Phones4U say that pre-registrations for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 now 40% greater than Galaxy S III

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One thing you can’t argue about is the success Samsung has enjoyed with the Galaxy S and Note line. Each newer version has always exceeded the results of the previous version, and it doesn’t look like that will change with the Galaxy S 4. One UK retailer, Phones4U, says that pre-registrations are going through the roof. In fact, they are seeing a 40% increase over what they experienced with the Galaxy S III, and it has only been 48 hours since they opened pre-registrations.

“The anticipation surrounding the next Samsung Galaxy has been astounding and it has already received the most pre-registrations as Phones 4U of any other smartphone launch in 2013,” said Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4U. He also went on to say that it could be the “biggest selling smartphone of 2013.”

It doesn’t seem limited to Phones4U as EE is seeing some action. “The interest we’ve received from consumers and businesses has almost reached fever-pitch levels,” said Paul Jevons, Director of Products and Devices at EE.

source: TechRadar

 

SwiftyKey’s prediction engine will power the Samsung Galaxy S 4 native keyboard

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We had heard that SwiftyKey would be involved with the stock keyboard on the Galaxy S IV, but nothing was mentioned about it during the event. That is because it won’t be the SwiftKey keyboard exactly, but the the prediction engine itself. SwiftKey does have one of the top prediction engines, so this isn’t surprising.

Dr. Ben Medlock, co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, said from the New York launch: “Following our great success with the SwiftKey 4 launch last month, we are excited to confirm that Samsung has chosen SwiftKey’s innovative keyboard technology to be at the heart of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. This is fantastic progress for our vision of bringing the best touchscreen typing experience to as many people as possible.”


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Samsung to bring newer Galaxy S 4 features to the Galaxy S III

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Since most people that own a Galaxy S III are probably stuck in a contract with at least 1 year remaining, it’s good to know that Samsung plans on bringing most of the new Galaxy S 4 features to the Galaxy S III. I say “most” because some features such as anything regarding the IR blaster won’t make it since the GSIII lacks an IR blaster. So this means that features such as AirView, Smart Pause, Optical Reader, Group Play, Drama Shot, Photo Eraser, Sound and Shot, Cinema Photo, Dual Shot, Dual Recording, ChatON Video Chatting, ChatON Screen Sharing, S Translator, Adapt Display, and S Health will probably make it to your phone. I presume they will be part of the Android 4.2.2 update. As to when that will happen, no word, but you know how that goes with all the carrier testing. I wouldn’t expect carrier branded devices to approve the update until the end of the summer, but that’s just my opinion.

So there really isn’t a need to worry about upgrading, but if you’re still on the fence, you can check out our hands on video as well as Samsung’s overview video on the Next Big Thing.

source: PCMag

Samsung gives us a 4 minute overview of the Galaxy S 4 [Video]

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 isn’t about the specs folks. Sure it sports some of the best specs around, but Samsung wants you to know that their phone is a life companion full of features that you need. That’s why they only spend about 1 minute talking about the specs in this four minute video.  The rest of it is all about those new features including AirView, Smart Pause, WatchOn, Optical Reader, Group Play, Drama Shot, Photo Eraser, Sound and Shot, Cinema Photo, Dual Shot, Dual Recording, ChatON Video Chatting, ChatON Screen Sharing, S Translator, Adapt Display, and S Health. Hit the break for the full video and be sure to check out our hands on as well.


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Watch the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Unpacked 2013 event all over again, cheese included

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To say last night’s Galaxy S 4 event was cheesy might be an understatement, but one thing they did do was effectively explain all the new features of the phone itself. Sure, we could have done without all the pomp and circumstance, but you don’t bring 3,000 people into Radio City Music Hall without at a little. If you’re looking for more cheese for your Friday, or maybe you didn’t get a chance to watch it yet, you can watch the event in it’s entirety by simply hitting the break. Click here for our hands on.


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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 [Video]

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Tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S IV, which promises to be your life companion for a richer, simpler, and fuller life. If there is one thing Samsung proved tonight, it’s not the specs that sells, it’s the features. Last year it was all about S Beam, S Voice, and AllShare. This year they added a whole lot more such as Dual Camera, Group Play, Share Music, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Voice Drive, WatchOn, S Health, Adapt View, and Adapt Sound. Still, we can’t forget about the specs, and they are impressive with the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz Exynos Octa or 1.9GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 2600mAh battery. What are you waiting for? Hit the break to see our hands on of the Next Big Thing.


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Patriot announces AERO mobile hard drive for streaming video to tablets and smartphones even with no internet connection

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Patriot announced the AERO mobile hard drive that will enable users to carry, share, and stream their full media collection to tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Utilizing the Patriot Connect App, you will be able to access the AERO hard drive even if you don’t have access to the internet. In order to do this, you would need to connect to it via WiFi. You will be able to stream video to up to 5 devices at the same time and it supports 3rd party media players. The AERO also has an internet pass through so multiple devices can share one IP connection.

Specs include:

  • 500GB and 1TB capacities
  • Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • WEP / WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK security
  • Stream to up to 5 connected devices simultaneously
  • Internet pass-through while connected
  • USB 3.0 port (USB 2.0 backwards compatible)
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 6 hours of continuous streaming
  • Push button battery level indicator
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

You should be able to get your hands on the AERO in early April. The 500GB version will go for $159 and the 1TB version for $199.  Full press release after the break.


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Samsung Galaxy S IV (GT-i9502) gets more hands on videos including Floating Touch and SmartPause

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We are only about 10 hours from the official unveiling of the Galaxy S IV, so it’s “Last Call” for the leakers. The latest is the GT-9502 dual SIM variant, which has been making a lot of headlines this week. Four hands on videos surfaced showing off Floating Touch, the Browser experience, SmartPause, and the new lock screen. Floating Touch is similar to the Galaxy Note II’s AirView, but instead of an S Pen, it works with your finger. SmartPause will pause a video if the phone senses you aren’t looking at the screen. Hit the break for all four videos


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Samsung Galaxy S IV (GT-i9502) appears again, but this time in higher resolution

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The dual-SIM Galaxy S IV (i9502) has been posing a lot lately, so why not some more? This time it’s in higher resolution along with confirmed specs. As you can see in the picture above, it looks a lot like the Galaxy S III, but with a bigger 4.99-inch 1080p display. Of course the Samsung home button is there again for another year. The pic does list some specs and they include an Exynos 5410 1.8GHz 8-core processor, a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, and 2600mAh battery. It will be 7.7mm thick and weigh in a 138 grams.

This might not be the final design as Samsung is known to have a lot of test units in the wild. I for one am hoping that it’s not. Hit the break to see some more pics including the new Floating Touch feature that’s similar to the Galaxy Note II’s AirView, but this time it’s with your finger, not the S Pen.


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Oh what a surprise: Apple’s Phil Shiller thinks Android phones are inferior to the iPhone

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So what do you do when your the Apple marketing chief and it’s the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S IV announcement? You do a little trash talking, but in this case Phil Shiller didn’t really go after Samsung, but instead went after Android as a whole. Where do we begin? He started off by saying that products that run the Android software are inferior to Apple’s iPhone. He went down the fragmentation path as he said that a lot of Android users are running old operating systems. In his defense, that is absolutely correct. Only about 15% of Android users are actually running Jelly Bean. In Android’s defense, I will say that most consumers aren’t all that concerned with that.


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