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    Android 5.0 Lollipop first began making its presence felt on the Galaxy S5 in the US back at the start of the month, as Verizon users welcomed the update's arrival. A couple days later, Sprint joined its fellow CDMA carrier with an update of its own, but so far the GSM boys haven't been ready to follow suit. AT&T's still a no-show, but today there's motion over at T-Mobile, with report of users seeing their own OTAs arrive. That's confirmed by T-Mobile itself, which reports that system software G900TUVU1EOB3 is available today both as an over-the-air update and one for manual ...

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    Samsung's supremacy over the smartphone market has quickly faded over the last couple of years. The company was China's top smartphone vendor for a significant amount of time, and that leadership was taken away by Xiaomi last year.  If you're wondering how Samsung is doing lately with so many entry-level Galaxy phones in the market, you'd be amazed at how the tables have turned for the Korean giant. The IDC has just provided its market share figures for Q4/2014, and Samsung is not second, nor third, nor even fourth place in the Chinese market share, but an unbelievable fifth with only ...

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    Android Lollipop is slowly making its way to Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets in the US. Earlier this week we learned that Verizon was about to see its update hit, and yesterday evening we found out that Sprint was expecting to see its own GS5 Lollipop update begin distribution today. But what if you haven't received your OTA notification just yet? What if you're on a different carrier? Well, you can be patient and wait for your update to naturally arrive, or you may be able to get a head start on things with a little help from Samsung itself, as we learn about a potential method for upgrading ...

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    Who's the best provider to be on in the United States if you're interested in timely access to Android updates? Sure, the manufacturer in question matters just as much as which carrier you're on, but this afternoon there seems to be one clear winner for scoring the latest Android Lollipop updates for big-name flagship phones: following word that the HTC One M7 is about to make its Lollipop debut with Sprint tomorrow, confirmation has arrived that another high-profile Android model will similarly be making the journey to Android 5.0 Lollipop, as Samsung reveals plans to release a Lollipop ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop went official all the way back in October – well, earlier even, if you count its days as “Android L” - before going public with the release of the Nexus 9 in early November. In the weeks since, manufacturers have been working to get their own Lollipop updates ready for their respective Android families. More often than not, that means delivering updates for flagship models first, and Samsung's work with the Galaxy S5 was no exception: following initial availability in December, we're already seeing the update spread to carriers in the US. And while that sounds ...

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    When it comes to Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for flagship devices, the HTC One M8 had found itself getting most of our recent attention: the update spread to more nations in Europe, Canada over here on the other side of the Atlantic, and most recently we heard HTC talking about what was taking so long for the update to start coming down through carriers in the States. But maybe even more hotly anticipated than the One M8's Lollipop update has been the Android 5.0 update for Samsung's Galaxy S5. After getting started late last year, it's finally time for Lollipop to come to GS5 handsets in ...

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    Apple and Samsung may be out of the court room with all the patent disputes, but it seems that both companies continue to compete at something. For the longest time, Samsung has overshadowed Apple in smartphone sales, and that does make sense since Samsung serves every single market segment, while Apple only focuses on the higher-end. That being said, even with all the logic behind Samsung's success, it seems that reality is about to change very soon. Both Strategy Analytics and even the IDC are already revealing their worldwide smartphone figures, and it turns out that Samsung's ...

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    A few years ago, anybody would've believed that Samsung's growth momentum was invincible. The Korean giant not only managed to make more profit than many of its competitors combined, but it is still the biggest cellphone seller in the world. That said, we do know that the company has struggled in its sales figures over the last couple of quarters, and it seems things aren't getting better. A day after Apple announced that its $18 billion in quarterly profit broke even the ExxonMobil record set back in 2012, Samsung's profits continue to plummet. Samsung is barely reporting 5.3 trillion Won ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    Did you pick up a new smartphone in 2014? If so, the odds are the good that you might have at least considered – if not ended up purchasing – a handset that offered protection against the elements. Whether that meant something like a Sony Xperia Z3 or a Samsung Galaxy S5, more flagship models than we've ever seen before hit the market this year offering varying degrees of waterproofing. And that's a great feature to highlight when you've got shoppers still putting together their plans for summer, full of trips to the beach or the lake, but how do you make waterproofing resonate with ...

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    Back in October, before even Nexus phones had Android 5.0 updates available, we heard rumors about Samsung's update timetable for its flagship models. Among the details mentioned there was the idea that the Galaxy S5's Lollipop release could be ready sometime in December. More recently, we've seen an Android 5.0 GS5 ROM leak, but still no official distribution. Well, we're only a few days into December at this point, and now it looks like those earlier rumors are already coming true, as Samsung's spotted releasing its GS5 Lollipop update in select markets. News of this update comes to us ...

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    OEMs are still hard at work to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to existing flagship handsets. We already know that HTC is a few weeks away from sharing some love with us all, and we've already seen OEMs like Motorola beat Google to the punch in some cases. That said, we know that the Android space is full of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and if you're sporting a Galaxy S5, you might be in luck. An early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop was recently leaked at XDA-Developers, and the ROM is actually fully flashable if you don't mind voiding your warranty and exploring bugs here and there. Sadly the ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Samsung hasn't been doing as well as many of us would've expected this year. The company has shown record losses in its last couple of quarters, and today we learn how devices like the Galaxy S5 have led to this. Internal sources claim that Samsung manufactured 20% more devices than the Galaxy S4, and only met its projected sales in the US. Samsung globally sold 40% less GS5s than its predecessor, the GS4. The company barely reached 12 million units sold in the first three months, at a time where it projected 16 million units to sell. In China, Samsung's second largest market by revenue, ...

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    Back near the start of the month, before Google launched its latest Nexus models and confirmed the name Lollipop for its Android 5.0 release, we took a look at an early video previewing Samsung's work towards bringing what was then known only as Android L to its Galaxy S5. It was great to get an advance glimpse of how TouchWiz would make the transition to Android 5.0, but previews are one thing – when can we expect a public release? We don't yet have a specific date, but new rumors seek to narrow-down the timeframe in which the update might be likely to arrive. Last month, SamMobile had ...

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    Every six months, Samsung drops another contender into the bloody phablet-vs-flagship slugfest. This contest is one of Samsung's own making, a result of alternating annual Galaxy S installments with annual Galaxy Note upgrades in the spring and fall of each year. With each new chapter, two things are guaranteed: there will be much indecision among buyers as to which is the better buy, and much confusion in the comments about which comparisons are and aren't worth doing. For the former group –the cash-flush consumers biting their nails and wondering which of these high-end superphones to ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5, while not a showstopper or ground-breaking piece of hardware, is a great smartphone, designed to appeal to a very large demographic. However, its size is simply too large for some. What if there were a device with almost the exact same specifications in a smaller package? Would that phone be as good – or even better – than the Galaxy S5? That phone does exist but, unsurprisingly, it isn't made by Samsung. Instead, Sony makes it, and it's the smaller version of its newest hero device, the Xperia Z3. It's called the Xperia Z3 Compact and it's nearly a spec for ...

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    Nobody wants a broken smartphone, but accidents happen, hardware fails, and all it takes is some bad luck to leave us high and dry without a functional handset. In order to protect themselves against such disaster, plenty of phone users pick up insurance, replacement plans, extended warranties – any sort of service that helps cushion the blow of repair or replacements costs and gets a working phone back in their hands as soon as possible. Apple's got its AppleCare+, and today we learn of a similar service coming from Samsung, as the manufacturer begins selling its Protection Plus Mobile ...

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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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    In the last two years or so, one word in particular has become increasingly popular in this industry: flagship. Samsung’s new flagship this or that. What’s the best flagship of 2013? Is this new phone Company X's flagship? It gets tossed around endlessly, and practically every new high-end smartphone is considered a “flagship”. But what is a flagship, exactly? What does the term actually mean? Are we using it improperly and, thusly, altering its meaning in the mobile realm? According to Wikipedia, a flagship is "the best or most important thing owned or produced by a particular ...

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    When we've been talking about the refreshed new look for Google's mobile platform coming with the release of Android L this fall, we've largely been approaching the question from a pure Android perspective: how things on devices like the Nexus 7 or Nexus 5 will differ from previous Android versions. But there's a whole world of Android out there beyond Google's gates, with OEMs endeavoring to give their phones their own unique looks – well, to the extent that Google lets them. So what's Android L going to spell for the likes of the Senses and TouchWizzes out there? Today we get some ...

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    If you saw our hands-on coverage of the Galaxy Alpha from IFA, you know that Taylor Martin and I were quite taken with the little device. Though it packs only a 4.7-inch display and none of the waterproofing or expandable specs of its bigger sibling, I was starstruck by its far superior looks. Standing on the show floor in Berlin, I found myself wishing the Galaxy Alpha would come to the US – and wondering whether I'd pick one up for myself. The latter question is still up for debate, but the former isn't. AT&T just opened preorders for an October 17th exclusive launch of the Galaxy ...

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    If you watched Pocketnow's Moto X vs Galaxy S5 comparison, you'll remember that for a huge swath of the US, Samsung's Galaxy S line is the de facto iPhone alternative. If you're not buying Apple, odds are you're shopping for The Next Big Thing (despite the fact that there's a whole other platform out there, but I digress). Given this iPhone vs Galaxy mindset, it seemed prudent to put the best of Apple up against the best of Samsung to see who came out on top. While our comparisons generally avoid focusing on a "winner," preferring to leave the ultimate decision up to you, I decided to ...

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    Last year, the comparison between Moto X and Galaxy S4 wasn't all that close – specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 excelled, and the Moto X arguably presented a more compelling software package. But both of those products have since been given iterative bump-ups by their respective OEMs for their 2014 flavors. So how do the new ones compare? Find out in our Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 video below. Unlike last year, when Motorola went bold in bucking the specs trend (with specs such as a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro featured on the Moto X, even when the quad-core Snapdragon 800's arrival was ...

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    For as high-tech as our smartphones are, the voice calls they make decidedly aren't. Phones have long been held back by legacy voice standards, failing to take full advantage of the bandwidth and processing power of modern handsets. Luckily for us, salvation awaits in the form of voice over LTE, or VoLTE. Last month, Verizon shared its plans to activate its own VoLTE network in the weeks to come, and today we get word that it's getting things started, going live with what it's calling Advanced Calling 1.0. With Verizon VoLTE now active, how can you take advantage of it? Well, for the ...

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