Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5
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    It’s been roughly a month and a half since Sprint surprised its older, more devoted customers with an unusually early OS promotion to Android 6.0 for the ancient Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport, and at long last, T-Mobile follows the Now Network’s suit today. Of course, Magenta can’t update the GS5 Sport, seeing as how it never carried such a model of Samsung’s spring 2014 flagship, instead “only” sending Marshmallow goodies over-the-air to the standard Galaxy S5 version. The one made entirely of plastic, not metal or glass, with no rubber around its edges, but protected against water ...

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    Beyond matters of personal preference, like how an OS looks or subjective brand reliability, what tends to separate Android devices and iPhones in the eyes of many is security and software stability. Well, pricing too, but let’s leave that aside for a moment. Unfortunately, there’s no fully dependable scientific method of finding out which platform is less vulnerable to glitches, and what phones have the highest failure rate. At least as far as the latter is concerned, though, “leading provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure solutions” Blancco aims to supply ...

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    While Samsung certainly did a better job than the average Android device manufacturer in pushing Marshmallow updates to today and yesterday’s flagships of late, it’s still a little disappointing to see so many otherwise solid mid-range models stuck on old-fashioned Lollipop. But we now have surprisingly good news to report for Galaxy S5 mini owners. First of all, congrats on your patience and confidence in a discontinued two year-old 4.5-incher with only 1.5GB RAM and Exynos 3470 processing power. It turns out you constitute a sufficiently large, devoted and vocal group of Samsung fans ...

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    Could we be looking at double-digit share for Android 6.0 in distribution numbers before long? You’d think it’s about time, with the first Marshmallow OTA packages available for Nexus devices as far back as October 2015, and build N inching closer and closer to its own release. Unfortunately, last we heard from Google, there were still less than 5 percent of the world’s Androids on the newest OS flavor, so getting to 10 might actually take another few months. Then again, more and more immensely popular phones are updated to M, including on more and more major US carriers. Today’s a ...

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    While the equivalent of less than two Benjamins buys you incredibly high-end Android slabs from fairly reputable OEMs in countries like China or India, it’s still not easy for power users to shop on such a tight budget stateside. You can get the Huawei Honor 5X at exactly $200 unlocked, a $175 or so third-gen Motorola Moto G if you just can’t wait for its sequel, or… a $160 factory refurbished unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S5 from Woot via Amazon. Now, we know what many of you think of pre-owned devices. They’re damaged goods, some literally, and they pose no palpable reliability ...

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    Hey, it's 2014 again! Remember that? Those were fun times with the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active — or, if you're on Sprint, the Galaxy S5 Sport. Also, it's always fun to be able to pull up our old S Health review every once in a while. That was a fun bit we did. Anyways, to the news that Sprint has pulled off the Android Marshmallow update for both of the above Samsung phones. We know for sure that the Galaxy S5 has an update as one user has posted some screencaps to Android Police. Both product pages on Sprint's site have been changed to reflect an update with today's date on it. ...

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    One of the primary objectives of Samsung’s software support team these days has to be bringing all Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+ and Note 5 units, regardless of model number, regional availability and carrier exclusivity, up to date as soon as possible. At the same time, since OTA Android 6.0 deliveries have started for all the above in select territories around the world, you’re probably wondering what device might be next. There were only a handful of qualified candidates, of course, including the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, and ultimately, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear it’s ...

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    However hard it might be to contain your indignation in regard to Samsung’s Android 6.0 upgrading sluggishness, it’s important to remember the Korean device manufacturer never actually issued any public deadlines or timelines. Besides, things are finally starting to fall into place, as select Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, and Note 5 owners in various global markets can now pull Marshmallow goodies over-the-air. With a bunch of TouchWiz tweaks on top, obviously, including a couple that look like they’ll improve the user experience instead of slowing down operations. By the end of the ...

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    As you’d probably expect, we’ve seen a number of fairly tempting deals on the ancient Galaxy S5 in the months following its sequel’s launch, but most of the recent ones offered refurbished or open-box units on the cheap. For three whole days now however, the bargain website Daily Steals lets you score the untouched, unused 5.1-inch phone at a measly $260, which is roughly 90 bucks south of Amazon’s lowest current listing. Compared to Best Buy, you save even more, namely $140 or so, whether you’re into classic black devices, slightly swankier white ones, or outright posh gold ...

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    Samsung has rarely led the way in software support and bumps to the newest Android iterations for even its best smartphones, but it’s never been as late as this year either. Marshmallows are yet to officially roll out to a single Galaxy “star”, unlike LG, Motorola or HTC devices. Several upgrade timelines were rumored for handhelds as diverse as the Note 5, S6, Note 4, S5, A3 or J5, with the latest flagships initially expected to score 6.0 goodies as early as December, then January, and now February. According to a refreshed guide, phase 1 of the industry-leading (in terms of sales, ...

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    In terms of Android updates, Samsung hasn't been the speediest in delivering them. Whether that has to do with it being the largest OEM for the OS is something to consider. In fact, it could have something to do with the leakage of the v6.0.1 Marshmallow betas intended for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to a Note 4 and an S5. Note that we used singular terms for those devices. We can now confirm a plurality of Galaxy S5 phones now have the beta build from January 1. A European unit got the unwarranted update this week (screenshots above). But since we're talking about weeks between OTA ...

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    Samsung’s road to Android 6.0 appears to be an oddly bumpy and convoluted one, as no “star” in the Galaxy can officially feast on Marshmallow goodies outside of beta test programs, despite several competing manufacturers already delivering new and fully polished software packages over-the-air. By the looks of things, the Korean company’s engineers are probably working on M updates for the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ behind closed doors, while the S6, S6 Edge, Note 4 and even S5 seek the everyday user’s help and feedback in one form or another to shape up Lollipop-succeeding ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    Samsung’s first rumored Android 6.0 update roadmap hinted at three phases, but only tackled device names for two, and release timelines for one. A second chart expanded on the list, also switching a few due dates, while the latest schedule once again restricts the Marshmallow-ready phone and tablet roster, turning vaguer as far as deadlines are concerned. The good news? There are apparently a bunch of Galaxy handhelds set to leave Lollipop behind between January and March 2016. The bad? The Note 5 is no longer slated to begin the M rollout in time for New Year’s Eve. Oh, and in case ...

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    And the holiday deals keep piling up at possibly the most generous US mobile carrier this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with the third Cricket special offer in effect before the first two could expire. Yes, you can still get $100 shopping cards when you switch to AT&T’s prepaid daughter operator by December 6, as well as phones like the Motorola Moto E and LG Risio completely free of charge without contractual obligations through January 7. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available for what must be an all-time record low of $250, while the Galaxy S5 costs $200, and the GS4 ...

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    Tired of the same smartphone market reports reiterated over and over again, showing this manufacturer on the rise this quarter, that other one no longer doing very well, and the OS duopoly strengthening by the day? A web statistics analysis firm called DeviceAtlas has a special and interesting outlook of the mobile industry for the year’s third quarter, tracking things like OS, vendor, diagonal screen size, and smartphone model diversity in general, then going into great detail as far as footprints and resolutions are concerned in 10 selected countries from around the globe. The main ...

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    First, there were eight. Then, over a dozen, split into two phases, with more to come in a third wave “after initial testing.” And now, all three phases of Samsung’s Android 6.0 “update guide” are detailed, with status tweaks, revised timelines, and even news of a few devices that will probably not support Marshmallow. In a somewhat surprising twist, the equally fresh, equally great Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are no longer slated to score the battery-enhancing and stability-improving set of software goodies at the same time. Instead, the Note 5 should jump on the Android M ...

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    Walmart let rivals Target and Best Buy get an early start on Black Friday promotion exhibition, but as you probably sensed, the world’s largest company by revenue and America’s number one discount retailer couldn’t wait until November 27 to reveal what kind of deals it has up its sleeve for the year’s biggest shopping day. More like days, as it turns out, with online special offers underway at 12:01 a.m. PT on Thanksgiving morning, then brick and mortar stores open at 6 p.m. on November 26. Chances are therefore you won’t find anything good on the actual Black Friday, as most ...

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    As always, Samsung stays tight-lipped regarding the state of internal development and customization of proprietary ports based on the newest Android version, despite many of its rivals recently tackling Marshmallow matters head-on. Obviously, that doesn’t mean a bunch of Galaxy phones don’t have 6.0 goodie packs very much on the way. It just means we won’t know for sure their identities and update ETAs in the immediate future. Luckily, there are always inside sources willing to squeal, and such trusted informants have revealed a preliminary lineup of M-ready Samsungs to SamMobile. ...

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    Owners of some Nexus devices (Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus Player) can already get a taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow thanks to Google, who made the factory images available on its servers. But what if you own a smartphone (or a tablet, for that matter), and your carrier of choice is T-Mobile? Magenta confirmed the Marshmallow update to be in the works for 17 of the devices on its line-up. The page also reiterates something we know so well (and learned to hate) concerning the long time required for a carrier phone to get an update: "Software updates are a long ...

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    But numbers 1 through 19? Well, it's a battle of the wills between Apple and Samsung as resellers get busy with fresh inventories of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Galaxy Note 5. What? No Galaxy S6 edge+ love? Not at Best Buy and not for this quarter, it seems. We're getting a look at a slew of charts and graphs from sales data analysis firm JeeQ Data. To be precise, the top 20 ranking cover phones sold with a carrier plan during the third quarter, ending yesterday, at Best Buy. Here are the top five: iPhone 6 in Space Gray - 16GB on Verizon iPhone 6 in Space Gray - 16GB on Sprint ...

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    Class may not be technically in session yet, but T-Mobile wants its school-going customers to be prepared ahead of time with sizzling hot new smartphones. Of course, anyone can get in on the discounted action over at the “Uncarrier’s” online store, as long as you act quickly. T-Mo’s collection of Android savings is only valid today, and the promotion’s headliner is hands down the Samsung Galaxy S6. Already trimmed very recently, from $680 to $580 outright, the non-edgy 5.1-incher is now available for a further $80 off. That’s right, $500 buys you the GS6, free of contractual ...

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    If you've been rocking a Galaxy S5 on AT&T, you might be jealous at this point of the Android 5.1 updates hitting other carrier models of the smartphone – unfortunately for you, that update is indeed finished and rolling out, but not for your smartphone. We're sorry to disappoint, but today's AT&T Galaxy S5 software update isn't bringing that update either; this one's just for bug fixes. The update will take your S5 unit from the OC4 firmware to OF2. Unfortunately, AT&T hasn't posted up a software update changelog on its website quite yet, but given the fact that the update ...

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    T-Mobile is not only serious about its "un-carrier" strategy, but also about its plan to gain a lot of mind share through software updates. The carrier was first in bringing Android 5.1.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge a few weeks ago, something extremely odd for any US carrier. If you thought this will only apply to phones launched this year, think again. T-Mobile has just launched Android 5.1.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and no we didn't get the number wrong. No official data is provided as to what the update brings to last year's Galaxy flagship, but we do expect to see ...

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    Samsung is definitely an odd ball when it comes to product launches. The company is bold enough to launch new smartphones almost every month, and where classic designs of previous models are not exempt from a resurrection. If you thought the Galaxy S3 Neo was the only way to relive the Galaxy SIII these days, reports claim that we're in for more. Reports claim that Samsung is working on bringing back the Galaxy S5 for another round, but this time with a much different approach. The device will apparently retain the same design of the now defunct flagship, but offer lesser specs and a more ...

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