Apple’s iPhone 5 is the world’s best selling smartphone model according to Strategy Analytics. They reported that Apple shipped an estimated 27.4 million units which represents a 13% share of all smartphones. This surpassed Samsung’s Galaxy S III which shipped 15.4 million units.
Apple was also able to outsell the Galaxy S III with the iPhone 4S shipping 17.4 million units. Taking 8% smartphone shares globally.
The iPhone was able to account for 1 in every 5 smartphones sold which is remarkable for its premium price and shear numbers of low cost competitors.
The Galaxy S III series peaked and is now on the decline with sales. We should see Samsung announcing the Galaxy S I’V very soon.
If you’re a Galaxy S III user on Sprint N, you’ll be happy to know that the company has started pushing out updates for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to offer the upgrade to Galaxy S III users. Notoriously GSM (AT&T / T-Mobile) customers get them first.
An OTA (Over The Air) updates have began rolling out to users today. When your Galaxy receives the update it will automatically download, once it’s finished you will be prompted to install the update. It will take a few minutes to install and you won’t be able to use your Galaxy S III until the installation is complete.
If you haven’t received your update yet, hold tight Sprint hasn’t forgotten about you. These updates go out in waves to not overload the servers.
When it comes to the Apple iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S III we have seen just about every comparison and bias statement. What we haven’t seen yet is how they hold up against the Blendtec Total Blender.
We won’t ruin the results. I really don’t think you can declare a winner when it comes to complete annihilation anyway. You can enjoy watching over a thousand dollars worth of smartphones getting blended below.
Verizon has added two new colors to the Samsung Galaxy S III color wheel. The new colors include Black and Amber Brown. The Android powered device is still priced at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. The colors aren’t as bold as the Nokia Lumia line-up, but at least you have a few choices.
- 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
- 8 megapixel rear camera with zero shutter lag and LED flash
- 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
- 1080p HD video recording
- 2100 mAh battery
- 16 GB of internal memory
Engadget got their hands on a black Friday ad for Sprint that offers the Samsung Galaxy S III for an amazing price of $50. Of course it requires a two year contract, but that is a great price. If you are in the market for a new device in November keep that in mind.
Once you are done punching someone at Walmart for a microwave head on over to Sprint.
Yesterday we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S II and III were in danger of a remote factory restore when clicking on a link or going to a malicious website.
Today, Samsung has pushed out an OTA (Over The Air) update for the Galaxy S III that will address the issue.
“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”
No update has been pushed out for the Galaxy S II, but Samsung is currently conducting tests to fix the issue with Galaxy S II.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S II or Galaxy S III. You need to pay a little more attention to websites you visit. This is until Samsung can patch a major security hole that allows your device to be wiped without you having any control.
The video below describes the simple hack, which is a line of code that can be placed into any webpage. When you visit the site your device wipes and does a factory reset. These events can also be triggered via NFC or QR code.
The only advice for now is don’t click on links you don’t trust until Samsung address this issue.
Below is an example of the rouge code:
[Sources; The Verge, Pau Oliva]
SquareTrade put the Apple iPhone 5 in a head to head destruction test against the Samsung Galaxy S III. We will let you see who the winner and loser are for yourself. We do have some issue with some of the testing methods because they do not include hits at the same angles.
In this Face-Off video we test the new iPhone 5 vs. the Samsung Galaxy S3 to see which of these devices survives a drop, dunk and collision test around the house.
The Galaxy S III will now be available in four new four colors. The new colors have been inspired by nature and bring an elegant, intelligent and stylish look according to Samsung.
Colors will vary depending on the country and carrier. Below are pictures and descriptions of the new colors. We are not sure which ones will be appearing in the U.S. just yet.
Amber Brown -Inspired by the mysterious and unique gem, which was believed to sustain the secrets of the earth inside it. The deep, rich color of Amber Brown redefines the classic color and emphasizes the beauty of the advanced organic design of the GALAXY S III.
Garnet Red -Rare and special, the gemstone Almandite Garnet was worn as an amulet by the ancient Egyptians who believed the stone contained protective powers. Garnet Red holds the delicateness and elegance of Almandite Garnet, in line with the GALAXY S III’s soft curves and smooth lines.
Sapphire Black -A color that adds the mysterious power of dark stones to the refined, deep sophistication of the color black, Sapphire Black is inspired by the stones used by the ancient people of India and Persia for protection, with the belief they strengthened one’s willpower.
Titanium Grey -Inspired by the color grey as a symbol for intelligence, insight and curiosity, all of which are embodied within the design of the GALAXY S III. Titanium Grey expresses the feeling of modernity and wisdom bringing a futuristic element to the handset.
What colors would you like to see hit your market? Let us know in comments.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is finally available through Verizon Wireless. The smartphone is available for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or can be purchase for $599.99 outright. If you have to buy the S III outright I suggest you purchase the developer edition from Samsung that has an unlockable bootloader. As the version Verizon offers does not allow for custom ROMs.
The Galaxy S III will be running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core processor, 8.0 megapixel rear-camera with 1080p video capture, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 16 GB of memory and is available in white and blue.
To get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S III follow this link.