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3 years ago

Samsung shows off Hub and new content services on the Galaxy S4


The Samsung Galaxy S4 is real, official, and the waiting is finally over. There's a lot to take in on both the hardware and the software front, and we're really only just beginning to scratch the surface. During the Unpacked event in New York City, we were treated to a first look at some of the new content services that will be coming to market with the Galaxy S4. 

First up is Samsung Hub. This does exactly what it says on the box, and is the single entry point for all of Samsung's content services on the Galaxy S4. Browsing, managing and purchasing a variety of content can be done through the Hub using a single Samsung account. 

Samsung Apps has been updated to add extra search features to find apps in both Samsung Apps and Google Play that are optimized for Samsung devices. 

Samsung ChatON on the Galaxy S4 combines the VOIP and video calling elements with the new dual-camera mode introduced allowing for photo sharing during calls. ChatON now also integrates a screen sharing feature, allowing you to share your Galaxy S 4 display with the person you're chatting with and control it during the call. 

Group Play is all about sharing. Music, documents, games, all can be shared with your friends without the need for a common WiFi network. The SDK to this is being opened up to developers too, so it's going to be interesting to see what game developers can come up with. 

The Galaxy S4 is also the first device to ship with Visa's payWave function built in. In its simplest terms this is geared towards making NFC payments on a global scale using the Galaxy S4. 

We're sure to see a lot more of all these in the coming weeks, but for now to see the full press release, click on past the break. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums | Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 |Samsung Galaxy S4 Details

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S4 'pre-registration' page goes live, no official launch date


T-Mobile has just released a statement regarding its availability of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. Although no specific date was given, the carrier has put up a "pre-registration" page where you can enter your email address to receive updates.

T-Mobile is excited to partner with Samsung to bring the Samsung Galaxy S™ 4 to our customers. We look forward to sharing more information soon; meanwhile, please visit our Samsung Galaxy S4  pre-registration page.

Prominently displayed underneath the shadow of the Galaxy S4 on the registration page is T-Mobile's new "4G LTE" logo, which makes it pretty clear that the latest device will indeed have T-Mo's new network on-board. 

More: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 to hit the UK from April 25


We've just received word from UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U that they'll begin offering the new Samsung Galaxy S4 from Apr. 25 and 26 respectively. The date ties in with the timetable of a late April global launch revealed by Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin at today's launch event in New York City.

As it's just past midnight in the UK right now, we'd expect to learn more about individual carriers' plans in the morning. We'll keep you up-to-date on any further developments.

Update: EE also informs us they'll begin shipping the S4 from Apr. 26, with pre-orders beginning Mar. 28.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on; Samsung Galaxy S4 forum

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on


Refined design, updated internals - and some incredible new software features. This is the Samsung Galaxy S4

You're Samsung. You easily have the world's leading line of smartphone. The Galaxy S3 sold millions upon millions. Hell, folks are still buying the Galaxy S2. What do you do with the follow-up, the Samsung Galaxy S4?

If you're Samsung, you refine the hardware and pack even more features into the software side.

We spent a little time with the new Galaxy S4 at Samsung's launch event in New York City, and one thing quickly became clear: For as awesome as the Galaxy S3 was, the Galaxy S4 is that much better.

Let's go hands-on with the Galaxy S4.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 official images



Here they are -- Samsung's official promotional images for the Galaxy S4. Here we see the "black mist" and "frost white" versions of Sammy's new high-end Android smartphone. As had been rumored, the Galaxy S4 draws inspiration from Samsung's big-selling Galaxy S3, with a similar front face and button setup. On the software side, we can see TouchWiz has been touched up a bit, but it's still very much recognizable as a Samsung smartphone.

Click the images above to take a closer look. From closer in you'll be able to make out the lattice pattern on the front that's continued around the back. Hit up our new Samsung Galaxy S4 device page for more details, and be sure to check out our hands-on feature while you're at it. Thoughts on the new design? Share 'em down in the comments and in the Galaxy S4 forum.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 specs


Truth be told, the Samsung Galaxy S4 hardware isn't really the star of the show. But that's not to say the Galaxy S4 specs aren't impressive. They most certainly are, and it's even more impressive considering that Samsung's built everything into a device that's in nearly the same footprint as its predecessor, the Galaxy S3.

On the hardware side, there's really nothing too surprising. The Galaxy S4 broad strokes are a 5-inch display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and Samsung's usual mix of physical and capacitive buttons.

We've got the complete official Galaxy S4 specs after the break. Note that some specs, such as processor, will change depending on region.

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3 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S4


The wait is over, and Samsung has made the much-anticipated Galaxy S4 official. There's no radical departure from Samsung's existing design language, and the Galaxy S4 looks very much like it's predecessor, but slightly refined and restyled to adapt to the new 5-inch display. The similarities end there, though, as the Galaxy S4 is an entirely different beast.

Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin sums up the new software additions and enhancements nicely: "With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live".  And there are a lot of new things coming to the table. Features like Samsung Adapt Display and Samsung Adapt Sound should help folks with special needs get a better smart phone experience, and the S Health package that uses device sensors to monitor and improve your quality of life and fitness are part of the new Samsung software, and look very innovative. Smart Pause, as we've seen in a leaked video, is on-board, as is the hovering technology which Samsung dubs "Air View". There's also plenty of additional features we haven't seen, like S Voice Drive to enable voice commands for use while driving, Samsung Optical Reader to scan printed text, and Samsung WatchON -- an IR remote control system. Samsung also delivers some great looking camera software, with a new Story Album photo feature and Dual Video Call, which will use both cameras so the other party can see you and what you're looking at.

Of course, we have to talk about the specs. There is a full, detailed list after the break, but here are the highlights:

  • 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor or 1.6 GHz octa-core processor (depending on market)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/ 32/ 64 GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (dependent on market)
  • 13 Mega pixel auto focus rear camera with flash and zero shutter lag, BIS
  • 2 Mega pixel front camera, full HD recording @30fps with zero shutter lag, BIS
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC,  Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED, MHL 2.0
  • 2,600 mAh battery

The processor type will likely be the unnamed (we're thinking Qualcomm, of course) 1.9 GHz quad-core for the North American market, and the Exynos octa-core for the world version. And the network bands seem to be missing T-Mobile's 1700 frequency on the spec sheet, but Samsung officially states T-Mobile US as a Q2 release, so that may be a typo. And the press release also confirms a release for Verizon in Q2.

We've got the full press release and spec list after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is here


After months of speculation, leaks, conjecture and gnashing of teeth we're finally going to see the Samsung Galaxy S4. 

Samsung is on stage doing their thing, and we're waiting for them to whip out the phone so many have been waiting to see. We're sure there are plenty of changes to both the hardware and software, and Samsung has produced another great device.

This is just the beginning folks. Be sure to check out the liveblog to see the rest as it happens while we wait for all the details, and the hands-on time.

Join the discussion in the Galaxy S4 forums

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3 years ago

Live from Samsung Unpacked 2013 in New York City


It's our liveblog of Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch event, live from NYC!

We're live the Radio City Music Hall in New York City for what is expected to be the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4, easily the most anticipated Android phone since the Galaxy S3. Bigger? Better? Faster? More features? All likely talking points going into tonight's event.

The event officially kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT. That's 4 p.m. on the left coast, and 11 p.m. in the UK. Bookmark this page. Leave it open. E-mail it to your friends and family. 

And join us after the break for the one and only Android Central liveblog of Samsung's Galaxy S4 event. 

(And while you're waiting, be sure to swing by our Galaxy S4 forums.)

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3 years ago

LG Optimus G finally makes its way to the UK SIM-free


Availability of the LG Optimus G may not be big news if you live in the U.S. or Japan, but the device is now making its way to the U.K. SIM-free for the first time. Falling in line with LG's previous announcement, the Optimus G is making its way to the U.K. with LTE on-board (800/900/1800/2100/2600Mhz) and is also pre-loaded with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Other specs on the device seem to be the same as the U.S. -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Expansys is quoting a price of £479.99 (incl. VAT) for the black model, and says that stock is expected in the next 5 days. Anyone in the U.K. still interested in picking one of these up as availability of the Optimus G Pro is on the horizon? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

HTC One versus LG Nexus 4


They're two of the hottest Android phones around right now, so how do the HTC One and the Nexus 4 stack up?

When Google released the LG-made Nexus 4 late last year, it went toe-to-toe with the leading hardware of the time at a fraction of the price. Now we've got our hands on the HTC One, one of the first big flagship phones of 2013, so how does the Nexus stand up against this latest round of hardware?

We've been using the Nexus 4 since launch, and though we've only had the HTC One for a little under a week, there are more than a few areas where it's clear HTC has pulled ahead. But these things are never as simple as comparing spec numbers, so head past the break and check out our comparison video to find out more. We've also got more words and pictures if you're into that sort of thing.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 'floating touch,' 'smart pause' features caught on video ahead of launch


In just eleven hours time Samsung will be taking the wraps off the Galaxy S4 at its big presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In the meantime, we're seeing more leakage of the upcoming handset, including these two Chinese demos of the handset showing a couple of new features.

First up is 'smart pause,' which uses the front-facing camera to detect when you're looking away from a video, pausing it accordingly. And secondly there's 'floating touch,' a feature previously rumored for the S4, and one we've already seen on the Sony Xperia Sola. Like the S Pen's hovering capabilities on the Galaxy Note 2, this detects your finger at a distance, bringing up extra info like folder previews in the gallery app.

So it seems two of the rumored Galaxy S4 features may indeed be headed our way later today. Check out the "smart pause" demo above. We've got the "floating touch" video embedded after the break.

Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of the day's events, live from New York.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

Source: istevecom; via @Mitridatex

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3 years ago

Latest Samsung Galaxy S4 leak has high-res pictures, spec details


It's less than 24 hours until we hear everything there is to know about the Galaxy S4 at Samsung's Unpacked event in New York, but that isn't a reason to stop the leakage. The same dual-SIM variant that leaked out a few days ago is back, with plenty of details and some very clear high-res pictures.

The specs, according to the Chinese site it168 (and translated by Engadget Chinese):

  • 8-core Exynos 5410 at 1.8GHz
  • PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU
  • 4.99-inch 1080p screen
  • 7.7mm thick, 138 grams
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • microSD slot
  • 2600mAh battery 

The unit is also said to have a cross-hatch textured plastic back cover, that has already cracked on this particular unit. We can't read too much into that, as the plastic on previous Galaxy S models has been pretty durable. In addition, the eye-tracking software and hover-selection feature is said to be included.

Is this what we'll see tomorrow evening? We have no idea, but doubt there would be too many complaints if it were the case. Hit the break for a picture of the back of the phone.

Source: it168; via Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC Sense 5's BlinkFeed now features Mobile Nations news


If you're lucky enough to have an HTC One in your hands, or are grooving along with Sense 5 on your Droid DNA, BlinkFeed just got a little better now that Mobile Nations sites are included feeds. Fire it up, and look under Technology & Science > Smartphone, and you'll see our sister site WP Central, and Android Central there to deliver the news straight to your home screen. 

Even though very few people have actually used it, we know plenty of folks aren't feeling the whole BlinkFeed thing. But for anyone using it now, or who will use it soon, can now get a little more Lloyd in their life. 

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3 years ago

Cricket launches Engage LT for $199 contract-free


Cricket announced today that its latest Muve Music phone, the Engage LT, is available today for $199.99 without a contract. The device is clearly lower-end, which makes sense when considering the price and customers Cricket is marketing towards. The Engage LT has a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch WVGA (480x800) display and 1900mAh battery. The device is running Android 4.0 and looks to have a generally stock interface. The Engage LT is also a Muve Music device, which means that users can have access to unlimited music as part of their phone plan.

Cricket's plans start at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of full-speed data. $60 gets you 2.5GB and $70 5GB of full-speed data if you're willing to pay a bit more. The plans are of course no-contract and the device is unsubsidized at $199. These phones may not appeal to the power users among us, but still hit a more price-conscious market segment that want or need a cheaper smart phone.

Source: Cricket; (2)

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