How to disassemble and reassemble the Samsung Galaxy S III

by Robert Nazarian on
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I can’t imagine there will be too many of you that will need to do this, but if you find yourself in need to do a repair to your Samsung Galaxy S III or you just like to tinker with $700 hardware, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a video that will show you how to completely dissemble and reassemble the most coveted Android phone. It’s actually a pretty detailed video so you might actually enjoy just watching it. Set aside 20 minutes, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S II Update Rolling Out Tonight, ICS is Finally Here

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T-Mobile is finally ready to rollout the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy S II.  After being teased before,  we know for sure the rollout will begin tonight at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.  The update will bring you up to ICS version 4.0.3, which is as near as you can get to the most current version without actually having it.  Along with all the goodies that come with ICS, T-Mobile notes improvements to WiFi calling and voicemail enhancements.  Also included is the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), which allows the Federal Government to alert you to everything from dangerous weather to the zombie apocalypse.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with Verizon LTE Visits the FCC

by Macky Evangelista on
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has recently passed through the FCC sporting radios capable of utilizing Verizon’s LTE network. Nothing really new to be gained from this filing and you can expect the device to be similar to the one we recently reviewed. Except of course for the addition of LTE radios.  The slate will run Ice Cream Sandwich and should play nicely with consumers who want a smaller sized tablet. Needless to say, Verizon customers should be expecting this to hit store shelves sometime in the near future.

source: FCC

Samsung Galaxy Beam set to launch in the UK next month

by Tony Rosario on
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Remember the Samsung Galaxy Beam? With all the excitement of the HTC One series and the GS III, this media projector/smartphone hybrid is practically a distant memory these days. Well Carphone Warehouse has just posted that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Beam in the UK with availability starting in July of this year.

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. Over all, the phone sounds like a GS II with a projector implanted at the top. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the GS II is still one of the most powerful smartphones around. So who is thinking about picking up one of these bad boys come July?

source: carphonewarehouse

Holding the Galaxy S III in a certain way could weaken signal

by Tony Rosario on
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We’re all excited about the Galaxy S III, but some of us may have to contain our emotions and be mindful not to grip the phone too tightly at the bottom. The folks at Don’t Hold It Wrong have just added the GS III to their list of diagrams and state that gripping the GS III at the very base of the phone may result in loss of signal which could directly affect call quality and GPS functions. They also include that doing this could “cause the device to emit unintended levels of radio frequency energy“.

I’m not a scientist, but that sure doesn’t sound too good when they put it like that. I imagine that this is the case with any smartphone these days, e.g. the iPhone 4, so it’s good that we at least are being informed of how the phone is designed and what to be aware of in regards to improving its performance. Hit the source link below for more details.

source: don’tholditwrong

Samsung Galaxy S III accessory videos

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Many of us are itching to get our hands on Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The phone has so many cool features built-in, it’s easy to forget that Sammy is also putting out some nifty accessories to accompany their new flagship device. I’m most excited about the WiFi Display Hub enabling you to wirelessly connect your GSIII to your HD TV for some big screen video streaming and gaming action.

The videos below are a bit disappointing as the GSIII is nowhere to be seen, so the presenters just make assumptions about the function of each accessory. At least we get to see the actual size of each item, so here’s to hoping that we’ll get to actually see them in action soon. Hit the break to see some GSIII accessory monologues.

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Samsung Announces The GT-B9120 Flip Phone For China

by Roy Alugbue on
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Flip phones may be so 2003, but Samsung is aiming to bring back the cool in flip phones by announcing the GT-B9120 for Chinese markets. This smartphone is labeled a device with dual displays placed both outside and inside the device. Both displays will come with a 3.5-inch screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. Moreover, the  Gingerbread-powered smartphone will not slouch with its internals too. It will have a dual-core MSM8260 Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, HSPA+ and a 5MP camera plus a 1.3MP front-facing camera.

While the device will certainly be found in China at some point this year, it’s unknown if it will land in stores here in the States— though we probably wouldn’t hold our breath on seeing it out here anytime soon.

source: Ubergizmo

Korea to Receive New Version of the Samsung Galaxy S III

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As you know, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy 3 III internationally with model number GT-I9300 and a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip with 1GB RAM. The U.S. variants get an upgraded 2GB of RAM, but the processor gets swapped out for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 because of LTE and AWS compatibility.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine the two phones? Korea is expected to get a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S III in July that does just that. It packs the same Exynos quad-processor and 2GB of RAM. Other than being a little thicker (9.0mm as opposed to 8.6mm), the rest of the specs will be the same. Looks like they just one-upped the LG Optimus LTE 2.

source: Phone Arena

Intel Thinks Android is Not Ready for Multi-core Processors

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Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, has caused quite a stir with its recent comments that Android SOC (System-on-chip) vendors like Samsung, Nvidia and Qualcomm haven’t done enough to optimize Android for multi-core processors.  According to Intel tests have shown that in some cases, using the second core on a dual-core chip from another manufacturer (they wouldn’t say which one) actually results in decreased performance versus using a single core.  They say the benefits of the second core aren’t being realized because the processor scheduler, which sends “jobs” to a specific processor to complete, hasn’t been optimized to work with the Android OS.  Intel blames the SOC manufacturers and not Google for this, as it’s their prerogative to make sure their chips operate the way they are intended.

Now, let’s step back and take a look at all this.  It’s no coincidence that Intel is about to start pushing its single-core ”Medfield” chips onto the Android market in the coming months.  It goes without saying that Intel needs to make a case for single-core processors in a world of dual-core and quad-core devices.  If Intel can show that similar (or better) performance can be achieved by a single core, I don’t think anyone is going to complain.  If Intel’s claims about more optimization being needed are true (which they may be, at least partly), hopefully having the 800-pound gorilla of the processor world calling out other manufacturers will see some real action on their parts to improve performance.  Either way some competition in the processor space, whether it’s in the hardware design or the software that runs on it, is good for the Android ecosystem.

source:  The Inquirer
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Samsung Galaxy S III Uses Special MHL/HDMI Adapter

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Many new devices are using Mobile High-Definition Link ports (MHL) to output video to a compatible HDMI port on a TV or monitor. MHL is an industry standard that adds video output through the existing microUSB port. Unfortunately for owners of a Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung has changed the configuration of their MHL port slightly and it now requires a special MHL adapter cable rather than the standard MHL cables that are commonly available.

Apparently, Samsung changed some pinouts in their MHL configuration, possibly for supporting future accessories or for some other currently unknown improvement. At least we’re hoping that’s the reason rather than Sammy trying to make more money by selling special adapters (which would be a very Apple-esque move).

In any case, if you plan on getting an S III and want the ability to output video, you’ll need to plunk down an extra $30 for their custom adapter.

Check out videos of the S III and its MHL adapter after the break.

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