Although it has since been replaced by the Galaxy S4 as Samsung’s latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S3 remains one of the biggest selling smartphone models of the last few years. Following its launch back in May 2012, the Galaxy S3 has broken a number of sales records for the South Korean manufacturer, and remains one of the best selling smartphones of all time.
While Samsung is of course focusing much of its attention on the recently released Galaxy S4, there are of course millions of Galaxy S3 owners out there. Samsung has not overlooked these consumers, as uSwitch reports that an update to Android 4.2.2 Jellybean is on its way to the device.
The website reports that a test version of Android 4.2.2 Jellybean is now available, and is set to be fully rolled out in June. Along with upgrading the main operating system, the update will also see a number of features utilised on the Galaxy S4 bought to the previous flagship model. These include the likes of an updated S-Voice app, which is a voice activated personal assistant application similar to Siri, along with a number of additions to the settings menus, lock screen widgets and numerous customization options within several native applications. Other updates include new auto brightness settings, but uSwitch reports that some of the very latest features on the Galaxy S4 may be reserved for the latest flagship, but reports that some features like Smart Scroll may come when the next version of Android is released, which is rumoured to be called Key Lime Pie, and is set to be rolled out towards the end of the year.
Despite being replaced by the Galaxy S4 as the company’s latest flagship model, the Galaxy S3 of course offers plenty of impressive features which mean it remains one of the most advanced smartphone models on the market. The device boasts a 4.8 inch Super AOLED display, advanced 8 megapixel camera, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and a microSD slot for expandable storage.
We can expect more news about updates to the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be revealed in the near future, so we will be sure to report back with the latest developments.
Samsung may have established a great reputation for producing some real premium smartphones but the company have always been keen to offer a selection of handsets that appeal to the much lower end of the market. Hot on the heels of high end handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Mega comes the new Samsung Galaxy Fame, a neat device firmly targeting the budget end of the scale.
Ever since the introduction of the Android Gingerbread operating system we have seen a number of cost effective handsets released by Korean manufacturers Samsung. The latest is the new Samsung Galaxy Fame and despite the fact that this new handset runs on the latest Jelly Bean software some of the specification in the devices echoes devices released a couple of years ago. The model incorporate just a single core processor and half a gigabyte of RAM, far removed from the multi core processors and high capacity memory that many more premium devices offers. Despite its apparent limitations however the device runs very smoothly thanks to the fluid new Android OS and there are sure to be scores of consumers not currently in the market for a more premium model who are keen on this new device.
Despite some very basic specification the new Samsung Galaxy Fame does offer a handful of features that are not often present on handsets that sit at the lower end of the scale. A dual SIM variant of the model is available, a common occurrence on Samsung devices, but perhaps more interesting is the fact that there is also a version available boasting NFC support. This will not only enable users to quickly transfer data between devices but also to use the Google Wallet facility for contactless payment at selected retailers. The front facing camera on the model is also capable of recording video footage, a feature not usually found outside of the more premium smartphones.
The new Samsung Galaxy Fame is a entry level device and some of the specification on the phone makes this very clear but the model also features some super features not normally associated with lower priced handsets.
Samsung seem to have been very busy over the past few weeks. Following the launch of their Samsung Galaxy S4 handset we have heard news about various variations on this device including the S4 Zoom and the S4 Mini. A third handset appeared in benchmark results earlier this week and now we have seen images of this handset.
The handset in question is the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and it seems to offer something very different in the S4 range. The new S4 Zoom may focus on camera facilities and the S4 Mini on a compact design but as its name suggests the Active is a more rugged handset targeting active users. New images of this phone have been leaked by GSM Arena via an anonymous tipster and although the handset is very similar is design to the original S4 there are some obvious differences as well. The model offers a more industrial look and this is emphasised by four visible rivets in each corner of the chassis. Another big difference is the presence of three physical buttons at the bottom of the handset rather than three capacitive keys. There is also a flap to cover the charging port that is visible, obviously to keep out dust and water.
If these new images that have been published turn out to be the real deal then the new Samsung Galaxy S4 could turn out to be a very attractive handset indeed. The exterior of the phone may differ quite drastically from the original S4 but internally we are led to believe that the model is very similar. A 5 inch Super AMOLED screen is still featured which is capable of displaying a resolution of 1080P. The handset will also sport a 1.9Ghz quad core processor but it looks as though there will be a slight difference in the camera department with the Active offering an 8 mega pixel primary camera as opposed to the 13 mega pixel unit found on its big brother. The Active will also feature water and dust resistance to make it the ideal smartphone for certain segments of the market.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 active is the latest variation of the S4 that we have heard of and if the leaked images are anything to go by the model not only looks great but also offers some top drawer specification.
Over the past two years we have seen mobile phone screen sizes boost in size and the current trend is for devices to offer displays measuring 4 inches and over. Samsung seem to a found a niche in the market for even larger screens and the popularity of their Galaxy Note range illustrates this. Now the Korean manufacturer are releasing the new Samsung Galaxy mega 6.3, a device offering a whopping 6.3 inch display.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was launched alongside the Galaxy S4 back in April and now we have a little more information on the UK release of this model. Expansys have now revealed that they will be selling this exciting new device in the UK from July. We have not been given exact release dates but at some point during the months this giant screened device will hit shelves. We have also just received pricing for this model. Originally it was believed that the handset would sell for around £400 and several retailers have now confirmed that the model will set consumers back slightly more than this figure with prices starting from £459. This seems cheap for such a large phone but it is worth bearing in mind that the Galaxy mega range is designed as a cheaper alternative to the more premium Galaxy Note and features a more modest specification in order to keep the price to a minimum.
Judging by the success that the Galaxy Note series has achieved we expect the new Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 to prove a real hit with consumers. The stand out feature on the model is undoubtedly the large display which measures 6.3 inches which uses TFT technology and will be capable of displaying a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels which results in a pixel density of 233PPI. The model will ship with version 4.2.2 of the Android operating system and also incorporate a powerful dual core Snapdragon 400 Krait processor. This chip is clocked at an impressive 1.7Ghz and will be accompanied by 1.5GB of RAM. Other key features on the model include an 8 mega pixel camera and the excellent Touchwiz user interface.
Samsung are expanding their range of large screened devices and the new Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the next model that we can expect to see arrive at some point in July with a very competitive price point.
Samsung is said to kick off its Smart App Challenge 2013, this is for developers out there to create content for its Galaxy smartphones. The Samsung App Challenge 2013 is looking for developers to make the apps that make use of the Smart Chord SDK and ones that will run on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The entry period for this will run from June 20th until the end of August. Judging will happen in October and November. Winners will be then announced this December. The Korean tech giant said that there will be 10 winning entries and each one of them will receive $800,000 in total prizes (now that’s a lot of money).
Each of the said winners will be entitled for investment evaluation from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation as well as multiple marketing promotions. Samsung started this contest back in 2012, and this is the second consecutive year that they will be holding this app challenge.
Won-Pyo Hong (President and Head of the Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center) said in a corporate statement: “With Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013, Samsung is going to boost mobile ecosystem.” He added: “At Samsung we will continue to encourage mobile developers to develop new and innovative applications with newly-launched features of the Galaxy series. The Samsung Smart App Challenge will greatly enhance application choices for the Galaxy S4 so users can enjoy a valuable experience.”
The Korean tech giant is hoping to build up content for its Samsung Apps download store. The latter is also hoping to create content that is exclusive to them and to their latest flagship device the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Wall Street Journal explained that “The Company is particularly looking for apps that can be coordinated with Samsung’s ‘Group Play’ service. GroupPlay is a function highlighted on Samsung’s latest Galaxy S4 smartphone that allows users to share certain content such as photos, games, and music all the same time and interact with one another.”
The Samsung Smart App Challenge is a way for the Korean tech giant to build its ecosystem of apps as well as highlighting of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s unique capabilities.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently one of the most sought after smartphones on the market following its launch last month. The phone offers some superb new features and specification of the highest order. When these elements are teamed with its eye catching design it is easy to see why the device is so popular. Now one company is attempting to tap into the real premium market by releasing a gold plated version of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not a cheap phone. With a retail price of around £579 it is actually one of the most expensive devices currently on the market but this has not stopped consumers going crazy for the new model. This price however pales in comparison to the new gold plated version of the device which will set you back a cool £1700. A company called Goldgenie have decided to give the Galaxy S4 the gold plated treatment and the device certainly looks stunning. The handset is obviously not aimed at the average consumer but we can see the new model striking a chord with people such as footballer and celebrities to whom image is everything. For the price Goldgenie are also supplying a luxury Cherry Oak box to store the phone in. Three options are currently available for this gold handset. The standard Gold finish will set you back £1697, the Platinum finish £1757 while a Rose Gold option is also available at the same price.
The exterior of the device may look drastically different from the stock Samsung Galaxy S4 but internally the model boasts identical specification. The model features a 5 inch Super AMOLED display which is perfect for viewing a multitude of material. For consumers looking for a smaller devices an S4 Mini is launching later this year but as yet there is no mention of this handset getting the gold plated treatment. The S4 is one of the fastest models around thanks to a quad core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM. The model comes with 16GB of internal storage capacity but we are expecting to see handsets boasting a higher level of internal storage released very soon.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is already one of the most desirable handsets around and the customised models produced by Goldgenie will certainly strike a chord with consumer with a lot of spare money on their hands.
Yesterday, just hours after benchmark results were supposedly revealed, some specs for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and images have appeared online. It also showed the rugged device in all of its glory.
It was GSMArena who picked up the said shots via its tipster and the device in question is said to be the “dust and water-proofed” Samsung Galaxy S4 variant.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is basically the rugged form factor of its sibling (the Samsung Galaxy S4), you will also notice notable discrepancies in the likes of the of Ferrari Red finish (which will definitely make it shine brighter than its sibling).
The new device bears an industrial look with four large rivets in each of the phone’s corner (back of the device). Of course, there is the plastic flap to cover the charging port at the base of the device (keeping it safe from water).
It also bears three chunky buttons which looks like it is made out of rubber. This device could really work out there, even under the rain with the said design, even if it makes the device appear more like a toy and not a real device.
If you look at the said image, if this is indeed the real thing, it basically looks more attractive than the Galaxy S4.
According to the details given with the images, the device is said to sport a powerful 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 5” full HD display, and an 8MP main shutter (sad that it is not a 13MP shutter like the Galaxy S4. )
The same tipster said that the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been shown in Croatia. Now, everybody is waiting for an official announcement from the Korean Tech giant about this new device.
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is still in the process of receiving its Android 4.1.2 OS update from different carriers across the globe today, and already we are hearing about SamMobile who managed to get their hands on the up and coming software update for the Galaxy S3. This new OS update will bring the Galaxy S3 the Android 4.2.2 and it is said to come in with tons of new features.
One of the said new features will bring you expanded notifications using two-finger swipe and it is said to reveal more options, lockscreen widgets, and Daydream support. Samsung also added a couple more features that are found on its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S4.
Features in the likes of new lockscreen animation, improve notification screen with added shortcut buttons, the new Settings app UI, new and improved S Voice white background option in the phone’s Gallery app, display colour profile settings and more.
The Korean tech giant is still working on the said update (Android 4.2.2) and the said OS update is expected to roll out this June.
If you think June is too far and you simply can’t wait for the official update, you can try this new firmware, but you have to do it at your own risk. Again, if you are tech-geek, maybe you can do this, if not… just wait for the official Android 4.2.2 OS update for your Samsung Galaxy S3.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been rumoured for a number of weeks now. The device which is a waterproof version of the Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship Android phone has also recently been leaked online, with photos posted on a number of websites after it was reportedly showcased in Croatia.
Of course, the Sony Xperia Z is perhaps the best known high end Android smartphone on the market which has waterproof credentials. Therefore, we can expect that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be looking to take on this handset and at least match its dust proof and waterproof attributes. The Xperia Z can be submerged in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage, so the Galaxy S4 Active is likely to be just as rugged.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has recently shown up in a benchmark test, GSM Arena reports. The website explains that the device runs a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor with a Snapdragon 600 chipset. The device also appears to run Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, and has a resolution of 1920x 1080, so is likely to sport a similar 5 inch display to its flagship counterpart. Therefore, it looks like consumers will not have to compromise on features in order to gain the dust proof and waterproof benefits of the Galaxy S4 Active.
Of course, with such a large amount of processing power we can expect excellent performance from the handset. Other recently rumoured variants of the Galaxy S4 which are set to hit the market in coming weeks are a device called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is rumoured to come with an upgraded 16 megapixel camera, along with a more affordable version called the Galaxy S4 Mini, which is likely to come with a number of downgraded features.
With a rumoured release date in June, we can expect an official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active shortly, so we will be sure to keep you posted when we hear of any more news regarding its features, pricing and availability.
The recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 continues to be the most talked about smartphone on the market, following months of eager anticipation. The device has already got off to a great start, and is set to hit 10 million sales this week. Recently, it has been widely rumoured that a number of new versions of the Galaxy S4 will be launched. These include the more affordable Galaxy S4 Mini, as well as a camera orientated version called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and a water proof version called the Galaxy S4 Active.
The latter has been rumoured for a few weeks now, and it appears that the phone is now official. GSM Arena has recently reported on photos of the device, after it was apparently showcased in Croatia. Of course, being a waterproof smartphone, the Galaxy S4 Active will be looking to take on devices like the Sony Xperia Z, which is well known for being one of most durable smartphones on the market, thanks to its IP55 and IP57 certifications, which make the it both dust proof and waterproof. In fact, it can be submerged in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes without sustaining any damage. Therefore, we can expect similar attributes from the Galaxy S4 Active.
The website reports that the majority as its key features will be identical to those of the standard version of the Galaxy S4. These include a 5 inch display with a resolution of 1080p, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor and Android Jellybean operating system. However, it appears that it may sport a downgraded 8 megapixel camera, from the 13 megapixel camera on the standard version of the Galaxy S4.
Additionally, it looks like the phone may have different appearance to the Galaxy S4. In the photos posted on the website, the device appears to have an additional metal casing which is bolted onto the handset. Additionally, it has three hardware buttons at the base of the screen.
GSM Arena reports that because the handset was recently showcased in Croatia, it points to an imminent announcement. We will be sure to report back when we hear of any more information regarding the features, pricing and availability of the Galaxy S4 Active.