First-gen iPad mini, iPhone 5c also see surges
iPad Air activations grew some 51 percent over the previous weekend during the course of Black Friday and the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, according to new Localytics data. The figure is based on the number of new devices that appeared in Localytics tracking for some 20,000 apps. The iPhone 5c and first-generation iPad mini also did well, each growing by 26 percent.
Taiwan's Catcher said to sculpt metal Galaxy S5
Samsung's follow-up to the Galaxy S4 may finally adopt a metal chassis, and the latest rumor has Samsung relying on the company responsible for the body of both the iPad mini and HTC's One to make it. PhoneArena reported Tuesday on a new rumor out of Taiwan that Samsung is looking to metal chassis producer Catcher to begin production of the Galaxy S5's body some time in December. Reportedly, the South Korean tech giant has called on the Taiwanese casing maker to produce between 10 and 30 million units for the forthcoming flagship.
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 Galaxy S4 Zoom reaches US on November 8th
Samsung has confirmed earlier rumors that AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer its Galaxy S4 Zoom to customers, from November 8th. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract or $25 per month under AT&T Next, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor on the back with optical image stabilization, a Xenon flash, and a 10x optical zoom.
German Galaxy S 4 receives Jelly Bean update first, more to follow
Samsung has started to roll out its Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S4. The update, which leaked earlier this week, brings a number of improvements to Android itself as well as Samsung-specific changes, and also allows the Galaxy S 4 to communicate with the Galaxy Gear smart watch over Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy.
iPhone 5s, 5c still get high marks
Although the iPhone 5s and 5c are both great phones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the latest Motorola Droid models -- the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, and Droid mini -- are currently better choices, says Consumer Reports. The Droids in particular are said to have superior battery life, and larger displays. CR also points to some software advantages, such as Google Now and Motorola's Active Notifications.
Less than half of Apple Stores have at least one model in stock
Stocks of the iPhone 5s at US Apple Stores have declined substantially in the past two weeks, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The data was compiled using Apple's Personal Pickup availability tracker. "Supply of the iPhone 5S has declined in the US from 27% of total SKU's available two weeks ago to 6% over the past week, based on our checks of 60 Apple stores. Separately, the percent of stores that had at least one SKU declined from 90% two weeks ago to 40% over the past week," Munster writes.
5c close behind in some cases
The iPhone 5s was the top-selling smartphone at all four major US carriers during the month of September, according to data from Canaccord Genuity. The iPhone 5c, moreover, came in second place at AT&T and Sprint, taking third at Verizon and T-Mobile. Filling in the top three at each carrier was the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Could potentially double current LTE speeds
A new statement by Deutsche Telekom may suggest that the iPhone 5S will support LTE-A, also known as LTE+. Telekom is launching LTE+ service later this month, which will allow Germans to reach speeds up to 150Mbps. In its announcement, the carrier notes that Samsung is planning to offer an LTE+ version of the Galaxy S4, and that "appropriate devices from other manufacturers will follow the end of September."
Slow selling Galaxy S4 set to be replaced by Apple iPhone 5S
The CFO of Japan's largest carrier NTT DoCoMo has stirred speculation that it may start selling the Apple iPhone, possibly the iPhone 5S. In an interview published in a Japanese magazine, Kazuto Tsubouchi argued that there is a solid basis for the telco and Apple to join forces, reports Bloomberg. Although no deal has yet been reached, the news follows DoCoMo's decision to drop the Samsung Galaxy S4 from its winter lineup following disappointing sales.
NTT DoCoMo dumps slow-selling Galaxy S4 from winter range
In a surprise move, Japan's NTT DoCoMo has dropped Samsung's Galaxy S4 from its winter lineup after poor sales during the summer, reports Reuters. Instead, Sharp will be set to join Sony and Fujitsu on NTT, making for an all-Japanese winter lineup. NTT only sold 700,000 Galaxy S4 handsets, well short of the 1 million target that the Japanese telco had set for the South Korean maker's flagship.
Smartphone Support System now available for Samsung Galaxy S4
On Monday, case maker PureGear announced the availability of its Smartphone Support System for Samsung Galaxy S4. First released for iPhone 5, S4 owners can now buy this versatile case system. The unit is the first to deliver a variety of functional options for the Galaxy S4, allowing users to position their smartphone as needed by propping it up, or clipping it to an object. Available in black/black and white/gray, the Smartphone Support System is priced at $35 at PureGear as well as a variety of US Retailers.
New program giving one time replacement for damaged devices
Samsung and AT&T have launched an exchange program for damaged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphones. The program was rumored earlier today, but since initial report both companies have confirmed the program and have commenced replacing users' water-damaged devices with new or refurbished units, depending on stock received at the exchanging store.
GPE owners enjoying the benefits of stock Android install with Android 4.3 update
Google has started rolling out updates to Android 4.3 for their respective Google Play Edition smartphones. Users of both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One have reported that they have started receiving the updates over-the-air. Interestingly, the delta update for the Galaxy S4 is 150MBs in size, but the HTC One update is running at 180MBs in size although no explanation has been provided with regard to the difference in packet size.
Certain benchmarking utilities granted exceptions for max speed
Possibly in an effort to influence press coverage, Samsung has been found to be optimizing code in the Galaxy S4 smartphone specifically for benchmarking applications, allowing certain utilities to push the graphical processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU) to maximum speed for the purposes of the test. In every other application tested, the processors never reached maximum speed, throttled by a coded limit, presumably to limit thermal buildup within the smartphone.
Brown GS4 to arrive on Verizon some time soon
Samsung is well known for releasing a range of color variants for its flagship models, and the Galaxy S4 will be no different. Images of an "Autumn Brown" variant of the device leaked to @evleaks. The device shown in the pictures appears to be the standard GS4, not the more life-proof Galaxy S4 Active.
Samsung prepping upgraded Galaxy S4 with Snapdragon 800
An upgraded Samsung Galaxy S4 has had its benchmarks leaked. The new model is listed by the identifier GT-I9506 and runs a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. The current US version of the Galaxy S4 runs a Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz and carries the model identifier GT-I9505. The new benchmarks show the upgraded model outpacing the current-gen device by a considerable margin in both processing and graphics performance.
iPhone 5 reception not as warm as Galaxy S4 on respective launch days
A new study out of the UK that monitored consumer sentiment on social networks when the iPhone 5 launched has found that 20 percent of posts were critical of the device. By comparison, the launch of the Galaxy S4 attracted around half as much criticism at 11 percent, reports the Daily Mail. Criticisms leveled at the iPhone 5 were focused on the new Lightning connector, the problems with the Maps app and that the its design was not different enough to the iPhone 4S that preceded it.
MetroPCS uses Vine to tease Samsung Galaxy S4 launch next week
MetroPCS is hinting at the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on its network next week. A teaser video, posted on Vine and shown on the MetroPCS Twitter account, shows the sum "Samsung Galaxy S III + 1 = ?," suggesting that the company will reveal the device. It is believed by Engadget that the smartphone will not have HSPA access, usable on T-Mobile, but will likely have support for its LTE network.
Samsung to miss predicted 10 trillion won profit target by analysts
Samsung will be reporting another record-breaking quarter when it releases its financial results for Q2 2013 later this month, according to a newly-released earnings guidance statement. Despite the good news, the achieved profit is said to be far lower than financial analysts predicted, with a general belief that it has undersold the Galaxy S4 and other smartphones.
Samsung smartphones appear on carrier at same time as prepaid refresh
British phone network Three has announced it has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 Mini. Going on sale online today and in stores tomorrow, the two Samsung devices appear on Three at the same time as the carrier makes significant changes to the way it charges for its prepaid phone service.
Extra 16GB of storage available for $100 more
Verizon is now offering a 32GB version of Samsung's latest flagship handset in its online store for $299. The carrier announced the availability of the 32GB model on Friday, noting that orders for the device will begin shipping by July 3. The company also offers a 16GB version of the device for $199.
Nokia providing up to $300 for trade-ins after purchase of Lumia
Nokia is offering customers in the US prepaid Visa cards in exchange for trading in their old phone when buying a new Lumia with Windows Phone 8 installed. The program will offer up to $300 for a smartphone, depending on the model and quality of handset, with the prepaid card sent to claimants after their existing smartphone has been sent off for processing.
Apple v. Samsung draining time away from other parties
Apple has lost a motion to include the recently-launched Galaxy S4 among a list of infringing products in its second of two US lawsuits against Samsung. Adding another product would be a "tax on the court’s resources," said Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in a ruling earlier this week. "Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention."
'Google Play Editions' of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 out now
As promised, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 ‘Google Play Editions’ have gone on sale to US customers only through the Google Play store. The Galaxy S4 was the first of the devices to be revealed, making a surprise debut at Google I/O in mid-May, while the HTC One version was revealed a couple of weeks later through an HTC company blog. There are also rumors that Sony is preparing its own ‘Google Edition’ of the Xperia Z, although any launch details of the purported device have yet to surface.
Galaxy S4 LTE-A gains Snapdragon 800 running at 2.3GHz
Korean carrier SK Telecom has launched its LTE-A network in the country, the first of its kind in the world. The network, which offers connection speeds as high as 150Mbps and was seen in launch event tests to run at 100Mbps, is also accompanied by an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced compatibility.
Aims to be first to market with LTE-Advanced smartphone
Samsung hopes to be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a smartphone with LTE-Advanced connectivity, according to head of mobile business JK Shin. The high-speed smartphone will be another variant in the Galaxy S4 range of devices, and could be shipping to customers in South Korea before the end of this month.
Album to be free on Samsung phones 72-hours before release
Samsung has signed a deal with Jay-Z to distribute his latest album to owners of select Galaxy smartphones, 72 hours before its retail release. The agreement, announced via a three-minute advertisement during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, involves 1 million albums being given away to Samsung users on July 4th, as part of a reported $20 million marketing deal.
Rap mogul, tech giant to link forces
Samsung and Jay-Z will reveal some form of partnership on Sunday during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The South Korean tech giant confirmed that it was linking forces with the rap mogul in an image released to media outlets on Friday. The image shows a Samsung Galaxy S4 beside what would appear to be one of the rapper's chains. The S4's screen says to tune "Tune In" and "Turn Up the Volume" and gives a time of Sunday at 9:15 E.S.T.
BlackBerry adds search, clickable PINs to BBM Channels beta
BlackBerry has updated its beta for BBM Channels with the option to search for specific channels and other features. The update for the BB10 social platform, which allows users to create their own channels of content and follow other channels, also adds clickable PINs, allowing others to click a Channel PIN in Facebook or Twitter to directly view the channel, the option to delete created channels, and support for animated GIFs.
Comments given to reporters outside Samsung regional president event
In a rare public statement aimed at reducing the financial effect of bad analyst speculation, the CEO of Samsung Electronics denied reports from JPMorgan predicting a slackening of Galaxy S4 sales triggering a selloff of the company's stock. Further remarks by the CEO at the same event affirmed the company's commitment to the ongoing patent battles with Apple.
Amazon shipping Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD to India later this month
Amazon has launched its Kindle e-reader and Kindle Fire HD tablets in India. Due to ship on June 27th, the Kindle Paperwhite and Paperwhite 3G will cost 10,999 rupees ($190) and 13,999 rupees ($240) respectively, while the Kindle Fire HD tablets are listed as 15,999 rupees ($276) for the 7-inch model, and 21,999 ($380) for the 8.9-inch version. The expansion to India follows a similar move by the retailer into China late last week.
Samsung prepping aluminum successor to Galaxy S5?
According to a Korea Herald report published last month, Samsung’s new design strategy moving forward has been dubbed ‘Design 3.0.’ Now, an unnamed source ‘close to Samsung’ has revealed to Android Geeks that the new design language will lead to the development of an aluminum-bodied Galaxy S5. One of the common criticisms of the Galaxy S4, despite its sales success, has been that it continues with a plastic design when competing high-end devices have adopted aluminum finishes.
Galaxy Camera follow-up offers camera modes, zoom ring
Samsung has launched its Galaxy S4 Zoom smartphone and compact camera hybrid. The reveal, after multiple photographs were leaked, follows on from the similar Galaxy Camera and shows it to have generally lower specifications compared to the Galaxy S4, but upgrades the camera to a 16-megapixel version with 24-240mm 10x optical zoom.
Samsung releases wireless charging pad, battery cover for Galaxy S4
Samsung has put a wireless charging system for the Galaxy S4 up for sale. The wireless charging pad and separate battery cover, costing $50 and $40 respectively, both use the same Qi charging system that's available for the Nokia Lumia 920. This allows the Galaxy S4 equipped with the cover to be charged on any other Qi-standard charging base, as well as Samsung's own.
$12 billion wiped off Samsung stock on reports of weakening demand
Despite debuting as the fastest selling smartphone in Samsung’s history, fears that Galaxy S4 sales are slowing and that the company is trading profit margin for volume has led to $12 billion being wiped of its market cap. According to Reuters, the 6 percent share plunge follows the release of cheaper, lower spec Galaxy S4 variants including the Galaxy S4 Mini, which have much tighter profit margins. Further, analysts also believe that sales of the Galaxy S4 flagship are already starting to flatten out, while the mooted Apple iPhone trade-in scheme will put further downward pressure on Galaxy S4 sales.
Operating system now takes up less space, option to move apps to microSD
Samsung has started to roll out a software update for the Galaxy S4 which will help save space on the smartphone. Following complaints from users, the update will free up the amount of available storage from 9.15GB to 9.23GB on the 16GB model, and will also add a function to allow for apps to be moved to the microSD card, instead of being stored on the built-in memory.
Dust, water-proof smartphone has 'Aqua Mode' for 8MP camera
Samsung has launched the rumored ruggedized version of its flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S4 Active is a fully sealed device with IP67 certified protection from dust and water, can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter (3.2ft) for 30 minutes, and has been constructed to be able to withstand impacts better than the original S4.
Stock GS4, One won't signal end to Nexus
The release of stock Android versions of the HTC One and Samsung's Galaxy S4, won't signal an end to Google's line of Nexus devices. This according to Google's Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai, who spoke last week at AllThingsD's D11 event. The continuation of the Nexus line means that the search giant will still collaborate with other manufacturers and not simply rely on stock versions of flagship handsets.
S4 Mini shrinks screen, battery, storage capacity
Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini before its June 20th event, following various rumors and leaks about its existence. The smaller version of its namesake seems on paper to be a mid-range smartphone, complete with its 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen and unnamed dual-core 1.7GHz processor supported by 1.5GB of RAM.
Second Samsung Galaxy phone to pass through FCC in two days
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has passed through the FCC for certification, just one day after the Galaxy Note 8.0 did the same thing. The federal filing reveals that the ruggedized version of the Samsung flagship smartphone will have LTE connectivity, just like the original, with AT&T likely to be one of the carriers to launch the device.
Smaller Galaxy S4 shown with render, GT-i9195 model number
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini may go on sale in the not-so-distant future, following reports that it was spotted on the Samsung website. A section dedicated to Samsung Apps for the UK showed an image of the smartphone, along with the model number GT-i9195, for a brief period before being pulled from view by the manufacturer.
Galaxy S III reached 10 million shipped 50 days after launch
Samsung Electronics has announced that global channel sales of its Galaxy S4 has surpassed 10 million units shipped in less than one month after its commercial debut. Launched globally on April 27, the phone is estimated to be selling at a rate of four units per second. Shipments of the Galaxy S III reached the 10-million mark 50 days after its launch in 2012, while the Galaxy S II took five months and the Galaxy S seven months to reach the same milestone.
Firmware update to offer subscription for phone tracking, recovery team aid
Samsung will soon be providing a theft recovery service for its devices, starting with the flagship Galaxy S4. LoJack, created by Absolute Software for securing notebook computers, will be released for Android, with Samsung embedding it into the firmware for future activation, in the event that the phone is stolen from the user.
Five patents claimed infringed, two covering Google Now
Apple has filed its amendment to its ongoing courtroom battle with Samsung, adding the Galaxy S4 to its list of infringing devices, just as it told the US District Court in California last week. The filing specifically names five patents said to be infringed by the Galaxy S4 itself, two of which are apparently infringed by Google Now.
International customers to miss out on stock Android Galaxy S4
The ‘Google Edition’ of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android will be a US-only model it has been revealed. The long anticipated device is set to go on sale on June 26 for $649 will only be available through the US Google Play Store with no current plans to expand its availability internationally. The news will come as a blow to users who like what the Galaxy S4 hardware offers, but don’t like Samsung’s TouchWiz version of Google’s Android operating system.
Ruggedized phone shows bumpers on back, hardware buttons
Images reported to be of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Active have surfaced, complete with a ruggedized casing. The leaked photographs come at the same time as a fresh rumor claiming Samsung is creating a Mega version of the Galaxy S4, following on from the Mega devices revealed by the company last month.
How do the US and international versions of the Galaxy S4 stack up?
We have already published our full review of the Galaxy S4 for the US, which ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. In some international markets, the Galaxy S4 ships with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa, an eight-core chip that uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. We have been using one for the past week, putting it through its paces, although our focus here is to see whether US customers are missing out on any performance.
Race to 10M sales faster than Galaxy S3 by almost three weeks
Samsung is expecting to hit the 10 million sales milestone for its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in the next week. If reached, Samsung co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun believes it would become the fastest selling smartphone in the company's history, beating its predecessor to the very same sales barrier by almost three weeks.
Televised investigation forces Samsung to work on space issue
Samsung is working on reducing the amount of internal storage in the Galaxy S4 that is taken up by the operating system. After a number of customer complaints and an investigation from the BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog, the company will try to shrink the room its TouchWiz implementation and other items it has added to the base Android installation.