Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 Gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update

If you are a proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy S3, you should be happy on how the way the Jelly Bean software looks and style evolves in a shorter period of time on your handy devices. Now, you could be more excited since there is a new software update coming as Android 4.1.2 that brings new apps that you never had before into your phone. Yes! there are tons of new features on Android 4.1.2 like the way how those from Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users enjoyed can now be also experience on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

In fact, Samsung has just started rolling the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update in some countries. Lucky are those folks who already has it first for they are the ones who can tries it out. If you have now yet updated to 4.1.2, surely the update will come soon in your areas, since Samsung releases an update in phases.

Features of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Here's the new key features on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is now initially available for the GT-I9300 International version of Galaxy S3, U. S and Canadian variants will be coming on 2013 since it is now already receives the 4.1.1 Jelly bean updates.
Some of the Enhancements in the new update:
-Android 4.1.2 – JZO54K
-Multi-View (Multi-Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
-Page Buddy
-New Gallery App (Same as in Note II)
-Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
-Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
-Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
-Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
-Paper Artist App
-Group Cast App

via Sammobile

Friday, November 16, 2012

7 New Features to be added on Samsung Galaxy S3 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Next Update

Good news to all Samsung Galaxy S3 Users out there! Samsung is now developing a new software built with lot of coolest features that you haven't experience before on your devices. This features are going to be added on the next official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean that has been reported to push in December.  The Android 4.1.2 is somehow leaked a couple of days ago, and some advance users already get the chance of sneaking inside the Jelly Bean 4.1.2.  Some features were mostly noticeable are much more likely from the features of the latest slate Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The below are the exciting features that you might want to be added into your Galaxy S3 devices.

1. Multi-View

Multi-View which allows users to run the window screen between two different apps to run like creating a text message while also browsing the web. This essentially a multi-tasking capabilities similar to the Galaxy Note 2.

2. Page Buddy

The Galaxy Note 2 has added home screens that appear when they're needed and are denoted with corresponding icons in the page indicator row. For instance, when the S Pen is removed, a Pen Buddy page appears with a large widget for Samsung's note-taking application. Similarly, when earphones are connected, a page appears complete with music and video widgets. 

3. Smart rotation

To prevent instances where the screen unintentionally rotates, forcing you to turn it back, there's 'Smart rotation'. This monitors your face and suppresses normal rotation if your face is tilted too.

4. Continuous input

A swipeable keyboard comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 2, and is enabled via the 'Continuous input' option. You spell out each word by drawing a line from letter to letter. This works in any keyboard style or orientation.

5. Notification Panel

This mode lets you block calls, notifications, alarms and timers and the LED notification light, either all day or between certain hours. The block mode has an 'Allowed contacts' feature so you can let chosen people bypass your blocking rules. Alternatively, this could be used to block nuisance callers.

6. Paper Artist

Galaxy note II S-Pen Coloring Application
A fun Photo color app For use with Galaxy Note with S-Pen or should work on other devices as well can also use your camera with it as well

7. New Gallery App

This not likely a Gallery that look like simple but it is very awesome Gallery apps that you might wanna say sorta cool.

Again those features are juts found from leaks version and nothing yet confirmed as good to be true, but let us hope so, for those features are already installed on Galaxy Note 2 and a chance on getting it on Galaxy S3 devices. We only wait for the official update from the company, which is likely to roll out next month.

source: CNET Sammobile

Monday, October 1, 2012

2 Ways to Avoid your Samsung Galaxy S3 out from risk of Unwanted Bricked Issues

Reports of bricked Samsung Galaxy S3 has been reportedly happens in some users who usually attempt to root their devices without knowing exactly what it is all about. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has now identical variants. Those Galaxy S3 released in the U.S and Canada is not likely similar to those released in other countries like Europe.
Here's the brief details of each specific Samsung Galaxy S3 variants according to each model numbers and associated network providers and country of origin.
The international version is the Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300, released outside U.S and Canada areas.
In the U.S has its own unique model names which is a branded in a specific carrier according to their network providers; SGH-T999 (T-Mobile), SGH-I747 (AT&T) , SCH-I535 (Verizon), SPH-LP710 (Sprint) and SCH-R530 for US cellular.
In Canada branded by Bell, Rogers, Telus, Sakstel seems like the same with AT&T but with model named SGH-I747M, a letter "M" is added to it signifies that it is Canadian version. This also goes exactly the same for Wind, Mobilicity and Videotron Galaxy S3's which is SGH-T999V, this time a letter "V" is added instead of just only SGH-T999 like T-Mobile.

Now, why I intentionally show this Galaxy S3 comparison table?
The table above is useful to those new users of Samsung Galaxy S3 that heard about rooting procedures anywhere else. Rooting can grant superuser access to your device, meaning - you can install  a wide-variety of 3rd-party apps from Google Play you desired. But be careful folks, read carefully if you have found any tutorial on the web this days or you may ended up your Galaxy S3 bricked.

How to avoid Bricking your Samsung Galaxy S3?

1. Rooting - Do not root your phone using any traditional method that something works from your other Android devices before. Read carefully any given instruction you read online, if they are legit or expert to that  matter.  Since there is a risk danger in rooting that result to unwanted soft-bricks or hard-bricks that is not too easy to recover your device.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has identical variants with specific model numbers, use that info to identify your device and only use root method for your specific Samsung Galaxy S3 models,
i.e - GT-I9300 root method will not work on U.S and Canadian Galaxy S3 SGH-T999/V or SGH-I747/M devices.

Aside from that, since the Galaxy S3 Android firmware has now few versions, like 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.1 Jelly bean, some root methods will only works for such specific firmware version, So, check it out also for that. Root for Ice Cream Sandwich is not the same to root for Jelly Bean version.

2. Custom ROMs - Some users also installed Custom ROMs. A custom ROMs are created by 3rd-party Android developers. Its very tempting to install such pieces of art unto your devices for it has features that never-seen before on Samsung's official firmware releases. But again, check for where and what particular models it is compatible to use for.

The ODDS of Bricked Galaxy S3
The above methods will void the warranty of your Samsung Galaxy S3, then Samsung will not fix it for you for free. You might needed an explanation that they may fix it for free, or have it exchange, but that accordingly happens the way how you encourage them. Samsung tech's knows what have you done to your phone no matter what alibi you have in mind, but they sometimes understand your situation.
Here's a tip: Tell the truth instead of telling a lie.

Help! Fix! Fix my bricked Galaxy S3
If however you have a bricked Galaxy S3, find any solution on the web first, were you can try to recover it by yourself, before exactly sending it back to your dealer and get rid of any costs it may applied. Google is your friend for that, then only send it back to Samsung when you already lost all of your effort.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

How to Restore Back Google Quick Search Box on Samsung Galaxy S3

Are your Samsung Galaxy S3 already upgraded to the latest ICS software update? Well, I guess that your wondering why quick search function on home screen search bar was totally removed. Usually, you can use it to look up anything on the phone like, names, contacts, apps, etc. This was intentionally removed by Samsung because Apple has filed an injunction against Samsung for the Universal Search function saying the feature infringes on Apple’s patents. Samsung taken the safe way out and totally wipe the Universal Search from the Galaxy S3.

Now if you want to restore it back without Samsung's aide, you can simply fix it by installing the GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk file on Galaxy S3.

1. Download and install ES File Explorer File Manager from Google Play store. You can also download any other file explorer that enable root access on rooted device.
2. Allow root access for ES File Explorer File Manager to complete the job. To do so, first press menu button and then tap on Settings. Locate and tick on Up to Root first and then tick on Root Explorer. A pop up massage ask you to grant the access, tap on Allow/Grant button to allow root access. Now, tick the Mount File System Option. Once all three option is ticked the way we mentioned above, you are ready to exit from Settings option.
3. Locate the GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk file in phone SD card that you copied earlier. Now long press on it and tap on Copy then. Press the Up button located at top until you reach the root of the device (you will see / at the top).
4. Reach /system/app folder and then paste GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk by tapping on Paste button located at top.
After that, long press on the copied file (i.e. GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk) and then tap on Properties option. Next, tap on Change button located under Permission section. Now, tick the Read box in front of both Group and Other [set permission to rw-r--r--]. Now tap on OK button to enable new permission setting. Quit ES Explorer now.
5. Go to Settings > Application Manager > All and clear data/cache for Google Search and Google Services Framework by tapping on the function name and then clear data/cache related button.
6.Reboot your Galaxy S3

Source: Android central.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Canadian Galaxy S3 Receives New Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Canada version of Samsung Galaxy S3 slate GT-I747M recently receives its Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the device already runs with  ICS 4.0.4, but yet got another push with the same version with a different build number.

The said firmware update was pushed by four major mobile phone operators in Canada – Bell, Rogers, Sasktel and Telus, the unbranded  version is also included. Its an update  from previous build I747MVLALE8 which is the official firmware since it released in the Canadian shores and now the firmware has its new build number which is IMM76D.I747MVLALH1 or I747MVLALH1 once the update is made.
Some users already managed to update but reported some unwanted lag issues but this is not truly confirmed yet since the update is still so fresh to gather more detailed information on how the firmware works well, and some issues like any other bugs that it may have.
So if you'll manage to get the update earlier and noticed some unwanted issues or awesomeness if the said latest update, just let other knows about it.

Samsung is doing a great job for this device lately, since its still hitting more sales in the market these days. Some other variants like the international version Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 was also being rumored in getting its official 4.1 Jellybean update sooner, since the JB leaks were keep on coming from the past few days.


Friday, August 17, 2012

U.S T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 Receives new ICS 4.0.4 OTA Software Updates T999UVALH2

U.S Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-T999 users under T-Mobile network carrier recently receiving an official Android 4.0.4 software updates via OTA (over the air).This is an incremental software update that brings an additional feature such as the status bar brightness slider.

The firmware build number is T999UVALH2, an update from the factory firmware T999UVALEM.  
In the U.S, the first Galaxy S3 got with an early update is AT&T’s SGH-I747 happens a few ago.
Verizon and Sprint seems left behind and also likely all Galaxy S III variants in Canada  no signs of any update yet for now also.

Here's the firmware details:
Device: Samsung Galaxy S III SGH-T999
Country: United States
Carrier: T-Mobile
Latest firmware: T999UVALH2/T999TMBALH2/T999UVLH2/T999UVALH2
Version: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Build/Released: 8/3/2012 8:40:31 AM

Despite of mere software updates in the U.S, the international version Galaxy S III GT-I9300 is rapidly getting updates in various countries like Europe and Latin America regions. In fact, the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean has already been leaked a day ago.

Anyway, if you have not yet got this update you must check it out on your phone settings>info>check for updates or download the latest Kies in your PC. To those having issues upgrading via OTA or even Kies due from some modding or rooting that has been made on their Galaxy S3, you can return back to official firmware by reading out this guide:  T999UVALH2 manual upgrading guide.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I9300XXBLG8 New Firmware Released in UK and Germany that brings Back Local Search Function

The localized search function that has been previously removed in Samsung Galaxy S3 due to in keeping with legal requirements for patent infringement issues in the US was also disabled with the international version.

As Samsung promised that they will going to return back the search function and now its back to this latest firmware build I9300XXBLG8. This is the most latest firmware release in the month of July 2012 from a few days release I9300XXBLG6. It's now already released in UK and Germany.

Firmware info:
I9300XXBLG8 Android v4.0.4 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich)Europe Region
Device: Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300

Country: United Kingdom (UK-BTU)
Latest firmware: I9300XXBLG8/I9300OXABLG8/I9300XXLG8/I9300XXBLG8
Modem: I9300XXLG8
Build Date: 26-07-2012
Changelist: 928452

Country: Germany (DBT)
Latest firmware: I9300XXBLG8/I9300DBTBLG6/I9300XXLG8/I9300XXBLG8
Modem: I9300XXLG8
Build Date: 26-07-2012

Other regions or specific countries might probably follow soon and might be the same scenario when the first firmware update releases a few weeks ago. But as for now the said update was initially released in UK and Germany Galaxy S3 users via Kies. So just stay tuned, you might also check it out to our monthly Galaxy S3 firmware update list.

source: Androidromupdate