The Samsung Galaxy S III is more than just another Android device launch. Arguably, this is the first phone of 2012 that has the right mix of hardware and software that make it a worthy upgrade from any other device. For Samsung, it's the new company flagship device for the year, much more so than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (which is a fantastic phone in its own right.)
This is the device that Samsung has always wanted to make. Based on the latest publicly-available version of Android, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (yeah, we know 4.1 Jelly Bean is right around the corner,) Samsung has built its own custom Android apps to run on the device to bring exlusive features to its handset. We're talking about S Voice, S Beam, S Memo, Direct Call, Smart Stay, and more. Purchasers in the US and Canada even get 50 GB of Dropbox storage for free (Verizon and AT&T buyers not included, sadly.)
That's a lot to take in, and ultimately the question is, does the Galaxy S III live up to the hype? Join us in our full Samsung Galaxy S III review as we answer that very question.
The Verizon verison of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone goes on sale on July 10th, but we were able to snag our unit a few days early. We're actively working on a full Samsung Galaxy S III review, and as normal, we're kicking things off with a bunch of photos. Go ahead and check out our Samsung Galaxy S III unboxing gallery to get a look at both the LTE smartphone, as well as everything else included in the box, and stay tuned for the review early next week.
While other carriers have released on-sale dates for the Samsung Galaxy S III, Verizon hasn't given any specifics until now. Those waiting for the Galaxy S III to hit big red can now mark the calendar for July 10th, just a week from today. One nice thing about the smartphone on Verizon's network is that it supports its 4G LTE network, so you get all that speedy goodness for the same $199.99 that you'd pay on competing carriers.
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Motorola said a while ago that the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX would get an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade by the end of the second quarter. Well, it came down to the wire, but starting today RAZR owners will start receiving the Android 4.0.4 update. In addition to the new ICS feature set, the upgrade will also enable the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX with Global Ready mode, making the Verizon's first 4G LTE devices with that distinction. Go ahead and check for an update.
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The HTC phones that were being held in customs have been released, which means that the HTC EVO 4G LTE is on its way to stores. If you pre-ordered the device, you likely have it in your hands by now. For the rest of us, we can expect to find the device at our local Sprint outlets on June 2nd. Just remember, Sprint's LTE network is non-existant, but should start its rollout shortly. Anyone planning to pick this one up?
Since the introduction of FaceTime, users have been clamoring for a time when the technology would work over 3G. Since the debut of FaceTime as the major feature of the iPhone 4, it's been relegated to Wi-Fi-only staus, which meant that many on-the-go users never used it. However, a recent error message found by iDevice displays the message "Disabling 3G may end FaceTime."
With the next iPhone rumored to be LTE-enabled, it isn't hard to believe that FaceTime over 3G and/or LTE will be a feature of iOS 6. When FaceTime was first introduced, Steve Jobs noted that Apple needed "to work a little bit with the cellular providers to get [FaceTime] ready for the future."
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A few days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that the next iPhone will have at least a 4-inch display, and the next day Reuters independently reported the same. Yesterday, Bloomberg jumped in with the same report, so it looks like it's a lock. In addition, Bloomberg is also reporting that Steve Jobs "worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October."
Interestingly enough, it was Steve Jobs himself who said that no one wants to buy a big phone. Of course, as we've seen with plenty of 4G LTE Android devices, larger smartphones are everywhere. Of course, Apple has some room on the current iPhone form factor to enlarge the display without changing the size of the phone itself too much. Maybe Steve was right--rather than making a big phone, Apple can just make a big display while keeping the device itself relatively the same size.
We know that there are plenty of folks who've pre-ordered the HTC EVO 4G LTE that was scheduled to launch on Sprint tomorrow, but due to the HTC devices infringing on Apple patents, they're held up indefinitely in customs. For whatever reason though, Best Buy has posted an update letting shoppers know that it will have the EVO 4G LTE available for sale on the 23rd. HTC responded, saying that there have been no changes, and that it remains in contact with U.S. Customs to secure approval for the shipments of the EVO 4G LTE and One X smartphones.
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Whoa! It looks like two major HTC devices have just been indefinitely delayed at United States Customs for an investigation due to an Apple patent infringement. If you were ready to pick up the HTC One X or HTC EVO 4G LTE on day one, you've got a wait ahead of you:
"The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval."
While HTC is putting on the smiley face for the public, this is a pretty serious blow. The devices that are being held infringe on an Apple patent that covers the action of automatically turning email addresses and phone numbers in tappable links. We don't see how HTC can quickly remove that feature from phones that are sitting in their shipping containers.
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Verizon has just cut the price of the Droid RAZR Maxx by a whopping $100, bringing the price of the long-lasting 4G LTE smartphone down to $199.99 with two-year contract. That's a great price for the supercharged Motorola handset. Verizon is also touting its new partnership with Facebook video app Color, which allows you to share 30-second video snippets over 4G LTE. Speaking of the Droid RAZR Maxx, it should be picking up Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich very, very shortly.
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