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3 years ago

Sprint says demand outweighs inventory for the Galaxy S III, working with Samsung on a delivery schedule

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Sprint just given us word with news about the Galaxy S III launch. It pretty much mirrors their posting on the matter yesterday, and the short version is that they just won't have enough handsets to go around.

Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S III worldwide, Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch.
 
We have begun shipping pre-orders for the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III and anticipate they will be delivered by June 21. We hope to begin shipping pre-orders for the 32GB version next week as we receive inventory. Customers can check the status of their pre-order at www.sprint.com/myorder.

Having people buying your product as fast as you can produce it is a problem every company would like to have, but that doesn't ease the sting for those with money in hand waiting for the new hotness. Now that Sprint and AT&T (and T-Mobile unofficially) have pushed back the release date, it looks like the US will face the same shortage that Canada will. Sprint just got Samsunged.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S III to cost $arm.leg

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Pricing for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III has been leaked out, and it matches pretty well with previous rumors (and fears) -- expensive. The 16 GB version is shown above (we're almost afraid to see a 32 GB version) and it's going to cost either $230 bucks up front and $20 monthly on the Value Plan, or $280 after a $50 mail-in rebate on the Classic Plan. If you're willing to extend your equipment-free contract, you can snag it for $450 after rebate with an early upgrade.

If all those plans confuse the hell out of you (it's OK, they confuse everyone), you can just buy it outright for $630. That's a lot of folding money for a phone that is carrier locked and possibly won't have world-wide 3G bands. Sometimes, the best things in life are not always free.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Light Flow LED Control v3.0 brings new user interface and notification volume controls

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Looking to gain better control of your LED notifications? If so, Rage Consulting has now released the latest update to their popular Light Flow LED control app. We reviewed it not all that long ago but v3.0 brings some welcomed changes to the mix including a new user interface because honestly, the old one was rather bland. In addition to the new UI, you can now also adjust notification volumes individually so you'll no longer have to deal with all notifications set at the same volume. Those are just two of the changes within. The full change log is rather lengthy and contains plenty of bug fixes, app additions and more:

  • Volume controls - each notification can be set with its own volume (either fixed or relative to the standard notification volume)
  • Notifications can be configured to play a sound even when the phone is in silent mode (for those very important notifications)
  • ICS devices can have a different notification volume set to the ringtone volume.
  • Widgets - 2 styles of basic widget for viewing and resetting notifications.
  • New custom color picker with HEX input available
  • New camera flash method selector with additional support for some Motorola phones
  • New Labs section: currently with Instant Alert to vibrate the phone when picked up for important messages
  • Added Chinese language
  • Control sleep time via near field communications - toggle by tapping a NFC tag

There are two versions of Light Flow available, lite and full. The lite version is available as a free download but only offers limited features while the full version costing $1.99 opens up the full functionality. Important to note, Light Flow will not work on all devices so best to give the lite version a go first to ensure compatibility.

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3 years ago

Otter Text and Drive solution now free in the Google Play Store

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Texting and driving is still on the rise, despite numerous laws now being put in place. There are quite a few solutions available in the Google Play Store and one that has received some attention recently is Otter. With Otter you can use automatic text message replies coupled with GPS to let folks know you're driving, working or otherwise preoccupied. In addition to that feature, you can also set text messaging black out periods so there are no interruptions at all.

Previously a premium app that sold for $3.99, the developers have removed all fees associated with Otter and are offering it as a free download. The full press release from Otter can be found below or you can hit the download link to check it out for yourself.

Download Otter from Google Play

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3 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III shipping date slips a week

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Just a quick heads up that while we're waiting on official word from AT&T regarding actual availability of its Galaxy S III (you'll recall that Sprint and possibly T-Mobile have pushed things back a little), do note that the arrival date for preordering devices is now showing "on or before June 28" instead of June 21. (It's unknown whether that affects previously preordered devices, or new ones. We'll update you here when we find out.)

We'll likely be told any change is due to the unprecedented popularity of the phone. Or, if you're like us and would really like to give someone some money for a phone or two, you'll start to wonder what the holdup is, and whether it links back to previous production problems.

Anyway, looks like we'll be waiting an extra week on AT&T.

More: AT&T Galaxy S III

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3 years ago

Slightly redesigned Android launcher sneaks out in screenshot from Google

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Eagle-eyed Google Play Store-goers will have noticed something mildly interesting in this screenshot from the Google IO 2012 Android app listing. It's the stock Android 4.x launcher, but what's that at the top? A redesigned Google Search bar? Sure looks like it. It's a transparent square in Google's screenshot, as opposed to the white-bordered dealie that we know from the Galaxy Nexus.

To be clear, this isn't merely a redesigned widget -- in ICS, the Google search bar is part of the launcher itself​, meaning that the change must also be of the launcher. Sure, it'd be easy to mock up this sort of image using a custom launcher, or even Photoshop, but remember this is a screenshot from Google, from an official Google app listing.

This naturally leads to some speculation that the image comes from a future version of Android, perhaps Jelly Bean. And when you consider the image's source and subject matter, it's easy to connect the dots and conclude that we might see a new version of Android (albeit one with only minor visual changes) at next week's Google IO conference in San Francisco. There's already been plenty of speculation that we'll see Jelly Bean next week, and that it'll be Android 4.1.

Also of interest, is the time in this pic -- 25:10. Obviously that's not a real time. Some have speculated it's a reference to a date -- October 25 -- but we don't think it's likely that Google would tease an announcement so far out. 

So perhaps this is our first look at the next version of Android, or maybe Google's just trolling the blogosphere. If you've got any theories, let us know what you think down in the comments.

Source: Google Play Store

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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Behold, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III (S3)! 

That's all we need to write, right? The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) really doesn't need too much preamble at this point, having been released overseas for several weeks now. We covered the launch event in London. It's a big, sleek, powerful phone. And it's coming to AT&T this week. And it's doing so in exactly the same form factor as we see abroad.

It's not quite that simple, of course. While it looks exactly the same on the outside (and on the software side as well) AT&T -- like the other U.S. carriers and a few in Canada -- has a slightly different version under the hood. And this is AT&T we're talking about, so we'd better open things up to make sure nobody's hidden anything up their sleeve.

Ready for some more Galaxy S3 goodness? Dive on in for our AT&T Galaxy S3 mini-review.

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy S3 review

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Samsung's Ferrari is stuck in the slow lane for a little while longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should pass up the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) on Sprint

Say you're one of the top smartphones in the world. (In the whole entire world!) You know you're going to sell millions and millions of units in more countries than a 10th-grader has to memorize before the last week of school. You know your place in the world. Things are looking pretty good.

Now imagine you're the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint.

It's just not fair.

Oh, you're still that same bad-ass phone with that bad-ass phone strut -- at least as long as you've got a stable Wifi connection. But out on your own, with only a sub-par 3G network to get you by, it's like you're walking along in slow motion as the rest of the world flies by. How's that strut looking now? Yeah. Not so good.

But -- and we've said this before -- Sprint's working on it. We should see its LTE network go live any day now. And we know that the Samsung Galaxy S III is a more-than-capable smartphone. Indeed, it's easily in the running for the best Android phone of the year. So let's get to it. Behold, our Sprint Galaxy S3 mini-review.

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3 years ago

LG unveils 'Quick Voice' in Korea to take on Siri and S-Voice

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With Apple having Siri and Samsung having S-Voice, we were kind of wondering if any other other manufacturers were going to join this voice driven assistant party. As it turns out, LG is willing to take a run at it having now unveiled Quick Voice as they're calling it in Korea. LG's Quick Voice (from what we can tell so far) will provide you with all that you would expect from a voice recognition system. Meaning it can launch searches, schedule appointments, bring up apps, make calls and even tell you what the date is. Right now, LG has noted it will be coming to their Optimus line of devices by end of June through July through a software update. At this time, there is no mention of a U.S. release date but it seems likely that LG would want to roll it out in as many places as possible eventually.

Source: LG

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3 years ago

Samsung releases source code for AT&T and T-Mobile versions of Galaxy S III

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Sammy has spat out the source code for GPL portions of the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III firmware, and made it available for download at their developer site. It goes without saying that unless you're the type who builds software, this won't be something you need to download, but for the folks who do it means things like custom kernels and tweaks, which a good many folks love. 

No word on any other versions, but since they haven't shipped yet we're not going to give them any grief about it just yet.  If you're an interested developer, or just curious what a bunch of Linux kernel source looks like, grab either (or both!) versions at Samsung's open-source developer portal below.

AT&T Galaxy S III source codeT-Mobile Galaxy S III source code

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3 years ago

Official Google IO 2012 app now ready for download

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We're now seven days away from the kick off of Google IO 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and now, Google has gone ahead and updated the official conference app for those who are lucky enough to be attending the event. This year, the app has received a makeover and some great new features have been added including Google+ integration as well as the ability go stream conference video directly. The full list looks a little something like this:

  • View the conference agenda and edit your personal schedule
  • View detailed session, code lab, and speaker information, including speaker bios, photos, and Google+ profiles
  • +1 sessions right from the app
  • Participate in public #io2012 conversations on Google+
  • Guide yourself using the conference map
  • Get a reminder a few minutes before sessions in your schedule are due to start
  • View information about companies in the Developer Sandbox
  • Keep up with announcements from the I/O team during the conference
  • View your schedule on your Android 3.0+ device's home screen using an app widget
  • Play back "I/O Live" session video streams on your Android 3.0+ devices
  • Automatically sync sessions in your schedule to your Android 4.0 device's calendar
  • Beam session details from your Android 4.0, NFC-enabled device to another using Android Beam

As you can tell, the app really is intended for those actually attending Google IO 2012 but there is enough features built in that everyone can enjoy it in one way or another. We'll be there at the Moscone Center from June 27-29 taking it all in and bringing it all back to you guys. In the meantime though, go ahead and grab the app from the Google Play Store and follow along.

Download the Google IO 2012 app

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3 years ago

TouchWiz Nature UX: The definitive guide

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$jump = Jump to a sectionBack to the topGetting started with TouchWizNotification barHome screensPersonalizationLock screenWifi, Wifi Direct and DLNAKeyboardEmail and messagesBrowser and FlashGalleryMusicCameraPhone and ContactsMultitasking and Task ManagerS Planner and TasksS VoiceMotion and GesturesFlipboardWeatherDisplay and Smart StayDeveloper OptionsKies and Connecting to a ComputerAllShare PlayMusic, Video and Games HubOther Notables EOT; ?>

Want to get to grips with the new version of Samsung's ​TouchWiz software on the Galaxy S III? We’ve got all the info you could ever want...

Samsung’s Galaxy S III introduces a new version of the manufacturer’s UI layer, known as TouchWiz. TouchWiz has its roots in Samsung’s Symbian featurephones and Windows Mobile smartphones, but most Android fans will recognize it as the software that Samsung used on its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices. TouchWiz has typically been brighter and more feature-packed than vanilla Android, if a little scattershot in terms of overall design. Nevertheless, millions of consumers have used the software on Samsung devices over the past few years, making it one of the most popular Android “skins” out there. And for its latest flagship phone, Samsung has unveiled a brand new version -- the “TouchWiz Nature UX.”

Drawing design cues from Samsung’s “inspired by nature” slogan, the new TouchWiz has undergone a visual overhaul, and introduced a truckload of new features. At the same time, the manufacturer’s stripped out some of the extraneous apps and widgets found in TouchWiz 4 in an effort to make things more streamlined (though many of these extras are still available for download under “more services”).

So there’s a lot to learn, and plenty of new functionality to discover. Fortunately, we’re here to help with our definitive guide to Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX.

Getting started with TouchWiz | Notification bar | Home screens | PersonalizationLock screen |
Wifi, Wifi Direct and DLNA | Keyboard | Email and messages | Browser and Flash |
Gallery | Music Player | Camera | Phone and Contacts | Multitasking and Task Manager |
S Planner and Tasks | S Voice | Motion and Gestures | Flipboard | Weather | Display and Smart Stay |
Developer Options | Kies and Connecting to a Computer | AllShare Play |
Music, Video and Games Hub | Other Notables

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3 years ago

Galaxy S III release partially delayed on Sprint; T-Mobile reportedly splits launch to two dates

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Sprint has announced that it is "running a little behind on deliveries" of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The 16GB versions will be available from Telesales and online on June 21 as advertised, and pre-orders will ship this week. They also say that the 32GB versions will be shipped out for customers who pre-ordered next week, but again with no word about in-store sales.

Due to overwhelming demand and limited supply for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III, we are running a little behind on deliveries. The 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III device will be available in Web Sales and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning on Thursday, June 21. It will be in all remaining sales channels next week.

We are optimistic that we’ll be shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-16GB pre-orders this week and that they will be delivered by June 21 as anticipated. There is a chance, however, that we may be a day or two late. We anticipate shipping all Samsung Galaxy S III-32GB pre-orders next week. To check the status of your pre-order, please visit www.sprint.com/myorder.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know that many of you are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans to new and existing customers. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.

This comes shortly after word leaked out to TMo News that the T-Mobile version release was being split into two parts, with a June 21 date for the top markets and a June 27 date for everyone else. We're not sure why the Sprint release was delayed, and they're not saying, but according to T-Mobile the release date was split to try and meet demand. We've reached out to all major US carriers to get any updates to their release schedules.

As we mentioned when reporting that Canadian GSIIIs were being held back, we're not sure that we're getting the full story when told the delays are to help meet demand. Surely it's not some vast conspiracy, but we'd like nothing more than knowing the full story behind this date juggling. We'll keep asking, and when we can ferret out an answer you'll be the first to know. 

Source: Sprint; TMoNews

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3 years ago

Orange primed to advertise the San Diego

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It looks like Orange are all set to start a new TV advertising campaign soon featuring the San Diego. The above video was released earlier today on their YouTube channel and it would appear that they have put in quite an effort into making the commercial.

Orange are clearly very proud of their Intel powered own-branded Android device and rightly so as offers great value for money. Available for only £199 on pay-as-you-go plus a £10 top up, the San Diego may not be one to outshine the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X, but for consumers on a budget looking for a pretty powerful and fast Android device it could be the perfect device for them.

If you missed our video walkthrough with the Orange San Diego you catch up with it here.

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3 years ago

Huawei Honour now available in the UK through independent retailers

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Huawei today announced that the Honour, its 4-inch, Gingerbread-powered smartphone, is now available in the UK through independent retailers. Don't let the British spelling fool you-- the Honour is the same device we reviewed back in January, complete with 1.4 Ghz  Snapdragon processor, and 8 MP camera. Huawei says that the Honour will bring honorable (sorry, couldn't resist) battery life to the UK, though we had less-than-stellar results during our time with the device. Regardless, we thought the Honour was a respectable device, and with a £250 unlocked pricetag, it just got a bit more attractive. You can grab your Honour today at Expansys, Clove Technology and Play.com, with more retailers "coming soon."

Source:  CoolSmartPhone.com

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