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Samsung extends Gear 2, Neo, Gear Fit compatibility to 20 devices

04/16, 5:41am

Smart watches usable with 12 smartphones, 8 tablets

Samsung has added more devices to the list that will work with the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart devices. A total of 20 Samsung mobile devices are now compatible with the smart watches, with the list of eight tablets and 12 smartphones including a large number of recent releases, as well as some of the more prominent best-sellers from the last few years.

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Samsung event invite hints at Galaxy S5 zoom launch under 'Galaxy K'

04/14, 7:22am

Kapture the Moment invitation suggests use of K branding

Samsung will be launching a new device on April 29th, with invitations sent to an event in Singapore. The invitation asks to "Kapture the Moment," which could be related to a rumor that Samsung is not only looking to reveal the Zoom version of the Galaxy S5, but it could be offered as a new product line and under the name "Galaxy K" instead.

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Briefly: Galaxy S5 Energi case, PayPal debuts biometrics integration

04/11, 10:57pm

TYLT announces new Energi Sliding Power Case and ALIN screen protector for new Galaxy S5

Portable power and wireless charging manufacturer, Tylt, has today introduced its Energi Sliding Power Case and Alin Screen Protector for the newly released Samsung Galaxy S5. The Energi Sliding Power Case pairs portable charging with physical protection, and is equipped with a 2,800mAh internal battery that is double the capacity of the Galaxy S5. The ALIN screen protector facilitates an easy installation, with its accompanying alignment tool. Four screen protectors are provided, with each featuring two removable tabs to avoid fingerprints during the application process.

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Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit ship globally

04/11, 7:50am

Flagship Samsung smartphone, smart watches go on sale today

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale in 125 countries, as part of its global launch. Initially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, the flagship smartphone is being sold in stores and through carriers in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the majority of Asia, flanked by the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit smart watches.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon, HTC One M8 price increases

04/04, 5:56am

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.

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YouTube offers 'showdown' between Touch ID and Samsung swipe reader

04/03, 11:40pm

Touch ID more reliable, but S5 swipe reader able to be used with more merchants

A new video posted to YouTube offers a head-to-head demonstration of the iPhone 5s' "Touch ID" fingerprint-recognition technology and the "swipe-style" fingerprint reader found in Samsung's Galaxy S5, its just-released latest flagship smartphone. Over the course of five minutes, the poster of the video makes clear that Touch ID, first introduced late last year, continues to offer a better overall experience. The clip covers the technical aspects of both companies' approaches.

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Leak claims Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has 4.5-inch 720p display

04/03, 8:12am

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.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 baby monitor, EE expands coverage

03/30, 9:09pm

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.

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South Korean carriers start sales of Samsung Galaxy S5 early

03/27, 8:22am

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.

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RadioShack, Sprint reveal Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-order plans

03/21, 1:58pm

Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders similar to other carriers

Following the unveiling of pre-order plans by a number of other carriers, Sprint and RadioShack have both revealed how they will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5. RadioShack will start accepting pre-orders from March 21st, while Sprint has opened up its pre-orders for the smartphone today, and will be offering the new Samsung smart watch range as well.

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US carriers detail pre-orders for Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit [u]

03/20, 3:05pm

Pre-orders for Galaxy S5 start tomorrow on both carriers

(Updated with T-Mobile launch details) AT&T and US Cellular will be putting up Samsung's flagship smartphone for pre-order tomorrow, with AT&T also preparing to sell the manufacturer's new wearable devices. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on both, as well as the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches and the Gear Fit on AT&T, will be available to order through the carrier's stores and websites, with devices set to ship in early April.

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Samsung website hints at smaller model of Galaxy S5 on the way

03/20, 1:19pm

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.

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Briefly: Golden Samsung Galaxy S5 in UK, Sky details guide updates

03/17, 7:58am

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.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S5 software, Sony Xperia Z2 priced in UK

03/03, 7:58am

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.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5

02/24, 7:56pm

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.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser video released, gold color option leaks

02/21, 7:52am

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.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 has fingerprint scanner, 16MP camera

02/18, 7:47am

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.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear discounted amid rumors of successor

02/14, 1:46pm

Cut in price of smart watch by AT&T, Best Buy

The Samsung Galaxy Gear has received some cuts in price in the United States, with both Best Buy and AT&T discounting the smart watch. At the same time, more reports are claiming to confirm a successor to the wrist-based device will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, alongside the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy Tab 4.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 box leak hints at 2.5GHz processor, QHD display

02/12, 11:04am

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.

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iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 may both have bezelless designs, source claims

02/11, 1:31pm

Suggests fingerprint tech might be built into screens

Both the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 -- the latter of which is expected to be announced later this month -- will feature bezelless screens, possibly with fingerprint scanners built in, a source tells the Korea Herald. In the case of the S5, the fingerprint technology will allegedly be limited to the bottom of the screen, where Samsung is also said to be planning to ditch hardware buttons in favor of software controls. The person comments that while doing whole-screen fingerprint scanning may be possible in the later half of 2014, there are still technical obstacles to overcome.

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Samsung Unpacked streaming invitation hints at flatter TouchWiz design

02/11, 5:38am

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.

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Benchmarks show two Samsung Galaxy S5 variants planned

02/10, 7:54am

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.

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NYT: Samsung Unpacked to include Galaxy S5, updated Galaxy Gear

02/05, 3:19pm

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.

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New Samsung mobile user interface leaks, Galaxy S5 features rumored

01/20, 10:54am

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.

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Latest Galaxy S5 rumors point to metal, plastic versions, QHD display

01/13, 3:43pm

Samsung said to offer both high, normal build quality GS5

Samsung may straddle the fence with regard to build quality when it comes to the company's highly anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, offering both a metal version and a version that keeps the Galaxy S series' signature plastic construction. This according to SamMobile, which cites Samsung insiders in saying that the South Korean tech giant will walk two paths when it comes to the materials going into its next high-end handset. This latest report also comes with additional information on the device's internal specifications, with yet more sources saying that Samsung will pack a super high-resolution screen into the GS5.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could have eye scanner; Gear successor in the works

01/09, 5:48am

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.

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Possible Galaxy S5 spotted in benchmarks with 2K screen, 2.5GHz chip

12/04, 5:06pm

Samsung's next flagship may have appeared in benchmarks

The newest version of Samsung's Galaxy S line of flagship devices may well have appeared in online benchmark tests. Fone Arena on Wednesday pointed to new results from GFXBench, showing an as-yet-unannounced Samsung device with the model number SM-G900S. If the device shown off were to prove to be Samsung's next flagship handset, it would signal a huge push on the part of the manufacturer to differentiate its gadgets, as the handset in the benchmarks appears to sport a 2K resolution screen.

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Samsung leaks: S4 Mini heading to AT&T, Sprint; Galaxy S5 Jan. launch

10/11, 11:45am

S5 said to be rushed to market

Several Samsung leaks have pointed to alleged launch details for the company's current Galaxy S4 Mini handset and next-generation S5 flagship. Amid reports claiming Galaxy S4 sales have failed to meet internal goals, a report from the Korean site Naver suggests the Galaxy S5 is being hurried onto the market with an anticipated unveiling as early as January.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature 16MP camera with optical stabilization?

08/26, 1:30pm

First S5 rumors on the heels of S4 launch

Alleged details of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S handset are already surfacing in early rumors, just months after the Galaxy S4 was released to the public. A report in Korea's Electronic Times News, later spotted by BGR, claims the S5 will feature a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).

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