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3 years ago

Sony SmartWatch update brings seven new watch faces, notification previews

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The Sony SmartWatch controller app is receiving an update that brings several new flashy watch faces and increased functionality to the accessory. The new watch faces cover all the bases -- analog, digital, abstract -- and come in different colors as well. The update also brings improved battery level information, notification previews from your device and improvements to search when looking for new apps for the SmartWatch.

The app should also now be easier to get installed on non-Sony devices, which is a plus. If you happen to be using a Sony SmartWatch, you can grab a download or update to the app at the top of this post.

Via: Keith Myers (Google+)

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3 years ago

Ingress update lets users submit portal locations and information fixes

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Ingress has just been updated today to give users the ability to submit and update portal location information. For existing portals, players at those portals can now submit new photos that they feel better show the location. You can also now submit suggestions for improvements to the portal name, description or location information. For areas that users think would be good portal locations but aren't yet, they can submit a photo and information for consideration to open a portal there.

The update also claims to improve GPS location accuracy and stability, along with a host of nondescript "bugfixes and performance improvements". If you're a hardcore Ingress player, this will be an update to get. You can grab an update or download of the latest version from the Play Store link above.

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One?

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You knew this was coming. We know all the details of both the HTC One and after tonight's event we know what there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Now we need to know which one you'll be picking up.

Will it be HTC's newly designed One with Sense 5, or Samsung's familiar looking, yet all new Galaxy S4? Or neither?

There's a poll in the sidebar to the right, and it's also embedded after the break. Vote, and let everyone know why you feel the way you do in the comments. Try to be kind to each other, OK?

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3 years ago

Relive Samsung's Galaxy S4 announcement event

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Miss our live coverage of Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2013? Fear not, the entire event is now available to stream on YouTube, so if you're so inclined. On the night, the Galaxy S4 was unveiled with the kind of pomp, ceremony and surrealism we've come to expect from the Korean manufacturer. Actor Will Chase, Samsung Mobile head JK Shin and box-wielding miniature humanoid Jeremy Maxwell saw us through the proceedings, which included some bizarre role-playing segments to demo the main S4 features.

Check it out after the break, and be sure to hit up our hands-on coverage if you haven't already.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 liveblog, Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 software improvements headed to the Galaxy S3

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Samsung showed off a whole bunch of new software improvements launching with the Galaxy S4, but apparently they won't remain exclusive to Samsung's latest. 

PC Mag managed to catch a word with Nick DiCarlo, Samsung's VP of Portfolio Planning, right after the Unpacked event in New York City. While discussing the new software features on the Galaxy S4, the topic of what might see its way onto the Galaxy S3 cropped up:

Anything that we can do that's not dependent on hardware like infrared, we'll definitely bring to all the flagship devices

This could also include the Galaxy Note 2, though that wasn't specifically mentioned. That opens the door to a whole bunch of the new features such as dual-camera, S-Translator, S Health, and perhaps even the Smart Pause and Scroll features. We've seen a real push on the software front in recent months from Samsung, highlighted by launching the Galaxy S4 on Android 4.2.2 -- the latest and greatest. 

It's by no means a concrete confirmation, nor do we have any idea when such updates may appear. But, the Galaxy S3 was a worldwide smash for Samsung, it's not unreasonable to think they'll support it as long as they can. 

Source: PC Mag

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3 years ago

Rogers, Bell and TELUS all announce plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is hot property, and we're sure to hear about many of those hundreds of worldwide carriers to offer it in the coming days. U.S carriers have been quick out of the gate, with three of the big four already announcing plans, along with U.S. Cellular. Our friends up in Canada need not worry, as Rogers, Bell and TELUS have all released their first statements about Galaxy S4 availability. 

All three have taken to their Twitter accounts to deliver somewhat vague, yet still important statements of intent. All three are keeping release dates close to their chest right now, and are just saying 'soon.' We know not to expect anything before the end of April, but for anyone hoping to snag a new Galaxy S4 on one of these carriers this will be good news to hear. 

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

Sources: Rogers, Bell, TELUS

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3 years ago

AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy S4 anounced

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Not that anyone was doubting they would, but AT&T announced their plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4. As AT&T reminds us in their press release, they were the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy series, and now just a few short years later we have the fourth iteration of this immensely popular family of devices. Their official page is located here, however it doesn't appear to be up quite yet - attempting to load it will take you to the general Samsung devices page. This will most likely be fixed shortly after this writing.

Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices, AT&T says:

AT&T was the first to deliver Samsung’s Galaxy series and we are excited to bring the Galaxy S4 to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. We continue to offer our customers a broad choice of devices and features to fit any mobile lifestyle, and look forward to growing our family of Samsung Galaxy devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.com%2Ffs-bin%2Fclick%3Fid%3DJAF5WzpxbKM%26subid%3D%26offerid%3D429975.1%26type%3D10%26tmpid%3D13664%26u1%3DUUacUdUnU30138%26RD_PARM1%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.att.com%252Fgalaxys4.&token=uTYaB-Eh

For a complete listing of the Galaxy S4's specifications, you can check out the official specs. However, the real draw of this phone is the software, so make sure you see Samsung's latest flagship phone in action by heading over to our hands on reviewThe forums will be hopping for the foreseeable future, so make sure not to miss out on the discussion. See you there!

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

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular confirms their plans to carry the Samsung Galaxy S4

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As we all hoped heading into Samsung Unpacked in New York City, U.S. carriers are certainly getting behind the new Samsung Galaxy S4. It's by no means surprising to see so many want a piece of one of the hottest devices to launch in 2013, but it's still reassuring to see such support literally moments after the event ended. 

The latest to confirm the Galaxy S4 is U.S. Cellular. There isn't a whole lot to go on at the moment though, as their statement is short, and sweet: 

As you may have seen, U.S. Cellular is excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to our customers in the near future. We will be sure to share details and presale information with you as soon as we can.

So, no pricing or availability information yet, but nevertheless a great sign from U.S. Cellular that they'll be picking this one up. 

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3 years ago

Sprint to sell Galaxy S4 in Q2, unlimited LTE still intact

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Sprint is planning to release the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the second quarter of the year, and is confirming that it will continue to offer unlimited LTE with the device. Following in line with most other carriers, Sprint isn't getting to much more specific about pricing our availability details:

Sprint is excited to bring the benefit of Truly Unlimited 4G LTE data to the U.S. variant of Galaxy S4 in the second quarter of this year. Our customers will appreciate the ability to use Galaxy S4 to surf the Web, share pictures and videos, and use this smartphone as much as they want without worrying about throttling or overage charges on their monthly bill due to data caps. NPD Group data indicated in 4Q 2012 that Sprint was the top U.S. seller of Samsung Galaxy S III, so we believe our customers will also enjoy its successor’s features and unlimited data.

It's a good time for Sprint to remind potential buyers that it will still offer unlimited LTE on the handset, in a time where many people may be looking to switch carriers with a new device purchase.

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3 years ago

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

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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

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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

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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

S-Translator on the Samsung Galaxy S4 knows 9 different languages

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Samsung's Unpacked event in New York City continues, and the latest new software feature on the new Galaxy S4 is S-Translator. Translator apps are nothing new, but Samsung's is pretty interesting on a few different fronts. 

First up, S-Translator knows 9 different languages. Really knows. Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and English are all understood in both a text-to-speech capacity as well as a speech-to-text capacity. The demonstration on stage pegged a tourist using S-Translator to help them out whilst they're on vacation. Looks pretty slick and is the sort of functionality that a lot of people could find real use for. 

Additionally, the optical reader built in can also translate printed text too. Pretty sweet. 

Samsung Unpacked continues, so be sure to stick around for yet more Galaxy S4 goodness.

Android Central's Samsung Galaxy S4 Liveblog

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on

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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

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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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