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.
Let’s see if your device is getting updated. Well if you have an AT&T Galaxy S4, you might be enjoying some Android 4.4.2. Hopefully you are, and you T-Mobile LG G2 users will be getting yours shortly. Let us know if you got any updates.
With Samsung having announced the new Galaxy S5, you may have begun to feel like your Samsung Galaxy S4 is already out-of-date, and might begin to think that it’s running a bit slow, especially if there’s a lot of content on it.
Luckily, we have a tip for you that will help speed up your Samsung Galaxy S4 and have it feeling brand new, and it’s as simple as having developer options enabled.
The little hack revolves around the animations applied to transitioning between windows and turning the device on or off. By simply turning this off, it contributes to making the device seem extremely snappy and fast.
First, you’ll need to enable the Developer Options hidden menu. To do this, go into Settings -> About Device and scroll down to “Build Number”. Now, tap on “Build Number” five times and you’ll see a notification saying that “Developer mode has been enabled”.
With that hidden menu now enabled, we can head on into it to begin fastening up our Samsung Galaxy S4.
- Head on in to Developer Options in Settings.
- Scroll down to the Drawing section.
- Of interest here is the Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.
- Click on them individually to change the scale.
You are able to turn the animations off completely, or set them to 0.5x (default is 1x) so the animations will be double speed for those who would like to retain them.
You’ll notice your Samsung Galaxy S4 feels substantially quicker. Let us know your comments in the section below.
Despite the world’s attention firmly fixed on the Samsung Galaxy S5 this week at MWC 2014, it is its little brother, the Galaxy S4, that’s getting all the love lately. Update love, that is, as Android 4.4.2 gradually rolls out to all the remaining carrier based devices. Next on the list is Android 4.4.2 for the AT&T Galaxy S4 which AT&T says will start rolling out today.
The updated is expected to come in at somewhere between 412MB – 842MB and will be available over Wi-Fi only. As you might expect from the Android 4.4.2 update, it brings a whole load of highly anticipated features to the Galaxy S4as well as finally bringing over Galaxy Gear compatibility. Clearly the time to start madly mashing your “Check for updates” button is now, so do let us know if you get the update today.
This AT&T update leaves only T-Mobile and Verizon as the major carriers yet to update their Galaxy S4 handsets, and for those waiting, hopefully they won’t take much longer, though don’t take my word for it…
The debate of whether plastic or metal is a better material for smartphones has raged as long as anyone cares to remember, of course reaching its climax in 2013 with the release of the aluminium-encased HTC One and the plastic all-rounder, the Samsung Galaxy S4. That argument has yet to come to a logical conclusion (whether or not logic is generally used in these discussions is a different matter completely) and with the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and The All New HTC One, the battle of metal vs plastic has again been brought to the fore. In that light, let’s take a look at what’s wrong with plastic smartphones, or at least, the perception of this, and why people believe metal to be better.
There are plenty of rumours about what the Galaxy S5 is going to be made of: there is talk of the Galaxy S5 adopting a metal construction while other reports say that it will end up adopting the faux-leather back cover seen on the Galaxy Note 3. Both of these rumours could be true in their own right, but then there’s also the rumour of two variants, a premium and standard edition. It’s possible that Samsung will give the premium version the more ‘premium’ treatment with metal whereas resorting to the ‘cheaper’ plastic for the standard edition, but I guess what the issue at hand is, what exactly makes metal a better choice for a smartphone.
While at the heart of the discussion is obviously personal preference, we’ll deal with that a little later; I’d like to first address the practical and physical aspect of the debate. Metal is a material that humanity has now dealt with for many years and we’re all very familiar with its properties; from a smartphone perspective, it provides a very protective shell with high tensile strength, something that is rarely replicated with other materials. Converse to this, plastic’s strength can never really be compared to metal’s, in a general sense, as metal’s method of preparation ensures that it will inevitably be harder and much stronger, from a materials perspective. Applied to a smartphone, however, I think plastic comes into its own.
The ‘strength’ of a phone’s construction, I feel, has been given a fairly arbitrary interpretation in today’s media; we are generally quite quick to assume that metal is more premium feeling and we know it is a stronger material, therefore it should be better for our smartphones. If, however, you take a look at all the hyper-protective cases available on the market, you will notice they all have one particular characteristic in common: they all incorporate an absorption system that usually relies on give. More specifically, this is quite similar to the idea of crumple-zones on vehicles where the impact of a crash is absorbed by the car’s chassis rather than transferred in its entirety to its occupants. In the same way, these cases distribute destructive forces away from your device when it hits the ground.
In a similar way then, in the absence of a case, the construction of your phone has a similar mandate; to direct damaging forces away from the phone’s internal electronics. Perhaps most telling about metal devices is the fact that they have no give; metal does not warp or bounce, therefore if a HTC One is dropped, the exterior of the One is likely to dent, as is often documented. Conversely, a plastic device that is dropped is unlikely to suffer the same kind of permanent defect, though in extreme cases, the cover itself may snap. As you can see then, plastic is in no way less appropriate for a smartphone than metal; they simply have different abilities, both with their own advantages in specific scenarios.
Now, moving on to the question of whether one material or the other feels ‘premium’, this can only ever be a personal preference. It can be said that a brushed aluminium object may be one of the nicest objects to hold in the world, but plastic can be just as smooth, if not smoother (on a molecular level). It’s an impossible argument to win as everyone prefers something different in their own personal device, and it’s worthwhile to remember that before you question somebody for liking something “they shouldn’t”.
The purpose of my discussion here is not to paint the picture that either plastic or metal is superior as a material for a smartphone, as both have their pros and cons, and at the end of the day, it is down to a person’s personal preference. Rather, the point of this article is to perhaps encourage more intellectual discussion between opposing parties in this debate and try to discourage blind ‘fanboyism’, which unfortunately many conversations tend to boil down to; it’s often one thing to say you prefer something, but entirely another to accept the disadvantages and consequences of your choice.
But enough about what I think: what’s your opinion on metal or plastic, and why do you prefer it?
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Keep an eye on your TV sets over the next few weeks and you’ll likely encounter one of Samsung’s new ad campaigns. Launching today, the latest commercials have a playful, poking tone that doesn’t stray far from previous ads.
Yes, there’s some jokes to be had at Apple’s expense; did you expect otherwise?
Android 4.4 KitKat for the Sprint Galaxy S4. Sony Brings Android 4.3 to Multiple Devices. – Device Updates
Hello Android friends. Time for that time of the week where we talk about those updates that happened this passed week. The Sprint Galaxy S4 should be getting some Android 4.4, and Sony is getting a few of their Xperia devices up to Android 4.3. Other than that, a pretty slow update week.
Though Samsung kindly bestowed Android 4.4 KitKat onto the Google Play edition of its Galaxy S4 late last year, the TouchWiz variants of the same phone have not received the same attention, at least in the US. That ends today, however, as Sprint is finally rolling out said update to the Galaxy S4, making it the first US carrier to do so. This means that GS4 users on Sprint will finally get to enjoy the benefits of KitKat, such as better security, full-screen mode and of course, the new Hangouts. Sprint’s changelog also indicates that the update will add Zact Mobile compatibility to the phone. There’s been a sizable user demand for KitKat from GS4 owners, so hopefully this update shows that their phone is still relevant. Especially, you know, as there might be a successor coming up any day now.
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Looks like it could be a very happy Valentines Day for you guys rocking a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint. Sprint has announced that the rollout of the the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has begun today. The update will jump to software version L720VPUFNAE.
In typical fashion the update is rolling out in phases beginning today and is expected to be completed by March 9th. We have read conflicting arguments on if manually checking for the update really does any good or not. It doesn’t hurt to try, right? Head into Menu > Settings > More > System Update> Update Samsung Software > Check Now. Be sure you have ample charge on your device, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time for the update to download. If you do happen to pick it up let us know in the comments. Particularly the file size as Sprint failed to mention that one.