Samsung Galaxy S3: Specs, Apps, News & Reviews

TouchWiz’s Gallery: the Unsuspected Photographic Tragedy

TouchWiz’s Gallery: the Unsuspected Photographic Tragedy

The workflow is simple enough, for many hundred million Samsung smartphone owners worldwide. Use the phone to take a photo, then tap on the little thumbnail to bring up the photo just taken. Not quite right? Then use one of the many supplied editing functions to crop, tweak, apply an effect, and so on. Looks great, so delete the original to save space. Perfect! Except that it’s not. Unbeknown to the user, the TouchWiz Gallery software has massively downsampled the image too. Yep, we’ve just lost 75% of image detail/resolution. 

How to measure your heart rate on the Galaxy S4, S3, HTC One, LG G2 and other phones

How to measure your heart rate on the Galaxy S4, S3, HTC One, LG G2 and other phones

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the Galaxy S5’s new heart rate sensor was that I’ve been doing the same thing on my own phones for years. Being a pharmacist, the use of technology in the medical field isn’t just a novelty, but has also become a necessity of my daily life. I have thus been measuring heart rates — my own or patients’ — for a couple of years with my LG G2 and my Galaxy S3 before it. Here’s how it works.

Samsung USA confirms Android 4.4 updates for Galaxy S3, Note 2, S3 mini and more

Samsung USA confirms Android 4.4 updates for Galaxy S3, Note 2, S3 mini and more

Samsung has so far been peculiarly quiet about how many Galaxy devices will get the impending Android 4.4 KitKat update and when, even with the OTA already rolling out to the Note 3. But the ominous silence is now behind us, as a list of 14, that’s right, 14 smartphones and tablets due for a chocolaty software bump has gone official.

Samsung launches the Galaxy S III Neo+ in China. And no, this isn’t a prank.

Samsung launches the Galaxy S III Neo+ in China. And no, this isn’t a prank.

The Galaxy S III is going to turn two years old in a little over a month, so one would think that a company would spend all their efforts trying to promote their new products, right? Not Samsung. They just launched a brand new Galaxy S III variant in China called the Galaxy S III Neo+. Not only does it use the new “Neo” suffix, but they’ve also added a plus sign for whatever reason.

The Galaxy S III is currently the most used Samsung smartphone in North America

The Galaxy S III is currently the most used Samsung smartphone in North America

When I say “Samsung”, the company’s newest flagship device springs to mind. But do phones like the S4 and Note 3 really make up the bulk of Samsung devices currently in use? The ad network Chitika recently published some numbers about the advertising they served to Samsung devices during the month of December. According to their data, the Galaxy S III made up 34% of all Samsung phones used during that month. The Galaxy S4 was responsible for a little under 28%. And if you combine all three generations of the Galaxy Note, they made up only 13.3%.

Android 4.3 finally hits the Verizon Galaxy S III

Android 4.3 finally hits the Verizon Galaxy S III

Verizon Wireless, America’s largest operator, has a reputation for two things. The first is that they have the best coverage in the United States and spend more than anyone else on infrastructure equipment. The second is that they couldn’t care less about software updates. Whenever we write about phones getting updated to a new version of Android, the order is always international unlocked units, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and then Verizon last. Taking a look at the Galaxy S III from the Samsung, the story is no different.

Samsung fixes Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S III

Samsung fixes Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S III

When Samsung started pushing out Android 4.3 to the Galaxy S III, I told everyone here to go ahead and apply the update because being on the latest version of Android is awesome. Well, I should have known better than to recommend a software update without testing it myself. It turns out that Samsung’s Android 4.3 ROM for the GS3 was so busted that the company had to pause the rollout and issue an apology to those who were experiencing issues after flashing their device.

Samsung issues a statement regarding the buggy Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III

Samsung issues a statement regarding the buggy Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III

You should never buy a device, specifically a device running Android, and expect software updates. Some companies are obviously better at updating their hardware than others, but for the most part, unless you own a Nexus, you’re always going to be “behind” when it comes to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. This is why you will always hear a journalist judge a device based on how it performs out of the box, not on how it might run six months down the line.

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition, has no shame admitting it’s for ladies

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition, has no shame admitting it’s for ladies

Sexism in alive and well, despite decades of progress. Mobile phone makers, even today, often take a popular device they’re selling, slap a pink coat of paint on it, and then spend millions marketing it towards a certain demographic. Now while I’m not offended by that, probably because I’m a man, I know plenty of women who are infuriated by this sort of attitude. Well, ladies, let me present to you the Galaxy S III mini Crystal Edition.

Android 4.3 for the GS3 pulled in Europe just as it lands in America for AT&T GS4 customers

Android 4.3 for the GS3 pulled in Europe just as it lands in America for AT&T GS4 customers

Update: An earlier version of this article confused the Android 4.3 update being pushed out to the Galaxy S4 on AT&T with the Galaxy S3 update being pushed out to international GS3 units.

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S III and receive a prompt telling you to update to Android 4.3, you might want to hold off on clicking the download button. According to SamMobile, nearly everyone who has updated their GS3 is experiencing WiFi issues, performance issues, terrible battery life, and hard locks that are so hard that the battery needs to be pulled. The update is so bad that it’s supposedly been pulled, and that if you check for updates on your GS3 right now, the phone will tell you that there aren’t any available.