Mobile phone cameras have certainly come along way over the last few years. The image sensors, resolution, speed and manual settings easily put them ahead a multitude of point and shoot cameras and in some cases can replace the bulkiness of a DSLR in some situations. While they are pretty amazing, there is still a […]
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The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been slowly rolling out around the world for a few weeks now, and it’s high time that we start seeing some comparisons between the outgoing Android KitKat software and the silky smooth Lollipop. Thanks to Phone Arena, we now have a Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop vs […]
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Samsung has steadily been pushing OTA updates around the globe for Android 5.0 for their flagship Galaxy S5. We know it went over well in Poland, Russia, Malaysia and Spain. Next on the mega OEM’s list is a roll out that is currently underway in the UK. While the update does bring the device more […]
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Towards the end of December, Samsung started a wider roll out of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F) in Europe. A limited roll out actually started in Poland at the beginning of December, and then moved to Spain. Now the firmware update has arrived in the UK.
Since the initial deployment in Poland, Samsung has tweaked the firmware a couple of times to squash some last minute bugs. It now seems that the upgrade is ready for mass consumption.
Samsung’s new firmware does more than just upgrade the underlying operating system. The fingerprint sensor has also been improved because of a new driver, and the Note 4’s lock screen has also been brought over to the Galaxy S5.
An upgrade to Android 5.0 for Galaxy S5 devices in Europe was expected, however it seems that Samsung is a little behind schedule. Data gleaned from France’s second largest carrier, SFR, indicated that the S5 would get Android 5.0 during December. However it looks like a January general roll out is well under way.
Once the roll out is underway, it is expected that Samsung will turn its attentions to the Galaxy Note 4. Have you received Android 5.0 Lollipop for your Galaxy S5? If so, please let us know.
Samsung is working on a little treat for new Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Tab S buyers. Starting January 4th, Samsung is giving eligible U.S. buyers one free year of Netflix to go along with their new Samsung device.
If you are looking to buy one of these Samsung devices this weekend, you best hold off until after noon EST on Sunday. Of course, you best not procrastinate either, Samsung is only offering the promotion to the first 115,000 buyers.
With purchase in hand, head on over to SamsungPromotions.com to register. If you get in on time, and are a U.S. mainland or District of Columbia consumer that is 18 or older, Samsung will get you a credit for your new or existing Netflix account, good for 12 months of streaming service. Worth more than $100.
The information for this deal is not live yet, but the folks over at Android Central captured a shot of the promo flyer, see below. In addition to Netflix, the flyer is proud to announce that you’ll also get access to Samsung’s music streaming service Milk Music.
Again, those eligible devices are Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, their handy tablet the Galaxy Tab S, and the phone that lives in between those two in terms of size, the Galaxy Note 4. If you are not looking for a phone or tablet, there are also 10,000 4K streaming Netflix promos up for grabs for certain 4K Samsung TV purchases.
The Samsung promo for one year of free Netflix streaming starts this Sunday, January 4th, and runs until either January 17th or until 115,00 people claim the offer, whichever comes first.
Is a free year of Netflix worth picking up one of these Samsung devices?
Everyone wants Android 5.0 Lollipop on their device. There are options and ways to make that happen, but a lot of people are plenty happy just getting the OTA from the manufacturer/carrier and running with it. Samsung hasn’t always been the largest proponent of updates to Android OS version updates in the past, but more […]
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With OEM skins, Android updates are something of a mixed bag, especially among top-tier products: the question isn’t really one of if, but instead when. Motorola, for example, has shuttered its Motoblur skin entirely, and gets updates out the door quickly. Samsung on the other hand, still requires some down-time before it can begin the roll-out. This year has seen the Korean giant speed things up considerably, with a [limited] Lollipop roll-out in select parts of Europe for the Galaxy S5 flagship some weeks ago. However, American customers are still left standing. But, not for long?
Thanks to Reddit user SamsungRep2015, we now know that the USA distribution for Android 5.0 Lollipop will begin in January. As nothing has been officially verified by Samsung USA, this information is still “unofficial”, however Reddit mods have apparently verified the authenticity of said user’s employment at Samsung. S/he reports that the Galaxy S5 will be the first to receive the update, followed by the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, and then the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, with tablets (such as the pair of Galaxy Tab S flagships) apparently coming in the fourth wave. The following screen capture reported to be from Samsung internal e-mails was also posted:
Despite the above image, there is no information provided as to which carriers this update will be coming to and when, nor is there any indication as to what version of Android Lollipop will be pushed: since its release, there have been three builds (5.0, 5.0.1, and 5.0.2) although the most recent seems to be currently relegated to the 2013 Nexus 7. Also missing are any details of the purported Galaxy Note 2 Lollipop update that may be reaching Europe eventually.
Still, as they say, “you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, and thus the effort Samsung is making to update its devices in a generally timely fashion is still something worth considering.
Do you or a friend own a Galaxy S5? Do you feel like you just can’t get through the day on a single charge? Or are you a light user that doesn’t like to charge your phone everyday and want to go 2 full days on one charge? If you answered “Yes” to any of those 3 questions, then you might want to keep reading. The LifeCHARGE Glide Slim might just be what you’re looking for.
When LifeCHARGE offered me to review this battery case my first thoughts were of my stepfather’s constant complaining about the poor battery life of his newly acquired GS5. Although he’d just moved up from the GS3 and said the battery life was much better, he still wasn’t satisfied. So I had LifeCHARGE send one out to me for review. This is the second time they send my a battery case for review. (The first one was for the iPhone 5/5s which you can find my review on my Profile Page.) And I have to give them major props on both the quality of there products & their service.
I usually understand how to use a product at first glance. Give me 5 minutes and I’ll be using it as if I personally invented it. Assembling this is as easy as it gets. You seriously won’t need instructions. As to how it works, now that’s a little more complicated. To put it simply: just assemble, charge, and forget. The reason I say that is because once you plug in your original battery to this battery pack the phone treats both batteries as one single battery. There are no on/off buttons or battery indicator on the case. Everything is treated as a single battery. So instead of having a single 2600mAh battery, it’s more like having a 5000mAh battery powering your phone.
I have to admit that it did catch my off guard at first. When I didn’t see a power button, I was a bit confused. I had to contact customer service to find out how it worked. Once I assembled it I assumed that it would just start working right away, but you have to charge it once connected so that the 2 batteries can sync up. Once that’s done, just forget about it and keep it moving as if nothing had changed. Now let’s wrap it up with The Good, The Bad, & The Bottom Line.
+ Easy Assembly. It couldn’t be much easier.
+ It’s very easy to use.
+ Once you connect it, you can forget about it.
+ Protects your phones from falls. It isn’t going to survive some crazy 2 story drop, but a drop om chest level should be fine.
+ Doesn’t add to much bulk. Surprisingly enough I actually like the added bulk although it isn’t much. This is coming from a guy who hates cases all together.
+ Soft touch finish is an added bonus that makes it feel better then the actual GS5 back.
– The phone is no longer waterproof with this case on. Which isn’t such a big deal anyways considering the average consumer forgets the phone is waterproof anyways.
– The screen itself isn’t so well protected. If it drops directly on the screen it will still shatter like any other. My solution to that is to buy yourself a tempered glass screen protector.
The Bottom Line:
The bottom line is that this case’s positives far outweigh it’s negatives. It’s definitely a good buy for anyone who wants to get the most out of their GS5. Battery life went from about 17hrs with 3.5hrs Screen on time to 2 days with 6.5hrs of screen on time. I’d recommend it, and it also makes a great gift. I hope you guys enjoy more CHARGE in your Life.
Amazon Link : LifeCHARGE Glide GS5
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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.
What do you think about Android Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy S4 being confirmed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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