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After weeks of speculation, Samsung finally revealed the Galaxy S III at its London event yesterday. Measuring just 8.6mm thick and weighing in at only 133 grams, the Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED PenTile display and is powered by an Exynos 4 Quad processor. The Galaxy S III is the latest handset to feature Android’s most recent OS version, but comes with several other Samsung-specific features that could help Ice Cream Sandwich spread beyond its 4.9 percent of the Android market.
One of the notable features is S Voice, which works in a similar way to the iPhone’s Siri. The difference is, you don’t need to push a button to activate S Voice, just speak to your phone. You can even customize the trigger greeting. S Voice can be used to carry out a number of tasks like making a phone call, taking a photo and setting an alarm. Early reactions to the phone have been largely positive so far, though some feel it’s still lacking the differentiating features a revolutionary smartphone requires in today’s crowded market.
Samsung has toppled Apple and Nokia as the top smartphone retailer of the year so far, and that’s been a marked success for the Android platform. But even with Samsung in its corner, Android saw darker days in 2010 when it lost revenue every quarter. This was despite generating roughly $97.7 million in revenue for the first quarter of that year, demonstrating Google’s long term commitment to the Android platform. These numbers emerged during a damages hearing in the high-stakes court case between Oracle and Google this week.
Though the internal Google document from 2011 containing profit and loss numbers was sealed by U.S. District Judge William Alsup for this case, he read aloud specific figures pertaining to Android for the jury, which is currently deliberating Oracle’s allegations that Google violated its copyright to parts of their Java programming language. This is only the first part of the three-part case, pertaining to copyright liability, and the jury is said to be continuing deliberations today.