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Samsung Galaxy S III mini: Jelly Bean goodness for the budget minded

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds, Rumors

Samsung Galaxy S III mini leak

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a fantastic device (seriously, check our Galaxy S III review,) but if you're like us, you wish it were just a tad smaller. Well, Samsung has heard your cries, as the company is reportedly set to unveil a new Galaxy S III "mini" smartphone. The smaller handset will feature a 4-inch display, and should be announced in Germany on October 11. Word comes directly from Samsung's Head of Mobile Communications, JK Shin. Don't expect it to match all the high-end specs of its bigger brother, though. For example, expect a 5.0-megapixel camera an 800x480 Super AMOLED PenTile display, and a dual-core (instead of quad-core) processor, three notable differences. Still, those more budget-minded consumers who want in on some Samsung goodness can rest easy knowing that the Jelly Bean-powered mid-range handset will arrive soon.

Read More | MobileGeeks

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Samsung TouchWiz bug erases all of your Galaxy S data (update: fixed!)

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Mods / Hacks

TouchWiz security bug

There is an SMS exploit in the wild that can cause a Samsung Galaxy device (including the latest  Galaxy S III) running TouchWiz to be completely reset. This exploit was first discovered by tech security researchers and proof of that concept was shown on YouTube. There are many vectors where this could be distributed and executed such as SMS, email, and QR codes. This is practically on the same level as a Zero Day attack. However, the interesting aspect is that this was mostly likely implemented by carrier request and designed by the OEM, which is Samsung. We at Gear Live have not yet independently confirmed this exploit, but other tech publications have confirmed the legitimacy of the hack. Some refer to this as a feature? As always, use of safe computer and internet practices is advised.

UPDATE: Samsung has released a patch for this exploit, and recommends that all of its users download the latest software update, which eliminates the problem.

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iPhone 5 GeekBench results: A6 chip is a screamer

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPHone 5 geekbench scores

It appears that MacRumors has received word from PrimateLabs about the GeekBench scores for the iPhone 5. Apple's new smartphones will be available to the public when it launches on September 21st. In the words of late Steve Jobs, "It's a screamer!"

Clearly, iPhone 5 has more than doubled expected performance when compared to the iPhone 4S. It blows the doors off previous marks set by all previous iOS devices before it. Also, it remains at the top of the pack even when you include all current Android devices; that includes tablets like Google's Nexus 7, the quad-core ASUS Transformer Prime, and Samsung's new smartphone iteration, the Samsung Galaxy S III (also quad-core.)

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Read More | MacRumors

Giveaway: Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III giveaway

The Samsung Galaxy S III is currently the hottest-selling phone in the US. Want one? Good, because we have one to give away! We've teamed up with TRENDOY!, the daily gadget newsletter to give away a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, and we've made it super-easy for you to enter to win. All you need to do to enter is head on over to our TRENDOY! page and subscribe! We'll choose a winner of the Galaxy S III from our subscribers in a week. Good luck!

Oh, and be sure to subscribe to the Gear Live Newsletter too - we've got a few fun holiday giveaways planned there!


Samsung ATIV S is the first official Windows Phone 8 device

Samsung ATIV S

The first Windows Phone 8 device has been officially announced in the Samsung ATIV S. What's so great about the ATIV S? Well, aside from running the next-generation mobile OS from Microsoft, it's got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB RAM, and a 2,300mAh battery. Not enough? How about an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera, and a body comprised of brushed aluminum and Gorilla Glass 2? You'll be able to pick up the ATIV S in October.

Read More | Windows Team Blog

Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch 720p display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, S Pen gestures

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Handhelds

Samsung Galaxy Note II

This morning Samsung announced its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note II. Following up on the original Galaxy Note, the second edition is highlighted by a 16:9 5.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display. Powering that is a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor and 3,100mAh battery, which should make running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on this one super-smooth. The device takes design cues from the Samsung Galaxy S III, which should be apparent by the curves and the similar color choices of Marble White and Titanium Gray. As far as optics go, expect an 8-megapixel rear camera that records 1080p video. Rounding things out, as you can see in the image, is the S Pen. Now sporting a rubber tip, Samsung believes the updated S Pen will have a feel much closer to pen and paper, and the Galaxy Note II has a bunch of S Pen quick commands and gestures. We've got no specific launch dates  yet, other than that the phone will launch internationally by the end of 2012.


How the Apple vs. Samsung jury reached a verdict (video)

Apple vs Samsung verdict explanation

We are a few days removed from the monumental decision that was handed down in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, where Apple pretty much steamrolled Samsung in the verdict. Curious how the jury reached the decision that it did? Check out the video after the break. It's an interesting look at the process that Jury Foreman Vel Hogan and team used to determine which patents were infringed, and how much money to award in damages. Other interesting tidbits? The Jury Foreman is a PC user who owns no Apple products, and not one of the jurors owned an iPhone.

Read More | Bloomberg

New Samsung Galaxy S III color options revealed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Design

Samsung Galaxy S III colors

When the Samsung Galaxy S III was announced, we thought the two colors that it would be available in, white and pebble blue, both looked great and should satisfy anyone. Not so, says Samsung. The company is set to drop four additional Galaxy S III colors: Sapphire Black, Amber Brown, Titanium Gray, and Garnet Red (which AT&T got a bit early.) The colors will be mixed between various carriers, so don't expect to have your pick of the litter at your local store, okay?

Read More | Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update coming late Q3 / early Q4

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones, Google, Software

Samsung Galaxy S III

Owners of the new-ish Samsung Galaxy S III have been asking the question "What about Jelly Bean?" ever since the latest Android OS was revealed shortly after the launch of the smartphone. Well, according to SamMobile, the wait shouldn't be too much longer. Word on the street is that Samsung has finalized its internal testing of Android 4.1 for the Galaxy S III, and has moved on to getting it ready for public release. Once that's done and Google gives the okay, the latest Samsung flagship will have the update pushed out. SamMobile estimates that users can expect the update in late Q3 or early Q4, but that isn't an official statement from Samsung itself.

Read More | SamMobile

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