Looking to protect your new Samsung Galaxy S5 with something that’s going to withstand more than the occasional drop? Check out the Urban Armor Gear case which features military grade protection against impact. Available in a half dozen color options, this one features lightweight composite construction that sees a resistant soft core housed inside the armor shell. It’s rough and tough looking and keeps your phone tucked away safely yet it doesn’t obscure anything. Indeed, your ports, speaker, volume, and other buttons are easily accessible. It looks bad ass, even in pink.
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Sprint on Wednesday confirmed that its version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will receive an update that enables Wi-Fi Calling. Slated to roll out over the next few weeks, the Galaxy S5 marks Sprint’s seventh device capable of the feature. Sprint’s Wi-Fi Calling is a free service that allows for calling and messaging over your Wi-Fi connection.
Looking ahead, Sprint plans to deploy International Wi-Fi calling in the coming weeks. Once enabled it will let customers make calls and send texts via Wi-Fi in more than 100 countries.
Other devices capable of using Sprint Wi-Fi Calling include:
- HTC One Max
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
- Samsung Galaxy Mega
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sprint Spark
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport (coming soon)
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Back in April a keen eye caught an image issue on the device section of the Google Play Store for the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE device. The image had been updated, or inadvertently changed, to depict an image of the Samsung Galaxy S5. It stayed that way for a while before the situation was sorted out. One month later in May the S5 GPE was spotted clearing through the Bluetooth SIG process. Just a few weeks ago nearly every GPE device in the Play Store went by the wayside as “out of inventory.” Leaving only the HTC One M8 and the Nexus devices available for order. It would seem that a new round of Google Play Edition should be on the way, especially a Galaxy S5 variant.
Per the usual, @evleaks has shared and confirmed that one is coming still. However, no one knows when. It is interesting to note that the image shows both hardware and software buttons at the bottom. The previous Galaxy S4 GPE offered just the hardware buttons. It could be just a crappy image manipulation with a stock screen placed on a Galaxy S5 body, but with the other information like the image swap on the Play Store (which had both hardware and software keys) and the Bluetooth SIG certification, we are pretty confident that a Galaxy S5 does exist. We have to wonder if Samsung will be offering both hardware and software key options similar to the OnePlus One. Although, this is Samsung we are talking about, so they could just be screwing things up all together.
What are your thought? Regardless of the image, would a Galaxy S5 GPE appeal to your wallet at all?
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Just few weeks ago, we showed you a bunch of leaked pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, courtesy of SAMMobile. Now thanks to one of their sources, they are reporting that Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will go up for sale in markets worldwide in mid-July.
Obviously nothing is set on stone right now but last year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S4 Mini in mid-July as well. However, about the specs of the Galaxy S5 Mini, we know that it will feature a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 3 Quad (Exynos 3470) , 1.5GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR Blaster, NFC, and GPS. Galaxy S5 Mini will feature Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UX, and despite being the ‘Mini’ version of the Galaxy S5, it will come with all the software goodies such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, and Kids Mode.
Are you looking forward to Samsung’s new addition to the Galaxy family?
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is the tougher variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with all the same specs minus the finger print scanner and adds a tough shell plus three physical buttons. Even the most rugged of devices can’t always stand up to the tests the most rugged users out there can put it through. One of the roughest and toughest case manufacturers out there agrees and have produced a new case for the Galaxy S5 Active, meet the Pelican ProGear Voyager.
“By its nature, the Galaxy S® 5 Active smart phone finds itself with those living a more adventurous lifestyle,” said David Becker, Vice President of Sales, Consumer Electronics, at Pelican Products. “The Pelican ProGear™ Voyager case is built to protect your smart phone from whatever adventure life throws at you.”
The case is built with 360 degrees of protecting in mind and is engineered to military (mil-spec) standards. It is a 4 piece case made with polycarbonate, energy-absorbing Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) and polyurethane rubber. The case also comes with a scratch resistant screen protector that fits over the screen and under the front part of the case. As an added bonus, it also comes with a spring-loaded belt clip holster that doubles as a multi-position stand for watching flicks.
Samsung on Wednesday announced a new version of its Galaxy S5 flagship phone, unwrapping the Galaxy S5 LTE-A. Once known by the name of Galaxy S5 Prime, it’s the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 processor which boasts four 2.5GHz Krait 450 CPU cores as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. What’s more, this is also the first device of its kind to offer theoretical download speeds of 225Mbps.
Other specifications boosted in the Galaxy S5 LTE-A include a WQHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display and 3GB RAM. Internal storage is listed at 32GB with an option for microSD expansion (up to 128GB), however, much of the other hardware remains unchanged.
If all of this sounds great and has you hoping to pick up the new device you’ll want to temper that enthusiasm. Samsung has, for now, opted to keep this one exclusive to its Korean home market. It is expected that the phone will be offered as soon as June 19 in a variety of colors: Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, and Glam Red. Reportedly, the price will be 940,500 won (approximately $919 US).
There has been a lot of noise lately being made about the Samsung Galaxy F, or Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime as it’s also known as. This device is supposed to build on the original Galaxy S5 with a bigger screen and a faster processor. Well, Samsung has today announced something like that, but it’s not quite what we expected. The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A was announced today, and like the Galaxy S4 LTE-A that was released last year, looks like the original Galaxy device it’s based off with slightly better hardware specs and the ability to harness the speeds of LTE-Advanced networks.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A features a 5.1-inch Quad HD display giving it a pixel count of a whopping 577 ppi. Better still, the device is the first to benefit from the all new Snapdragon 805 which sprints along at 2.5GHz and houses the new Adreno 420 GPU. The remainder of the specs remain the same, and will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink and Glam Red. Unfortunately, also like the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the S5 iteration is also going to be an exclusive to South Korea, and will cost 940,500 won (or about $920 USD) when it goes on sale June 19th.
While some have already dismissed rumours of the Galaxy S5 Prime or Galaxy F in the light of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A’s release, something doesn’t quite add up, in particular the fact multiple rumours have specified a larger screen (5.2-inch) and a different back cover. While this might just all end up in the pit of dead rumours, I’m not quite willing to admit that this is all Samsung has in store till the Note 4. What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A? Do you think this is the Galaxy F/Galaxy S5 Prime that we’ve been hearing about? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
If you’ve been waiting for a way to root your AT&T or Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5, the wait is over. Today developer George Hotz, aka Geohot, released a solution that’s as easy as sideloading an APK and clicking “make it ra1n.”
The towelroot APK is said to work with the not only the AT&T and Verizon GS5, but also the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, LG Nexus 5 and every phone with a kernel build date before June 3, 2014. It was noted in the XDA thread that the AT&T and Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may have some issues though.
Geohot said that some known bugs are that if the /proc/version on the Note 3 includes 3.4.0-722276, it doesn’t seem to work, the su binaries don’t seem to update, but this may not be the root’s fault. Also, Motorola and HTC devices don’t currently work because /system is write protected.
To install towelroot, head over to towelroot.com and click the lambda to download the APK and before you install, although everyone should know this, make sure you click to allow apps from Unknown Sources. After that, all you need to do is click the root button.
If you’re wondering if this will trip the Knox security system, this will more than likely void your warranty, but you already knew that, right? Geohot said that when he ran the root method, his device said “KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0×0.”
One last thing, if you come across any bugs, be sure to report them. Geohot plans to release a new version later today that will hopefully squash them.
Enjoy the freedom of your newly rooted device!
UPDATE: The Note 3 with kernel 3.4.0-722276 is fixed, so if you had downloaded it before, please redownload.Current known bugs include the Note 3 with kernel 3.4.0-257432 not working, but updating to 722276 should fix it. The newest Motorola and HTC devices still don’t currently work because /system is write protected.
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Leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy F, or previously known as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, have significantly ramped up over the last few weeks, culminating most recently in some candid photos of the device showing its front and back. The latest leak places the Galaxy F side-by-side with the Galaxy S5 to give us a good comparison of how the devices differ. The Galaxy F is of course the device on the left, having a slightly larger screen (5.2 or 5.3-inches) and slightly more rounded corners than the Galaxy S5.
You will also notice that despite the larger, Quad HD screen, the Galaxy F actually manages to be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S5 thanks to thinner bezels. While the Galaxy F still isn’t a sure thing, this is definitely our best evidence that Samsung is developing a Quad HD device that will come in at a price point higher than the Galaxy S5. Not only with the screen and price be larger, but so will its hardware, allegedly housing a Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM and a 16MP rear camera with OIS. Evleaks has previously suggested that the Galaxy F will be announced in September even though it almost looks ready to release now.
What do you think about how the Samsung Galaxy F looks side-by-side with the Galaxy S5? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.
Source: Phone Arena
Ever since Samsung introduced its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone we’ve been wondering when the “mini” version of the device will come out. We haven’t seen any leaks of the phone, at least not legitimate ones. This leak will make up for it though.
By the looks of the phone you probably can’t tell it apart from its bigger sibling, but the hardware is where the two differentiate. Unlike the S5, the S5 Mini is rumored to feature a 4.5″ 720p Super AMOLED display along with a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 3 (3470) Quad processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The phone is rumored to have 16GB of on-board storage and an 8MP main shooter along with a 2.1MP front facing one. Fingerprint reader and a heartrate sensor should also be a part of the package. The device should also get IP67 certification which would make it water and dust resistent like its bigger sibling.
This leak comes from SamMobile and there’s no mention of when the device might be announced. Samsung’s “Galaxy Premiere 2014” event on Thursday is always a possibility though.