GS4 Stories July 15, 2014

If you had your heart set on picking up a Google Play edition of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, only to see it removed from the Play Store, then turn that frown upside down! Online retailer EXPANSYS is currently running a promotion that drastically drops the price of four US Google Play edition devices. For example, the Samsung GS4 GPE goes for $650 from Google Play, but this deal knocks it down to just $400. Not too shabby.

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GS4 Stories June 3, 2014

The Android 4.4.3 train has no signs of slowing down. After hitting several Nexus devices and Motorola announcing its release schedule earlier today, the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One (M7) are joining in on the fun. Owners of these special edition handsets are slowly but surely receiving an over-the-air update that moves their device to Android 4.4.3.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

GS4 Stories April 23, 2014

Study suggests Samsung smartphone owners avoid pre-installed apps like the plague

Samsung’s smartphones might be selling like gangbusters, but consumers don’t seem to care much for the company’s homegrown app suite, according to a new report. Research firm Strategy Analytics recently polled over 250 Galaxy S3 and S4 users and concluded that Samsung device users spent around seven minutes a month using their phone’s pre-installed bloatware.

In comparison, GS3 and GS4 owners used Facebook for around 11 hours per month alone. Samsung’s S Voice software averaged less than five minutes of monthly use across both devices, however the least used of Samsung’s native applications was the company’s ChatOn messaging service. It only averaged six seconds of use per month, which means that a large portions of its users could have accidentally launched the app.

Despite their lack of popularity, most of Samsung’s pre-installed apps cannot be uninstalled without a serious workaround or the purchase of a Google Play Edition device. There’s no denying that Samsung has sold a lot of smartphones, but the company may want to revise some of its software or at least give consumers the option to remove unwanted applications from their devices.

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