When you think of timely software updates, Samsung isn’t typically one of the manufacturers who’s name comes up first. However, if today’s rumour is true, Samsung may be one of the first to make available Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This rumour comes from SamMobile, who’s Samsung insiders are reporting that the Android L update will come to Samsung’s flagship devices in late November/early December. If true, this should be a much faster turnaround than we have seen from Samsung in the past, however its software has also been buggy at times, buggy enough to withdraw the update entirely – hopefully that won’t be the case this time. We’d love to see Samsung challenge Motorola for fastest manufacturer to update their devices, but we’ll take what we can get.
And while we were expecting Android L to be officially released around Halloween time, along with the new Nexus devices, this allegedly release window for Samsung software updates also gives us further confidence that the release is right around the corner. While this is going to be a very fast update for the Note 4, which hasn’t even started shipping yet, the Android L update will be a breath of fresh air for the Galaxy S5 which has been on the same build of Android since its launch in April.
What do you think of the November/December timeline for Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4? Let us know your thoughts.
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Happy Labor Day my friends, or at least to the friends living in the States. Others, it is just another Monday, so let’s talk some device updates. Looks like the only ones we have are for users on AT&T rocking either an HTC One M8 or a Galaxy S5. M8 users are getting some Android 4.4.3 while Galaxy S5 users are just getting a a fix update. Hopefully those updates have hit your phone already.
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Looks like there is a new update on the way out for Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on AT&T‘s network. The update rolls in at a smaller sized 142.8MB’s, but brings a few fixes and improvements that you might like. Assuming you are stock. Here is the list according to the AT&T support page.
- Security updates and patches
- Application installation enhancements
- Accidental emergency dial fixed on the lock screen
- Several lower layer modem crashes and sluggishness improvement enhancements
- E-mail UX enhancements
- S-View cover error
- Re-activation lock improvements
AT&T makes mention that the update is only available as a OTA. All that means is that Samsung Kies won’t have the update waiting for you when you plug your device in. As usual, make sure you have over 50% battery, a Wi-Fi connection and a little time to kill to download and install the update.
We’re big fans of Moshi‘s products here at AndroidSPIN – they’re not to everybody’s taste nor are they the most heavy duty accessories around, but they more than make up for it in style and functional quality. Today, we’ll be taking a look at two screen protectors that Moshi has made for the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iVisor XT and the iVisor Glass.
We’ll start with the iVisor Glass. As the name suggests, the iVisor Glass is a tempered glass screen protector that Moshi currently only has available for the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S/5C. Moshi claims that their screen protector features “an atomically-strengthened structure that is stronger than glass found in typical glass screen protectors”. A very impressive claim.
Applying the iVisor Glass is extremely simple, with a suction cap provided to help you get that perfectly aligned installation, as well as for removing the protector. Moshi says that their proprietary design will prevent any bubbles ever forming under the screen when applying the screen protector, and we’re likely to believe them; I applied and re-applied the iVisor Glass several times and not once did I see any bubbles.
Next, we’ll take a look at the iVisor XT. We’ve had a look at some of Moshi’s iVisor range before, in particular the iVisor Anti-Glare for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (read the full review here), and the iVisor XT is another screen protector in this line, this time made of plastic.
The iVisor XT is likewise very easy to apply with no risk of bubbles thanks to Moshi’s proprietary design. As you might expect from a plastic screen protector, you do feel a lot closer to the screen than with a glass one, and gives a great feel for the screen.
A neat thing for both these screen protectors is that they can be removed, cleaned off with water and reapplied, effectively extending their lives as screen protectors should you feel the need to try something else in-between. Regarding the toughness of these screen protectors, I didn’t put them through rigorous tests, but I can personally vouch for their performance – I have been using the iVisor Anti-Glare protector on my Note 2 since I reviewed it a year again and there are only a few minor cosmetic marks on it.
In terms of pricing, the iVisor XT will set you back $24.95 USD whereas the iVisor Glass will be $39.95 USD.
In closing, the iVisor XT and iVisor Glass looks like a fantastic way to protect your Galaxy S5 depending on the level of protection you want. Both of these screen protectors are premium quality, and come with a big personal recommendation from me. If you’re hoping to pick one up, you can check out the product page for the iVisor XT here and iVisor Glass here, or we’ve provided Amazon links below too.
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One of the most viral initiatives all over the world right now is the Ice Bucket Challenge which started as an awareness campaign for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. While the campaign has done wonders for awareness and a lot of good has come out of it, it’s almost at the saturation point where some are using the core concept to their own advantage. Exhibit A: Samsung. Samsung Mobile UK posted up a video yesterday of the Galaxy S5 taking the Ice Bucket Challenge:
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While there’s probably nothing malicious in the video, it’s pretty clear that the primary focus of the video is not awareness of Motor Neurone Disease but rather the waterproof properties of the Galaxy S5, something that is missing from the “iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 and Nokia 930″. While it is a clever bit of marketing, it seems almost too opportunistic to piggy-back of a charitable awareness campaign, especially when they haven’t mentioned any monetary contribution to the cause.
What do you think about the Galaxy S5 taking the Ice Bucket Challenge? Do you think Samsung’s missed the point? Let us know your thoughts.
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Today, LG debuted it’s newest newest global flagship phone, the G3. The Android smartphone is a followup to the LG G2 from 2013, which had an unique design which moved the power/lock button and volume controls from the sides of the phone to the back of the device, below the camera lens. The G3 sports that same design, but with a more polished look, complete with a brushed metallic body (available in five colors) and a more mature-looking Android operating system.
The G3 packs the high-end specs we’ve come to expect in premium phones, and it’s perfectly poised to go up against it’s top Android competitors, the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.
With similar eye-popping screens, powerful processors, and capable camera lenses available on all three devices, deciding on which one is best for you really comes down to the extra features, design, and personal brand preference. The LG G3 is no slouch when it comes to extras, with the Knock Code security feature, a front-facing camera designed specifically for selfies, and a high-capacity battery.
Check out the chart below to see how the phone’s specs stacks up against its competition, and let us know in the comments below which phone comes out on top for you.
HTC One M8
Samsung Galaxy S5
5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz.
5.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches; 5.6 oz.
5.5 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches; 5 oz.
5.5 inches; 2,560×1,440 pixels; 538ppi
5 inches; 1,920×1,080; 441ppi
5.1 inches; 1,920×1,080 pixels; 431ppi
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
4.0 Low energy
4.0 Low energy
4.0 Low energy
Rear camera and recording
13-megapixel; 4K HD video
4-’Ultrapixel’; 1080p HD video
16-megapixel; 4K HD (1080p HD default)
2.1-megapixel; 1080p HD video
5-megapixel; 1080p HD video
2-megapixel; 1080p HD video
2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801
2.3GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801
2.5GHz quad-core; Snapdragon 801
One-watt speaker with amp
Fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor
T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
Metallic white, black, gold, red, and violet
Gray, silver, rose gold
Black, white, blue, and copper
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The exclusive color will be available starting from August 17 Best Buy will soon be carrying an Electric Blue version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. Slated to arrive on August 17, the phone will be sold for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Pricing remains the same as the other versions available; $199 with a two-year… Read more »
I’m not much of a leather guy. I’m not much of a belt clip holster type of guy either. However, all that changed when I saw the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster. Blacksmith-Labs is a company born from a Kickstarter and still appears to be going strong. Their philosophy is “based on the concept of modern minimalist, focusing on the fundamentals of the design without unnecessary elements” and you’ll definitely get a sense of that once we take a close look at the holster. The case we’re looking at today is for the Samsung Galaxy S5, but Blacksmith-Labs also has the case available for Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Samsung Galaxy S4.
What’s in the box
Opening the box of the Bruno holster, you immediately get the sense you’re about to experience something unlike most other phone accessories. The box is lined with velvet, which you unfold to reveal the Bruno holster.
Blacksmith-Labs calls the Bruno Collection the “ultimate expression of our design philosophy”. The body of the holster is created from a single piece of leather and hand-stitched where required. As you might expect from a holster/pouch accessory, where the phone is always completely shielded, there isn’t anything extra included in the box besides the holster itself; no screen protector, no screen cleaner. As you can probably tell, even just from the photos, the Bruno holster is absolutely made from real leather, which gives it both a very distinct look and distinct smell.
On the rear of the holder, there is a 360-degree rotatable belt clip, which you can use to hook the holster onto yourself. We have the Gunmetal Grey variant of the belt clip here, but you can also choose to have the clip in Brushed Gold. Speaking of finishes, the Bruno holster that we have here is the Chestnut Brown, but you can also get it in Black, Burgundy, Blue, Dark Cognac and Natural Leather. The holster we have here will set you back $79.95 USD, while some of the other leather finishes, depending on the leather used, will cost up to $119.95 USD.
How does it perform
The function of the Bruno holster is as simple as you would expect; after you insert your Galaxy S5, you secure it inside the pouch by pulling down a leather strap and fixing it to the metal stud that adorns the front of the holster. It’s not the most secure mechanism you have ever seen, but it does do the job. For everything else that isn’t your phone, there is also a front pocket which can hold a whole number of things as it is quite wide including your credit and business cards, cash or even a charging cable.
The fit of the pouch is actually pretty loose so you can stick your fingers right into it to to fish your Galaxy S5 out. As for whether you can fit in your Galaxy S5 and a case: you might be able to get away with a very thin case, but anything thicker won’t cut it. But not to worry as Blacksmith-Labs also offers a version of the holster specifically for a Galaxy S5 and case (this appears to only be available for the Galaxy S5 so far) which will give you that extra leeway to fit in your device with protection.
While the Bruno holster is handcrafted, the workmanship is of a very high standard. I initially had concerns about how strong the stitching was, particularly the stitching around the belt clip, but it looks to be of good quality and should last quite a while (assuming you don’t start getting into extreme sports). And the great thing about a handcrafted accessory is that you know that it is unique, which is pretty special. As you might expect from a full body pouch, the Bruno holster is reasonably protective, and if you’ve chosen to get a holster made of real leather, chances are it’s going to be enough for your purposes.
You might be questioning the use of a stud to keep down the only strap that is keeping your Galaxy S5 from jumping out of the holster, but it employs a very simple locking system where you just pull the strap further down and the stud gets locked in a smaller notch that will keep the strap from coming loose. Simplicity is the key after all.
What I like about the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster
There’s definitely something refreshing about seeing a case made from leather and made so elegantly. Sure, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but if it is, you’re unlikely to be unhappy. I’m a big fan of how simple it is and how it looks so unassuming, which really highlights Blacksmith-Labs’ mantra of “less is more”.
Leather pouch aside, I really like the construction of the belt clip. It’s meaty, touch and goes well with the overall theme of the Bruno holster. Furthermore, I really like how Blacksmith-Labs have secured the belt clip, making sure that it won’t fall out, even after time and stretching of the leather.
What I don’t like about the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster
I never like saying that price is something I don’t like about a product, particularly when I think it is worth it, and in this case, I do. However, the prices of the Bruno holsters (either $79.95 or $119.95), particularly the higher grade leather ones, are expensive, so unless this is definitely something you have been looking for, it’s not likely to be your first choice. Having said that, this is what real leather costs, which fans of the material will definitely associate with.
The Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster for Samsung Galaxy S5 is a testament to simplicity and function. It uses leather to great effect, which is a welcome contrast given the world of compounds and plastics we live in. If you’ve been looking for a leather holster, or something elegant to store your Galaxy S5 in, the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster is definitely one accessory you should consider.
If you are interested in picking up the Blacksmith-Labs Bruno Belt Clip Holster for Samsung Galaxy S5, you can find the product page here, or if you want to see what else Blacksmith-Labs has on offer, you can visit their homepage here.
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If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S5 on either Verizon or T-Mobile, then be on the look out for an update that being pushed out to your device. Each update is a little different in terms of what it will bring to your device.
On the T-Mobile side of things you can expect to be moved to baseband version G900TUVU1BNG3 and carries a file size of 38.6MBs. The update turns on T-Mobile VoLTE service to the flagship device which allows for phone calls to be made over LTE data services. Your location and coverage will have an impact on how well, or if, it works at all. The update is rolling out now and be picked up as a OTA or through Samsung Kies.
As for Verizon’s version of the device there are quite a few additional things you might notice. The software Version moves to KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9 and it will bring along updates to the Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps from Verizon. There is also a fairly substantial list of bug fixes as well.
We don’t see a file size mentioned on the Verizon support page for the device, but we imagine it will be fairly large. You will want to make sure you are over 50% on your battery life and have a Wi-Fi connection available to download either update.
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