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    While HTC is preparing its Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7, its main competitor from South Korea is continuing the rollout procedure of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Lollipop update. S5 users in Spain, Poland, Russia and Malaysia are already enjoying the latest dessert treat from Google, and now it's time for those in the UK to join the party. The build you should expect to receive is LRX21T, and it looks like it is based on Android 5.0, instead of the latest Android 5.0.2 code (which would have probably delayed the roll-out process, as noted by SamMobile). ...

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    Samsung makes some of the most popular smartphones available today. The Galaxy family has been (and continues to be) insanely popular. Like most major OEMs, Samsung does not use stock Android (AOSP Android) to power its devices. Instead, Samsung uses a highly customized version of the Android operating system, filled with lots of special features available only to Galaxy users. One of those features, however, is driving us nuts! Why does our Galaxy S5 keep updating its security policy? What does that even mean? Galaxy S5 Security Policy Every few days, Pocketnow's Michael Fisher is ...

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    When we told you, one post earlier, that a hot (hotter) comparison is on its way, we weren't just teasing. Our team on the ground is ready to bring you a comparison between two flagships from the same manufacturer. How is that possible? Well, for a generation (or two) now, the Note family is easily Samsung's second (or fall) flagship, while the S family is the spring one. They're two flagships, each of its certain class, and they can live wonderfully together on the market. But how do they live side-by-side, faced with real-life operation? There's a fundamental difference between these ...

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    This is probably one of the most anticipated comparisons of the day (and, believe us, the next one!), and we're glad to bring it to you! One is a fresh, hot flagship that just came out, while the other one is already established on the market as a reference Android flagship. Funny thing is, that the Xperia Z3's predecessor, the Xperia Z2, already had a go at the Galaxy S5, when they were both young and beautiful, and now, it's time for the the Z3 to continue what the Z2 started. They're both waterproof, they're both flagships, they both pack stellar internals, and are feature packed. One ...

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    While neither of these two devices is an actual IFA 2014 device per se, we couldn't resist the urge of putting Samsung's flagship (correction: S-flagship, as the Note 4 can easily take the crown now) against the metallic-frame rocking Galaxy Alpha, announced by Samsung on August 13. This is actually the first time we're seeing the Alpha in person, so we also had to go hands-on, to see exactly what that metallic frame is all about, and what design cues it lends to the new Note 4. The Galaxy S 5, on the other hand, is what it is, whether you like it or not. In any case it's definitely a ...

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    With the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 already official -- as Samsung's historical second flagship of any given year in the recent past -- many of you might be wondering whether to go for the new and hot device, or stick with the flagship. Of course, the answer can be very easy if you care about screen size: if you prefer bigger, the Note 4 should be your option; if you prefer smaller, the S 5 should be just what you need. What if you don't care about the display size as much as you do about the internals packed behind the glass? Both of these devices are fast, and future proof enough to last you ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    With the launch of the Galaxy S5 Active, the GS5's family of closely related smartphones is finally starting to get fleshed-out. The Galaxy K zoom really got us going, since for all intents and purposes it's a GS5 Zoom, but the Active is at least the first of these spin-offs to maintain the GS5 branding. What about a GS5 Mini to go with it? We've been seeing more and more evidence for this model, but today we might get our first actual look at the hardware, as we also take a peek at what's next for the GS5 itself. Well, it may not match some of the renders we've seen (which were a little ...

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    The copper gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been recently leaked, and, if you think the above phone(s) are just a rehash, the signal and carrier indicators should clear it all up (alongside the headline and the title of today's leak). We're looking at the gold Galaxy S5 for both AT&T and Sprint, as leaked by @evleaks. It's not necessarily about the differences (as there are really none -- inside or outside), but a confirmation of the copper gold Galaxy S5 coming to two more US carriers. When? There are no availability nor pricing details, so we'll have to wait for another leak ...

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    According to the latest official info from Samsung, the copper gold Galaxy S 5 will be available, starting next Friday, on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular. Some specifics were mentioned though with regards to the Verizon version of the device -- initially we though of exclusivity -- but it turned out that it was related to its availability (specifically through “select indirect retailers”). Today's leak shows us the copper gold Galaxy S 5 for Verizon in its entirety, front and back, as seen in the press render below. Other than the new (for the US) color, this ...

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    They say karma is all about cosmic balance, and when it comes to smartphone sales, that may be right on the money. Take colorful phone options: back when the Moto X launched, shoppers in the US had exclusive access to all those pretty Moto Maker configurations, and even after the phone spread abroad, those custom options didn't make the journey with it. On the flip side, the Galaxy S5 debuted internationally with four color choices, and this time it was the US stuck with only the drab black and white options. A couple weeks back we heard that may soon change, with Verizon rumored to pick ...

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    Samsung makes some fantastic smartphones, sure, but what really puts the company head-and-shoulders above its competition isn't necessarily the quality of its products, but the fantastic job it does in promoting them. With deep pockets full of advertising dollars, it's got the muscle to really get its phones out there in a way few of its peer can match. In the past, those efforts have included things like offering official Olympic-themed handsets, and today we lean of another incredibly high-profile campaign, as Samsung takes over an entire terminal at London's Heathrow Airport. Starting ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S 5, which we've now reviewed extensively, comes with practically every feature, sensor, and connectivity option you could imagine. It has a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, IR blaster, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, NFC, LTE, and much more. The one thing it doesn't come with, however, is wireless charging of any sort – at least not officially. We find that sort of odd, though, considering its resistance to the elements demands a water-tight seal around the USB 3.0 port, which can quickly grow annoying each time you plug the phone in to charge or transfer data. No ...

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    Samsung is currently the undisputed king of Android and has been for a while. That title, however, comes with a lot of responsibility. Samsung is expected to drive the market forward with innovative features, compelling hardware, fantastic software, and a second-to-none user experience. As such, many have been looking to Samsung in anticipation of yet another killer smartphone, for the South Korean manufacturer to up the ante and deliver one of the most complete phones on the market for a third year in a row. Back in February, Samsung drew the curtains on the fifth-generation Galaxy S ...

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    Galaxy S5 skeptics, it's not your day. Samsung's latest flagship has apparently done really well so far, according to information obtained straight from the company's co-CEO, J.K. Shin. Shin notes that the phone has sold more than 11 million units since going on sale in early April this year; for comparison, last year's flagship, the Galaxy S4 sold around 10 million units in about the same time period. It is predicted by Shin that strong sales of the Galaxy S5 will lead to a higher market share and profit margin for Samsung in the second quarter, though he did not give specifics in his ...

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    A pink Galaxy S 5 is joining the official colors in which the 2014 Samsung flagship is available (black, white, blue, gold). However, said pink Galaxy S 5 is a carrier variant of the phone in Japan, and the network operator is NTT DoCoMo. The internals are the same as those found on the international variant of the device. However, on the outside, it wears the carrier's branding, while the back battery cover is colored in "sweet pink", according to the description on the website. Samsung has done special colored versions of its phones for carriers (and certain regions, especially its home ...

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    Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime rumors are nothing new; we've recently heard, among others, about plans -- or not -- for a QHD (2K) screen to grace the new version of the flagship, on steroids. The most recent leak allegedly tries to uncover the looks of the upcoming device. The image below purportedly represents the upcoming phone. While we need to remain skeptical about this for now, we're still seeing the same heart-rate sensor, however, this time, with what appears to be an aluminum body (or at least battery backplate). There's really, for now, not much more to the story, aside from a rumored ...

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    Officially, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is available in four color options: Shimmer White, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold. If you're shopping internationally, you've got your choice there, but if you're in the US and want to go with a carrier variant GS5, your options start drying up fast: right now, your choices are limited to just boring-old black and white. That may soon be changing, with word today that Verizon could add that gold GS5 to its lineup. At least, so says eminent tipster @evleaks, and while he doesn't offer an image of this gold GS5 with Verizon branding, it's not ...

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    We've got Google's Play edition of Android devices on our minds this afternoon, just bringing you news of the big price break the GPe Sony Z Ultra is getting. But that may just be the opening act to some slightly more significant GPe news, as a little hint pops up that may point to the upcoming availability of a GPe Samsung Galaxy S5. We were only just wondering when the GPe GS4 might see a price cut like the Z Ultra's enjoying, and it turns out we're not the only ones giving that model a closer look this afternoon. While the product page for that phone remains unchanged, a little tweak ...

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    Last week brought us the latest volley of rumors claiming that Samsung still intends to release a version of the Galaxy S5 featuring a 2K resolution display, after the GS5 launch brought us only a 1080p version. While Samsung's been denying that any such device exists, the rumors have been oddly persistent, going into some detail about the phone's hardware, including the use of a new Exynos SoC. What we haven't had, though, is a strong sense of when this fabled phone might go official. Today we hear some theories on a possible launch, as well as check out new evidence for the phone's ...

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    A couple days back we shared with you a story we heard about issues some new Galaxy S5 owners were having with their smartphones, where they'd be presented with a “Warning: Camera Failed” message whenever trying to pull up the phone's camera to shoot a pic. Despite trying pretty much every software fix imaginable, including full-on restoration to factory condition, the issue persisted. Back then this was just a collection of anecdotal reports from individual users, but now the companies involved are speaking up about the situation, and resolving to set things right for affected users. ...

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    With the recent release of the GS5, I think it’s important to look back on its roots. Remember where it came from. Reflect on where it is going. No, I’m not talking about the entire device, just that stupid little thing on the bottom of it. That’s right, the fingerprint scanner. The reason we’re looking at the fingerprint scanner is, well, it’s kind of ridiculous in a Samsungy kind of way. The interesting part about that little button is not the fact that Samsung decided to put a fingerprint scanner on its flagship phone. I mean really, if you look at the progression of devices ...

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    If Samsung's Galaxy S5 has one weak spot, could it be the smartphone's camera? We don't mean its performance when everything is working right, either – while it's not the best camera around, especially when we're dealing with low-light conditions, it's by-and-large passable – we mean that it seems to be a magnet for unexpected problems. While we were waiting for the phone's retail debut, two separate rumors suggested Samsung's manufacturing partners were having a lot of trouble just building the component, and now that the phone has arrived, we're picking up reports of seemingly ...

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    Smartphone screens in the five-inch range and offering 1080p resolutions are pretty much par for the course by now; they've been around for more than a year on any number of flagships, and we're well familiar with what to expect. When it comes to adapting to changing ambient light conditions, that usually means little more than increasing or decreasing screen brightness to compensate. With the new Galaxy S5, Samsung already has a leg up on the competition with the phone's high-contrast, wide-gamut OLED screen, but today we learn a little more about the dynamic changes that keep that ...

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    Yesterday we brought you the latest development in those rumors that just won't die, claiming that Samsung is still cooking-up a smartphone very much like the Galaxy S5 we have now, but with a quad HD 2K display. After Samsung issued a denial that any such hardware was forthcoming, much of our conversation has focused on whether or not this device truly exists, and that's very much what yesterday's news covered. Today we get a treat, and instead of just talking about the model's mere existence, we get to check out some very specific claims about its hardware, as well as the path that led ...

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