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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit launching April 11 worldwide

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You've seen the Samsung Galaxy S5's shimmering backs, you've read about the great new camera, and you've looked at your wrist, wondering what it might look like with a Gear 2 or Gear Fit strapped to it. But when will you be able to get one?

April 11, 2014, that's when. Samsung's announced their latest products unveiled at MWC 2014 will be launching in six weeks on more than 150 carriers. Pricing was not yet announced.

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3 years ago

The Galaxy S5 pictured from every angle you can imagine

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Every single inch — inside and out — of the latest Samsung flagship shown off

​Samsung has just dropped the device many have been waiting for, the Galaxy S5. And while it's worth reading all of our extensive coverage of the launch, device and features, sometimes you just want to see all of the pretty pictures. Luckily we have a whole boatload for you to check out, showing off every color of the Galaxy S5, much of its interface, several new (and wild) accessories and even what's under the back cover. (Pro tip: use the full screen button for this one — you'll find it in the bottom left corner of the gallery viewer.)

See also: Galaxy S5 hands-on | Full Galaxy S5 specs | Join the discussion in our Galaxy S5 forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

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Full hardware specifications for Samsung's latest

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, and we've just posted our hands-on impressions of the device. But if you want to dig down into the nitty-gritty details and examine the GS5's hardware specs, we've also got you covered. Head on past the break for the complete Samsung Galaxy S5 spec listing.

And don't miss our complete Galaxy S5 review!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and initial review

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Samsung’s best gets even better in the Galaxy S5 — we take it out for a spin

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Korean manufacturer at Mobile World Congress unveiled the fifth iteration of its flagship Android smartphone. And as we’ve come to expect, this one’s better than every one that’s come before it.

Let’s start with the basic Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 5.1-inch display. Android 4.4 KitKat.
  • 16-megapixel rear camera.
  • 2 gigabytes of RAM.
  • Storage options of 16 or 32 gigabytes.
  • MicroSD card storage.
  • Waterproofing with a IP67 rating.
  • 802.11 ac Wifi, with MIMIO (2x2).
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • USB 3.0.
  • NFC.
  • IR port.
  • 2,800 mAh (removable) battery.

What else could you want in the Galaxy S5? And we haven’t even mentioned all the software customizations. We’ve gotten a brief look at the Galaxy S5 here in Barcelona. Come with us now as we walk you through the GS5, as only Android Central can.

See also: Full Galaxy S5 specs | Galaxy S5 image gallery | Join the discussion in our Galaxy S5 forums

Update on April 18, 2014: Be sure to check out our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!

 

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

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Samsung's brought its new wearables to Mobile World Congress in the form of the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches — as well as a surprise addition, the Gear Fit.

The smartwatches, as we now know, mark Samsung's switch from Android to Tizen for the wearable. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are roughly the same device — it's just that the Neo lacks a camera.

The Fit, however, is a sexy little fitness companion.

Let's take a closer look.

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear Fit brings a fitness tracker with a curved screen to your workout

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The Samsung Gear Fit will track your exercise routines and look snazzy while doing it

In addition to taking the wraps off the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung also announced their next wearable device dubbed the Gear Fit. As you can see, the big sell here is a curved 1.8-inch 432 x 128 Super AMOLED display. It's dust and water resistent to keep up with whatever brutal fitness regimen you're undertaking. As usual, you'll be able to get smartphone notifications from just about everything on the Gear Fit thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Keep in mind that the Gear Fit will only work with Samsung devices, but given all of the tracking software built in, that limitation may be worthwhile. The 210 mAh battery should last you 3 - 4 days of typical usage.

Samsung's been agressively expanding its lineup of wearables, and it's a smart move to provide something sporty to compete in the burgeoning market for fitness trackers. It will be interesting to see how well Samsung manages to expand into the space when competing with smaller, more focused companies like Pebble.

The Samsung Gear Fit will be launching somtime in April, though we're still not sure about the pricetag. Get up close and personal with the Gear Fit in our hands-on video, and if you're looking for more wearable news, swing by the newest addition to the Mobile Nations family, Smartwatch Fans. Press release ahoy!

Samsung Expands Industry-Leading Wearable Line with Samsung Gear Fit

New device blends style, fitness and convenience to provide ultimate connectivity for the active mobile consumer

Barcelona, Spain - February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.

“Samsung understands that the next generation of wearable mobile solutions must directly reflect of the diverse interests and needs of consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “In response, our Gear product portfolio continues to expand with unique devices for a wide range of lifestyles, including the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go.”

Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.

The ultimate modern fitness solution

The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity.

The sleek new Samsung Gear Fit provides the superior connectivity benefits of Samsung wearable technology with a custom, real time fitness coaching to provide unique, personalized advice and workout recommendations.

The Gear Fit will be available globally starting from April. Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com or m. samsungmobilepress.com.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 made official: 5.1-inch HD screen, fingerprint scanner, and heart rate monitor in tow

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone official at Mobile World Congress with a whole bunch of new features.

After much ado at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official. It's running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage (plus microSD). The screen measures in at 5.1 inches and 1920 x 1080 resolution, with an IR blaster and USB 3.0 rounding out the inputs.

The 16 megapixel camera on the back can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, and has a new selective focus to provide simulated depth of field. The 0.3 second autofocus time is also pretty impressive. Samsung is reporting 21 hours of talk time from the Samsung Galaxy S5's 2800 mAh battery, plus a new power-saving mode that flips the display to black and white. You'll also find a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. In-line with the more sporty features of the S Health app, the GS5 is fully dust resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter of submersion. Feel free to dig into the full list of specs here, and check out our hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Mobile World Congress.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launching globally in April. Who's in? Full press release is below.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers

The company's 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 - Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

"With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers," said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. "Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation."

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter

Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world's fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

**Tap into the fastest connections **

The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung's retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

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3 years ago

Build and defend a fantasy kingdom in The Tribez & Castlez on Android [Updated]

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Of all the mobile publishers, Game Insight is pretty much the king of city builders. We’ve covered their futuristic entry 2020: My Country in the past, but Game Insight’s history with the genre goes back farther than that. One of their early hits was 2012’s The Tribez, in which players built a city for a tribe of primitive inhabitants.

Today Game Insight follows up with a sequel, The Tribez and Castlez! This one takes the game into ­ medieval fantasy setting – as well as throwing in some tower defense gameplay for good measure. You can grab The Tribez & Castlez for free on Android. Update: It's really available!

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3 years ago

Sizing up the LG G Pro 2, LG Optimus G Pro and LG G2

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LG's latest supersized smartphone meets its predecessor

The LG G Pro 2 was announced before Mobile World Congress and while we already went hands on, we've gone back to check it out next to some other LG devices. Namely its predecessor, the Optimus G Pro and its little brother, the G2

Make no mistake, the G Pro 2 is a big phone. But, what's truly very impressive is that it isn't that much bigger than the original Optimus G Pro. With a 0.4-inch screen size increase, the G Pro 2 is just a tiny bit taller and wider. Side-by-side with the G2, there's a more noticeable size difference, but again, not as much as you may imagine with a 0.7-inch screen size difference. 

Otherwise, the G Pro 2 is clearly part of the G2 family. It has traded the glossy back of the G2 and the Optimus G Pro for a more textured finish, though. Find a bunch more family photos after the break. 

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3 years ago

Live from Mobile World Congress with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg! [Noon EST Feb. 24]

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And yet another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress where Faceook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address on, well, whatever he wants. Zuckerberg's actually a fairly compelling speaker, and this should be a good one.

What to expect? Probably not any new Facebook phone announcements, folks. Instead, look broader topics that have to do with the Internet, social connectivity and the world in general.

We're liveblogging this one starting at 6 p.m. CET — that's noon in New York and 9 a.m. on the West Coast. Join us!

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3 years ago

AT&T adds international LTE roaming in Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and 8 other countries

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Late last year saw AT&T adding international LTE roaming in Canada and the UK, and today they're adding 13 more nations to the list. If the added services are treated in the same way as AT&T's deals with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the rates charged for the "Data Global" add-ons won't change with the addition of LTE services, though AT&T did not say if that would be the case in their press release. AT&T put a full list of the countries where you'll be able to get LTE speeds while roaming starting today:

Today, AT&T has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. AT&T is committed to providing its customers a wider global footprint to enjoy LTE data speeds. In fact, AT&T currently has agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 countries.

It's worth noting that there are still hurdles to getting LTE roaming working. AT&T and the LTE carriers in Canada use different LTE bands, so it may be hit or miss whether or not your specific phone will be able to roam onto LTE while abroad. Thankfully, modern smartphones are consolidating more and more LTE bands into single devices (manufacturing is just easier that way), so your chances are much higher if you have a fairly new phone.

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3 years ago

HTC aims to make mid-range phones exciting again, starts with the Desire 816

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The first in a 'new breed' of beautifully designed phones, with powerful performance and a low cost

We all want a phone that will blow the barn doors off when it comes to doing the things we love to do with our Androids. We want a phone that plays games well, surfs the web with ease, delivers quality video playback and has great stereo sound. We also love things that are affordable. HTC is trying to merge these two things in their 2014 Desire line, and today at Mobile World Congress they've shown us the first in the series, the Desire 816.

The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier. Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones. It is bringing genuine choice to the category by delivering stunning design and high-end performance at unbelievable value. —Peter Chou, CEO of HTC

The 5.5-inch 720p display is paired with Boomsound and the 13MP camera has HTC's advanced camera software via Sense 5.5. Under the glass is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and the standard sensors and wireless radios.

The Desire 816 will debut in China this March, with a global rollout coming in April.

What say you? Can HTC bring the sexy to the mid-tier? Fill the comments!

HTC REIGNITES THE MID-MARKET WITH 2014 HTC DESIRE PORTFOLIO

HTC Desire 816 is the first of a new breed of mid-range HTC smartphones combining beautiful design and flagship performance for incredible value

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the first model in its ambitious 2014 mid-range portfolio. The HTC DesireTM 816 distils elements of the internationally-acclaimed design DNA of HTC's flagship HTC One® family, with a vibrant, modern colour palate and quality materials that give the HTC Desire range its own familiar, yet distinctive flavour. Demonstrating HTC's obsessive focus on incredible design, both inside and out, the HTC Desire 816 packs an advanced feature set that makes it one of the best value smartphones ever introduced by HTC.

"The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. "Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones. It is bringing genuine choice to the category by delivering stunning design and high-end performance at unbelievable value."

Beautifully designed, powerful performance

The first edition of the new-look HTC Desire family comes fully loaded with HTC's iconic dual-frontal speakers and HTC BoomSoundTM for incredible audio quality, while HTC BlinkFeedTM keeps users up- to-date with the latest news and social updates on the spacious 5.5 inch screen. Two powerful cameras make the HTC Desire 816 ideal for photography lovers. A 13MP rear-facing camera complete with HTC ZoeTM and automatic highlight videos, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera, make it the perfect device for capturing both the perfect selfie and stunning landscapes in amazing quality. Powered by a quad-core, 1.6 GHz processor and offering 4G LTE connectivity, the new HTC Desire model offers world-class speed and power and is fully-equipped to keep pace with the most active lifestyles, whether browsing, gaming or switching between multiple apps.

Global Availability

The new HTC Desire 816 will be available in China, running HTC Sense 5.5, from March and will be upgraded to the latest version of HTC Sense via an OTA update upon global retail availability in April. For more information visit www.htc.com.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC's portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

For more information on HTC BlinkFeed's ever-growing content partner ecosystem, visit the HTC Blog at http://blog.htc.com/.

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3 years ago

HTC didn't say a new HTC One is coming on March 25, except they kind of did

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The best is getting better next month

HTC just threw a little shindig here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while we didn't hear about the supposed M8, we kind of did. The event launched the new Desire 816 mid-range smartphone but excitement was directed elsewhere.

Both HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang and CEO Peter Chou are super excited for March 25 in NYC and London. After referring to the current HTC One as still the world's best smartphone, Wang told us that on that date the best will be getting better.

So if we had any doubts left over what to expect, doubt no longer. We'll be live from both events in just a months time to see what the excitement is about.

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3 years ago

HTC announces the Desire 610 for the European market

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Boomsound and a 'stunning' screen make the Desire 610 a powerful entertainment hub

HTC has taken the wraps off the mid-range Desire 610 today in Barcelona. The device is squarely aimed at buyers who value consuming multimedia content, and HTC says it will offer an "incredible mobile audio and visual experience." Phillip Blair, HTC EMEA President, puts it thusly:

Consumer choice should be about selecting the best-in-class features without having to compromise on quality. The HTC Desire 610 offers an outstanding combination of performance and entertainment at a price that makes it possible for everyone to enjoy an exceptional smartphone experience.

The Desire 610 features a 4.7-inch display, HTC's unique Boomsound experience, and advanced camera features. Both HSPA+ and LTE radios are on-board, and it's all powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM.

The Desire 610 will be available across Europe in May. The full press release is below.

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3 years ago

Put your idle CPU to work with HTC Power To Give program

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A billion Androids could provide PetaFLOPs of computing power

Here's a novel idea from HTC. They have started a program that will allow you to "donate" idle CPU time to research through distributed computing. 

For some of us, this idea isn't new, but for the rest here's a quick and dirty explanation. When you're not actively using your Android phone or tablet, you can process data for UC Berkley through the cloud. Different projects use this data for things like AIDS research, or the quest for clean drinking water in the third world, or even the search for extra-terrestrial life. You probably think your one, lone Android device isn't going to contribute much, but HTC says that with enough participation the processing power could be measured in PetaFLOPS. That's like an IBM supercomputer, and it will make a difference.

It will all be done through the HTC Power To Give app, which should be hitting Google Play shortly. 

The process happens while your Android is connected to Wifi and plugged in for a charge, so it shouldn't affect battery life or your data cap. While there will be some bugs at first (there are always bugs at first) this sounds like  great way to put that idle CPU time to good use.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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