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    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that today marks the day when Samsung's Galaxy S5 makes it presence felt at smartphone retailers around the globe. The brand new flagship becomes available today at stores in 150-some countries, giving smartphone fans everywhere a chance to get their hands on this hardware. Given Samsung's might, the prominence of the Galaxy S brand, and the fact that the GS5 didn't make any major missteps, and we're expecting the handset's retail reception to go over quite swimmingly. It will be some time before we have some hard sales number to ...

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    The day is here: Samsung's Galaxy S5 has just hit the shelves at retailers around the globe. As HTC simultaneously makes the One M8 available in additional places, as well, we are geared up for a serious showdown of the Android heavyweights. While no one's really sweating Samsung's outlook here, HTC very much could stand to use a win, as the company's been struggling to turn a profit lately. In the aims of driving as many sales towards the One M8 as possible, the manufacturer has apparently been distributing training material to retail employees which highlights the M8's benefits over the ...

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    Yesterday we shared with you some depressingly lame news about the US release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, learning that the handset as being sold for operation on AT&T had one of its more interesting features disabled, the “download booster” that enabled the phone to retrieve a large file over WiFi and LTE connections simultaneously, pushing speeds higher than any one connectivity option could hope to provide alone. It's not the sort of thing we'd see ourselves using every day, but it would be a nice option to have when running up against a massive download, and if Samsung already went ...

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    The Galaxy S5 has debuted without a rumored quad HD, 2K, 1440p display option, but rumors that Samsung has been working on a handset with such a screen are sticking around, nonetheless. While there's been a lot of talk, we haven't had much in the way of evidence to support such claims, but we may be able to start doing something about that now, with a couple pics leaking of what claim to be just such a 2K Samsung smartphone. We've clearly got a Samsung prototype here; the company using bulky cases to obscure a phone's design like this is nothing new. But just which phone might this be? As ...

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    You've still got a few days to go before you can get your hands on your very own Galaxy S5 (at least in most places), but that doesn't mean it's too early to start looking at some of the accessories you might want to snag to help enhance your GS5 experience. Like last year's Galaxy S 4, the GS5 lacks native support for wireless charging, but just like with the GS4, an optional backplate can easily add the ability. While we were waiting around until June of last year before the GS4's Qi-compatible back became available, Samsung is already accepting pre-orders for the GS5's version. The good ...

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    Microsoft gets itself a striking new digital assistant, Nokia prepares sharp new smartphone hardware, Samsung and HTC kick off a new round of rasslin', and Pocketnow team members start an informal book club! It might be a scatterbrained itinerary, but at least it's action-packed – and that's just scratching the surface of this week's epic two-hour mobile technology podcast. Join us as we debate the merits of Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana, the forthcoming Nokia Cyan update, and the Samsung ATIV SE before moving on to non-Build topics ranging from BoomSound to smartphone waterproofing ... not ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S 5 might not yet be available for all, but the lucky folks in South Korea, the manufacturer's home market, have been able to purchase it since March 27, basically two weeks earlier than the rest of us. However, according to a report published by Yonhap, the South Korean availability wasn't smooth; its sources mentioned "limited availability through carriers and crackdown on subsidies for new subscribers", as main hurdles. However, despite all of the above, the Galaxy S5 is off to a solid start, in terms of sales. Average daily sales are estimated at 7,000 units, which is ...

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    After seeing HTC's latest and greatest being torn apart, it was just normal (and a matter of time) until we've seen the Samsung Galaxy S 5 get the same treatment. Apparently, these two devices not only compete on the market, but also in the degree of difficulty for repairs. While the Galaxy S 5 will not reach most markets until mid-April, Russian website Ferra has managed to get its hands on one, and, of course, tore it apart. However, in the case of the GS5, it is easier to understand why it is harder to teardown (and hence, to repair), since we're talking about a phone which is water ...

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    Despite early rumors suggesting that Samsung might finally leave plastic behind for the Galaxy S5, and deliver a smartphone carved from a chunk of metal, last month saw the company launch another plastic handset. What about those rumors claiming that there might be some “premium” version of the GS5 that would separately deliver a metal body? We recently saw those shot down by J.K. Shin himself. But now HTC is here with its new One, a phone that not only has top-shelf components inside, but a metal exterior that delivers the same refined flavor outside. Unsurprisingly, HTC is taking ...

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    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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    We're so used to talking about carriers being all buddy-buddy with smartphone manufacturers. Why can't you unlock the bootloader on some hot new Android? Probably because the carrier told the OEM to disable that functionality, right? The close relationship between carriers and manufacturers is such an established part of this market that today's news seems like something that should be positively unheard of: in defiance of Samsung's wishes, a number of South Korean carriers have started selling the Galaxy S5, two weeks in advance of the official start for retail sales. Here's what ...

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    If you're looking to buy a phone and the one at the top of your list has been around for a while (the Nexus 5, for example) you could easily take it for a spin. For devices that have just been released (or are still awaiting release from certain carriers), or if you'll be ordering your phone online, going "hands on" before pulling out your wallet may be a luxury that you cannot afford, or may be impossible depending the part of the world you call home. In those situations, sites likes Pocketnow try and take the guess work out of your decision process by providing in-depth reviews and ...

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    Have you managed to get through all this new HTC One coverage without forgetting about Samsung's Galaxy S5? Though Samsung got its news out early, HTC has managed to beat the South Korean company when it comes to getting its new phone into the hands of users. We're still waiting for GS5 sales to begin, and last week heard a rumor suggesting that Samsung was running into manufacturing issues that threatened to affect availability. Today we get an update on that situation, and also hear about a possible Galaxy S5 Active (GS4 version above). As you'll recall, last time the problem with GS5 ...

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