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Galaxy S 4 Active battles lawnmower, comes out scathed but working

galaxy-s4-active-4If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S 4 Active you’ll be happy to know that if it ever meets up with a moving lawnmower, it will come out the other end still working, at least, according to a lucky reddit user. However, even though it survived the beating the lawnmower gave it, it came out far from unscathed. As you can see the screen is decently shattered up top, but even so, the device is still in working condition. According to the redditer the phone, that was playing music at the time, never missed a beat and was still fully functional.

So if you’re sitting there wondering if your Active will still work after coming face-to-face with a lawnmower blade, wonder no more. Although, we don’t recommend you try this at home.

source: reddit
via: Sam Mobile

Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active



AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog


Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with Snapdragon 800 set to launch in Korea next month


After seeing a version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with a Snapdragon 800 processor pop up in some benchmark testing, we are finally treated to some news about when the device may hit the market. Reports indicate the faster version of the ruggedized smartphone is set for an October launch on Korean carrier SK Telecom with an estimated price of 900,000 won ($840 USD). In addition to the upgraded processor, the new version will support SK Telecom’s LTE-A network, much like the Galaxy S 4 sibling already announced that supports LTE-A.

Perhaps the biggest mystery surrounding the device is what version of Android it may ship with out of the box. There is no indication of any other markets that may see this variation of the device.

source: SamMobile

Samsung and AT&T will offer one-time replacement of water damaged Galaxy S 4 Actives


Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Active, on paper, is an awesome concept; it’s a high-end device that’s waterproof and dust proof, and it even has a removable battery. In real world usage, though, the S 4 Active has struggled to live up to its marketing hype. Many users of the device have had problems with water damage in their phones, which should seem really, really weird for a waterproof device. The phone has IP67 certification, so it should be able to stay submersed in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, but apparently real-world units just aren’t managing that.

The good news, though, is that even if the phone has some water damage, AT&T and Samsung are willing to offer a one-time replacement of the phones for another Galaxy S 4 Active. It’s definitely a show of good faith, but I think it would be better if they let customers switch to a different phone instead of a replacement phone that may or may not actually be waterproof. There’s no word on when these exchanges are going to start happening, but hopefully this entire situation doesn’t turn into a PR fiasco for Samsung.

source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with Snapdragon 800 spotted in benchmark


Samsung continues along a path that has them updating their Galaxy S 4 devices to take advantage of new hardware that is available now as opposed to what was available when the device launched. A little over a month ago Samsung officially “re-launched” the Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE-A and the new Snapdragon 800 processor in South Korea. It appears they are back at it again as an updated version of the Galaxy S 4 Active packing a Snapdragon 800 has surfaced on the GFXBench web site. The entry on the benchmarking site shows the Galaxy S 4 Active equipped with the MSM8974 chip.

The Galaxy S 4 Active is Samsung’s version of the Galaxy S 4 that has been ruggedized to meet IP67 requirements as water- and dust-proof. Unfortunately, the particular variant of the device that was discovered appears to be headed to SK Telecom only, similar to the LTE-A version of the Galaxy S 4. We can always hope Samsung will make the decision to expand availability to more markets.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, available June 21 for $199


Samsung already announced the Galaxy S 4 Active last week and AT&T just announced plans to carry it. Those of you that want all the features that the Galaxy S 4 offers, but need something that can handle the many hazards in life, will want to check this one out. It’s IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. It has a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD display, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and Android 4.2.2. It will be available June 21 for $199. Hit the break for the full presser and demo video.

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S 4 Active smartphone



Well that certainly didn’t take long. After tons of speculation, a leak here and another one there, Samsung has finally come out of the dark and introduced the Galaxy S 4 Active smartphone to the general public. Identified as a more rugged version of the existing Galaxy S 4,the Galaxy S 4 Active features full IP67 certification— so the device is fully water and dust-proof, allowing users to do things like take some sweet photos underwater thanks to the device’s Aqua Mode feature or use the device during those difficult hikes. Complimenting the rugged exterior is a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen, 8MP camera + 2MP FFC and of course— Android 4.2.2 (accompanied by Sammy’s suite of software). So all in all— we’re looking at a rougher, tougher and stronger version of the Galaxy S 4, which is certainly welcome out here in the Android world.

The device will initially launch in 3 colors (Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare) this summer in the U.S. and Sweden, followed by a more formal global rollout. You can find more details once you hit the flip and check out the full presser.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active image shows up with AT&T branding


The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active has shown up in all its glory in the photo above, to go along with the recently revealed Galaxy S 4 mini. This device is expected to be a more full-sized and rugged phone than the mini, and is reported to sport a 5-inch HD screen, powered by a quad-core, 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 chipset from Qualcomm, and will attempt to compete with the Sony Xperia Z. The device will launch in two colors— dark gray and teal, and it is now seemingly a lock that it will be available on AT&T’s network.

And when can we expect a release, you ask? Check the date on the phone for a hint.

Source: The UnLocker

FCC approves AT&T variant of Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active with LTE


More evidence of the hotly anticipated Galaxy S 4 Active has found its way to the internet today in the form of an AT&T-ready variant that went through the FCC’s approval process. While this doesn’t guarantee that it will be on AT&T’s network, it includes the same four LTE bandwidths found in the majority of AT&T smartphones. Unfortunately this doesn’t reveal any details about whats under the hood, but we do know that the device will have a downgraded processor and judging by photos and a brief video, a sleek and obviously water and dust-proof body. No word on a release date but judging by the information we have and various rumors we shouldn’t be waiting much longer.

Source: FCC

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active outed yet again… this time shows its stuff on video



As if seeing yesterday’s leaked photo wasn’t enough, we now have video of the Galaxy S 4 Active for your viewing pleasure. The video was captured by an unidentified individual and clearly highlights what we have come to know about the device. As previously described, you can see the device’s red/black sporty profile complimented by the appealing 1080p display and an 8MP camera. Something to note is the fact that the video describes the inclusion of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip inside, though previous indications showed that the device would get a quad-core Snapdragon chip instead— so we’ll need to wait and see what exact chip will be included in the device… which shouldn’t be too much longer now.


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