Well, this is awkward. While it was recently reported that Samsung removed the universal search feature from its international Galaxy S III devices, it turns out Samsung didn't mean to. Oops. According to the Korean manufacturer, the company only intended to remove the feature from certain US variants of the handset. Samsung told TechRadar, a UK-based tech publication, that the feature would be returning to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III. It's unclear if this means that it will only be returning to the UK variant, or if Samsung is simply informing TechRadar and the BBC of the versions relevant to their readers. Read More
Yesterday, Cyanogen himself stopped by XDA to drop some preview builds for CM10 for some of US variants of the Galaxy S III. Today, the rest of the world gets in on the action, as TeamHacksung member XpLoDWilD offers up a preview build for the international Galaxy S III (i9300). As with the previous release, this thing is packed to the brim with warnings, but when has that stopped you?
The release is very, very early and many of the known issues are fairly critical, such as "On the first call, the other end might not hear you. Next calls are fine." So, if you're on the edge of your seat waiting on a callback for that audition, or you're a secret agent staking out a terrorist's domicile and will, at any moment, need to call your superiors and tell them "He's on the move", this ROM might cause you problems. Read More
CyanogenMod 10 is still cooking, and heck, CM9 isn't even fully baked for all devices yet. That hasn't stopped Steve Kondik, aka the guy who puts the Cyanogen in CyanogenMod, from posting preview builds of CM10 over on XDA for the AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S III variants. Plus, a third preview build being posted for the Sprint version by another developer. Keep in mind, of course, that "preview build" translates into "absolutely nothing is guaranteed to work." It is exciting, nonetheless.
The threads go out of their way to point out that CM10 isn't even close to being ready to ship and that just about everything that could go wrong probably will. Read More
Verizon has taken some flack lately for being the only US carrier to lock the bootloader. Workarounds have been implemented, but Samsung's taken it a step further by announcing a developer version of the device. Today they...well, they haven't quite made good on that promise, but they have created a landing page for the device on their site that announces the 32GB Pebble Blue version will be "coming soon".
It doesn't look like pre-orders are available yet, although we know the device will retail for $599 when it finally launches. Previously, Verizon had tried to claim that Samsung was responsible for the locked bootloader, but since virtually every other version of the device did not have a locked bootloader, and now Samsung is going out of its way to get an unlocked version in the hands of its customers, it's a little tough to stomach that idea. Read More
The Verizon Galaxy S III is finally available. You can walk into a Verizon store and buy yourself a shiny new GSIII for $200 right now - so long as you're okay with 16 GB of storage and not into unlocked bootloaders, that is.
That aside, if you do plan on picking up the GSIII on Big Red today, you can save yourself $50+ buy ordering from Amazon Wireless, Let's Talk, or Wirefly. The 16 GB variant is available from Let's Talk and Wirefly right now, but is currently listed as backordered from Amazon Wireless (we expect that should change later today), and all three have it listed for $150. Read More
Well, so much for the idea of a patriotic-themed launch party for this device. Still, if you're on AT&T and you're excited about getting your hands on the exclusive red version of Samsung's latest and greatest flagship phone, your wait is about to be at an end. In a few short days, starting on July 15th, AT&T will be offering the device en rouge via pre-order on its site.
The device will land in stores next to the blue and white versions on July 29th. A note to retailers: your opportunity has passed. If you put a stars and stripes border or decorations on your display now, it will just look tacky. Read More
The Android development community couldn't be more on fire today now that Android 4.1 has been fully open sourced. While the Jelly Bean flavored CyanogenMod 10 is not just here just yet (though work has already begun), the CyanogenMod team released a fantastic treat for new Galaxy S III owners on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile - official nightlies, available for downloading and flashing right now:
- Galaxy S III for AT&T (d2att)
- Galaxy S III for Sprint (d2spr)
- Galaxy S III for T-Mobile (d2tmo)
: A "nightly" is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.
Samsung's Android devices have always come with easily unlockable bootloaders, so seeing the Verizon version of the Galaxy S III locked down at the request of the carrier (we don't buy your excuse, Verizon) was quite a shocker to many enthusiasts (not like it stopped them). Samsung, realizing how important it is to have unlockable bootloaders on its devices, decided to go the same way Motorola did back in January and release a user-unlockable Galaxy S III Developer Edition specifically for VZW.
The device will be only available online through Samsung (it should appear shortly), and because Verizon is obviously not going to subsidize it, will likely cost about $600 (Samsung has yet to confirm the final amount). Read More
The Galaxy S III on Sprint has been seeing a considerable amount of update action in the short time since it's been released. Back on June 29th, the device saw a security update and now, according to Sprint's community website, a second "Google security updates" OTA software patch is headed to the device.
The carrier hasn't offered any details on what the update fixes, beyond that today's update is Google-related, while the previous update is just a generic security update. Still, it's interesting to see that the device has received multiple security updates within less than a month. We haven't heard of any major security issues, so this may just be a bit of proactive protection. Read More
Last night Samsung released the kernel source code for the Verizon Galaxy S III. While it's good that Samsung is making good on timely source releases, this particular bit of code didn't do a whole lot of good in way of GSIII development because of the VZW GSIII's locked bootloader. Fortunately, Team Epic has changed this with a new workaround called kexec hardboot (kernel execution hard boot) that should allow users to effectively "sideload" custom kernels without having to actually flash them on the device by bundling the kernel with the custom recovery.
To demonstrate that the workaround does indeed allow the VZW GSIII to use custom kernels, they also developed a proof-of-concept kernel built from source. Read More