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    The GS4 on Verizon has been lagging behind in version numbers as far as Android is concerned for quite some time now. It's good that we reminded you of this with every occasion we had (not that you didn't notice), the latest including our Samsung Galaxy S 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S 4 comparison video. However, things are about to chance (finally!) as the phone-maker and the carrier finally announced the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 KitKat update. After applying the refresh, your software version will be KOT49H.I545VRUFNC5, and the platform version will read Android 4.4.2 KitKat (yay!). You can ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, and how this changes things going forward. HTC follows the news as the company's design lead has decided to leave the company. Google is next as the company seems to want to bring Google Now everywhere, and that means some changes to Android. Apple follows as we talk about the leaked renders of the iPhone 6 that were destined to some case makers. We end today's show talking about Verizon and Samsung admitting to the Galaxy S5 camera issues, and offering a solution. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    A couple days back we shared with you a story we heard about issues some new Galaxy S5 owners were having with their smartphones, where they'd be presented with a “Warning: Camera Failed” message whenever trying to pull up the phone's camera to shoot a pic. Despite trying pretty much every software fix imaginable, including full-on restoration to factory condition, the issue persisted. Back then this was just a collection of anecdotal reports from individual users, but now the companies involved are speaking up about the situation, and resolving to set things right for affected users. ...

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    Motorola's RAZR brand may have started out life as an iconic dumbphone, but 2011 saw the brand reincarnated as an Android smartphone, the Droid RAZR. One year later, we got the RAZR HD (not to mention the Maxx), but then last year the RAZR name appeared to be dropped in favor of the Droid Ultra. Is that all she wrote for the RAZR's lineage? Before we call that book closed, we're checking out a new benchmark entry for an unknown Motorola handset, which may just be the next phone to take on the RAZR name. Over on GFXBench we see a listing for Motorola's XT912A. With a Snapdragon 800, ...

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    This year's debut of the HTC One M8 was slightly more colorful than last year's M7 unveiling, with a choice between gray, silver, and gold hues. Sure, we eventually saw the One M7 turn up in red and blue, but there were only the silver and gray options out of the gate. So while the M8 is already ahead of the curve (at least, compared to this time in the M7's life), could it soon deliver even more color options? A rumor from earlier this month claimed that Verizon would be getting a special edition of the One M8 in red, and tonight we get what might be our first look at the handset. There ...

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    If Samsung's Galaxy S5 has one weak spot, could it be the smartphone's camera? We don't mean its performance when everything is working right, either – while it's not the best camera around, especially when we're dealing with low-light conditions, it's by-and-large passable – we mean that it seems to be a magnet for unexpected problems. While we were waiting for the phone's retail debut, two separate rumors suggested Samsung's manufacturing partners were having a lot of trouble just building the component, and now that the phone has arrived, we're picking up reports of seemingly ...

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    When the HTC One M8 debuted last month, Verizon scored a bit of a coup in the US, as while AT&T and Sprint joined in on the day-one sales action by offering the phone through their websites, only Verizon had the One M8 in its stores, ready for customers to walk in and pick up at their convenience. Eventually the other carriers were able to get in on the brick-and-mortar retail sales themselves, but not until after Verizon's head start. With the One M8 now here, rumors have shifted their attention to a possible One M8 Mini, and the latest gossip we've heard suggests that Verizon will be ...

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    A "kill switch" is often referred to as an "emergency stop switch", and is typically a safety mechanism used to shut something off in case of an emergency. When talking about machinery or even fuel pumps at your local gas station, a "kill switch" is a singular button or lever that will shut down everything. It doesn't matter which pump is spewing out gasoline or which machine your co-worker may be stuck in, this one button will shut everything down -- letting you sort out the specifics later. It's a great idea, the kill switch, when used properly. It brings with it significant and ...

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    Some things in life should be exclusive, like the people who are allowed to drive my car or eventually date my daughter. Other things, however, should be open to the general public. Parks, roads, drinking fountains, and the front seats of busses come to mind. Unfortunately, that's not the way things work over here in the States, at least not when we're talking about cellular phones. Carrier exclusives are still very much a thing -- although they should not be, not any more anyway. "Exclusives" are just like they sound, "restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned". When ...

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    A smartphone kill switch, as described by CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment, is "a baseline anti-theft tool" which will come, at no additional cost to the customer, pre-installed, or downloadable, on the first phones produced after July 2015, by the manufacturers adhering to the document. Network operators, manufacturers, and OS builders that adhered so far include Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. This so called kill switch will likely grace your next phone -- if manufactured ...

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    We tend to get a little fussy over carrier bloat, or the pre-installed applications that may come on a number of carrier-specific Android or Windows Phone smartphones. Bloat can and often does come from carriers, partners like Amazon, and even the manufacturer. For instance, I bought the T-Mobile HTC One M8 just this morning. It comes with five T-Mobile-specific applications I'll rarely (if ever) use: Mobile HotSpot, My Account, T-Mobile Name ID, T-Mobile TV, and Visual Voicemail. While it's mostly minimal, these applications cannot be uninstalled – only reverted to the original versions ...

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    Last week saw Samsung's Galaxy S5 hit carrier shelves in the US, and while this meant that the long-awaited smartphone was finally making its way into user hands, it wasn't without incident, and we heard about a couple circumstances where the smartphone was showing up without its complete feature set intact. The first issue to come to light concerned the download booster Samsung had put together, intended to let users retrieve a file through the combined efforts of the phone's LTE and WiFi connections, pooling their available bandwidth. First the AT&T GS5 showed up with the download ...

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    Should we even be surprised at this point? Time and time again, smartphones roll off the assembly line with all these cool features baked-in, and then carriers go and get uppity about them for one reason or another, and leverage the largely undeserved power they hold over OEMs to force the deactivation of specific abilities. It's a struggle we've been following for years, seeing casualties like NFC payments or unlockable bootloaders get hit along the way. The latest incidents to come to our attention have affected Samsung's Galaxy S5, and earlier this week we talked about how multiple US ...

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    Swing by your favorite your favorite carrier or electronics retailer today, and you'll likely find the Galaxy S5 up for sale; today marks the start of broad availability for Samsung's flagship Android, so shoppers shouldn't run into any problems trying to get their hands on one. At least, that's the case for the regular-old Galaxy S5 models, but what if you want something a little more flexible? We haven't seen any sign of a Google Play edition GS5 just yet, but a developer model may be the next best thing, and today sees Samsung begin preparations for the release of just such a GS5. Right ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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