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    "It’s not necessarily unattractive ... it just kind of exists." Thats how we described Samsung's Galaxy S5 in our full review back in April, lamenting the lack of aesthetic flair in a flagship ostentatiously marketed as a "glam" device. While we appreciated its durability and top-notch spec sheet, what we wanted was a product that actually felt like a $650 smartphone – and the Galaxy S5 didn't really fit the bill. Samsung's new Galaxy Alpha, launching later this month on AT&T, is a very different story indeed. With its aluminum frame, toned-down texturing and deliciously ...

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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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    My mother-in-law isn't exactly what you'd call "technologically savvy", but that doesn't stop her from upgrading to the latest and greatest Android-powered smartphones every chance she gets. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I'll give you three guesses who gets to support those devices. It wouldn't be such an issue except at her age -- how can I put this lightly -- she's a bit "set in her ways". Don't get me wrong, she can whip out her phone and call anyone in her extremely wide social network faster than you can say "mint chocolate chip ice cream". She's got friends and relatives ...

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    Samsung users are only all too aware that the software Samsung delivers on its Android devices can be a bit “heavy.” On top of the TouchWiz changes, you've got all of Samsung's custom apps – and together, this adds up to a ton of stuff; just look at how Samsung fared in that phone-free-space breakdown we examined last week. But could this soon be changing? Word arrives today that Google may have convinced Samsung to tone things down, following the CES launch of its Magazine UX on the new TabPRO and NotePRO tablets. Reportedly, Google was dismayed about how Samsung's vision for what ...

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    Samsung's cooking-up a new look for its smartphone user interface; we've already seen the new Magazine UX debut on the company's tablet at CES, and leaks have been teasing us with a similar new look for Samsung's phones. As we look forward to the day when we might be able to give the latter a spin for ourselves, we've been made aware of some patent applications Samsung filed in South Korea, which just might provide some insight into what the company's working on. Specifically, this work involves the introduction of “hot corners,” assigning special behaviors to interaction with the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's recent annoucement of the new SmartBand, along with a new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1S for the US market. We then talk about Samsung's new family of tablets, which include some interesting enhancements when compared to previous years. We keep talking about Samsung as we cover the company's new tablet UI, aside from the fact that it's also planned for Galaxy smartphones. Motorola is next as we talk about the company's press event in Europe for January 14th. We end today's show talking about the new Pebble Steel, and what's hot about it. All ...

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    All these new Samsung tablets (and no, we're not done talking about them quite yet) may offer some top-shelf hardware, but even those sky-high specs are only part of the appeal; we've also got to consider the software. This time, Samsung's trying out something a little different, implementing what it calls its Magazine UX – and as we noted when giving these models some hands-on coverage, that really is what it feels to use the interface – like a news browser app. But Magazine UX, as Samsung itself admits, is “specifically optimized for a large screen;” so what does that mean for ...

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    There are few issues as contentious among Android users as the value of user interface “enhancements” baked-in by various OEMs. TouchWiz, Sense, Motoblur: most of the big players have released devices running their own skins at one point or another. The intentions behind these software packages are usually honorable – OEMs want to make Android more accessible, more pleasant to use, or just want to help distinguish their offerings from the rest of the pack and really stand out. Problem is, plenty of us see these changes as little more than unwanted tampering with the core Android ...

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    Fun fact: it's almost a year to the day that we unboxed the smartphone that would capture our hearts and forever change our collective opinion on the phablet category. And despite the intervening three hundred and fifty seven days, two important factors remain the same for today's unboxing video: the daily dollop of hair gel didn't make it onto our host's head before filming, and the branding on the box once again reads "Galaxy Note." That's right: the Galaxy Note 3, the device we first glimpsed back in Berlin and which we savagely demoed in video after video from Samsung's massive IFA ...

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    Samsung may be the king of smartphones, but every single time they've launched a tablet in the past, I cringe. You can bet they've made me cringe continuously as well, since I've lost count of the amount of Galaxy tablets in the market. Some people argue that the only reason why Samsung sells so many smartphones is because of their marketing, and even though there's a high level of accuracy to that remark, that's not as easy as you think. If the product is not good, customers have a window of return, and we do know a ton of cases of people that have returned products because of that. ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    We can't all be like Taylor Martin, living it up with a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3. Some of us need to hang out closer to the midrange, walking the line between the teensy tablets of the world and their supersized siblings. And you know what? That's fine with me. Join me as I take the wraps off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, the device smack-dab in the middle of Samsung's new generation of Android tablets. These aren't high-end Galaxy Note devices (though a Note 8.0 does make a cameo in the video) but rather lifestyle-oriented tablets offering "more choice and consumer experiences." What does that mean? ...

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    We've handled it at its official London debut, even dropping it into a tank of water. We've unboxed our very own demo unit, graciously provided to us by the exclusive launch partner, AT&T. And we've given that demo unit the Quick Review treatment, stretching the limits of the word "quick" with 2500+ words and a full video review. The Galaxy S 4 Active might not have gotten the full-court press the original got, but we did our best to make it a dense seven days of coverage. As the week winds down and some of you folks get ready to take to the smartphone store with your Friday paycheck ...

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    I have always valued the stock Android experience over the various customized strains from OEMs, even before Android itself looked anything like it does today – back in the Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread days. It's more rustic, rough around the edges … raw. I like to use devices as they were intended to be used, how they were supposed to look and feel from the factory. This is exactly why I don't use cases. They mask the true beauty, engineering mastery, the design, and all the hard work that went into making a phone. It's like saying you want to protect a drawing your kid made ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, it unveiled a horde of new software features, features that many existing Galaxy device owners hoped would someday trickle down to their older devices. Quickly, Samsung confirmed many of the features would, in fact, find their way to other Galaxy-branded devices. But it was still unclear which would make the cut. Today, we got our hands on some leaked Galaxy S III 4.2 firmware. The update, while not totally complete, includes many new features and interface upgrades found on the Galaxy S 4. Unfortunately, this update may foretell a bleak update ...

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