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    Back in August, Google retired the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. It had been one of only three phones to survive the big July GPe purge – the other two, the One M8 and Moto G, continue to be listed on Google Play to this day (though neither's currently available for purchase). But even with the GS4 GPe put out to pasture, support for the phone's far from over, and tonight we witness it join the growing ranks of Play edition models receiving their Lollipop updates. Models like Sony's Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One M8 may have beaten the Galaxy S4 to the Lollipop update table, but ...

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    Yesterday we saw Samsung finally get its Lollipop update ball rolling, beginning distribution of Android 5.0 for the Galaxy S5. While initial availability was highly region-restricted, it was still a big step forward. But what does the existence of that update spell for updates designed for other Samsung hardware? At the time, we speculated a little about what yesterday's development could mean for future US carrier-specific GS5 Lollipop updates, but today we're looking at the rest of Samsung's device lineup, as word arrives of when we might hope to start seeing those release go out. The ...

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    It's not often we hear of updates for 2013 phones these days, with 2015 (and with it, CES) just a month away at this point. That also means that when these updates do come around, they're bound to be important, and for some people this Verizon Galaxy S4 OTA update will be very well received. So what's this update about? Well, according to Verizon, it's to fix an "intermittent power cycle issue". That's fancy talk for "the phone kept crashing, so we decided that we had to update it before we got more angry phone calls." Additionally, a VPN connectivity issue has been squashed. All in all, a ...

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    The leaked Lollipop builds are coming in fast and hard. Just yesterday we were oohing and aahing over a couple of leaked screenshots of the LG G3's update, and now we're given a full hands-on tour of 2013's Samsung Galaxy S4 Lollipop update with enough pictures and video to tide even the pickiest people over. In the update, the Galaxy S4 is updated to Nature UX 3.0 (at least the I9500 model), but there's no word on the I9505 at this time. Surprisingly, TouchWiz and Lollipop apparently mesh quite well as far as fluidity, stability, and some parts of the overall aesthetic go ...

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    Samsung is definitely not having its best couple of quarters when it comes to its economics, but we wish this was the only drama the Korean giant faces right now. We've seen the continuous patent lawsuits that the company has lost against Apple, and we also know this is not the only lawsuit Samsung faces. NVIDIA is another company that's currently battling Samsung over patents, and some recent developments might complicate things even more. NVIDIA has recently announced that the ITC (US International Trade Commission) has voted to investigate whether certain of Samsung's recent devices ...

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    The debate over build quality, design, and materials in the smartphone realm will never end. The matter is largely, if not entirely, subjective and typically boils down to preference and personal experiences. No one material is wholly better than another. Plastic bends, scratches, cracks, and it often feels incredibly cheap. Metal typically feels nicer and gives phones some much-needed heft, but scratches and dings even worse than plastic. Unlike easily replaceable plastic battery doors, metal usually is not easily or affordably replaced. And glass is also weighty, but it shatters, ...

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    Samsung has long been the king of Android. Its Galaxy S smartphone has far outsold any of its competitors' Android handsets by the millions, quarter after quarter, year after year. It's aided in pushing mobile hardware and Android as a platform forward, and has even attempted to fork the Android ecosystem by instilling its own ecosystem within Android, selling movies, music, and other digital content through its own store. Samsung has, for the better part of its smartphone career, largely steered the direction of smartphones and led the industry. That is, until recently. Over the last two ...

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    Google Play edition devices have been slowly picked off over the last couple months, with the last ones to go being the HTC One (M7), Sony Z Ultra, and LG G Pad 8.3 back in early July. Couple that with the unknown fate of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play edition, and things are looking pretty glum for this line of phones. It hasn't ended with that though, with the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition removed earlier today. The phone's dismissal has wiped it clean of the Google Play editions compilation page you see above, but the Google Play link is still functioning. As you see below, though, ...

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    Last week saw Google take the chopping block to its selection of Play edition devices for sale, pulling the HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3 from its listings. While that may be a sign that new, more modern GPe hardware is on its way, it was still a little shocking to see some of those models retired after just over half a year. If you're wishing you jumped at the chance to buy one when they were available, we've got just the deal for you, as retailer Expansys puts these former (and one still current) GPe models on sale, offering some decent savings in the process. Expansys has ...

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    With all the smartphones available, picking your next phone can be a serious challenge. Each month, multiple new phones are added to the mix, all with varying levels of specifications, different software, new features, different degrees of build quality, and designs. To make it worse, a lot of the newer – and sometimes older – phones overlap one another. For instance, some of HTC's newest smartphones (the Desire 610 and One mini 2, for instance), while slightly different, cover the exact same ground and target the same demographics. The other factor to consider is your carrier of ...

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    Samsung hasn't always been the best with Android updates on its devices, especially considering the sheer number of phones and tablets it manufactures on a yearly basis. The wait's always been the most minimal on flagship devices, however, and it seems that the Galaxy S5 (and last year's Galaxy S4) are slated to receive Android 4.4.3 quite soon. According to a leaked Samsung internal document obtained by Android Geeks, updates for the S5 are finalized, and ready to start heading out in June. The first devices to receive the update will almost certainly be unlocked and global models, with ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition has received its Bluetooth certification in February, before MWC, as the GT-i9515, but it managed to somehow miss the show floor. Now, 14 months after the introduction of the S4 -- and almost three months after announcing the S5 -- the Value Edition of the phone is available in some regions of Europe (so far, according to reports, The Netherlands, and Italy). Depending on the retailer, it goes for around €400-€500 ($545-$680) unlocked, and brings absolutely nothing new to the table, aside from a grey color (there's also a white one), and Android ...

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    It's the question every buyer with a limited budget or a frugal sensibility asks when a new flagship smartphone lands: do I need the new one, or can I save some dough by buying last year's model? Thanks to our annual-upgrade culture here in the States, the question is asked millions of times a month each spring season, mimicking the clockwork of the smartphone release cycle. But though the dilemma isn't a new one, the devices are: "Galaxy S5 vs S4" is just as crucial as "Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8" – a comparison we already bestowed upon you a few days back.  In fact, thanks to the ...

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    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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    Make no mistake, I'm a Nexus fan. I've owned every Nexus smartphone to date. I've passed up many of the "flagship" models from other OEMs, opting instead to stick with "older" technology. Put another way, I'm usually 6-months out-of-date when it comes to the "latest and greatest" smartphone because I'm not jumping to LG, HTC, Samsung, or Sony's newest phone. With the typical contract cycle being two years in these United States, I thought using a phone for one year would be the norm. Imagine my surprise when I learned that many of you are abandoning your flagship phone so you can switch to ...

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