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4 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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4 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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4 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.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

Facebook Messenger gets official sticker support

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Previously hidden, stickers are now accessible using an actual button

Sending stickers in Facebook Messenger was possible before today's update, but only using an invisible button that was located just to the left of the "+" button. It looks like Facebook is finally ready to reveal this feature, and has added a smiley face button to access the sticker screen. Multiple pages of smiley face and critter stickers are included in the app, with an optional sticker store that has even more cute critters you can download. Also listed in the change log is a batch of bug fixes, which is always good to see.

This version is available now in the Play Store for all your adorable smiley and critter needs.

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4 years ago

eBay app updated with new UI, improved search and shopping cart

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Version 2.2 adds new features for US and UK users

Today the eBay app for Android is getting an update to version 2.2, bringing both visual and functional changes. The Home, Cart, and Checkout areas of the app have received a new look. Users in the US and UK get a Shopping Cart that will synchronize across all devices that use eBay -- the items to your cart on one device will be reflected when the cart is viewed anywhere else. Checking out with cart items becomes easier, with the option to pay for multiple items at the same time using a single checkout. eBay's item search was updated to feature inline search suggestions, autocorrect, and expanded international results when few to no results are returned.

The app is live in the Play Store for those wanting to update; new users can follow the Play Store link above. We hope this update was more thoroughly tested than the previous one, and won't be recalled in the next few days.

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4 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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4 years ago

AT&T Q1 2013: Wireless revenues of $16.7 billion, income of $4.7 billion

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Record 6 million smart phones sold in the quarter; 72-percent of postpaid customers now own smart phones

AT&T has just released its Q1 2013 earnings, which encompasses both its wireless and wireline businesses. Earnings for the quarter were generally strong, although they were counteracted by a fall in revenues in the wireline business. We're most interested in the wireless portion though, so we're going to focus on that. Here are the high points:

  • $16.7 billion in total revenue, up 3.4-percent year-over-year
  • $4.7 billion in operating income, up 4.1-percent y-o-y
  • Wireless data revenues up 21-percent y-o-y
  • 296,000 postpaid net customer additions
  • Postpaid churn improved to 1.04-percent
  • 1.2 million new smart phone subscribers
  • Postpaid data ARPU up 18-percent

In nearly all metrics, AT&T is performing well on the wireless side of its business. The carrier added nearly 300,000 new customers, moved 1.2 million customers to smart phones, and says a full 72-percent of postpaid customers now own smart phones. AT&T sold a record 6 million smart phones in the quarter, which made up 88-percent of all postpaid phone sales. Data ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) shot up by 18-percent, and phone-only ARPU rose 2-percent.

Nearly 70-percent of AT&T's customers are now on usage-based (tiered data and Mobile Share) plans, which is up from 61-percent a year earlier. About 14-percent of AT&T's customers are now on Mobile Share plans, with an average of 3 devices per plan. About 25-percent of those Mobile Share plans are using 10GB of data or more per month, driving up data revenues.

On the network front, AT&T says it currently covers 200 million POPs with its LTE network, which is running ahead of schedule. By the end of 2013, it plans to reach 90-percent of its goal to have 300 million POPs covered. AT&T says 60-percent of its customers have a "4G" (aka HSPA+ or better) device, with over half of those being LTE devices.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 available from RadioShack April 27 for Sprint and AT&T

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RadioShack is ready and waiting to give you your Galaxy S4 this coming Saturday

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available for purchase for Sprint and AT&T at RadioShack this Saturday, April 27th. The highly anticipated device has been garnering a lot of attention recently now that we've finally received solid release dates.

RadioShack has also announced that it will offer accessories for the S4 and a deal that specifies if you spend at least $30, you will get a $10 off coupon for future purchases. This is pretty much guaranteed if you purchase a new S4. It also offers a trade in policy for past devices, so you can get some money towards your new purchase.

If you're on Sprint or AT&T, you'll soon be able to purchase a S4 at RadioShack. Who will be be in line this Saturday? Tell us in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Forum!

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4 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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4 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.

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4 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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4 years ago

Use the logo on the HTC One as an extra button with a custom kernel

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While technically there is no button, ingenuity wins this round and the logo on your HTC One can be more than a pretty face

Quite a few folks were disappointed when we found out the digitizer behind the HTC logo on the HTC One was blocked, and most of us gave up hope of ever having a custom middle button in is place. But this one from the never-say-never files shows that determination and hard work can always pay off.

Just because there's no dedicated button area doesn't mean a lot when parts of the logo extend into the rest of the digitizer, and tbalden over at XDA has worked out a method that allows the top half of the logo to register touch events. As of this writing, there are two versions of his package -- one uses the Home button to wake the device and the logo to turn off the screen, and the other allows the logo to act as a menu button. 

Things are still a little shaky on some versions of the software, but if you read through the entire thread there are a couple of solutions to get everything -- including an audio routing fix for earpiece volume issues -- working, at least for the GSM versions. 

We still think HTC should have made the logo a button in the first place, but this is a reasonable substitute. Go have a look.

Source: XDA-Developers; via: Android Central forums

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