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3 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S III

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After all the rumors, leaks and hype, we finally get to lay eyes on the Samsung Galaxy S III -- the unicorn of the Android world. It's impressive to say the least, big, beautiful, and built with natural curves to set it apart from the pack. We're even digging the fact that it isn't just your basic black. It's safe to say Samsung has went all out to bring us the best they have to offer.

There's a lot of new technology packed in there as well. Natural Interactions recognize your voice, and your face, and new motion gestures make it something new and different. We love new and different. 

Regarding U.S. availability, Samsung's official statement:

Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy S III, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S., which will be available in the summer of 2012.  Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time. We believe the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated product in the 20-year history of Samsung Mobile; therefore, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Hit the break to see the full press release.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III hardware hands-on

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It’s impossible to talk about the next Samsung flagship without first reflecting on the string of rumors, leaks and hype, both official and unofficial, that’s paved the way for what’s become the most anticipated Android phone of the year. The secrecy surrounding the device has been unprecedented, and the lack of verifiable information, combined with a tantalizing pool of rumors, has had the Android community buzzing for months. But today all the waiting, rumors and speculation can finally came to an end, as Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy S III -- a curvaceous 4.8-inch phone sporting a quad-core CPU, a 720p HD SuperAMOLED display and a new version of TouchWiz.

Join us after the break for the start of our full coverage of the Galaxy S III, including our complete hands-on video.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 gallery

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Well folks, here it is.  The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3).  We have all the pictures you'd ever want.  Head past the break to see them all.

 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 software hands-on

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As you may have heard, Samsung’s just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy S III (S3), a 4.8-inch quad-core beast powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a brand new version of TouchWiz. Samsung’s UX has been given a minor facelift on the Galaxy S3, bringing in visual and audio elements from the device’s new “inspired by nature” design choices. And there are a few exciting new features to boot, incorporating NFC, face recognition and Wifi Direct.

Join us after the break for our full walkthrough of the Samsung Galaxy S3's software, along with more videos!

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3 years ago

Get ready for Samsung Unpacked - AC is in the house!

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About thirty more minutes folks. Get your popcorn, and get ready for Phil, Alex and Richard live from London!

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3 years ago

Orange UK opens up registration page for Intel powered Santa Clara

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So "register your interest" pages aren't usually much to shout about. But, this latest one from Orange UK is a little more interesting. The Orange Santa Clara was announced back in February, and will be the first Intel powered Android device to hit the UK. Today the British carrier has opened up the registration page for the device, while also stating that Santa Clara is just the pre-launch name for the device. 

We haven't heard much since the product announcement, besides some sneaky benchmarks taken by someone who got an early hands on. We're pretty intrigued to see just what the Intel Medfield architecture can bring to the table, and judging by this, in the UK at least, we may not be waiting much longer.

Source: Orange UK 

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L7 now available in Europe and Asia

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LG Korea has announced the availability of the LG Optimus L7 starting May 2 in "major" European and Asian markets. In case you forgot, the Optimus L7 is the high-end model of the L series phones we saw at Mobile World Congress (check out the hands-on), with a 4.3-inch screen and running a new Android 4.0 based Optimus UI. 

There's no mention of which markets in Europe and Asia that LG considers major, so at this point we'll just have to wait for carrier announcements. And any words on a release on this side of the Atlantic haven't been said yet.

Source: LG Korea (Korean)

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3 years ago

Motorola Defy Mini heading to Turkey

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Motorola are continuing the European onslaught with yet another device launch. This time around, the Motorola Defy Mini has been announced for release over in Turkey.

The 3.2" rugged phone promises to be water, dust and scratch resistant and comes packing a Gorilla Glass display. We're not looking at a high-end device here, but should you be in the market for something rough and tough, the Defy Mini may be the answer. 

The Defy Mini is to be available sometime in May, and will cost TRY 499 including VAT. Click on past the break for the full presser from Motorola.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III specs

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As Samsung announces its latest flagship smartphone, take a quick look under the hood and see what's powering the new Galaxy S III --

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos chip @ 1.4 GHz / U.S. versions have Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at 1.5 GHz
  • HSPA+21 and LTE versions
  • 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED 720x1280 screen
  • 8MP / Front 1.9MP camera (720p video recording)
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM / U.S. and Canadian versions have 2GB of RAM
  • Wifi Channel Bonding
  • Bluetooth 4.0(LE)
  • Accelerometer, Notification light, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Gyro, NFC, Barometer
  • 1080p video playback
  • Various multimedia codecs supported
  • MHL/DLNA
  • Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • Weight: 133 grams
  • Available in blue and white.

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3 years ago

HTC Rezound gets another ICS leak

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Someone at Big Red had better call a plumber, cause the leaks just won't stop. There's another Ice Cream Sandwich build for the HTC Rezound available, which previous leaks and rumors peg for an "official" ICS update on May 9. We don't know if the May 9 date will hold water (see what I did there), but if you're the industrious type give this one a shot. Full details and downloads are at the source link.

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

HTC posts EVO 4G LTE camera shots on Facebook site

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You'll still have to wait for official word about getting your hands on an HTC EVO 4G LTE, but in the meantime HTC has posted a handful of photo's taken with the camera on their Facebook page. Taken by professional photographer Meeno Peluce​they're a nice look at what exactly an HTC phone with ImageSense technology is capable of. 

We enjoy seeing things like this, but what we really want is the phone in our hands. We've heard rumors, but there's no solid date just yet. I'm really enjoying the camera on the One S, so if you're on Sprint and an amateur photo buff, be sure to keep an eye on this one. See the rest of the pictures at the source link.

Source: HTC Facebook

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3 years ago

Carrier billing now available for movies, music, and books through Google Play

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Google has announced that they will begin offering direct carrier billing for movies, music, and books in addition to Android apps in the Google Play store. This means that you can buy just about anything from the Play Store, and have the cost tacked on to your monthly cell phone bill through your carrier. It's not available everywhere, but the list of carriers that support direct billing is pleasantly robust --

  • Germany: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • Italy: Vodafone
  • Japan: KDDI, Docomo, Softbank
  • Korea: KT, SKT, LGU+
  • Spain: Vodafone
  • UK: T-Mobile, Vodafone
  • US: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint

Currently, only KDDI, Docomo, and Softbank in Japan, and T-Mobile in the US allow billing of other media. Other carriers (Sprint was mentioned by name) will be coming on-board soon. This should help users who can't or won't enter credit or debit card information into Google Wallet, and get more media in more phones.

Source: +Google Play, via Androinica

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How to transfer microSD card data?

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Ndc writes in the HTC One X forums,

Probably like most of you, I can't wait for my One X to arrive next (later this?) week. I'm getting so sick of my Epic 4G. One anxious question for me though: how do I transfer the data on my microSD card over to the One X?

I've got most of my stuff in the cloud - contacts, calendar, music etc - but there are some important app data, like health logs, that I really would like to transfer over.

I've got a backup app, should I use that to back stuff up online?

We're really glad you asked, as this is a question more than a few are bound to have. Cloud storage and backup apps are great, we use them all the time, but in this case nothing is going to work as well as the trusty USB cable and your computer. When you get your new One X, and after you're done marveling at how thin and sexy it is, you can move all your app data over to it straight from your Epic 4G.

Just because the One X has no SD card doesn't mean it has no SD card storage area. It's just internal. When you plug it in to your computer you'll have the same option you would from other phones to mount the storage. It's pretty safe to say you should connect the Epic 4G up, pull everything off the SD card to a folder on your computer, then you can drag it right into the One X's storage. Mind the folder names -- app data can be in its own folder on the SD card or it can be inside the Android\data\ folder. Try to put it back in the same folders it came from and you'll be fine.

If you don't have access to a computer, you could transfer all your SD card data to a service like Dropbox and restore it to the One X with a file browser -- it just takes a bit longer and uses a bit of data. Either way will work, so use what's most convenient for you.

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're in London for Samsung Unpacked

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Heads up -- Phil and Alex are getting geared up and will be live in London for the Samsung Unpacked event tomorrow (May 3 2pm EDT, 11am PDT) where we expect to see what everyone's been waiting to see. No, not Phil taunting a member of the Royal Guard, we're talking about the next phone in the Samsung Galaxy line, presumably the Galaxy S III. Expectations are running high for Samsung's new baby, and the blogs have been on fire with leaks and rumors -- ranging from the interesting to the ridiculous. We'll have all the answers soon enough. 

While Alex shows Phil around town, the forums are hopping with discussion. That's where you'll want to be while playing the waiting game. When it's time tomorrow, we'll have a live blog set up and let you know everything there is to know. See you there!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Prism gets official May 9 at Walmart, May 23 elsewhere

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T-Mobile this morning unwrapped the Prism, a 3.5-inch (HVGA) Gingerbread device with a 3.2MP camera. The specs aren't going to wow you, but then again they're not really supposed to. It's the pricing that's the selling point here. The Prism will cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan, or it'll cost $149.99 with no annual contract.

Anybody jumping on this one?

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