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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 still has a menu button, it's just hidden

Samsung Galaxy S5

You just have to know where to look for it

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung has at long last done away with the capacitive menu key and replaced it with the fast app switcher. The stock Touchwiz apps in their new form all sport a proper, on screen menu button now, and all is right with the world. But, what about when you come across a really old, but still totally necessary app that still uses a legacy menu button? Well, Samsung took it away...but not completely.

Read on to see where you'll find it on the Galaxy S5.

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3 years ago

Don't forget to claim 6-months free Deezer music with your Galaxy S5


One of the value added bonuses you're privileged to with the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S5 is 6-months free music courtesy of Deezer. Well, in countries Deezer is supported, in any case. But it's not immediately clear how you need to go about claiming this, especially since there's no pre-installed app or mention of it in Galaxy Gifts. So here's the run down.

The free subscription time does only apply to new accounts as you might expect. So, if you're already a subscriber and don't mind starting afresh, just set up a new account and you'll be good to go.

The good news is that claiming your free time is really simple. It doesn't matter whether you download the Deezer app from the Google Play Store or from Samsung Apps, either. When you fire Deezer up for the first time it recognizes that you're using a Galaxy S5 and immediately offers you the sign-up path to get your free 6-months.

Follow the steps as in the screenshots above and you'll be golden. You will need to enter your credit card information so that Deezer can automatically begin billing you after 6-months. So if you're not going to want to do that, be sure to set yourself a reminder to cancel your account before that time.

And that's all there is to it. The added beauty is that Deezer is cross-platform with apps also for iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone as well as web apps, a native Windows 8 app and a beta app for Mac. So sign up on your Galaxy S5 and get 6-months of free music on all of your devices.

I've used Deezer for a little while in recent months and the Android app is pretty good, and the selection of music on offer is excellent. Sadly, it's not available in the U.S. right now, but it is available in a good number of countries around the world. 6-months is plenty of music to listen to, so fire it up and give it a try!

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 might turn up in red on Verizon


A quick snippet of information has been delivered by @evleaks this morning regarding a new color variant of the HTC One M8 and a possible destination. No images, just the message that a red version is headed the way of Verizon.

It's not the first time we've heard reports of a red – and indeed a blue – HTC One M8 being made available, and given HTC's previous efforts with the M7, it's entirely plausible. As for when, well, that we don't know. This talk of red make you think about holding out for it over one of the launch colors?

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

The HTC One M8 comes in 24-carat gold too — just ask John Legere

24-carat gold HTC One M8

Today is Samsung's day. The brand-new Samsung Galaxy S5 launched today around the globe, taking away some of the attention that the HTC One M8 has enjoyed over the past two weeks. Not one to let an opportunity slip by, and knowing that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a compulsive sharer on Twitter, HTC sent the chatty exec a shiny new HTC One M8 wrapped in a brilliant 24-carat gold finish.

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3 years ago

The Galaxy S5 has a great Photosphere mode, but you have to download it first

Surround Shot

Samsung's Surround Shot add-on lets you take Photosphere images

Many Android phone makers have developed their own take on Google's Photosphere — the feature on Nexus phones which lets you take 360-degree panoramic images. LG has its VR Panorama, HTC has Panorama 360 on the One M8, and Samsung launched Surround Shot on the Galaxy Note 3 last year. On the Galaxy S5, however, it's not included out of the box — it's a downloadable plug-in you need to snag from Samsung apps.

Read on for more info.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon


Today you can head out and buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S5 all around the globe, but what if you want a developer edition? Well, that might be coming soon as well. As Samsung did for the Galaxy S4, it appears as if an early listing for a developer edition Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on their website.

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3 years ago

HTC One M8 now available to purchase on T-Mobile

HTC One M8

Zero down and $26.50 a month plus a T-Mobile plan

April 11 sees another big new Android smartphone hit T-Mobile, with the official availability of the HTC One M8 on the carrier. Picking one up will cost you nothing up front, with a $26.50 a month payment for the phone over 24-months.

Plans start at $50 a month for 1GB of data, rising to $80 if you want to go unlimited. It's only available in the Gunmetal finish, but if this is what you've been waiting on hit the source link below to place your order.

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK launches new entry level Smart 4 Mini for £50


Vodafone UK sends word this morning of a hot new Android phone added to its lineup. No, it's not the Samsung Galaxy S5, say hello to the Vodafone Smart 4 Mini. OK, so it's not that hot, but it does occupy an important part of Vodafone's lineup, being a truly entry level Android phone at just £50.

Specs are exactly what you'd expect of such a cheap phone. 4-inch display, dual-core 1.3GHz CPU and just 512MB of RAM. It's running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which isn't exactly current but will be more than ample for the sort of buyer picking it up. With phones this cheap running Android, is there even a point to buying a feature phone anymore?

11 April, 2014: The latest addition to the Vodafone Smart range has landed, bringing you top-notch performance and functionality at an unbelievable price. For just £50 the Smart 4 mini outperforms its predecessor with a highly responsive 4” capacitive touch screen, dual core 1.3Ghz processor supported by 512Mb of RAM, and the latest version of Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2).

Designed to bring you the full Vodafone experience at an affordable price, and with a simple user interface it’s easy to get to grips with all that the Vodafone Smart 4 mini has to offer. With just a click or a swipe enjoy everything from high-speed internet browsing and access to the latest news, entertainment, maps and transport apps while you’re on the go as well as email and social networking services.

The Smart 4 mini launches as part of Vodafone’s ‘Within Reach’ Smartphone campaign; during which you can pick up great value Pay as you go smartphones at unbelievably low prices – the line-up includes the Sony Xperia E1 in purple from only £80 and the new HTC Desire 310 in orange at £100, when bought with a £10 top up or Freedom Freebee.*

If you’re new to smartphones you can pick up our handy smartphone guide to help you get to grips with your new phone. Available to both new and existing customers, you can pick up a copy of the guide in stores from the 15th May or you can access it online here:

Furthermore, Pay as you go customers buying their first Freedom Freebee will receive a 30 day unlimited UK data allowance - so they can find their feet with everything their new smartphone has to offer.

The Vodafone Smart 4 mini is available in black and white, for further details please visit the Vodafone online shop.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK pricing round-up

Samsung Galaxy S5

The where and the how much if you're looking to pick up a Galaxy S5 in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is officially with us, and those folks who didn't jump on the pre-order wagon might naturally be wondering where they can buy one from.

The good news is; you can pretty much buy one everywhere. Major carriers and retailers all want to sell you the Galaxy S5, and while SIM-free pricing is largely the same across the board, there are a few deals across the different sellers.

So, here's a quick roundup of the where and the how much, UK edition. Head on past the break for more.

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3 years ago

Galaxy S5 launch day tip: Disable S Voice shortcut for faster home button response


Home button slower than expected? There's a simple fix

As we enter Samsung Galaxy S5 launch day, here's a quick tip that applies to many Samsung phones including the newly-released GS5. If you've noticed your home button being a little less responsive than you'd expect out of the box, there's a good reason for that...

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 available in 125 countries from today

Samsung Galaxy S5

Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo also going on general sale today

Today is the day. Samsung Galaxy S5 day. After weeks of waiting, pre-orders from various carriers and retailers across the world, today you can just head to a store, give someone some money and walk out with a new Galaxy S5.

Some folks got theirs early, sure. For example the UKs new Samsung Experience Stores were allowing pre-order customers to pick up their new phones yesterday evening. Also going on general sale – again, some folks have been able to get them early – are the Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables.

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3 years ago

Here's how region-locking works on the European Samsung Galaxy S5

Galaxy S5 region lock sticker

Samsung's new region-locking sticker isn't as scary as before, and actually explains what's going on

Think back to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 last year, and you might remember a bit of hubbub surrounding supposedly "unlocked" devices in some countries coming with a so-called region-lock. The situation eventually turned out not to be quite so bad as was first feared, with devices being fully unlocked if they were "activated" with a SIM from within the approved region.

The situation with the Galaxy S5's region lock is a bit different, and fortunately the sticker on the box fully explains what's going on this time.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint lacking Download Booster feature

Download Booster on Galaxy S5

Only T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular in the U.S. offering the Wifi and 4G LTE combined download tool

One of the many features Samsung crowed about when launching the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona was Download Booster. A hybrid of your Wifi and 4G LTE data connection, it's there to help you download large files faster. The good news if you're a T-Mobile customer is that you'll be able to use it. The bad news for folks on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint is that you can't.

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3 years ago

Launch-day OTA updates waiting for European Galaxy S5 buyers

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

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


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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