Almost every day there is new news regarding the Samsung Galaxy S III and the great demand for the next big thing. We're seeing signs of delays, expensive accessories along with an excellent how-to starting guide.
Yesterday, Verizon, Wireless added a day on to the ship date which could be an indication of a delay or stock depletion. Today, we learned that Canadians will have to wait an extra week for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
With 9 million global preorders Samsung is having trouble keeping up with the demand. Samsung issued a statement reporting that the release date of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Canada has been delayed until June 27 due to high demand. The statement concluded "We expect any shortages to be short lived as we ramp up production to meet this unprecedented global demand.”
We don't think the release dates of the Samsung Galaxy S III have been affected in the United States because Samsung Mobile USA is promoting a June 20 event in New York City to show it off. Read updated list of U.S. release dates.
How to Get Setup and Use Your Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung has published starter guide of how to start using your Samsung Galaxy S III. It's long, therefore we've summarized it for you here.
- The first thing they advise is to set up a Google account with Gmail to import your contacts. The next step would be to use Facebook Sync to sync your albums to the phone's gallery. Then add a Samsung Account for apps, demand video and share media.
- To personalize your Samsung Galaxy S III, set up Face Unlock, then sync music files which you can turn into ringtones and set up the widgets. Suggest widgets include calendar and the Assistive light widget to use as flash light when you loose your keys.
- Samsung shows how to use the Samsung preloaded apps including:
- AllShare Play - this app wirelessly transmits videos and photos to a Samsung smart TV, you can also stream music as well. If you have an ALLshare enabled home PC, you can share presentations wirelessly.
- ChatOn - cross-messaging service for saving on text messages that includes animated messages and group chat.
- Flipboard - turns streams into an easy-to-read magazine from your Facebook newsfeed, Twitter timeline, Instagram friends, sounds from SoundCloud and more.
- KiesAir - from any web browser manage phone content including photos, music video and contacts.
- MediaHub - fast progessive downloads of movies and videos, optimized for mobile viewing.
- S Beam - transfer photos, contact information, videos or music by holding two Samsung Galaxy S III phones back to back.
- S Memo - combine pictures, recordings, text and handwritten note into a single memo to share.
- S Voice - ask in your normal speaking voice to wake up the phone, for directions, search questions or weather forecast. It also accepts voice commands
- Samsung TectTiles - use NFC tags to control actions. You buy Samsung TectTile tags ($14.95) to place on things and using an app when you scan them, the phone will perform actions. You can create TecTiles to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically.
Adapt Adapters & Accessories
Those who have been able to look at the new smartphone from Samsung don't particularly care for the fact that users will have to buy a new MHL-HDMI adapter to connect their S3s to HDMI ports. Adapters for other Samsung smartphones will not work. A Samsung adapter is expected to cost around $39. A cheaper option is an adapter for an existing adapter that costs $16. It may be a while before a third-party makes a comparable adapter.
Along with the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung launched several accessories including’s an S-Pen which makes drawing and note taking easy, a flip cover, holder and battery charger. Please note this S-Pen is different from the Samsung Galaxy Note S-Pen which will not work with the Samsung Galaxy S III. See videos.
Other announced accessories include a car dock, HDMI adapter and S Pebble music player.