Samsung Galaxy S III: specs, software, and everything else you need to know

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Samsung has launched its next Galaxy smartphone: the Galaxy S III. Lock it in here to read up on the handset's specs, features, and everything else you need to know.

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Oct 25 1:53a

Samsung's latest Galaxy S III ad touts sex tape-sharing with a quick bump

Samsung's newest Galaxy S III commercial promotes one of the phone's perhaps lesser-known abilities — discreetly sharing sex tapes with your husband.

"Work Trip" shows a father waving goodbye to his family as he leaves for a few days. His daughters have recorded a video for him to watch on the plane, which gets effortlessly (suspiciously so, in fact) transferred between his Galaxy S III and his wife's through NFC. His wife has also recorded a video, as it turns out, but she makes a slightly...

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Sep 21 6:33p

After lengthy delay, Galaxy S III 'Developer Edition' released to non-existent market

Well, that took just a bit longer than expected. Samsung's "Developer Edition" Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless is now available directly from the manufacturer — over two months after we were told that the device would be "coming soon." Over that time period, an xda-developers member uploaded an unlocked bootloader, which has made it just as easy to load custom ROMs onto the device as any other variant of the Galaxy S III.

After Verizon's decision to lock the bootloader on the standard,...

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Aug 24 4:38a

Watch this: Samsung's design team tells the story behind the Galaxy S III

Samsung has released a video called "Galaxy S III Design Story" which explains the development history of their latest, well-received flagship phone. The company's design team doesn't have as high a profile as that of Apple, which frequently appears in videos to promote new products, but the ongoing trial between the two companies has put the Korean giant's development process under the spotlight. The video features interviews with various Samsung designers, including Jeeyeun Wang who...

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Jul 18 12:22p

64GB Samsung Galaxy S III not canceled, set for release later this year

We had all but forgotten about it, but the 64GB version of the Galaxy S III is alive and well. We heard a few reports yesterday that the high-capacity variant was canceled — the source of the news was a notice on a retailer's website that marked the phone as discontinued — but Samsung has confirmed to us that the phone is still in the works and is on track for a release sometime in the second half of this year. Samsung also pointed out that the device has only been announced internationally,...

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Jul 02 5:02a

Samsung S Health launched: control your weight and blood sugar with the Galaxy S III

Samsung has launched S Health, an app for the recently-launched Galaxy S III that allows users to watch their weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels from their phone. First announced at the Galaxy S III's unveiling back in May, the app syncs with blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters from Lifescan, Omron, and A&D over Bluetooth or USB depending on the device.

S Health stores readings from these devices so the user can view them over time and share them with contacts or...

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Jun 25 1:29a

Galaxy S III to top 10 million sales next month, says Samsung

Last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S II had moved over 52 million units worldwide between them, and it doesn't look like the latest in the series is going to struggle to live up to the lofty precedent. According to Reuters, Samsung's head of telecommunications JK Shin expects the Galaxy S III to top the 10 million unit mark by the end of July.

It's not clear whether this refers to units shipped to retailers or sold to customers, but either way it's an impressive figure — we heard...

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Jun 24 11:12p

Korean Samsung Galaxy S III could be the world's first quad-core LTE phone available (update)

While the Galaxy S III hasn't been subject to quite the same level of region-specific chopping and changing as its predecessor, various carriers and countries are offering Samsung's new flagship with differing components beneath its plastic battery cover. Models with LTE support have been using a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor in lieu of Samsung's own quad-core Exynos chip, and we've also seen Japanese and Canadian variants with 2GB RAM. Now we can add another configuration to the list —...

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Jun 20 12:01a

Samsung Galaxy S III review

How do you review a phone like the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2995948/samsung-galaxy-s3-first-hands-on-pictures">Galaxy S III</a>? It’s already been subject to so much speculation, exposure, and early judgment — some of it <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/4/2998464/how-samsung-broke-my-heart">coming from myself</a>, admittedly — that it feels overwhelming to try and condense what it means to everyone into a single treatise. To Samsung, it’s the new flagship handset to keep the company ahead of every other Android OEM through 2012, for most people it’s a device that stretches the definition of the smartphone form factor, and to mobile gaming enthusiasts it’s potentially the most powerful platform yet. Being a spec leader isn’t new to Samsung, but the Galaxy S III betrays an even loftier ambition: South Korea’s largest chaebol wants to also be known as a front runner in software. Android 4.0 is the basis upon which Samsung has built a <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996753/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-natural-interaction-smart-alert-s-voice-eyes">formidable list</a> of new and returning enhancements: S Beam, S Memo, S Planner, S Voice, Smart Stay, Direct Call, and even a limited-term exclusive of the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996872/flipboard-android-galaxy-s-iii">Flipboard Android app</a>. Throwing in <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996938/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-customers-50gb-free-dropbox-space">50GB of free Dropbox storage</a> for two years makes Samsung’s offering seem comprehensive, but is it cohesive? That’ll be the primary question to answer for people wondering if the long wait for the Galaxy S III has been worth it. Continue reading »

Jun 13 12:01a

Samsung's TecTiles NFC stickers let you launch apps, change settings by tapping your phone

The Galaxy S III has NFC built in, and Samsung's doing its best to make sure you use it for more than just paying for gas. The company released TecTiles today, small square stickers that let you launch apps, change settings, or even make phone calls with a single tap of your phone. You buy TecTiles in packs of five for $14.99, and the first time you touch your NFC-enabled phone (a handful of Samsung phones, plus some from other manufacturers) you'll be prompted to download the TecTiles app....

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Jun 12 12:37p

Samsung's Galaxy S III accessories demoed on video

While Samsung's Galaxy S III is making its way into the eager hands of Android users around the globe, Mobile Fun has taken a hands-on look at the handset's rather large collection of accessories. Some of which, like the C-Pen and Wi-Fi Display Hub, might appeal to current Samsung smartphone users, but Mobile Fun's videos below confirm what we suspected after hearing that the Galaxy S III uses a unique MHL HDMI adapter — they're not backwards compatible.

Naturally, the Desktop Dock, Battery...

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Jun 08 2:46p

Galaxy S III uses unique HDTV Adapter, won't work with existing MHL adapters

New Galaxy S III owners may be disappointed to find out that the phone's microUSB port requires a specific Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) HDMI adapter because of rearrangement of its pins, according to a video unboxing by Clove. The HDTV Adapter plugs into the phone's microUSB port and provides a standard HDMI port for connecting you HDTV, though you'll have to connect a USB cable for power as well. MHL is an industry standard that has a consortium of people and companies backing it, not...

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Jun 04 10:02a

Galaxy S III is coming to US Cellular, too: pre-orders begin on June 12th

Not to be outdone by the nationals, regional carrier US Cellular has announced that it'll be carrying the Galaxy S III as well. It says that pricing and release date will be revealed on Tuesday, June 12th — the same day that pre-orders begin — but in the meantime, we know that they'll be carrying both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the phone. As with other American versions, we're getting a 1.5GHz "dual-core processor" (almost certainly a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) and 2GB of RAM. The phone will...

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Sprint announces Galaxy S III for June 21st: $199.99 for 16GB, $249.99 for 32GB

And that makes four: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have now come out with more details on their versions of Samsung's Galaxy S III. Like T-Mobile, Sprint has committed to launching the phone on Thursday, June 21st, but Sprint's adding some details on SKUs and pricing as well: there'll be a 16GB model for $199.99 and a 32GB for $249.99, though the latter will only be available online (meaning you won't be able to walk into a store and pick one up). As is the case around the world,...

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T-Mobile's Galaxy S III available on June 21st

Pretty much every major US carrier is coming out of the woodwork this morning to formally announce their own version of the Galaxy S III — T-Mobile is next, tacking a June 21st launch date onto the device. The carrier has a sign-up page available now if you're interested in signing up for more information; no price is listed yet, but Samsung has said that the phone will start at $199.


Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders for Verizon begin June 6th

Soon after the Samsung Galaxy S III was announced for five US carriers, we've gotten our first information about ordering the phone. Verizon has announced that the Galaxy S III will be arriving at its stores in "the coming weeks," and it's open to pre-orders starting at 7am EDT on Wednesday, June 6th. As Samsung promised, it will indeed start at $199.99 for the 16GB version, with the 32GB one available for $249.99. Both those prices require the standard two-year agreement, and customers will...

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Samsung Galaxy S III to hit five US carriers 'beginning' in June, starting at $199 on contract

Samsung has just announced that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular will all get the Galaxy S III in June, though "Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks," so we don't know the full details just yet. Samsung says that pricing will be "starting from $199," though whether that pricing will hold across all five carriers remains to be seen. Both LTE and HSPA+ 42Mbps will be supported, so expect all five carriers to...

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Jun 01 5:01p

Quad-core Galaxy S III opened up by iFixIt and Chipworks (update: camera sensor by Sony)

We took a look at the experience of using the Samsung Galaxy S III in our recent review, but iFixIt has taken a look inside the device to see what components make it possible. With images courtesy of Chipworks, the teardown reveals the 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core A9 processor and 8-megapixel camera module, both of which are easily accessible with the use of a spudger to pry apart the device's plastic assembly (Chipworks is currently analyzing the camera module to determine its manufacturer)....

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May 30 11:44p

Samsung Galaxy S III with 2GB of RAM, Snapdragon S4 processor set for Canadian release on June 20th

We knew that the Galaxy S III was coming to Canadian carrier Videotron on June 20th, but now Samsung is announcing that not only will its Canadian phone have the same 2GB of RAM as its Japanese version, it will be coming to all of the country's major wireless providers, including Rogers, Bell, Telus, and Virgin Mobile. Preorders have already started at Rogers and Telus, the latter of which is offering the 16GB S III for $159.99 and the 32GB model for $209.99 with a three-year contract. In...

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Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Canadian carrier Videotron June 20th

The Samsung Galaxy S III is finally arriving in North America on June 20th, starting with Quebec-based carrier Videotron. Specifics regarding pricing have yet to be announced, but Videotron offers a sign-up page for email updates on the phone's release date. There's still no official word from any US carriers, although previous reports suggest that the metallic blue version is headed to T-Mobile on the 20th as well. Once you're done marking your calendar, make sure to check out our extensive...

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May 29 6:06a

Samsung: Pebble Blue Galaxy S III will be in 'short supply' for two to three weeks

Confirming information from UK retailer Clove, Samsung has gone official with the news that the Pebble Blue version of its Galaxy S III handset will be in limited supply for the next few weeks. The darker variant of this Android 4.0 phone is manufactured and styled differently from the more conventional white model, including "a newly invented blue color and special hyperglaze material." Samsung's statement — quoted in full below — asserts that adherence to the highest quality standards is...

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Samsung launches £9.99 Music Hub Premium with unlimited streaming, scan-and-match, 100GB cloud storage

Not to be outdone by Apple and every other contender in the music streaming space, Samsung is today officially introducing its overhauled Music Hub application — which now includes a £9.99 / €9.99 Premium option to allow you to stream music from a library of 19 million tracks through either a web browser or up to five authorized devices. Moreover, you can listen to customizable radio stations or upload your own music, using the recently announced scan-and-match service, for anything that...

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May 28 11:42p

Samsung Galaxy S III launches in 28 countries, to be available in 145 by July

Although some retailers are saying they don't expect to have inventory right away, Samsung is officially claiming that it has launched the Galaxy S III in 28 countries today. That's a massive launch, but the phone maker has even grander claims, saying it will be offered by a grand total of 296 carriers in 145 countries by July. The last rumored date for the US and Canada was June 20th, which would obviously mean Samsung will have done a faster (and perhaps more successful) launch with the...

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Clove UK confirms Galaxy S III delay

News spread across the internet this past weekend from a few unconfirmed sources that Samsung wasn't going to ship the Galaxy S III in time for its May 29th European launch date, and now British retailer Clove has confirmed that there will be a delay. According to a post on Clove's website, Samsung notified the store that the white version of the phone will start shipping on June 1st, while the "pebble blue" variant has experienced a lengthier delay. It's estimated that version of the phone...

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May 25 10:30p

Rumor: Galaxy S III to hit US and Canada June 20th, Galaxy Note coming to T-Mobile July 11th

We found a lot to like in Samsung's Galaxy S III when we took a look at it this week, and while we know the phone is scheduled to arrive in Europe on May 29th, the best we'd heard for North America was "June." That window appears to be narrowing, as a number of rumors are suggesting that June 20th is the day US and Canadian users will be able to get their hands on Samsung's flagship device. MobileSyrup posted a screenshot denoting a June 20th release for the phone, with availability on...

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May 24 12:27p

Siri vs. S Voice: battle of the robot-voiced assistants

Apple's Siri, introduced as the big new feature in the iPhone 4S, is facing its biggest competitor to date in Samsung's S Voice, an extremely similar voice-activated mobile assistant that will make its retail debut with the Galaxy S III early next week. In anticipation of that time, I've brought the two together for a side-by-side comparison to determine which performs better at the daily tasks one might wish to entrust to a robot-voiced virtual assistant.

The first thing to say is that...

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May 22 11:48p

Samsung admits to blocking leaked S Voice app, calls it a 'test version'

Samsung has confirmed to us that it is blocking S Voice, the Siri-esque voice-controlled assistant which leaked a few days ago as part of the Galaxy S III ROM. The company claims that the leaked app is an "initial test version" that may not be representative of the final product, though doesn't say whether or not devices other than the Galaxy S III will be able to access the service following its official launch.

"An initial test version of S Voice which was found online has been blocked as...

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Samsung says Apple lawsuit didn't affect its smartphone design

In recent weeks, some have suggested that Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone was designed by lawyers specifically to work around Apple's ongoing patent infringement case. When the question was put to Samsung design VP Chang Dong-hoon earlier today, though, he denied any such thing. At the 2012 Seoul Digital Forum, he told reporters that the design of Samsung smartphones have not changed due to Apple's lawsuit. "Our change in smartphone design is part of a five-year plan, not a sudden...

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May 19 11:31p

Samsung's S Voice available for Android 4.0 devices through leaked Galaxy S III ROM

The firmware for Samsung's Galaxy S III has leaked just over a week ahead of the device's release. While you can't flash the ROM to another phone just yet, developers are able to poke around inside and could be bringing elements of the TouchWiz Nature UX experience to a wider audience at some point. The first major finding to come out of the leak, however, is an APK for S Voice, Samsung's Siri-style voice control application. It seems to work on any device running Android 4.0 — we tested the...

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May 18 12:35a

Samsung Galaxy S III garners over 9 million pre-orders worldwide

You might have heard that Samsung has a new phone coming out soon, but even if you're not planning to buy the Galaxy S III it seems like the phone's success is all but assured. An unnamed Samsung official, speaking to the Korea Economic Daily, said that the new flagship handset has had over 9 million units preordered worldwide. This total includes devices that will be sold by more than 290 carriers in 145 countries.

Like the Galaxy S II, the III will be sold in a huge number of localized...

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May 16 10:25p

Samsung Galaxy S III has 2GB RAM on NTT Docomo in Japan

NTT Docomo has confirmed to us that its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III will have 2GB of RAM. The number one Japanese carrier's model, named the SC-06D, will also feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor instead of Samsung's quad-core Exynos, presumably because of its compatibility with Docomo's Xi LTE network. We've already heard that LTE variants of the phone in the US will use a dual-core processor, but it's important to note that Docomo's model is a separate version — it has...

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May 15 6:03a

Samsung Galaxy S III manual posted online, two weeks ahead of release

Samsung's GT i9300, more popularly known as the Galaxy S III, will be released in Europe on May 29th, and in preparation for that long-anticipated moment, the company has today uploaded its manual online. When you include all the prefaces, indexes, and regulation-mandated warnings, this document balloons out to 181 pages, but you'll only need to read a few to be able to identify all 20 of the points of interest highlighted above. Do some further reading and you might even be able to figure...

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May 14 12:06a

Samsung Galaxy S III flip cover, C Pen stylus, and more revealed in press shots

Samsung has already announced a whole smorgasbord of accessories for the Galaxy S III, and now we can get a closer look courtesy of press shots over at Mobile Fun. Most noteworthy is the C Pen, a capacitive stylus that looks to have a much smaller nib than any iPad equivalent we've seen. While it's unlikely that the C Pen will approach the accuracy of the Galaxy Note's S Pen, it looks comfortable to hold and we're interested to see how well it works in practice.

Another Galaxy...

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May 10 3:55p

Samsung says Galaxy S III uses Pentile AMOLED display due to longer lifespan

While there was much excitement around the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy S III, certain aspects of the device were met with disappointment, in particular its Pentile AMOLED display. However, Samsung has defended its use of the subpixel layout — which uses one red and one blue subpixel for every two green ones, which can cause issues with image quality and color — telling MobileBurn that it continues to use Pentile for its AMOLED displays because they tend to have a longer lifespan. But...

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Samsung Galaxy S III available on pre-order from Vodafone, Three, and O2 in the UK

Samsung's high-profile new Android phone, the Galaxy S III, is ready to pre-order from several UK carriers. Vodafone, Three, and O2 have all started taking orders for the Galaxy S III, which will be available at the end of May. Vodafone is offering a bit of a deal to early adopters as well: the £41 monthly plan for the phone will include 2GB of data if you get it now, double the ordinary allotment. The 16GB version of the phone is free on Vodafone with plans starting at £41; you'll also get...

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May 09 11:41a

Samsung's Galaxy S III wireless charger won't arrive till September

The Samsung Galaxy S III might be launching in May in Europe, with the LTE-bearing US model following shortly behind, but the accompanying wireless charging kit won't be hitting stores until September. The inductive charger was announced alongside the phone at Samsung's Galaxy S III launch event in London last week, but SlashGear reports that there'll be a four month delay between the handset and the accessory shipping. The news comes from accessory retailer MobileFun, though there's no...

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May 04 3:38p

Watch this: Samsung's surreal Galaxy S III feature videos

Samsung has a long history of confusing and over-the-top keynote events, and yesterday's Galaxy S III launch was no exception. The London Metropolitan Orchestra played for the audience, the S III was repeatedly described as being "designed for humans," and Samsung's own presenters referred to the phone's features as "bizarre." The presentation's finale, a one-more-thing reveal of Samsung's upcoming Mobile PIN popup shops, failed as the stage's backdrop didn't fully open as intended — leaving...

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How Samsung broke my heart

The first laptop and phone I bought with my own money were both made by Samsung. I can't say I've ever fallen in love with the company — the laptop blew out a speaker in the first year and had a wobbly hinge that broke by year two — but there's no denying It knows how to appeal to budget-conscious users. Asus may have pioneered the netbook, but it was Samsung that turned feature-to-price ratio calculations into an art of global domination. From fridges to cameras to TVs, people buy Samsung...

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Full Samsung Galaxy S III launch event now online

If you weren't around for our live coverage of yesterday's Galaxy S III event, it's fair to say that you missed quite a lot. Luckily, Samsung has uploaded the entire event, along with some close-ups, additional hands-on videos, and interviews that you wouldn't have seen yesterday. You can watch the full video below, or, if you don't have the time for such frivolity, you can save yourself 78 minutes and 40 seconds and check out our hands-on impressions instead.

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May 03 8:46p

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to all four US national carriers, MetroPCS, US Cellular, and more?

Samsung's official US signup page for information on the Galaxy S III has a "carrier preference" list that may be tipping the company's hand: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, US Cellular, and C Spire are all listed. It's possible that this is nothing more than a scattershot list of random American carriers, but we'd doubt it — Cricket (and several others larger than C Spire) are notably absent, and Samsung has shown a penchant for bringing its Galaxy S series devices to as many...

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Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on video, pictures, and preview

Samsung's flagship Android phone for 2012 has finally been revealed today, after months of speculation, expectation, and anticipation. Check out our very first hands-on photos and video with the Galaxy S III below.

While we can't comment on the plethora of new software features Samsung introduced today — among them the Siri-challenging S Voice — we can give you a decent idea of the look and feel of the device itself. Like the HTC One X, this is a supersized handset that doesn't feel like it....

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Samsung to expand its 'Pop-up' retail stores, directly taking on Apple?

Samsung decided to imitate Apple's famous "one more thing" keynote strategy to announce something else that looks like an Apple imitation: "Pop-up" Samsung retail stores. We've seen some of these pop-up stores before, notably in Australia just before the iPhone 4S launch, but Samsung may finally be embarking on a more focused retail strategy. Recently, Samsung has launched mini-stores at iPhone 4U locations in the UK and partnered with third parties to launch stores in Canada.

The new pop-up...

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Samsung S Pebble MP3 player announced alongside Scan and Match music service

Among the many new features and devices Samsung announced today in London, one stuck out as an oddity: a new S Pebble MP3 player. It's a separate device, and it's hard to tell what it really does or how it fits into Samsung's new product line — though it was announced right as the company also announced a Scan and Match feature for its Music Hub app, which will match songs in your collection. The Pebble seems a lot like the iPod shuffle — it has 4GB of storage, and Samsung says its battery...

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Samsung announces scan-and-match for its Music Hub subscription service

At an event today in London, Samsung announced a scan-and-match feature for its existing Music Hub subscription service. Music Hub's scan-and-match feature should work like iTunes Match, which scans your hard drive for songs present in its cloud library. Any songs it matches are made accessible to you from the cloud. In comparison, Spotify does scan-and-match in a less formal way; you just drop your iTunes music library into a playlist then sync it with Spotify. This playlist is then visible...

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Samsung's first Galaxy S III TV commercial: 'it follows your every move'

We're guessing something got lost in translation, because Samsung's first television ad for its new Galaxy S III smartphone is rather creepy: according to the video, the phone first "recognizes who you are," then "follows your every move," and finally, "waits till you're asleep." The minute-long segment ends before letting us know what, precisely, the phone might do to your sleeping family after you let your guard down, but we're starting to wonder if the Samsung tagline "Designed for Humans"...

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Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get 50GB of free Dropbox storage

HTC One customers aren't the only people getting free Dropbox space to sweeten their smartphone purchase. Samsung has announced that anyone who buys and registers a Galaxy S III will have their Dropbox accounts expanded to 50GB for two years. We're not sure whether buyers will see any special deals after that, but it's a good offer at least for the length of the standard smartphone contract.

What does make this slightly odd is that with Google Drive out, one of the best-known new Android...

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Samsung Galaxy S III accessories include 'C Pen' stylus, AllShare streaming hub

Samsung has listed a number of accessories that will be available for its newly announced Galaxy S III, including a capacitive "C Pen" stylus, a wireless charging kit, and an "AllShare Cast Hub" that will work with its updated AllShare feature. The hub can send content from the handset to an nearby TV or projector with HDMI via "AllShare Cast:" a new feature that can stream content over a home's Wi-Fi connection. The C Pen stylus is made with an aluminum body, a 3mm rubber tip, and a finish...

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Flipboard for Android exclusive to Galaxy S III, wider availability in the 'coming months' (update)

On top of new hardware, today's Samsung event will apparently see the launch of an exclusive Flipboard app, which marks the first time the visual reading app has appeared on Android. Unfortunately for everyone using a current Android device, Flipboard for Android will be exclusive for a time to the Galaxy S III, according to Slashgear. Their early hands-on with the device shows that it's much like the iOS version, with the added ability to browse your news via a large homescreen widget.


Samsung Galaxy S III coming to Sprint, sources say

We've learned from people close to the matter that Sprint is on tap to carry a version of the Galaxy S III just announced in London. The move comes as little surprise — Sprint has worked closely with Samsung on the last two Galaxy S launches, offering the Epic 4G in 2010 and the Epic 4G Touch last year — so it only stands to reason that the two companies would be hooking up once again. We would fully expect it be compatible with Sprint's upcoming LTE network, though we haven't seen specs for...

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Samsung packs a ton of new features into 'TouchWiz Nature UX' on Android 4.0 for the Galaxy S III

Along with the Galaxy S III announcement, Samsung is touting some software improvements on top of Android 4.0. While the previous version of TouchWiz on Ice Cream Sandwich represented minor iterations over how it worked on Gingerbread, this new take on an Android skin seems to be a little better integrated with ICS. Samsung calls the new version the "TouchWiz Nature UX," saying it's been inspired by nature. We're not sure exactly how, but if "Nature" is "a crazy large set of features," then...

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Galaxy S III's natural interactions 'see, listen, and respond'

While most OEMs have focused on visual tweaks to Android 4.0, Samsung's "natural interaction" for the Galaxy S III is actually a pretty clever approach to utilizing the camera and various hardware-based sensors — "it sees, listens, and responds" is the echoed mantra here. And naturally, Samsung has individually named most of these new features.

Smart Stay uses the front camera to identify when your eyes are looking at the screen — say, when reading a book or looking at your favorite tech news...

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Galaxy S III 'Pop up play' feature brings picture-in-picture to your phone

Samsung's new Galaxy S III has a ton of new software tweaks, but the craziest addition might the new "Pop up play" feature. Essentially, Pop up play lets you play a video anywhere on your Galaxy S III's 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, on top of another app — that means you can watch a video while checking your email, and then switch back to playing the video in full-screen mode. It's picture-in-picture, except instead of your TV it's on your Galaxy S III. We've seen some attempts at...

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Samsung Galaxy S III announced: available in Europe May 29th, North America in June

Capping months of rumors and speculation, Samsung has announced its Galaxy S III smartphone at an event in London today. Major specs include a 4.8-inch PenTile Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel primary and 1.9-megapixel front-facing cameras with 990ms start-up time, 3.3fps burst mode, and best-shot selection (similar to the HTC One series), 16 or 32GB of storage (a 64GB version is coming later) with microSD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception,...

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Apr 16 3:24a

Samsung will unveil 'next Galaxy' phone at May 3rd event in London

The Galaxy S III, though it's not being called that by Samsung, will be launching on the third of May this year at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in London. That's the word from Tweakers.net, who've received an official invite from the Korean company to "come and meet the next Galaxy." An anonymous Samsung employee has also confirmed the news to DDaily over in Korea.

Samsung has been insistent in not yet naming its successor to the Galaxy S II, perhaps because it's planning a change in...

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