[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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The predecessor of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S4, is most famous for smashing all sorts of “fastest sold” records including reaching 10 million units sold in 1 month and subsequently 40 million handsets sold after 6 months. It’s obviously been a hard act to follow for the Galaxy S5, though it has apparently beaten the Galaxy S4 in at least the category for the fastest to 10 million units sold. Unfortunately though, since that news, any sales news on the Galaxy S5 has been suspiciously absent from the public eye and the reason for that may be due to decreased demand. So much so, that Samsung is reportedly having to tell its supply chains to decrease supply by up to 25% in Q3 this year.
According to the report, 21 million units were ordered for this quarter (Q2) and only 15 million have been ordered for the upcoming quarter. Before we go on reading into this information, devices will always taper off in supply and demand as time goes on; that is to be expected. However, the Galaxy S5 has come under intense attack from all sides with generally superior equipped Android devices with overtly obvious innovations likely taking market share away from Samsung’s latest flagship (and that’s not even mentioning the effect Apple has on the smartphone market). This much has been made obvious by news that the LG G3 selling more per week in Korea than the Galaxy S5 was ever able to, probably another sign that Samsung is not quite as invincible as they might have fancied.
One way or another, when Samsung’s financials are eventually announced, we will know what kind of effect this new market has had on Galaxy S5 sales. What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S5 having its supply decreased for Q3? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
We’ve heard quite a lot about the upcoming Android software build, Android 4.4.3, with a partial bug fix list having been already leaked out. After a alleged dogfooding build was apparently spotted being released to Google employees, we’ve been eagerly waiting for word on when we can expect this new build which is plague quite a few users, mainly Nexus 5 owners. Well, the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place as an internal document from Samsung which lays out the Android 4.4.3 update to Samsung devices and suggests that they are already integrating Android 4.4.3 into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 (no Note 3 yet it seems).
Additionally, a list of devices that have been planned to get the current build of software, Android 4.4.2, was also leaked out and suggests Samsung is still diligently working to update most of its mid-to-high end devices. Most notable on this list, unfortunately, is the Galaxy S3 (3G version) which appears to have no estimated released date due to the software being unstable. Hopefully it does come through at some point as it would be a shame if 2012′s flagship were to be left by the wayside.
It looks like Android 4.4.3 is well on its way to devices already, though it could be a little while longer thanks to manufacturer and carrier integration. What do you think about the schedule in the leaked documents? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
FreedomPop on Thursday announced that it has added three new Samsung smartphones with 4G LTE capabilities. Available today, customers can now also choose from the Samsung Galaxy Victory, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S III to pull down LTE speeds.
Pricing breaks down as so:
- Samsung Galaxy Victory – $119
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – $349
- Samsung Galaxy S III – $189
FreedomPop, an MVNO which piggybacks off of Sprint’s network, is also kicking off a new $20 rate plan. For your money you’ll get unlimited text and voice as well as 1GB of 4G LTE data (throttled to 3G after).
Lastly, FreedomPop has debuted a FreedomPop Free Voice and Text app for Android-powered devices.
The app allows any android user to take advantage of FreedomPop’s free voice and text services, while providing a new phone number, voice calls and texts – free. It is also the first OTT app that will allow users to port an existing number.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a lot of expectation to live up to; it’s predecessors have been the best selling smartphones of all time and for it not to join that list would make it one colossal failure for Samsung. To put it in perspective, the Galaxy S4 sold 10 million units in its first 27 days, easily eclipsing the Galaxy S3 for the fastest mark. Well, the Galaxy S5 has now been out for a month now, so how fast exactly did it reach the mark? Korean news website Hankyung is reporting that the Galaxy S5 actually reached 10 million sales after just 25 days, narrowly (but still impressively) beating out its predecessor.
If true, this figure is an incredibly impressive figure considering the already existing saturation of the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3. What’s unusual is that Samsung itself isn’t reporting this news as the Korean tech giant is often first to boast about its sales figures, though that might just be because they are preparing a formal statement about it. Regardless, it looks like the general public aren’t as critical of the device as the critics have been and it looks like the Galaxy S5 still has a very bright future ahead of it yet.
What do you think about this news? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
Hot on the delayed heals of Verizon, or possibly the other way around, U.S. Cellular customers are being treated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for their respective Galaxy S4′s too. In their “What’s New” guide they talk about memory optimization, faster touch screen response time, and better multitasking.
The update is trolling out via a typical OTA and could take a little while to hit every user out there. If you are a bit impatient, you can hook your Galaxy S4 up to your PC and use Samsung Kies to push the update onto your device. Either way, be sure you have well over 50% battery life before you get going on this.
If you held off from grabbing a Galaxy S5 and are still rocking your fully functional Galaxy S4, then we have some good news for you. looks like the long wait for Verizon to catch up to the times is finally over. A number of user reports are being confirmed that Android 4.4.2 KitKat is finally making its rounds. We checked in with the Verizon support pages for the Galaxy S4 and came across the PDF for the update.
THE FOLLOWING CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE:
• Google+ Photos is now Photos
• Play Magazine is now Play Newsstand
• VZ Security is now VZ Protect
THE FOLLOWING APPS ARE NOW PRE-LOADED:
• ISIS Wallet
• VZ Protect (version 2.0.0)
• Verizon Cloud
• Audible app (version 1.5.4)
THE FOLLOWING ISSUES HAVE BEEN FIXED:
• Shortcut Folders on Home screen
• Contact issue when using messaging and dialer apps
• Backup Assistant Plus contact sync
• Bugs when using KNOX app
THE FOLLOWING IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE:
• Phone book and contact syncing to some Bluetooth car kits
• “Locked up” display and device heating
• Group messaging performance on the messaging app
• Stability and power cycle issues
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• Bluetooth audio disconnect when using Music/Navigation app
• ISIS activation issue
• Now supports roaming to Canada (TELUS) network
• Improvements to Accessibility (subtitles) settings
THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS HAVE BEEN MADE:
• SMS to Google Hangouts
• Google Printing framework
• Google+ User Location widget has been added
As always, this is going to be a staged roll-out, so many of you might not see it today. You can always head into Settings>About Phone> Software Update to see though. Make sure you have a good 50% or more battery remaining, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill while it does its thing.
Anyone seeing the update hit their Galaxy S4 today?
With the 2013-2014 NBA Playoffs underway sports fans will be keeping close tabs on things when mobile. Of course Google Now does a pretty good job of keeping you in the loop at all times, but there is also an ‘app for that’ as it were. The NBA Game Time app is a free app that is meant to keep you in the loop all things NBA related. Last week they pushed an update to the app that brought some special treats to Samsung Galaxy device owners.
The new Samsung Experience section is officially live for owners of the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 3. The new section brings you an exclusive lockscreen with live countdowns to your teams next game, live scoring updates during the game and quick access to playoff series scores all without unlocking your device. You also get some wallpapers to set of your favorite teams.
As a Galaxy owner you will also get special highlights from the playoffs like slow motion video content taken with the phantom camera, mini-movies from select games and segments from “NBA Inside Stuff”. As a famed Galaxy owner, you will get all that content before it is released to the general mobile community.