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3 years ago

These are the first five things you need to do with your new Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Have a new Galaxy S5? Do these things first!

So you've got your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S5. Congratulations! But now that you've got your phone, it's time for a little Galaxy S5 help. And you've come to the right place.

When it comes to smartphones — and in this case, when it comes to setting up your Galaxy S5 in particular — there are a few things we always recommend doing.

And with that, we present the first five things you should do once you've got your Samsung Galaxy S5.

For more, swing by our complete Galaxy S5 help page!

1. Use a password of some sort on your Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 security options

No excuses here. You need to password-protect your phone. If you didn't do it at first startup, Go to Settings>Lock screen>Screen security. Swipe is the same as not having a password. So don't use it. A pattern lock is the next best thing. Fingerprints and PINs are considered to be medium to high security, and a full-on password is best.

If you're going to be wearing a Gear watch or the Gear Fit, you can use it to bypass the lock screen security, so long as it's connected to your phone. Should the watch or band disconnect, lock screen security will be re-enacted. This is a great way to keep your phone more secure but still have it be easy to use.

2. Sign up for (or sign into) the Samsung App store

Samsung Apps

We get it, signing in to a second app store can be a pain. But you're going to want to sign in to Samsung's. Whereas other manufacturers have been offloading system apps to Google Play, Samsung's got its own repository. So if you want to get the latest updates for, say, a Gear smartwatch, the Gear Fit fitness band or any number of other Samsung apps, you're going to need to bite the bullet and use Samsung's store.

The good news is it's pretty easy to use, and there's a world of stuff there. Some of it is redundant to what's in Google Play, though, so choose wisely.

You can sign up from your phone, or in a browser at SamsungApps.com.

Oh, and Samsung, would it kill you to include some single-sign-in options?

3. Turn off those blasted Galaxy S5 sound effects

We go through this one every time Samsung releases a new phone, and we're going to have to do it here again with the Galaxy S5. This damned thing beeps anytime you touch it. Any time you unlock it. And, perhaps the biggest sin of all, any time you type on Samsung's keyboard.

There are a couple ways to tell your phone to shut the hell up. The easiest is to pull down the notification shade and tap the "Sound" button to change to either vibrate or silent mode. That's working with a hammer, however.

For a surgical strike, it's time to head back into the settings menu. Go to Settings>Sound and then have a look at the options. We recommend unchecking "Touch sounds" and "Sound when tapped" in the keyboard settings at the very least.

Trust us, anyone within earshot will thank you.

4. Pop in an SD card

Samsung Galaxy S5 SD card

Those of you who opted for a 16-gigabyte version of the Galaxy S5 will definitely want to do this. Samsung's system takes up a good chunk of space on the Galaxy S5. (The AT&T model we have here has a little less than 10 gigabytes free. Sprint's had just a tad more.) As you start installing applications, space can become tight. So, a little external storage may be in order.

Do keep in mind, however, that SD cards don't work the same in Android 4.4 as they did in previous versions. We explain that here.

5. Make sure you get all the plastic off the phone

Galaxy S5 stickers

No. this isn't another joke about Samsung phones being plastic. But it is a cautionary tale about how much removable plastic Samsung uses to keep the phone in pristine condition until you're ready to use it. That include a damned-near invisible piece over the camera lens. And it's not the first time.

That's not a bad thing, of course. Just be sure you get it all off the phone before you venture out in public — you don't want to be that guy — and get the piece off the camera lens before you start taking pictures with your phone.

Actually, scratch that. Here are a couple more things you need to do with your new Galaxy S5: First off, download our app. Once you've done that, hit up our Galaxy S5 help page, and be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums for even more Galaxy S5 help, tips and tricks from folks just like you!

And above all else, enjoy!

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3 years ago

Google might just let anybody buy Google Glass in one-day promotion [Update: It's official]

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Google Glass

Website goes live at 6am PT on the 15th to take orders from anyone in the U.S.

Update: Well, that didn't take long — Google has just confirmed that April 15th is the date when anyone will be able to plop down their $1500 and buy Google Glass without any kind of invite or crazy qualification. Simply live in the U.S. and be 18 years old, and you'll be able to buy Glass starting at 6am PT on the 15th from the Google Glass website.

Original story: Google will soon open up their Google Glass Explorers program to anyone in the United States for a very limited time. The expansion could start as soon as Tuesday, April 15th. This is not intended as the consumer launch of Glass, and the program will only be open to the public for about a day. Google will apparently throw in one of their Glass accessories with the purchase, according to The Verge:

It’ll be a limited-time offer, only available for about a day, and only US residents will be eligible to purchase the $1,500 device. Google will also include a free sunglass shade or one of its newly-introduced prescription glasses frames along with any purchase. An internal Google slide shows that the promotion may be announced on April 15th, though all the details of this program have yet to be finalized.

If Google opens up Glass to the public, even for a limited time, will you get it? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: +Google Glass; Via: The Verge

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3 years ago

Aereo to support Chromecast starting May 29th

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Aereo, the service that lets you watch terrestrial over-the-air TV on other devices via the internet, has announced that its Android app will support Chromecast streaming starting May 29th. The functionality will come with an update to its app, which is currently in beta on the Play Store.

While Aereo is already a pretty neat idea and a great value — if you happen to be in a market where it's available — at $8 per month, the addition of Chromecast streaming brings things to another level. With the price of a Chromecast being less than what you'd spend on a good HDTV antenna yourself, you'll now be able to stream live local programming direct to your TV and seamlessly move between the big screen and your phone or tablet.

When it launches, Aereo will join several other high-profile apps adding Chromecast support — the most recent of which being BT Sport, Flixster and Rhapsody.

Source: Aereo

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3 years ago

Launch-day OTA updates waiting for European Galaxy S5 buyers

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Samsung Galaxy S5 update

If you're picking up an unlocked European Samsung Galaxy S5 on launch day tomorrow (or you've been able to get hold of one early), you'll want to make sure you snag the first two — yes, two — software updates for the new handset. After setting up your shiny new GS5, you'll be prompted to install one 30MB update, then another 16MB one. After that you should end up on build U1ANCE, which according to Samsung's changelog includes stability fixes.

As always, software on carrier-branded GS5s will differ, and we haven't noticed any updates on our AT&T model in the U.S. just yet.

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3 years ago

Verizon giving 1GB of free data along with new tablet activations

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Turns out T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with some tablet data incentives this week, as Verizon has just posted its own promotion for some "free" data. While it doesn't approach T-Mobile's offering of a completely free 200MB for the lifetime of your device, Verizon is giving customers who activate a tablet on one of its "More Everything" plans an additional 1GB of data.

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3 years ago

HTC BlinkFeed and Gallery updates bring One M8 bug fixes and tweaks

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The HTC One M8 may have only been out for two weeks, but that doesn't mean there aren't updates to be had. Today HTC pushed out updates to both HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Gallery. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements, BlinkFeed has been updated to let you "add more social content when you want" and the Foregrounder effect in Gallery now allows you to tap anywhere to apply the effect. Apart from that, bug fixes and performance improvements. Both updates are available now via the Google Play Store.

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3 years ago

Android update coming with regular malware scans

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A new Android update is rolling out that will add a bit more security when it comes to apps that may harm your device. The update from Google intends to make sure that apps installed on your device — from Google Play or elsewhere — are playing nice and "behaving in a safe manner". Currently the system scans applications at the time you install them, but now it will continuously check all the apps on your device, even after they've been installed.

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3 years ago

How to get the vertical display on the Samsung Gear Fit

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One of the big blunders of Samsung's Gear Fit was that the screen was horribly annoying to read in the horizontal orientation while on your wrist. It just didn't look right and you have to shapeshift your arm to be able to read it straight on.

With a quick update however, they've added a new option that lets you change the orientation to vertical instead — making things much easier to read. Of course if you like the horizontal layout better, that option is still there as well.

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3 years ago

How to enable Samsung Galaxy S5 developer options

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Samsung Galaxy S5 developer mode

Developer mode is easy to get to, you just have to remember to enable it

As has been the case since Android 4.2, the developer options have been hidden by default from your Android settings menu. This is a good thing, actually, as it'll keep curious minds from potentially breaking things. It also helps keep your phone more secure.

But there are plenty of reasons why you would want to enable developer options on your Galaxy S5. If you want to plug in to a computer and do any sort of command-line work, this is going to be your first stop. Or if you need some extra debugging options as a programmer. Or, maybe you are that sort of curious creature who just wants to see how things work. Nothing wrong with any of that.

But, of course, you're going to first have to turn developer mode on for your Galaxy S5. Here's how to do it.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 is now available at retail from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon

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Verizon had the retail store lock down on the new HTC One M8 since the initial release, but now those of you with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can get in on the brick-and-mortar sales fun as well. T-Mobile's availability kicks off tomorrow. The HTC One M8 is now available for purchase in carriers stores that aren't sporting a big red checkmark.

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3 years ago

Wind-up Knight 2 readies for battle on Android

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Wind-up Knight 2, a side-scrolling 3D platformer, is now available on Google Play. As a clockwork knight, you'll jump and fight your way through a bigger world than before.

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3 years ago

Listen to this: it's Phil on the Ausdroid Podcast!

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If you just can't seem to get enough Android (or enough Phil) you can check out episode 108 of the Ausdroid Podcast where our own Phil Nickinson guest starred this week. Phil joined Jason Murray, Dan Tyson, and Phil Tann to talk Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and other fun Android-like things. If you're a fan of Android and Australian accents — this one's for you.

Check it out: Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 now available on Telus

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 launches tomorrow around the globe, but if you're on Telus in Canada and not into Samsung's dimples, might we suggest the now-available HTC One M8 instead? Telus started taking pre-orders for HTC's latest and greatest at the announcement on March 25th, and the phone is now available for direct orders.

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3 years ago

Got your new Samsung Galaxy S5? Share your thoughts in the Android Central forums!

Samsung Galaxy S5 box

Join other early adopters in the Galaxy S5 forums!

The Samsung Galaxy S5's official global launch date isn't until tomorrow, April 11, but some folks have already managed to get their hands on Samsung's 2014 flagship. In the U.S., some carrier pre-orders have been arriving early, and in the U.K. some newly-opened Samsung stores are allowing pre-order customers to collect their handsets from this evening.

So, GS5 early adopters, we want to hear from you. And the best place to share your thoughts is over on the Android Central Galaxy S5 forums, which are already buzzing with discussion on Samsung's latest smartphone. Hit the link below to head on over there!

More: Samsung Galaxy S5 forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offers up LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi models, free data through 2014

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Yesterday T-Mobile introduced a new Simple Starter plan that could get you in the cellular door at $40/month, and today they're shaking things up again by reducing the price of their cellular-enabled tablets to match that of their Wi-Fi-only siblings. Additionally, T-Mobile customers that activate a new tablet will get 1.2GB of free LTE data through the end of 2014.

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