T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced that registration is now available for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. Neither carrier announced pricing or exact release dates however both have circled April on the calendar.
If interested in learning more about the Galaxy S5 at T-Mobile, head to t-mobile.com/nextbigthing where you can register for more info. Should you do so you’ll be entered for a chance to win a free Galaxy S5 and S-View Flip Cover. Winners will be announced daily through April 1.
Head to MetroPCS’s website to sign up for more details an you will be entered to win a free Galaxy S5 and three months of free service from the carrier. One winner drawn per week for the next five weeks.
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U.S. Cellular on Monday confirmed the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit. While the carrier did not offer any hard details (price, time frame) it did promise more information as soon as possible. Like the other carriers, U.S. Cellular plans to carry the smartphone in April
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You’ve heard about the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo but you’d like to actually see what it’s all about. Here’s a sizable gallery of images of the two devices in multiple colors and different angles.
This year at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced not one or two, but three new smartwatches.
Joining the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is the Samsung Gear Fit, designed for those “striving to live more fit and active lives” while still being stylish and connected. As with Samsung’s other new smartwatches, the Gear Fit also has no “Galaxy” moniker, running Samsung’s Tizen OS and not Android.
The Gear Fit, a fitness band with expanded features, offers a “vivid” 1.84-inch Curved Super AMOLED display, a 210mAh battery that gets three to four days of “typical usage” and up to five days of “low usage,” pedometer, exercise, heart rate, sleep, stopwatch and time functions and instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, text messages, alarms, S-planner and third party apps.
It weighs just 27g, is dust and water resistant, plus has changeable straps available in black, orange and “mocha grey,” so it can match any “outfit or mood.”
The Gear Fit will be available globally in April.
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Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11th in 150 countries. Over here in the US, it’ll be available on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Ma Bell is going one step further, offering up the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit smartwatches as well. If you’d rather go elsewhere for your mobile needs, retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will have the GS5 plus all three of Samsung’s newly announced wearables. As for our friends across the Atlantic, UK providers EE, Three and Vodafone UK have jumped aboard the GS5 bandwagon, as have retailers Phones4u and Carphone Warehouse. Though it hasn’t been announced, we expect other carriers such as O2 will support the phone too. No word on pricing just yet, but we expect we’ll find that out closer to the phone’s April launch date.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 doesn’t skimp on battery power, with an expected 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. When you’re on hour 11 of watching cat videos with no charger in site, the handsets new “ultra power-saving mode” will keep your handset purring along by making the screen black-and-white and turning off all the non-essential services on your phone. Even better, Samsung says if you put your phone in standby mode with only 10 percent of the battery left, it will still last “up to 24 hours” before running out of juice.
When your service is more fondly remembered as a Seinfeld plot than as something people use, it’s probably time to drop the mic. After a quarter-century, Moviefone’s movie-times hotline is winding down, as users abandon the phone in favor of sites like Fandango. The AOL-owned company isn’t fading quietly into the night, however, as Moviefone’s mobile app and website will still live on in their current form — for now, at least.
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Inexpensive 7-inch tablets were everywhere in 2013 and became, as Switched On noted in December, a populist platform that fulfilled the promise of the sub-$100 PC. But despite their exceptional portability, aided by light weight and slim profiles, some may find the mere act of dragging them within range of something like their boombox, television or car to be too daunting a chore. Worry not, lazy but intrepid crowdfunders. Kickstarter has recently debuted a trio of products that integrate an Android tablet experience for your enhanced enjoyment, productivity and mobility.
The Auris Wily is a shiny, oblong portable audio device similar to many we’ve seen from Logitech, Jambox and others. It claims some appealing audio specs in a lightweight device. But of course what sets it apart from those products is the front-and-center mounting of a 7-inch Android tablet. Is it a tablet with superior speakers or a boombox with better intelligence and usability?
Regardless, while Switched On has previously questioned the utility of making the whole Android app library available on platforms such as TVs and cameras, there seems to be a stronger case for it on the Wily. Obviously, a wide range of audio applications such as Pandora, Spotify and Audible make sense. The Wily also has an HDMI connector for filling in the gap on that smart TV that may not have all the services you’d like. And it can even serve as a standalone device for internet calls or video chats.
The Wily was close to its $65,000 funding goal, but Auris pulled the project owing to an apparent breach of confidentiality on the part of its contract manufacturer. The next Switched On will delve into how Auris and Kickstarter dealt with the cancellation. Fear not, though. While the Wily will probably return to solicit funds at some point, those who want their Android tablet-enabled portable audio a bit more rectangular can look forward to a series of “smart audio” products announced by Vizio at CES.
The HFC Canna is one of the most retro-tech ideas seen in a long time. Companies such as Panasonic and Hisense have shown cordless-phone systems with handsets that are essentially low-end Android devices. But the Canna goes for a bigger screen and drops any pretense of a wireless handset by putting a 7- or even 10-inch Android tablet smack-dab in the middle of a landline phone.
Apps such as Skype and WhatsApp make some sense in this context. But the more interesting work is around the core voice calls for which we use a landline. A Contacts app makes dialing from a landline less of a memorization chore. Answering machine messages can be saved as easily transferred MP3 files, and calls can be recorded with the touch of a button (and permission, if one is prudent). Pledge levels to obtain the Canna’s various flavors range from a $199 early bird to $399 for a version that can connect to a cordless (DECT) system. For those chained to their desks and who live off their landline, it may be worth a look. But otherwise, it will be tough to find those who find their landline that valuable.
If jamming an Android tablet into your home phone and portable boombox aren’t enough, how about taking it on the road? Despite looking remarkably like a 7-inch tablet, the creatively spelled CarSkreen is merely a display suspended somewhere conspicuous in your center console with a harness. A wee shelf is provided to hold your smartphone, which must handle all input tasks.
By showing navigation and music apps (and hopefully nothing too distracting beyond that) on the slightly bigger display, one combines the enlarged real estate of displays built into car consoles or premium aftermarket car stereos with the flexibility and responsiveness of modern apps. Pledges to obtain the device start at over $300, which would cover a 7-inch tablet and quite a bit of tethering.
Indeed, while the campaign page lists a number of other potential alternatives to the CarSkreen in a favorable (surprise) comparison chart, the most obvious alternative — a cellular-enabled tablet — is unlisted. In addition, emerging standards such as MirrorLink and iOS in the Car promise to make this kind of functionality more widespread in the coming years. Still, if you’re committed to one unshared data plan and don’t mind the front interior of your car looking a bit like a miniature suspended scaffold, you can join the cause for it materializing in May.
Samsung today revealed its next-generation Galaxy S5 flagship phone at its Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. As rumored, the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint sensor built into the device’s home button, mirroring Apple’s own Touch ID introduced with the iPhone 5s.
Unlike Touch ID, which utilizes a round home button that captures a motionless fingerprint, Samsung’s sensor is activated using a swiping motion that scans the finger from base to tip as the phone utilizes a rectangular home button. SlashGear has a demonstration of the fingerprint scanner.
Samsung is working with PayPal on integrating it into mobile payments, too, so that you could effectively buy apps, products, and services and authorize the transaction with a fingertip rather than a password or PIN. We found the hit-rate for the scanner recognizing our fingers was relatively high, though you do have to line your fingertip up properly: the Galaxy S5 prefers a clean downward swipe, not a sideways movement such as if you’re holding the phone one-handed and sweeping your thumb across the sensor.
Design-wise, the polycarbonate Samsung Galaxy S5 looks similar to previous models, though it has a unique soft-touch textured backing, a water resistant casing, and it comes in both blue and copper gold along with black and white.
The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and the phone offers a 2.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB of memory. It runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 and includes an upgraded 16-megapixel camera with quick autofocus and real-time HDR. It has a 20 percent better battery life than the previous generation phone and includes a built-in power saving mode that will activate a black and white display with limited app access when the battery is low.
Taking a cue from Apple’s reported interest in health-related applications, Samsung has included a heart rate sensor next to the camera’s flash, able to measure heart rate with a finger on the sensor. The heart rate sensor accompanies the standard accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and an IR-based gesture sensor.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is also designed to work with a new fitness device, the Gear Fit, which accompanies Samsung’s recently revealed Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches. The Gear Fit is smaller than Samsung’s other offerings and focuses on measuring heart rate and counting steps. It incorporates an AMOLED touchscreen panel and offers smartphone notifications and alerts, but it does not include a camera, a microphone, or a speaker.
The Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit will both be released in April, but Samsung has yet to announce pricing.