As Brad Duea, T-Mobile’s senior vice president of product management, stated, “We have a tremendous history of working with Samsung to bring cutting-edge devices to market, and we know our customers are excited to get their hands on the Galaxy S3,” said “As we continue to aggressively compete, this device is yet another example of how T-Mobile delivers amazing devices and 4G experiences to our customers.”
Sprint will offer two versions of the Galaxy S3: a 16GB model priced at $199.99 and a 32GB version for $249.99 (both require a two-year contract.) Sprint also announced that they will be the only U.S. carrier with a pre-loaded Google Wallet, an app that uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to ensure the safety of purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers. .
Fared Adib, vice president of product development at Sprint said, “Sprint and Samsung take another leap forward together in bringing our customers the best in mobile technology with Galaxy S3 on the Sprint 4G LTE network. Sprint is the only U.S. carrier to offer this device with the simplicity of unlimited data plans. Our customers will appreciate being able to use the robust features and capabilities of this device without worrying about data caps, throttling or silly overage charges.”
Verizon Wireless announced it will begin taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S3 starting June 6th at 7 a.m. EST. Verizon is not being specific about their launch date for the device. As it states in the company press release, the device “will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online in the coming weeks.”
Verizon will carry the Galaxy S3 in 16 GB and 32 GB versions for $199.99 and $249.99 respectively (with two-year customer agreement.) They’ll offer the Galaxy S3 in two colors: Marble White and Pebble Blue.
In addition, customers purchasing a Galaxy S3 will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package. These start at $30/monthly for 2GB of data.
Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S3 will feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, S Voice, AllShare Play, 4G LTE connectivity and a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor.
Samsung has done well with its Galaxy series, and it has another round of numbers to confirm it. With more than 50 million Android phones sold all over the world, Samsung has reason to gloat. They’ve racked up some impressive sales numbers with just a few well-designed and well-received devices.
The Galaxy line has created a dynasty to rival the royal Apple family. Samsung Galaxy S sales hit 24 million in two years. Then the Galaxy S II outperformed its ancestor with 28 million sales in 13 months, making it Samsung’s fastest selling device ever. Now add 8 million more sales since late February and there’s no sign of S II’s momentum slowing. Well maybe its progeny Galaxy S3 will have something to say about that. It’s already racked up 9 million pre-orders.
Samsung Galaxy Note had a nice showing, too. In a world where you’re either a tablet or you’re a smartphone, this hybrid carved out a 7 million-unit niche since its debut in October 2011.
The statistics released didn’t cover the entire Galaxy family. It would be nice to see how the poorer relations, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Y, fared. The next couple of months are going to be very exciting for everything Samsung.
Rumors of the death of the “tablet” have been highly exaggerated. There were those who predicted smartphone-tablet hybrids like the Samsung Galaxy Note wouldn’t find a market. Then Samsung goes and sells 5 million of them in less than five months. Well on their way to meeting there 10 million unit goal for 2012, it’s a good thing Samsung didn’t listen to the naysayers.
According to a new report from market research firm ABI, Samsung’s Galaxy Note has started a new trend. As ABI analyst Joshua Flood put it, “One of the chief drivers for tablets is the amount of time people use their smartphones for web browsing, reading articles and newspapers on the go, or simply navigating their journeys. The larger screen sizes make a significant difference to the user’s experience when compared to conventional-sized touchscreens between 3.5 to 4 inches.” ABI predicts shipments of the devices will increase by a factor of 10 this year over last year.
Sales of tablets like Galaxy Note and LG’s Optimus Vu are expected to surpass 208 million in 2015. ABI describes the trend as “the dawn of the tablet era”. HTC, LG and Huawei are all expected to release their own devices later this year.
News of the high demand among carriers for the Samsung smartphone surfaced last week. While a Vodafone spokesperson wouldn’t state numbers in their conversation with The Inquirer, the company did say preorders of Samsung’s latest Galaxy phone have been astounding, “With over a week to go until launch, it’s already the most pre-ordered Android device we’ve brought into our smartphone line-up to date and our limited time offer of 2GB of mobile data and 100 free music tracks is being snapped up.”
This news is confirmed by early NenaMark2 benchmarks, which show a Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535) with a 1.5GHz dual-core S4. It looks like the reason for the hardware exchange is the LTE capability, which the Exynos 4 Quad chipset doesn't have.
The benchmark also shows the Adreno 225 GPU in the Snapdragon S4 beats the Mali-400MP in the Exynos Quad by a couple of frames. This could be attributed to the pre-release software or inconsistency in the NenaMark2 benchmark. The Galaxy S3 screen is capped at 60FPS, so results close to that point may not be spot on.
During the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that the company was working on merging its Bada mobile operating system with the open-source Tizen operating system.
Samsung is currently the second-largest cellphone maker in the world, with devices powered by four major operating systems. By focusing on its own operating system, Samsung has more control over its devices and a greater opportunity to differentiate its products from its competitors. By merging the two operating systems, Samsung is hoping that existing Bada developers will transition to Tizen.
While still in development, the Tizen operating system is open-source and backed by Intel and the Linux Foundation. When the Bada integration is complete, Tizen will support programs written with Samsung’s Bada SDK, including both new and previously published apps.
Tizen, according to reports, features a program called Application Compatibility Layer (ACL), which enables the device to run applications built using different code. ACL is similar to RIM’s Android player for its BlackBerry PlayBook.
A new video has been released that demonstrates the Samsung/Intel-backed Tizen OS running Android apps.
Open Mobile, the company behind ACL, claims Android apps will be able to run on a Tizen-powered device with 100% compatibility, and stated that ACL features the same level of responsiveness users would expect on a device that runs on Android OS. The company would also like to make sure that the ACL will be integrated into smartphones and tablets by vendors and not end users.
As usual, there probably will be a few bugs to be worked out in the field, but all indicators are that Tizen is a well-designed and truly open source alternative to Google's Android.