14
Jun
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A few days ago, T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, codenamed "Hercules," received a hearty scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, the fun continues for owners of the device, as Team Douche just made available official CM9 nightlies.

Definition: A "nightly" is a cutting-edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day's worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

14
Jun
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Anyone who's been keeping up on the Android blogosphere this year will know that Samsung managed to keep a pretty tight lid on the Galaxy S III prior to its release - we didn't really see any credible leaks up until a few weeks before the official announcement. And now, Samsung, in an apparent attempt to let the world know it's practicing Apple-level secrecy, has let us in on the deets of how it hid its flagship from the media's prying eyes.

13
Jun
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According to the always sometimes occasionally reliable FOSS patents, Apple made a conscious decision to allow Samsung to launch the Galaxy S III on time... so that the case could go to trial sooner. Apple had the option of filing a temporary restraining order to potentially stop the shipment of the SGSIII, but doing so would've been a risk for a few reasons.

Because Apple and Samsung are still in litigation over the Galaxy Nexus, Apple could attempt to stop shipment of the GSIII using a temporary restraining order (TRO).

12
Jun
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NFC is one of those odd features that everybody wants in their phone, but few people are sure how they'll use it yet. Payments systems are slow to catch on and Beam functionality requires a friend with an NFC phone and a need to share data that isn't easier to share via the internet. Samsung, who is quick to note it has the largest NFC-enabled userbase, aims to change that with TecTiles: NFC tags that you can program to perform tasks when you place your phone near them.

12
Jun
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Last Updated: April 19th, 2013

If you're on the regional carrier C Spire and have been jealous of all the Galaxy S III banter, you can lay that jealousy to rest. C Spire just announced that it will be getting the Galaxy S III as one of the initial devices to run on its upcoming 4G LTE network.

The device will launch with identical specs to the other U.S. carriers:

  • 4.8" Super AMOLED HD display with Gorilla Glass 2.0
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB on-board storage with microSD card slot
  • 2100mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 with TouchWiz

Unfortunately, pricing and release date information aren't yet available, but the company plans to launch its LTE network in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September, and the GSIII will most likely be its flagship for the launch.

10
Jun
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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Is A Carrier Move To Data-Only Service A Win Or Loss For Consumers?

Just a few weeks ago, we asked you what phone you would buy if you had to choose one today - the HTC One X, or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Surprisingly, people were pretty closely split, with the tally as of writing 56% SGSIII, 44% HOX.

08
Jun
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Although it isn't a new feature, one of Samsung's software perks with the Galaxy S3 is the inclusion of 48 GB of free space in a Dropbox account, an offer that lasts two years. Unfortunately, according to an official Dropbox support page, some U.S. users won't have the option to take advantage of this free space.

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AT&T and Verizon have chosen to opt out of this promotion, though their reasoning is unclear.

08
Jun
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If you're still looking to get your hands on a Sprint-branded Galaxy Nexus, Amazon has a deal for you – Amazon Wireless is offering the Galaxy Nexus right now for $49.99 if you open a new account. This is a great discount, cutting a full $100 off the last deal we saw.

It's worth noting that customers looking to activate a new line or upgrade an existing line can expect to pay $99.99 or $149.99 respectively for the Now Network's debut LTE device.

06
Jun
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Update: It should come as no surprise, but Samsung has responded to Apple's attack on the Galaxy S III, saying it will "demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S III is innovative and distinctive."

Apple and Samsung's ongoing litigation in California federal court has become something of a three-ring circus. Back in December, the presiding judge denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against a wide variety of Samsung products.

06
Jun
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Samsung's hotly-anticipated successor to the ultra-popular Galaxy series is coming to our shores, and as expected, preorders for the GSIII are now live on Verizon. For those needing a quick refresh of the specs:

  • 4.8" 720p SUMER AMOLED display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 2GB RAM (!)
  • 16/32GB storage + microSD Slot
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.9MP front
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 4G (LTE)

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Samsung also includes a number of proprietary apps, the most anticipated of which is probably the Siri-esque S Voice app.

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