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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III officially the UK's most popular smartphone, good showing for HTC One line as well

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It's been a good news kind of weekend for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Not only have we seen a five-pronged attack about to launch on the US market, but news from the UK puts the Galaxy S III at the top as the UK's most popular smartphone. And it's been on sale less than a week, which puts into perspective just how massive the latest Samsung flagship device is going to be. 

All this comes despite it only being widely available in only one color, and one storage size. Nevertheless, the latest results from the uSwitch Mobile Tracker sees Samsung reclaim the top spot from the white iPhone 4S, amid a storm of marketing, pre-orders and eventual sales this last week.

The iPhone finds itself in a full on Samsung sandwich too, with the predecessor to the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II still holding strong in third place. The Galaxy S II had been top of the tree in the UK for an incredible 11 consecutive months, before last month finally surrendering to the iPhone. Chances are that the impending arrival of its successor might have had a little something to do with it.

Taking a look further down the list, it's an all out Android onslaught. The HTC One X sits fourth, with the Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Note inhabiting positions five and six respectively.

The black iPhone 4S appears way down in seventh position, with the remaining HTC One devices, the One S and One V taking places eight and nine. Rounding out the top 10 is the Sony Xperia S. Interestingly enough given the apparent popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the UK, especially with the younger crowd -- they really seem to be everywhere you look -- there is no mention of a single RIM handset in the Mobile Tracker's top ten. What it does do is reaffirm what we already know -- the UK loves some Android.

Source: uSwitch

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular starting this month

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And just like that, Samsung has ended a lot of speculation surrounding the U.S. release of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular this month the Samsung Galaxy S III will have a starting price of $199 though exact pricing and release dates are still forthcoming for each.

When it comes to specs, Samsung took the time to highlight the fact the U.S. versions will be getting the S4 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 2GB of internal RAM, which is exactly the same as the Japanese and Canadian releases of the device. In other words, as speculated, the device will have the same iconic look across the board, which even Samsung has noted as being an industry first. For those of you waiting, the wait is almost over now. Jump below for the full press release.

More: Galaxy S III photo gallery; Galaxy S III forums; specs

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3 years ago

ASUS partnering with BlueStacks to bring Android apps to millions of PCs

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Earlier this week, ASUS took some time to go ahead and create a rather obscure video for what they will be presenting at this week's Computex 2012 showcase in Taipei, though they forgot to include anything relevant in the video. Nothing Android was mentioned, nothing Windows was mentioned though it did manage to spark much conversation about a dual-booting Android Windows 8 tablet.

As it seems now, it was to highlight their partnership with BlueStacks as the company has issued a press release fully announcing the partnership. BlueStacks, as you know if you read our review, enables over 450,000 Android apps to run on Windows PCs and now, ASUS will be leveraging that power for their own PC ventures and including BlueStacks within their @vibe platform.

"ASUS has created a phenomenal software experience on PCs. Launching with ASUS at Computex 2012 solidifies BlueStacks' leadership position as the sole provider of apps for consumer electronics and PC manufacturers worldwide," said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. "Our strong portfolio of apps from top developers, combined with our unique monetization engine makes this a revenue-generating opportunity for PC OEMs. This is a winning proposition for the entire PC ecosystem. App developers who have already built for Android can now just run their apps on Windows PCs through BlueStacks. We've done the heavy lifting for the benefit of all."

Together, ASUS and BlueStacks will be offering users of asus@vibe Android apps through their broad line of products including the ZenBooks, notebooks, Eee PCs, desktop PCs and All-in-one PCs. Pricing for it all seems rather wish washy at the moment as the press release notes, apps will be free for six months and then users can upgrade from there to unlimited apps and sync apps from phone to PC.

For those of you out there hoping for some other sort of news though, there is still some hope we suppose. This all could only be one portion of something greater, just don't get too bummed out if this happens to all it was in the end. You can jump below for the full press release from ASUS  and BlueStacks.

Source: PRWeb via: Android Police

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III tip: disable S Voice for better home button response

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The Samsung Galaxy S III may not be available in its biggest market just yet, but the rest of the world is enjoying, and finding helpful tidbits like this one that makes the home button respond better. You can set the home button to start up S Voice when double-pressed, but that means the system has to wait and make sure what you want it to do if you only press it once -- resulting in a pause. We've seen the same behavior any time an OEM decides to add functionality to a button with a double-tap, but this time its easy to fix. Just disable it in the S Voice settings and you're home free.

This, and more in the Galaxy S III forums

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3 years ago

Android Central international round-up - June 2, 2012

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It's been another busy week for international Android news. The week's biggest story was undoubtedly the European Galaxy S III launch -- Samsung's latest flagship is now available on hundreds of carriers across the continent. (In "marble white" for now, as the "pebble blue" variant faces delays of 2-3 weeks.) As for the Galaxy S III in the U.S., the latest rumors suggest a possible June 20 launch, but that's yet to be confirmed.

We also got another European first this week -- the arrival of the Orange San Diego, Europe's first Intel-powered smartphone. And our own Richard Devine was on hand to give us his first impressions.

Other notable developments included HTC's launch of the Desire C on Three UK, and the arrival of long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Sony Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo, as well as HTC's Sensation XL.

And earlier on in the week, we reviewed the Sony Xperia U, an interesting little mid-range device from the Japanese manufacturer. Right now we're in the process of bringing you our definitive Galaxy S III review, so keep watching in the days ahead. In the meantime, we've got your full international round-up below...

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3 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE available in stores today!

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Today's the day, folks. Finally, some two weeks delayed, the HTC EVO 4G LTE is available in Sprint retail locations nationwide for $199 on contract. The delay, as you no doubt know, was caused by a review by the International Trade Commission. Nothing's changed on the phone, however. Just think of it as a delivery delay is all.

So if you're in the market for a new EVO, you can finally hoof it to the store and pick one up .And once you do, here are a few handy links that'll get you going:

So who's whipping out the credit card today?

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L7 coming to Rogers and Fido according to Future Shop

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The LG Optimus L7 has already made its way to Europe and Asia and now it has appeared online for Canadians via the Future Shop website. There is still no actual release date listed for the high-end model of the L series phones but we do know with it you'll be getting 4.3-inch screen and running a new Android 4.0 based Optimus UI. We'll keep our eyes on this one and let you all know when they fully go live on Rogers and Fido. Until then check out our hands on with the device from Mobile World Congress.

Source: Future Shop via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

Galaxy S III torn down, found to have smartphone parts inside

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Now stop us if you've heard this one before, but here's the Samsung Galaxy S III, stripped to its guts. And guess what! There are smartphone parts inside! But, hey, you get a cool look at the Exynos processor up close (processor pr0n!), and note how the glass is actually connected to the frame of the phone. That's gonna make replacing a broken one veddy expensive, we gather. Also interesting is that iFixit notes how the camera is "basically the same unit found in the iPhone 4S."

The big question we've got at this point is how different will the U.S. versions end up looking?

Source: Chipworks, via iFixit

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile USA appears, looks unchanged from Euro versions

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By now, we've all got a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S III and know it will eventually be making its way to carriers across the U.S. The Verge though, has been slipped what appears to be the T-Mobile U.S. version. Aside from the T-Mobile badging, however, you'd never know this version from the European versions. It's a spitting image of the same one we crawled all over at the announcement in London a month ago.

And that's the weird part. Normally, U.S. carriers like to add their own swing onto devices (for better or worse). A button change here, a button change there. But if these images are accurate then T-Mobile -- and quite possibly likely every other U.S. carrier -- has left the Samsung Galaxy S III untouched and we'll see very little variation across the board. That folks, is a very good thing to have happen and hopefully a trend that will continue.

Source: The Verge

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3 years ago

Madfinger Games introduces Dead Trigger - A zombie inspired first person shooter

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Following up on the success of Shadowgun, the folks from Madfinger Games have now taken the covers off the latest addition to their game catalog aptly named Dead Trigger. The zombie inspired first person shooter will bring console like quality gaming thanks to its optimization for NVIDIA Tegra 3 devices. So what's it all about? Glad you asked:

The world has collapsed due to a strange infection that turns regular people into zombies, and it’s up to you and your arsenal of weapons to take down the undead masses.

In other words, you shoot the hell out of those friggin' zombies and have a whole hell of a lot of fun doing it! Dead Trigger will be available near the end of June on the Google Play Store and the NVIDIA TegraZone until then, you can check out the game and the graphics power in the trailer below.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II gets Ice Cream Sandwich on June 11

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Hey, how about that. T-Mobile today on Twitter announced that its Galaxy S II will be getting an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starting June 11. It'll be done via the Samsung Kies desktop application, which is a bummer. But it's better than no update at all. More on this developing breaking updating news as it develops. 

Source: @TMobile

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 review

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Thin, fast, and light, Huawei is poised to make waves with the Ascend P1 -- but is it enough to gain a foothold in new markets?

Huawei is certainly a bit of an anomaly to me. They're huge in some markets but struggle in others (like the States), because the hardware they've released here has always been less-than-stellar. Then they go and release a phone like the Ascend P1 and turn my whole notion of them on its head.

To parrot what was said about the Epic 4G Touch, the Huawei Ascend P1 could simply simply be described as thin, fast, and light. (As a matter of fact, the P1 S is supposed to be the thinnest smartphone around.) With a pentaband radio inside, you'll be chatting and surfing the 'net the whole world over.

I can't give all the good stuff away so early, though! Is Huawei's latest entry into the high-end smartphone market enough to propel them into the markets they're after? Let's take a look after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III gets a Flipboard update

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Galaxy S III owners starting up Flipboard this morning will notice a new update coming their way, bringing the social magazine app up to version 1.8.4 beta 1 -- the same beta version that started rolling out to testers a couple of days ago. According to the official list of changes, there isn't much new stuff in this initial update, just a couple of bug fixes. Crashes while editing the table of contents or changing the content cache settings should now be remedied, so that's good news if either of those glitches were giving you trouble.

To grab the latest update, which weighs just 2.5MB, simply fire up Flipboard and it should be pushed out automatically. 

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3 years ago

Three UK launches HTC Desire C, available on PAYG for £150

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British network Three is the first mobile operator to launch HTC's latest budget handset, the Desire C. Announced just a couple of weeks ago, the Desire C is the successor to HTC's budget-busting Wildfire range. It's got a 600MHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And being an HTC Sense 4 phone, it also ships with Beats Audio software enhancements. There's also a 5MP rear camera, though no front-facer, so video calling is out of the question. So it's not going to set the world alight, but the Desire C looks like a decent little budget handset.

Three's offering the Desire C for free on contracts starting at just £13 per month, or if you want to buy it outright, the PAYG price is an equally reasonable £150, when purchased with an initial £15 top-up. The network's selling the Desire C in black and white, and the phone is available to order online and in-store from today.

Source: Three UK; More: HTC Desire C gallery

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III kernel source released

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As required under the GPL, Samsung has released its kernel source code for the (international) Galaxy S III -- the Linux core upon which Android is based. The code's available right now from the Samsung open source repository, and while it won't be of much use to regular users, custom ROM makers will undoubtedly be pouring over the code in the days and weeks ahead. 

The emergence of kernel source for a newly-released device isn't surprising, but it is great to see code appearing online just a day or so after the official street date. Community developers now have plenty of time to get to grips with Samsung's kernel, which will hopefully result in better custom ROMs for Galaxy S III owners.

To grab the kernel source for yourself, hit the link below.

Source: Samsung Open Source

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