Despite half the megapixels, iPhone 6's sensors and phase-detection win the day
The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures.
Highlights disparities in battery life
Samsung has released a new TV ad (below) for the Galaxy S5, comparing it against the iPhone in terms of battery life. iPhone owners are depicted as "wall huggers," forced to constantly hunt for outlets at spaces like airports due to only being able to go a few hours on a charge. On the other side of the coin the ad touts the S5's removable battery, and its "ultra power saving mode," which disables non-essential functions and can allow the phone to run for a full day with just 10 percent power left.
Larger screen size not causing many to defect from Apple, study finds
A new study done by Kantar Worldpanel, covering the big five European markets on the occasion of the Samsung Galaxy S5's first full month of sales, and found that it was unable to surpass Apple's 10-month-old iPhone 5s or even the iPhone 5c in sales. It did, however, come in third place -- with further survey results suggesting that the larger screen size of the S5 has had some modest success in attracting Apple users. In the US, the Galaxy S5 displaced the iPhone 5c to become the second best-selling smartphone in May.
Miniature version of Galaxy S5 to retain heart rate monitor from original
[Updated with confirmation] Samsung could launch the mini version of the Galaxy S5 next month, potentially at the same time as entry-level devices launched earlier today, according to a report. The rumored Galaxy S5 mini will allegedly go on sale in markets worldwide in mid-July, with the launch apparently falling in line with the initial shipments of the Galaxy S4 mini from last year.
Analysts fear a drop in profit of up to 16 percent year-over-year
On top of an early warning in April that profits would be down from the year-ago quarter in fiscal Q2, a rare public statement from Samsung's CFO has sent the Galaxy maker's stock tumbling on a warning that the balance sheet "doesn't look too good." The statement was later confirmed by Samsung, amounting to a full-throated warning on earnings that sent the company's stock tumbling nearly two percent, on top of a month-long 8.5 percent decline. Initial blame for the disappointment is centering on sales of the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.
Free subscription to MapMyFitness MVP included with Galaxy S5 Sport
Sprint has unveiled its own version of Samsung's hard-wearing Galaxy S5 Active it launched last month. The Galaxy S5 Sport is an outdoor-friendly variant of the Galaxy S5, with a textured body to aid grip, hardware keys on the front, and IP67 water and dust resistance, with Sprint loading the Spark LTE-enabled smartphone with a number of apps aimed at helping the user keep fit.
Resolution increase, faster processor in South Korean Galaxy S5 update
Samsung has unveiled an updated version of the Galaxy S5 smartphone in its native home country, South Korea. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A edition borrows a large number of upgrades rumored to exist in the "Prime" Samsung Galaxy F version of the handset, with the main change being compatibility with LTE-A, allowing it to have a top connection speed of 225Mbps.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime said to be called Galaxy F
New photographs of what is believed to be the prime version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have leaked, showing it next to the Galaxy S5 itself for a direct comparison. Believed to be called the Galaxy F, the alleged device is seen to have extremely thin side bezels compared to the original, echoing the similar-resolution 1,440x2,560 display used in the LG G3.
Pictures of Galaxy S5, S5 Mini show small reduction in size, similar appearance
The smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has reportedly leaked, seemingly showing it to have a similar set of features to the full-size version. Pictured next to the Galaxy S5 for size comparison purposes, the Galaxy S5 Mini appears to have made only a few external changes, keeping the appearance of its stablemate, including the textured back cover.
iPhones free with trade-ins
Today through June 9th, the US branch of RadioShack is running a special in-store discount on Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S5. 5s buyers can get a 16GB model on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint for free if they bring in a working iPhone 4S, or simply pay $80 -- in either case, a new or upgraded two-year contract is required. The rules are similar with the 5c, except that a broader range of phones can be traded in, and the cash option is only $30.
Shock-resistant Galaxy S5 Active ships with side convenience key
AT&T has launched the rumored Active variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on its network. Taking after the Galaxy S4 Active, the Galaxy S5 Active combines the internals of the Galaxy S5 with a ruggedized body, allowing it to add the US MiL-STD 810G rating for shock, temperature, and altitude to the smartphone's existing IP67-level water and dust-proofing.
Galaxy S5 Active shown with similar specifications to normal Galaxy S5
Samsung could be close to launching a ruggedized version of the Galaxy S5, based on two video leaks. The Galaxy S5 Active appears to mimic the design of the Galaxy S4 Active and uses a trio of physical navigation buttons below the screen instead of using software versions, though it will apparently have similar specifications to its non-rugged counterpart.
Boost, Virgin offer Galaxy S5 for $599 off-contract
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone on sale on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, just over a month after the same smartphone went on sale through Sprint, the network both carriers use for signal. The Samsung flagship is available to buy from both prepaid carriers without any extra monthly charges, but the two companies are charging $599 off-contract for the phone.
Iris scanner highlighted as next security system by Samsung executive
Samsung is looking to add more biometric sensors to its future smartphones, an executive has revealed. Following on from the fingerprint reader built into the current flagship, the Galaxy S5, the company hopes to add similar systems throughout its range, even for low-specification smartphones, with the next security feature likely to use iris recognition.
Specification changes, 1440x2560 display touted in upgraded Galaxy S5
An upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has allegedly been photographed. Believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, the smartphone is thought to be in testing ahead of a launch sometime next month, with various internal upgrades accompanied by a marginally larger 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1440x2560, the same resolution as the upcoming LG G3.
Letter to Korean company poses 13 questions about fingerprint security of device
United States Senator Al Franken has issued a letter to Samsung, questioning the security of its newest device, the Galaxy S5, in regard to its fingerprint scanner. Franken hopes that the company will be able to shed light on the privacy concerns surrounding the scanner, specifically approaching the use of a permanent fingerprint as a security measure. Franken was also responsible for a letter sent to Apple addressing similar concerns in 2013 over the Touch ID reader in the iPhone.
Milestone shipment figure reportedly hit by Galaxy S5 within 25 days
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been shipped over 10 million Galaxy S5 units in 25 days, according to a report. The high shipment figures for the device come as Samsung starts to release an update, improving the camera app and gallery on the flagship smartphone, as well as improving the accuracy of its fingerprint scanner, among other updates.
Samsung Galaxy S5 keeps 5s sales from going higher
Surveys conducted by Canaccord Genuity indicate the iPhone 5s "remained a top selling smartphone at all tier-1 US carriers and at a number of global channels," according to an analyst with the firm, Michael Walkley. The data has led Walkley to increase his price target for Apple stock from $610 to $660. He does note, though, that 5s sales were "softer"in April than they were in the March quarter, as the launch of the Galaxy S5 allowed Samsung to snag a good portion of the international high-end smartphone market. "In fact, the Galaxy S5 was the #1 selling smartphone at all four tier-1 US carriers," he remarks.
Galaxy S5 campaign pairs quotes from articles to show off features in best light
Samsung's most recent promotional ad, which has put together various pieces of praise for the Galaxy S5, turns out to be using cherry-picked lines from unflattering reviews written by various outlets about the phone. Calling the S5 "the next big thing" in the campaign, quotes from publications including Business Insider, Forbes, USA Today, Laptop, The Guardian, The New York Times and CNet were selected to show off the features of the phone. However, a report by Appleinsider points out some of the inconsistencies of the words used in the ad.
Unlocked 16 GB version priced at $600, no hardware upgrades over previous models
A developer version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been made available from the company for use on Verizon networks. The unlocked phone, model ET-G900VMKA, is offered at an unsubsidized price of $600 direct from Samsung, and features 16GB of internal storage.
Testing of the newest Galaxy phone shows strong graphic, everyday performance
In the review for the Samsung Galaxy S5, we covered the ins and outs of the phone as regards features. What wasn't done at the time was raw performance testing measured through benchmarks. Going through the phone as it was reviewed, we noticed that the Galaxy S5 was swift because of its Snapdragon processor, but just how fast was it? More than that, how does the phone stack up in areas of everyday use compared to other phones on the market?
Galaxy S5 owners advised to contact Samsung, carriers for servicing
Samsung has issued an update over the camera bug affecting a number of the Galaxy S5 smartphones the company has shipped. It has discovered the cause of the fault, which displays a warning on the phone's screen and leaves owners unable to use the camera function at all, and is reportedly taking steps to fix the issue in existing handsets, as well as preventing it from occurring again.
High-resolution display, Exynos 5430 processor touted in premium Galaxy S5
A premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 could be on the way, according to a rumor. The leak suggests that the "Project KQ" smartphone could have a QHD display, rather than the 1080p screen used by the Galaxy S5 at launch, and that these previously-rumored features were being mulled over by management before being removed from the device.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.