The Samsung Galaxy S III is reported to be having a firmware update in the form of Android 4.2.2 PDA: I9300XXUFME3 and CSC: I9300OJKFME1 or the Jelly Bean. It’ll bring the lock of S4 to S III plus the added features of improved S Voice, two-finger swipe toggles, Adapt Display, Smart Switch widget and Professional Photo display modes, Driving Mode, Daydream, Additions in Notification Center, among others such as a redesigned settings interface.
The leaked info from an insider isn’t completely detailed though and what’s been confirmed is only the testing phase. There is no assurance about copying S4 camera features to the S III and whether Android 4.3 or 4.22 will be used in the process. However, the final form of the OS will be announced in June yet, and there are some warnings regarding the tested Android such as the increase in binary counter, absence of modem and its nature as repackaged from dump files.
Flashing instructions after downloading include unzipping the file, opening Oden 3.04, restarting the phone in download mode and connecting it, adding the files, flashing then rebooting to complete the cycle. The test proves to be successful though and the firmware is working perfectly. Finally, the leaked build is intended only for GS III i9300 or the international model.
The Financial Times reports that Apple is still in negotiations with Sony and Warner over royalties for their iRadio streaming music service. Apple had offered roughly 6 cents per 100 tracks streamed, but is reported to have raised the offer to 12.5 cents per 100 tracks. A similar rate is paid by established music servvice Pandora.
Some music industry executives argue that cash-rich Apple should pay a higher rate than Pandora, which had 70m “active listeners” in April, because of its broader ambitions for iRadio. These include using data it already has from hundreds of millions of iTunes users to predict the selection of tracks they will enjoy, and a plan to allow listeners to purchase songs seamlessly via the iTunes store.
Those familiar with the terms say Apple was offering the label three different revenue possibilities: A royalty per track streamed, a share of iRadio’s advertising revenue, and a guaranteed minimum sum over the course of the contract that would provide a safety net just in case the number of plays or advertising dollars weren’t up to snuff.
Apple is reported to be working hard toward reaching a deal for a summer launch for iRadio, perhaps at WWDC in June.
ASRock will be unveiling its next-gen Intel Haswell motherboard with the intriguing waterproof feature. Overclockers are probably the target market for these Haswell motherboards. Of course, it comes packed with high-end specs which every OC enthusiasts need.
There will be several features but the premium ones boil down to five namely: Home Cloud, wireless 802.11ac, HDMI-in, Purity Sound and of course, the waterproof by conformal coating. ASRock is still tight-lipped on how the actual coating works. However, many specialists thought that it is mainly developed for OC enthusiasts using liquid nitrogen as cooling system. Overclocking causes condensation on the motherboard that creates moisture and could affect its performance in the long run.
Meanwhile, the HDMI-in port allows users to switch more conveniently between the monitor display and a mobile device’s screen (smartphone/tablet) with the use of a hotkey. Purity Sound utilizes differential codec for differential output to produce realistic audio signals. It features 7.1 HD channel, 115dB SNR DAC with differential amplifier and Realtek ALC1150 audio codec.
Price and release date details are still unknown as of this writing. Also, more details about the motherboard’s Home Cloud and waterproof coating will be divulged in the following months. You may watch the video clip below to have a glimpse of its HDMI-in feature.
The Pentagon on Thursday cleared BlackBerry 10 and Samsung Knox-compatible devices for use on DoD networks, Reuters reported, while Apple’s iPhones and iPads are expected to see approval later in May. Expanding the range of devices available beyond the DoD’s previous BlackBerry standard will allow units within the department to tailor their technology orders to fit their own needs.
“We are pleased to add BlackBerry 1- and the Samsung Knox version of Android to our family of mobile devices supporting the Department of Defense,” Lt. Col. Damien Pickart told Reuters. “We look forward to additional vendors also participating in this process.”
While it wasn’t surprising that the DoD had opened it’s networks up to new devices, what was surprising is that the BlackBerry 10 devices were approved ahead of Apple’s iOS devices. Most reports said iOS was much further along the approval path than BlackBerry 10.
While Apple devices have already been in use in some areas of the government, Pentagon approval would allow their use in more secure areas. Clearance for the devices should allow devices running iOS6 to be used, while iOS 5 devices may require hardware modifications to achieve security clearance.
LG and Google is rumored to be on the drawing board for the next-gen Nexus phone currently dubbed as “Nexus 5″. Although nothing is still set in stone the upcoming Nexus is speculated to be a smashing hit when it launches officially.
The current LG-Google flagship is Nexus 4, currently having financial success in the global smartphone industry so it’s obviously logical to think that the two companies are working together on a new Nexus phone project.
No concrete specs are out online so we could only imagine what the Nexus 5 would be like. Hardcore Android fans are thinking that it might be a high-end variant of LG’s Optimus G and would present a larger 5-inch 1080p display. It might also have the latest Android Key Lime Pie OS onboard, who knows? Everything is possible.
The Nexus 4 is currently available in the US for $ 350 while the price gets a considerable bump in other countries like in Singapore where it costs a hefty $ 556 and all the way up to $ 785 if you’re in Italy. The next-gen Nexus is expected to be unveiled on the forthcoming Google I/O event although we’re still not sure if it will be pushed through. LG doesn’t like to comment regarding speculations and rumors so fanboys may have to wait until the event. We’ll keep you posted, of course.