Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S III versus a fast ball

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Jan 172013
 

The Nokia promotional video below looks at how the Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S III rival fare when they are hit with a fastball. One of those two devices uses a polycarbonate unibody case whereas the other has a plastic casing.

What would happen if you threw a fastball at a Nokia Lumia 920 and a Samsung Galaxy SIII? We decided to find out.

The video is part of Nokia’s #switch campain. Another sees the Lumia 920 take on the Galaxy S III and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC in a concert recording showdown. In another, the Nokia Lumia 920 is subjected to a five year old.

Read more: Nokia USA [via YouTube] (Source: WMPoweruser)

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

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Jan 142013
 
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Samsung today announced that cumulative global channel sales of its Galaxy S series devices have now topped 100 million units. The series is made up of the original Samsung Galaxy S which launched in June 2010 as well as its successors, the Galaxy S II and current flagship, the Galaxy S III.

The original Samsung Galaxy S has now shipped over 24 million units to global channels. Its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, has now topped shipments of 40 million units. The Samsung Galaxy S III has now passed the mark of 40 million unit channel sales, or average daily sales of 190,000 units.

Samsung Galaxy S sales top 100 million units

The company named the Galaxy S II as the “driving force behind Samsung Electronics’ rise to the top on the global smartphone market.”

Impressive numbers all around!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung to address Galaxy S III mainboard failures with software update

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Jan 022013
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung has acknowledged to Dutch site Tweakers that the Samsung Galaxy S III can abruptly die to a mainboard failure. The issue is apparently limited to “a very limited number” of the 16GB model, according to spokeswoman Anne ter Braak. While this would suggest to most that a hardware issue is the culprit, Samsung has identified the root cause and promises to resolve it with a software update.

Users reporting the issue indicate that the smartphone will randomly fail after between 150 and 200 days of use. It affects both stock and rooted devices. To date, Samsung has been replacing affected handsets under warranty.

Samsung has now identified the issue as a firmware bug. This will allow it to fix it with a firmware update rather than having to modify its manufacturing processes.

Samsung has yet to provide a specific schedule as to when it will provide the update but it promises that it will be done as soon as possible.

Read more: Tweakers (in Dutch) [Google translation] (Source: Phandroid)

Fido launches Samsung Galaxy S III

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Dec 182012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIThe Samsung Galaxy S III has claimed another carrier. The latest Canadian carrier to add the Samsung flagship smartphone is Fido.

With Fido having launched its LTE network this summer, it should be no surprise that the Fido version of the Galaxy S III supports LTE and can expect maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps and typical download speeds ranging from 12Mbps to 25Mbps.

Fido is offering the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III for CA$400 with a two-year contract or CA$550 outright.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 update headed to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND starting Friday

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Dec 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIICanada’s Android 4.1 update rollout began early last week with Bell, Rogers and TELUS users getting their upgrades. Samsung Canada today announced that the upgrade will begin rolling out to Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND Mobile users on Friday, December 14th:

The rollout will be staggered and continue into next week, meaning that it may be a few more days before you receive your update notification. You can also check manually by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now in the Settings.

It looks like Samsung will make good on its promise to have its Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. As for Note users, it appears that the wait will go on a bit longer.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Samsung Galaxy S III now available from MTS

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Dec 132012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIYou can now add MTS to the list of Canadian carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy S III. It is offering the 16GB version in either Marble White or Pebble Blue.

“The Galaxy S III has been placed at the top of several ‘best smartphone’ lists this year,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “This device is truly top-of-the-line, and I’m pleased it will be available to our customers in time for the holidays.”

Needless to say, MTS Galaxy S III subscribers will have access to the MTS 4G LTE network now available in Brandon and Winnipeg. Outside of LTE coverage zones, they will have access to MTS’s HSPA+ network and 185 MTS Wi-Fi hotspots across Manitoba.

MTS is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting at CA$0.00 with a three-year contract and up to CA$579.99 without a contract.

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Canadian Android 4.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S III now underway

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Dec 032012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIAs promised, Samsung Canada today confirmed that it has begun to push out its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information]. The first devices to get the update are ones from Bell, Rogers and TELUS. The rollout is expected to continue throughout the week.

If you have not received your notification about the update yet, you can also check manually under Settings by selecting About phone > System updates > Check Now.

As for Galaxy S III users with Mobilicity, SaskTel, Vidéotron and WIND Mobile, Samsung hopes to have a release date “soon.”

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Koodo launches Samsung Galaxy S III

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Nov 302012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIKoodo made good on its promise today and became the latest Canadian carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information]. It is already available at Koodo Shops and will be available “soon” at other retail partners.

Koodo is also offering a free $100 bonus gift when you buy the Samsung Galaxy S III with a new activation on the Tab at participating Koodo Shops locations. The offer will be available while quantities last.

Koodo is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III for CA$400 on the Koodo Tab or CA$550 outright.

Read more: Koodo Mobile

Canadian Samsung Galaxy S III to get Android Jelly Bean starting December 3rd

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Nov 272012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIISamsung Canada today annnounced via Twitter that it is making good on its promise to have Jelly Bean updates out before the holidays. Its much anticipated Android 4.1 (or could it be Android 4.2?) update for the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information] will begin rolling out in Canada on December 3rd:

Jelly Bean starts rolling out to GALAXY S III owners over-the-air Monday. Stay tuned for more Jelly Bean announcements soon!

There is no word yet on how the rollout will proceed. For example, could certain carriers get it first?

The promise of additional Jelly Bean announcements suggests that other Samsung devices (likely the Galaxy Note) could soon see Android Jelly Bean updates.

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Koodo and MTS

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Nov 222012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIITwo more Canadian carriers will soon be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information].

Koodo yesterday issued a brief statement on their blog to let everyone know that they are “working to get the Samsung Galaxy S III for you on November 30.”

For its part, MTS has begun to take pre-orders for Samsung’s flagship smartphone. Few details are available online; you will need to visit an MTS Connect Store to place your pre-order. No launch date was provided.

Neither Koodo or MTS has yet to provide pricing details.

Read more: Koodo and MTS (Thanks, RK!)

Samsung Galaxy S III the best-selling smartphone in Q3 2012

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Nov 082012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIStrategy Analytics has named the Samsung Galaxy S III [specifications] “the world’s best-selling smartphone model” for Q3 2012. With global shipments of 18.0 million units, it dethroned the Apple iPhone 4S for the top spot. Roughly 1 in 10 smartphones shipped during the quarter was a Galaxy S III!

Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone model shipped 18.0 million units worldwide during the third quarter of 2012. The Galaxy S3 captured an impressive 11 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally and it has become the world’s best-selling smartphone model for the first time ever. A large touchscreen design, extensive distribution across dozens of countries, and generous operator subsidies have been among the main causes of the Galaxy S3’s success. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million iPhone 4S units worldwide for second place, as consumers temporarily held off purchases in anticipation of a widely expected iPhone 5 upgrade at the end of the quarter.”

The Samsung Galaxy S III’s reign at the top may be shortlived. Despite a late quarter launch, shipments of the Apple iPhone 5 hit 6 million units and are only expected to climb higher next quarter. Strategy Analytics predicts that it will climb to the top spot in Q4 2012.

Samsung earlier this week announced that it had sold over 30 million Galaxy S III smartphones since its debut.

Read more: Strategy Analytics

Rogers provides ETAs for Samsung Galaxy S III and Note Jelly Bean upgrades

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Nov 062012
 

Rogers CommunicationsSamsung Canada has already promised that the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note will be upgraded to Android 4.1 before the holidays. Rogers is now providing a better estimate as to when the updates will roll out through its Community Forums. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-I747M) – Late November
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) – Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) – Late December

As usual with upgrade schedules, Rogers warns that “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Samsung reconfirms 30 million Samsung Galaxy S III units sold

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Nov 052012
 

It would appear that Samsung Poland simply let the cat out the bag a bit too early. After announcing that sales of the Samsung Galaxy S III had topped 30 million units, the Facebook and Twitter messages vanished. An official confirmation of the milestone has now been released by Samsung. JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, said:

The Galaxy S III continues to be a runaway favorite with customers around the world. Meeting this sales milestone in five months set another record for Samsung, and we are extremely proud and yet motivated to continue to provide our customers with products that they love. On behalf of Samsung Mobile, appreciate millions of customers aroudn the world that have chosen the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy S III - 30 million sold infographic

It took about 157 days (about 5 months) for the Samsung Galaxy S III to hit the 30 million mark. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S II sold “only” 10 million units in the same time frame back in 2011. A Galaxy S III is sold every 0.45 seconds!

Read more: Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Koodo “before the end of the year”

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Nov 032012
 

Samsung Galaxy S IIIThe Samsung Galaxy S III [specifications] is already carried by a significant number of Canadian carriers. That list is about to grow longer with confirmation that it is also headed to Koodo.

In a response to a question on its forums, a Koodo employee responded:

I have a bit of good news to share…..after many of you asked us to look into carrying the Galaxy S3, we took your recco and it now looks like we will have it before the end of the year. We are in the midst of talking to Samsung and will share dates as soon as we know

There are no specific availability and pricing details yet but you can expect them fairly soon.

Read more: Koodo (Source: MobileSyrup)