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3 years ago

Big lineups for the Galaxy S5 at UK Samsung Stores

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There's one type of phone folks line up for every year, but with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 it looks like there's another. This particular photo shows the line up outside the flagship Samsung Experience Store in Stratford, London, right before the 6 p.m. availability last night. And there's a ton of people.

Folks who pre-ordered at one of these stores throughout the UK were able to go and collect their shiny new Galaxy S5 the day before general release. It sounds like the other stores experienced similar line ups, with many people eager to be first to get their hands on the Galaxy S5.

It's no iPhone line, sure. But it's still damned impressive.

Get your Galaxy S5 yet? Be sure to swing by our Galaxy S5 forums!

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3 years ago

Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

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Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at rogers.com/suretap

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit teardown finds even smaller electronic bits inside, mostly battery

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In traditional fashion there's a new device in town and the iFixit team has had their way with it. After a look inside of the Samsung Gear 2 earlier this week, up now it's the turn of the Gear Fit. And guess what? It's got some really small electronic parts inside. Apart from the battery.

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3 years ago

Razer delaying its Nabu smartband to ensure no skin irritation issues

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Razer has delayed the release of their Nabu smartband while they certify that the device is hypoallergenic. This is an effort to avoid the skin irritation problems that caused Fitbit to recall their Force band. The device was originally supposed to be released at the end of March, but some customers have reported that Razer sent them a notice informing them of the delay. The Nabu will now be available in late May or early June, according to Cedric Houston:

Got an email from razergaming letting me know that the Nabu is being pushed back to late May/ Early June. Which isn’t a problem because they are taking the time to prevent what happend to the Fitbit flex.

Did you order a Nabu band, and are you disappointed by the delay? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Udeze 'Kene on Twitter, Cedric Houston

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition headed to Verizon

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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

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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

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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: http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.awin1.com%2Fcread.php%3Fawinmid%3D1257%26awinaffid%3D228921%26clickref%3DUUacUdUnU37253%26p%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.vodafone.co.uk%252Fcs%252Fgroups%252Fconfigfiles%252Fdocuments%252Fcontentdocuments%252Fvftst049701.pdf&token=1i5lGu1o

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

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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

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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

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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

Flop Fu: Physics Fighter Review

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Flop Fu Physics Fighter for Android character select

Fighting games can be difficult to adapt to touch-screen play. Developers either have to implement imprecise virtual controls or greatly simplified control schemes in order to make them work. But what if a fighting game maker actually made the controls unwieldy on purpose, kind of like Octodad: Deadliest Catch on PC? Then you’d get the very silly Flop Fu: Physics Fighter from GREE and G-labs.

Flop Fu is an Android-exclusive free-to-play one-on-one fighting game. With lots of characters, barely any in-app purchases, and real-time online multiplayer, it could almost pass as a serious fighting game… If everyone didn’t flop and fly insanely around using amped-up ragdoll physics. Bring your sense of humor along when downloading.

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3 years ago

Chrome Beta update lets you 'undo' a closed tab, adds support for some multi-window devices

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Chrome Beta

Quickly re-open that tab you accidentally closed while reading

Those of you on the beta track of Chrome on Android will be receiving an update today with a small, but useful, set of features. First up is the ability to "undo" an accidental tab closure — something that we're all used to being able to do on desktop browsers. Next is improvements to the video player, letting your phone or tablet make use of HTML5 full-screen video with subtitles and on-screen playback controls.

The update also includes support for the multi-window features on some devices (although which ones aren't specified), as well as support for sending some videos from the browser to Chromecast directly. The update is now available from the Play Store at the link above, so long as you're okay with moving over to the beta channel of the browser.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

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3 years ago

Age of Empires: World Domination coming to Android this summer

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Summer is about to get a lot better now that we know of a new mobile game coming to Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Fans of the Age of Empires series will be especially excited to learn of a new game coming. Microsoft and KLab have announced Age of Empires: World Domination for mobile coming this summer.

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3 years ago

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 screenshot

Want to take a screenshot on your Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Active? It's just a couple buttons — or a swipe — away.

This Galaxy S5 trick is an old one, but a good one. And it's one you'll certainly want to use. For those of you who are coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from another Samsung Galaxy phone, you'll be right at home here. Taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is exactly the same.

But for those of you who are coming over from an iPhone or another Android phone, it's a slightly different procedure. And Samsung's got one really cool trick up its sleeve. (Note that these methods also work on the more rugged Galaxy S5 Active.)

(And be sure to read our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!)

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3 years ago

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

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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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