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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 preorders start April 25 [Updated]

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Device to cost $200 with new agreement and $50 mail-in rebate; $650 off contract

Update: May 30 date has been confirmed on Twitter as well

Verizon will open preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on April 25, according to their official Twitter account. The 16GB version will cost $200 with a new contract and a mail-in rebate, or $650 for those who are buying outright in order to keep existing unlimited data plans. They haven't said when we should expect to see it on the shelves, which is an important detail. The device will be available in stores on May 30.

We've seen delays from both Sprint and T-Mobile in getting the Galaxy S4 out the door, meanwhile AT&T says they will be shipping devices slightly earlier than expected. The logistics of getting millions of devices from factories in Asia to the hands of consumers surely isn't easy, and maybe Verizon is being smart by keeping any potential dates close to their chest -- you can't have a delay on what was never announced.

Anyhoo, if you've been hankering to get Samsung's new Galaxy S4 from Verizon, tomorrow is your chance to get things started. 

Source: @VZWNews

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3 years ago

Sprint retail locations to see Samsung Galaxy S4 delays

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Though you'll still be able to order the Samsung Galaxy S4 from Sprint online starting Saturday, finding one in stores will be tough. 

We just got a note from Sprint saying that though they're still aiming to have the Samsung Galaxy S4 available for sale online and over the phone starting this upcoming Saturday as originally planned, retail and other channels may be a little behind. 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review Podcast Special

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Audio-only stream below

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally upon us, and our exhaustive review is live here on the site! Even better, in a very special Android Central podcast, Phil and Alex sat down in New York City to dive deep into Samsung's new flagship smartphone.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 review

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The Galaxy S4 represents a refinement of Samsung's earlier efforts, but is that enough to guarantee its success in the smartphone market of 2013?

Enter, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Despite the abundance of unique hardware from a wide variety of manufacturers, the smartphone space remains a two-horse race, dominated by Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series. Arguably a triumph of marketing as much as technology, the Galaxy S3 emerged as the Android king in 2012, selling some 30 million units worldwide. Longtime foes HTC and Motorola struggled to compete with Samsung, and the Korean behemoth cemented its position as the alpha Android later in the year with the pen-toting Galaxy Note 2.

Now, as tick follows tock, it’s time for a successor to the Galaxy S3 -- and the Galaxy S4 is as incremental and familiar as its name might suggest. Rounded edges. TouchWiz. SuperAMOLED. A big clicky home button. At first inspection it seems it’s business as usual for Samsung owners.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S4’s feature list is staggering, bringing new tricks to the table beyond faster hardware and a larger screen. “Air view” can detect your hands at a distance. A front-mounted IR blaster and TV app allow the phone to serve as a viewing companion. The video player tracks your eyes. The web browser scrolls with a tilt of your head. Add to that more new software features than you can shake a very large stick at -- including everything from the Galaxy S3 -- and you’ll see why the S4 could be the most feature-laden smartphone out there. Conversely, the S4’s design -- in both hardware and software -- is essentially unchanged. Of course, not every smartphone upgrade needs to be revolutionary, and those manufacturers who’ve reinvented themselves lately -- HTC and their flagship HTC One, for example -- have arguably been strong-armed into doing so by Samsung’s dominance.

Like arch-rival Apple, Samsung’s new product is all but guaranteed widespread success. The company’s colossal marketing budget and newfound consumer mindshare will take care of that. Expect a relentless advertising campaign and news of tens of millions of sales in the months ahead.

So plenty of other humans will buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 this year, but should you? Does it deserve its inevitable success, or is it all parlor tricks and gimmickry? The one place you’ll find out for sure is after the break, in our extensive Galaxy S4 review.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo gallery

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Take a closer look at Samsung's new flagship phone in the Android Central Galaxy S4 photo gallery

If you've checked out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and watched all our accompanying videos, but are still want to see more of Samsung's new flagship phone? Look no further than our Galaxy S4 photo gallery, which shows the phone in all the detail you could possibly ask for.

We've got a few dozen photos waiting for you after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

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3 years ago

Using the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Sprint

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Poor network performance can handicap even the fastest of smartphones

This is the Sprint Galaxy S4. There are many others like it, but this one is Sprint’s. Externally, the phone bears no Sprint branding, and the bundled Sprint apps are relatively tame, if numerous. But unfortunately for the carrier there’s one unique aspect of its Galaxy S4 that's not quite so praiseworthy. That’s right, once again a Sprint device’s Achilles’ heel is its network performance.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 versus HTC One: The editors face off

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The UK's Alex Dobie and the USA's Phil Nickinson take on two of the year's hottest phones

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Android smartphone battle lines are drawn. Samsung’s new flagship will go up against the HTC One, and it’s sure to be a fierce fight. Samsung needs to maintain the lead it established in 2012; for HTC, the future of the company depends on the success of the HTC One.

So which one should you buy? As always, it’s never as simple as recommending one device over the other. That’s why we’re launching into a little discussion with Alex and Phil, where we’ll try to spell out exactly where each device is strongest.

Join us after the break as we go back and forth on the HTC One versus Galaxy S4. There’s also a good old-fashioned video comparison, if you’re into that sort of thing.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 review

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 'S View' case review

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The humble flip cover becomes a smart accessory

Flip covers for smartphones are nothing new -- ever since smartphones have had screens, users have sought a convenient way to keep it protected and scratch-free. But the latest flip cover for the Samsung Galaxy S4 takes things a step further, building in new functionality based around a touch-capable window and a magnetic sensor. While we've been reviewing the Galaxy S4, we've also had the chance to take the official 'S View' case for a spin, and we've been pretty impressed with what Samsung's brought to the table.

We've got more photos, words and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo and video samples

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Wondering how the Galaxy S4's rear camera performs? Check out our library of sample shots!

The Galaxy S4 is one of the biggest phone launches of the year, and manufacturer Samsung has upgraded the camera assembly on its new flagship device, bringing to bear a 13-megapixel BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture. We've got a ton of analysis and hands-on details on the S4's camera over in our full review, but if you just want to look at pretty pictures, we've got you covered.

You'll find a few dozen Galaxy S4 sample shots down below, including many not found in the review. Check 'em out afte the break!

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3 years ago

Quick display comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 versus the competition

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How does Samsung's 1080p HD SuperAMOLED match up against last year's offerings and the latest LCD panels?

A pet technology of Korean giant Samsung, AMOLED displays have adorned every one of its flagship Android smartphones, going back all the way to the original Galaxy S. This year's Galaxy S4 ships with the sharpest AMOLED display yet, a Full HD SuperAMOLED display running packing 1920x1080 pixels at 440 pixels per inch. It's the first 1080p smartphone from Samsung, and so during the course of our review we decided to pit the S4's Full HD SuperAMOLED against a selection of competitors -- the iPhone 5, Nexus 4 and HTC One -- as well as last year's Galaxy S3.

We've got comparison photos -- and a general overview of where the S4 sits on our grand imaginary league table of smartphone displays -- all after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pushes back Galaxy S4 launch date to April 29

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Unexpected delays in inventory deliveries have pushed back the launch by 5 days

Update: T-Mobile has confirmed this in an update on their website. April 29 is the new date.

Seemingly out of nowhere today, T-Mobile customer support reps had started responding to questions on the carrier's official Facebook page indicating that the Galaxy S4 launch had been pushed back. This seemed curious considering that the device is set to go on sale mere hours from now on the T-Mobile website. In a statement to TmoNews, T-Mobile has since confirmed that unexpected shipping delays have pushed back the online sale date of the carrier's Galaxy S4 to April 29th. With no further explanation, T-Mobile says it is working with Samsung to have enough devices delivered in time for the new date.

That's just a 5 day delay -- if you can even call it a "delay" -- but it may feel like an eternity to those who expected to get their orders in right away. These delivery issues don't seem to be a universal issue, however, as some customers on AT&T are set to get their devices ahead of schedule. If T-Mobile is the network of choice for you though, just hang onto that credit card until Monday.

Source: TmoNews; T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Dutch courts find HTC 'blameless' in Nokia's microphone dispute, but sales of offending parts halted for six months

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Existing phones using the components face no sales ban

The full details have emerged about yesterday's actions in the Netherlands, where a court was said to have handed down a preliminary injunction against the HTC One on behalf of Nokia. According to the district court filing, the courts have imposed a 10-month ban on ST Microelectronics selling any of the dual-membrane microphone pieces that were designed and co-developed by Nokia. Apparently, some miscommunication led ST Micro to believe that the exclusivity agreement for Nokia was only six months, when it was actually 12. As a penalty the terms were extended a further six months, during which time ST Micro is not allowed to sell the parts to anyone other than Nokia. 

We don't make this up, we just report it.

The courts found HTC "blameless", as they could not know the details of a confidential agreement between Nokia and ST Micro, and they face no penalties. Nor are their products banned in the Netherlands or anywhere else. They will not be allowed to source the components from ST Micro for six months, though -- which could easily lead to supply issues and expensive re-engineering for future HTC One shipments. HTC has issued a statement saying in part that they "do not expect this decision to have any immediate impact on our handset sales." But they certainly can't be happy. 

Source: All About Phones (Dutch); via: Engadget

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3 years ago

SouthernLINC Wireless introduces new Motorola device, high-speed data plans

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New plans offer more data choices, unlimited 2-way and group PTT

SouthernLINC Wireless, a regional carrier serving Alabama, Georgia, southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida, is announcing six new data-focused plans in conjunction with a new device. The device is the Motorola XT626, a mid-range handset running Android 2.3 and set to run on SouthernLINC's network, with both iDEN and UMTS data support, Push-to-Talk and dual SIM slots. The handset adds onto SouthernLINC's variety of mid-range smart phones and feature phones currently available.

Along with a new device, six new "Data Plus Plans" are being unveiled today. These new plans begin at $69/month for unlimited PTT, 2GB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texting -- provided you stay within the native regional network of SouthernLINC. If you plan to use the phone nationwide, there are three levels of the plans, ranging from $85 to $110 monthly that provide 500MB, 2GB or 4GB of nationwide data, along with unlimited calling and texting anywhere in the country.

Source: SouthernLINC Wireless

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3 years ago

Virgin UK prices Galaxy S4 from £99 up front and £31 per month

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Available this Saturday, with special discounts for having other Virgin Media services

Virgin Media in the U.K. has just revealed its pricing and availability for the much-awaited Galaxy S4. The pricing breaks down quite simply, with two up-front cost options and three monthly price options depending on what you need for service. If you choose to pay £99 up-front, you have the option for £36, £41 or £44 monthly for a range of 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data all the way up to unlimited everything. If you choose to drop that up-front price to £69, your monthly tariff will go up by £2 at each level.

Customers who have cable TV, broadband or home phone service from Virgin Media can knock £5 off their monthly bill and receive complimentary handset insurance as well, which is nice. The Galaxy S4 is set to hit on Virgin this coming Saturday.

More: Virgin

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3 years ago

Dust and water resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 could be coming soon

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Could a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S4 be in the works at Samsung?

Speaking at the launch of the Galaxy S4 today in Dubai, Samsung Gulf Electronics president Young Soo Kim said that a rugged version of the phone was expected in the coming months. Specifically, he was said to say the phone would be water and dust "proof", which would make it much like the Sony Xperia Z that Alex should have thrown in the Thames reviewed last month.

This is the first we've heard mention of such a thing, and we're remaining a bit skeptical. We just wanted to pass it along for discussion, so discuss away!

Source: Techview

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