Unleash The Potential of Your Samsung Galaxy S3: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update On Verge

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 users! Wait no longer. As per the latest report, this July will make way for the updated version of the much-awaited Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software for your S3 smartphone.

Installing this update on your S3 device, you will not only enjoy a faster processor but will also get a plethora of features introduced in the Galaxy S4 such as Smart Scroll and Smart Pause.

The updated version on the S3 will provide users with a new lockscreen, various camera features, latest S-Voice along with new voice controls.

However, wait might get a little longer for those in the U.S. as reports indicate that carriers in the country might be the last ones to slot in the update. Considering the past, Sprint has proved itself to be the fastest carrier to push Android updates on Android-powered devices.

Nevertheless, for those who can’t wait for the official version to hit the market, there’s also a leaked version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update that you can carry on your Galaxy S3 devices.

So what are you waiting for? The official version or the leaked firmware update?

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Why The Successor Is A Good Buy ?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out for grabs, the smartphone has managed to attract the wandering eyeballs. Despite certain criticism it received, the ball is still in its court. For those who are a little apprehensive about buying it or not, let us come to your rescue. Read on to know some of the reasons why you might just like to buy Samsung Galaxy S4.

Starting with the device’ features, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a pack of goodies. An interesting and stylish device, Galaxy S4 is packed with in-built health apps, pedometers, IR blasters, eye-tracking and motion gesture technology among others. Not really useful for everyone, but these features will surely be loved by all techno freaks.

Coming down to the screen size of the smartphone, the Galaxy S4 isn’t as big as Galaxy S3 but what sets it apart is the screen quality. The brightness sets in the Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. The 5-inch 1080p resolution screen makes the device an impressive choice.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is not a pain in the hand, considering its size. With all smartphones getting bigger and bigger, the Galaxy S4 sits comfortably in hand.

For those who do not like Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, good news is that Google is also offering the Galaxy S4 running stock Android, which means you get to choose the interface you prefer.

Looking at the Android updates such as Jelly Bean 4.3 and Key Lime Pie, the Galaxy S4 will get these updates first as compared to the Galaxy S3. The performance boost of the Galaxy S4 will let it run Android updates smoothly and easily.

Camera is a major point that consumers consider while buying a smartphone these days. Samsung has packed the Galaxy S4 with a good 13 megapixel lens with a clear 1080p HD video shooting mode at 30 fps that makes this device a pro in this facet.

Lastly considering the apps, Samsung Galaxy S4 has pretty much all the applications that you’d want in your smartphone.

With these points listed down, we hope that the decision making has been made easier for you. What do you think of the Galaxy S4? Share your comments with us.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Fails To Lure Its Users, Would Apple iPhone 6 Come To Rescue?

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 has landed itself in deep waters as we hear owners of the device grumble about certain issues that aren’t going well with the smartphone. Touted as being the best-selling Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 is expected to hit the milestone of 10 million sales all over the world. But will the device achieve it or would Apple iPhone 6 take advantage of the issue?  Following sales, the device is hit with a list of complains, the latest being with its sound quality. Though the Galaxy S4 looks attractive enough to entice users to bag it, these complaints from its owners make us wonder whether it is worth the upgrade from Samsung’s Galaxy S3.         

For someone who wants to be a proud owner of Samsung’s flagship device, it is important to think about all the pros and cons. Considering the complaints so far, let’s get ready to face them. Read on to know top five reasons why the Galaxy S4 is not going down as well as the Galaxy S3.

1. Overheating of the device

Trouble clouded the Galaxy S4 early in May, when users complained that the device reached a temperature so high that it got almost unfeasible for them to hold it against the ear while talking. One of the owners of Galaxy S4 wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve just now received my Galaxy S4 with Exynos-Octa processor, and from the first minute I noticed overheating, specially in the ear area and it’s annoying, is anyone faced the same problem?”

Overheating of the device makes it totally uncomfortable to hold in hand. Hoping that Samsung will seriously look into the issue, another user of the Galaxy S4 wrote, “The problem is the heat is from the screen side, sometimes I can’t talk with it! Hope it’s a software problem and to be solved soon.”

2. Battery Problem   

Samsung used a powerful 2600mAh battery in its Galaxy S4, which saw an upgrade from the Galaxy S3’s 2100mAh. Surprisingly, issues regarding a drained battery are hovering over the device with users complaining of the problem they got in hand.  

One of the owners wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve noticed that I have the famous ‘mediaserver battery drain’ issue too. Check under ‘Settings -> More -> Battery’ and see if ‘Mediaserver’ is at the top of the list, and if so, what percentage? Mine is sitting at 55%. I’m down to 31% battery life after 2hours 43mins of use. I suspect the overheating is a symptom of this misbehaving mediaserver, but I could be wrong.”

3. Purple Smear on Phone’s Display

Users of the Galaxy S4 are also complaining about some smearing issues on the phone’s display, with a shade of purple on the letters. One of the owner writes, “Ok I picked up my new Galaxy S4 today, I’ve owned all the galaxy handsets and been pleased with them. However I noticed some weird screen issue earlier, basically while scrolling dark greys on blacks smudge/smear purple.”

4. Rebooting 

Apparently, the Galaxy S4 is facing complaints of malfunctioning when the device’s camera is launched using the lockscreen widget, which in turn reboots the device out of the blue. There are users who complained that this issue followed the recent Galaxy S4 software update.

One of the users wrote, “I have a weird ‘bug’ that has been occurring randomly. When I launch the camera using the lockscreen widget, app start, camera shows no image and bam, reboot. After they reboot, doing the same thing doesn’t cause a reboot. Weird. Anyone else has this ‘bug?’ 

This rebooting issue can get quite infuriating for users and we hope Samsung looks into it as soon.

5. Issue with Sound or Headphones 

One of the users on XDA-Developers forum wrote, “Anyone having issues with audio crackling/distortion when using headphones? It seems with audio volume above 50% using UE600 headphones I get crackling/distortion that gets worse as I increase volume. I’ve read other reports of similar audio issues with decent headphones but not sure what the issue is. I tried stock, cx-270 and koss headphones but they don’t display the issue.”

This issue of crackling sounds when listening to music at a high volume occurs when users use different headphones instead of Samsung earphones.

With all these issues being reported, we certainly will think twice before upgrading to the Galaxy S4. But in case you have already bagged it, feel free to raise the concern. Do you also face the same issues? Share it with us. Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Apple iPhone 5: Aha! Moment For Samsung, What Did It Do To Raise The Bar Above Apple?

Yesterday, we spoke about how Apple’s earnings indicated a slight dip from Wall Street expectations. While this wouldn’t exactly make Apple happy, its arch rival Samsung must be quite pleased. In more pleasing news for the Korean electronics manufacturer, its fourth quarter profits of $6.6 billion was 75 percent more than what it earned during this period in the previous year. Even its overall sales of $2.5 billion were 4 percent higher than the corresponding figure for the third quarter.

The company attributes this increase in revenue to its bestsellers, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, which saw strong demand, particularly in the last quarter. Samsung’s handset unit had an operating profit of about $5 billion, double of the $2.35 billion from last year. In addition, we think the lukewarm response of the market to Apple’s iPhone 5 also helped Samsung reach the top spot. Considering that nearly 25 percent of smartphones all over the globe are manufactured by Samsung, these figures don’t seem quite surprising.

The company managed to sell 63 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, but is expecting to sell only about 59.7 million units during the first quarter. However, both these figures still remain higher than Apple’s sale of 47.8 million iPhones during the company’s fiscal first quarter. The reduced estimates of the first quarter indicate that the Galaxy S4 may not release until after March 2013. According to the latest data, Samsung has managed to sell 41 million Galaxy S3 smartphones and 5 million Galaxy Note 2 phablets since their respective releases.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Come In April, To Have An Unbreakable Screen

Samsung Galaxy S4, the next version Samsung Flagship phone may come with breakthrough unbreakable screen.  S4 is expected to be launched in April 2013. If Samsung breaks the barrier of unbreakable screen then it will be pose serious competition to Apple which is leading the Smartphone market.

The Galaxy S 4 would come with a bigger and better display, powerful qud-core processor and a 13-inch megapixel camera which will make picture quality far better than what it is right now. The ppi may increase to 441 from 306 ppi of S3 and 326 ppi of iPhone 5.

“Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S IV – compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S III,” said UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois. “We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases.”

Samsung has been silent about S4.

Sasmung has been the pioneer in developing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display which are unbreakable. It would be dream come true if mobiles and other gadgets come with unbreakable screens.

“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer,” said Mark Newman, an analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong.… Read the rest

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SAMSUNG S3 for Rs. 38000 …My Latest Crush…

I hate losing an argument, specially to my husband. Though he is a sensible man who is capable of exercising budgetary restraint (and vehemently preaches the same specially when I go jewellery shopping with his credit card), however when it comes to gadgets there are times when he is downright irrational!! Our most recent pother was during evening tea when he started hinting about buying yet another smartphone.  After a half an hour’s parley he convinced me that our smart phones were not smart enough. A smartphone should be much more than just a 5 megapixel camera coupled to the plethora of applications which we seldom use, it should be coherent to our lifestyles and an extension of our personality.  And if you are wondering what phones we use, it wouldn’t be fair to divulge any details, especially the name because all said and done, they’ve served us well and we did love them at some point of time!

But they say that change is inevitable, we decided to hunt for a phone that would make our frenzied lives easier, a phone which was faster, smarter, capable of replacing our laptops and most importantly ergonomic.

After much looking around we stumbled upon a phone which seemed custom made for our requirements and my husband instantly named it – the King of Kings, the phone was Samsung Galaxy S3. There are no two ways about it that the latest offering from Samsung absolutely blew my mind too. So, without further ado let’s take a look at one of the best offering from Samsung’s arsenal this season:

Samsung Galaxy S3 is unbelievably smooth thanks to its 1.4GHz Exyno 4, quad-core which lets you slide through its interface seamlessly. The mighty quad core processor makes multi tasking a breeze so much so that you can play a video while messaging or editing a document simultaneously. The trump card of S3 is its 8 megapixel camera cum video recorder, so the  next time you come back from that exotic vacation, not only do you have HD photos but also the full length 1080p HD videos to re- live the experience.

Samsung understands that smart phone users are looking for a comfort level that goes beyond the features and applications which is exactly why the S3 comes with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1,280×720 pixels) imparting sheer brilliance to the display and touch and feel of the phone an absolute delight.

The S3 will be launched in two colors -marble white and pebble blue. For me, both the colors work really well as they are neutral yet luxurious. The white version is shiny plastic with  silver enunciations adding  a premium touch to it on the other hand the “pebble blue” color is a clear winner owing to its gray overtones and brushed finish.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has a 1.9 megapixel front- facing camera which by the way is the best in its class till date and enhances the video chatting experience like never before.

Like any other Andriod, the S3 comes stuffed with applications but the app which absolutely floored me was the S Voice, Samsung’s answer to Siri. It works as promised, doing things like fetching the maps, weather forecasts, making calls, controls volume and so on…

So basically the Samsung Galaxy S3 is smart phones which actually got SMARTER and I for one am sold . But it still doesn’t change the fact that I hate losing arguments to my husband.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Clash Of The Siblings

Samsung is pushing a lot of devices into the market of smartphones to maintain its foothold, targeting a lot of people, from different settings. Let’s take look at Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to weigh down their specifications and features individually.

Also see the how the latest tablet on the block… microsoft surface

 

Samsung has recently uncovered its latest Galaxy Note 2, giving users in various counties another option to splurge on in the market of smartphone. This new device by the Korean manufacturer will hit the US market in a couple of weeks. With a size bigger than other smartphones, the Galaxy Note 2 is seen as a mixture of phone and a tablet and therefore is widely been called a phablet.

However, the huge size of Galaxy Note 2 has not deterred people from using the device to make phone calls.

Launched amidst tough competition from Apple’s iPhone 5, which broke all sales records of previous iPhones, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can also see Samsung Galaxy S3 as competition as it has been a bestseller smartphone so far.

Also see from where to buy Samsung Galaxy Note II : http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/28/its-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-all-the-way-lands-in-india-with-s-pen-capabilities-for-rs-39990/

Now let’s take a look at features of Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

To start, let’s compare the screen size. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 also comes with a big screen that is 4.8-inch in display. But that size looks smaller in front of Galaxy Note 2’s screen, which is 5.5-inch in size. The 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display of Galaxy S3 has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels at 306ppi. The second-gen Note on the other hand also has the same resolution, but pixel-per-inch-rate falls to 267 due to the larger display. The device also uses Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen technology. Both devices are protected against scratches by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2.

Both the smartphones got best specifications that any other smartphone has in the market. With these two devices, the Korean company has taken a plunge into the smartphone sector, only to be the leader.

When it comes to form factor, the latest version of phablet is seen as a bigger version of the Galaxy S3. With diverse functions, both the devices aim entirely different customers. Consumer can buy Galaxy S3 just as a smartphone, while the Note 2 can be seen as a device, required for those who need to write and consume more data than to call and receive calls.

Clearly, the Galaxy S3 is smaller than the Note 2 with an aspect of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm and 133grams weight. These dimensions also make the Galaxy S3 the most slimmest and lightweight handsets in the world. On the other side, the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is larger and heavier with 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm measurement, weighing at 180 grams.

Next in line is the processor. The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 come equipped with the same Exynos 4412 Quad chipset inside. The new quad core-based chipset from Samsung is powerful. The devices also run on the same Cortex-A9 processors, but they differ in clocking speed, which is 1.4GHz for Galaxy S3 and 1.6GHz for Galaxy Note 2. The handsets extract their graphical performance from the same Mali-400MP GPU. Yet, the S3 has only 1GB of RAM, which is 2GB in Note 2.

The Galaxy Note 2 also comes pre-loaded with Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 on the other hand comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung widely publicized about the S3 in two memory variants; 16GB and 32GB. However, the Note 2 is announced to come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. Both devices got microSD slots, with 64 GB for the S3 and 32GB for the Note 2.

Meanwhile it’s a smart stylus that comes in the Note 2, which has given it a smarter look that’s surely to be loved by all.… Read the rest

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iPhone5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: The War Is On

 

 

With iPhone5 Apple has pitched the war against Samsung Galaxy S3. The thrilling battle has begun and what is there to see for us is how both the phones stand against each other in terms of display. Let’s have a look at both the warriors’ iPhone5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 and see who triumphs in the battle of display.

Latest update on iphone 5: http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/28/iphone5-update-netflix-for-ios-upgraded-for-better-viewing/

Display Size: S3 is big. It comes with 4.8-inch screen and there is no phone in the market as big as S3 (except Samsung’s own phone, Samsung Galaxy note which is more of a phablet). Apple iPhone5 undoubtedly looks bigger than its predecessor (iPhone4s with 3.5 inch screen) with 4 inch display but it falls short of S3 screen size by0 .8 inches.

Display resolution: Here iPhone 5 emerges as the clear winner with its  640 x 1136 pixels .Its clarity and richness is impressive (though HTC One X with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 312 PPI, certainly competes with Apple’s smaller, 4inch screen, which features a still attractive resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels but at a sharper 326 PPI) . The big and handsome Samung S3 with 720 x 1280 pixels at 306ppi fails to have clarity and sharpness which can be matched to iPhone5.

Visibility in sun:  We give the trophy of daylight display to iPhone 5 as DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira has rated iPhone 5 at 121 in terms of brightness and contrast and Samsung S3 at 45-57. What gives Samsung S3 less brightness when taken outdoors, is its much-hyped power management settings.

Technology behind displays: Apple is known for its Retina Display technology which became popular with iPhone4. iPhone 5 proudly boasts of Retina Display coupled with LED- backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen. Apple has made iPhone5 scratch resistant by coating the device with Corning’s Gorilla glass. On the other hand Samsung S3 sports Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 16M colors. To give extra protection to the screen Samsung has also incorporated Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 technology. Another thing which is appealing about Samsung S3 is its TouchWiz UI interface which makes for a great user experience

All in all iPhone 5 emerges as the clear winner in the war of displays. It’s only the screen size where iPhone 5 looses but when it comes to clarity and brightness  is it hard to beat the delicious iPhone 5.

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Samsung’s Latest Jab at Apple! Read on to Know….

Just as we thought Samsung has calmed down following the loss of $1 billion in a patent suit case against Apple, the Korean manufacturer surprised all as it took a jab against the former’s iPhone 5 in a new print ad that was shown in Mashable.

Comparing the specifications of Galaxy S III with iPhone 5, this latest ad clearly proclaims Apple’s phone is no genius.

The ad was seen in the national and local newspapers in the US. The tagline of the ad ‘It doesn’t take a genius’ gets everyone hooked onto reading it. Clearly stated in it are the features of Galaxy S III, which are visibly long and better as compared to the Apple’s iPhone 5.

It shows that the Galaxy S3 III is a pack full of things that the iPhone isn’t. To name a few, the iPhone 5 doesn’t have Palm Swipe Capture, Shake to Update, NFC, Tilt to Zoom, and Turn Over to Mute among ten others. The ad also pokes fun at Apple’s new lighting connector calling it ‘a totally different plug’.

And considering all features listed, it’s no doubt that the S3 smartphone gets the lever up as compared to the iPhone.

But the fact that people buy iPhones is more because of their emotional attachment is something that Samsung might be overlooking. Apple as a brand, has captured millions of heart, which is why its iPhone devices have been a hit since they were launched in 2007.

Although what Samsung offers looks clearly better than what Apple’s iPhone has, but to get into the hearts of consumers is something that Samsung still needs to achieve.

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