Galaxy S4 Mini, Mega, ActiveNew Samsung handsets outed in changelog for WatchON TV application

Rumors have been circulating for a few weeks that Samsung is working on a "Galaxy S4 Mini," as well as a ruggedized version of its current flagship device. Today an app changelog entry for the Galaxy S4's pre-loaded TV app could indicate that both are on the way, along with another device known as the "S4 Mega."

The shot above, sent our way by tipster Paul, shows that the recent 5.0.4 update for Samsung WatchON adds "support for [the] upcoming S4 Mega, S4 mini and S4 Active." The changelog has since been updated to remove the reference, suggesting that someone let the cat out of the bag a little early. The S4 Mini name has been rumored for some time, and the device is refers to extensively leaked. The S4 Active name would seem to refer to the rumored "waterproof" S4 variant. But the S4 Mega is a bit more of a mystery -- could the existing Galaxy Mega have been renamed? Or might this be a different large-screened S4 variant -- or simply a typo?

Whatever the case, the fact that WatchON has been updated with support for all three devices suggests that they'll likely include the S4's TV-controlling capabilities.

We'll have to wait and see if and when the Galaxy S4 Active, Mini and Mega emerge. Whatever form these handsets take, Samsung looks set to fully capitalize on the halo effect of its high-profile Galaxy S4 launch.

Thanks to Paul for tipping us the image above through the new Android Central app!

 

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Galaxy S4 Mega, S4 Active and S4 Mini hinted in app update text

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You're not the target market, for the Galaxy Mega series. It's being positioned as an offering to markets that want a bigger-screened smartphone, but can't afford the Note series.

I think Samsung need to slow down, they get a little too excited with sales. Think they need to start thing about the cost of servicing, pointless releasing devices you aren't going to support. That's yes mistake HTC made.

HTC's problems are
1. Not responding to market demand (clear examples are expandable memory & removable battery)
2. Virtually nonexistent marketing
3. Multi-million dollar deals with Beats audio, Facebook, etc. that ultimately result in a net loss of profit

It's actually really just #2. The iPhone single-handedly disproves the oft-discussed "market demand" problem HTC has. It's so strange that people who comment on AC articles don't understand how unrepresentative they are of the entire smartphone-buying population. 99% of smartphone buyers don't give a rat's a$$ about expandable memory and removable batteries, which again is proven clear as day by the success of the iPhone.

It's all about marketing and advertising. Two things HTC totally failed at. But let's stop with the delusion that this is a "market demand" issue.

Perhaps the "S4 Mega" is actually a new branding for the Note. So you essentially have 3 sizes of the current "Galaxy S", mini-standard-mega. It would kind of make sense and actually simplify the brand.

That's what I was thinking. It makes a lot of sense. What doesn't make sense is selling a big low/midrange device with S4 branding. Hopefully they don't go that route, but I have a hard time believing that they would drop the Note branding. Maybe it will be a Note 3 without spen.

I don't think so. The Note is another line which touts those S Pen-related creative features, and includes large phones and tablets. I don't think the two lines will be converging now.

I agree. The Note is gaining its own following, so I doubt Samsung will merge product lines. I'm betting the S4 Mega will just be a supersized S4 with no S-pen. The Note 3 will be an evolution of the Note 2 with software enhancements not available in the S4 line, just as the Note 3 was a step beyond the S3.

I just wish the S4 Active would come out soon, or at least be officially announced. I'm holding off buying an S4 until I hear more on the Active version.

Fuck I hate to see the name galaxy in every device!!
Galaxy should be s s2 s3 s4..... not every fucking phone...galaxy smini galaxy duo galaxy w galaxy y!! !!
even though this new variants are pretty good...i dont like this kind of strategy...money talks higher and that's it

When Normal people on street ask you about your phone, do they say, "Oh is that a Duo or do they say is that a Galaxy"?

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.

as there are many kinds of people and they have different types of need and choice, many types of smartphone should be from good smartphone company too. but at present world, from mid-range to high end most of the smartphone should be waterproof and dust proof.

Thanks in Advance