As far as sheer volume of interest goes, Samsung outdid Apple this week, with more stories flying around about the Galaxy S III than about the iPhone 5.
Top of the list was security. According to most of the top tech sites, Galaxy S III owners might have had a bit of a scare this week. That is, if Samsung hadn’t already dealt with the problem before anyone even knew it existed.
Apparently, says Mashable, a vulnerability was discovered in Samsung’s Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) that «potentially allowed attackers to remotely wipe the contents of Galaxy S II and III devices,» essentially restoring them to factory settings.
Thankfully, Samsung’s already come out with a patch, and the company issued a statement to Engadget urging users to update:
“We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the GALAXY S III has already been resolved through a software update. We recommend all GALAXY S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service.”
So, now that your smartphone is safe and sound, how about encrusting it with crystals? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, and if you have upwards of £2099 (about $3370 U.S.) to spare, maybe consider upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S III Swarovski Edition?
The device, available from Amosu Couture, is set with 500 Swarovski crystals around the bezel, plus an extra 16 around the home button. Sort of pricey and all, but you do get a free calf leather case.
Now for the really juicy stuff. Hot on the heels of all the rumors surrounding an iPad Mini launch, Samsung’s brewing its own big news about something small.
According to TechCrunch, which cited «a recently released press invitation,» Samsung may be unveiling a smaller scale version of the Galaxy S III (the Mini) at a store in Frankfurt, Germany. The invite, written in German and loosely translated as «So big can be small. And so small can be big,» is so far the only proof of such an event.
But it’s already got Samsung fans more than a little excited, if you’ll excuse the pun.