Check Fus is a great way to quickly check, without even downloading, the latest official firmware for your region. This is very helpful for knowing what you got shipped, and what version you should download, and flash to get back to stock, in order to send it in for warranty.
This will only DOWNLOAD the ROM, and NOT flash it. To flash it, you will have to use ODIN, and the appropriate way of flashing it (for your phone).
-Here is a guide on returning back to stock on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000
-Here is a guide on returning back to stock on the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300
I bought the charger/stand as I wanted an extra battery & somewhere I could put my S3 on whilst it was charging at home.
For the price of £31 from Amazon, I think it was a nice combo for both, considering the official battery on its own was around £16, I thought to myself, why not.
The model of the item is the Samsung EB-H1G6LLUGSTD.
Here are the pictures:
Here is a video on it:
Overall, I really like the idea of charging my battery separately, however would have also liked charging my phone, and not only the battery, whilst it was on the stand. Making it more like a dock, rather than just a battery charger and a stand.
For the price it’s good value, especially knowing that you get an official Samsung battery alongside with it. I now use it daily, when I get home, to put my phone somewhere, although have yet to really use the second battery, as the power management of the SGS3 is very good.
The Samsung Galaxy S III, is a USB OTG (on-the-go) compatible device, which means using a OTG adapter, will allow you to use the OTG functionalities on offer!
I didn’t have much to test with, nor have an expanded knowledge in OTG functionalities, however I had 3 things, which to me were the most important USB connections I could potentially use:
-The Logitech MX Revolution – Mouse
-The Logitech K350 – Keyboard
-The Kingston DT R500 – USB Stick
I thus set out to buy a USB OTG adapter – however most I found, that were confirmed OTG compliant, were wires and not portable at all.
I took the plunge, trusting myself on ebay, and bought myself this OTG Adapter – to my delight, when it came in, it worked perfectly with all the above 3.
My video should explain and show you my use of the OTG adapter with those devices. I should also point out, that there was a function that I missed out to show on the keyboard, and that is the volume up/down & mute button at the very top of my keyboard were working perfectly!
Swype is an input method for touchscreens where the user enters words by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a tapping predictive text system in the same interface. Swype is designed for use on touchscreen devices with a traditional QWERTY keyboard. Swype was first commercially available on the Samsung Omnia II running Windows Mobile.
The Swype software was developed by Swype Inc. In October, 2011, Swype Inc was acquired by Nuance Communications.
-Thank you Wikipedia.
Swype, as some of you might know recently went through a few changes (June 2012). This was by far one of the biggest updates the Swype BETA keyboard has gone through. Swype for me, personally, was one of the features that I fell in love with, when I first set my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 – The I9000 had Swype built in, not too long after Swype BETA came out, which was a keyboard that would be used on almost any Android device. To my surprise I didn’t find it included in the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300, and set out to find Swype. Before continuing let me state that there is a built in “Swype” feature, that is linked to the Samsung keyboard, however I felt, after using it a little while, that the built in version, that wasn’t a separate keyboard was far less accurate and intuitive than Swype, the separate keyboard.