Posts tagged with: Galaxy S 4

Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 in March 2013, as its new flagship Android. The smartphone features a five-inch 1080p display, and (at least in some markets) will run Samsung's brand new Exynos 5 Octa SoC with two sets of four CPU cores. Sales begin in late April globally, though the US won't see the GS4 land until early May. The phone is able to detect fingers hovering over its display, and new software allows the front-facing camera to control document scrolling based on user eye position.

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    While more and more Samsung Galaxy S 5 owners are using Android 5.0 Lollipop on their phones, most of those rocking the 2013 Galaxy S 4 are still waiting for an official update to Google's latest and greatest. Sure, we've seen a leaked Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lollipop update shown on video last year, and the Google Play Edition phone already has it, but as far as the majority is concerned, it's still a waiting game. An Android 5.0.1-based Samsung Galaxy S 4 Lollipop update has been leaked, and it looks to be the real deal. It comes with TouchWiz and everything you love (or loathe) about ...

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    Google Play edition devices have been slowly picked off over the last couple months, with the last ones to go being the HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 back in early July. Couple that with the unknown fate of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition, and things are looking pretty glum for this line of phones. It hasn't ended with that though, with the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed earlier today. The phone's dismissal has wiped it clean of the Google Play editions compilation page you see above, but the Google Play link is still functioning. As you see below, though, ...

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    It's hard to deny that every iPhone ever launched has gained a significant level of popularity. Apple may not sell most of the smartphones in the world, but with the amount of iPhones seen in the public these days, it's clear that Apple has a significant lead. If you're interested in seeing just how popular a device like the iPhone 5s is today, the numbers are in. ABI Research has just published its report for Q1 2014, and the firm is declaring the iPhone 5s as the most popular smartphone in the world for that quarter. Sadly the details as to how this ranking was determined are hard to ...

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    Samsung hasn't always been the best with Android updates on its devices, especially considering the sheer number of phones and tablets it manufactures on a yearly basis. The wait's always been the most minimal on flagship devices, however, and it seems that the Galaxy S5 (and last year's Galaxy S4) are slated to receive Android 4.4.3 quite soon. According to a leaked Samsung internal document obtained by Android Geeks, updates for the S5 are finalized, and ready to start heading out in June. The first devices to receive the update will almost certainly be unlocked and global models, with ...

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    Google may have taken its sweet time in getting around to the release of Android 4.4.3 – evidence of the build had been hanging just out of reach for months before Google finally went ahead with distribution this week – but now that it's here we're seeing updates waste no time at all in becoming available. Unsurprisingly, Nexus models led the pack, though Motorola wasn't too far behind with news of updates for its own recent Androids. But before we let Motorola distract us and start checking-in with every OEM under the sun to see where they stand with update availability, what about ...

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    The GS4 on Verizon has been lagging behind in version numbers as far as Android is concerned for quite some time now. It's good that we reminded you of this with every occasion we had (not that you didn't notice), the latest including our Samsung Galaxy S 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S 4 comparison video. However, things are about to chance (finally!) as the phone-maker and the carrier finally announced the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 KitKat update. After applying the refresh, your software version will be KOT49H.I545VRUFNC5, and the platform version will read Android 4.4.2 KitKat (yay!). You can ...

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    It's the question every buyer with a limited budget or a frugal sensibility asks when a new flagship smartphone lands: do I need the new one, or can I save some dough by buying last year's model? Thanks to our annual-upgrade culture here in the States, the question is asked millions of times a month each spring season, mimicking the clockwork of the smartphone release cycle. But though the dilemma isn't a new one, the devices are: "Galaxy S5 vs S4" is just as crucial as "Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8" – a comparison we already bestowed upon you a few days back.  In fact, thanks to the ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5 will outsell its predecessor from 2013, the GS4, according to optimistic predictions of a Samsung top executive, quoted by Reuters. History teaches us that this has been the case in previous years, so there's really nothing groundbreaking in these expectations. The South Koreans have done everything in their power to create the perfect conditions for this to happen, including price, gifts, as well as dramatically increasing initial roll-out market numbers. The executive continued saying the S5 "is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share ...

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    The Black Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced at the end of January, and we've seen the phone in person with the occasion of our visit to Barcelona for the MWC. Since we were there, we took a little time to compare it to the original Galaxy S4, but don't expect differences, aside from the actual, physical, outer aspect of the phone. Later, Samsung announced that the Black Edition phone will be available in the UK, but at that time there were no details about exact pricing and availability. Phones4U now has the phone listed in its offer and it goes for the same price as the ...

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    Last week, I wrote a reaction piece to Samsung's announcement of its fifth-generation Galaxy S smartphone. I, like many of you, were unimpressed with Samsung's latest and greatest, so I called it "more of the same." A quick stroll through the comments of that piece will uncover a great divide. Some people love it, others hate it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Differing opinions are a great thing that forces companies to diversify and push forward. By all means, Samsung has diversified. It has created a globally recognized brand with a visually unique design language that has ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Google Play deals due to its anniversary celebration. Then we talk about Microsoft's Cortana, which just got featured on a leaked video. Samsung follows the news as we discover that the company is removing benchmark boosters from its phones. Apple follows as we expect iOS 7.1 to be launched very soon. We end today's show talking about Nokia and its plans to provide us kinetic charging for our smartphones. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Play two-year anniversary deals incoming - Cortana gets featured in video ...

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    Samsung gained a lot of controversy last year with the launch of its Galaxy S 4. If you remember, the device defeated every single device it competed with in benchmarks, but that was until it was unveiled that Samsung was using some extra code that made the device look good on the tests. A lot of this drama has been forgotten, but so have benchmarks from most of the tests that even we use, as it's clear that credibility is questionable. New reports claim that the company has removed this extra code from the Android 4.4 KitKat updates that are being pushed to its Samsung Galaxy S 4 and ...

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    Galaxy S... 4? Yes, you're reading that right; today may be the Galaxy S 5's day in the spotlight, but with ever so much to see at MWC 2014, we don't want to get tunnel vision here. That means going out to find other devices that may not be quite so headline-grabbing, but we're still itching for a chance to see in the flesh. Late last month, Samsung introduced a couple new GS4 variants sporting the same faux leather look as the Note 3: the GS4 Black Edition. This week at MWC, we finally had the opportunity to see just how this late-to-the-game GS4 option compares to the original. With no ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 is finally here; is it everything you hoped for? Inevitably, users are going to be comparing the GS5 to last year's Galaxy S 4, and while it's clear that Samsung has changed quite a few things about in the past eleven months, has it really done enough new here to inspire you to go out and buy a new phone? Let's take a look at these two Galaxy S models and see how they measure-up. In contrast to many of Samsung's new flagships in years past, here the changes seem largely external rather than internal. After all, we're looking at the same screen resolution, same amount of RAM, ...

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    Is Sony's new Xperia Z2 a phablet? It used to be that the five-inch mark served as the unofficial gateway into phablet territory, and as the the Z2 trades-in the Z1's 5.0-inch display for a 5.2-inch panel, it's edging-in to that space; remember, the original phablet, the first Galaxy Note, only had a 5.3-inch screen. Then again, a lot's changed since those days, and is a phablet today better described as something like the Z Ultra, solidly into the six-inch space? We went hands-on with Z2 and a couple of its peers at the MWC today, checking out how the new Sony Android measures-up against ...

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    "Even though the Sony Xperia Z2 is the new kid on the block, and the Galaxy S 4 will be obsolete in about five hours from now, we're gonna compare the two so you can get a sense of how well they [stack] up." That's from Anton D. Nagy, the administrator of this hands-on comparison, and hopefully it goes some way towards answering the inevitable flood of "why not compare with the S 5?" questions in the comments. The S 5 may be coming, but it's the Galaxy S 4 that's the phone on the streets right now, and as such it's a useful standard for size and feel-in-hand comparisons. So how does ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is easily one of the most popular and successful Android handsets … ever. However, it's quickly approaching the one-year mark and its successor is just around the bend. While we wait for the next-gen Galaxy S, we're curious how well the existing Galaxy S 4 can hold down the fort. Nokia's Verizon flagship, the Lumia Icon, launches today. How does it compare with Samsung's nearly one-year-old smartphone? Should you invest in the Galaxy S 4 or the underdog Icon? We aim to answer those questions and more in this Lumia Icon vs Galaxy S 4 comparison! Watch the video below, ...

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    Last week, we saw the first Android 4.4 KitKat updates start heading out to owners of the Galaxy S 4. With international distribution underway, out thoughts turned to what the situation might end up looking like for North American GS4 owners; would the carriers drag their feet, or would our own GS4 KitKat updates be swift to arrive? We heard from Rogers in Canada that the update was “coming soon” but today we finally see a carrier attach a hard ETA to things, thanks to a new leak out of Sprint. As you can clearly see below, Sprint seems to be anticipating that the Android 4.4 update ...

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    Nokia's Lumia Icon has been patiently awaiting launch day for months now. Even if we look past all the early Lumia 929 business, we've been spotting signs of it over on Verizon's servers going back well over a month by now; when's it finally going to become available? The latest leak has suggested that the Icon could launch sometime next week, possibly on Wednesday but maybe more likely on Thursday, but in advance of that Nokia has put up a comparison video featuring the Lumia Icon, demonstrating its audio recording capabilities against the Galaxy S 4. The video was posted by Nokia's US ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the launch of the Asus VivoTab Note 8 on the Microsoft Store for a very attractive price. Then we talk about the Nokia Normandy and the reports that the Wall Street Journal is pushing. Samsung follows the news as we talk about a possible "value edition" galaxy S 4, aside from a Galaxy Tab 4. HTC then hits rumor mill with the possible launch of mid-range phones along with the M8, and a possible Nexus 10 tablet. We end today's show talking about a recent study that shows the iPad mini as very easy to break. All this and more after the break. ...

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    At Pocketnow we've developed a certain level of fame for our Durability Report series. We test a smartphone or tablet beyond its review period and tell you what things you should care for most if you want it to last your two-year contract. We do avoid intentional drop-tests, but that doesn't mean that insurance companies do, and you'd be surprised at the results of one company's tests. European insurer SquareTrade recently decided to test the most breakable gadgets in the mobile industry. Its tests weren't scientific, but then again, it's not like if the drop tests or submersion tests that ...

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    Yesterday brought us the biggest break in a while concerning Samsung's efforts to deliver an Android 4.4 KitKat update for last year's Galaxy S 4. After not seeing the start of distribution in January, as had been foretold by a leaked document, yesterday delivered word that certain GS4 models in South Korea had their updates incoming. While that's great news for those users, we've also been curious to learn how international availability might proceed. While firm dates still elude us, we do get a promising early update out of North America. Canadian provider Rogers just updated its OS ...

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    The Black Edition Galaxy S 4 and S4 Mini phones have been announced by Samsung at the end of January for the Russian market. At that point, we were not sure whether the two old phones with a new look will ever see a widespread availability. However, if you're in the UK, you can grab one of these two soon. Aside from the faux stitched leather look on the back, the two phones pack the same specs as their original variants. There's a Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.9 GHz on the S4, alongside a five-inch Full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP main shooter, and the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new trade-in deal where you can get a free Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. Then we talk about Android 4.4 KitKat, and which of the hottest phones of 2013 are already getting it in the US. Amazon follows the news as its new iOS app will help you shop in a much smarter way. HTC follows the news as we talk about its possible Google Nexus tablet plans, along with a smartwatch that's being confirmed in the works. We end today's show talking about Steve Wozniaks latest talk about how the iPhone should run Android. All this and more after the ...

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    Itching to get Android 4.4 KitKat on your Galaxy S 4? Unless you have a Google Play edition GS4, you've been waiting for a while now. Last fall, a few weeks following the release of KitKat, we got to look at a leaked schedule that appeared to reveal Samsung's plans for making Android 4.4 updates available to several of its both current and past flagship models, including the Galaxy S 4. According to that info, the update would launch in January, but that clearly hasn't happened. Despite that setback, we did see some progress last month, with screenshots from a leaked 4.4.2 build surfacing. ...

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