AT&T seems to be disabling the Galaxy S5’s download booster

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Samsung loves little more than outfitting its latest flagship with an array of software tricks, and too often we find ourselves lamenting just how many fail to be very useful. Still, for all the misfires, we have seen some real hits: Multi Window View was a revelation. The Galaxy S5 is no stranger to the ways of these software flourishes, and one that Samsung’s shared with us has the potential to be decently useful in its own right, the ability to split a download between WiFi and the phone’s cellular connection in order to enhance speeds: the aptly-named download booster. However, it now looks like some carriers may be going out of their way to disable this mode, and in particular there appears to be no trace of it on the Galaxy S5 for AT&T.

The missing download booster was first noticed on AT&T in-store demo units, but has since been confirmed with retail models, already arriving on users’ doorsteps. As near as we can see, this isn’t just a matter of disabling the mode by default, or maybe hiding away the option to toggle it on; the download booster seems to be entirely absent.

We’ve heard concerns that other US carriers may similarly disable the mode, but so far we haven’t seen any evidence to that effect. T-Mobile, at least, actively promotes the download booster on its own GS5 pre-order page, so that one’s probably safe, but Sprint and Verizon are still an open question.

We’ve asked AT&T if it has any comment on the situation, and if there might be a good reason why the download booster appears to be missing like it is. We’ll update this post if we hear a response.

Source: Android Police

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!