Samsung Galaxy S3 Red version [CNET UK]

Red alert! The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the hottest phone around, and will soon be available in a blazing hot scarlet case to match.

If you can’t picture the blood-red blower, check out our painstakingly-created and no doubt highly accurate fancy Photoshop mock-up above to see what the crimson quad-core calling kit will look like.

This little red Corvette of a phone will be available to customers of US network AT&T around the end of this month. It’s currently available in Marble White — which is just plain white really — and Pebble Blue, which is sort of shimmery. The scarlet smart phone could potentially be the first of many new hues for the smash hit S3.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 only comes in black or white, but other Galaxy phones and tablets come in different colours, such as the pink Samsung Galaxy Note. Perhaps we’ll see new livery for the S3 at IFA, the annual gadgetstravaganza taking place at the end of August, where we’re also expecting to see a new Note 2.

The S3 is predicted to sell 19 million phones or more by the end of the year. That’s a smash in anyone’s terms, beating even the excellent HTC One X. But the real phone fight kicks off later in the year when the new iPhone 5 arrives. Can Apple’s reign of the smart phone world last? Will it pull something out of the bag to stay on top, or could new colours help the S3 mount a serious challenge?


Samsung Galaxy S III focuses on photography sharing features, not cutting-edge optics


Samsung’s Galaxy S III doesn’t boast 41-megapixel captures or top-of-the-line optics. Instead, its camera’s strengths are in its intelligent organization and social features, increasing the handset’s appeal as a point-and-shoot alternative for casual photographers. Samsung’s latest round of compacts andmirrorless dedicated snappers reaffirm suspicions that the company is taking a different approach to photography, focusing on connectivity and social enhancements, rather than updated sensor and low-light shooting technologies. While such decisions may prompt advanced shooters to bring their business to competitors, it highlights Samsung’s strengths on a broader level, as a connectivity enabler, rather than a camera maker.

The company is clearly committed to growing its ecosystem and uniting product divisions in an effort to increase penetration throughout different categories, developing sharing tools that simplify workflows and increase appeal. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone packs standard specs, like 8-megapixel stills and 1080p video, but it offers a handful of software features that combine to make the device a compelling upgrade, especially from an imaging perspective. Join us past the break as we detail the Galaxy S III’s photography enhancements, from Best Photo to Face Zoom.

Shooting enhancements

We don’t blame you for not being impressed with the Galaxy’s camera itself, but that’s not the point — software enhancements improve the shooting experience without boosting specifications. Both cameras can shoot HD video (the 8-megapixel rear-facing module captures 1080p, while the 1.9-megapixel cam up front records at 720p), and a new feature enables still snaps as you capture clips, with an on-screen shutter button popping up in the top right corner. The S III also offers a burst shooting mode at 6 frames-per-second for up to 20 continuous shots and a new Best Photo mode, which snaps eight consecutive images (also at 6 fps) of the same scene, highlighting the most appealing frame, based on parameters that include sharpness, contrast and the subject’s expression. Best Photo allows you to save the pre-selected image, or any of the other frames before discarding.


S Voice

Samsung’s Siri-like voice recognition tool lets you launch the photo app and even snap a frame without tapping the screen. Assuming your phone is connected to the web, a command like “I want to take a picture!” brings you to the app, while saying “Cheese!” (as you smile, of course) prompts the phone to capture an image. There’s no dedicated shutter release button, but there is S Voice.

S Beam

We’ve touched on S Beam a bit in our preview post, but the feature is most useful for sending photos and video, so it certainly has a place here. Using NFC, one Galaxy S III forms a connection with another when they touch, enabling instant transfers using WiFi Direct. You can send stills or movies directly to another handset with a few taps, at speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

Group Tag

This feature rewards those of you who keep your contacts list organized by group. If certain photos include an individual with a contact profile, that pic will automatically be assigned to a matching group in albums. For example, if John is listed under Family in contacts, he’ll also appear in an album called Family, making it easy to locate images without taking the time to assign them to specific albums.

Social Tag

We saw a hint of this with the Google Glasses demo, but Social Tag is about to hit the mainstream. The feature matches subjects in photos to the profile image on their contact page, then displays contact info as an on-screen overlay during photo playback. Google+ content will pop up in full, in addition to a Facebook profile link (no embedded info) and a shortcut to your subject’s contact page.

Buddy Photo Share

Expanding on those facial recognition and contact list enhancements is a feature called Buddy Photo Share, letting you boot a pic to your friend with a single tap. Like Social Tag, Buddy Photo Share uses the profile image from your bud’s contact page for identification, and also sends on the shot to the email address saved on your Galaxy S III.

Face Zoom

This facial recognition feature highlights individuals standing (or seated) together in a group, letting you simply double tap on a face to fill the frame. It doesn’t appear to be much different from the traditional double-tap zoom option, but we suppose this method enables a bit more precision.

Face Slideshow

We don’t see many practical uses for Face Slideshow, which creates a separate slideshow that zooms in on each individual face in a group photo. Still, you might find it entertaining, especially when it comes to making out individuals in a huge group shot. The feature essentially creates a slideshow from one image, cycling through portraits of each person in the frame. That’s about it.


Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get free Olympics livestream from Eurosport

Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get free Olympics livestream from Eurosport

New owners of the Olympic’s official smartphone that missed out on Samsung’s initial ticket giveawaystill have a chance to catch plenty of the action live. Eurosport has announced that it’ll be offering a free month of access to its streaming app for Galaxy S III owners — as long as you’re a resident in one of the participating European countries. (Hint: it’s most of ’em, aside from Italy). Free access can be activated from July 14th and will last through August 12th. You can, however, grab the Eurosport app before the Olympics kick off by hitting the source below.


[Official] Maxis Unveils Samsung Galaxy S3 from RM999

Maxis Offers S3 from RM900 during promo period

As we reported yesterday, the leaksturn out to be true. The banner was legit and today Maxis has unveiled their rates and plans on contract.

They also have a special promo running from 31 May – 3 June 2012 . The Nature – Inspired phone will be available from as low as RM900 with a 3GB data plan for a 24 month contract. The promo is only available at all their Maxis outlets.

Maxis’ plans are not too far off from its competitors in terms of pricing. The S3 is available on 12 , 18 or 24 month contracts and bundled with the usual 1GB or 3GB data plan. This is on top of your existing Value Plus 30 ( or above) postpaid plan.As reported earlier , they are indeed offering their LOKER service with their S3 . Altogether , you get 75GB of cloud storage ( incl. 50GB dropbox) on the spot. Here’s a summary of the plans offered.

12 Months – RM1799 ( 1GB)

RM1699 (3GB)

18 Months – RM1699 (1GB)

RM1599 (3GB)

24 Months – RM1599 ( 1GB)


Maxis has not mentioned the price of the 24 month S3 after its promo period is over. It’s likely they will update their Android Page

with pricing . We will definitely let you once we get word on it. Stay tuned for more news on tech in malaysia and all over the world.

[Leaked] Maxis Galaxy SIII Promotion

Maxis Samsung Galaxy SIII Promo Banner

Source: Lowyat.Net

Surprise, surprise! Looks’s like Maxis is going to offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 after all. This poster was leaked online today with the promo period slated for 31 May- 3 June. This leads us to believe it may be fake because Maxis hasnt made any official announcements even though it starts tomorrow. Nevertheless, the banner looks extremely legit and the pricing is as predicted.

The offer states that Maxis users can get the Nature Inspired smartphone for a cool RM999 on a 3GB plan at RM68 per month for 24 months which is aligned somewhat with the DiGi Smart Plan 88 deal. , it comes with 25GB of LOKER storage, coupled with the 50GB DROPBOX storage offered by Samsung. That’s a whopping 75GB of cloud storage in your hands, plus the Galaxy S3 is expandable up to 32GB of SD storage. 100GB of storage isn’t too shabby, event for the heaviest of users. For postpaid customers who have been with Maxis for less than a year, you will need an advance payment of RM900 and that amount will be credited back to your account immediately.  Curiously , there only seems to be a white option which adds more weight to the rumour of the Pebble Blue S3 having manufacturing issues.

As always stay tuned for more info and official announcements!

Samsung Galaxy SIII Touchwiz UX for Galaxy Nexus (CM9)

Screenshots of CM9+TWUX Addon

Good news for all Galaxy Nexus users! The great folks from Cyanogenmod have released an addon pack for all Galaxy Nexuses running CM9. The addon is available as a .zip file to be flashed on top of the latest nightly release of CM9. Although this is tailor -made for the Nexus, some users have reported it working on CM9 builds of other models. ( Please do not attempt this because you are in risk of bricking ). As usual , NANDROID before doing anything! The add -on definitely make your Nexus look identical to an S3 and almost suffices for an upgrade , since the only reason to do so is the new Exynos and camera. Enjoy your nature-filled UI ! The file can be downloaded here. Check here for downloads for the Original Galaxy S and the Plus.