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The Galaxy S4 weighs just 130 grams and it’s only 7.9MM thick. In terms of specs, it will come in two colors at launch—Black Mist and White Frost. It’ll also include 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42MB, like the S3. It will also feature a 5-inch inch super AMOLED HD display at 441PPI, and, at launch, it’ll ship with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and be available in 155 countries on 327 mobile carriers by the end of April.

Other specs include a 2,600mAh battery, as well as a 13MP back camera, 2MP front, an IR blaster, and 8 sensors including a temperature and humidity sensor.

The Galaxy S4 will ship in three available models—16GB, 32GB, and 64GB —each with 2GB of RAM, and it boasts a 1.6GHz Exynos Octa-core chip or a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm depending on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 3, 2019

Samsung will have to pay Galaxy S4 owners $10 over false benchmark figures

It’s a long time since anyone really spoke about the Samsung Galaxy S4 but a class-action lawsuit over false benchmarks has been settled for $13.4 million.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories August 17, 2015

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 receives Stagefright patch, other fixes

Stagefright isn’t totally a solved issue just yet, but device manufacturers and carriers have continued work on rolling out a patch that mitigates the OS vulnerability until another one of Google’s monthly security updates. Today we get an update for Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which includes that patch and then some.

The update, rolling out over-the-air (OTA) and first spotted by Android Police, includes nothing new at all but quite a few fixes for software bugs to go along with addressing the Stagefright vulnerability. Device carriers and manufacturers that make them have felt almost unanimously responsible for rolling out fixes for the issue due to its sheer potential for damage and ease of exploitation, to name just two reasons.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon, expect to receive a notification when the update hits your device, sometime within the next few days. You can also check for it manually by visiting Settings > About phone > System updates.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 26, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Moto 360 $150, Samsung 500GB SSD $150, Lumsing Bluetooth speakers $11, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch: $150 shipped (Reg. $250)

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $180+)

Two rugged, highly-rated Bluetooth speakers from Lumsing: $11 Prime Shipped (Reg. $24+)

 

Anker Ultra-Slim Mini Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac, iPad, Apple TV, Android, PC more: $13 Prime shipped

Giveaway: Intrepid’s Journeyman messenger bag worth $379 is great for work or play

More new gear from today:

Home: Philips Men’s grooming products/shavers from $23, waterproof/floating LED flashlight $5 (Reg. $10), more

Games/Apps: amiibo figures 3 for $30, Sleep Cycle alarm clock $2 (Reg. $5), Bonza Word Puzzle goes free, more

More deals still alive:

30% off accessories from T-Mobile: Logitech Megaboom speaker $216, Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6 $76, more

New products & more:

This origami style kayak unfolds and has you in the water in 10 minutes

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 22, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Aukey Quick Charger $11, 32 GB LG G2 (unlocked) $160, Belkin 30% off sitewide, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

18W Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 2.0 Charger: $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $16) w/ code LUMB8LHS

Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook (C710-2856): $138 shipped (Reg. $249)

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch SM-R382 Android Wear: $110 shipped (Reg. $200)

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: ViewSonic HD home theater projector $500, magnetic iPhone air vent mounts from $6, more

Memorial Day Fashion: Save an extra 30% at Ralph Lauren, up to 50% off at Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lucky, many more

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale up to 40% off Burberry, Lacoste, Under Armour, more

More deals still alive:

Samsung Soundbar $200 (Orig. $400), Harmon Kardon 5.1-ch speakers $199 (Orig. $599)

New products & more:

Retro Freak plays original game cartridges from 11 throwback consoles

Phree stylus works on nearly any surface & doubles as a headset for phone calls

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 21, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG G2 (unlocked) $140, Galaxy Note 3 (unlocked) $250, Dell 22-inch monitor $90, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook (C710-2856): $138 shipped (Reg. $249)

Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 16GB unlocked GSM: $220 shipped (Reg. $300)

 

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch SM-R382 Android Wear: $110 shipped (Reg. $200)

More new gear from today:

iClever Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit + Dual USB Car Charger $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Urge Soundbrick $19 (Reg. $30), Aukey Muse $20 (Reg. $36), more

More deals still alive:

DODOcase handcrafted iPad and iPhone cases 40% off: iPad mini slim case $20, iPhone 6 wallet sleeve $25, more

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale up to 40% off Burberry, Lacoste, Under Armour, more

New products & more:

Arduboy is a fully programmable, classic gaming console the size of a credit card

 

Hitachi’s new wireless speakers bests SONOS on price and overall features

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 20, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Verizon Moto G $20, Acer 11-inch Chromebook $138, Roku 3 w/ voice search $90, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Verizon prepaid Motorola Moto G (black): $20 shipped (Reg. $99.99)

Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook (C710-2856): $138 shipped (Reg. $249)

Roku discounts each of its streaming media players by $10, new Roku 3 w/ voice search down to $90 shipped

Lenovo N21 Chromebook N2840 2.16GHz Celeron: $180 shipped (Reg. $220)

Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 16GB unlocked GSM: $220 shipped (Reg. $300)

Refurbished Acer White 11.6″ CB3-111-C8UB Chromebook: $130 shipped (Reg. $140)

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch SM-R382 Android Wear: $110 shipped (Reg. $200)

Extendable Selfie Stick for Android smartphones $5 Prime shipped (Reg. $18)

More new gear from today:

Now any Xbox One can receive over-the-air HD channels with this new bundle from Microsoft

  • New! Games/Apps: Living Earth, Ninja Turtles Rooftop Run & Duet Game $1 ea, more
  • New! 4-Port 48W/9.6A Smart USB Car Charger $9 (Reg. $13), more
  • New! NETGEAR Essentials Edition 500 Mbps Powerline Starter Kit $30 (Orig. $45)

More deals still alive:

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $600 shipped w/ code CDTECH10 (Reg. $899)

Samsung Solid State Drives: 850 EVO 250GB $90 (Reg. $100+), 850 Pro 512GB$239(Reg. $300)

New products & more:

LINKA will keep your bike secure and unlock it when you walk up with your phone

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 19, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Lenovo Chromebook $180, Galaxy S4 (unlocked) $220, Acer Chromebook $130, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Lenovo N21 Chromebook N2840 2.16GHz Celeron: $180 shipped (Reg. $220)

Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-M919 16GB unlocked GSM: $220 shipped (Reg. $300)

Refurbished Acer White 11.6″ CB3-111-C8UB Chromebook: $130 shipped (Reg. $140)

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch SM-R382 Android Wear: $110 shipped (Reg. $200)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $600 shipped w/ code CDTECH10 (Reg. $899)

Samsung Solid State Drives: 850 EVO 250GB $90 (Reg. $100+), 850 Pro 512GB $239(Reg. $300)

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Dell 28-inch Ultra HD 4K Monitor $299, more

  • New! M-Audio 61-key Oxygen Series bus-powered MIDI keyboard $123 shipped (Reg. $200)
  • New! Games/Apps: Far Cry 4 Kyrat Edition $71, Watch Dogs, Evolve, Destiny (pre-owned) from $10, more

More deals still alive:

The best-selling GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera is on sale for $329 shipped (Reg. $400)

Two SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Powered Speakers: $349 ($398 value)

New products & more:

A one man Swedish design studio made a retro style arcade cabinet that looks like it belongs in an art museum

Narrative’s Clip 2 wearable camera for iOS and Android is available for pre-order today

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories May 8, 2015

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S4 is now receiving Android Lollipop

According to Sprint’s support website, the carrier’s Samsung Galaxy S4 should today start receiving its update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. As you likely are already aware, the update brings the famed Material Design aesthetic, changes to the OS notifications system, and other improvements.

Lollipop is still just now being pushed to various flagships across the major carriers, and this is just one more added to the list. If you’re a Verizon customer with the Samsung Galaxy S4, you should have received your update sometime in late April.

Google is set to announce the next major version of its Android mobile operating system at Google I/O at the end of this month, codenamed Android “M”. We’ll be on the ground in San Francisco during the I/O keynote to keep you in the loop on all the latest developments.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories April 28, 2015

Verizon pushing Android Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy S4

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4 received Android Lollipop earlier this month, but now it looks like it’s Verizon’s turn. As you surely already know, the update brings Material Design, changes to Android’s notifications system, and other improvements:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV’s, cars and wearables. The new material design offers complex animations, 3-D views and improved runtime.

Lollipop is still making its way around (more than 5 months after its first release), and now the time has come for those who have been waiting for the update to hit their Galaxy S4 on Verizon. You can expect the update to appear OTA at some point over the coming days.

Check out Verizon’s release PDF for more information.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories February 11, 2015

Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s more reliable than current wearable fitness devices at measuring activity, finds study

If you were thinking about buying a fitness band, a university study suggests you probably shouldn’t bother: it found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s measure activity more reliably than most current fitness bands.

The study by the University of Pennsylvania (via EurekAlert!) tested the ability of the phones to measure steps on a treadmill and compared the results to six dedicated fitness bands. The two smartphones had a margin of error of 12.9%, while the error rates of the fitness bands ranged up to 22.7%.

The study tested the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s against the Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP24, Digi-Walker SW-200, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Only the FitBit One and Zip performed significantly better than the two smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories December 12, 2014

Lollipop is now rolling out over the air to the Galaxy S4 GPE

Google has started rolling out the (almost) latest version of Android to the Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The over-the-air update to version 5.0 (not the more recent 5.0.1) was noticed by Android Police today.

Previously the S4 had been said to be on the schedule for Lollipop in “early 2015,” but apparently things moved a little faster than expected. Other GPE devices like the Moto G have also recently started seeing updates to the new operating system.

Earlier today Google also made the Android 5.0.1 factory image available for the LTE-equipped Nexus 9 tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories December 4, 2014

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I first got my hands on Pinć (pronounced Pinch) last month when the company gave me a tech demo of its still-in-development VR headset/smartphone case that utilizes Minority Report-style user interfaces. The company initially opened up preorders for the $99 accessory for iPhones, but today it’s making the Android version official by offering Android devs the same opportunity to preorder the hardware ahead of an official launch next summer. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 13, 2014

While most of the world anxiously awaits Android Lollipop, AT&T has today started rolling out a couple of non-Lollipop updates to two of its devices: the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the LG G3. And while the LG G3 is getting a relatively minor update, the Galaxy S 4 is actually being updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 7, 2014

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When it comes to Android, Samsung has some ambitious goals. Each year, the company cranks out an unfathomable number of smartphones and tablets, but Google’s latest and greatest software appears to reserved for its top-shelf hardware. We’ve already seen Android 5.0 running on a Galaxy S5 and today the folks at SamMobile are giving us a look at Lollipop on a Galaxy S4.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories April 17, 2014

Kindle for Samsung app to offer Galaxy owners 12 free ebooks a year

Amazon and Samsung have announced that a new Kindle for Samsung app will provide a download service designed specifically for Galaxy devices, and which will allow owners to choose up to 12 free ebooks a year from a choice of 48.

The service will be available first for the Galaxy S5 later this month, then rolling out to other Galaxy devices.

“We are delighted to be able to deepen our long-standing relationship with Amazon and offer Kindle for Samsung as the perfect app for reading on a smart device. With this service we demonstrate our commitment to creating and broadening key content partnerships that deliver rich and personalized experiences for our customers,” said Lee Epting, Vice President, Samsung’s Media Solution Center Europe.

To get access to the free books, you’ll need to get a referral to Samsung Book Deals. We’ll learn more about how this works when the service launches.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories April 9, 2014

If you’ve been debating on upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S5, there are definitely a few things you need to know. Is it worth upgrading to Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone? If you currently own a Galaxy S4, you may be better off waiting for the Galaxy S6. In the video above, we compare the features and specifications between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4. In the video above, we’ve laid out all of the facts to help you make an informed decision.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories April 7, 2014

Samsung took a big step into the health and fitness market with its Galaxy S5. One of the device’s main selling points is its built-in heart rate sensor. This new feature allows users to check their heart rate using the preinstalled S Health app, but the truth is, nothing special is happening here. According to Samsung’s official Galaxy S5 page, it’s the first smartphone with a built-in heart rate sensor, but technically almost any device with a camera and flash is capable of providing this functionality. The same sensor is found on Samsung’s new Gear smart watch lineup and certainly makes more sense ona wearable device, but unfortunately it’s nothing more than a gimmick on the Galaxy S5.

The heart rate sensor found on the back is no different than what many third party apps have offered for quite some time. Runtastic’s Heart Rate Monitor app is a perfect example. This app uses the LED flash and camera on almost any smartphone to read your heart rate, and it works surprisingly well.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories March 31, 2014

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DisplayMate Technologies, which makes display test kit for every major screen manufacturer in the world, has declared that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 has “the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested” with “a long list of new records.”

While OLED screens have long been considered to be playing catch-up with LCD, DisplayMate says that the S5 demonstrates that the race has now been won.

In a span of just four years OLED display technology is now challenging and even exceeding the performance of the best LCDs across the board in brightness, contrast, color accuracy, color management, picture quality, performance in high ambient light, screen uniformity, and viewing angles …

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories March 7, 2014

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Samsung announced today that it’s launching a new free and ad-free music service called “Milk Music” that’s powered by Slacker and available to customers of select Galaxy devices. Samsung says the app, which is available now on available as a download on Google Play, is “fully customizable” and offers over 200 stations and a library of over 13 million songs.

“Milk Music introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”

The service is launching today in the US and available to those with a Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy Note® 3, and Galaxy Note® II  as well as the upcoming Galaxy S 5.  Samsung added that it will soon offer “unique music programming from top selling and emerging artists available exclusively through Milk Music.”

While Samsung is promoting the service as completely free and free of ads, the Google Play page for the app says that the app will only be without ads and free for a for a limited time. It’s unclear if Samsung is referring to the ads or the service being free of charge, but it appears that it will either be implementing advertisements or a fee for the service in the future.

Here’s a list of features from Google Play: expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories February 25, 2014

Samsung illustrates the evolution of its Galaxy S series in a new infographic

Samsung has posted an infographic providing a visual history of its Galaxy S series of smartphones following the launch of the new Galaxy S5.

It’s a slightly surprising move, serving to draw attention to the relatively modest boost in specs of the latest model, with a tiny increase in screen size, small bump in processing power and a bit more battery life (likely accounting for most of the weight gain), with the increase in camera resolution from 13 to 16MP the only substantial improvement shown.

No mention is made of the fingerprint scanner and heart-rate sensor that were the most notable new features.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories February 24, 2014

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Photo: ibtimes.com

Customers buying Samsung devices at Samsung retail stores will soon receive a personalized experience based on their job, hobbies and other traits, 9to5Google has learned.

This includes contextually preloading third-party apps at point of purchase. For example, banking, finance and spreadsheet apps will be targeted at people working in corporations or self-employed businessmen. Similarly, students in higher education will get office suites and note-taking apps preinstalled. Casual games are also in the pool of possible apps, particularly aimed at satisfying younger buyers.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories February 18, 2014

Photo: ibtimes.com

Photo: ibtimes.com

Samsung’s been rather quiet when it comes to its plans to update United States devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Today, however, the company has finally detailed exactly which devices it plans to update to Android 4.4.2, although it still left out the specific “when” detail.

Samsung says that it currently plans to update the entire Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III line of devices, in addition to the Note II and Note III. Other various tablets and devices will be updated, as well, including the Note 8.0 and Tab 3. The entire list is below: expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories February 7, 2014

Samsung announced today that it’s releasing a couple variations of its Galaxy S4 and S4 mini smartphones that introduce the faux “leather-style” backside that first made an appearance on the new Note 3 at IFA in September. The new devices are dubbed “Black Edition” and come with wallpapers to match, but otherwise are the same 5-inch and 4.3-inch Galaxy S4 devices that have been on the market for nearly a couple years now. Samsung says the special Black Editions will be available in select markets starting this month. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories January 9, 2014

Galaxy S5 design needs to be different to the S4, says Samsung

Galaxy S5 design needs to be different to the S4, says Samsung

Samsung didn’t reveal much that was new in a fairly wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, but exec VP of the company’s mobile division Lee Young Hee did tease a couple of things while confirming that the Galaxy S5 would be released by April.

The company is “studying the possibility” of including the iris-recognition security system we told you about last month. If Samsung succeeds, it would be a neat piece of one-upmanship on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in Apple’s iPhone 5S, iris-recognition being both faster and more secure than fingerprints.

The company also said that it recognized that the design of the S4 wasn’t sufficiently different from the S3, and that we can expect something significantly different from the S5 …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories December 21, 2013

2013

To say that 2013 has been an interesting year in the world of Android would be putting it mildly, but has it really been a banner year? The release of Android-oriented products like Google Glass, Google Hangouts/revamp of Google+ and the beginnings of Google Retail led the way for a whole new approach for Google to take on the competition.

As we look back at the Android-based smartphones that launched in 2013, there isn’t any one handset that truly stands out as a market revolution. Instead, 2013 saw improvements and innovation on existing brands and lines that were already incredibly popular. For example, the Galaxy S 4 which kicks off our list below didn’t really raise the bar over the Galaxy S III in a truly big way, but it did improve on an already market-leading experience from the Galaxy S III.

So without further adieu, here are the 9to5Google’s top Android smartphone picks for 2013: expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories December 13, 2013

From 9to5mac.com

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Surprise, surprise as a new Canaccord Genuity study shows the Galaxy S 4 as the most popular Android device at the nations four largest carriers. Unfortunately for Samsung, the nations largest carriers actually show the iPhone 5s as the top selling smartphone overall.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 27, 2013

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AT&T Galaxy S 4 owners look sharp, the day before Thanksgiving is bringing you gifts as the carrier announces Android 4.3…arriving now. The update is slated at 727MB, so Wi-Fi only updates are allowed but Galaxy Gear compatibility, call reliability improvements, drag and drop ability to uninstall/disable applications and the rest of Android 4.3 goodness are all awaiting you. It originally appeared that the update began around 10 days ago but this is official word from the AT&T mothership…so it’s now officially official.

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We’ve already covered the Target, Walmart and Best Buy Black Fridays earlier this month as their Black Friday ads broke cover to the world. However, there are far more Android-related deals to be had on Black Friday and here are some of the most notable across the nations largest retailers. Don’t forget to sneak a peek at what T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have to offer as well.

Target: 

  • Galaxy S 4 on AT&T/Verizon for $39.99 Sprint for $49.99

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 25, 2013

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Oh Google, you’re so good sometimes when you let the world know that the HTC One Google Play edition isn’t the only device receiving KitKat today. According to the +Android page on Google+, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition is also beginning its Android 4.4 KitKat rollout.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 21, 2013

Verizon announced today that it is releasing new mini variants of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices. One is the Galaxy S4 mini, the latest mid-tier version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4. However, Verizon is oddly also launching last year’s model today, the Galaxy S III mini.

Despite the fact that the S4 mini is the newer device, the S III mini might be the better option for those on a budget as it will cost customers just $50 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. The S4 mini will come in at $99 with the same rebate. You’ll also be able to grab a month-to-month plan if you drop $249 or $399 for the S4 mini or S III mini, and $10 and $16 a month offers are available through Verizon Edge.

You can grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the Galaxy S III mini from Verizon now.  expand full story

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Following revelations that almost all Android handset and tablet manufacturers cheat in benchmark tests, detecting the benchmark software and ramping up performance for the duration of the test, GameBench thinks it’s come up with an approach which is impossible to cheat.

Engadget reports that the company – whose co-founders both worked for chipmakers – take a different approach, running real games and using a background app to take systems measurements while those games are running …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 19, 2013

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Our expectations are always tempered when it comes to the wireless carriers and Black Friday specials as its been a long, long time since I can remember a deal that made my jaw drop. With that in mind, Verizon Wireless’ 2013 Black Friday ad has hit the airwaves thanks to BlackFriday.com but it won’t knock your socks off. Thankfully, it will help those of you looking to pick up a DROID RAZR HD for free or a Motorola DROID Ultra for $99 with a two-year agreement.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 14, 2013

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AT&T Galaxy S 4 owners take note as the Android 4.3 software update is en route. The update weighs in at a hefty 719MB and includes support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, KNOX enterprise security and all the newness that arrives with Android 4.3.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 12, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 8.09.36 AM Ah yes, winter is in the air and along with it the promise of Black Friday shopping deals. I’ll just get right to it and say if you’re in the market for a Galaxy S 4…you should hold off and take a look at the Walmart and Target deals coming up in a little under two weeks.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories November 5, 2013

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has retained its title as winner of the highly-regarded Which? UK consumer association battery-life tests, despite competition from newer handsets. The S4 achieved call times 37 percent greater than its nearest rival, the HTC One. The results in web use were far closer, but the Samsung S4 took the lead there too.

The Galaxy S4 also won back in June, but retained its title in the face of new competition from the latest iPhones and an updated Nokia Lumia. Android handsets took the top three slots in call times, and the top four in web use …

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 31, 2013

Update: Google has released a full list of what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat. We’re digging in and we’ll bring you more details as we discover them.

Alongside the official release of its new flagship Nexus 5 on Google Play today, Google is also of course officially taking the wraps of 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Android that will ship on the new Nexus 5. When will you be able to get your hands on the new OS? Google said KitKat 4.4 updates will arrive for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Editions in the coming weeks.

Google confirmed that the update will not be coming to the Galaxy Nexus. Since it’s two years old, it now “falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices.”

In the YouTub playlist above, Google walks through some of the new features of KitKat for developers and also highlights a number of user-facing features such as a new “immersive mode” that allows users to automatically hide onscreen controls for a truly full-screen experience. In a blog post, Google took sometime to explain the performance improvements it’s made in KitKat, noting that Android can now “run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices”: expand full story

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The images are rather blurry and lacking in detail, but a regulatory filing spotted by Chinese site Tenaa of a handset described by Samsung as the GT-I8580 looks rather like a smaller version of the S4 Active, reports Engadget.

Visually, it looks like the chunky Galaxy S4 Active, what with its return to physical buttons and a fairly robust (and cheaper looking) case. Aside from that there’s little to go on, although that model number has previously been associated with a benchmarked phone featuring a 4.65-inch display with a low-end 480 x 800 resolution …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 30, 2013

AT&T offers free 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 with purchase of select Samsung Galaxy phones

AT&T announced today that it’s adding a new promotion that will allow customers to get a free 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 when purchasing selecting Samsung phones. Starting today, those who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note II on contract or on AT&T Next instalment plan will get the tablet completely free. You will, however, have to activate a Mobile Share data plan for the device:

Customers interested in receiving a free** Galaxy Tab 3 can take advantage of the offer by visiting any AT&T company-owned retail store or participating dealer (or soon, online at att.com), and purchasing one of 4 eligible Samsung Galaxy smartphones with a 2 year agreement or AT&T Next installment agreement and a Mobile Share voice and data plan, and activating a Mobile Share data plan for the Galaxy Tab 3. With an AT&T Mobile Share plan, customers can add the Galaxy Tab 3 to an existing Mobile Share plan for $10 more per month. And with Mobile Share, up to 10 devices can share data without needing to purchase separate plans for each one.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 25, 2013

Photo: ibtimes.com

Photo: ibtimes.com

Samsung has beaten its earlier forecasts for both revenue and profit in Q3, reporting new records for both at $9.56B profit on revenues of $55.59B.

Samsung had earlier reported that it had sold more than 40 million Galaxy S4 handsets in the first six months, but advised today that most of its mobile growth was in lower-end models, while high-end growth is slowing …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 23, 2013

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Keeping with the trend of being the company’s “fastest selling smartphone ever”, Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S4 has sold 40 million units world-wide.

Samsung CEO JK Shin revealed this data earlier today while speaking to Korean media regarding speculation that the Galaxy S4 had not sold as well as Samsung had originally expected. The device has been on the market for about six months now, and within the first month, the device had shipped 10 million units worldwide.

For comparison’s sake, the Galaxy S3 had shipped 30 million units after just six months on the market. So despite some speculation that the Galaxy S4 was too similar to its successor to sell at the same rate, the device is clearly doing just fine.

One thing worth noting is that it’s somewhat unclear as to whether JK Shin is referring to sales or shipments of the device. Should it be the latter of those, then Samsung has not actually sold 40 million Galaxy S4 units to customers, but rather shipped them to retailers to sell.  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 16, 2013

Samsung offering free replacements to Galaxy S4 users with battery problems

Following a number of complaints from Samsung Galaxy S4 users experiencing battery issues that saw noticeably less battery life and in some cases “swollen batteries.” The majority of the complaints seem to be coming out of Germany, but Samsung confirmed to TrustedReviews that it is aware of the issue and will offer free battery replacements for customers:

In a statement provided to TrustedReviews, Samsung has stated: “We are aware of this issue, which has affected a limited number of customers.”

An official spokesperson for the company added: “We ask all affected customers to please visit their nearest Samsung Electronics service centre, where they can receive a replacement battery for free of charge. We remain committed to providing the best possible user experience for our customers.”

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Advertising Age reports on a clever mobile ad campaign by LG, in which browser identifiers are used to display an ad targeted directly at the handset being used.

To promote the brand’s G2 smartphone, [ad agency M&C Saatchi] created a series of banners that recognized — and responded snarkily — to the competitor phones on which they appeared.

In the example above, the ad seen by owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 promotes the faster processor speed of the LG G2. See the HTC and Apple versions below …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories October 2, 2013

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When a story earlier this week discovered Samsung was artificially inflating benchmark scores for its new Galaxy Note 3, many were quick to point out it wasn’t the first time Samsung had been caught engaged in such a practice. The same issue was discovered by AnandTech for the Galaxy S4 back in July, and today the site has an extensive report showing that almost every Android smartphone manufacturer is shipping devices that do the same.

As pictured in the chart above, that includes the HTC One, HTC One mini, LG G2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and many others. In fact, the only companies that appear to not be using the method is Apple and Motorola, as well as Google with its Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices:

We started piecing this data together back in July, and even had conversations with both silicon vendors and OEMs about getting it to stop. With the exception of Apple and Motorola, literally every single OEM we’ve worked with ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization. It’s possible that older Motorola devices might’ve done the same thing, but none of the newer devices we have on hand exhibited the behavior. It’s a systemic problem that seems to have surfaced over the last two years, and one that extends far beyond Samsung…  None of the Nexus do, which is understandable since the optimization isn’t a part of AOSP. This also helps explain why the Nexus 4 performed so slowly when we reviewed it – this mess was going on back then and Google didn’t partake.

As noted in the report, the gains that OEMs are experiencing from the inflated scores are probably not worth the press they’ve been receiving. AnandTech points out that most of the inflated scores provide under a 10% increase in GPU and CPU performance benchmarks: expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories September 27, 2013

With Apple’s new gold iPhone 5s getting the most attention of any of the new colorful iPhones it released earlier this month, Samsung wants you to know that it isn’t copying Apple with its new gold Galaxy S4.

In a blog post on its official Samsung Tomorrow blog titled, “Golden History of Samsung Phones,” the company makes a point of noting that it announced the Gold Galaxy S4 on August 27th and launched it in stores on September 8– over a week before Apple’s gold iPhone 5s launch. It also showed off some gold phones it’s made dating back to 2004.

Some were unreleased like special edition phones for the Olympics and one for Ocean’s 13, and Samsung notes that “this is definitely not a complete list of gold-colored products made by Samsung.” expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories September 23, 2013

We’ve enjoyed seeing the new iPhones get smashed to pieces in the inevitable drop tests that followed the launch of Apple’s two new smartphones this month, but what we really want to know is how it holds up against some of its Android competition. SquareTrade has just completed a durability test (via AllThingsD), and found that not only are the new iPhones not performing as well as last year’s models, the new 5s and plastic-backed 5c were both beat by Motorola’s new flagship Moto X:

“We were expecting that at least one of the new iPhone models would up its game but surprisingly, it was the Moto X that proved most forgiving of accidents,” SquareTrade marketing chief Ty Shay said in a statement. “This is the first time we’ve tested the breakability on a Motorola phone, the only phone we’ve ever tested that’s made in the USA. We were pleased to find that it withstood our drop, slide and dunk test with only the slightest dent. It looks like Google is giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money.”

The new iPhones did, however, beat out Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which was also included in the durability test. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories September 2, 2013

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If manufacturers or carriers ever needed evidence that 9to5google is not alone in wishing they’d lay off the overlays, new figures suggest that overlay-killer Go Launcher EX is now the 6th most popular Android app. The app allows you to set your own customised homescreen to replace that set by the manufacturer or carrier …  expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S4 Stories August 9, 2013

Samsung Wallet app hits Google Play for select devices

Up until now Samsung’s Wallet app had been in beta only for select users in the US, but today the app is officially available through Google Play. Before you get too excited, we should mention that it is still US-only, and as of right now you’ll need one of few select Samsung devices in order to take advantage. For those of you unfamiliar, the app stores boarding passes, coupons, tickets, etc, but doesn’t actually do NFC payments like Google Wallet or other solutions. It might not be as widely supported as something like Apple’s Passbook app yet, but the MLB, Booking.com and many others have signed to support the service. To take advantage you’ll need either a Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 1, or Galaxy Note 2.

On a side note, Google announced it’s ending NFC redemption for gift and loyalty cards through Google Wallet, but hinted other options for storing these types of cards might return to the app.

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