Being the last major carrier in the U.S. to release the Samsung Galaxy S3, Verizon is drawing some flak from customers for its decision to ship the phone with an encrypted bootloader. The locked bootloader is a potential problem that owners of Galaxy S3 on the other three major carriers in the country don’t have to face. While it doesn’t necessarily close the flashing custom ROMs door for Verizon customers, it certainly makes it harder.
With Big Red hasn’t exactly been a big help, it’s up to Samsung to set things right — or at least give a helping hand to the tweakers and tinkerers at xda-developers and any other places. Samsung has a [...]
If you were hoping to casually visit Verizon stores on July 10 to get what the rest of the cool tech geeks are using, prepare to be disappointed and come home empty handed. It seems Big Red has delayed the launch of the phone by two days, with July 12 now set as the new date for its availability. The delay is not the end of the world, but for some folks, it might be a good enough reason to do some carrier hopping and get their Samsung Galaxy S3 fix elsewhere.
The good news is the delay doesn’t seem to affect those who maintain an attitude of expecting for the worst (delayed release) from Verizon by pre-ordering the Galaxy S3 since way back when. As we’ve reported a [...]
No matter how cool your smartphone is, especially if it’s a top-of-the-line or flagship device from your favorite manufacturer, it’s bound to experience some issues that are generally observed during day-to-day usage. These issues may have been overlooked by the manufacturer during testing but they’ll certainly annoy various smartphone owners during regular usage.
In its smartphone report, FixYa has listed the most common issues that affect the smartphone experience for various devices including the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 900, the HTC Titan II, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the BlackBerry Curve. What’s interesting [...]
A few days ago we learned that Verizon’s Galaxy S3 version comes with a locked bootloader meant to prevent users from running certain unwanted apps on the device or from rooting it and/or flashing other ROMs on the handset. However, that doesn’t mean that Verizon Galaxy S3 buyers will not be able to circumvent these carrier-imposed security features. In fact, we already have a report from xda-developers that tells us that root and recovery are possible on the device.
We have already told you that other Galaxy S3 versions can be rooted (from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T) but that particular procedure was not available to Verizon subscribers [...]
The US release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has faced a lot of trouble recently. Every network carrier offering the device has faced release and shipping delays, due to “unprecedented demand and limited supply” problems. All issues have been dealt with, and US customers now have the chance to get their hands on the highly-anticipated device. AT&T promised a July 6 release and has kept to its word, with Samsung’s latest flagship now available in-stores as well as online.
As expected, the LTE-capable handset boasts a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 4.8″ super AMOLED display with 1280×720 resolution and 306 ppi (pixels per inch). [...]
Last month, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was HOT. Unfortunately, we weren’t talking about phone sales just yet. We were talking about the SGS3 owner from Ireland that posted images online of his charred, burnt SGS3. He claimed that his Samsung Galaxy S3 had gotten so hot, it literally melted. Samsung took immediate action, looking into the claim.
According to the investigation results from Fire Investigations UK, whom Samsung contracted to look into the situation, the Galaxy S3 did not spontaneously melt or burst into flames. The heat build-up and explosion were most likely due to an external power source. The damage pattern reveals that the phone was [...]
Looking for full control over your brand new Samsung Galaxy S3? In less than ten minutes, you can safely root your brand new Galaxy S3 using the desktop program Odin. Interested? Let’s begin the process.First you will need to download Odin. This is a desktop program that transfers to your phone the files necessary for root. Get it here. Next, you will need to download the root package. Find it here.Unzip the attached Odin.zip file using winzip or similar utility Unzip the CF-Root-SGS3-vX.X.zip Start Odin by clicking the .exe file Click the PDA button, and select CF-Root-SGS3-vX.X.tar Put your phone in download mode (turn off [...]
If there’s a good phone out there that doesn’t have too many flaws, and it arrives in the US, you can usually count on Verizon to ruin it.
It happened with the One series from HTC, which they made unrecognizable by turning it into the less pretty and underpowered Droid Incredible 4G LTE, which also comes a name to match its looks. The same thing is now happening with the Samsung Galaxy S3, which Verizon decided to release with a locked bootloader.
Verizon is known for consistently locking bootloaders on Motorola and HTC phones, but until recently, we weren’t sure if it’s the manufacturers or the carriers who are to blame for the policy. [...]
Although we haven’t heard many complaints about the Galaxy S3’s software, or any kind of bugs or glitches, Sammy seems to be pulling all stops to ensure that the users of the super phone are happy with its performance and stability.
Less than a month after rolling out the first couple of OTA updates and just a week after issuing a software upgrade specifically for Sprint’s version of the S3, Samsung is pushing out a new update with the usually ambiguous changelog. The fresh software package, reported to weigh in at around 72 MB, is said to “improve stability”, just like the first updates from June.
However, this particular software package does come with a [...]
HTC warned a few weeks ago that its Q2 earnings will not be that great, and it looks like they were right. HTC’s profit dropped by 57.8% in the last quarter, compared to a year ago. This means that more than half of their profit has evaporated, leaving the Taiwanese with only $250 million in profit for this quarter. In the meantime, Samsung achieved an amazing $5.9 billion in profit for their phone division, thanks mainly to the launch of the Galaxy S3, which increased their profits by 79%.
So why was Samsung so successful and why was HTC’s evolution so lackluster in the past quarter? HTC blames customs issues, referring to the injunction that the ITC [...]