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Samsung Galaxy S5 features make it accessible for everyone

The Galaxy S5 might be Samsung‘s latest high-end phone, but, according to the manufacturer, it is not one that is limited to a younger or more agile generation that has a penchant for such devices. A slew of accessibility features on the device will allow even those with visual, hearing, or physical problems to still make use of and enjoy this smartphone.

Aside from larger fonts, negative colors, and other features that make it easier for the visually impaired to see the screen, the Galaxy S5 also sports an extension to Android’s screen-reading accessibility functionality. With TalkBack enabled, such users trying to take a photo of, say, a person, will be guided in placing the recognized face in the center of the camera’s view, using a nine-grid system and voice feedback. Also, when the user is on a phone call and has to type in a number, the Galaxy S5 will automatically swtich to speakerphone mode when the user takes away the smartphone from his or her ear.

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For those with hearing problems, the Auto Haptic feature converts sound output into device vibrations, making users feel the sounds rather than hear them. This works not just for notifications but also for music and games. Flash notifications, on the other hand, will trigger the camera’s LED flash instead of using audio notifications, which might be more noticeable for those who can’t hear properly or at all.

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For less nimble smartphone users, the virtual mouse pad and air gesture for waking up the phone provide ease of use even for those who have less precise motor skills.

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Some might argue that impaired users are probably better off with devices specifically catering to such uses, which are probably less expensive but probably also very few and not offered with carrier subsidy. It is definitely a point for Samsung for going beyond the bare minimum and providing ways for all classes of users to take advantage of its latest mobile product.

SOURCE: Samsung

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Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed)

Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You’re not alone, as the Samsung.com website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart TVs. Reports have spread on Twitter, mostly from a community news site called Wikitree, that a fire at a Samsung SDS building in Gwacheon, South Korea is the culprit. We’ve contacted Samsung but haven’t heard anything back yet, and while some of its social media pages have noted the outage, there isn’t an official explanation posted.

Update: Naturally now that we’ve mentioned it, the outage that lasted several hours appears to have ended around 6:15AM ET. Many of the same users who were having problems with their smart TVs and phones seem to have full access again, and Samsung.com is back up and running. A Samsung SDS blog post confirms the fire and subsequent outage, while apologizing for the inconvenience. Despite some scary photos (after the break) Korean news reports indicate there were no fatalities. The big question left? Why a fire at one location seemed to have such a wide ranging affect on the company’s devices and services.

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Source: Wikitree, Samsung.com, Is It Down Right Now?, ICT Story, YTN (Korean)

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8 things I hate about the Samsung Galaxy S5

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WARNING: Loads of opinion ahead, leave your fanboyism at the door. If you’re looking for a honest opinion, please proceed.

With that out of the way, I just want to say I understand well that there is no such thing as the “perfect” smartphone. Like my mother used to tell me, you’ll never find the perfect woman, only the perfect woman for you. Because, Android is a wonderful mess right now, manufacturers put a lot of time and effort into offering their unique versions of Android, that simply put — aren’t for everyone. Having owned the Samsung Galaxy S5 for a full week now, I think it’s time to stop beating around the bush: this phone simply isn’t for me.

Bu don’t get me wrong, I tried to make it work, I wanted to make it work. Despite my friends and family warning me that buying the Galaxy S5 would only end in heartbreak, I went against their better judgement and purchased the phone anyway. Why? There were only 2 features on my mind: SAMOLED display, and the high-resolution ISOCELL camera. Like a great pair of…. eyes on a woman, they’re all I saw. Everything else? I figured that would work itself out. “I could always put a case over it and TouchWiz is all new,” I told myself. Boy, was I wrong. May I present to you, my list of top 8 things I hate about the Samsung Galaxy S5.

1. TouchWiz Lag

I like to think of myself as a patient man. Whether it’s kids, pets, or the ‘ol gf, it takes a lot to get under my skin. But one area I absolutely have zero patience for is in my electronics. Laptop, camera, you name it. Having owned a HTC One (M7), Nexus 5, and an LG G2 for all these months, maybe I’ve just been spoiled by snappy, lag-free performance. Who knows.

What I do know is that there is something horribly wrong with the fact that you can have a phone with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, software based on the the newest, lightest version of Android yet (KitKat), and yet still somehow serve users a piping hot plate of lag on a silver platter. It takes a special kind of “software” to mess that up.

Whether it’s waking up the phone from a sleeping state, waiting for the keyboard to popup or catch up with typing, opening the multitasking menu or applications — lag, lag, mother-effin-lag. I couldn’t handle it. I kid you not, I was having nightmares that my phone was getting laggier and laggier, only to wake up and find myself in cold sweats.

Is a .8 second lag going to kill you? Probably not. But I paid too damn much for this phone only to have to”suffer” with lackluster performance. Still don’t believe me? See this video here. I mean, what’s the point of upgrading to a faster processor, when you don’t actually reap any of the benefits? The Galaxy S5 is Lag City. Population: you.

2. Limited Internal Storage

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External storage is great — when there are apps that actually support. Aside from KitKat making things fun with the way apps handle external storage, finding applications other than games that can actually be moved to the SD card is rare. Sure, you can always root and move everything to the SD card, but that’s a topic for another time. You can have a 128GB UHS 1 micro SD card in the phone, but a 16GB Galaxy S5 — the only version currently offered by US carriers — sucks. There’s no way around it, and I don’t understand how this was overlooked.

3. Touchscreen Sensitivity

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No, I’m not saying the Galaxy S5′s display isn’t responsive enough. The problem I’m have is that that it’s too responsive. I know, that sounds like a silly thing complain about, but when you type as quickly as I do, the phone is registering screen taps/long presses I never meant it to. In fact, I thought for a minute there I was losing my mind. Really, who would notice something like this?

I think this might have something to do with S5′s new “Air gesture” feature that allows you to interact with the display, without actually touching it. This also means the phone can register screen presses even while wearing gloves — a great feature for sure — but not when it messes with normal use. There is a reason, after all, they included an option to disable it. But even when disabled, it’s far too sensitive (note: I’ve had it disabled since day 1). A great idea, just one better left on paper.

4. Camera

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Woah, woah, woah. I’m not saying the Galaxy S5 camera isn’t great. It is. But my problem is it only performs well in the most ideal of situations. Taking it out on a bright Spring day, shooting some pics of the kids by the pool, it performs wonderfully. Images are razor sharp.

My issue? As soon as you lose some of that light — shooting indoors on a cloudy day, or a dimly lit restaurant, etc. — everything turns to absolute sh*t. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at my comparison photo above. One side you have a picture I snapped with my full frame camera to show you exactly how much light was actually in this scene. On the right is how well the Galaxy S5 handles in the smallest dip in light: like a muddy mess. Not good. In fact, there were many a times, my Nexus 5 performed better than the Galaxy S5. Don’t believe me? Check out this image here.

5. S Emoji

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You’d think that having the system wide emoji support in KitKat would be great new feature, but not when you see what Samsung’s done with them. Say hello to the most hideous emoji’s this side of the iPhone. Like some kind of bastardized version AOL smileys meets Lisa Frank, they look horribly out of place on Samsung’s new minimal interface. What I don’t get is, why even change them? What was so wrong with Android’s stock emoji that you had to create these abominations? Not cool.

6. Chrome Bezel

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Like many of the items on this list, this ones more a subjective opinion. So let me just say, I abhor chrome. I don’t want it near my electronics, I don’t like it on my rims, and I sure as heck can’t stand it on my smartphone. I thought we left this behind with the original Galaxy S? Whenever I see it, it reminds me of 1950′s future and not modern smartphone design we see on devices like the HTC One M8.

Besides its looks (which I found myself wanting to sand paper away or Plasti-Dip over), the chrome rim around the side of the phone is actually raised, creating a lip around the glass. Everyone praised the Nexus 4 for including beveled edges on the sides of the display (something we also saw in the HTC Sensation back in the day). This ensured sliding the ever growing UI elements from the sides of the display was always a pleasurable experience. The Galaxy S5 is the complete opposite of that.

7. USB Flap / No Wireless Charging

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Until USB 3.1, becomes the new standard, it’s bad enough we have to put some level of thought or concentration into getting our USB cable inserted correctly into our smartphones. If you thought that was annoying, how about not being able to access this port until you first removed a plastic flap? I get why it’s there, I do. In order to IP67 certify the Galaxy S5, some ports would need to be covered. But it doesn’t make it any more convenient.

Besides needing a healthy amount of fingernail to get the damn thing open, the real problem I have with the S Flap, is it wouldn’t even be an issue if Samsung simply included wireless charging with the device. Sure, you could always spend an extra $30 and order one direct from Samsung, but why should you have to? It’s because between the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, Samsung had to cut those “little” features no one really cares about (sarcasm).

8. Fingerprint Scanner Home Button

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When Apple introduced the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S, for the most part, it was done well. Offering a medium level of security, you were able to press the home button as you’d normally do, but this time it’d only take you to the homescreen if it recognized your fingerprint. Great for keeping snooping eyes out of your phone, sure it wasn’t full proof, but it was enough security for most cases.

As we all know, the Galaxy S5 uses a similar security feature, with a new fingerprint scanner found in the home button. Only problem is in their implementation, you actually have to slide your finger across the home button, not simply press it. Why is this a pain in the ass? Because this means every time you go to unlock your phone, you’ll have to use 2 hands to do it. Once again, I know it sounds crazy to complain about, but think of all the times you’re using your phone with only 1 hand available. Holding a beer, your gf’s hand, walking the dog, eating. Requiring 2 hands to simply unlock your phone is a major oversight, and one that should have never made it out of R&D.

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Before I leave you, I just want to remind that this is merely the opinion of a single lonely blogger (no matter how right it is). Also, there are a lot of things I like about the Galaxy S5 that many of you may find more valuable than the minor annoyances listed here. Things like the small bezels, battery life, the Super AMOLED display (along with saturation controls), camera (when shooting in daylight), super quick 2A charging, removable battery, or its weather proofing.

Those are all great things, wonderful things about the Galaxy S5. But unfortunately, things that for me couldn’t outweigh the “bad.” Come tomorrow I’ll be packing up my Samsung Galaxy S5, heading on over to my local T-Mobile, and eating their ridiculous $50 restocking fee. Here’s to the Next Big Thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumored to feature a three sided Youm flexible display

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already been rumored to include a 4K display and a possible Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset however, a latest report hints that it might also feature a remarkable flexible display.

Shortly after a Samsung representative stated that the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a “new form factor”, the Korean Media reported that the device will be the first smartphone to feature the “Youm” flexible display by Samsung. To add more to the flame, the same source, citing industry insiders, said that the screen will be three sided. But what is the use of a three sided screen? Well, it could be used to display various notifications such as messages, reminders or even the time. 

Source: ZDNet
Via: G 4 Games

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Samsung Galaxy S5 ’10 Hidden Features’ revealed

Plenty of people have been talking about the Samsung Galaxy S5, us included. And while many are still digging their way through trying to find all the hidden gems — Samsung has recently shared 10 hidden features. Having looked through the list we aren’t sure we can consider all of these to be hidden, but regardless, there are a few gems on the list.

One that appealed to our OCD tendencies was the Kids Mode. This means we’ll be able to hand a Galaxy S5 over to the younger kids in the family without fear of having the phone come back with things in a different order, or worse yet, deleted. Kids Mode offers access to the camera and also lets them paint, record voice memos and play with video apps. You can also add additional items, including games.

Kids Mode begins as a widget, but clicking that widget will require a few minutes time. You’ll have to download and then set things up to get going. Once downloaded and installed you create a PIN code, enter some profile information and then begin selecting the apps you want to give permission.

The one we didn’t consider all that hidden is the camera lockscreen access. If you look in the lower right hand corner of the lockscreen you will see the camera icon. To unlock directly to the camera you can tap/hold then drag up on the icon.

Keeping with the camera related features and there was also mention of some of the available modes. Samsung specifically mentioned the Virtual Tour and Shot & More options.

  • The ‘Virtual Tour’ is a feature that allows you to take pictures as if you are giving a tour of the surrounding area to viewers.
  • The ‘Shot and More’ mode allows you to edit pictures and apply various effects immediately after taking your shots.

Another highlight was the Priority Senders option in the messaging app. We realize not everyone will use this app, but those who do will want to look for the “tap to add priority senders” link. This, just as the name would suggest, allows you to add favorite contacts which should make things a bit quicker when composing new messages.

Otherwise, remaining items on the list break down as follows;

  • You can use a pencil as a stylus.
  • Turning landscape when listening to music using the music player will give suggestions for upcoming tracks.
  • Favorite apps can be bookmarked using the “Toolbox.
  • Files can be kept private with Private Mode.
  • You can check caller information while on an active call.
  • Call Notification pop-ups will alert you of a call when you are in another app.

Make sure to keep an eye on the Galaxy S5 tag here on Android Community as we will be offering a bit more coverage for several of these features (and more) in the coming days.

SOURCE: Samsung Tomorrow

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 finally listed on Samsung India eStore for INR 36,340

We are finally getting hints of official availability of Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in India. The device has been listed on Samsung India eStore at a price of INR 36,340. The device is currently out of stock but will be available very soon. It was officially announced way back in June 2013 and released in other international markets by Q3 2013 but we are not sure why it took Samsung almost an year to release it in India. The 7 inch and 8 inch versions of Galaxy Tab 3 were made available in India by July 2013.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 On Samsung India eStore

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 On Samsung India eStore

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 Specifications & Features

  • 10.1 inch TFT Display, 1280 x 720 pixels, Multitouch Capacitive Touchscreen, 149 ppi
  • Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean, TouchWiz UI
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560, PowerVR SGX544MP2, 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 3MP primary camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 720p video recording
  • microSIM slot,  42Mbps HSDPA, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0
  • MicroUSB v2.0 port, MHL, USB Host
  • IR Blaster, Stereo Speakers with Dolby Digital Sound
  • Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
  • 8mm thin, 510 grams, 6800 mAh battery

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 comes with a dual-core processor, a 10.1 inch HD screen and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board. None of these features are seem attractive right now as most of the competition has now moved to relatively better hardware. Devices like Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and Asus Transformer Pad come with latest version of Android, higher resolution screens and more powerful processors. Moreover, details about the upcoming Galaxy Tab 4 have already started flowing in. Would you buy an year old tablet with 2 generations older version of operating system? Let us know in the comments below.

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HTC hires marketing exec who led Samsung to smartphone dominance

It’s no secret, HTC has an image problem. Despite consistently creating some of our favorite phones, it’s failed to reach the heights of popularity of manufacturers like Samsung. That could soon change. In what is almost certainly not a coincidence, HTC has hired Samsung’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Golden. The Verge confirmed the rumor, first picked up by Bloomberg, earlier this afternoon. Golden, who “created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung,” according to his LinkedIn profile, was reportedly hired on as a consultant to Chairwoman Cher Wang.

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Via: Slashgear, Engadget Spanish

Source: Bloomberg, The Verge

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Ads Inbound for Samsung’s Milk Music App, $4 Monthly Fee for Ad-free Streaming

Ads Inbound for Samsung’s Milk Music App, $4 Monthly Fee for Ad-free Streaming

Samsung’s free-to-use, ad-free music service, Milk Music is about to receive a shakeup. As stated by Samsung when it was first launched, advertisements are coming to the service, as well as a subscription price if users don’t wish to see or hear ads. Before today, no price for the subscription was known, but thanks to a post on Samsung Tomorrow, we can now report that the price has been set at $3.99 a month. 

When compared to All Access from Google Play, or many of the other music streaming services priced at $9.99 a month for ad-free and on-demand music streaming, Samsung’s $3.99 price could be a winner. On top of being ad-free, Samsung also indicates that users who pay the price will receive exclusive features, not available to those who choose the ad-supported version of the service.

No exact word on when the the ads and subscription price will come into play, but it is listed as coming “soon.”

If you are currently using Milk Music on your Samsung device, do you intend on keeping it, even if ads or a monthly subscription price appear?

Via: Samsung Tomorrow

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DL Daily Driver: The Android Phones We’re Using Today

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In this business, we change phones a lot. From one month to the next, we could go through three phones or we may be waiting for the next wave, which means we’re locked into a single personal favorite for an extended amount of time. Since we are always testing the next thing, readers often wonder what’s in our pocket at the moment. In the past, you’d have to guess based on photos we feature in posts or by hearing us talk about them on the DL Show. And that’s why this post has been born.

This is our DL Daily Driver list. It’s a list of the phones we’re using at the moment, along with the launcher we prefer, 5 apps we can’t live without, and a quick note or two on why this phone is along for the ride (even if temporarily).

We will also update this post regularly, assuming we continue to change phones regularly. We’ll even toss a shortcut to the post in our sidebar on the main page, so that you can quickly find it.


Kellen

Current phone:  Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon)

Launcher:  TouchWiz, only because I keep it real when reviewing.

5 must-have apps:  Instagram, theScore, Plex, Pushbullet, Threes.

Why this phone:  It’s review time, so the Galaxy S5 is my daily driver. That will change the minute we’re done with the review, though, as I cannot wait to get back to the Nexus 5. That’s not to say that the Galaxy S5 is bad – has an amazing display, solid camera, updated TouchWiz that isn’t terrible – but it’s just not the phone for me.


Tim

Current phone:  Samsung Galaxy S5 (AT&T)

Launcher:  TouchWiz, soon to be Nova.

5 must-have apps:  Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Muzei, Timely.

Why this phone:  I try and stay up to date with the newest Android devices, testing the latest and greatest to hit the market. For now, I am using the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. I like the size of the device, the display, and the camera, but there are a few software things that have been grinding my gears. Battery life could also use some help. At the end of the day, I’m just waiting for Motorola and LG’s new flagship devices.


Eric

Current phone:  Moto X (Verizon)

Launcher:  Nova Launcher

5 must-have apps:  Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Cerberus, Mailbox.

Why this phone:  I upgraded to the Moto X the week that it was launched. The best parts about the phone are the software that Motorola put into it. I use Active Display, Touchless Control and other apps on a daily basis. Battery life is awesome, but the camera is pretty poor. I have also noticed the dual-core processor lagging in simple tasks whenever the battery is low. Other than that, great phone.


Kyle

Current phone:  LG G2 (Verizon)

Launcher:  Google Now Launcher

5 must-have apps:  Pushbullet, Keep, Office Mobile, Mint, Twitter.

Why this phone:  I traded in my Galaxy S4 for an LG G2 last month, and it feels like a huge step up. It’s minimalistic (tiny bezel, no physical home button), feels solid in the hand (it doesn’t creak like the GS4 did), takes outstanding photographs, and has excellent battery life. Perhaps the one thing I miss is Samsung’s excellent OLED technology – the brightness and viewing angles of the G2′s panel are definitely inferior – but I otherwise can’t complain.


Rithvik

Current phone:  Sony Xperia Z1

Launcher:  Nova Launcher

5 must-have apps:  AcDisplay, Pocket, Pushbullet, QuizUp, Timely.

Why this phone:  The main reasons I have this phone are because of the build quality, fairly fast updates, not entirely trashy skin, and the fact that the bootloader is unlockable through Sony (at least, on my version). I also love the camera quality, but the display’s viewing angles are not the greatest.


Last updated April 18, 2014.

DL Daily Driver: The Android Phones We’re Using Today is a post from: Droid Life

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Samsung talks about 10 hidden or unknown features from the Galaxy S5

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Do you think you know everything about your Samsung Galaxy S5? Think again, as Samsung has compiled a list of 10 features from the smartphone which weren’t openly discussed as most others.

Here’s a list of these 10 features:

  1. Use a pencil as stylus for the display.
  2. Tilt the device while using the music player app to get a list of suggested tracks.
  3. Toolbox allows you to quickly access all your apps with a shortcut on top of the homescreen.
  4. Private mode to hide sensitive data from nosy friends or relatives.
  5. Kids mode with the ability to hide/allow specific apps and features.
  6. Lockscreen camera access, which isn’t actually an unknown feature but Samsung thinks it is.
  7. Virtual Tour and Shot & More features from the stock camera app allowing users more options to play around with the camera.
  8. Ability to set Priority Senders in the messaging app.
  9. Caller information available at any given time, even when on a call with them. This will allow users to get a peek through the contact’s recent activity, including updates on their Google+ profile.
  10. Call Notifications Pop-Ups allows users to use an app even when they have an incoming call. This will show incoming calls as pop-ups on top rather than occupying the whole screen which is particularly useful if you’re midway through a game.

You can get a better idea of all these features and more in Samsung’s dedicated post from the link below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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This Week in the Life of DROID: 4/18/2014

This Week in the Life of DROID: 4/18/2014

It’s Friday, meaning it is time for the DL crew to close the laptops and head back into our trollish caves we call home. This week was packed with exciting headlines, including plenty of news on the LG G3 front, as well as further confirmations from OnePlus that the One should be quite a formidable device.

Google also made big moves, pushing an official Google Camera app to Google Play, allowing for quick updates to the software as they see fit. As for breaking down the OS, allowing for an overall better updating process, Google is doing an awesome job. To top it all off, we published our review of the Gear Fit smartband from Samsung. If you want a TLDR version of the review, don’t buy it.

If you missed any of the Android goodness, we have the highlights for you below. 

Have a great weekend, folks! And for those who applied for a Google I/O ticket, best of luck to all of you!

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Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them

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All good things must come to an end. Samsung’s Milk Music service is no different. In fact, it was sort of given that this day was coming. Samsung will be splitting Milk Music into Basic Service and Premium Service packages. Basic Service keeps everything free, but has advertisements prior to a song playing. The Premium Service package keeps everything ad-free with some unannounced exclusive features. This, however, costs $3.99 per month.

No one can really blame Samsung as the music streaming field is insanely competitive and crowded. So finding a way to monetize the whole entire system was expected. It just depends at what price, if any, will users pay for an ad-free experience.

Do you pay for any music streaming services?

Source: The Next Web

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Samsung’s Milk Music will soon cost $4 per month to listen ad-free

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You know what they say about all good things in life. Samsung has been offering an ad-free version of its Milk Music service for no charge since launch, but the company has posted a new infographic revealing that Americans will soon have to pay $4 per month for a Premium tier to escape marketers. You’ll also get some “exclusive features” as a bonus, although it’s not clear just what they’ll entail. We’ve reached out to learn more about both the paid service launch and what those perks will be. For now, you’ll want to cherish the current listening experience — it may not be around for much longer.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Phandroid Recap: Cortana vs Google Now, Galaxy S5 Review, and more! [April 13-19]

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Is it Friday already? Yes, it is, which means it’s time for another Phandroid Recap! Once again we had a lot of great stuff go up on the site this week. Reviews, hands-on videos, comparisons, lists, and much more. With all of this content going up you probably missed a few things. Below you will find a “cheat sheet” for all the big stories and features. Read up so you can be informed about all the things your geeky friends will want to talk about this weekend. We won’t tell them you cheated.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

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We reviewed Samsung’s latest flagship device this week. Most places rushed up reviews after just a few days of use, but we wanted to use the phone for a week before sharing our thoughts. Overall we liked the phone a lot, but it definitely has its flaws. Rob gave the Galaxys S5 a very good 4.5 out of 5 score. Here is an excerpt from the full review:

We’ve grown to expect an awful lot from Samsung, perhaps even holding them to a higher standard, which is why not being absolutely blown away by the S5′s awesomeness seems like a disappointment. The fact remains: the Samsung Galaxy S5 instantly becomes one of the best phones on the market, perhaps is the best all-around phone, and the vast majority of users will be pleased and impressed by its performance.

Google Now vs Cortana

There is a new kid on the block, and her name is Cortana. Earlier this week Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 for developers around the world. Included in the update is their new virtual assistant that they hope will compete with the likes of Google Now and Siri. We went hands-on with Cortana to see how she stacks up against Google Now. We asked them both a wide range of questions to see how they each handle things. The results may surprise you.

Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S

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The vast majority of smartphone owners in the world have either an iPhone or “Galaxy.” These two devices are dominating the market right now. Naturally, we had to put the two up against each other and compare them. The Galaxy S5 easily wins the spec battle, but the iPhone wins in things like build quality and design. Things like the camera and software are much more even. If you’re interested to see how these two device stack up check out the full comparison.

We can spend all day giving you our opinions on the matter, and we hope they help making an informed decision easier, but ultimately the device you buy comes down to personal preference. Do you favor a big, beautiful display above all things? Go with the Galaxy S5. Is an intuitive interface and access to apps a priority? Then the iPhone 5s is a no brainer.

Official Google Camera app released to Play Store

The biggest  news story this week was Google releasing their camera app to the Play Store. This is the app that can be found on Nexus devices, but now it has been stripped out of the OS like so many other Google apps. Along with the release came a brand new user interface and some cool new features like Lens Blur. Google has made some big improvements in this version. If you have a KitKat device you can download Google Camera for free.

12 weirdest Android device names ever

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There was a time when Android phones were coming out so often that companies were using anything and everything for names. Rocks, stones, metals, liquids, animals, weather conditions, an even emoticons were used as inspiration. Since those days the names of devices has gotten a lot better, but we can’t forget those horrible names of the past. We compiled a list of 12 devices that we consider to have the weirdest names. What other devices do you think should be on this list?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone is bigger, faster and more polished, with water-resistant credentials and a more modern user interface. But is it the right phone for you?

For most of the phone-buying public, Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones has much broader brand recognition than the Android OS that powers them. With popular devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Korean electronics giant has clawed its way to the top of the Android food chain, claiming the title of No. 1 phone manufacturer in the process. Look at any chart of smartphone market share and it’s clear the real battle is between Samsung and Apple, with most other manufacturers left to fight over scraps.

So the launch of a new Samsung flagship is an event of huge importance to the mobile industry. With Samsung’s vast marketing machinery already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the new Galaxy S5 will be the biggest-selling Android phone of the year. Indeed we’ve already witnessed lines forming outside Samsung stores across Europe for the April 11 global launch, and early sales figures are apparently encouraging. Tens of millions of people will buy the Galaxy S5, just as they did the Galaxy S4.



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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review


Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone is bigger, faster and more polished, with water-resistant credentials and a more modern user interface. But is it the right phone for you?

For most of the phone-buying public, Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones has much broader brand recognition than the Android OS that powers them. With popular devices like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Korean electronics giant has clawed its way to the top of the Android food chain, claiming the title of No. 1 phone manufacturer in the process. Look at any chart of smartphone market share and it’s clear the real battle is between Samsung and Apple, with most other manufacturers left to fight over scraps.

So the launch of a new Samsung flagship is an event of huge importance to the mobile industry. With Samsung’s vast marketing machinery already in full swing, it seems inevitable that the new Galaxy S5 will be the biggest-selling Android phone of the year. Indeed we’ve already witnessed lines forming outside Samsung stores across Europe for the April 11 global launch, and early sales figures are apparently encouraging. Tens of millions of people will buy the Galaxy S5, just as they did the Galaxy S4.



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HTC Hires Successful Former Samsung US Marketing Executive To Save This Sinking Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran

HTC-ThumbHTC has reportedly snagged up Paul Golden, a former Samsung US marketing executive who helped turn the Galaxy brand into a household name (or at least the closest an Android device has come), according to a Bloomberg report. He will serve as a consultant for Chairman Cher Wang. During his time with Samsung, from 2008 to 2012, the company’s global smartphone market share jumped from 4.5% to 21%. HTC’s, meanwhile, currently sits at less than 2%.

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Samsung Decides That Free Milk Music Users Will Get Ads After All, Premium Subscription To Cost $3.99 Monthly

Milk-ThumbThus far Milk Music has provided a fat-free experience. Since launching two months ago, the music streaming app has been straightforward, rather minimalist, and ad-free. But after taking time to reflect on the matter, Samsung’s decided that perhaps a little bit of fat wound be healthier long-term. So the company’s adding ads to the free version of the software, with a new ad-free premium subscription soon to launch for $3.99 a month.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

So you’ve read both our HTC One M8 Review and our Samsung Galaxy S5 Review and you still can’t decide which to get. Welcome to the universe… you’re not alone. They’re both great phones – best on the market, even – but neither are perfect. Read on as we pit them head to head in several categories before giving you the verdict on which to call your own.

Design & Hardware

HTC and Samsung have gone two very different directions with the designs for their flagship phones.

Hardware: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

HTC has worked hard to craft a device that looks and feels premium, putting appearance and personality above all else. That all starts with a metal unibody frame that looks beautiful, feels sturdy, and has some nice heft. The  iconic front speaker grills command attention.

Samsung foregoes some luxury for the sake of mass marketability, attempting to build the one-size-fits-all device that everybody loves. They’ve done a pretty darn good job thus far. The Galaxy S5 looks more typical, is covered in plastic, has some questionable finishes, and a removable battery cover.

If that doesn’t seem very glamorous, that’s because it isn’t, but those choices also allow Samsung to pull off a bigger screen, in a smaller and lighter package, while cramming in more hardware.

That flexibility will help Samsung in other areas, but from a design perspective the HTC One M8 is a notch above all of the competition, including Samsung’s S5.

Hardware Winner: HTC One M8
Overall Score: 1 to 0 (HTC One M8)

Display/Screen

Whether you’re talking about phones, TVs, computers, or even touch panels on household appliances, displays are something that Samsung always seems to get right. The Galaxy S5 screen is no different: it’s hands down the most gorgeous screen I’ve ever seen on a mobile phone… and I’m not the only one with that opinion.

Screen: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

That’s a bold statement, but it’s worth noting that the HTC One M8 isn’t far behind. The key difference is the outrageous level of brightness, vibrancy, and contrast found on the Galaxy S5 display. For some people the One M8 screen might be preferred because it looks less artificial with more natural colors. If that floats your boat, go for it- but I’m personally picking the S5 and sticking with it.

From a spec standpoint their displays are nearly identical:

  • One M8 Display: 5-inch, Full HD 1920 x 1080, 442 ppi
  • Galaxy S4: 5.1-inch, Full HD 1920 x 1080, 432 ppi

This is a matter of preference of course and the choice is made much more difficult when comparing the phones side by side. In reality, whichever phone you choose to use, you’d be incredibly happy with the display. Both the One M8 and Galaxy S5 have market leading screens, but I heavily prefer the latter above all else.

Screen Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5
Overall Score: 1 to 1 (tie)

Software & Experience

The Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 both run Android 4.4 KitKat and each overlay their own custom UI- the S5 with Touchwiz and the One M8 with Sense 6. Taking advice from users longing for more of a stock Android experience, each company has vowed to tone down the bloat while still delivering added value through unique integrations throughout the software.

For home screen experiences HTC brings Blinkfeed to the table while Samsung offers My Magazine. They both let you customize an easily accessed feed with social network accounts and news content, but Blinkfeed is much more robust while My Magazine seems a bit half baked. Thankfully you have the option to remove both- but give Blinkfeed a chance, it works well enough to consider keeping onboard.

Software: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

Navigating your pages and apps is much easier with the HTC One for two primary reasons: the app drawer is designed distinctly different from your home pages and the it follows many more of Android’s standard guidelines. Samsung’s Touchwiz app drawer looks so similar to the home screens that it’s easy to confuse the two, wander with your finger, and get lost.

Diving into the settings is where the software customizations go next level. Samsung has thankfully buried some of its highly touted settings of generations past, but they’re mostly still available, which makes exploring and finding the settings you want a bit of a chore. Each have some really great comparable features worthy of praise such as:

  • Do Not Disturb / Blocking Mode
  • Battery Saving Options
  • TV remotes to go with the IR Blasters
  • Greatly improved camera software

That being said, Samsung still has some fat to trim from Touchwiz. In addition to a slight delay when opening native apps like dialer and contacts (we’re talking fractions of a second), the experience can seem scattered, with incomplete experiences in some areas and too many options in others. If Samsung can choose focus areas and reinvest their energy to initiatives they deem most important, they’ll be doing themselves and their customers a huge favor. Right now they seem undecided on far too much, which provides HTC with the opportunity to walk away with the software category.

Software Winner: HTC One M8
Overall Score: 2 to 1 (HTC One M8)

Camera

The divergent approaches of Samsung and HTC don’t end with design:  they’ve gone completely different routes with their cameras. Mobile cameras have become somewhat of a megapixel marketing war with consumers crowning the bigger number the better camera. If you chose the better camera based purely on megapixels, Samsung would be crowned prince automatically, besting HTC by a megapixel count of 16MP to 4MP. The Nokia Lumia 1020 – a Windows Phone with a 41MP camera – would be crowned King.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

But it isn’t all about megapixels. Really, megapixels determine how many pixels are in your photos, which directly correlates to their size (in dimensions and file size). The majority of photos taken with your phone are shared only on the web, which means even the 2688 by 1520 pictures taken with the One M8′s 4MP camera are too big for Facebook.

That doesn’t make the Galaxy S5′s 16MP camera overkill, though- it has its benefits. Want to blow up a picture as a poster or canvas? Or perhaps zoom in on a part of a picture? The Galaxy S5 is the only one between the two that can perform this luxury with any significant quality.

The prerequisite of doing anything with your photos is having good photos you want to do something with. In perfect, sunny conditions, the Galaxy S5 probably slightly edges the One M8 in terms of photo quality. As soon as those conditions change it’s the HTC One M8 camera that is better able to handle adversity. I want consistency in a smartphone camera and if I wanted a great camera for traveling I’d opt for a DLSR, point-and-shoot, or Galaxy Camera before either of these.

But wait: the HTC One M8 has some magic up its sleeves. It doesn’t just have a dinky 4MP camera on its rear… it’s got TWO lenses: one actually takes the photo and the other collects depth information, allowing for some amazing effects and wizardry with what HTC calls the Ultrapixel Duo Cam. Samsung has a software-based post production alternative, but it doesn’t come close to touching HTC’s 2 lens phenom in that department. The duo cam is not a gimmick… it works amazingly well and is an absolute blast to use.

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To top it all off, the HTC One M8 has a 5MP front facing camera that ensures selfie snappers are delighted.

Travelers using a mobile phone as their only camera might disagree, but for its consistency, outrageously fun duo cam integration, and attention to selfie detail, I’m giving this highly debated category to the HTC One M8.

Camera Winner: HTC One M8
Overall Score: 3 to 1 (HTC One M8)

Multimedia

The name multimedia inherently dictates that more than one form of media is being discussed. In the case of this comparison, though, I’m going to cut to the chase: the HTC One M8 BoomSound speakers put it several horse lengths ahead of the Galaxy S4.

Most phone’s these days have an earpiece at the top front of the phone and speakers either somewhere on the side or on the back. In the case of the Galaxy S5 it’s on the back, bottom left. The HTC One M8 meanwhile boasts dual front facing speakers that not only look epic, but sound epic.

Multimedia: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

I often find myself in odd situations where I’m using my phone as a jukebox. If you do too, you won’t find a phone whose speakers sound more loud and full than the BoomSound speakers on the HTC One M8. Since some people label gadgets as “sexy”, I’m calling the One M8′s speakers voluptuous: it’s a full and beautiful sound that carries itself well.

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I find myself wanting that great sound in so many situational moments. Sometimes it’s sitting on the couch playing an immersive game like Dead Trigger 2 and the sound effects bring excitement to the action. Sometimes it’s with a group of friends with whom I want to share a Youtube video without cupping the speaker and oddly switching between looking and listening, looking and listening. Other times it’s just talking to someone on speaker phone and expecting good sound quality.

You’ll get okay sound quality with the Galaxy S5 but the further you turn up the volume the more tinny and shaky it sounds. That being said, Samsung’s audio quality while headphones are plugged in or while using bluetooth is very good. Nothing though – and I mean nothing – tops HTC BoomSound at this point in time.

Once again, there will be plenty of people who never use their phone speakers who disagree with this pick… and that’s fine. That’s good for you to know and you should calculate it into your personal buying decision.

Multimedia Winner: HTC One M8
Overall Score: 4 to 1 (HTC One M8)

Performance

This is a hard category to pin down, not only because benchmarks between the two devices vary based on what benchmarks you choose, but also because manufacturers have begun adjusting their hardware to specifically perform better in benchmarks. Not to mention, how you use your phone in real-life may vary from what the benchmark scores for and taking it one step further, how YOU use your phone will differ from me- and thus we could have totally different experiences.

Performance: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

Based on my experience using both devices extensively for over a week, they were both top notch. They both were as swift and smooth as I’d expect from flagship phones by top manufacturers.

That being said, while I experienced virtually no hiccups from the Galaxy S5, I spotted a few roadbumps while using the HTC One M8. It’s quite possible that the blame should be placed on the shoulders of an app developer whose bad coding caused something flukey.

In the end, both devices performed so well that the winner came down to a rather nitpicky decision, but I’m comfortable picking the Galaxy S5 since my experience with its hardware performance was close to flawless. Stock Android evangelists may notice a slight delay (fractions of a second) in navigating, which can likely be blamed on Touchwiz.

Both devices run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with the Galaxy S5′s being a tiny bit beefier.

Performance Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5
Overall Score: 4 to 2 HTC One M8

Battery

Where HTC picks up the win on design it simultaneously picks up the loss on battery life, but not because it didn’t perform well. Both phones had above average battery life that usually lasted me through the day without concern. The S5 and One M8 now both have special modes you can place your phone in for when battery life is at a premium and you desperately need to conserve.

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Although battery life was comparable, I’m going with Samsung on this category for two primary reasons:

  • I preferred Samsung’s Power Saving Mode which offered two different severity levels as presets, especially enjoying the option to remove the backlit buttons and turning the phone gray scale.
  • Samsung’s back cover is removeable, so should I start to use the phone more heavily and require a bigger battery, an extended battery will likely be available. It’ll make the phone thicker, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

It should be noted that Samsung’s battery is slightly larger at 2800mAh compared to the One M8′s 2600mAh.

Battery Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5
Overall Score: 4 to 3 (HTC One M8)

Wildcards

Some features simply don’t fit into a category and in typical Samsung fashion, there are a bunch in the Galaxy S5. Only this time, instead of packing all the fun into the Software, Samsung has done some really interesting things on the hardware side.

The home button now doubles as a finger sensor, allowing you to lock your screen and other areas of your phone by sliding your finger over the home button and scanning your fingerprint. We’ve seen the idea in the iPhone 5S and although Samsung’s version doesn’t work as well yet, it’s still a pretty interesting feature tossed into the mix.

On the back of the phone is another sensor- a heart rate monitor. Activate it through Samsung’s S Health app, which is becoming quite the lifestyle hub, and it can read your heart rate by placing your finger over a grooved indentation just below the rear camera. It’s an accurate feature and definitely cool, but similar to the fingerprint scanner you’ve got to be incredibly precise where you put your finger, making it a bit frustrating.

The finger scanner and heart rate monitor are cool wildcards, but likely limited in use to a select percentage of the population. However, one new Samsung hardware feature takes the wildcard section all on its own: weatherproofing.

Waterproof: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8

The Galaxy S4 is IP67 certified which means you can use it in the rain, drop it in the toilet, use it in the shower, even submerge it in a couple feet of water while still recording video (don’t go any deeper)! If you’ve ever needed to replace a phone due to water damage you’ll appreciate this greatly and in reality, EVERY phone should have this feature. No longer do you need to fear water when you’ve got your S5, you can embrace it!

Wildcard Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5
Overall Score: 4 to 4 (tie)

Verdict

A tie? Blasphemy!

In all honesty it’s a pretty telling conclusion: both phones are great, include some awesome features, but have their flaws. Their pros and cons come in different areas, making each phone suitable for different types of people.

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Personally, I’d go with the HTC One M8 because I’m dying for its audio experience, love its camera to pieces (simply fun to use), and have a separate camera I use for traveling. I’m a Galaxy Note 3 owner and would love try something new while I keep one eye on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4.

The Bottomline

Declaring a decisive winner is up to you, not me, as you’ll weigh the value of the above categories far differently based on your preferences and circumstances. Here are some suggestions based on the above.

Should you get the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8?

  • If you listen to music on your phone constantly, get the HTC One M8
  • If you use your phone’s speaker often for music, videos, or games, get the HTC One M8
  • If you travel often and this will be your primary camera, get the Galaxy S5
  • If you’re clumsy or want to treat your phone with some liquid disrespect without breaking it (rain, shower, toilet, Seattle) , get the Galaxy S5
  • If you prefer a finely crafted device made of metal instead of plastic, get the HTC One M8

If you fit into a combination of the above, walk into a store, play with each, and make your decision with hands-on experience. If you want further counseling, don’t trust one sales person at random, instead head to Android Forums for advice from thousands.

And lastly, here is the spec comparison for your convenience:

Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 Specs

Which would YOU choose?

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10 “hidden” Samsung Galaxy S5 features you probably already know about (as told by Samsung)

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Many people are of the popular opinion that TouchWiz has gotten bloated beyond repair. No matter which side of that line you stand on, TouchWiz on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is packed with more features than you know. Samsung has detailed 10 hidden features that many of us may or may not have known about. Grab your Galaxy S5 and get ready to dive in:

  1. You can write on it with a Pencil. For those times where a finger just isn’t enough. On a more normal note, we’re glad it doesn’t require a capacitive stylus for pen input. How to do it: Settings, then Display, then enable the ‘Increase touch sensitivity’ feature.
  2. Tilt the phone to construct a smart playlist. You can turn the phone to landscape mode while in the music player to get a smart playlist based on the currently playing song. Neato.
  3. Use the toolbox to get a shortcut to your favorite apps anywhere in the OS. We already knew this one, but I guess Samsung thought it was truly secret. You can press and hold it and drag it to the edit button if you want to edit the apps inside.
  4. Use “Private Mode” to protect your sensitive things. Because nothing’s worse than a snoopy child or spouse putting their nose where it doesn’t belong. Whether it’s photos, video, voice recordings, voicemail, documents or more, you can protect any of it by heading to the Settings menu.
  5. Kids Mode. Yup, give your child a safe sandbox in which to play with your phone. Parental controls are aplenty here, including the ability to set how much time they can use the phone before they’re locked out. You can even download new apps and have them show up as “gifts” on the Kid Mode home-screen so they’ll have a nice surprise waiting.
  6. Enable camera from the lock-screen. Settings > Lock Screen > Camera Shortcut. Voila — an icon that can take you directly into the camera from the lock-scree. Nothing new, exciting, hidden or secretive about that.
  7. New Camera Modes. Virtual tour lets you take a series of photos that can be presented as a digital tour for friends, family or clients later on, while shot and more gives you some post-snap effects to apply.
  8. Priority Senders in messaging. Get a lot of texts but only really care about a few people? Have their names stay at the top of the messaging app at all times — the others can wait.
  9. Show caller information while you’re in the call. Go to Settings > Call and check the Show Caller Information box to see the last message you got from them, and any recent updates from them on Google+.
  10. Accept incoming calls without being kicked from your app. This is probably the most useful of them all –there’s nothing worse than getting a call in the middle of a round of Quiz Up only for that annoying friend of yours to want to talk about absolutely nothing. The popup will let you answer (even in speaker mode, if you want) or decline the call without interrupting what you’re doing. Quite frankly, we wish all phones had this option. Settings > Call > Call Notification to enable that one.

And that’s about it. Obviously there’s a lot more that you can do on the Samsung Galaxy S5 — much of which we covered in our review, and some that will be touched on in upcoming tips and tricks articles — but this is a pretty nice starter kit to get you going. Let us know of anything cool you’ve found buried deep into the tons of settings menu this phone has.

[via Samsung]

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HTC Reportedly Hires Samsung’s Former Head of Marketing, Hopes to Communicate With Customers Better

HTC Reportedly Hires Samsung’s Former Head of Marketing, Hopes to Communicate With Customers Better

According to a report out of Bloomberg, HTC has scooped Samsung’s former Head of Marketing, Paul Goldman, who has been hired on through a three month contract. Goldman has already been attending meetings for the company. HTC’s chairman Cher Wang states, “We just have to communicate well with our customers. I believe if we can communicate better, we will do better.”

Goldman worked for Samsung from 2008 through 2012, and played a key role when the company launched its now insanely-popular Galaxy brand around the globe. HTC sent a note out to Bloomberg, stating the company will continue to invest in talent and recruitment as “part of our broader human resources strategy.” 

Forgive me, but let’s be frank. When a chairman of a company says we need to communicate better, then continues to green light a commercial of Gary Oldman going, “Blah blah blah, blah blah blah – go ask the Internet,” I think you might be in trouble.

Samsung is no joke when it comes to launching brands, then making them global phenomenons. We shall see if Goldman can sprinkle a bit of pixie dust on HTC.

Via: Bloomberg

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Problems, Questions, Solutions [Part 11]

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This is the eleventh part of our Galaxy S4 Problems and Solutions series so we have addressed, at least, a hundred different problems S4 owners encountered. Please take time to browse this post and the previous parts to see if we have already addressed your issue. Links are provided below for parts 1 to 10.

Samsung Galaxy S4: Problems, Questions, Solutions, Workarounds [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] [Part 7] [Part 8] [Part 9] [Part 10]

If you have problems with your Samsung Galaxy S4 or any Android phone and you don’t know how to fix them, you may want to tell us about them so we can help you find solutions. We have a dedicated mailbox for those concerns. But please be detailed as much as possible; include the version of Android your phone is running, the model of your phone, your carrier or service provider and any relevant information. Send your questions / problems at mailbag@thedroidguy.com.

For those who have Facebook accounts, you may post your concerns on our Facebook wall or send us PMs. You may also follow our Google+ page so you’ll be notified as soon as we publish new posts there. For those who want updates delivered to their mailbox, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter.

#1. Galaxy S4 screen turns off with incoming call

Problem

Within the last several weeks, my phone started to act up. When I get an incoming call, my screen won’t come on for me to swipe to answer. No matter which buttons I push; power, home, vol up or down, nothing. Even holding down the power button won’t help. The phone continues to ring until it goes to voicemail, at which time the screen comes on to let me see who’s call in missed. Incoming calls is the only time the screen acts up. Hope you have some ideas, and thanks in advance. — Scott

Suggestion

Scott, if you have installed a case or screen protector, please try to remove it and test if the phone’s screen would still turn off when receiving incoming calls. There are a lot of cases that may result to this problem. But basically, it is a proximity sensor issue because it is the only sensor that has the ability to turn the screen off when it detects the phone is near to something but when it acts up, the screen would still turn off even if it’s laid on the table.

I’ve been digging some info about the proximity sensor issue with the Galaxy phones and there are actually some workarounds that work for some but not for others. The thing is, Samsung didn’t acknowledge this problem so we can’t expect a fix through a software update. Here are some of the workarounds you could try:

  • While the phone is on, remove the battery and let the phone be for a minute.
  • Many say the proximity sensor is not sealed properly so dust could obscure it. Blowing some compressed air through its receptor may fix the issue.
  • Clearing the cache and data of the Phone app also works for others.
  • Lastly, performing factory reset is the most common fix to this kind of problem.

#2. Galaxy S4 keeps downloading files

Actually, one of our readers emailed us on April 13th because she had problems with her Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to respond to her email. Just yesterday, she emailed us back saying she was able to resolve her problem and that she doesn’t need a reply from us anymore. But I just want to share how she resolved her problems in case other owners out there have the same issues with their phone.

Problem

First, there are some notifications that continue to tell me “download complete”. Doesn’t matter if I clear them or not, they are sent over and over at least every 30 minutes or so. They are Desert.odt, desert-2.odt, and go through desert-5.odt and one from Samsung Polaris office.   How do I make them stop notifying me they’re complete?

Second, the blue text message light no longer lights up when I receive a text. I’m guessing this is just the “new and improved” software update?! Is there something I can do to get the notification light back?

Last, (ok I know I’m pushing it) is it ok to remove apps that I know I don’t use, like You Tube, Play Games, Maps, etc. Or a better question would be what apps do I need to KEEP? I know it’s not s/w update related, but these miserable little apps seem to be the cause of a lot of problems updated or not.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and possibly help with these problems.

Sincerely,

D

Solution

The droid guy – I sent you this e-mail a couple days ago and wanted to let you know that I was able to luckily stumble around and fix my problem with my phone based on the things I have been reading about it online. You are so generous to offer your help to everyone who sends you a distress call and I wanted to let you know that I’m good now. You probably already know how I fixed my problem, but just in case, what I did was…I highlighted the app with a recognizable name (not the desert-2, -3 ones) apparently they were all related to the one with the recognizable name, some kind of office thing from Samsung. Anyway I highlighted it until it went to app info and then I cleared the data. After that all of them went away and haven’t been back since. A hard stop was not necessary and was something I did before actually, to get rid of it and that only caused my phone to give me the same message as the problem you fixed in part 10 of your series (how I found you).

Long story to let you know that you no longer will need to respond to my e-mail and I’m very thankful to you and everyone who has posted info about these phones so we can keep them running.

Regards,

D

#3. Galaxy S4 Home button problem

Problem

Dear Droid Guy,

Since upgrading my Galaxy S4 to Kitkat. 4.4.2, home button does not take me to home screen anymore. I can’t see a fix anywhere. Is there a patch we can run. This is a very annoying bug. Appreciate all the people you are helping. Graham. South Africa

Solution

I was actually expecting for you to say what happens when you press the Home button on your phone. But since you didn’t, all I can do is assume what happens. If the phone would bring you to recently opened apps, then try not to press the home button too long. “Holding” it would actually bring you to that screen.

In case the Home button does not respond immediately when you press it, try disabling the S Voice’s “Open via home key” option. If the phone won’t respond at all, have it checked by a technician. Lastly, if something else happens, perform factory reset, after you backed up all your data, of course.

#4. Can I receive OTA updates if I unroot my phone?

Question

Hey, I just want to ask if I unroot my galaxy s4 using supersu app’s full unroot feature then will i be able to get OTA updates or I have to restore to stock firmware?

Answer

First off, if you did root your phone but didn’t install custom ROM, then you would still be able to receive OTA updates regardless whether your unroot or not.

Now, if you rooted your phone then you installed custom ROM, then you need to restore the stock firmware to receive OTA updates.

Rooting won’t cut the phone off of updates because what it does is actually just open it for more possibilities or as what others put it, “it frees the phone.” For average users, rooting doesn’t actually matter. It matters only when you want to claim warranty because rooting will void it.

#5. Galaxy S4 screen turns on when locked

Problem

Hello, I’d like to start by thanking you for all the help you have already given through the blog on Drippler to help fix problems.

My screen likes to turn itself back on for about 1 second after the phone is locked. It usually takes about 2 or 3 minutes after the screen goes black and then turns on. Its not the S preview feature as I have that turned on and no issues with it (I have tried to disable it already and did not fix the issue). Hopefully you can figure it out. Thanks! — Kyle

Solution

More often, this problem is caused by a third-party app that’s waking the phone. But in order to confirm that, try booting the Galaxy S4 to Safe Mode and observe if it still happens. Booting to safe mode will disable all third-party apps, so we’ll know if it’s a third-party app that’s causing this or there is a core service or pre-installed app that’s causing this.

If the screen stays turned off when locked in safe mode, then you need to find the app that’s causing it. One best way to do so is to install the Wakelock Detector, which is offered free on the Play Store. It will give you info on what app or service, both third-party and pre-installed, causes the problem.

If all else fails, backup your data and perform factory reset.

#6. Galaxy S4 screen broken from drop

Problem

Hey, I was wondering if maybe you could help me figure out what’s wrong with my Samsung galaxy s4. About 3 months ago I sent this phone in Samsung to get fixed because it was turning off frequently and sometimes not turning on. I have had an otter box case on my phone ever since I got it in August and today I dropped my phone from a short distance with my case on and it landed face first on the ground. I picked it up to turn it on and found that it had turned off and the lights on the bottom “back and menu” buttons were on. It wouldn’t turn on for about 3 minutes and finally it turned on and the glass part of the screen was not damaged in any way but the display glitched and now only about 1/4 of the screen is clearly visible.

I have taken the battery out for 10 seconds and waited but much to my dismay, I have not been able to restore my phone screen to it’s original glory and it only seems to be getting worse. Is the only way to resolve this issue to contact my insurance company? Will it fix itself?

Answer

No, it will not fix itself. You explicitly said the problem occurred from the drop and while your phone’s case is durable, it wasn’t able to prevent the impact from damaging the display panel of your phone. Odds are the panel was broken or the circuit may have just been messed up. So, to answer your first question; yes, you need to contact your insurance company and try to see if they’ll cover the purchase of the new display panel and repair.

I also have a feeling that the digitizer was also broken, so you may also want to have it checked thoroughly to prevent back jobs, which may cause you inconvenience more than anything else.

#7. Unfortunately, Contacts had stopped

Problem

Hi, my Samsung Galaxy S4 started giving me trouble with my contacts after the last update. When attempting to add a contact the screen goes to black and then gives the “unfortunately contacts had stopped” message. I’ve tried every fix I can find on the web with no luck including clearing cache, battery removal, installing contacts+, changing the date format, and on and on. Nothing has worked, not even temporarily. My phone is 6 months old and I’ve haven’t installed any new apps. Please help. I’m at my wits end. — Tina

Solution

Thanks for specifying what troubleshooting steps you already did. I’m not sure if a third-party app is causing this because I don’t know what apps your phone is running right now. But let’s try to rule the possibility that a third-party app is causing this by booting the phone to Safe Mode. When in safe mode all your downloaded apps will automatically be disabled leaving the phone running the pre-installed ones only plus the core services. Now, try to add a new contact and see if the error message will still pop up.

If the error message will not pop up, then I’m right about my suspicion that a third-party app is causing the problem. If you recently installed apps that may be using the Contacts app, disable it or uninstall it. If you can’t pinpoint which one, then try to remember the app you installed prior to this problem.

If, however, the error message still shows up even in Safe Mode, then there is a possibility that the firmware itself is the problem, or at least, the data that was previously cached has been corrupt. The last resort would actually be the factory reset (after you made a backup of your important data) but before doing that, try booting to Recovery Mode and wipe cache partition. If that doesn’t work, try doing the master reset.

#8. Galaxy S4 has inconsistent signals

Problem

Hi, I was hoping you could help me with my S4. It is not picking up signal or wifi consistently. I have to be right beside the router to get any wifi. I may get one bar of network signal but not that is very rarely.

I have scanned for networks and my own network does not come up only ‘forbidden’ networks and that is only sometimes. My network is ’3′ in Ireland. I have ‘automatically selected preferred network’ and that does not work. I have tried to go through my network but I have voided the warranty so they wont fix it.

Is it a physical part of the device that I will have to replace somehow or would it be a software issue?

Any help would be really appreciated!!

Sheena

Solution

I was hoping you would tell me when the problem started or if the phone is already like that when you bought it. I understand you already contacted your service provider but didn’t they try to troubleshoot the problem first before sending you off due to voided warranty? Voided or not, they are obliged to troubleshoot their customers’ problems especially when the problem is about the network.

As to your Wifi issue, please try the following:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to and tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Long press the network you’re connecting to.
  5. Tap Forget Network.
  6. Tap the Menu key again.
  7. Choose Advanced.
  8. Make sure Passpoint is set to Off so that the phone won’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi access points that require additional authentication through a web browser.
  9. Turn Auto Network switch to Off by unchecking the box.

I have actually published an article entitled 4 Samsung Galaxy S4 WiFi / Internet Connection Problems, which focuses on problems like this, so please try to go over that post and if you questions, feel free to contact us again and make this post a reference so you don’t have to explain everything again.

#9. Galaxy S4 won’t vibrate anymore

Problem

Hey, I have a problem with my S4. I dropped it a few times but began noticing that the vibrate feature stopped working. My device won’t vibrate, even after rebooting it or swishing it around a bit. Hopefully you have dealt with a problem like this and can suggest me something. Thanks. — Marcos

Solution

Of course, first of all, try placing the phone in vibrate mode to see if it vibrates somehow. Since you said that you dropped the phone a few times then you noticed it doesn’t vibrate anymore. I, too, would assume that the impacts of the drops may have caused this problem. It could be that the vibrator motor was damaged or it has a loose connection provided its circuit interface is secured by an adhesive. You may refer to the picture below.

galaxy-s4-vibrator-motorMy advice is bring it to a technician and have the vibrator checked, that way you would know what the problem really is.

#10. Galaxy S4 showing gray battery icon

Problem

For some reason my Samsung S4 phone just shut off and will not turn back on. I thought maybe that it needed to be charged so I connected the charger to phone but it would not charge. All I get is a grey battery symbol with phone vibrating every 5 seconds. I took battery out of my phone and swapped with my wife’s phone and I’m still getting the same problem. My battery showed 47% life in her phone. So I know it’s not the battery. The port on my phone where you plug charger seems to be good nothing missing or bent. Any idea what it could be? Thanks, Cisco.

Suggestion

While this problem is not as common as connectivity issues, there were actually a lot of owners complaining about it. That said, there were already a lot of workarounds that may work for others but not for some.

Okay, so, you’ve already ruled out the possibility of a battery issue by trying the battery on your wife’s phone, and the possibility of a damaged or bent charging port. That leaves us to two possibilities; charger issue and USB board problem.

The grey battery icon, according to some, means “charger not recognized” so try plugging the cable to your computer or laptop just to see if the icon changes. If so, you need to buy a new charger. Otherwise, read this post Fixing the Samsung Galaxy S3 Gray Battery Icon Problem by Giancarlo as it tackles on the faulty USB board.

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MetroPCS now carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5 for $649

MetroPCS now carrying Samsung Galaxy S5 for $649 A week after Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 worldwide in over 120 countries, prepaid carrier MetroPCS has started offering the latest and greatest from the Korean manufacturer. As usual, you’ll have to pay the retail price for the handset if you go with MetroPCS, which comes to be $649 in this case. Not exactly a cheap price tag, but the fact that you don’t need to enter an evil two-year contract should more than make up for it.

The hardware you’re getting with the Galaxy S5 on MetroPCS is the same as that on other variants. Highlights include a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a fingerprint and heart rate sensor, a waterproof body, 16-megapixel rear camera, 2,800 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat with features such as Ultra Power Saving Mode and Download Booster. Via: UnwiredView | Source: MetroPCS

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HTC snatches up former Samsung marketing guru who helped launch Galaxy brand

HTC is aiming high with its latest signing. According to reports, the company has hired Paul Golden who was previously at Samsung. It marks a rather desperate move as the company continues to operate in losses and experience declining market share, but Golden helped launch the incredibly successful Galaxy brand for Samsung, making this also an interesting step for HTC to make.



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Samsung to add premium subscription to Milk Music service

Samsung partnered up with Slacker to release Milk Music last month. The service was freely available to all high-end Galaxy smartphone owners, opening up a world of music with a personalized experience. That’s all set to change as the company has revealed plans to add a premium subscription to the streaming service.



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Samsung’s Milk Music service will soon get a premium subscription option

Samsung's Milk Music service will soon get premium subscription options

Early last month, Samsung debuted its new Milk Music service, a radio streaming app for Galaxy phone and tablet owners. Powered by Slacker, Milk Music offers access to more than 200 radio stations completely free of charge, and now, through a large infographic describing the service, the Korean manufacturer has revealed plans to add premium subscription options to the service.

Consumers will be able to fork out $3.99 (likely per month) to enjoy streaming without ads interfering the experience, a pretty good price compared to the competition. Premium consumers will also get some exclusive features, but Samsung doesn’t list what these features are. Also unclear is when the premium subscription will be made available for purchase, though with the company’s latest flagship now available worldwide, we’ll likely get more details soon enough.

Any of our readers using Milk Music at the moment on their Samsung device?

Via: Android Central | Source: Samsung

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Samsung Milk Music will soon milk users for ad-free subsistence

Some things are just too good to last, as some say. While Samsung surprise of a music streaming service may now be currently be free, both from price and from ads, that might not be the case in the very near future. Samsung has not so subtly revealed that there will be an ad-free Music Milk subscription that, of course, means that free users will start to see ads pretty soon.

Samsung Milk Music was both unexpected and yet at the same time a logical step as the manufacturer plans to go beyond hardware, and in some cases software, to an entire mobile ecosystem. It already does have books, videos, and a music store, so a streaming music service was inevitable. When Samsung launched Milk Music last month, it was offered for free and without ads, but there were indications that it would not be the case forever, which is also not that surprising either. Other similar music streaming services do it, like Slacker with whom Samsung partnered to bring about Milk Music, so it feels inevitable that Samsung would want to capitalize on that business setup too.

That scenario might soon be upon us if Samsung is already willing to let the public know about its plans, not to mention the price it has in mind. In an infographic detailing some of the basic features of Samsung Milk Music, the company reveals two tiers that will be available, one free and one that will cost $3.99 a month. It does note that the free Basic Service will be ad-free as a special introductory offer available to early adopters. The Premium service is marked to have no ads and some special features, which are still unknown at this time.

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Samsung Milk Music is still available only in the US, which is, again, on par with how most of these streaming services have started out. It is likely that Samsung will be putting its tiered system in place around the same time that it starts rolling out the service to more markets. But at the moment, the list of supported Samsung Galaxy devices still stand at five, including the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy S5.

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Samsung Gear Fit Review: Terrible Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch, Cool Display

Samsung Gear Fit Review:  Terrible Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch, Cool Display

As you guys know, I’m kind of into the whole fitness band thing. I’ve talked about my dedication to Nike’s platform, including the Fuelband (which I recently retired). I’ve picked up random Kickstarter items like the Misfit Shine, all because I’m constantly looking for something to help track my fitness goals, which mostly includes speed and distance training with some strength exercises worked in.

When Samsung unveiled the Gear Fit during their Galaxy S5 launch event, I was actually somewhat excited – a fitness band, with a beautiful little AMOLED display, that works on Android, isn’t terrible looking, and doesn’t have single-day battery life. What’s not to like? I picked one up last week when it arrived in stores and have been using it daily ever since. I’ve logged 8 mile runs, shorter sprint workouts, worn it as a smartwatch, and even tried once to get it to track my sleep. In other words, I’ve tried to make this my daily fitness tracker and more, just like Samsung claims it can be.

With that said, I’ve got a ton of thoughts to share. Let’s talk about the Samsung Gear Fit. 

It’s a terrible fitness tracker.

No, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. If you are looking for a fitness band or tracker of any sort, Samsung’s Gear Fit is not the one you want.

As I mentioned, I’ve taken the Gear Fit on at least four runs in the past week. While it doesn’t do a bad job tracking my pace or distance traveled, it’s the other little things that make it not an acceptable entry into the fitness world. For example, one of the major selling points of the Gear Fit is its ability to take your heart rate. And that option is actually very cool, depending on the type of training you are doing. Thing is, it can’t check  your heart rate if you have the Fit also tracking “Exercise.” I’m not joking either, look at the screen below. So basically, the exact time that you would want to check your heart rate, you can’t.

It gets worse. After every single workout that I’ve completed in the last week, I’ve tried to immediately check my heart rate, you know, since…you…can’…while exercising. The Gear Fit doesn’t work then either. Apparently, the heart rate sensor (the one that’s built into a fitness band) can’t detect your heart rate if you have any amount of sweat on you. In the photo below, you can see the error I’ve received at least a dozen times of, “The signal from your pulse is weak.” That would be my pulse which is pounding at over 150bpm from a completed workout, yet this little guy can’t sense it.

But it’s not only bad because of the faulty heart rate sensor. The Gear Fit also sucks because you can’t pause a workout. So if you are on a run, have to stop at a stop light or a train or need to go to the bathroom, you can’t pause anything. The only option you have while in the “Exercise” mode is to stop. And when you press “Stop,” it doesn’t pause, it actually keeps the timer going in the background until you also hit the check mark on the next screen to fully stop your exercise.

Want to use the Gear Fit as a pedometer? Well, don’t forget to turn that mode on. You see, the Gear Fit doesn’t track your steps by default, it’s an actual mode you have to turn on. Same thing goes for sleeping – if you’d like to track your sleep, you have to tell it to. But then, once it does and you also remember to tell it to stop tracking in the morning, that info goes…somewhere. There isn’t an area in the S Health app on the Galaxy S5 that shows you sleep info. You can view some of it on the Gear Fit, and will even tell you the percentage of the night that you remained motionless, but scrolling through multiple nights of sleep isn’t exactly fun on a small screen.

Finally, the display isn’t bad in direct sunlight when you are looking at the colorful clock, but with the all-black exercise screen up that shows small white text, it’s almost impossible to read while moving when outdoors. And that includes checking notifications as they come in during a workout.

So yeah, the “fit” part of the Gear Fit has been a complete disappointment. Sure, it could get better over time with updates from Samsung, but in it’s current form, I wouldn’t tell any fitness freaks to even consider it.

It’s also not a good smartwatch.

That’s right, it’s also not a good smartwatch. You can decline calls (not answer them), send a few canned messages in the stock text messaging app, get calendar reminders, and preview notifications from other selected apps like Gmail or Hangouts. When I say “preview,” I’m talking about how you can receive Hangouts messages, but you can’t respond to them. So the functionality there is pretty limited.

There are more issues if you are trying to read notifications that take up more than a single line. Whether you have the Gear Fit showing the display in portrait or landscape mode, there just isn’t enough screen real estate to make it worth attempting to read. Now, that’s not necessarily the Gear Fit’s fault, but Samsung added this functionality to make it somewhat smartwatch-y, when it probably shouldn’t have.

If you want simple notifications from select apps or the ability to quickly reject a call with a pre-set message, it can do that. The Gear Fit is not a full-blown smartwatch, though, in case you were hoping it would be.

It does have a beautiful display, though. The design isn’t bad either.

Yes, the Gear Fit does have some decent things going for it. The curved AMOLED display used is quite stunning to look at and something I can’t wait to see evolve. The colors pop, the viewing angles are great, and it doesn’t seem to suck battery like I figured it would. There are multiple wallpapers that really take advantage of the AMOLED display’s vibrant colors and a variety of clock faces, some with weather, others with calendar info, and a few that are just awesome clocks in general. The beautiful display will even react to an arm raise, so that you can view it and the time quickly without pressing a button.

The overall design of the Gear Fit, I’d argue, is quite nice as well. For having a curved touch-enabled AMOLED display, and 3-4 day battery life, plus a heart rate sensor, it’s not all that bulky. There are changeable straps, so you could in theory change up the look to keep it fresh. Otherwise, it’s a subtle black band that will surprise friends once they see the vibrant display light up.

Other random notes:

  • Battery life:  I’m seeing anywhere from 3 to 4 days of battery life without needing a charge. For example, I took the Fit for an 8 mile run on Sunday after fully charging it, and really only saw it drop 20% or so. I charged it yesterday, wore it all day, let it sit over night off the charger, then took it for a 4.5 mile run today, and it’s sitting at a solid 70%. If you weren’t hammering on it, I could see it extending out to that 4 day range.
  • Only works with Samsung phones:  If you don’t own a Samsung phone, just stop reading this. Better yet, why did you read to this point at all? The Gear series of wearables only works with Samsung Galaxy phones. If you don’t own one, you can’t use the Gear Fit to its fullest.
  • Price:  I don’t necessarily think the Gear Fit is overpriced, especially for all of its potential. It is a little tough to stomach that price once you start using it and realize it needs a lot of work. But at $199, for a device with this awesome little AMOLED display and all sorts of fitness potential, that’s not a bad starting point. Hell, the overrated and less-powerful Nike Fuelband starts at $150.
  • Finding lost phone, stopwatch, media controller:  I didn’t mention these above, so I wanted to make sure you knew that the Gear Fit can also help you find your phone if you lose it, has a stop watch built in, and can control media playing on your phone. Nice features, however, I haven’t found much use for them.

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The Verdict

In case I didn’t make it obvious already, I won’t be recommending the Gear Fit to you. It has some really cool tech inside, like the AMOLED display, but the fitness side of things is far from being anywhere near where it needs to be. There are all sorts of little issues that Samsung needs to work out before fitness fanatics should consider this product. It’s also not powerful enough in the smartwatch department for techies to get excited. It was a decent attempt at something innovative. Hopefully, the next one gets it right.

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iPhone Users Are Switching To The Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung recently launched its latest flagship model, the Galaxy S5, to various markets around the world. While it is already expected to sell well another surprising data shows that majority of those who switched to the Galaxy S5 were previous iPhone owners.

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The data comes from mobile trade-in site CompareMyMobile as it reported a 210 percent increase in the number of customers who traded in their iPhone 4S to get the new Samsung flagship device. Overall, they make up more than a third of the customers who traded in old devices to get the S5. The exact figures have not been revealed however it is interesting to note that Samsung can in fact steal customers away from Apple.

The second highly traded-in device in the website is the Samsung Galaxy S3 that registered a 193 percent increase in trade-ins. Following close behind is the iPhone S which registered a 184 percent increase.

Because of the sudden rise in popularity of the Galaxy devices al of their valuations in the site have increased. The Galaxy S4 for example increased by 256 percent while the Galaxy S3 increased by 288 percent.

Ashley Turner, co-founder of CompareMyMobile, said that “Consumers looking to trade-in their old devices to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 are not aware of the predecessor’s depreciation in trade-in value that typically happens following the release. Consumers can complete a trade-in sale and freeze their quoted price for up to 14 days and retain more value.”

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was recently released in 125 markets around the world last April 11. This is the company’s latest flagship smartphone which has several improvements over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.

Technical Specifications

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE
  • 5.1-inch 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16 MP ISOCELL camera with phase-detect autofocus, 1/2.6″ 16:9 sensor and LED flash
  • 2160p video recording @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 120fps
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA, Download booster
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 16GB/32GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card slot
  • IP67 certification for dust and water resistance
  • Fingerprint scanner with PayPal payments support and private mode access
  • microUSB 3.0 port with USB host and MHL 2.0; Backwards compatibility with microUSB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • IR port for remote control functionality
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Barometer, thermometer, hygroscope
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • IR gesture sensor for Air gestures
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2,800mAh battery

via thetelegraph

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.

If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.

source: SamMobile

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