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Samsung Galaxy S3: Battery Tried and Tested

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most hotly-anticipated handsets for some time, and so there's no surprise that an early release of the phone has already been put through the steps by GSM Arena. In case you don't already know, the Galaxy S3 is going to feature 1GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, an 8MP camera, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2,100mAh battery. In other words, it's going to be a monster powerhouse of a smartphone. But will it have the battery to match?

The S3's 2,100mAh battery has already been put to the test by GSM Arena, who found it to be more than adequate. With such a large, bright display and a quad-core processor, the Samsung's battery will have to be super powerful in order to give the phone any kind of decent life. Obviously the brains over at Samsung know this, and since the S3 is pipped to be the best phone of 2012 (bar, perhaps, the iPhone 5), they'll obviously have put a lot of thought into it. The phone has already received 9 million pre-orders and so quickly is catching up with the volume of sales for the S2 before it has even been released.

Over at GSM Arena, the phone performed well. It gave over 10 hours of talk-time, which compares favourably with the 8.5 hours you'd get out of the Galaxy S2, and also managed to play videos for just over 10 hours, compared to nine hours and 20 minutes with the S2. So it looks like, as well as outstripping its predecessor in terms of technology and gadgetry, the S3 has also got some neat tricks up its sleeve when it comes to energy consumption.

There were a few flaws reported by GSM Arena, however. The S3's battery isn't so hot when it comes to browsing the web, as it lasts just over five hours online. This still pips the four hours 30 minutes offered by the S2, but it doesn't come anywhere near the iPhone 4S's seven hours. For some reason, Samsung seem to find balancing web browsing and battery life incredibly difficult. Keeping Wi-Fi and 3G turned off on the Galaxy S3 might be a good idea for those who are desperately in need of a longer battery life.

Before you start making your pre-orders, don't forget that the handset that GSM Arena got their hands on was a pre-release model, so the S3 is likely to go through a few small changes before it actually turns up on the shelves. While battery life might not change at all, the company might be able to improve it where necessary – hopefully they'll take a leaf out of Apple's book when it comes to browsing the web. Overall, the S3 definitely seemed to perform well given its powerful specs and hi-tech features; it'll be interesting to see how other quad-core handsets, such as the iPhone 5, fare in comparison. As the number of pre-orders and Facebook followers demonstrate, the Galaxy S3 is certainly going to be a big hit this summer.

Synchronize Google Voice with Your GPS Location [Google Voice]

Ed. note: When we saw that Wichita-based coder Chad Smith had automated Google Voice phone ringing with GPS, we had to ask for details. With an Android phone, a $10 app, and some web server space, here's how he pulled it off.

Update: Don't have a web server? Don't want to pay $10 for an app to pull off a quirky hack? Chad was tipped off after this post first published that the free Google Voice Locations Android app uses cell tower triangulation to switch your ringing Google Voice phones on the fly. The developer admits it's a first-release beta with some kinks to it, but it's a free, stand-alone alternative.

About a month ago I purchased one of those awesome Nexus One Google phones and started tinkering to see what cool things I could make it do. I love the phone, and as many of you know, absolutely love Google Voice too.

I figure the only way Google Voice could be improved is if it magically knew where I am and made my phones ring accordingly—so that's exactly what I made it do.

You can, too, with an Android phone, the Locale app, and a web server. The overall goal: have Google Voice know which phones to ring, based on your current location or situation.

Requirements

  • Google Voice (if you lack an account, or a friend with an account with invitations, try requesting an invite)
  • Android phone w/ data plan and GPS
  • Locale for Android ($9.99—here's a barcode-scan-able QR code)
  • Locale GPS Plug-In (Free, QR code)
  • HTTP Poster and Locale Plug-In (Free, QR code)
  • Web server w/ PHP 5 (uses cURL and json_decode)

Why Most Current Android Phones Will Never Get Flash 10.1 [Android]

There are two factors that'll determine whether or not your phone is ready and able to run Flash, whenever it becomes available. First, you'll have to worry about software: As far as we know, Adobe is only planning on supporting Android 2.0 and up, meaning that unless you've got a Droid or Nexus One, you're shit out of luck—unless, of course, your phone gets treated to an upgrade.

But even then! Optimized as it may be, at least some older hardware could have issues running Flash smoothly. Answering a question about a specific phone, Antonio Flores, a man posting on Adobe's support forums who everyone—including a community manager there—seems roundly convinced is a legitimate Adobe employee, says:

No, the HTC Hero will not be supported b/c it does not have the correct Android OS version and its chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device with an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series.

That Cortex qualifier could be a killer, too. Even if your G1 was treated to an official Android 2.1 update, there's a good chance it just doesn't have the horsepower. For the time being, this could—again!—be a Droid-and-Nexus-only affair. (Update: To be clear, what we're talking about here is Adobe's full mobile version of Flash 10.1, not HTC's version of Flash Lite.)

Speaking of updates, there's actually a third factor that could screw your phone out of new Flash: The upgrade path. The Palm Pre's webOS 1.4 update helps prep the platform for Flash, but leaves it up to users to download the plugin as an app. On Android, the distribution system looks like it'll be even more dependent on automatic, over-the-air delivery, so if Adobe tells your carrier and handset manufacturer that your handset isn't up to the task, that too could keep you from experiencing the rich and wonderful scope of Ads That Move On The Internet, on your smartphone.

For first and second generation phones, in other words, Flash 10.1 probably isn't coming to Android at all. Sorry? [Adobe via Andronica via PhoneArena]

TELUS will be the exclusive Canadian carrier of Motorola Backflip

Canadian carrier TELUS has confirmed that they will offer the Motorola Backflip this year. TELUS will be the exclusive carrier of the Backflip, one of three MOTOBLUR Android phones that the Canadian division of Motorola promised would be released in the country this year.

The Backflip is touted as a 3G+ device that should take advantage of the increased speeds available via TELUS’ GSM network opened last year. It will also bring MOTOBLUR’s deep social networking integration, widgets, and notifications.

There’s no word yet if TELUS will follow There’s no word yet if TELUS will follow AT&T and replace the default Google search functions with Yahoo! search. A TELUS rep I asked declined to comment until the company is prepared to talk more about software, but I still have my doubts that they would also replace Google. There’s also no word on pricing or availability, but we at least have confirmation from my guess yesterday that TELUS would be the Backflip’s carrier.

Motoblur 3G phone

Snow Leopard

The Motorola Devour with Motoblur 3G phone is photographed in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 2, 2010. With a brushed aluminum exterior and user-friendly Android operating software, the Devour lets you surf the Web, check e-mail and update your Facebook status with relative ease over Verizon Wireless' network.

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