Samsung on Tuesday, May 29, made available for sale next version of its flagship, and the best selling, Android smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S3 in 28 countries in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa countries including Germany and Britain.
"The GALAXY S3I is being launched across the globe, with the World Tour to be held in major cities including Sydney, New Delhi, Dubai, Moscow, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Seoul, New York and Tokyo," Samsung announced.
The World Tour will give local attendees the chance to get their first hands-on moment with the new handset, with an introduction from Samsung executives
The smartphone, running on Google's Android operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich boasts a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen (much bigger than the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S), has 1 GB of RAM, an eight megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera.
The Glaxy S3 comes in two variants a 16 GB, and 32 GB. Both the version are available in white and pebble blue colored model.
The new Galaxy S3 now has more rounded outline, as its predecessor, whose look and feel became the main subject of the legal dispute with Apple. Also its has voice recognition, dubbed "S Voice," which will inevitably be compared with Apple's Siri, and image recognition software that can tag and share photographs.
Top global carriers - from Britain's Vodafone to Singapore's SingTel - have started to aggressively promote the S3, fuelling speculation the smartphone could top its predecessor, the Galaxy S2's 20 million sales worldwide.
"The S3 is supported by an unprecedented promotional campaign," said Geoff Blaber, an analyst at CCS Insight in London. "Samsung's timing with the Galaxy S3 is perfect."
Apple plans to use a larger screen on the next iPhone, according to people familiar with the situation. The current iPhone 4S model was introduced last October.
Samsung launched its own music service on the Galaxy S3, putting itself head-to-head with Apple. It has previously rebranded existing music and video services.
Samsung said it will release the S3 via 296 carriers in 145 countries by July.
According to reports from UK wireless provider Vodafone, only the people who pre-ordered the white 16 GB version of the Galaxy S III will receive them from the carrier this week as promised. The 32 GB white version, along with the 16 and 32 GB versions of the pebble blue colored model, have been delayed.
"We're working closely with Samsung to ensure devices reach our customers as soon as possible and will be contacting them directly to advise them on their order's progress," Vodafone stated.
Also, according to report, the "S-voice" will run on all Android devices and the APK for the application is available to download.
As opposed to Samsung's previously stated that the application will be altered, and cann't be run on any other device other than a Galaxy S III, a leaked ROM last week suggests the application featured in the ROM build is unaltered.
The application said to be working to some extent providing you don't set the device running the application to unlock through voice. In other words: just continue tapping "Next" during the introductory section of the application.
According to android.HD blog:
D-Voice works on all phones?
It 's optimized for HD displays, but also installs on S2 or other
On the Samsung device you need to use Explorer or other Root with root privileges and replace the apk to the vocal system. This is because the Samsung does have the voice and then the app exists and must be replaced to make it work
For devices not Touch Wiz just install the apk and should work quite well
The servers Italians are not yet officially open, so the results may not be the maximum
You can download the APK named Voiced-talk here.
Also, note that Flipboard is also said to be working on most Android devices. "Flipboard combines the most popular news posts in categories which the user selects on the first use of the application. Flipboard is even able to find news from Facebook and Twitter and incorporates relevant posts into the respective feeds."
The application does is said to tested on a Nexus S, HTC One X and a Galaxy S II running CyanogenMod 9. And, is not tied to the Samsung Touchwiz framework.
Flipboard can be found on the XDA Developers forum.