Simmer down, Samsung fans.
With a single tweet, Samsung managed to save fans of its popular Galaxy series of smartphones months of the sort of gadget anxiety Apple lovers have grown accustom to. On Tuesday, the company revealed that it wouldn't be launching a new smartphone (unofficial called "Galaxy S4") earlier than perviously expected.
The rumor -- that Samsung was preparing to unveil the successor to the hit Galaxy S3 "superphone" in February 2013 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona -- apparently began with an anonymously sourced report in the Korea Times about a February announcement and a March release date for the next Galaxy phone.
Samsung, however, was quick and brutal to nip the rumor in the bud. It fired off the following tweet from its Korean-language handle:
[알려드립니다] 일부 언론에서 보도한 '갤럭시 SⅢ 후속모델 출시 예정' 이라는 추측은 단순루머일 뿐 사실이 아닙니다. 정해진 게 아무것도 없는데 왜 이런 소문이 퍼질까요 ㅜㅜ— Samsung Electronics (@samsungtomorrow) September 18, 2012
According to Google Translate, this means, basically, that the rumor is false.
Samsung's response is notable in how starkly it differs from how Apple handles rumors. Namely, Apple does everything in its power to avoid talking to the media about its forthcoming products, leaving it to rumor blogs to hype up fans. Samsung, on the other hand, apparently isn't afraid to kill a rumor if it's way off base.
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 4S in 2011, the wildest speculation suggested that Apple would use the launch event to unveil two handests, a high-end iPhone 5 and lower-end iPhone 4S. This never happened, of course. Apple could've straightened out the confusion beforehand, but chose not to. The company later blamed the runaway hype surrounding the event for lower-than-expected profits that quarter.
As for real news on the next Samsung flagship phone: Samsung did announced new computer chips for the "next-generation mobile devices" on Tuesday, meaning that the "Galaxy S4" (or whatever it'll be called) is coming eventually, if not in early 2013. Expect Samsung to hold off on the tweets when those rumors start flying.
Earlier on HuffPost:
4.8-Inch Super AMOLED Display
The screen is huge, up from 4.3 inches on the Galaxy S II. A 4.8 inch screen makes it one of the largest displays on a flagship phone there is. Compare with HTC's One X (4.7 inches), the Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx (4.3 inches), and Apple's iPhone 4S (3.5 inches). The resolution is 1280x720.
Samsung introduces 'S Voice' on the Galaxy S III. To wake the phone up and activate the voice sensor, you simply say "Hi Galaxy!" and the phone wakes up; no need to push a button. Other voice commands, in addition to the stock ones in the Google Voice Actions catalogue: Using your voice, you can launch the camera and take a photo, turn the volume up and down, snooze the alarm (say "Snooze" as your alarm is going off -- dangerous!), and send texts and emails.
If you're writing a text to someone, and then you raise the phone to your ear, the GS3 launches the telephone app and automatically calls the person you were texting.
The Galaxy S III comes with an NFC chip that allows you to "bump" information like photos or video to other Galaxy S III owners by touching phones together, using a combination of the NFC technology and Wi-Fi Direct. With All-Share Cast, you can beam your screen to any DLNA-compatible television; All-Share Cast also allows you to share your screen onto anyone else's smartphone for document collaboration.
Pop Up Play
"Pop up play" will allow you to play a video anywhere on the screen while also performing other tasks, like checking your email or responding to texts. You can make the video window as large or small as you want. Here, you can see a YouTube video playing toward the bottom of the screen while a demonstrator prepares to search Google.
The Galaxy S III's 8 megapixel camera comes with burst photography: Holding down the shutter will take twenty photos in a row; you can then choose the best photo and the phone will automatically erase the other 19. A similar function exists on the HTC One line of phones. An alternate function: The Burst camera can take 8 photos in a row and then automatically choose the best one, if you're too indecisive to choose on your own.
Buddy Photo Share
The photography software comes with smart facial recognition: When you take a picture of a friend, it can recognize their face and will prompt you to send that photo to that person's phone or email address.
Essentially an eye recognition technology, the GS3 can sense when you are and are not looking it: When you are looking at your screen, the display will stay illuminated; when you stop looking at your phone, the display goes dark to save power. The feature can be toggled on and off, if you prefer to just let your screen time out.
Here's the first commercial for the Galaxy S III. At least, we think it's advertising the Galaxy S III. It might also be advertising a soap opera or Zach Braff film of some kind.