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 | November 7, 2013 1:39 PM

    The way things are headed, the year will be 2015, we'll be awaiting the release of the Nexus Play or iPhone Air, and Samsung will still be cranking out more Galaxy S 4 variants. After all, in addition to all the spinoff models (Zoom, Active, Mini), LTE-Advanced versions, and just general carrier-specific editions, we've also seen these options available in a number of colors. By this point, the early GS4 hype has well worn off, yet that's not about to put a damper on plans to keep on building-out the phone's family, with word arriving now that availability of the blue version of the phone ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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  • by | October 29, 2013 7:23 AM

    Ubuntu is a popular distribution of the Linux operating system, primarily for desktop and laptop computers. It is named after the South African philosophy of ubuntu, which literally means "human-ness", though it is often translated as "humanity towards others". Ubuntu, the philosophy, is very deep-rooted, and a concept that is beyond the grasp of much of society today. We seem to be caught up in our busy, everyday lives, and although we live in one of the most "connected" times in history, we're connected to networks and devices -- and losing that connection to other people. Ubuntu, the ...

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  • by | October 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    If Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is ever going to catch on, it needs to start working with a whole lot more Androids. Last week, we heard the company talk about its efforts to begin upgrading existing models to Android 4.3, and in the process give those phones compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. We also saw a leaked document offer a schedule by which US carriers might start making those updates available. Today, not only do we get confirmation from Samsung that these updates are on their way, but we see Verizon's Galaxy S 4 start getting its own update, right on that leaked schedule. ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's new deal to retain the Surface Pro from last year at a more affordable price. Then we talk about Samsung as their CEO has reported 40 Million Galaxy S 4s shipped in six months. HTC is next as they're now pushing Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5 to the International HTC One. Apple takes the spotlight next as it seems that the iPad mini with Retina Display will see some shortages when launched. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 10, and how it could be refreshed very soon. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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  • by | October 24, 2013 7:41 AM

    If you thought that the Galaxy S 4 was just a raging success during its first month of sales at 10 million units, the company has new numbers that continue to surprise. Sure, selling 9 million iPhones in a weekend is a crazy amount for its competitors, but the fact that Apple didn't report on their sales during the first couple of weeks is an indicator that things aren't necessarily as perfect for them as they are for Samsung. See, the Korean giant has now reported that they've sold 40 million Samsung Galaxy S 4s in just six months, and for any company to retain this level of popularity ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 1:18 PM

    While covering events like the IFA or MWC, we not only see a lot of new phones and tablets, but also get to check out more phone accessories than many of you have probably seen in your entire lives. Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to check out what Xtorm was up to at one of these expos, and today see the company release its latest product, a solar battery pack for the Galaxy S 4. Now, no one's suggesting we should drop the chargers entirely and push for solar-only phones (or if they are, they've got a screw loose), the little bit of extra juice you can squeeze out of a few ...

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  • by | October 23, 2013 10:01 AM

    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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  • by | October 18, 2013 8:33 AM

    Samsung has not been famous for their software updates this year, or at least not as famous as they were with their Galaxy S II line-up. All their 2012 line-up of devices is still stuck on early versions of Android 4.1, and this has proven to be quite annoying for most of the people who trusted Samsung with their new Galaxy line-up. Still, it seems that the company is doing things differently now, but for the benefit of those who upgraded and not those who waited. Android 4.3 has already begun to roll out to the LTE international variant of the Galaxy S 4 (I9505) yesterday, and today we're ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    It's a complaint we hear from smartphone shoppers time and time again: I need a phone with a bigger battery. Sure, manufacturers can make super-slim handsets with gigantic screens, but if the battery life isn't getting you through a day of usage, what good is the phone doing you? So, while we may be looking for phones with bigger batteries, we don't quite mean that in the way some Samsung users are experiencing it, with bad batteries in their Galaxy S 4 handsets physically swelling up. That's a pretty clear sign that something is massively wrong with a battery, and possibly even ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 11:41 AM

    Smartphone companies can sing the praises of their own devices all they want, but as we've seen over the years, sometimes the most interesting ads arrive not when a company is just directly promoting its own model, but actively disparaging its competition. Such attack ads have been successful for companies like Samsung and Microsoft, and now we hear about a clever little campaign cooked up for LG, specifically targeting Samsung, HTC, and Apple hardware. This campaign, which began in Scandinavia earlier this month, serves up banner ads for the LG G2. Rather than some generic ad, it does a ...

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  • by | October 10, 2013 4:04 PM

    Samsung has grown a reputation for creating some of the highest caliber smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S series is one of the most successful and profitable brands of Android smartphones … ever. And the Galaxy Note brand is rather successful, as well. Samsung has now released 2013 refreshes to both lineups: the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Naturally, we had to put the two flagships toe to toe to see which would come out on top. Is it the giant smartphone with an S Pen, or is it the more modest, pocket-sized smartphone that takes the cake? Watch the video to find out, and be sure ...

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