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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    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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    The Galaxy S 5 may be so close we can nearly taste it by now, but Samsung's not letting a little thing like the launch of a new flagship distract the company from squeezing every last drop it can out of last year's model. It's seemed like every few months since the GS4 first launched, we've been seeing new spins on the hardware released: from fully independent models like the GS4 Zoom or Active, to Google Play editions, and even versions running new SoCs to support LTE-A networks. Last week we checked out the latest Galaxy S 4 models to emerge, a full-sized and mini version sporting the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about iOS 7.1 Beta 5, and what this means to the Jailbreak community. We then go through the news of the red Nexus 5 being launched, along with the current Nexus 5 line-up. Samsung follows the news as the company has announced its Unpacked event for MWC in Barcelona, even though return rates for the GS4 have skyrocketed. Then we talk about the iPhone 6 and more news about its new camera technology. We end today's show talking about Microsoft's new CEO, the new roll of Bill Gates, and other Microsoft news as well. All this and more after the break. ...

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    One of the recurring themes we've heard in discussions of Samsung's plans for the Galaxy S 5 has been dissatisfaction over the reception the Galaxy S 4 saw. It's not like Samsung isn't moving mountains of hardware, but it's clear that the company's once runaway smartphone growth has stalled. As we wait to see if a Galaxy S 5 might be able to jump-start consumer interest in Samsung's phones, we get a little more detail about the GS4's failures, learning just how many GS4 owners were in a hurry to offload their phones. Gazelle is a company that buys used smartphones from their owners, and as ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Sunday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the iPhone currently dominates the smartphone market in the US. We then talk about Samsung's surprising launch of a black-edition Galaxy S 4, though with some setbacks. Then we talk about Microsoft, its possible new CEO, and even a new Chairman to replace Bill Gates as well. Google is next as we talk about the company's plans to still build a smartwatch, aside from Asus and Acer. We end today's show talking about how Lenovo's CEO claims that his company can defeat Apple and Samsung with the purchase of Motorola. All this and more after the ...

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    Apple's results last quarter have proven to shock more than few of us. Just recently we learned that the iPad actually gained global marketshare for the first time in a while last quarter, which is extremely difficult in a world full of $200 tablets. Now it seems that even the iPhone broke some records in sales last quarter when compared to its direct competition. Two quarters ago, Samsung's 38% of US smartphone market share had surpassed Apple's 34%, something which proved to be a great achievement for Samsung, given how popular the iPhone is in the United States. Most of us assumed that ...

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    What happens when you take the hyperglazed Galaxy S 4, and S4 Mini, and cross it with the recent design language of the Galaxy Note III? You get a Galaxy S 4 (and S4 Mini) with a faux leather back, stitched, to blend in with the most recent products from Samsung, either phablets, or the CES tablet line-up. Make it black both on the front and on the back, and you get the Black Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 and S4 Mini. If you're in Russia, you'll be able to grab any of these two phones starting next month. As far as the specs are concerned, they're your usual S 4 and S4 Mini specs, though the ...

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