You remember that Galaxy™ S II? A phone so good they launched it, well, a whole load of times. But after seeing phablet cousins and LTE variants, the true handset sequel is finally here. The Galaxy™ S III is moments away from being outed in front of journalists and Sammy’s business partners in London, but in advance of the big reveal we were given a few hours to acquaint ourselves with the new star away from the crush of the show floor. And what did we make of it? In short, Samsung’s tried to bring its Galaxy™ S series in line with (and in some ways, further ahead of) what its team-up with Google® accomplished. It’s added some new quad-core Exynos processing juice, a 4.8-inch, HD Super AMOLED screen and a handful of Galaxy™ S III-only features in an earnest bid to maintain its place at the top of the Android-OS pile. Samsung’s pitch to us focused heavily 0n the software. Pure Android-OS enthusiasts may wince at the sight of TouchWiz (overlaid 0n top of Android-OS 4.0.4) and from the brief time we played with the device, Ice Cream Sandwich looks a lot like how it arrived 0n our updated Galaxy™ S 2 — it’s not close to a stock Android-OS experience. Instead of messing with its UI, Samsung® has concentrated 0n specific apps — and plenty of new gesture functionality.
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