The Samsung Galaxy S III Could Be the Best Android Phone Released in the US in 2012

It’s easy to look at the specs for the SGS3 and wonder why anyone would need it. When you hear that a device has a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM (expandable to 48GB) you’d think you were talking about a computer and not a phone. In reality you’re speaking about both as phones are used less and less to actually speak to people as it is to communicate with people in a myriad of ways. Your phone now powers you to send text messages, pictures, videos, and connect with people all over the world in record speed. The pictures that you take aren’t the same as they were when webcams became popular or even when digital cameras first launched. The 8MP sensor on the SGS3 enables you to capture pictures that will make you wonder why you’d want to ever carry around a traditional digital camera or camcorder.

While all of these hardware innovations sound great, the real place where this phone points to the future is in the software. Traditionally Android phone makers looked at only using a skin to differentiate their phone from others available on the market. Samsung has taken it a step further and integrated a lot of special apps to make their phones stand out. S Voice may not seem like anything special but the reality is that there are a lot of times when typing on your phone just isn’t as quick as you’d like it to be. Instead of searching or setting appointments in your phone, you can have S Voice do it for you. While it’s true that voice commands aren’t anything new to Android no other manufacturer has brought it to the forefront of the device like Samsung is doing with the Galaxy S III. The phone also has the option to use its camera to check and see if you’re looking at your phone to ensure that it doesn’t turn off the screen even after it has timed out. These little things, along with the powerful hardware which make it happen is what is separating the Galaxy S III from other phones currently available and which will hit the market in the months to come.

There is another piece to what is making the Galaxy S III so successful and that is how it is following Apple’s approach to device launches. Apple is well known for putting together great devices with great software and releasing them to people all around the world at the same time. Samsung is doing the same thing here and that will only make people want to buy the phone since they don’t feel slighted by a company who releases in a few countries and then waits months to follow up in America. This points to the increased sway Samsung has developed with the phone carriers in the US. If the carriers didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t as we’ve seen time and time again with other phones in the past.

The real question is if people who buy this phone and get stuck on a 24 month contract with their carrier will stay happy or will Apple’s latest phone keep people on the sidelines until a side by side comparison can be done. No one knows when a new iPhone will be made available but the reality is that in the meantime Samsung will do everything in its power to get their phones in the hands of more people and away from their competitors whether it’s LG, HTC or Apple.

Best Android Phone

Best phones available in the market are following:

1st Best Android phone – “HTC EVO 4G” – has 1 GHz processor, dual cameras with 8 Megapixels of resolution, 4.3 inch wide screen, and is using Android OS supported with 4G network.

2nd Best Android phone – “HTC Droid” phone has features include 1GHz snapdragon processor, 8 Megapixels camera, AMOLED 3.7 inch multitouch screen, WI-FI, user interface sense, and integrated GPS. It is using 2.1 Android OS.

3rd Best Android phone -” Sony Ericsson Xperia X10″ features include 4 inch wide capacitive touch screen, 1 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon processor, Card slot, and 8.1 Megapixels camera with flash. It is using 1.6 Google Android Operating System version.

4th Best Android phone – “Samsung Epic 4G” uses Sprint’s 4G network. It has a physical keyboard. You are provided with an option to choose either Touch Wiz keyboard or the Swype keyboard the native Android keyboard. It’s provided with an option to connect with different social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.The phone also has a front facing camera

5th Best Android phone – “Samsung i8520 Beam” has a thin frame of 14.9mm, 3.7 inch WVGA display, GPS, 16GB of built-in internal memory, 8 Megapixels of camera, 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM, DLP Pico Projector, WI-FI, and a battery of 1800 mAh. It is running on Android 2.1.

6th Best Android phone – “Acer BeTouch” is the features includes a vibrant and colourful touch screen. Its dimensions are 103mm x 54mm of width and 13 mm of thickness. This phone is using an Android OS. Acer BeTouch has TFT touch screen of 2.8 inch. It is using a famous ST Ericsson PNX6715 416MHz processor. It has 256 Mb of built-in memory. Its entertainment features includes games, 3.15 Megapixels camera, FM radio, MP3 and MP4 media players. It supports GPRS, EDGE, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

7th Best Android phone – “Motorola Quench” combines phone contacts, messaging-mail and media content with the social networking sites.This phone has a variety of entertainment features which includes FM stereo radio, media players connecting you with GoTv, TuneWiki, and YouTube, 5 Megapixels of auto focus camera and video recording. It supports WI-FI, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1 with an A2DP connectivity. On triple band it’s a 3G phone and a 2G phone on a quad band. This phone is available in Four different colours – black, white, purple and liquorice.

New Android Phones Warning: Beware Of Gingerbread

Gingerbread (aka Android version 2.3 to 2.3.7) is a surprisingly common mobile operating system on new Android phones. This veritable version of Android is highly compatible with many apps but still has enough power to handle the app and processing needs of the newest Android phones coming out of their factories.

It is has, however, become a bit too popular for its own good.

The Gingerbread Security Risk

Android’s open-source nature and leading position in the consumer market has made it an attractive target for criminals and malicious entities. These crooks have had a lot of time to study the older, more popular Gingerbread operating system and have subsequently found security vulnerabilities to exploit.

This means that some mean-spirited individual on the Internet can slip into the software of new Android mobiles and snoop around the data – a surprisingly simple task on devices connected to managed and hosting Internet servers.

This is why both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security have alerted fire departments, police departments, emergency medical services, those handling security and anyone else in key positions to upgrade their new Android phones to later versions of Android – namely Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) or Jelly Bean (Android 4.3).

The FBI and DHS have outlined a series of possible threats to present and future Android phones using

Gingerbread:

• Toll fraud or when the phone is remotely manipulated to send text messages to premium-rate numbers that can result to over-the-top phone charges.

• Rootkits or malicious software that are difficult to detect and quietly take note of all passwords and login details.

• Fake domains that redirect phone users to fake Google Play stores that install much more dangerous and malicious software into the phone.

Check Your Version and Secure Your Phone

One of the most important things you need to do right now is determine what version your phone is using right now. Don’t rest easy because you have one of the best Android phones on the market since Gingerbread is a mobile operating system that is still being used to this day. Around 44 percent of all Android devices use Gingerbread, according to a report from Google containing data for 2012.

You can do this by going to your phone’s Settings then to the About Phone section. This same section will also allow you to update your phone’s software as long as you have Wi-Fi access or 3G access from a local Internet provider. Heck, even the smart watches that are just coming out of the factories need to be checked if they run on Gingerbread!

Another thing you can do to secure your phone is to install trusted anti virus applications like Avast Mobile Security, AVG Antivirus, Lookout Mobile Security or Kaspersky Mobile Security. Many of these antivirus apps have free versions that provide basic protection against malware. The paid versions of these apps have more advanced features like anti-theft measures and active shields that scan all apps making use of Internet access.

Replace Your Phone?

It is important to note, however, that not antivirus apps may not be enough to address the security vulnerabilities of Gingerbread. Some old and new Android phones are simply incapable of handling the demands of later versions of Android. These phones are designed specifically to work with Gingerbread and will not be able to function using Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. If this is the case with your phone, then it may be wise to upgrade to the next Android phones that use later versions of the operating system.