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Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets A New Life With Lollipop 5.0!

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2We recently saw an internal build of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the Samsung Galaxy S5 which was allegedly an internal build for testing purposes.

Today however, SamMobile has got their hands on a build for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The video below shows the ROM in action. A boost in performance is what can be observed and almost everything seems to be running perfectly fine and much smoother than before. This shows that with fine optimizations, the manufacturer can make earlier devices age more gracefully.

In terms of design, the Lollipop build of the Galaxy S4 is pretty much identical to that on the S5. You have the new notifications that appear on the lockscreen and everywhere else in the UI. The stock apps have been updated with new Material Design UI elements. The multitasking menu also has the new card-style layout.

This is pretty exciting news for all the Galaxy S4 users out there!

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

November 7th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

You Can Make Calls From Your Wrist From November 7!

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1The Samsung Gear S may look like something you absolutely like or dont – depending on what kind of person you are. If you belong to the former category or wouldn’t mind trying a new piece of tech then this can get you excited – T-Mobile announced that they would be carrying the Gear S SIM-enabled smartwatch.

AT&T and Sprint has just announced their pricing and availability details. AT&T will offer you the Samsung Gear S for $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T’s suggests add the Gear S to a Mobile Share plan for $10 per month.

Sprint’s take on the pricing is similar to T-Mobile’s – the Samsung Gear S will cost you $0 upfront on Sprint plus 24 payments of $16 (a total of $384). The best thing you can do on Sprint is also to add the Gear S on a Family Share Plan for $10 per month.

Samsung Gear S will become available on both AT&T and Sprint on November 7.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

November 1st, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Samsung Announces Their Thinnest Smartphone Yet!

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1Samsung has been in the bad books of the press and the customers over their design and material choices. Add to that the fact that Samsung is facing losses recently translates to what we believe is a new direction for the company.

Samsung has actively started using premium materials in the build of their recent devices like the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4. Add to that list two new entrants from Samsung which are interesting when you take a closer look. The two Samsung Galaxy Devices – A5 and A3 are targeted  at people who are hooked on to social media and selfies primarily.

Despite housing a 5-inch display, the A5 is just 6.7mm (0.26 inches) thick, enough to best the iPhone 6. The A3 matches Apple’s latest flagship at 6.9mm (0.27 inches), though it’s got a smaller 4.5-inch qHD screen.

Both phones are powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor; the A5′s got 2GB of RAM inside, but the A3′s got half that. The A5 also wins out with a slightly better 13-megapixel camera compared to the 8-megapixel rear camera on the A3. Both phones have a plethora of selfie modes and Samsung’s even built in a mode that can automatically churn out GIFs. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are headed to China next month, but there’s no word yet on pricing, nor do we know when — or if — they’ll be coming stateside.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

October 31st, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Android L On Galaxy S5!

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gsmarena_001 (1)Samsung Galaxy S5 is still the OEMs flagship device and this time around Samsung is facing pressure from everyone regarding their lousy approach to Android updates.

SamMobile has got an image from Samsung which is an early leaked build and the aim was to see how far and wide Samsung has gone to abide by the material design guidelines – and as it turns out – everything looks just the same. Yes, Samsung keeps its TouchWiz UI ahead of all and it is really hard to see Material Design in action over here.

gsmarena_003The lockscreen does see the new notifications but everything else is just the same – animations aren’t working yet, the “sense of depth” that Google spoke about is yet to be seen from TouchWiz. Initial responses from S5 owners also depict the same amount of dissatisfaction for this.

While it’s great to see Samsung work well to stay on the dates, we hope Samsung unleashes all theyve got to offer very soon!

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October 3rd, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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Minecraft On Your Smartwatch Is Amazeballs!

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A Youtuber has used his Galaxy Gear live and manually installed Minecraft pocket edition. Since the Gear live runs on a respectable Snapdragon 400 with 512MB of RAM, it wouldn’t be impossible by any means to have it up and running. What’s even more impressive is that Minecraft’s interface adapts so well to the square 320×320 1.65-inch screen – with a little squinting and a few careful taps, it looks like Corbin can play pretty handily.

Have any interesting use case of smartwatches to share? Leave them in the comments below!

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September 29th, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Galaxy S5 May Get Android L By Early December!

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Android L is undoubtedly going to be released by Google before the end of this year, and as more time passes you might be inclined to ask yourself when or if your particular device will get updated.

This might be purely out of realizing how competition and their audience feels about updates, last year Samsung turned out to be lagging the most while bringing the Kitkat update. This time around after Motorola announced that they would be bringing the L flavour within 90 days, OEMs are definitely headed in the right direction.

Samsung  may be working towards having updates ready sooner than usual. December it is for you folks, we’ll keep you updated!

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September 19th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

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Galaxy Note 4 Hitting US Shores On October 14!

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gsmarena_001 (1)Just like the pre-order process Samsung carried out in the UK, the Galaxy Note 4 will undergo the same treatment prior the U.S.A. launch as well.

Unlike AT&T, which opens pre-orders of the phone starting tomorrow, T-Mobile will do so on September 24 at 9AM PDT. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will hit store shelves on October 14 at AT&T and October 17 anywhere else in the US.

Talking about prices, T-Mobile will offer the Note 4 for $31.24/month with a 2-year contract. Interestingly, AT&T has revealed its no contract pricing of the Galaxy Note 4. The SIM-free version would cost you $825.99.

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September 18th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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Android 4.4.4 For Verizon Galaxy S5!

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gsmarena_001 (1)Verizon is now rolling out an over the air update that is 346 MB in size. The same would update your Galaxy S5 to version 4.4.4 Kitkat.

One of the major issues that owners were complaining about was about the loss of audio over certain bluetooth headsets. Hopefully none of that would be happening now. Additionally, there are some security patches part of Android 4.4.4. There aren’t any changes regarding the user interface of any other features of the phone.

Additionally if you feel like manually flashing the .zip file then one may do that if waiting for an update is not your cup of tea.

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September 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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Galaxy Note Edge Is The Most Futuristic Looking Phone!

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gsmarena_103Samsung and leaks go hand in hand but for once Samsung came up with something that we totally weren’t expecting. A Note like device with a curved screen on one edge, called the Galaxy Note Edge.

So the Galaxy Note Edge is every bit a Galaxy Note 4 with it’s specifications, design, choice of materials and even the display resolution. It even carries the S Pen along with it with all its added functionality. The biggest and weirdest part being the curve on the right that bleeds over the right edge enabling and unlocking a part of the phone that one never is used to having as a part or an extension of the screen.

Users will be able to check the news, launch apps, and do much more on that added screen real estate. It all looks interesting right now, although we are yet to see how heavy it will be on the pricing and how much of practical use will one be able to suck out from it.

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September 4th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

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AT&T’s Galaxy S5 Get’s An Update With Security Fix!

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galaxys5specspocketnowThe Galaxy Note 4 is coming very soon but good news for existing Galaxy owners, the Galaxy S5 is still the flagship and is getting the attention it deserves.

The update does not bump up the Android operating system version of the phone, but is rather a compilation of a bunch of small fixes. Here are the changelog items :

  • Security updates and patches
  • Application installation enhancements
  • Accidental emergency dial fixed on the lock screen
  • Several lower layer modem crashes and sluggishness improvement enhancements
  • E-mail UX enhancements
  • S-View cover error
  • Re-activation lock improvements

The update is 148MB in size and you should be seeing the notification very soon.

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August 29th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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