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2 years ago

Galaxy S III teased on Samsung Denmark Facebook page

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By now we've heard plenty of rumored details, though nothing confirmed, about what Samsung's going to be showing off on May 3 in London. And today the plot thickens somewhat with the unveiling of a new teaser image on an official Facebook page. The manufacturer's uploaded the image you see above to its Danish Facebook gallery, showing the date and time (in Denmark) of the Galaxy S III new Galaxy launch event.

Over on the right is the unmistakable outline of a curved smartphone, similar to the Galaxy Nexus. The profile of the device is different to what we've seen in recent leaked images, suggesting those units may indeed have been Galaxy S III hardware in generic dummy cases, as has been reported. No clues as to what, if anything, that plus sign is all about. But if you have any wild theories, be sure to shout out in the comments.

It's coming, folks. And we've no doubt the next couple of weeks will be packed with more rumors and speculation (and maybe a fresh leak or two), as we await Samsung's next big thing. Keep watching AC for all the latest.

Source: Samsung Denmark Facebook

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2 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus gets a minor update to build IMM76I, still on Android 4.0.4

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Some owners of the GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus are finding out that they have a new update waiting for them this morning, albeit a minor one. The latest update for Google's flagship phone leaves the device on Android 4.0.4, but ups the build number to IMM76I, from the older IMM76D. As for what's actually new, some GNex owners are reporting that this fixes the intermittent signal loss issue that'd been affecting some on IMM76D, as well as remedying smaller issues like occasional lock screen lag when using automatic brightness. (Be sure to let us know in the comments if you notice any other changes on your Nexus after applying the update.)

And for any neckbeards out there keeping track of technical stuff, it seems the new software leaves the phone's baseband as it was, while including a fresh kernel built last Friday.

The update should be pushed out to GSM Galaxy Nexus owners over the next few weeks, if earlier release patterns are anything to go by. If you want to manually update (and have the "yakju" variant of the Galaxy Nexus), you can follow our usual instructions to do so, swapping out the old OTA URL for this link right here.

Thanks, Scott!

​More: Galaxy Nexus forums

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2 years ago

Android Central international round-up - April 21, 2012

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This week marked the start of the official countdown to the Samsung Galaxy S III launch. Press events to the launch event in London on May 3 started rolling out on Monday (we'll be there, of course), and by Friday we had plenty of juicy morsels of leaked information to report.

The Cupertinoesque secrecy surrounding Samsung's next flagship phone (the name of which we're still not entirely sure) finally wavered on Friday, with the leaking of a two and a half-minute video from a Vietnamese tech site, along with a dozen or so photos. But here's where things get interesting -- the phone's final design is being hidden behind a plastic dummy case, so although the software and specs have been laid bare, we still don't know exactly what this thing will look like when it comes to market. We'll have to wait and see what Samsung shows us on May 3, so keep watching in the weeks ahead!

It wasn't all Samsung at the international desk this week, though. We also published our review of the HTC One V, the new entry-level device in HTC's 2012 line-up. We found that although some functionality had been scaled back compared to the One X and S, it still made for a solid budget offering, although it'll face tough competition from discounted 2011 flagships in the coming months.

Here's a quick run-down of some of the highlights in international Android news over the past seven days --

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2 years ago

AT&T One X pre-orders start April 22 at Radio Shack, pick it up for $149

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We just got a few goodies in the mail about the HTC One X for AT&T from Radio Shack, and things look pretty good. The phone will be up for pre-order on April 22, cost $149 if pre-ordered, and be available on May 6. Additionally, customers will be able to use a code on their receipt to get free downloads of seven Coldplay songs, including a Radio Shack exclusive live recording of "Charlie Brown".

The documents tell us that Radio Shack employees will receive intensive training about the One X, and be able to answer just about any question the customer can throw at them. There's also an accessory list, and Zagg shields will be available at launch with cases coming in the month of May.

We've been over the international version with a fine tooth comb, and we're as excited as you folks are to get our hands on the AT&T version. It's looking like third-party retailers will have access to the phone the same day corporate AT&T stores do, making it easier to get. Options -- we love em. Hit the break to see the rest of the documents.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III appears on Amazon Germany, sort of

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Guten tag, mein freund! A listing for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has appeared on the German Amazon site, complete with an "Add to Cart" and "Add to Wishlist" button. Go add it to your wishlist if you want, we'll wait. It's not unusual to see placeholder pages for highly anticipated new electronics weeks before they are available, or even announced, but there's an interesting twist here.

That twist is the listed specs. Nobody who's talking knows what they are, and everything you've read so far is an educated guess. I'll say it again, in terms that can't be misconstrued -- only the folks at Samsung involved with the product know the specs. They aren't telling anyone, and we're all just guessing and amalgamating all the rumors. But as the folks at BestBoyz.de point out, Amazon may have to list real specifications to allow for a pre-order of sorts by dropping it in your wishlist. Here's what Amazon has to say about the SGS3:

  • 11.9 (4.7 inches) Super AMOLED touchscreen with 16 million colors
  • 12-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and face detection
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
  • 16 GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32GB
  • Delivery: Phone, battery, charger, data cable, headset, manual (Note: exact scope of delivery are not known)

I'll go out on a limb and say that at least two items from that list are true -- it will ship with ICS, and the "exact scope of delivery are not known". As for the rest? We're not lawyers. We're definitely not German commerce law specialists, no matter how much beer we drink or how many Knödel we eat. It is neat fuel for the SGS3 fire, so have at it boys and girls. We're just going to wait until May 3 and find out in London.

Source: Amazon (German); via Androidnext

 

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2 years ago

Data Migration, One X radio band confusion [From the Forums]

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We're rolling into the weekend here at Android Central and looking back, it's been pretty busy. If you missed out on anything, then by means go ahead and get yourself caught up and have some fun in the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

Some Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus preorders already being delivered

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Did you manage to get a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus on preorder when they were still available? Seems some folks are already having their devices dropped off at their door. Anyone else get theirs today?

Thanks, gene26!

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2 years ago

Facebook for Android updated to v1.9 with improved performance, new messaging features, and shortcuts

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A freshly updated version of Facebook for Android has now landed in the Google Play Store and is ready for download. Getting bumped to v1.9, this release fixes some old bugs and introduces some new features to the app as a whole:

  • Messenger and Camera - Shortcuts will now appear in your app tray after you update.
  • Messaging Features - Taking from the standalone app, v1.9 now offers Mobile/online status, contact sorting by frequency, adding to group chat on the fly.

Keep in mind the new features are not standalone apps, they're now integrated right into Facebook. Not sure what exactly that means for the Facebook Messenger app itself, but integration with the main app is nice and makes sense. You can hit the break for the download link.

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2 years ago

HTC One X case hands-on

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We get our first real look at the official HTC One X case

We've just gotten a good look at the HTC One X case that's been floating around here at the Frequencies event. The bottom line (according to HTC) is that it's meant to really not meant to break up the lines of the One X. And while its design is pretty much unlike any case you've used before, it actually feels pretty good in the hand, is easy enough to take on and off, and it should protect the phone. The screen is left unprotected, and note that it works around the charging contacts and speaker, as well as the camera.

Note that this is the second version of the case that we've seen -- the first is a series of holes. HTC doesn't yet know when the cases will be available, or where they'll be sold. In fact, the cases don't even really have a name.

We've got more pics after the break.

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2 years ago

First look at HTC Media Link HD

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HTC's new Media Link accessory -- a Wifi Direct device that lets you easily connect your phone to a big-screen TV -- has been seen in fits and starts over the past couple months. One of the shining features is that it's not just mirroring what's on your device. It's a multitasker, so you can stream a movie to your TV while doing something entirely different on your phone. New to us today at the HTC Frequencies event, though, was a demo showing a third-party application using an early version of the Media Link API, as powered by HTC Dev. 

The API's still in development and not quite ready for public consumption, but it seemed to work pretty well in our demo. Check the video after the break.

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