Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone won’t be available in the United States until this summer, but the unlocked international version of the phone is now available for preorder from Amazon in both blue and white. The phone costs $799.99 and it will not support Verizon Wireless or AT&T’s 4G LTE networks, instead relying on AT&T’s HSPA+ network or slower GSM networks for service. The device will feature Samsung’s quad-core Exynos processor, however, which will likely be replaced by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset once the smartphone launches stateside. Unlocked Galaxy S III preorders will be delivered on June 1st according to Amazon, but most users will likely want to wait for subsidized local versions, which will most likely arrive on all four major carriers later this year.
Update 2: And they’re back. Crisis is averted!
Update: Google’s now telling developers that it’s aware of the issue. Help is on the way!
Everybody panic! Paid applications have disappeared from Google Play! Well, that’s half true. They’re still visible in the Android app, but trying to purchase just leads to an error. But the web portal (at least anything that’s not on the front page) has been wiped of anything that costs anything.
A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed against Samsung over a number of its television sets. The company is offering free repairs and up to $300 to customers who owned one of several TV models that were manufactured prior to December 31, 2008. The lawsuit alleged that a power defect caused TVs to experience a delay in turning on, making a clicking sound, cycling on and off, or simply not turning on at all. While Samsung denied the allegations, it agreed to settle to “avoid the costs and uncertainty of continued litigation.” Hit the break for a list of the models covered in the settlement.
Ultrabooks will remain pricey through the end of this year, with ideal pricing of $600-$700 finally being reached in 2013 according to Digitimes. Due to the high production cost associated with the computers — especially solid state drives, which are 10 times more expensive than traditional hard drive — prices are expected to remain high in order to maintain profitability. As vendors work on reducing costs, ultrabooks have chance to reach $799 in the second quarter of 2012, a significant drop from the $999 price point of the first generation models but still well above the “sweet spot” the new notebook supposedly must hit in order to be more widely adopted.
AT&T is increasing the fee charged when subscribers upgrade to new handsets on contract beginning this Sunday. BGR has been informed by multiple readers via email that AT&T has sent them notices regarding the increased fee, which had previously been $18. ”Because the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased, effective Sunday, February 12, 2012, AT&T will change its upgrade fee from $18 to $36,” AT&T said in a note to dealers obtained by BGR. An AT&T spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A portion of the memo follows below.
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