SamMobile has already gotten exclusive sneak peeks at Android Lollipop running on the Galaxy S5, and continuing in this vein of leaks, they’ve managed to get Android Lollipop on the Samsung Galaxy S4 in hand as well. Check out the video that they put together which demoed it below:
As they mention in the video, this is an early build of the Lollipop update, emphasized by the lack of operational Wi-Fi which means SamMobile won’t be making the build available to try out. What is clear from the video is that the Galaxy S4’s update to Android Lollipop will be incredibly similar to the Galaxy S5’s, with plenty of common screens and menus that we have seen in the previous preview. Obviously, many of the stock Lollipop aspects are hidden below Samsung‘s TouchWiz UI, though it’s unclear if Samsung has managed to get rid of the lag and performance issues that have given it a reputation. All the same, it’s good to see that Samsung is hard at work at updating its phones, no matter how close they are to the end of their 18 month update window.
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Android Lollipop Coming Soon to the Galaxy S4! New Material Designed Calendar App is Beautiful! – ManDroid Daily
Now there’s a face we haven’t seen in awhile. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has fallen somewhat out of the limelight some 19 months after its release, but that doesn’t mean Samsung has forgotten about its highest selling device to date (if the Galaxy S5 has broken any records, Samsung is keeping awfully quiet about it). SamMobile has acquired information that confirms that Android Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is definitely coming and will be out sometime early next year, we’d expect around the same time Lollipop drops for the Galaxy S5, once all the carrier bloating has already occured.
The TouchWiz experience on the Galaxy S4 should be quite similar to that which you’ll find on the Galaxy S5, of which we’ve already had multiple sneak peeks at. We’re actually pretty impressed that Samsung is going to update the Galaxy S4, mainly because it’s a bit of a stretch of its 18 month update guarantee and given Samsung’s sometimes spotty reputation with device updates. That said, the Galaxy S4 still ranks pretty high on Samsung’s hierachy of devices despite its age, but Galaxy S4 owners should be expecting Android Lollipop to be their last update unless the smartphone giant changes its policies.
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An update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been listed on the Verizon support page for the device. The update will move the device to build number VRUFNG6. The list of improvements may or may not matter much to you, but for some it could be a saving grace. Among the list of things that have been improved is connectivity within messaging app, Bluetooth connectivity and Voicemail reliability. All three are pretty important functions.
Along with the improvements you will want to be on the look out for an app name change as well. ISIS Wallet is getting changed over to Softcard. The ISIS team felt it was important to change the name in light of the ‘other’ ISIS out there that has nothing to do with mobile payments. There is also MVD which is My Verizon Diagnostic, Knox 2.0 for enterprise and a kids mode stud in the widget tray for parental controls.
Any one out there see the update hit thei device yet? Head into Settings > About Phone > Software Updates > Ceck for Updates to see if it is available for your device. Be sure to have a stable Wi-Fi connection, more than 50% battery and a little time to kill before you start the install.
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Sprint released some news this morning pertaining to the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Spark that resides on their network. Owners of the device will start to see an OTA update coming through that will focus primarily on Wi-Fi calling. More importantly though, the Wi-Fi calling aspect is geared towards international travelers and will allow users to call and text abroad on Wi-Fi networks for no additional cost.
“We are excited to roll out International Wi-Fi Calling as part of our commitment to enhancing the customer experience and expanding the calling reach for our customers,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business & Product Development, Sprint. “As this international capability becomes available on more of our devices, Sprint customers won’t have to think twice about calling home while on vacation or away on business. This is one more tool we are giving our customers to stay easily connected with those who matter most.”
The ability will cover you in more than 100 countries around the globe on private, office and public Wi-Fi networks. It is only free to message and call back to the US, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico though, so don’t expect to make reservations at Al Covo in Venice. Sprint plans to add the international Wi-Fi calling ability to more device throughout the rest of this year.
On a side note, Sprint does offer Wi-Fi calling on 11 total devices currently available on the market, but those don’t have the international aspect activated just yet.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 owners who might be eyeing the Galaxy S5 and its waterproof capabilities may not want to rush off to buy a new phone. As nice as that new model is and all, most of us don’t want to commit to a new contract or finance another device. Why not add a case that makes… Read more »
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Do you sleep with your phone under your pillow? Well, this story may make you not want to do that anymore. 13 year old Ariel Tolfree from Texas has been awoken from her sleep by the burning smell of her Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating and singeing the bed, sheets and pillow. The girl had actually been woken up once by the smell of something burning, but fell asleep initially, before being woken up again. The root cause of the Galaxy S4′s failure has not been pinpointed yet, but it suspected to be either an unauthorized replacement battery or the fact the phone simply overheated under the pillow.
Despite it being no real fault of Samsung’s, they have offered a replacement to Ariel (though the model is not specified) and also costs of replacing the damaged bedding. In this day and age, it’s unsurprising to hear that people go to sleep with their phones in their immediate vicinity, but it’s always a good idea to make sure your phone doesn’t have its airflow impeded, a warning which Samsung does actually ship with its devices.
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[DEALS & STEALS] A bunch of Google Play Edition (GPE) devices are on sale at Expansys USA, up to 46% off
Google removed Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One (M7), Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition device from Google Play Store recently. People have been complaining ever since, but this actually turned out to be a good thing. All of these devices are now available at Expansys USA at a heavily discounted prices:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GPE $399.99 (
$649.00), 38% off
- HTC One (M7) LTE GPE $399.99 (
$649.99), 38% off
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE GPE $349.99 (
$649.99), 46% off
- LG G Pad 8.3 Wi-Fi GPE $224.99 (
$329.99), 32% off
These are all still very powerful devices and the fact they have pure vanilla Android inside is a huge plus, at least in my opinion. All three of these smartphone offerings are of course unlocked. These are some very affordable prices for these devices so if you’re in a market for one follow the link(s) above and get yours today because the supplies are limited.
Source: Expansys USA
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Protect your beloved Samsung Galaxy S4 with one of the best-selling cases around. OtterBox, a trusted name in this space, has a variety of models to choose from, but the Defender series is among the most popular.
Available in a number of colors, the Defender case provides shock absorption and protection against drops, scratches, bumps, and dust. Designed with a multiple layers of materials, the case also keeps your screen from getting scuffed up.
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Samsung will bring its Galaxy Note 4 and some smart wearables to Germany for the annual IFA trade show. According to a report from Korea Times, the successor to the Galaxy Note 3 may have two versions: one with a traditional flat screen and one with a curved display. The former is allegedly aimed at the average consumer while the latter is focused at niche users.
The Gear Glass is among the smart wearables rumored for IFA as well, says the report. We’ve had previous rumors about a SIM-connected Gear Solo device and a smartwatch based on Android Wear as well. Might we see all three at IFA? I’d be surprised if Samsung didn’t go big for its fall Unpacked event.
IFA starts September 5 so look for Samsung to hold its own presser on or around the 4th.
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