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 [...]
Samsung’s latest Android offering, the Galaxy S3, has found some way to slip into the news for the past 4-5 months. Starting with the crazy pre-launch rumors, and ending with the recent “unprecedented demand” controversy regarding the device’s US release, the Galaxy S3 has been in the forefront. Regardless of whether it was a genuine mistake or an incredible marketing strategy, it seems to have paid off, with Samsung looking at blowing past previous profit record. Everything has finally settled down, and consumers can now get their hands on all available variations (network carrier and color) of the Galaxy S3.
It’s now time to move into [...]
After an unbelievably successful first fiscal quarter of 2012, when it managed to post all-time record profit and earnings, Samsung’s financial well-being over Q2 seemed to depend a whole lot on the Galaxy S3 launch.
Sammy’s new super-phone was unveiled just in time to boost sales for the Korean-based company, but unfortunately its release in many parts of the world, including the US, was several times delayed. Regardless of that, the most recent estimates still predict a highly successful and lucrative three months for Samsung, who might just end up breaking records once again.
Rethink-Wireless.com reports that “analysts” think that 60% of Samsung’s total [...]
Android manufacturers are hard at work producing their take on the world’s best smartphone. Luckily for us Android fans, this summer, there is no shortage of contenders for the highly coveted title of King of the Android hill.
Right now, perhaps, the fiercest rivalry in the Android world is the one between leading manufacturers HTC and Samsung. The stories of the arch-rivals couldn’t be more different. HTC led the smartphone revolution and commanded a sizable portion of the market up until recently. But now, the tides have turned, and the Taiwanese are struggling to return to their former glory, largely depending on the success of their highly acclaimed One [...]