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4 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S4

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The wait is over, and Samsung has made the much-anticipated Galaxy S4 official. There's no radical departure from Samsung's existing design language, and the Galaxy S4 looks very much like it's predecessor, but slightly refined and restyled to adapt to the new 5-inch display. The similarities end there, though, as the Galaxy S4 is an entirely different beast.

Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin sums up the new software additions and enhancements nicely: "With the Galaxy S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live".  And there are a lot of new things coming to the table. Features like Samsung Adapt Display and Samsung Adapt Sound should help folks with special needs get a better smart phone experience, and the S Health package that uses device sensors to monitor and improve your quality of life and fitness are part of the new Samsung software, and look very innovative. Smart Pause, as we've seen in a leaked video, is on-board, as is the hovering technology which Samsung dubs "Air View". There's also plenty of additional features we haven't seen, like S Voice Drive to enable voice commands for use while driving, Samsung Optical Reader to scan printed text, and Samsung WatchON -- an IR remote control system. Samsung also delivers some great looking camera software, with a new Story Album photo feature and Dual Video Call, which will use both cameras so the other party can see you and what you're looking at.

Of course, we have to talk about the specs. There is a full, detailed list after the break, but here are the highlights:

  • 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor or 1.6 GHz octa-core processor (depending on market)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/ 32/ 64 GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz; 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (dependent on market)
  • 13 Mega pixel auto focus rear camera with flash and zero shutter lag, BIS
  • 2 Mega pixel front camera, full HD recording @30fps with zero shutter lag, BIS
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • GPS / GLONASS
  • NFC,  Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED, MHL 2.0
  • 2,600 mAh battery

The processor type will likely be the unnamed (we're thinking Qualcomm, of course) 1.9 GHz quad-core for the North American market, and the Exynos octa-core for the world version. And the network bands seem to be missing T-Mobile's 1700 frequency on the spec sheet, but Samsung officially states T-Mobile US as a Q2 release, so that may be a typo. And the press release also confirms a release for Verizon in Q2.

We've got the full press release and spec list after the break.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 availability

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Galaxy S4 to be available in 155 countries starting at the end of April

We're live here at the Samsung Galaxy S4 event, and they've just dropped some availability information on us. The device will be available in a total of 155 countries on a staggering 327 mobile operators worldwide, starting at the end of April. Samsung is talking up that it will be available with every frequency band available, covering the latest LTE standards.

In the UK the Galaxy S4 will be available from Apr. 25, local carriers and retailers tell us.

Check out our hands-on coverage for more details on Samsung's latest!

Samsung Galaxy S4 Forums | Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 | Samsung Galaxy S4 Details

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4 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is here

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After months of speculation, leaks, conjecture and gnashing of teeth we're finally going to see the Samsung Galaxy S4. 

Samsung is on stage doing their thing, and we're waiting for them to whip out the phone so many have been waiting to see. We're sure there are plenty of changes to both the hardware and software, and Samsung has produced another great device.

This is just the beginning folks. Be sure to check out the liveblog to see the rest as it happens while we wait for all the details, and the hands-on time.

Join the discussion in the Galaxy S4 forums

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4 years ago

Live from Samsung Unpacked 2013 in New York City

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It's our liveblog of Samsung's Galaxy S4 launch event, live from NYC!

We're live the Radio City Music Hall in New York City for what is expected to be the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S4, easily the most anticipated Android phone since the Galaxy S3. Bigger? Better? Faster? More features? All likely talking points going into tonight's event.

The event officially kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT. That's 4 p.m. on the left coast, and 11 p.m. in the UK. Bookmark this page. Leave it open. E-mail it to your friends and family. 

And join us after the break for the one and only Android Central liveblog of Samsung's Galaxy S4 event. 

(And while you're waiting, be sure to swing by our Galaxy S4 forums.)

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4 years ago

'The Croods' game from Rovio and DreamWorks now available

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Right on schedule, Rovio has just released its latest game "The Croods" into the Play Store to coincide with the upcoming release of the DreamWorks movie. In the game you get to play as the characters of the movie, getting through your prehistoric world, hunting and gathering to survive. The gameplay will remind you a lot of recent casual RPG games, with "chores" (quests) to go on and an expanding world that you can manipulate. It'll be good fun for those who want to kill some time and play as the characters from the movie.

The game is free -- as is the case with recent Rovio titles -- and there are some in-app purchases to generate revenue, but that's usually the tradeoff when you have a free game with no ads. The Croods is available from the Play Store at the link at the top of this post if you're interested in giving it a try.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G finally makes its way to the UK SIM-free

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Availability of the LG Optimus G may not be big news if you live in the U.S. or Japan, but the device is now making its way to the U.K. SIM-free for the first time. Falling in line with LG's previous announcement, the Optimus G is making its way to the U.K. with LTE on-board (800/900/1800/2100/2600Mhz) and is also pre-loaded with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Other specs on the device seem to be the same as the U.S. -- Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Expansys is quoting a price of £479.99 (incl. VAT) for the black model, and says that stock is expected in the next 5 days. Anyone in the U.K. still interested in picking one of these up as availability of the Optimus G Pro is on the horizon? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Reviewing Humble Bundle 5: the overview

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Over the past week, we've been taking a look at each of the games available in the fifth iteration of the Humble Bundle. There are a lot of good new titles this time around -- and three old favorites that were just added in as a bonus -- so we wanted to give a wrap-up of the entire bundle. Facilitating all of these game downloads, installs and updates is a pivotal app that is worth mentioning as well -- the Humble Bundle for Android app.

Hang with us after the break for our final conclusions on the Humble Bundle 5.

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4 years ago

Mint Personal Finance updated with speed improvements, auto refresh

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The Mint.com app has received a solid update today with lots of background improvements and a couple of forward-facing fixes. One of the biggest improvements in this update is the ability to update in the background every 4 hours. While we'd prefer a customizable update schedule, background syncing is a big step in the right direction. The other improvements are all about speed -- Mint is claiming faster transaction downloads and overall load times, along with a quicker way to categorize transactions on the phone interface.

And the update wouldn't be complete without the nondescript "bugfixes" as well. You can grab a download of -- or update to -- the Mint Personal Finance app at the Play Store link above. 

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4 years ago

Jelly Bean pushing out for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7

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After the initial Jelly Bean rollout for non-carrier branded devices, Veizon's Galaxy Tab 2 family is now getting its chance at some Jelly Bean goodness. This over the air update has been officially live for a few days, and it seems that a significant amount of users are finally getting the update pushed to their tablets. One of the biggest new features that comes packaged with this version of Android is Google Now, along with improved performance thanks to Project Butter. 7" Tab owners also get a new keyboard and updated softkeys, while those with a 10.1" Tab will now see lockscreen icons and an improved notification panel. For a full list of changes, see Verizon's official pages for the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

If you haven't already gotten the update notification manually, go to Settings in your tablet and tap on About Device, then System updates. You can't get this update while roaming, so connect to WiFi if needed. Is this update a huge improvement? Does it break anything? Let us know in the forums!

Thanks, mordoc!

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4 years ago

Conduit HD for Tegra devices review

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NVIDIA has been teaming up with game developers to make Tegra-optimized titles available for some time now, and today it is announcing another new release -- Conduit HD. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because it was first seen on the Wii console. But now it has come over to Android in its full glory, and is TegraZone exclusive at launch.

Hang with us after the break and see what Conduit HD is all about.

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4 years ago

Hands on with Chameleon Launcher for phones

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Whatever your own personal opinions on the birth of the Chameleon Launcher project, one thing remains the same. People are talking about it. As people talk, interest grows, and Chameleon certainly brought a whole new take to the custom launcher scene. Very much a widget-orientated UI, there's no denying that it could completely change the look and feel of your Android tablet. 

And that's the other thing of course. Initially Chameleon launched exclusively for Android tablets. Then, not all that long ago, we got a first glimpse at a phone version in early testing. Things have progressed well since then, and the finished product is here. Sort of. At the moment, Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers can snag a copy of the phone version of Chameleon, ahead of it going on general release soon. So, how well does it transition to the smaller screen? Let's find out. 

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4 years ago

HTC One versus LG Nexus 4

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They're two of the hottest Android phones around right now, so how do the HTC One and the Nexus 4 stack up?

When Google released the LG-made Nexus 4 late last year, it went toe-to-toe with the leading hardware of the time at a fraction of the price. Now we've got our hands on the HTC One, one of the first big flagship phones of 2013, so how does the Nexus stand up against this latest round of hardware?

We've been using the Nexus 4 since launch, and though we've only had the HTC One for a little under a week, there are more than a few areas where it's clear HTC has pulled ahead. But these things are never as simple as comparing spec numbers, so head past the break and check out our comparison video to find out more. We've also got more words and pictures if you're into that sort of thing.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 'floating touch,' 'smart pause' features caught on video ahead of launch

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In just eleven hours time Samsung will be taking the wraps off the Galaxy S4 at its big presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. In the meantime, we're seeing more leakage of the upcoming handset, including these two Chinese demos of the handset showing a couple of new features.

First up is 'smart pause,' which uses the front-facing camera to detect when you're looking away from a video, pausing it accordingly. And secondly there's 'floating touch,' a feature previously rumored for the S4, and one we've already seen on the Sony Xperia Sola. Like the S Pen's hovering capabilities on the Galaxy Note 2, this detects your finger at a distance, bringing up extra info like folder previews in the gallery app.

So it seems two of the rumored Galaxy S4 features may indeed be headed our way later today. Check out the "smart pause" demo above. We've got the "floating touch" video embedded after the break.

Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of the day's events, live from New York.

More: Samsung Galaxy S4 forums

Source: istevecom; via @Mitridatex

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4 years ago

LG buys well-placed Times Square ads ahead of Galaxy S4 event

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Samsung has been telling us for a couple weeks now to "be ready 4 the next Galaxy", and LG is taking advantage of the wording to upstage Samsung's own Times Square ads today. In a bit of playful advertising, LG has purchased billboard space directly above Samsung's with larger, brighter ads that claim "LG Optimus G is here 4 you now!" and "It'll take more than 4 to equal one Optimus G".

No matter where you stand on the merits of the Optimus vs. Galaxy camp, you have to admit that's some very clever and well-timed advertising by LG. We'll of course be live in New York later today -- 7 p.m. ET to be exact -- to see if what Samsung unveils will challenge LG's latest offerings.

Source: LG (BusinessWire); Via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 to have SwiftKey prediction software built-in

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The newest Galaxy from Samsung is expected to have SwiftKey typing prediction built into the software, according to a source of The Wall Street Journal. The next word and sentence prediction from SwiftKey is a welcome addition to the software, but probably shouldn't come as any surprise. The Galaxy Note 2 had the same prediction software built-in, and it would make sense that Samsung would continue those deals on to the latest flagship also.

If this is the case, we'll likely hear about it alongside any other new software improvements Samsung has up its sleeve for the Galaxy S4 announcement. We won't have to wait long to hear about it either, as Samsung is set to unveil the device at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday in New York. We'll be there covering it live, naturally.

Source: WSJ

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