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    Hey guys!

    Tonight while writting a long text I notice a small flash....Flicker like deal. QUICK! IT got annoying and it seemed random.

    So far I have turned everything off in the display settings. Could this be an auto brightness issue? I JUST turned it off. Screen tone is also turned off. Nor has it been dropped. Otherwise it works fine and its super bright turned all the way up! :P

    I will keep you all posted on my findings but has anyone else seen this? Got a fix?

    The phone is stock and not been rooted or anything of that nature. Thanks for any help guys! Or any information too.
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    Default Re: S3 screen flicker?

    mine also is stock and flickers every so often. Hoping it's fixable as it's the only issue I've had with this phone!
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    Are you talking about the auto brightness? Samsung is insanely aggressive with its auto brightness for power saving, there's little transition and It goes from bright to dim. If thats what you're seeing turning off auto brightness could do the trick although could lead to slightly worse battery life
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    I have turned auto brightness off to see if that's what it is last night. I was just warning people. I hope that's all it is. I will report back my findings. Also wanted to see if others notice it! :P
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    I turned off auto-brightness within the first few hours, I hate Samsung's auto-brightness and found the same issues when trying out the Galaxy Note. It will suddenly go dark, then bright, and then without a single change in environment it will change brightness again - very annoying. I've been using set brightness, at 50%. I've not yet once seen this screen flicker you report, even with the auto-brightness on. Hopefully it is the auto-brightness and you get it resolved.


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    Even with the auto brightness off it still does it from time to time. Strange. Otherwise I love this phone! :-)

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    Just had this issue..the auto brightness was switching back and forth with no change in the environment lighting.....while I was on the internet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bg Bagz View Post
    Just had this issue..the auto brightness was switching back and forth with no change in the environment lighting.....while I was on the internet
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    The dimming of the screen can be turned off in the stock web browser.

    When you turn auto brightness off does it still do it to you? Its just a small flicker it seems.
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    What he is talking about is not related to auto brightness, it's just a real quick flicker that for me only occurs in the messaging app, at least from what I have noticed. The messaging app definitely needs some work still. Quite a few times I tried to share a picture from the gallery through messaging and the app would force close making me start all over again. Also, going from the list of recently messaged friends to the conversation screen is really choppy sometimes, really fast other times. I wish it had a nice smooth transition going from one screen to the other. Also, when sending a message, sometimes the bubble with your newly typed text pops up fairly quickly, other times that animation is really choppy. As simple looking (I find it ugly) as that app is, it shouldn't be choppy at all. I wish they would have improved it from earlier versions. It really needs a lot of help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricky0702 View Post
    check your display settings. Try and see if there's a setting that allows you to revert back to the original settings. If the settings are telling you that everything is in its original settings, try resetting your device. If that doesn't work, contact Samsung or your service provider. Its a shame that you have to go through this after just getting your phone.
    People are thinking its related to the SMS app (stock). So its a software issue most likely.
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    I have the same issue. Not a big deal, but definitely annoying. I feel like the phone has so many small bugs that should have been fixed before release....

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    Haha also noticed the tiles in the app and game scrambled with friends also like to flicker. Very strange indeed! Otherwise the phone is amazing.

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    I just did a hard reset back to factory to see if this helps. I don't think it will. Its more than likely a software bug with the phone. Or a possible bad unit?
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    A hard reset did NOT fix the issue. Have anyone you seen it a lot or just here an there? I might ask for a replacement.
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    If you can easily recreate the problem to show them in the store then it might be worth a try for a replacement because of the problem. It would be worthwhile to get the problem documented early. With the apparent shortage of units it might take a bit to get a replacement.
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    I got my sprint s3 yesterday and haven't experienced any screen flicker problems so far.

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    Default Re: S3 screen flicker?

    Quote Originally Posted by gollum18 View Post
    I got my sprint s3 yesterday and haven't experienced any screen flicker problems so far.

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    Try writing a long text message using the stock messaging app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MannyZ28 View Post
    Try writing a long text message using the stock messaging app.
    I just installed SMS Pro for now. I disabled the stock messaging app. If this takes care of it then I am good! If not then I will be getting a replacement when they come in. I have been to the ATT store and they said they would take care of it.

    Thanks for all the advice guys! Like I said its just a small flicker. Not everyone may notice it at first. I was just making people aware. I hope its just software!
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    I notice the same problem also, its only when im texting! Otherwise, its perfectly fine. Hope its just a bug and they can fix it.
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    I don't think it's hardware at all, and I am pretty sure it affects all phones, it's just that some people aren't as picky as we are and don't notice it. I mean really, how can one app cause a hardware issue? It's clearly the software. Samsung really needs to go back to the drawing board when it comes to the messaging app. It crashes too frequently when trying to share articles or websites with it, and it just ruins the rest of the fluidity of the phone.

    I wish third part messaging apps would work with the lock screen notification/shortcut of the stock app because I find that rather useful and it's one reason that has kept me from installing handcent again...well that, and I am tired of the advertising.
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    Default Re: S3 screen flicker?

    yup only when I'm texting too
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    Go sms pro and disabling the stock app fid the trick for me it seems! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgardner View Post
    Go sms pro and disabling the stock app fid the trick for me it seems! :-)

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    So then this basically confirms its DEFINITELY a software issue. Lets hope samsung does something about this.
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    I have seen this issue outside of the SMS app. I've seen it in both Google Talk & Google voice.

    I'm thinking the issue is related to having the keyboard up, and not necessarily the text app. You tend to have the keyboard up the most for texting.

    For the record, I'm using SwiftKey 3.

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    Notice same thing here only when texting. Using SwiftKey 3. The flicker is so quick that if you blink you'd miss it. I don't see it typing in Tapatalk. I think it's something to do with sms. If it gets worse, nothing warranty won't fix. Except for the G1, I've never owned a smart phone that I didn't have to warranty at least once; most multiple times.

    EDIT: Just noticed it flicker while typing in Tapatalk as well.

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