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Apple's latest iPhone models were beat out by a pair of Samsung Galaxy devices in a new smartphone brand study released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The 2013 study provides satisfaction benchmarks for 10 of the past year's best-selling smartphone models in the U.S. and rates them on a scale of 0-100, with higher scores representing higher levels of satisfaction. Samsung's Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II both took top honors by scoring 84 on the 100-point scale, beating Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, both of which scored 82. The iPhone 4 scored 81. Curiously missing from the benchmark chart is Samsung's Galaxy S4, but that's because the study was fielded just prior... Read more...
A Reddit forum user is claiming that his Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone overheated and caught on fire in the wee hours of the morning, burning a hole in his mattress and filling his two-story home with the foul stench of burning plastic and electronics. It was a "loud noise and a weird squeaking sound" that originally awoke Reddit user "vizionx1208" from his slumber only to find that his smartphone was toasting itself. "I jumped out of bed and turned the light on, only to see that my phone was just beginning to go on fire," vizionz1280 explains. "I dumped a glass of water I had in the room on it to stop it from burning...then woke up my brother to come help. The smoke smelled so bad and wafted... Read more...
In Samsung's world, the talk of the Galaxy is all about the recently unveiled S4 with its plethora of fancy new features and hardware enhancements, but don't go hating on its predecessor. The Galaxy S III is still a capable smartphone, which is why Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are so excited to announce that they're now carrying Samsung's previous flagship device. "Samsung Galaxy S III is a premium smartphone designed to deliver one of the hottest handset experiences to consumers," said Jeff Hallock, senior vice president, Marketing-Sprint. "Offering this device on both Boost and Virgin Mobile with the value, choice and flexibility of their no-contract wireless plans makes moving from a long-term... Read more...
Samsung had its best quarter ever, posting a quarterly profit 7.04 trillion won ($6.6 billion), up an eye-popping 76 percent from 4.01 trillion won a year prior. Revenues for the quarter came to 56.06 trillion won ($52.06 billion) on a consolidated basis, up 7 percent sequentially. The company's Mobile Communications division performed exceptionally well, generating quarterly revenues of 27.23 trillion won ($25.3 billion), up four percent from the previous quarter. Samsung said the growth was mainly driven by solid sales of it's popular Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II devices. LED TV sales also helped drive Samsung's growth. The company said it experienced stronger demand for TV products in both... Read more...
One thing Samsung doesn't lack is a funny bone. Ask Apple, which has been repeatedly bopped on the head with it through a series of advertisements, both on TV and out in the wild. Want a second opinion? Talk to Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung's latest target in a new ad poking fun at people who refuse to give up their BlackBerry devices. The ad starts off with a group of developers discussing "Unicorn Apocalypse," a game that promises to be the biggest mobile game the company has ever launched. The team leader also announces a new smartphone policy, giving developers the freedom to use any smartphone they want at work. Cue the comedy. In one scene, a developer asks a co-worker if she's going... Read more...
Two great tastes that go great together are Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x) and Samsung's Galaxy S III, and it just so happens that Jelly Bean is exactly what's on AT&T's over-the-air (OTA) menu. So go ahead Galaxy III owners and feast your phones on the OTA update, which is reportedly being rolled out today! Some of you may already have Jelly Bean installed on your Galaxy S III. It's actually been available to manually download and install via Samsung's free Kies software since early last month, beating both Verizon and U.S. Cellular to the punch in the U.S., though not Sprint and T-Mobile. Perhaps the biggest reason to upgrade to Jelly Bean is Google Now, a virtual assistant similar to Apple's... Read more...
Kudos to Samsung for not resting on its laurels with what many would consider the best Android smartphone on the market (and you could argue it doesn't need the "Android" qualifier). We're of course talking about the Galaxy S III, and along with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which both T-Mobile and AT&T have pushed out, Samsung is upping the ante with a Premium Suite upgrade. The Premium Suite upgrade applies to Galaxy S III devices running Jelly Bean and a includes a bunch of enhancements. Some of the highlights include: Page Buddy Contexual Menu Contexual Tag Multi Windo Auto Share Shot Paring using NFC Reader Mode Face Lock Ticker The embedded YouTube video above covers the fancy features included... Read more...
Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners riding AT&T's wireless waves. An official Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now available for your device, beating both Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular to the punch (in the U.S.), though not T-Mobile, which has been doling out Jelly Bean for a few weeks. This is not an over-the-air (OTA) update, at least not yet. According to posts on Reddit, Jelly Bean is available on Samsung's Kies software (free download). "I can confirm this. Downloading it right now. For those who have never connected their S III to their PC on Kies via USB, you first need to download it on your PC. Then connect your device when it asks you to. Make sure your battery life... Read more...
In a roundabout sort of way, Sony admitted that none of its smartphones are as good as Samsung's Galaxy S III or Apple's iPhone 5. No big revelation there, even if only looking at the sales figures. The Galaxy S III, for example, is currently the world's top selling handset, while Sony's Xperia line isn't even on the radar. And therein lies the problem. The solution? Build a better device, and that's exactly what Sony intends to do. In an interview with Financial Times Deutschland, Sony Mobile Sales and Marketing Chief Dennis van Schie said his company will soon reveal a "flagship model" that's capable of competing with the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III. He stopped short of offering up any hardware... Read more...
Want to get a jump on the holiday shopping blitz? On November 16 and 17 only (Friday and Saturday), T-Mobile is offering customers free Samsung 4G smartphones with qualifying plans. And yes, that includes the insanely popular Galaxy S III, currently the top selling single-model handset in the world. Talk about the ultimate stocking stuffer for your significant other (or just a nice reward for yourself)! "If getting a great deal on your gift purchases is important, and you prefer to limit your time in holiday checkout lines, then this T-Mobile promotional offer could be for you," said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. "We think this offer will be particularly attractive... Read more...
Earlier this month, we told you about Samsung's great success with the Galaxy S III, having sold 30 million devices worldwide. Obviously, that's quite the feat by itself. Now, new data from research firm Strategy Analytics indicates the Galaxy SIII has become the world's best-selling smartphone in the last quarter. The Galaxy SIII overtook Apple's iPhone to become the world's best-selling smartphone. The iPhone has dominated the chat for more than two years. Estimates from Strategy Analytics indicate Samsung sold 18 million Galaxy SIII smartphones in the third quarter while Apple iPhone 4S sales were 16.2 million. Although Samsung has had great success with the Galaxy SIII, it's likely the smartphone... Read more...
Korean smartphone maker Samsung announced that it has sold more than 30 million Galaxy S III devices around the globe to date. Samsung's Polish division posted the announcement on Twitter and Facebook, along with a pic of what looks to be staff members celebrating the achievement, but has since pulled both posts offline, perhaps because it's preparing a formal press release. "We have already sold 30 million Samsung Galaxy S III phones worldwide! Have you had a chance to test its features?," Samsung's Polish division posted to Twitter. Samsung has reason to jump for joy. Despite all the lawsuits over patent infringement and intense competition from Apple's iPhone line, including the recently released... Read more...
Sprint is the first wireless carrier in the US to offer the Android 4.1.1. Jelly Bean update to Galaxy S III customers. With the update, users will get new and enhanced TouchWiz features as well as the expanded functionality of Jelly Bean. The update is now being delivered to devices automatically over the air; users will be prompted to install the update once the download is complete.   Jelly Bean promises a "smoother, faster and more fluid experience." Some of the new and expanded features include Google Now, expandable and actionable notifications, and Android Beam. You'll also get new widget functionality that will automatically rearrange or resize items on a home screen to make room... Read more...
When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S III back in June, we had a chance to look at a cool use of NFC technology using Samsung's TecTile programmable NFC stickers and the corresponding TecTile Android app. Now, Samsung is updating the TecTile application to version 3.0. This new version is available just in time to be used with Samsung's latest NFC-enabled smartphone, the Galaxy Note II. As you may recall, TecTiles can be used for any number of tasks including launching applications, sending text messages, changing phone settings, and much more. With TecTile 3.0, you'll get plenty of new features as well as deeper integration with more apps. In addition, the new app lets you program a string of... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S III is widely considered to be the best Android smartphone currently available, if not the best smartphone regardless of platform (iPhone 4S and 5 owners might have something to say about that), and so it almost seems criminal that it's not rocking the latest and greatest version of Google's open source operating system, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). If you own a Galaxy S III, hang in there, a Jelly Bean update is in the works. That's the good news. The bad news? Samsung said it will be rolling out Android 4.1 to Galaxy S III owners in the U.S. "in the coming months," so there's no concrete date to work with. Is Samsung talking about two months? Three months? Four or more? We don't... Read more...
Extrapolate from this what you will, but when it comes to browsing the Web, Apple's iPhone 5 device is generating more traffic than Samsung's Galaxy S III, according to data collected by Chitika Insights. The research firm says it conducted a "user agent analysis on millions of mobile ad impressions," and did so for a week straight (October 3rd through October 9th). During that time, 56 percent of the Web traffic came from iPhone 5 users. "The Galaxy S III has been available in the U.S. for nearly four months, and posted impressive sales figures – even beating out domestic sales of the iPhone 4S in August 2012. However, only 18 days since the public release of the iPhone 5, the newest Apple... Read more...
Samsung likes to rub it in Apple's face that "the next best thing is already here," but for tried and true Android users, the next best thing on the open source side of the mobile fence is Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x) on the Galaxy S III. Well, move over Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x), because here comes Jelly Bean. Recent forum reports reveal that Samsung has begun rolling out Jelly Bean on its flagship smartphone in Poland, via the company's Kies synchronization software. A few other eastern European countries also seem to be receiving the update. If true, the Jelly Bean rollout is a little ahead of schedule, as Samsung previously said to expect an OS update in October. "I uploaded the firmware... Read more...
If Apple wasn't worth over half a trillion dollars, we'd almost feel bad about Samsung's comically disparaging ads aimed at the iPhone maker. Sometimes the truth hurts, however, and far be it for us to discourage Samsung from making us laugh by pointing out how silly the whole Apple culture has become. The latest ad (embedded below) once again pokes fun at the annual ritual of iPhone buyers braving long lines in order to have the latest and greatest version of their iOS device on the day of release. Samsung ran a similar ad campaign when the Galaxy S II was competing against the iPhone 4S, and some will find this one even more funny simply based on the fact that there really isn't anything revolutionary... Read more...
Samsung may have lost its patent dispute with Apple, but it's winning the war of words with clever advertising. The mobile carrier took out a full page ad to highlight the differences between its own Galaxy S III smartphone and Apple's recently announced iPhone 5 device, the latter of which is racking up pre-orders at a feverish pace. Lest anyone bother to look at the specs, however, the Galaxy S III touts several advantages compared to Apple's latest and greatest. We covered many of them already, but in short, the Galaxy S III boasts a bigger screen (4.8 inches versus 4 inches), a higher resolution display (1280x720 HD versus 1136x640), longer battery life, twice the amount of RAM (2GB versus... Read more...
It's no secret that Samsung's GALAXY S III smartphone is a hot phone. Today, Samsung announced the phone has reached a record 20 million in sales in just 100 days. The phone originally made its debut in May 2012. With this record, the GALAXY S III has become the most successful smartphone Samsung has released to date. As you may recall, the GALAXY S III features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen (1280x720), a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, and a 2100 mAh Lithium Ion battery. Samsung also includes a number of additional features with the phone such as Smart Stay, S Beam... Read more...
Apple beat Samsung to a pulp in court over patent infringement claims and is now owed over a billion dollars in damages, but when it comes to stateside smartphone shipments, Samsung has reason to boast. The company's flagship Galaxy S III device topped the iPhone 4S in smartphone sales in the U.S. in August, which is the first time that's happened. "We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market," said T. Michael Walkley, a Canaccord Genuity analyst. Be careful not to read too much into that. American consumers aren't boycotting Apple by any stretch, they're just preparing for the iPhone 5 launch. Apple... Read more...
Despite Samsung losing  a billion dollar patent case to Apple, the company's Galaxy S III smartphone isn't among the list of infringing products and, for the time being, appears safe from potential sales bans in the U.S. Regardless of whether or not that changes, current owners will reportedly be able to grab an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for their prized smartphone next month. Samsung revealed the news during its IFA keynote in Berlin. The company didn't mention an exact release date, only that Jelly Bean is coming. The news is far from a total surprise. For one, the Galaxy S III is Samsung's flagship device, so there's really no reason not to roll out a Jelly Bean update (it's just... Read more...
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