Want double the on-board storage? You'll need to order online.
We're still waiting for some more official info from the U.S. carriers regarding the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we're starting to see drips and drabs leak out. The latest comes from T-Mobile, as a tipster has shot over a training page.
According to this documentation, T-Mobile will only sell the 16-gigabyte version in stores. If you want a 32-gigabyte Galaxy S5, you'll need to order it online.
As launch preparations get underway elsewhere, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 is set to experience a delayed launch in the company's home country of South Korea. This is due to a sales ban imposed on Korean mobile operators by the government, according to a report from The Guardian, meaning the two biggest carriers won't be allowed to sell on launch day.
Samsung UK has revealed that the Galaxy S5 will be available for pre-order from Friday, March 28 — two weeks ahead of the global launch date of April 11. In the UK, GS5 pre-orders will be available from "selected retailers" as well as Samsung's online store and the company's flagship brick-and-mortar outlet at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center in London.
Good news, everyone! LG switched to on-screen buttons for the G Pro 2 (be sure to read our preview of the phone), just like it did with last year's G2. The bad news? It still has a legacy menu button — and you can't get rid of it.
There is a glimmer of hope, however. LG's made it so you can add up to two more buttons — and that includes multitasking. (Or as it's more correctly know, a button for returning to recently used apps.)
We're two weeks out from the launch of the new HTC One — also known by its codename "M8" — but pace of online leaks shows no sign of slowing. Today GSMArena says it's gotten hold of a sales guide for the device, along with details of its hardware specs, confirming much of what we saw from this morning's Australian leak.
A new leak out of Australia sheds more light on the upcoming version of the HTC One. (Aka the M8.)
First up, a 5-inch display appears to be confirmed. And the new version of Sense is bumped to Sense 6.0 — and will include an LG-like "Knock On" feature wherein you can double-tap the screen to turn the phone on, which should be a great feature given that the power button appears to still be at the top of the phone. Plus, you get the excellent BoomSound unsurprisingly returns in those front-facing speakers.
But the real gem here is the explainer of the two cameras — or Duo Camera.
The info sheet from Australian carrier Telstra reads:
Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you've taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highligh what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.
Plus we get some Aussie pricing — $840 outright, or $92 a month (if my early morning math is right).
Samsung's KitKat rollout for 2013 devices continues with the arrival of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in the UK. Updates are rolling out today for the unlocked UK GS4 and Note 3 (region code "BTU"), along with certain carrier variants. The OTA file size from 300-400MB, and brings these phones up to the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat, while adding some subtle visual tweaks, including white notification bar icons. Graphical changes aside, Samsung owners will also benefit from standard KitKat features like immersive mode, translucent notification bars in some apps, native cloud printing support and lock screen album art.
If you're seeing the KitKat OTA on your GS4 or Note 3 in the UK today, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on, and which carrier you're on. As always, updates may take time to trickle out depending on which network's device you have, and if you're not seeing any OTA then you might want to try a manual update through Samsung's Kies desktop software.
OK, all you fine folks rocking a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4. Your Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now ready. You can snag it over the air (which we recommend) or via the Samsung Kies desktop app (if you're a glutton for punishment.
You'll need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2 (Android 4.3) for the update to take, and have at least 50 percent charge on your battery. And set aside a little time — this is a 387-megabyte update. After that, you'll get the following:
KitKat (build M919UVUFNB4)
New camera shortcut on the lock screen
Improved on-screen keyboard
Plus you'll have the knowledge that you're now running the newest version of Android, so there's that.
China Mobile and T-Mobile versions of the new HTC One leaked
HTC might be pixelating the new HTC One in its teaser videos, but online leakers are showing no such discretion. This morning we're seeing two significant leaks of HTC's next big thing — first up, a shaky one-minute hands-on video showing the T-Mobile 32GB version of the phone, dipping into the settings menu to show Android 4.4.2 KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 and the phone's unique IMEI number. (Whoops.)
Meanwhile in China, relatively high-quality photos have emerged on Weibo showing the China Mobile M8 from all angles, along with a side-by-side comparison with the One Max, while apparently confirming the presence of an SIM slot on the left and microSD on the right.
Check past the break for more photos, as well as that T-Mobile hands-on video.
PayPal, RunKeeper, Wall Street Journal among partner services
On Galaxy S5 launch day, Samsung promised a wealth of free subscriptions to publications and online services through its Galaxy Gifts program, and today it's revealed the full breakdown of what GS5 buyers will get. The complete list of "gifts" offers subscriptions between three months and two years and covers fitness services like RunKeeper and MapMyFitness, news publications like Bloomberg Businessweek+ and The Wall Street Journal, and cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box.
There are 16 in total, but of particular note are the one year of free RunKeeper premium (significant given the fitness focus of Samsung's new mobile products) a $50 voucher on PayPal merchants (notable as the payment company has partnered to use the GS5's finger scanner for authentication) and 50GB Dropbox storage for two years. Check past the break for the full list.
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