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Samsung admits to Galaxy S3 for May 3 event

by Kristen Nicole

As the Samsung Unpacked event nears, the device manufacturer leaves more breadcrumbs for us to follow. The latest is an Android app found on Google Play. Called Samsung mobile UNPACKED 2012, the app features various details about the event, including the device they’ll be launching, the Galaxy S3. That confirms a few rumors that have been circling the May 3 event, but if Samsung’s willing to give up that information, perhaps there’s more to Unpacked than previously expected.

One other rumor speculates that Samsung will also reveal a cloud service at Unpacked, along with a new tablet. If you download the Unpacked app to your Android handset you’ll be among the first to see what Samsung actually announces next month, as the app will offer a live stream and collection of press releases related to the event.

But the growing rumors around Samsung’s S-cloud storage service meets early competition, as Google is expected to launch its Google Drive this week. Google Drive and S-cloud are both likely to come with the standard 5GB of free storage, with additional storage available for a fee. The consumer cloud wars are certainly heating up, as Microsoft recently updated their own SkyDrive product with new features for file syncing and remote access, and an upgrade to 25GB of free storage. Industry leader Dropbox is also looking to curb the oncoming competition, with an update yesterday for public file-sharing links.

Andy Rubin crumbles in court

While the world anxiously awaits Samsung’s newest device and accompanying cloud services, Google faces troubled waters in its court case against Oracle. As the second week of the Oracle-Google trial got underway, Android head Andy Rubin admitted the Java APIs used for Android were copyrighted. With a trail of incriminating emails, Oracle lawyers managed to pull the admission out of Rubin. His testimony will continue today, where Google lawyers will call him to the stand and ask him to explain how his interpretation about licensing and API copyright has changed over the years.

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