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Samsung on Thursday took the wraps off its highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone, featuring a 1.4-gigahertz quad-core processor, 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The new flagship Android phone from Samsung will likely be a major competitor to Apple's iPhone 4S when it goes on sale later this month, as both Apple and Samsung have been dominating all other competitors in the smartphone market. In the last quarter alone, Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones, but Samsung has not revealed exactly how many smartphones it sold.

The new Galaxy S III has a quad-core 1.4-gigahertz Samsung Exynos processor with a gigabyte of RAM, which compares to the 512MB of RAM in Apple's A5 processor that powers the iPhone 4S. The latest Galaxy smartphone also offers internal capacities of 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes, matching the iPhone 4S in terms of available storage.

At 4.8 inches, the Galaxy S III display is significantly larger than the 3.5-inch screen Apple has utilized on all iPhone models to date. The extra screen real estate also makes the device quite a bit bigger, at a size of 136.6 by 70.6 millimeters, compared to 115.2 by 58.6 millimeters for the iPhone 4S. The Galaxy S III is slightly thinner than the iPhone 4S, at 8.6 millimeters compared to 9.3 millimeters.

Like other Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S III features the company's custom TouchWiz user interface, which has been overlaid on top of Google's Android 4.0.4 operating system.

Engadget spent some hands-on time with the new Galaxy S III before Tuesday's unveiling in the U.K., and said the new handset's hardware looks and feels a lot like its predecessors rather than standing out with a new design. That's led Samsung to instead emphasize new software additions to the Galaxy S III, such as new gestures for quickly launching applications.

"Once enabled in settings, you can tap and hold the screen, rotate the phone horizontally and you'll be sent to the camera app," Mat Smith said of his hands-on time with the Galaxy S III. "Using the same accelerometers, a new calling function will dial whoever's contact details you have displayed when you raise the phone to your ear."

Galaxy S III


Other new additions include "Smart Stay," which switches the front display on or off based on whether or not a face is looking at the screen, while "Smart Alert" displays any missed calls or notifications once the phone is picked up by using the built-in accelerometer.

Another new addition is "S Voice," which offers voice interactions with the Galaxy S III. Samsung has promised that users will be able to use voice commands to unlock the handset, control the music player and capture photos, but this functionality was not yet available to members of the press when the handset was demonstrated on Thursday.

The slogan for the Galaxy S III is that the handset is "designed for humans," also pushing the software aspects of the device that Samsung believes will make it easier to use and more functional.
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it also comes with free Malware.

 

 

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Malware is now being targeted to Android devices via compromised Web sites, a first in the mobile world, says security firm Lookout.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57426864-83/android-malware-now-spreading-through-hacked-web-sites/

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Decent hardware. Too bad the OS is so lousy.

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It really is a huge step for Samsung. Just wish it had the softkey buttons of the Nexus.

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it also comes with free Malware.

 

 

Android malware now spreading through hacked Web sites

Malware is now being targeted to Android devices via compromised Web sites, a first in the mobile world, says security firm Lookout.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57426864-83/android-malware-now-spreading-through-hacked-web-sites/

Read the article. If you get infected by that you deserve it. You need to knowingly accept the install and check the unknown sources button. If you just install any app on your phone even without knowing where it came from then this is a problem.  

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This thing is taking a pounding at Engadget.

Nothing really special.

Over hyped.
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ooh! samsung is really competing with apple. it's good to see them upgrading their devices each time.
 

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Last time i checked this site was still called 'Apple Insider' and not 'Samsung Insider' ?

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The slogan for the Galaxy S III is that the handset is "designed for humans," 

 

as opposed to sheep.

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The slogan for the Galaxy S III is that the handset is "designed for humans,"

 

So was my iPhone designed with Cheetahs in mind?

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I'm very curious to see if four cores is useful in a phone. I'm a little skeptical, but I don't know for sure. 

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My thumbs are simply not big enough.  I've tried to use 4.5 and 5 inch screens and I have sprained my thumb trying to operate the phone with one hand.  I'll watch movies on my tablet or TV. I don't need a giant phone I can't use.

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Read the article. If you get infected by that you deserve it. You need to knowingly accept the install and check the unknown sources button. If you just install any app on your phone even without knowing where it came from then this is a problem.  

Please don't feed the troll.

 

Wow, this phone is actually good looking for a change. Previous Galaxy phones were a bit on the ugly side. Still, I prefer the HTC One X, but would be curious to see the benchmarks at Anandtech...

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It really is a huge step for Samsung. Just wish it had the softkey buttons of the Nexus.

 

Hugh is an understatement. Hugh as in we no longer will know if owners have a boner or the phone in their pants pocket. That's if it actually will fit in a guys pants pocket. I hope Apple doesn't start playing this screen size game. I love the iPhone but hate how big and bulky it is. I remember when phones the size of an iPhone would have been laughed at and wouldn't sell because of size. I understand that a smart phone is a different category. But I would guess most people looking for a phone will reject this 4.8" screen IMO. The Fandroids will of course brag "mine is bigger than yours." lol.gif


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I'm very curious to see if four cores is useful in a phone. I'm a little skeptical, but I don't know for sure. 

 

 

I guess that's an open question right now.  Even the latest iPad does pretty well with two CPU cores.  I also wonder how long it will be before we see phones as large as Apple's defunct Newton platform.  How much bigger before people will definitely need purses to carry their phone?

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I like the specs but the display is too large. 4.8" display? I doubt I could comfortably fit that in my pocket.

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Read the article. If you get infected by that you deserve it. You need to knowingly accept the install and check the unknown sources button. If you just install any app on your phone even without knowing where it came from then this is a problem.  


Great advise.  Treat your phone like you would a PC, always having to babysit it.  You do a disservice to those that don't want to deal with the headaches of permissions, security, etc... they just want their phone to work and not be concerned about trusting apps.

iOS App Store.  At least it's secured, and don't try spinning it.  Even Android forums are wanting some kind of curated app store too now to deal with the growing malware problem.

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Hugh is an understatement. Hugh as in we no longer will know if owners have a boner in their pants pocket or the phone...

 

Hugh who?

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TouchWiz? No thanks. I don't think Wiz means what you think it means.

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Some interesting and cool features in that phone. While I have no plans to switch from iOS, it's always nice to see some innovation and fresh ideas.

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Lame. It's running a horrible, cheap knockoff OS called Android and on top of that it's running the horrible Samsung TouchWiz, as if plain Android wasn't bad enough. 

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It really is a huge step for Samsung. Just wish it had the softkey buttons of the Nexus.

 

Hugh is an understatement. Hugh as in we no longer will know if owners have a boner or the phone in their pants pocket. That's if it actually will fit in a guys pants pocket. I hope Apple doesn't start playing this screen size game. I love the iPhone but hate how big and bulky it is. I remember when phones the size of an iPhone would have been laughed at and wouldn't sell because of size. I understand that a smart phone is a different category. But I would guess most people looking for a phone will reject this 4.8" screen IMO. The Fandroids will of course brag "mine is bigger than yours." lol.gif

 

I'll bet that hand model in the photo could palm a basketball like it was a grapefruit.

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Great advise.  Treat your phone like you would a PC, always having to babysit it.  You do a disservice to those that don't want to deal with the headaches of permissions, security, etc... they just want their phone to work and not be concerned about trusting apps.

 

You don't have to babysit anything. You can only be affected by this if you've gone into settings and enabled installing apps from Unknown Sources. By default this setting is disabled, meaning apps can only be installed from Play Store, where Bouncer does a pretty good job keeping out malware.

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Samsung just pulled another "Apple" on us..  bastards.

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Not impressed by this phone...HTC wowed me...(Still hate Sense) Samsung was greeted with a "meh"

 

I'll wait for the next Nexus...or maybe the US variations of the SIII will be better looking devices.

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I can see how some people prefer these the same way some people flocked to GMC Hummer but a 4.8" phone you're suppose to pocket is simply not for me, and I doubt for the majority of "humans."

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from "The Verge" on the Android Army forum:

 

 

 

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It’s nt that bad but it got overhyped to insane proportions. But the onex looks so frickin sexy and the s3 looks like a rehashed iphone 3gs..

Couldn't agree more.

 

 

 

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This phone looks like a giant feature phone...to quote that topic's OP:

 

 

Here's a couple of things that piss me off about it:

No soft keys. Are they saying it was a mistake on the Galaxy Nexus?

S - beam. What, Android beam wasn't enough? You had to create your bastardized version?

Gingerbread colors and touchwiz., gawd ICS has design priciples. Follow 'em!

Designed for humans? LOL, 4.8 inch screen.

Pentile screen. I can't notice pentile on my Nexus S, but people will get on their back for this. A LOT.

It's kinda ugly compared to the One X and Lumia 900. Also, no black? I love the monolithic look of the iPhone and black Lumia 900.

Is it still plastic?

Only thing different is the processor. Everything else is largely the same, yet they call Apple users sheep.

The flipboard thing. How come S II users can't get it? Slap in the face.

Touchwiz again.

 

 

Samsung disappointed me...HTC Wowed me...

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Cool phone, but I wish Samsung would tone down the tacky, assine, eye-rollingly bad marketing rhetoric. They must have used the 'designed for humans' line a million times in the presentation, as if it was incredibly clever,  along with 'to be social is to be human'. As opposed to all the other phones designed for penguins, right? Also love all the iOS software ripoffs, but with an S instead. S cloud, etc etc.  Interesting they're gonna start their own retail stores. This industry is definitely settling into a 2 horse race, SAmsung has become quite the juggernaut. I just wish they'd refresh their phone UI, IMO thats the ugliest thing about their hardware. 

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I can see how some people prefer these the same way some people flocked to GMC Hummer but a 4.8" phone you're suppose to pocket is simply not for me, and I doubt for te majority of "humans."

The Android camp, as far as I can tell, isn't too happy about this device period.

 

Thank God for choice...

 

I thought the SIII may change my opinion on Samsung...nope.

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Cool phone, but I wish Samsung would tone down the tacky, assine, eye-rollingly bad marketing rhetoric. They must have used the 'designed for humans' line a million times in the presentation, as if it was incredibly clever,  along with 'to be social is to be human'. As opposed to all the other phones designed for penguins, right? Also love all the iOS software ripoffs, but with an S instead. S cloud, etc etc.  Interesting they're gonna start their own retail stores. This industry is definitely settling into a 2 horse race, SAmsung has become quite the juggernaut. I just wish they'd refresh their phone UI, IMO thats the ugliest thing about their hardware. 

 

Touchwhiz is horrendous...and tacky...people are already complaining about iOS being dated...few and far between but slowly the numbers are growing...and since Touchwhiz is without a doubt a poor blind mans rip-off of iOS....

 

yea.

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..or maybe the US variations of the SIII will be better looking devices.

It will still be plastic. They probably didn't really have a choice though since it is so big. If it were made out of glass and metal it would have been too heavy.

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...I just wish they'd refresh their phone UI, IMO thats the ugliest thing about their hardware. 

The UI is mostly software...

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{responding to "...I just wish they'd refresh their phone UI, IMO thats the ugliest thing about their hardware. "}

The UI is mostly software...

 

Yes, in theory, the UI could be updated. But given that only a tiny percentage of Android users are ever able to update the software in their phones, that's only a theoretical possibility.

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I can see how some people prefer these the same way some people flocked to GMC Hummer but a 4.8" phone you're suppose to pocket is simply not for me, and I doubt for the majority of "humans."

6 square cm in cross-section for this phone versus 5.5 for the iPhone is hardly a noticeable difference...

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Yes, in theory, the UI could be updated. But given that only a tiny percentage of Android users are ever able to update the software in their phones, that's only a theoretical possibility.

A theoretical possibility is all one needs. I have not heard of a single person who's unhappy with their UI but doesn't change it due to lack of ability. There are far more people that change SW for the heck of it.

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in other news, Samsung just announced the Galaxy S4.

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I'm completely satisfied with the hardware on my 4s. Apple could win the war with Siri alone, especially by version 5.0. It's hard to overstate what a big deal Siri will become.
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Comments on The Verge are brutal. "Ugly" is common theme.  Made of plastic, uses older Pentile screen, 4.8" screen is too big, TouchWiz will be a mess.  Samsung has created an opening for HTC to get back into the game

 

As an Apple investor, this is gift.  The iPhone 5 is going to destroy it 

 

http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2996780/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-specs-software-pricing 

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I guess that's an open question right now.  Even the latest iPad does pretty well with two CPU cores.  I also wonder how long it will be before we see phones as large as Apple's defunct Newton platform.  How much bigger before people will definitely need purses to carry their phone?

 

I like you’re ipad comparison.  I think you are better off with 2 cores and a graphic card then 4 cores and ghetto graphics.  The new ipad has the equivalent of a PC top of the line graphic card to drive the retina display screen. This Samsung phone still has to drive full hd resolution but doesn’t have the graphic power it needs for top games.

 

I am all in favour of a bigger screen for the new iphone. But Samsung is overlapping the Galaxy note segment with its 4.8 screen phone, it is indeed to big for lots of folks. Since they already have the note going for 4.8” is a mistake in my opinion.  I hope the new iphone screen will be between 4.0” and 4.5” and I also hope they will keep a 3.5” phone in the future because one size doesn’t fit all.  I am sure Apple could find a way to make an UI that allows “humans” to dial a number with only 1 hand on a 4” + screen size phone.

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So, is my hand is too small for this one?
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