Posts tagged with: Galaxy S5
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    For those of you that thought that Push to talk was dead, well it is, and it isn't. At times when users are sticking to services like Voxer, or even Whatsapp's voice messaging, it's hard for these decade-old services to survive. Still, we know that Verizon is reluctant to let it die, and the company is now pushing it to more handsets, in its own way. Verizon's Push to Talk Plus is still "a thing" on Verizon, and the company has decided to make this service available to flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, in addition to other legacy devices like the Motorola Droid MAXX. There are ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    We're pretty much done with the Galaxy S5 by this point, right? We got the GS5 proper, we got the GS5 Active, we got the GS5 mini, and those lucky folks in South Korea even got the tricked-out GS5 LTE-A “Prime” edition. But surely, that must be it, right? Anything from here on out's going to be something new like a Galaxy Alpha or Galaxy F, and in just a couple weeks, it's going to be Note 4 this and Note 4 that... isn't it? Apparently the proverbial fat lady has yet to take the stage for her encore performance, as word comes in this evening that we could have one more Galaxy S5 ...

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    You'd think that the world's biggest smartphone maker is having a blast with the launch of devices like the Galaxy S5, but that's actually far from the truth. Samsung's quarter results are in, and instead of making its investors happy, it turns out that the company is actually doing as bad as it had forecasted. Samsung warned its investors that the "weak demand" for smartphones and its increase in marketing expenses could hit the company hard, and so it did. Samsung announced profits of $6.1 billion (6.25 trillion won) compared to its $6.96 billion (7.7 trillion won) of last year, and ...

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    Despite the insane amount of similarity between the exiting Galaxy S 4 and the new Galaxy S5, that doesn't change the fact that Samsung has once again take the world by storm. Samsung's new Galaxy has proven to be just as popular as before, and it has also gained some praise for its performance. Still, that doesn't change the fact that there's also room for improvement with any product made by man, and as such, the company has just pushed out a software update with performance improvements. This software update is currently applicable to the International Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), and ...

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    Two years ago, Apple did the nearly unthinkable, and made a big change to the iPhone's design. After years and years of releasing handsets with 3.5-inch displays, the iPhone 5 ushered-in the era of the four-inch screen. Last year Apple returned with more of the same, but if we're to believe the abundance of rumors, this year's going to mark the next major shift. Instead of another four-incher, sources would have us believe that Apple is making the push up to 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6, and we could even see that one joined by a still-larger 5.5-inch phablet. As we continue to bring you ...

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    How do you sell the smartphone buying public on the idea of crazy high-res quad HD displays, putting even 1080p to shame? Ever since the idea of such panels on phones was first rumored, there's been a pretty active debate over the value of quad HD screens, balancing promises of increased clarity with concerns about battery life, performance, and cost. By now, it's clear that the industry has elected to move forwards with quad HD phones, bringing us handsets like the LG G3 and Samsung LTE-A Galaxy S5. But can these OEMs convince shoppers that quad HD phones are ones they need to seek out? ...

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    One of the highest-profile tech companies right now is Samsung, so it's only expected that its finances are heavily scrutinized and analyzed. Today the Samsung Q2 operating profit data has been released to the public, and it's not looking too wonderful for the South Korea-based OEM -- for the third consecutive quarter, operating profit has fallen for the company. Because of investors' concerns with Samsung's near-term growth possibilities, its share price has fallen to 1,292,000 won, the lowest it has been since March 26 of this year. In terms of operating profit, Samsung reports earning ...

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    It's easy to get caught up in all the details when you're reviewing a device – to focus on what the device's target audience is, the flashy stuff, or the minor changes in the hardware. In other words, it's easy to overlook some things, especially when you're dealing with a phone like the Galaxy S5, which comes packed to the brim with dozens of useful (and sometimes not so useful) features. We've now reviewed the Galaxy S5 twice, as well as two variants – the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy S5 Prime. We've had more than enough hands-on time with the hardware and software, and we've had ...

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    There are folks out there who don’t have the time for a ten-minute video or a 3,000-word review, and they certainly don’t have an hour to absorb a meandering podcast (no matter how many awards it’s won). These people might be sneaking a quick YouTube fix on a bathroom break, trying to make a point to a rival smartphone owner at a bar, or even standing in line at a wireless retail store, waiting to make a purchase. They need the facts delivered quickly, with a minimum of window dressing and a firm conclusion in as little time as possible. For them, we’ve created the 60-Second ...

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    We here at Pocketnow, especially yours truly, have voiced our opinions on so-called "mini" smartphones several times now. For the last few years now, Android manufacturers have been creating and releasing smaller versions of their annual flagships. Last year, HTC introduced the HTC One mini following its game-changing One M7. This year, the Taiwanese manufacturer followed-up its One M8 with the One mini 2. LG released the G2 mini last year and is expected to announce the G3 mini later this year. And, of course, Samsung has produced miniature Galaxy S smartphones for the last few years – ...

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    The rage was palpable in comment sections across the internet when Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (a.k.a. "Galaxy S5 Prime") a mere two months after releasing the "stock" Galaxy S5. Despite the fact that the company had pulled a similar move with 2013's Galaxy S 4, folks were incensed: how dare the company release a Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805-powered upgrade so soon, effectively rendering its 2014 flagship outdated just eight weeks after release? The answer to that question is known only to the glam gods at Samsung, so we sought out the answer to a different question with our ...

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    Samsung's got a new member of the Galaxy S5 family to show off today, as the manufacturer got around to announcing the GS5 mini. While we've been eagerly looking forward to that news, this hasn't been the only GS5 model on our radar, and we've been catching signs here and there of other variants, like the GS5 Google Play edition. That one in particular has felt like it's been right on the cusp of release for months now, even popping up in a Play Store thumbnail all the way back in April. Some GPe stock issues last month had us hoping that a refresh with some new models (including the GS5) ...

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    When Samsung launches a new flagship, it generally looks to milk all the money it can out of different models. We saw that with the Galaxy S5 Active. We saw that yet again with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (or "Prime"), which we recently unboxed. The latest model which could be in the cards -- Tizen Galaxy S5 test models have reportedly made their way over to India. The first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z, was pretty solid spec-wise. A 4.8-inch display (720p, which disappointed some), 2.3 GHz SoC, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera made for a decent package, but y0u can't go wrong with even ...

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    Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been updated to the latest-and-greatest version of Android, its version of TouchWiz is different to the one we see on the Galaxy S5. Samsung obviously updates legacy devices over time, but it seems that the company has decided to follow a different approach with the Galaxy Note 3. A new software update is rolling out today, and it brings some welcome changes. The software update which is now available for Galaxy Note 3 devices in the UK, and also the Snapdragon 800 version brings two key features that already exist on the Galaxy S5. The first ...

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    It seems pretty likely that the Samsung Galaxy F is coming, but that doesn't mean the OEM is done with releasing variants of its current global flagship, the Galaxy S5. Today, we're seeing an image of a blue Galaxy S5. This isn't quite the current Electric Blue hue, though, as it's... different. The first and most profound change is on the front side of the phone. The bezels are blue, which is a departure from Samsung's typical way of releasing new color variants of its products. Apart from that, though, nothing much is different. TouchWiz atop a build of Android 4.4.x is present, as well ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    So far today we've had a couple opportunities to talk about the Galaxy S5's design. First there was that special edition GS5 LTE-A for South Korea with a new back panel featuring a diamond pattern. And then we got to check out the new Galaxy S5 Sport for Sprint, and while that looked a bit more like the original GS5 than the GS5 Active, it turned the phone's dotted back pattern on a 45 degree angle, tweaking its appearance in the process. We pay such attention to these changes in part because the GS5's original spotted pattern found itself attracting a lot of critics. And as we check out ...

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    It hasn't even been a week yet since Samsung announced its first major Galaxy S5 refresh, outfitting the flagship Android with a Snapdragon 805 SoC and bumping up the display to feature a quad HD panel for the phone's release to support high-speed LTE-Advanced networks in South Korea. But all those internal upgrades aside, the phone still looked very much like the GS5 with which we're familiar – same divot-ridden rear panel its predecessor launched with. Now it looks like the LTE-A GS5 is getting yet another update, as we receive word of a special edition of the smartphone, bringing it a ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone comparison is about more than spec-vs-spec slogging. Sometimes it's a question of lifestyle, of values ... and vanity. To some people, how a phone looks can be just as important as how it performs, and when performance is as top-notch as these flagships deliver, significant differences must be sought elsewhere. Fortunately, the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 offer plenty to pick from in this regard. From waterproofing to a fingerprint scanner to a full health suite and 16MP camera, the 2014 Samsung flagship packs a lot of heat. But then, with a Quad-HD display, a laser-focused ...

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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 surprised us last night when it dropped an announcement for the long-rumored Galaxy S5 update with a quad HD 2560 x 1440 display and Snapdragon 805 SoC. Well, great, this sounds like the phone we've been talking about as the Galaxy F or GS5 Prime – maybe not the metal body so much, but the specs are a dead ringer for our expectations. So can we hope to see this model expand from initial availability in South Korea to also hit some other markets in Asia and Europe, just like the GS4 LTE-A edition did? Maybe even a little interest in the Americas? Don't count on it, but that ...

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    Back in May, I asked an interesting question, one many have probably pondered themselves, "Will your next phone be bigger or smaller?" For whatever reason, in today's smartphone market, "bigger" has nearly become synonymous with "better". Each year, every smartphone manufacturer's flagships are larger than the previous model. The Galaxy S III had a 4.8-inch display; the Galaxy S4 had a 5-inch display, and the Galaxy S5 now has a 5.1-inch display. The same trend is also found in the already oversized Galaxy Note brand. The original Note handset was 5.3-inches, followed by the 5.5-inch ...

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    Samsung's recent devices have been notoriously difficult to root, with bounties for rooting AT&T and Verizon-branded Galaxy S5 phones shooting past $15,000 in a matter of months. It's not just Samsung, too -- more and more OEMs, possibly spurred on by carrier policies from the likes of AT&T and Verizon, have been restricting their phones from customization. Most of that changes today, though, a new root method has been unveiled that's the closest thing to an end-all-be-all we've seen so far -- Towelroot. Towelroot comes to us from developer Geohot, of XDA-Developers fame. It should ...

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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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