A couple weeks ago you may recall Best Buy held a special sale on the Samsung Galaxy S III. If you missed that one day event, here is your chance to grab one again, this time on Friday, October 26th. If it is like the last sale, the $100 discount can be used on new line activations or on eligible upgrades. You will be limited to Verizon, AT&T or Sprint for your carrier choice. According to sources, the 16GB model is part of the promotion. If you were looking for a deal on a Galaxy S III, this is a great opportunity.
source: Droid Life
We’ve all got to love these Samsung videos touting the great features of their Galaxy S III, right? They’re at it again with 3 all-new videos showcasing their beautiful 4.8″ SAMOLED screen and of course, the beautiful features of S-Beam.
First off we have a video showcasing S-Beam where the girls playlist is instantly transferred to the guys (and saves the date at the same time). Second we have a video clearly showing the advantages of Samsung’s innovative 4.8″ SAMOLED screen that clearly outshines the other guys device (looks like an iPhone). And last but not least, we have another video showcasing S-Beam that shows how quickly and effortlessly one can transfer videos to another S III, but in this case Samsung went a little beyond PG-13 and implied a sex tape being transferred. Well, can’t hurt to show its possibilities, right?
Enjoy the videos after the break! And comment below on what you think about them.
It seems like the majority of leaks we’re receiving lately have mostly come to fruition. Jelly Bean on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III is no different. Yesterday we learned that the Galaxy S III on Sprint’s network could begin receiving Jelly Bean today. Today we can confirm that Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to bring Android 4.1.1 goodness to Galaxy S III owners. As a refresher, here are the benefits that 4.1.1 will bring to your device:
- Google Now
- Expandable notifications
- Android Beam
- Smarter widgets
- Camera enhancements
- Blocking Mode
- AllShare Cast Wireless Hub compatibility
- NFC One-Touch Pairing Support
Those enhancements and additions will be coupled with TouchWiz enhancements as well to provide a better experience for Galaxy S III users. The update will be of the over-the-air nature, so patience will be key here. Have you received your update yet? If so let us know how Jelly Bean performs on your Galaxy S III.
We fully expect the Nexus 10 tablet, codenamed “Manta”, to be announced this Monday at the Google Playground Event. Now a Korean site called Seeko posted images of the Quick Start Guide. There isn’t a lot of information, but it does give us an idea of the design, which resembles the Galaxy Note 10.1. You will also notice a rear camera, something the Nexus 7 lacks. The other interesting thing is the appearance of a micro HDMI port, something you don’t find on Samsung products. Of course this is considered a Google product and I like the addition. As far as the display goes, this guide doesn’t give us any proof that it will sport the rumored 2560 x 1600 resolution, but we are still expecting that too be true. We have heard about this display for a few months so I will be surprised if it doesn’t sport it. One more image after the break.
Among the myriad of patent cases between Samsung and Apple, one has reached a critical decision. In 2011 Apple brought a case up against Samsung to the International Trade Commission for seven patent violations. Today ITC Judge Thomas Pender made the decision that Samsung violated four of those patents. The patents that Samsung were found to have violated include one for scrolling up and down, a variety of UI interactions, and displaying a semi-transparent image over another image. As for the other three patents, Apple dropped one and the other two were dismissed by the judge. The final decision will be made by a panel of ITC Judges in February on whether or not Judge Pender made the right decision.
On the bright side, Samsung was cleared of violating an Apple mutli-touch patent in a Dutch court so they continue to have friends in the Netherlands. So with a victory going to both corners today this very long and drawn out boxing match between Apple and Samung may be headed to an end, but only time will tell.
In anticipation of the massive pandemonium for the release of what should be the hottest-selling phone for the holidays, Verizon has announced its pre-order page is now live for customers interested in purchasing the smartphone, but want to avoid the line. The carrier has listed its latest phablet for a price of $299.99, so the pricing seems to fall in line with other wireless carriers in the US— though Verizon has curiously decided to release its smartphone on November 27th as opposed to you know… earlier in November like certain magenta-colored or blue-white carriers.
Still, if you’re a Verizon customer and don’t mind the
long wait (or the unusual home button), head on down to the source link for more details and to pre-order the device.
source: Verizon Wireless
In a legal document filed earlier in the week, Apple says that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Samsung on whether they misused some of its mobile-device patents that violate antitrust law. This stems from Apple accusing Samsung of using some of their patents improperly to block the sale of competitor’s products. I don’t claim to be a big patent expert, but I think this probably deals with FRAND, which means “Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory”. Certain patents fall into this category and it means that owners of these patents must give a reasonable licencing deal. They usually deal with patents that are standard.
It looks like the investigation has been going on for several months and the European Commission announced they were doing a similar investigation in January. I also suspect that Samsung’s LTE patents will fall into this category.
We have some good news for those of you who own the unlocked Galaxy S III. According to the ultra-reliable SamMobile, Samsung has plans to update its unlocked Galaxy S III smartphone to version 4.1.2 which not only brings the device to the latest Jelly Bean build (I9300XXE = 4.1.2), but also introduces Multi-Window on the device. That’s right kids— Galaxy S III owners won’t have to envy their Galaxy Note II brethren anymore and will be able to enjoy the same innovative features in what should be a matter of months at this point (the update and feature is reportedly due to arrive in December).
Naturally, owners of the carrier-branded models will need to wait a little longer for that same feature. But hey— here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
Verizon unveiled the final version of its Galaxy Note II today, and while it does look significantly like it’s fellow US brethren, you may haven noticed one minor change. Yes, that’s the home button with Verizon’s logo. Remember when we originally saw a leaked photo of the Galaxy Note II, revealing what we had believed to be a carrier-branded home button? Well, unfortunately it looks just as bad now as it did then.
The reason behind the move makes little sense considering no other carriers have received this type of special treatment from Samsung. It’s very possible that large sums of money exchanged hands for this deal to happen. Regardless, let’s just hope it’s easy to remove.
US Cellular has announced availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, alerting customers that the device would make its debut this Friday, October 26th. Customers can continue to pre-order through Thursday, and orders will begin shipping as early as tomorrow. This lines up nicely with Sprint’s launch which kicks off in just a few short hours. Pricing is slated at $299 with a new two-year commitment, mirroring the cost of both the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models.
In terms of hardware, the US Cellular variant of the Galaxy Note II remains identical to its cross-network counterparts. This ultimately means you get the same 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1,280 x 720 pixels), 8-megapixel rear camera and 3,100mAh battery all running atop Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Source: US Cellular