If Samsung was worried about the popularity of its new flagship device, those concerns have been quelled emphatically. Reports from ZDNet have reported that Samsung Galaxy S5 sales on launch day were up on average by 30% over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, and that in some countries, the sales increase was closer to 100%. In fact, the above photo was taken in France on launch day there, with scores of people lining up in anticipation of purchasing the phone. There’s definitely some irony in the appearance of lines; Samsung is well known for disparaging Apple for the appearance of lines when they launch new devices.
Many of you will remember that the Galaxy S4 sold 10 million handsets in its first month on the market; it looks like the Galaxy S5 is on track to smash that record and while Samsung probably isn’t worried about the demand for its new smartphone, they will likely be worried about the supply which took several significant hits in the weeks before the Galaxy S5′s release, including a contracted factory catching fire and the assembly of its ISOCELL camera not progressing as quickly as they hoped. Whatever happens in the ensuing weeks, the Galaxy S5′s launch day performance sure makes it seem like Samsung still has a stranglehold on the Android market for the foreseeable future.
Have you got a Samsung Galaxy S5? What are your thoughts on it so far? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Sprint has begun pushing out an update today for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which will make it the 4th device on the network capable of using Wi-Fi calling. The others are the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy Note 3. The update is rolling out now, but is expected to take a couple of weeks to complete.
How will customers benefit?
Enhanced coverage for in-building coverage or areas with challenging network conditions
Easy setup: Once activated, everything is seamless and happens in the background
Unlimited voice calling and messaging on Wi-Fi: All domestic calling and messaging is FREE (standard CDMA international rates apply for international calls)
Be on the look out for the update and let us know how it works out when it arrives. Also kep in mind that this update and the Wi-Fi calling option is only for the tri-band version of the device. (The ones that can utilize Sprint Spark)
If you asked me what smartphone has the best display of them all, I probably wouldn’t be confident in giving you an objective suggestion. DisplayMate, experts in the display analysis business, on the other hand, has put together a very objective report which conclusively says that according to them, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the ‘best performing smartphone display’ available.
Through all their tests, which saw the Galaxy S5 perform extremely favorably compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 broke records for multiple ‘best display’ categories including “Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle”. While there are no doubt a few more challengers that are yet to enter the ring, it’s fantastic for prospective Galaxy S5 owners to know that Samsung‘s OLED screen hasn’t missed a beat and has been improved on since the Galaxy S4.
If you want to check out the full and very comprehensive report, be sure to hit the source link below. What do you think about the suggestion that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best display out of all the available smartphones on the market now? Let us know what your opinion is in the comments.
You’ve tricked out your ride, splurged on some curves for your home theater and even recreated that floating Burnquist ramp for extreme weekend fun, but there’s still something missing. The gem and jewelry purveyors at Brilliance have just the thing; they’ve provided an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S 4 and bundled it with a gemstone-studded Galaxy Gear, so that one lucky Engadget reader (or someone near and dear) can rock a bit of bling like the stars. Brilliance offers gemstone customization for a variety of gadgets and has recently worked with Samsung to create shiny custom wearables for celebrities like Jennifer Hudson. You get to choose the color of the Galaxy Gear and take your pick of real-life gems, so you can rock your rocks while wearing your tech — Xzibit would be proud. To get a chance at winning this sparkly wrist machine and
life companion smartphone, you’ll need to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Go ahead, it might just be your chance to shine.
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- Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one (1) Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-i337), and one (1) Samsung Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) customized with the gemstone of your choice, courtesy of Brilliance.
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It wouldn’t shock me, if HTC’s CEO just walked out on stage at their event, raised the New HTC One up in the air and yelled, “Here it is! Go get it!” then just walked off stage. The All New HTC One has been spotted more times in the wild than the Loch Ness Monster, and today, we get a dummy unit posing with some other phones you might have heard of.
The iPhone 5s, LG G2, Xperia Z1, and the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, lay beside the All New One, and we get a good look on how it measures up. Not like it is much of shock that it is pretty distinctive when compared to the other popular phones. So check out all the images, and let us know how excited you are about the new HTC One.
Need to replace the battery on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Maybe you like to have a spare one around so you can toss it into a bag for an extended night on the town. Whatever the case, you can scoop one up from Amazon for as little as $10.48 today. Discounted 79% off the normal price, it’s one heck of a bargain. Note that this is the real deal from Samsung and not an off-brand replacement.
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Alright friends, time to see if you got an update headed your way. Pretty much all the updates are Android 4.4.2 related, and you T-Mobile Galaxy S4 and Note 3 users should be you are finally getting it. If you haven’t gotten you update yet, don’t worry, these update rollouts take time. Just be glad that they are coming.
T-Mobile Galaxy S4 gets Android 4.4.2
Android 4.4.2 for the HTC Butterfly S
Huawei Ascend P6 gets Android 4.4.2
KitKat hits the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
Android 4.4.2 rolls out to the Sprint Moto X
Another day and another OTA on the way for a Samsung device. Today we learn that T-Mobile is pushing the OTA update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will bring it up to Android 4.4.2. This update will bring with it a baseband version of M919UVUFNB4. The push moves the device from 4.3 that that pushed back in Novemeber. That one brought in Knox and Galaxy Gear support.
The update is rolling out in stages via the traditional OTA method. If you opt for the update in that fashion you will want to make sure you have over 50% battery charge and some time to kill on a Wi-Fi network. The update will weigh in at 388mbs and will take a little bit of time to download. If you aren’t a huge fan of OTA downloads, the update has also been made available via Samsung Kies. That would be Samsung’s companion PC app for backing up things, transferring files and updating your device. It is also very useful for those that don’t like to wait for the update prompt to finally hit their device. If you want to do it manually yourself, just open Samsung Kies on your PC and connect your device. You can head over to Samsung.com for the Kies software if you don’t have it yet, it takes a while to install though.
Not that long ago we heard talk that Samsung was going to be bringing a streaming music service to their device. The service was to be called ‘Milk Music’ and would find its way to users who have and use a variety of Galaxy series devices. Samsung has officially announced the service and have released the app to the Play Store.
The new service is free for users, and for a limited time will be ad-free as well. It currently offers more than 200 ad-free radio stations and 13 million songs. It is fully customizable. You are able to “fine tune” your streaming station experience by popularity, novelty and song favorites.
“Milk Music introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”
The Milk Music app is on the Play Store, but is only available for a select list of Samsung Galaxy devices.
I find it interesting that none of the Galaxy tablets were listed in the Press Release.
It will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S5 when the device is launched. If you meet that criteria and want to give it a shot then hit up the Play Store badge below. Let us know what you think of it.
Outdoorsy types — hunters, fishermen and ATV riders, to name a few — utilize mobile technology as much as the indoor types, but their apps are a bit more hands-on. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 61 percent of Americans owned a smartphone in 2013, and that number will only increase. Outdoor enthusiasts make up a huge part of that group, but they may not be aware of the cool accessories available to enhance their activities. If you’re one of those people, here are four that may interest you:
S4 Gear Jackknife Smartphone Bow Mount
There is no better feeling for bow hunters than a perfect head or neck shot that takes down your target without damaging any of the meat. Now you can share those moments instantly with everyone.
The S4 Gear’s Jackknife Bow Mount gives hunters the ability to shoot video with their smartphone attached right to the bow’s sight mount. It creates a first-person shooter viewpoint that allows you to film and provide commentary simultaneously. Not only will the Jackknife allow you to share your hunting activities with the world, but can also serve as training film to improve your accuracy. The Jackknife sells for around $45.
Anemometer Accessory by Vaavud
There’s one element of nature that can ruin a camping, boating, surfing or hunting trip before it begins: wind. Hunters, for instance, always want to approach prey in the opposite direction of the wind so the animals don’t pick up their scent and escape. Deer, especially, use their olfactory receptors for communication and defense purposes, so knowing the wind’s velocity and direction is important.
The Vaavud Smartphone Anemometer is the perfect accessory for all outdoor activities. Funded by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the Vaavud wireless wind meter lets users get accurate readings of wind speed and direction. You can then share the readings instantly online. The device works with most iPhones, along with the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and HTC One. The Vaavud wind meter can be purchased for $50.
Arctic Power Bank 4000
Extending trips away from power sources mean the batteries in your device will need some other way to maintain a charge. That’s where the Arctic Power Bank 4000 come into play.
This portable charger and backup battery provides 4000 mAh of power, essentially giving you 16 extra hours of talk time or 20 hours of Web surfing. Its compatible with almost all smartphones, tablets, e-Readers and any other USB-powered device. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and comes with a case to hold all the cables. Available on Amazon carries for $30.
Arkon SM032 Handlebar Mount
Cameras that mount on ATV helmets are becoming a popular accessory for riders to share their experiences with others. But shooting a second angle can give you more raw footage to work with when editing the finished product.
The Arkon SM032 allows you to mount your smartphone to your handlebars without covering the controls on your touchscreen. The water-resistant zippers around the holder allows you to ride anywhere in any kind of weather. It’s compatible with most smartphones and even the iPod touch. For under $30, it can be yours.