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.

  • by | April 16, 2014 4:37 AM

    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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  • by | March 14, 2014 3:01 AM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 7:46 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    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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  • by | March 5, 2014 3:11 AM

    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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  • by | February 24, 2014 7:36 PM

    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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  • by | February 24, 2014 5:06 PM

    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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  • by | February 24, 2014 9:09 AM

    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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  • by | February 24, 2014 7:29 AM

    "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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  • by | February 20, 2014 7:01 AM

    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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  • by | February 12, 2014 8:06 PM

    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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  • by | February 12, 2014 12:22 PM

    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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  • by | February 10, 2014 11:46 PM

    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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  • by | February 10, 2014 2:07 PM

    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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  • by | February 7, 2014 6:54 PM

    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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