We saw T-Mobile begin rolling out a Galaxy S III update last week. That update was bringing the handset to Android 4.1.2 with new features to include multi-window, however it looks like that will not be the most recent Galaxy S III update for very long. A Galaxy S III update that is said to still be in the testing phase has recently leaked. This one is Android 4.2.2 with a build ID of JDQ39.
For now we haven’t heard anything from the carriers and instead this leak has reportedly come direct from Samsung. Assuming the testing phase goes will, this update is expected to come available in June. Of course, that will be initially available for unlocked handsets and carrier specific models will likely be waiting quite a bit longer. Putting the potential wait aside, lets discuss the features which look to include more than a few from the GALAXY S 4.
Android 4.2.2 build JDQ39 for the Galaxy S III should be getting goodies to include new screen modes, voice controls and an updated S-Voice. These are all GALAXY S 4 features with the new screen modes being Adapt Display and Professional Photo. The other GALAXY S 4 feature, the enhanced voice controls will allow the user to control their phone with their voice.
Galaxy S III users will also be getting the lockscreen from the GALAXY S 4. This will include support for multiple widgets, the Ripple and Light unlock effects and the ability to set a personal message as well as change the clock size. Aside from the GALAXY S 4 specific items, this update also adds a few other Jelly Bean goodies. The changelog points towards items to include Daydream as well as a new driving mode, actionable alerts, new additions in the Notification Center, the ability to run Samsung apps in full-screen and a new Smart Switch widget.
The gallery will also see some changes. In this case it looks like users will have the option to choose a white background. Finally, the remaining item here is an updated Settings app. This one will bring a tabbed interface to the settings and should be familiar for those who have used a GALAXY S 4. All said and done, it looks like Samsung has a decent update for the Galaxy S III in the works, not lets just hope the carriers will approve and release it without much in terms of a wait.
A leaked Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Galaxy S3 surfaced online. Features like a new Settings UI, a new lockscreen, and more are coming to the Galaxy S3 in the future.
It’s no surprise that Samsung is planning to bring some of the software features launched on the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S3. The Korean giant confirmed it, with the obvious limitation being that features depending on hardware, like Air View, won’t be making it to last year’s flagship.
Thanks to a test firmware that leaked online, we now have an idea of what features are likely to make the jump to the Galaxy S3. The firmware, codenamed I9300XXUFME3, has been made available online by the guys at Sam Mobile, who specified that this is a test firmware, and that more features could be included in the final release.
A video of the firmware in action reveal some of the features that Galaxy S3 users should expect in the close future, starting with those coming from the S4:
Improved lock screen, similar to that on the Galaxy S4: users will get to use multiple widgets, change the appearance and size of the clock, new unlock effects, and more
The new screen modes launched on the Galaxy S4, Adapt Display and Professional Photo
New Settings UI, identical to the S4’s
Voice controls (from S4)
Improved S Voice (from S4)
Notably absent are the many software features that Samsung introduced for the camera of the Galaxy S4. Features like Eraser mode or Sound and Shot aren’t hardware dependent, and should work in theory on the Galaxy S3, the Note 2, and other Samsung devices.
For the full list of new features in Android 4.2.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S3, head over to the source.
Sam Mobile also provides instructions on how to install the new firmware. Note that this isn’t by any mean an official release, though the leakers claim that they have tested it and that it works just like an official version.
As for a release date, insiders quoted by the source say that the Galaxy S3 will get the bump to Android 4.2.2 sometimes in June. We’ll keep you posted.
Ah… Microsoft, when will you ever learn? The Scroogled campaign hasn’t done a whole lot of good for your rep, and still you continue down this road with yet another new video. This time, Microsoft claims that the latest ad was supposedly “for internal use” only and “accidentally” leaked to the net.
Obviously that’s a little hard to believe given Microsoft’s previous attacks on Google, but let’s say this really is an internal use video. If that’s the case, that means this was used for what, training? Or maybe an attempt by Microsoft to bully/scare its employees into fearing that Big Brother Google is watching them? I suppose it could of also been just for chuckles. Who knows really with Microsoft.
There is also the (STRONG) possibility that this was a controlled leak, timed to coincide with Google I/O – especially since Google just announced it is basically bringing Google Now functionality to the desktop Chrome browser, which doesn’t bode well for competing browsers like Internet Explorer.
We obviously can’t prove it one way or another, but Microsoft hasn’t exactly flooded the web with take down notices for this ad or anything. What’s really interesting is that this latest Scroogled video directly parodies a real Google Chrome ad:
Besides being a direct parody (same Chrome logo, same music, etc), the message is largely the same as always: Google be a’watching you! Duck and cover!
Looking at Microsoft’s latest video, I have to admit that is at least a little funny, but the whole campaign is just getting old. Personally, I don’t mind Microsoft. I have a dual-boot of Ubuntu and Windows 8 on my main PC after all. I just feel that this current tactic is doing the company more harm than good.
Let’s move on Microsoft, find another way to win them customers over, besides fear and bullying.
Sony may be preparing to launch a new Xperia family member into battle, as a new smartphone known internally as S39h has just been spotted in the wild.
We only have images for you, as there are no leaked internal specifications, size measurements or availability details just yet. As with most Sony smartphones at this time of year, the leaked model has an elongated form and larger display. The phone is said to have a screen bigger than the 4.3-incher found on the Xperia L but smaller than Xperia Z’s 5-inch display.
The display is surrounded by a thick bezel that can be seen in older Samsung generations. Sony’s logo is present right next to the front-facing camera.
The white body seems to be made from a non-polished material with a stylish finish on the back cover. A large speaker can be found on the back of the handset, and Sony’s logo can be once again easily spotted.
On the sides of the device you’ll notice the signature power button, dedicated camera button, volume keys and a micro-USB port. Check out the image gallery below for more details:
The Xperia S39h is reportedly heading to China. Sony has been using a new internal naming scheme for every handset released this year – the CXXXX model number structure – while those launched in China continue to respect the old S/M/L pattern for small, medium or large phones, Xperia Blog reports.
Xiaomi might not be exactly what we’d call a household name in the U.S. smartphone market, but over in China the company has quite the following, and releases some pretty stellar hardware at great prices. We’ve seen plenty in the past, but their latest device that was leaked today is aiming bigger than most, and comes in ridiculously affordable at just $ 130 according to reports.
The phone leaked today is being called the Xiaomi Red Rice, for its red polycarbonate shell, but we’ll probably see something more traditional as far as a name later this year. The interesting fact here is instead of the traditional 4.3-inch screen of most of their phones, we have a massive 4.7-inch 720p HD display.
We’ve seen reports and rumors of an impressive sounding Xiaomi MI-3 to follow the success of their past devices, complete with a 1080p display and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, but so far we have nothing concrete on that device yet either. What we do know is Xiaomi has some stellar hardware coming soon, and it will be budget friendly, as always.
Images today were unearthed by IT168 and show a rather unique red device in the works and coming soon for Chinese markets. Sadly according to the reports that 4.7-inch screen will only be 720p and not 1080 like the MI-3, and only sport a dual-core processor. It will have 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and powered by a 2,000 mAh battery. The good news to this however, is Xiaomi could be prepping this device to be an excellent budget friendly smartphone, even cheaper than their others. Reports are stating you’ll get it all for just $ 130. As in all of that for $ 130 without signing a contract or subsidizing the smartphone.
Last weekend we received our first glance at this mystery handset from the folks at LG, which many believe to be the LG Optimus G2, and today we’re getting another up close view at what could even be the next Nexus smartphone. The popular Twitter account @evleaks has once again delivered and posted another photo of this unannounced device, and we’re still left wondering what exactly LG has planned.
The smartphone was originally leaked last week in a full-body shot showing a super-thin bezel, no navigation buttons, and possibly being 5.5-inches. Which means just like the LG Nexus 4 and other Nexus devices it will be all on-screen navigation. This doesn’t mean it will be the Nexus 5 but it sure has a Nexus look with the rounded edges, speaker grill, and front facing camera all in a similar layout.
The image today gives us another glance at the handset, but still doesn’t reveal any details. You can see from all images that have been released that this has one of the thinnest bezels we’ve seen to date. That is an edge-to-edge display if we’ve ever seen one. Many believe, including @evleaks, that this is the LG Optimus G2, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Last years popular LG Optimus G ended up being the base for Google’s Nexus 4, and we could see the exact same thing this year too. While many don’t believe Google has a new smartphone they’ll unveil next week at Google I/O, you never know. We could be seeing an LG Nexus 5 with Android 4.3, or sometime this summer LG will simply announce the new LG Optimus G2 with a large 5.5-inch display, thin bezel and all.
We’re big fans of Sony here at Android Authority. We’re hopeful for a comeback of sorts, and their Xperia line of phones is pretty good stuff. Sony is very supportive of the developer community, and their hardware is top notch.
Sony is also aware of the mobile industry downfalls. For a company that once had a near duopoly with Nokia, they’re aware of how precious their place in the market really is. Like many handset manufacturers, they’re wise to create devices at different price points, meaning more consumers consider them in their purchase decisions.
They’re also aware that Asia is an emerging market, and China is the low-hanging fruit on that tree. The largest country in Asia also has the biggest number of potential handset users. Chinese consumers are also keen for a good deal on a great handset, and manufacturers are clamoring to give them what they want. The battle for initial market presence will rely on who has the best device at the lowest price point.
With recent leaked info regarding their “C3” phone, it seems as though Sony is on the right path. While no official specs are out, we’re hearing all manner of things suggesting the device will be an entry level Xperia device, and pretty good to boot. Things like a 5-inch screen and 1.5GHz processor are nice, but definitely not earth shattering. The presence of a dual-SIM is normal for markets outside the US, and the persistent talk of a MediaTek chipset suggest lower-cost guts for the device.
The rumored sub-3,000 yuan (about $ 486 US dollars) is competitive, too. With most devices topping the $ 600 mark, Sony looks serious about staking a claim to China, and beyond. This is a good move at the right time, and one that could do wonders for Sony’s future in mobile.
Our initial look at the BlackBerry R10 quickly suggested that the smartphone would be a budget alternative to the Q10, but it wasn’t clear just what we’d lose by penny-pinching. If DGtle is on the ball with its newly claimed specs, though, we won’t sacrifice as much as we thought. Along with offering more photos of the R10, the site believes that the handset will have the same 3.1-inch screen size and 2GB of RAM as its QWERTY sibling. Instead, the sacrifices would mostly affect media hounds: the R10 reportedly steps down to a 5-megapixel camera in addition to previously hinted cutbacks in storage (to 8GB) and battery (to 1,800mAh). We may learn the full truth soon enough — while there’s no guarantees anything will happen, next week’s BlackBerry Live conference is a prime opportunity for an unveiling.