Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy S III’

The folks of the XDA-Developers forums are old hands at solving problems and limitations with mobile devices, particularly those of the Android variety, and in the latest, one member has come through with a nifty wireless charging solution. The mod, which costs around $25 in supplies, can be completed in around ten minutes, and the final result is a fully-functional, wirelessly juiced Samsung Galaxy S III.

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Android has no shortage of apps and tools for a variety of purposes, and it might not be incorrect to say that the platform from Google, just like Apple’s iOS, can now boast “there’s an app for that” without being able to prove it. As a matter of fact, there are certain facets where Android has apps that iOS couldn’t even dream of – or at least the way how these apps function. Want some examples? How about keyboards? Android has plenty of very capable contenders, whereas in iOS, you cannot modify that unless you’re jailbroken. Then, how about replacement messaging application? Go SMS Pro has been a favorite among Android users for a long time now, and then certain manufacturers (like Sony & HTC) have their own custom messaging apps that are pretty useful and aesthetically pleasing. You don’t get that on iOS, and it’s unlikely that you ever would.

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Although it doesn’t appear to have been a particularly widespread issue, some Galaxy S III users have seen their handsets suddenly cease to work for no apparent reason in the past month or so. Some left it charging overnight, while others simply turned the screen off, only to later discover that the device had become bricked. Samsung has been helping Galaxy S III owners resuscitate their devices by free repairs and in most cases, replacements, but reports now suggest the Korean company is planning a firmware update to remedy the issue causing the initial problem.

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Just as we are approaching the final run-in to the wonderful festive season where everything should be all about smiles and joyful memories, it seems that a mysterious illness has started affecting Samsung’s wonderful Android powered Galaxy S III smartphone. We all know how great the S III is, with it widely being regarded as the best Android device currently available on the market, but a rising number of users are reporting that their beloved Samsung smartphones are starting to give up and die with no prior warning or reason given for their digital suicide.

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A couple of days ago, we learned a new software vulnerability within Samsung’s hardware courtesy of a member of the thriving XDA-Developer forums, and at the time, it was classed as a kernel level exploit providing the perfect breeding ground for malicious apps to access physical memory of devices affected. Today, Samsung has stepped out and confirmed the existence of the vulnerability, stating its intent to address the situation as a matter of urgency.

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No matter how many hardware or software improvements a company makes to a device over a given period of time, there will always be flaws, and in the case of Samsung’s coveted Galaxy S III i9300, Wi-Fi roaming bugs have plagued many a user. Wherever there is a limitation or a fault, though, there is always a developer on hand looking to solve it, and in this case, the remedy arrives courtesy of XDA-Developers member felixchris. We’ve got all the details after the jump!

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CyanogenMod 10.1 is really gaining traction, and in its quest to bring Android 4.2 to as many Android-based devices as possible, has now made nightlies available to the Galaxy S and Galaxy S III. Great news for those in ownership of either Samsung device it most certainly is, although it’s important to note that the nightly builds only cover the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the S III.

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If you prefer your mobile operating experience to be of the Android variety and always opt to let Korean based Samsung handle your hardware requirements then the discovery of a new exploit within certain Samsung devices should be more than enough to peak your interest. The vulnerability in the Samsung hardware has been discovered by a keen-eyed developer over at the XDA Developer forums and has been classified as being at the kernel level that allows malicious applications to gain access to all physical memory on the affected device.

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There’s a pretty reasonable and easy to understand explanation for the popularity of AOSP-based Android ROMs like CyanogenMod or AOKP, or even MIUI – these firmware often give you a chance to try out a version of Android that’s either not yet available for your device, or that might not have been official supported by the manufacturer at all. I am rocking unofficial CM 10.1 on my Huawei U9200 just to get a taste of Android 4.2, and had I stuck with the stock operating system that came from the manufacturer, I’d still have been at 4.1 Jelly Bean. This is not just me – a lot of people go for unofficial builds so that they can try out new features and improvements without having to upgrade the device itself. Thus, it makes complete sense that a device like the international Galaxy S III I9300 would receive a CyanogenMod 10.1 build, even if its unofficial.

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Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone is beginning to see an update to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, and although this may not, on the face of it, sound all-that riveting, there are plenty of exciting new features to behold. Among them arrives the very handy multi-view function, which was first introduced with the Galaxy Note II, and vastly improves the multitasking capabilities of your device by allowing you to see more than one app running at a time.

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One of the biggest hindrances with buying a top-of-the-line smartphone, is the premium price that you have to pay for it. There are usually two ways of how high-end phones are sold; either you pay the full price to the manufacturer and get an unlocked device, whereby getting the freedom to go with whatever network fancies you. Or, you may opt to buy the phone through a wireless carrier, where you pay a much subsidized rate for a big trade-off: getting stuck with that carrier for the term of your contract. In the latter case, the carrier pays the full price to the manufacturer but sells you the device at a much lower rate, and in turn, locks down the smartphone to their network, so you cannot use a SIM card from another network just like that. That’s a generally agreeable rule for most users.

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Apple and Samsung are two great rivals in the world of modern technology, and it’s only natural that when one of them brings a shiny new smartphone to the table, the other won’t want you to have it. Samsung made its feelings known on the release of the iPhone 5 back in September by compiling the ‘iSheep’ (The Next Best Thing is Already Here) ad, a reference to those Apple evangelists that queue for hours to grab the next Cupertino iDevice. As well as poking fun at some of the iPhone’s features, on-looking spectators were left fascinated instead by the S III, as its perceived superiority was showcased amid an awestruck ensemble of would-be iPhone buyers. Today, that ad has been named as the top tech ad of 2012.

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