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16 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean reaching more users

Certain owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are still using the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on their handset, while some others such as Verizon Wireless users have only just received the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. Almost two weeks ago though Samsung begun pushing out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system to owners, and now the software update has begun reaching some more users.

The company first began the staggered rollout of the new firmware earlier this month but there are still many users that have yet to receive the new software, but as SamMobile are reporting the update has now reached owners of the smartphone in Korea.

Owners that have the SHW-M440S, SHV-E210S, SHV-E210K and SHV-E210L models of the Korean Galaxy S3 can get the new software via the Samsung KIES desktop application or via the settings on the actual handset.

This latest version of the Android Jelly Bean software will again put US owners of the Galaxy S3 behind users in Europe and Korea, which brings with it a number of new features including some that are found on the Galaxy Note 2.

One of these is the Multi View feature that allows users to run two applications at once and split the display into two sections with each one running a separate application. Other new features will include such things as Page Buddy, customizable Notification panel, and a new keyboard that is similar to the Gesture controlled keyboard that is found in Android 4.2.

Hopefully more countries in Europe will also receive the update in the coming days but there is no telling how long it will take individual carriers to give the firmware update the ok and push it out to customers, as for the time being it seems only unlocked versions of the Galaxy S3 are receiving it.

At the time of writing I have again checked my own Galaxy S3 for the availability of the update without any success. Previously it has been suggested that the handset along with the Galaxy Note 2 will get Android 4.2 early next year, but how long it will take to reach users in the US is anybody’s guess. You would have thought though that the likes of Verizon will get the next update pushed out quicker than it did for the upgrade from Android ICS.

Has your Samsung Galaxy S3 received Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean yet?

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16 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy S4 will not make an appearance at CES

The successor to the blockbuster Galaxy S III won’t be showing up anytime soon.


Don’t hold your breath for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S4 any time soon.

The successor to Samsung’s blockbuster Galaxy S3 smartphone won’t be showing up at the Consumer Electronics Show next month, CNET has learned.

At the tech confab, Samsung is planning to introduce a number of electronic products, heavily focused on televisions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. Those announcements, however, do not include any major mobile news, and Samsung plans to showcase its mobile products at a separate media event after

Speculation about the Galaxy S4′s arrival surfaced yesterday after Samsung released a teaser video for CES. The video revealed little, but it was enough to kick off speculation and anticipation for a smartphone announcement. Samsung actually downplayed the rumor a while back, but that was largely ignored.

It wouldn’t make sense for Samsung to unveil the new version so soon, given that the Galaxy S3 continues to sell well, and the company has put its resources behind promoting the newly released
Galaxy Note 2.

Many companies are holding off until Mobile World Congress in February to make their announcements, with a number, including Samsung, opting to follow the Apple model and holding their own events.

The Galaxy S3 has proven to be a hit nearly on par with Apple’s iPhone franchise. While it doesn’t draw the crazy lines and crowds, Samsung’s products have consistently ranked among the top-selling wares at each of the carriers. Part of Samsung’s success has been its ability to get a consistent version of its Galaxy S3 phone at every carrier, allowing it to tap into the largest base of customers possible.

It’s a far cry from the first Galaxy S phone, which was heavily altered and renamed by the U.S. carriers, and looked more like generic smartphones. But persistent marketing and carrier support has helped Samsung establish a reputation for quality mobile products.

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31 May 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 S Voice App Starts Working On Other Androids Again

Samsung Galaxy S3 S Voice(Photo: Samsung | Mobile Apps)

The most innovative feature of Samsung Galaxy S3 – S Voice – was hacked and ported to other Android smartphones last week. However, the joy was short lived as Samsung quickly figured it out and restricted the device access to servers required for functioning of the app. Surprisingly, however, the leaked S Voice app is functional again on Android smartphones other than Galaxy S3, if the latest reports are to be believed.

According to The Verge, the leaked S Voice app has started working again on ICS powered non-Samsung smartphone without any change in the code. Samsung’s voice assistant S Voice has been released on the company’s new flagship smartphone. It was hacked and distributed to the public around the same time. S Voice is an updated version of the voice assistant found in Galaxy S2. The app is widely popular due to its Siri-like functionality. S Voice can virtually do anything that Apple Siri does. You can place a call, text a friend, check weather, organize meetings, open apps and even shoot pictures on voice guidance.

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Earlier, it took less than a day for Samsung to shut down the unauthorized access to the app. However, it appears that Samsung has opened the gates to the servers and the leaked S Voice apk app is again working on other Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Folks at Android Community also confirmed the functioning of the app on Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Sensation.

You can download the S Voice app in .apk file format from XDA Developer forums. However, to install it, you will need to enable application installations from non-market sources. Go to Settings – Security – Device Administration and check the “unknown sources” option on any Android 4.0 ICS powered smartphone.

In case, you have already installed the app and it is not working, it is recommended to re-install the app again.

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09 May 12 How to reclaim your Android UI from OEM skins like TouchWiz, Sense, and Blur

Android Skins

There are a scant few Android devices on the market that ship with the stock user interface Google designed. In the distant past, that was a good thing. Android really needed that help back in 2009, and even into the early part of 2010. However, OEMs have continued to skin the OS long past the point it was warranted, but don’t count on it stopping anytime soon. Instead, why not take your phone back to the stock Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich experience with a few easy-to-install apps? Without so much as rooting your phone, you can sweep most of the OEM chrome under the rug with some great third-party apps.

Home screen

The most heavy-handed OEM modification of Android tends to come on the home screen. Android 4.0 in particular has made the home screen much cleaner and easier to use, but OEMs often add features and tweak icons until we’re right back in mid-2010 as far as usability and attractiveness go. If you want to really skip the skin, it’s time for a home screen replacement.

Apex LauncherAnyone on an Android 4.0 device would do well to take a look at Apex Launcher. The real value with this app is that is looks and works almost exactly like the stock Android 4.0 home screen, which is fabulous. Folders, the app drawer, and widgets work like they are supposed to, but there are some handy extras that fit in extremely well.

With Apex Launcher, you can customize the scrolling animation, keep more apps in the dock, and customize apps icons and folders. That last one is great if your device uses obnoxious redesigned app icons. A paid version of Apex comes with multitouch gestures, widgets in the dock, better folder management, and more. The only drawback is that you have to be rooted to have widgets in the app drawer like the stock home screen.

Those not on Android 4.0 or later should take a look at ADW Launcher EX. This home screen moves a little bit further from the Android 4.0 aesthetic, but has a lot of excellent features. You can tweak the way the home screen scrolls, how widgets are sized, and how many home screens you have. ADW EX has a solid tablet UI in addition to the phone layout as well. It also saves presets so you can change the look of the home screen instantly.

The paid version of Apex is $3.99, and ADW EX is $3 in the Play Store. Both are worlds better than what you get with TouchWiz, Sense, or Blur, but your taste and affinity for customization will dictate which one you prefer.


Chrome BetaSo the stock Android browser is probably not long for this world. Google is testing the Chrome Beta right now, and that will almost certainly end up being the default browser in the future. But for now, OEMs are free to tweak and skin the browser as they like — sometimes with more or less success. If you don’t like the dark gradient in Sense, or that bright blue in the new TouchWiz on the Galaxy S3, there are a few options.

If you have an Android 4.0 device, you should definitely get the aforementioned Chrome Beta for Android. This browser has a ton in common with the desktop version of Chrome. Being a beta, there are still some stability issues, but I’ve found most problems to be cropping up on tablets. Chrome on phones seems to be extremely stable. Chrome has excellent search, incognito mode, tab sync, bookmark sync, and it’s very fast.

If your phone is not compatible with Chrome, or you just don’t care for it, Dolphin Browser HD is your friend. Dolphin isn’t quite as refined as Chrome for Android is, but it has more features than you’ll know what to do with. There are true tabs, voice control, on-screen gestures, add-ons, and bookmark sync.

Both Chrome and Dolphin HD have better interfaces than some of the OEM options, and I’ve always found them to be very snappy. Both browsers are also entirely free.

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