Forget metal, Galaxy S 5 crystal edition to be launched next month

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Here is something for the person who likes a lot of bling. Samsung is teaming up again with Swarovski for another edition of the Crystal Collection. A teaser video was just released showing the Galaxy S 5 Crystal Edition, which should be unveiled next month in Korea. The phone will be essentially the same Galaxy S 5 that is available now other than the Swarovski crystals.

How much will this bad boy cost? We aren’t sure yet, but expect it to be a pretty hefty price tag. Hit the break for the very short teaser video.

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Galaxy S 5 outsells iPhone 5S during respective launch weekends [Infographic]

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I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.

iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.

We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.

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Here’s a good look at the OnePlus One StyleSwap replaceable back covers

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OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.

We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.

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Android mobile ad traffic trumps iOS for the first time, still lags in ad revenue though

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Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.

As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 23, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

How to setup and use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments

Apps

New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments

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Samsung’s fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5 can secure your phone, but it can also be quite handy for making payments via Paypal. Instead of entering a password or PIN to login in to Paypal or make a payment, now you can just swipe your finger.

Since this is a special partnership between Samsung and Paypal, you will need to download the Paypal app from Samsung Apps since it is the only version that includes code for Samsung’s fingerprint scanner. So far, Verizon’s GS5 is the only one we know of that doesn’t include Samsung Apps, so you will need to download and install it as a third party APK before you can proceed.

Assuming you are ready to go, follow my instructions in the video below and you will be setup in no time. Don’t worry if you already have the PayPal app installed from the Google Play Store., the setup process will install the Samsung Apps version over it.  Video after the break.

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How to setup and use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5

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Tired of tapping a PIN or Pattern to unlock your phone? Well, Samsung introduced a fingerprint scanner (or as they call it, the finger scanner) on the Galaxy S 5, which you might find to be a little easier.

Surprisingly it works pretty well. It’s just a matter of learning exactly how your finger needs to be placed on the display. The only real negative is that you have to slide your finger, as in it’s not a simple touch like the iPhone 5S. So you might find that unlocking your phone with one hand is a little cumbersome.

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Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

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If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.

Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the U.S. starting May 1

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.

For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).

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Samsung Galaxy K (formerly Galaxy S 5 Zoom) shows up in more photos

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We have another leak of the Galaxy K, this time showing the optical zoom lens. As you can see, the phone looks a lot thinner than last year’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom.

The Galaxy K will be officially unveiled on April 29, and it’s expected to sport a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a hexa-core or quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The zoom lens is expected to be 10x optical.

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