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Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime rumors resurface in lieu of LG G3 expectations

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Talk of Samsung outing a ramped up QHD version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has once again returned as rumors of the future LG G3 start pouring in. While both devices are, aside from being based pure speculation, a good few months away, this move might upset some of the fans and early adopters of Samsung’s latest flagship given how close the two releases would be.

Rumors and leaks point our attention to a device codenamed “kq”. For reference, the Galaxy S5 has a code of “klte”, which is what ROM makers like CyanogenMod labels the device. The rumors still keep on coming even after Samsung CEO JK Shin outrightly denied that a premium version of the flagship will be coming. However, sentiments and stances might have changed in light of the LG G3, expected to come sometime later this year, which is expected to arrive with, among other things, a 1440p 2K screen.

The specs rumored for this Galaxy S5 Prime sound mostly like those expected for the Galaxy S5 itself before Samsung proved them wrong. There is, of course, the QHD screen, offering users and improved viewing experience in 2560×1440 pixels. But more than that, there is also renewed expectation that the Prime smartphone will run on an Exynos 5430. If one can recall, this chip offers not only the usual ARM big.LITTLE setup but also one of the few to boast of a 64-bit architecture.

It sounds almost a bit ridiculous, almost suicidal, and more like wishful thinking brought about by disappointment that Samsung would be outing a higher end smartphone this close to the rather successful commercial launch of its flagship. But then again, the Korean manufacturer has been known to do ridiculous things in the name of rivalry. Still, there will be no small amount of backlash from among its own followers should Samsung prove these rumors to be correct. It might be better off putting such features in the Galaxy Note 4, though not everyone probably wants a poking stick with their slab.

VIA: SlashGear

iPhone 5s “Powerful” ad takes a stab at the Galaxy S5

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Proving that Samsung isn’t the only one that can take shots at its rivals, Apple has released a new TV spot simply titled “Powerful”. And in the process of showing the things you can do with an iPhone, it touches on one of the Galaxy S5‘s most advertised features: the heart rate monitor.

The 90-second video extols the iPhone 5s features, some of which come out of the box, like slo mo video recording. Others, however, are features you can achieve through apps or accessories, giving credence to the almost cliché expression “there’s an app for that”. You have apps and tools for enhancing your musical jamming sessions, control lights from a distance, play games on your TV, feel like a camera man, or even launch rockets into the atmosphere. One feature, however, that might catch some people’s attention is the heart rate monitor, the very same feature that Samsung is boasting in its latest flagship.

What makes the iPhone 5s’ version different is that the heart rate monitor comes purely via software. The iPhone 5s doesn’t have a hardware monitor sensor but the app, called Instant Heart Rate, uses the same principles. The app uses the device’s camera to try to discern the heart rate by monitoring the flow of blood cells on a finger. Such a method works better when light is shone on the right area, which is why the app recommends using it on a more recent iPhone model that has n LED flash. What Apple is saying, in effect, is that the iPhone 5s doesn’t need any hardware gimmick to implement a heart rate monitor the way that Samsung does.

Apple’s message is clear and explicit. You already have a powerful device right in your hands already, which, at least for Apple, is the iPhone. The ad might even give Android app developers some ideas, but it does make one wonder about the accuracy of such software-based implementations versus what is supposedly more dedicated hardware. It also calls into question the practicality and wisdom in the growing amount of sensors on our mobile devices, a trend that might not be slowing down any time soon.

SOURCE: Apple
VIA: SlashGear

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.

The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.

Source: Samsung

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Chitika: Samsung tablet use way up, Apple takes slight dip

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Chitika has new web use statistics for tablets, and it shows the iPad is still king. Though Apple’s tablet offering leads by a wide margin, Samsung has picked up some ground. They’ve also grown quite a bit over this time last year, but still only have about 10% of the usage an Apple device does.

 

April 2014 sees Apple with 77.2% of tablet web usage, which is gauged on Chitika’s ad network. Samsung holds onto the number two spot, but claims a mere 8.3% of actual use. Amazon was third with just over 6%, while “Google” checks in at fourth place with 2.2%. Rounding out the top five was Microsoft with 1.6%.

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Though there is still a wide gap between Apple and the rest, the numbers show a bit of levelling since last year. Apple fell from just over 80%, and Samsung jumped way up — they were at 4.7% last year. Both Google and Microsoft made headway into the tablet usage field as well, while Amazon stumbled, joining Apple as the only company to falter in April.

Chitika says Amazon’s ecosystem may be keeping users away from web browsing, instead opting to get tucked in with movies and other media in Amazon’s network. Apple has no such excuse, leading many to wonder if they’re on the decline. Chitika bases their metrics on “tens of millions” of impressions on their network, so while it’s not wholly comprehensive, it’s likely as close as we’ll get.

Source: Chitika

Via: SlashGear

Samsung releases ad for Gear Fit showing off fitness and social features

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.

It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break. 

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch on Sale Through eBay, Just $185 Compared to List Price of $199

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch on Sale Through eBay, Just $185 Compared to List Price of $199


You might have already read our review and know how much we dislike despise the Samsung Gear Fit smartband, but what about the Gear 2 Neo? It is Samsung’s cheaper counterpart to the Gear 2 smartwatch they unveiled alongside the Galaxy S5. The device is cheaper because it does not feature as much hardware (metal front plate and camera) as the fully loaded Gear 2, but it still looks nice. 

Once paired with a compatible Samsung device (yes, only Samsung devices are compatible), you can sync S-Health information, receive notifications from your smartphone, and so much more.

eBay has a sale on new units (not refurbished), available in three different colors – Black, Grey, and bright a** Orange.

If your eyes have been longing for a Gear 2 Neo to be down on your wrist, an amount of $185 is all you will need.

Buy ($185)

Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch on Sale Through eBay, Just $185 Compared to List Price of $199 is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung talks about the design choices it made for the Galaxy S5

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Over the last few years Samsung has come under fire time and time again for what many claim to be “cheaper looking” plastic designs. As companies like HTC push arguably more attractive aluminum designs onto the market, many have called for Samsung to change up their design language.

To be fair, Samsung has responded by bringing us minor changes such as switching to a faux leather plastic backing on the Galaxy Note 3 and introducing the new dimpled back design with the recently launched Galaxy S5. But where’s the ‘premium’ redesign we’ve all been waiting for, and what is with Samsung’s  affinity for plastic?

Getting Back to the Basics

Those that are most critical of Samsung will tell you that the plastics used on Samsung devices are simply cheaper and/or easier to produce, allowing the company to maximize profits. In a recent interview with several key Samsung designers, Engadget dove into the topic a bit deeper to get a better understanding of Samsung’s software and hardware design choices with the Galaxy S5.

Galaxy S5’s software and hardware design decisions all centered around the idea of getting back to basics

Engadget spoke to three designers and Samsung’s director of product marketing, who all stood behind the idea that the Galaxy S5’s software and hardware design decisions centered around the goal of “getting back to basics”. This meant focusing less on adding more features to the GS5 and focusing more on making existing Galaxy S features as useful as possible. This effort also included improving the camera and other elements, while scaling back some of Samsung’s existing software features.

Samsung says that their reason for going back to the basics was simple: It’s what their customers wanted.

Ahead of the GS5, Samsung researched over 3000 Galaxy S4 users globally and had the permission to follow many of these participants 24 hours a day for several days at a time. During this period, Samsung learned a lot about what Samsung fans wanted from their phones and what they didn’t. Samsung used this information to scale back a lot of the extras found in the TouchWiz software.

But why stick with plastic?

As for the outer design? Samsung’s designers indicate that their aim with the device was to provide “usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design”. Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim said that the company looked into all kinds of designs and materials for the Galaxy S5 but ultimately felt that metal wasn’t right for the Galaxy S line. The big reason was that metal is supposedly cold and heavy, while plastic is warm and “has a pleasing feel”.

Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel … and better grip. If we used metal, we felt the designs felt heavy and cold. But with plastic, the texture is warmer. We believe users will find the device both warmer and friendlier. This material was also the best at visually expressing volume, better at symbolizing our design concepts.
Dong Hun Kim
Samsung Senior Product Designer

Samsung’s user experience designer Jeeyeun Wang notes that a smartphone is more than just a piece of technology, it is “a fashion product” and that the company wanted something warm, vibrant and colorful. This is why Samsung ultimately decided to offer four colors right at launch: white, black, blue and copper gold. Of course many will argue that the dimpled look isn’t exactly “fashionable”, though this is obviously a matter of personal taste.

Wrap up

Honestly, we agree that going back to basics and focusing on creating a “fashionable product” is a great approach, but did Samsung really accomplish either of these goals? Sure, the Galaxy S5′s software was scaled back compared to the Galaxy S4, but it’s still TouchWiz. And on the outside? We might have a more colorful design that’s waterproof and potentially more durable — but it’s still largely the same as always.

Of course, not everyone has a problem with Samsung sticking to what they know and it’s important to note that the Galaxy S5 has sold rather well so far. So let’s leave the question to our readers:

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Samsung SM-T2558 gets certified in China, sports a 7-inch display on a smartphone’s body

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.

Source: Mobilegeeks.de
Via: SamMobile

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Pictures of Samsung Galaxy K Leaked Ahead of Announcement

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
Pictures of Samsung Galaxy K Leaked Ahead of Announcement


Earlier this month, Samsung invited members of the press to “Kapture the Moment” at an event slated for April 29 in Singapore. We expected Samsung was going to launch a type of Galaxy S4 Zoom sequel device, and thanks to a couple of leaked pictures, we can now confirm those assumptions. 

As we can see, the device, named the Galaxy K, is in the shape of an ugly phone, with a giant optical zoom along its backside. It also features dimples along the rear, exactly like what we have on the Galaxy S5.

However, even with the leak of photos, no exact specs were mentioned, but previous rumors indicate the Galaxy K could launch with 4K shooting capability, an HD display larger than 4.5″, and a quad-core processor to power it all.

Gorgeous. Breathtaking. Those are just a couple words that come to mind when looking at the Galaxy K. Samsung has another winner right here, folks. /sarcasm

Via: baidu

Pictures of Samsung Galaxy K Leaked Ahead of Announcement is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bounty for Root Tops $3,000 in One Night

Posted by Kellex April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off
Verizon Galaxy S5 Bounty for Root Tops $3,000 in One Night


Every time a new device is released and then rooted or unlocked, it’s probably safe to assume that the carriers and manufacturers are simply learning from those exploits, patching them, and then making it even harder the next time around for developers to get busy. Thus is more than likely the case with the new Samsung Galaxy S5. We have seen some international units receive root, but a couple of the carrier variants, including the model from Verizon, hasn’t been as lucky. So what happens when a phone hasn’t been rooted and the tinkering community gets antsy? A bounty is born, of course. 

After going live last night, the bounty on root for the Galaxy S5 on Verizon has already eclipsed the $3,000 mark and is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, since I first learned about the bounty, it has almost jumped to $3,500.

Why create a bounty? Well, because those who are good enough to find security holes in devices locked up this tight like to get paid or at least can be tempted to take a look with a giant wad of cash. Bounties are born with most new devices these days because there are few skilled enough to root newer phones. So in order to get them out of hiding, this is one of the ways that has worked in the past and will continue to work.

Here are the requirements for accepting the bounty:

  1. Be the first person to create or find a method to achieve the following:
    • Exploiting a fully stock VRU1ANCG build to gain root access
  2. Make a post in this thread with the following:
    • Proving it works with appropriate photos and/or screenshots
    • Providing full step-by-step instructions for which anyone else can follow
  3. Wait for at least one member to follow the same method and confirm it works the same on their fully stock device with VRU1ANCG build
  4. Claim your bounty via PM from pledger(s)

There is no guarantee that someone will root the Verizon Galaxy S5, by the way. I wouldn’t call it “impossible,” but like I mentioned above, these things are getting tougher by the phone. If you want a phone that is easily rooted, buy a Nexus or a phone from a manufacturer or carrier that doesn’t hate freedom.

Via:  XDA

Verizon Galaxy S5 Bounty for Root Tops $3,000 in One Night is a post from: Droid Life