean sticks.”

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Some AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders delayed until June 25th

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It looks like nothing but delays across the board for the Samsung Galaxy S III. We already reported issues from both T-Mobile and Sprint. Now AT&T is saying that some of the buyers that pre-ordered and are expecting to get their phone today will have to wait until Monday, June 25th. If you happen to be one of those lucky few, you will get an email and an SMS text letting you know. Hit the break for the full statement.

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Highlights from the Samsung Galaxy S III Launch Event [Video]

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If you remember, during a live stream from the Vodafone launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, it was mentioned that there was going to be a stop in New York City on June 20 during the Galaxy S III tour. That came through as Samsung went all out hosting a party to celebrate the U.S. launch of the most popular Android phone ever.

Actually they ran four parties total, three parties during the day for different media guests, and one at night for five hundred Samsung fans. They had guests like former NBA legend Walt Frazier, actress Ashley Greene, and NBA stars Steve Nash, Kevin Love and Stephen Curry. Basically they set up stations demoing many of the cool aspects of the Galaxy S III such as S Beam, Pop Up Video, TecTiles, AllShare Play, Share Shot, and Group Cast.

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T-Mobile pricing for Samsung Galaxy S III confirmed

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As was rumored yesterday, T-Mobile customers planning to pick up a new Samsung Galaxy S III will pay a pretty penny to do so.

Sources emerged indicating pricing would start at $230 up front for a 16 GB version and only go up from there.  According to T-Mobile, the leaked pricing information was correct:

Starting tomorrow, T-Mobile will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III in 16GB or 32GB memory options paired with T-Mobile’s Value or Classic service plans.

Available with a qualifying Value voice and data plan with a two year service agreement, the  Galaxy S III will cost an out-of-pocket down payment of $229.99 (16GB) or $279.99 (32GB) with 20 equal monthly payments of $20 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP).

Also offered with a qualifying Classic voice and data plan, the Galaxy S III will cost $279.99 (16GB) after a $50 mail-in-rebate card or $329.99 (32GB) after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement.

If you are planning to pick up the new Samsung Galaxy S III today or in the near future from T-Mobile, be ready to lose a little weight in your wallet.

source: androidcentral

 

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Receives Coveted Ice Cream Sandwich Update Through Kies

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AT&T & Samsung has finally made good on its promise on updating the Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.0. Reports are coming in from various outlets that the update is now available and ready for all owners. While it would be nice to have the update pushed over the air, Galaxy S II owners will have to use Samsung’s desktop companion Kies in order to grab the ICS update.

We know owners are ready to give the Galaxy S II a new lease on life, so be sure to head on to the source link to find the update software as well as complete instructions on how to update your device.

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Samsung Galaxy S III not expected to make Sprint stores today, Pre-orders for 16GB version should be fulfilled though

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Today is supposed to mark the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S III with Sprint, but due to overwhelming demand there isn’t enough inventory for it to be available in stores just yet. The good news is those of you that took the time to pre-order the 16GB version should be all set as you should receive them today. As to those of you that pre-ordered the 32GB version, that should begin next week, but they aren’t sure the exact day.

If you’re not convinced this is the most popular Android phone in history, there’s something wrong with you. It’s great to see this kind of excitement.

source: engadget