Google refunds, provides extra credit to buyers of fake antivirus tool
Google is providing refunds to buyers of the fake Virus Shield app for Android. Discovered by Android Police, the paid $3.99 app was discovered to just switch between different sets of graphics, and failed to provide any protection. The app was removed from the Play Store shortly after the discovery, with more than 10,000 downloads recorded. Google has started to send e-mails to affected customers, promising a refund within 14 days and a $5 promotional credit for Google Play.
Free service will gain advertising, $3.99 subscription will be ad-free
Samsung will be offering a premium version of its Milk Music service to its users in the future, the phone manufacturer has revealed. Launched last month as a free service for Galaxy smartphone owners, Samsung will soon introduce advertising to free accounts, adding an option to remove advertising priced at $3.99 per month, with premium subscribers said to be receiving some unnamed "exclusive features."
Galaxy owners can claim one free Kindle book from monthly selection
Samsung has entered into a partnership with Amazon to provide owners of its Galaxy smartphone and tablets free books. The Kindle for Samsung app, a custom-built version of Amazon's e-reader just for Galaxy devices, will provide not only access to the online retailer's collection of books and reading material, but will also give app users a free ebook every month.
Similar technique used to unlock iPhone 5s can be used on Galaxy S 5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is subject to the same fake fingerprint technique that the Apple iPhone 5s was, with an added danger -- users can attempt the fake finger on the fingerprint sensor as many times as possible for a success, with no passcode or two-factor authentication needed.
Verizon starts pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S5, adds second device offer
Verizon is making the Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order, ahead of the smartphone's April 11th global release. Priced at $200 up-front on a two-year contract, or alternatively for $25.55 per month under Verizon Edge or $600 off-contract, Phone Arena reports it can be bought as a "Buy One, Get One" offer, with a second Galaxy S5, an Ativ SE, or the HTC One M8 being offered free, also on a two-year contract.
Smaller version of Samsung Galaxy S5 to have 8-megapixel rear camera
Specifications for what could be the "mini" version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have reportedly leaked, suggesting it to be a considerable improvement over the previous model. The smaller version of the Samsung flagship smartphone, previously hinted at via a user agent profile on a company server, will apparently have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display at a 720p resolution, and will ship with Android 4.4 onboard.
New tablet comes in three sizes, all with LTE optional
As expected, Samsung has launched a trio of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets for the entry-level market. The new line consists of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, eight-inch Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 devices, all with thinner bezels and less weight than the previous similar models from the Korean manufacturer.
Samsung adds baby monitoring feature to Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 can be used as a baby monitor, when used in conjunction with a Gear smart watch. SoyaCincau discovered the Samsung flagship includes a "Baby crying detector" feature that will send a vibrating alert to a paired Gear if it hears a nearby child makes a sound. Leaked screenshots note it will work best when the smartphone is placed within 1 meter (3 feet) of the child in a room with no background noise, followed by a large number of parental warnings and disclaimers.
Carriers breach Galaxy S5 release early over 45-day sales suspension
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in South Korea, two weeks before is April 11 global release date. Carriers in the country are making the flagship smartphone available to buy now, with one doing so ahead of a 45-day new-subscriber suspension period imposed on carriers for providing smartphone subsidies deemed to be illegal.
Galaxy Tab 4 could have 2560x1600 resolution, AMOLED screens
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 range has allegedly surfaced, with the 7.0-inch upgrade to the Galaxy Tab 3 appearing leaked marketing image. The rumored tablet collection is thought to have a high-end specification and an AMOLED display, with an uncovered User Agent Profile on Samsung's own servers suggesting that the larger models will ship with a resolution of 2,560x1,600, the same resolution as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
User Agent Profile for SM-G750 suggests Galaxy S5 Mini, Neo being produced
Samsung could be preparing to launch a smaller version of the Galaxy S5, if rumors about a file on Samsung's own servers are true. A user agent profile refers to a mobile device with the model number SM-G750, a device which could potentially turn out to be the Galaxy S5 Mini or S5 Neo, based on the specification listings inside the Samsung-produced file.
Gold version of Samsung Galaxy S5 snagged by Vodafone in UK
The golden version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be an exclusive to Vodafone in the United Kingdom. CNET reports the color option for the flagship smartphone will be available just through the carrier, though the other colors will also be available. Pre-orders for the smartphone, as with the standard colored versions, will begin on March 28th through Vodafone, with a release date set for the 11th of April.
Milk Music offers 200 genre stations, personalization options, 13M songs
Samsung is offering owners of its Galaxy mobile devices in the United States a free streaming music service. Milk Music will let users listen to more than 200 genre-based and ad-free music stations, using a catalog of more than 13 million tracks to generate playlists, with the additional option of generating personal stations based on favorite songs and albums.
Software bundle supplied with Samsung Galaxy S5 estimated to be worth $575
Samsung has detailed the free and discounted software and services offered with its new flagship Galaxy S5. The collection, estimated to be worth more than $575 according to Android Central, will include subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek +, LinkedIn Premium, Map My Fitness, Run Keeper, Skimble, Lark, Box, Evernote, and Bitcasa, as well as coupons for Blurb and Cut the Rope 2, among other additions.
Android flagship gets marginal enhancements
Following a steady stream of rumors, Samsung finally unveiled its new Android flagship at a Mobile World Congress event. The Galaxy S5 brings marginal improvements over its predecessor, adding a fingerprint sensor and a 16-megapixel camera, though it does not bring any revolutionary new features that were hinted at in early speculation. Electronista checked out the new phone to see if it still delivers.
Interface presented on curved AMOLED display
Samsung has continued its Galaxy introductions with another watch, the Gear Fit, which will be sold alongside the Gear 2 and Neo. As its name suggests, the Fit focuses on fitness features and brings a more compact build than its larger cousins. Central to the new design is a 1.84-inch curved AMOLED display with 432x128 resolution.
New device full HD, 5.1-inch AMOLED display
Moments ago, Samsung President and Chief of IT and Mobile Communications JK Shin showed the Barcelona crowd the new Galaxy S5 smartphone, the flagship phone of its line. The device, in a similar form factor to the S4, boasts a 5.1-inch AMOLED display, enhanced 2,800mAh battery, and greatly improved camera compared to the previous Galaxy S phone.
New smart watches will apparently not use the Galaxy branding
Rumors of Samsung offering multiple models of its smart watch in the future may in fact be true, based on leaked images. A low-resolution image of two follow-up devices to the Galaxy Gear was posted online, followed by a second, higher-resolution version, though it turns out the smart watches may not actually be part of the Galaxy device range at all.
Video trailer for Samsung event hints at fitness, photography features
Samsung has released a teaser video for its upcoming Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 event at Mobile World Congress, hinting at a few possible features and updates to the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. The trailer's release comes at the same time as a leaked image that claims to show the Galaxy S5 will be available in a golden color option when it ships.
Majority of Galaxy S devices will get Android 4.4 update
Samsung has confirmed it will be bringing Android 4.4.2 to a large number of its mobile devices in the United States. The upgrade to Android KitKat, rumored last month, will apparently start rolling out to devices from today onwards, and while the timing will vary between carriers and individual devices, it will continue "throughout the coming months."
Home button-mounted fingerprint scanner will unlock device, launch apps
Two leaks for the incoming Samsung Galaxy S5 suggest it will ship with a fingerprint scanner and a smaller-than-rumored rear camera. The new details, surfacing less than a week before Samsung's launch event at Mobile World Congress, claim the flagship smartphone will use a fingerprint reader built into the home button of the device, in a similar manner to the iPhone 5s.
Budget Galaxy Core Advance heading to US, Europe in coming months
Samsung will start to ship the Galaxy Core Advance in South Korea from tomorrow onwards, the company has revealed. Initially unveiled in late December, the follow-up to the Galaxy Core Plus and the Galaxy Core is a budget smartphone with a 4.7-inch, 800x480-resolution TFT display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM.
Box allegedly confirms higher-specification Galaxy S5 rumors
Specifications for what could be the Samsung Galaxy S5 have leaked, in the form of a retail packaging photograph. An image claimed to show details of the internals of the device, expected to launch at Mobile World Congress at the end of this month, with a number of items listed apparently correlating with other specification rumors that recently surfaced.
Next Samsung flagship could have flat iconography in user interface
Samsung has hinted at the TouchWiz interface included in its expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress this month. The company's Twitter feed has posted an invitation to the event's live stream, with a collection of nine icons on one side suggesting the latest incarnation of the TouchWiz UI will have a flatter aesthetic than it has previously used.
Wide difference in specification suggests similar launch strategy to iPhone 5s, 5c
Samsung could be preparing two versions of the Galaxy S5 for launch, at its Unpacked Event at Mobile World Congress this month. Recent benchmarks appear to show two different sets of specifications being used for variants of the smartphone, and could potentially lead to a situation where Samsung will offer a high-end model and a further premium version of the same phone at the same time.
Unpacked event to be restrained launch compared to Galaxy S4
Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress will not only host the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but also a new Galaxy Gear, claims a report. Sources of the New York Times claim that the event will be a "relatively low-key" affair when compared to the singing and dancing used for the launch of the Galaxy S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last March.
Note Pro, smaller Tab Pro device pre-orders open today
Samsung is bringing the range of Pro tablets with 2560x1600 displays it launched at CES last month to the United States, with shipments to begin from February 13. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as well as the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch models in the Galaxy Tab Pro collection, are all available to pre-order through various retailers from today, as well as through Samsung itself, though it appears all the releases will only offer Wi-Fi and not a carrier connection.
Event held on first day of Barcelona Mobile World Conference
Samsung has invited the media to an event on February 24 that it is calling the "Unpacked 5" event. The event, on the first day of the Mobile World Congress, is intended to debut Samsung's "new flagship product" which is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
Samsung Poland shows hexa-core processor, LTE connectivity
Samsung has launched its rumored "Lite" version of the Galaxy Note 3 on its polish website, days after it revealed the Galaxy Grand Neo. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo takes after its namesake by having the same S Pen-based stylus input with its 5.5-inch display, though the 1080p resolution of the original has been exchanged for a 1280x720 resolution.
Renamed Galaxy Grand Lite has 5MP rear camera, multitasking
Samsung has quietly launched the Galaxy Grand Lite, with a listing on the Samsung Levant website renaming it the Galaxy Grand Neo. Just as previously rumored under the model number GT-I9060, the follow-up to the Galaxy Grand 2 is a mid-range offering, using a 5.01-inch 480x800 TFT display, with a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash supported by a front-facing VGA version.
Revised Samsung smart watch will have updated design
The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch could be launched in March or April at a London event, according to a report. The smart watch is also said to have a curved or flexible OLED screen, instead of the original's 1.6-inch AMOLED version, along with a new updated design that could help Samsung gain more acceptance in the wearable devices market.
Google Now-style tiles could form major part of Galaxy S5 interface
Samsung will be using a tile-based user interface design in future devices, according to new leaked screenshots. The images of the Google Now-inspired card system surfaced at the same time as a raft of rumors speculating over the features of the Galaxy S5, with the strong possibility of the new software front end appearing on the expected flagship smartphone.
Eye-scanning feature on Galaxy S5 response to Apple iPhone 5S
Samsung could be releasing the Galaxy S5 by April, according to the company's executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young. The follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could potentially include an eye scanner in order to compete with the iPhone 5s and its fingerprint-reading technology, with the smartphone also likely to be paired with a smartwatch at the time of release.
Galaxy Note Pro shows nice design, slow performance
During yesterday's keynote presentation, Samsung official unveiled its new line of Pro tablets. Featuring four Android 4.4 devices, including the 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPro, as well as the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the new tablets have been designed to meet the needs of not only the average consumer, but also business-minded users. We here at Electronista took some time to brave the hectic Samsung booth and spend some time with the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro.
Smaller tablet rumor follows similar Galaxy Note Pro report
Samsung is working on another tablet in the Pro line of Galaxy tablets, if rumors stemming from an FCC filing are to be believed. The SM-T320 in the filing is thought to be called the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and though it will be in the same family as the rumored 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, the Tab aspect suggests it will not have the same stylus-based input of its Note counterparts.
Samsung updates notifications on Galaxy Gear for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail
Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improving the notifications on the device. Messages and tweets from Gmail, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger can now be partially read on the wristwear, reports Pocket-Lint, with changes to Smart Relay making the switch between viewing information on the watch and a smartphone easier. The lift-and-pause gesture for activating the clock has also been improved.
Bluetooth controller includes NFC pairing, Play button for Galaxy smartphones
Samsung is wading into the gaming market by launching a new controller accessory for smartphones. The Smartphone GamePad and accompanying Mobile Console app connects to a smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth 3.0, though Galaxy smartphones running Android 4.3 also gain NFC pairing, allowing it to offer console-style control in compatible mobile games.
4.7-inch display joined by physical keys on front of Galaxy Core Advance
Samsung has started off revealing what devices it will be shipping in 2014, with a budget smartphone. The Galaxy Core Advance follows on from the original Galaxy Core and the oddly-named Galaxy Core Plus, offering a 4.7-inch 800x480-resolution TFT display along with a row of physical keys on the front bottom edge, a departure from the software-based or touch-sensitive keys used on typical Android devices.
Settlement offer includes comprehensive gag order preventing follow-up
Following a fire that severely damaged a YouTube user's Samsung Galaxy S4, the user -- known as "Ghostlyrich" -- posted a video complaining about the defect and potential danger. The Korean manufacturer, in a reply, demanded proof that the device was damaged in the manner that the user reported, prior to any replacement or repair offer being made. "Ghostlyrich" uploaded a second video in response showing the damage, with a melted case and visibly damaged internal hardware. In a settlement offer mailed to the user, Samsung demanded the video be removed before it would send out a replacement, with other extreme terms for settling the case.
Third in Galaxy Grand range launch expected before Mobile World Congress
Samsung is not content with releasing an update to the Galaxy Grand, as the phone producer is working towards yet another version, according to a rumor. The Galaxy Grand Lite is said to be a mix between the original and the Galaxy Grand 2, launched earlier this week, and though it will have relatively similar specifications, the major change will be a 5-megapixel camera instead of the 8-megapixel version used previously.
Giveaway: PureGear Utilitarian case
This week MacNN and Electronista are getting into the holiday spirit, and as such we are going to be giving away a lot of cool prizes from today through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between. Be sure to check back often to get in on the action. First up, we are giving away three PureGear Utilitarian cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5, or Galaxy S III.
Android KitKat heads to Google Play editions of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One
Updates for Android KitKat are heading to the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The two devices, running on stock Android instead of the Sense or TouchWiz versions provided by HTC and Samsung respectively, will start receiving over-the-air updates from today onwards, upgrading the devices to Android version 4.4.
Samsung shaves close to 1mm off thickness for upgraded Galaxy Grand
Samsung has unveiled an update to its Galaxy Grand, one which increases the size and the resolution of the original. The Galaxy Grand 2 sports a 5.25-inch display instead of a five-inch version, with the predecessor's 800x480 resolution enlarged to 720x1280, along with considerably upgraded internal specifications and a body that has gone from a thickness of 9.6mm (0.38 inches) to 8.9mm (0.35 inches).
Separate reports suggest lower sales, shipment figures
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has sold more than 800,000 units since its September launch, according to the company. The revealed sales figures comes after recent reports claiming that the number of Galaxy Gear devices being used by consumers is closer to 50,000 units, something that Samsung feels the need to correct.
Samsung Galaxy Core Plus launches quietly in Taiwan
Samsung has launched an updated version of an entry-level smartphone, one that has surfaced with little fanfare. The Galaxy Core Plus, launched in Taiwan, takes after the Galaxy Core by offering a 4.3-inch, 800x480-resolution display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a five-megapixel camera, though some aspects have apparently been downgraded.
Samsung offering Google Play credit, Hulu Plus as perks
Samsung is offering a range of digital perks to entice consumers into picking up its newest Android tablets, with owners of qualifying devices being able to cash in on up to $600 worth of incentives. The South Korean tech giant has posted a page detailing potential bonuses available to users registering a new Samsung tablet. All of the tablets and devices eligible for the promotion were released over the course of 2013.
Galaxy NX mirrorless camera heads closer to US release
The Samsung Galaxy NX has been spotted passing through the FCC with support for AT&T's LTE and HSPA mobile networks. The filing strongly suggests that Samsung's Android-based mirrorless camera, one that it launched in June, will be making its way to the United States with its cellular network connection intact.
Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.
Galaxy S3, Note 2 said to contain faulty memory chips
Samsung has issued a public apology to Chinese consumers, responding to a critical report that recently aired on China's state TV. The China Central Television program reportedly named seven devices, including the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 handsets, that are allegedly prone to crashing as many as 30 times a day due to malfunctioning memory chips and firmware problems.
Galaxy Gear smart watch to work with five more Galaxy smartphones
Samsung will be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to more devices than previously thought. The manufacturer will not only allow the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Note III to communicate with the smart watch via a scheduled Android 4.3 update, but also adding devices to the compatibility list through a smaller software update.