AT&T offering off-contract, certified like new Galaxy S 4 for $179

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If you don’t have to have the latest and greatest smartphones, you may want to take advantage of AT&T’s latest deal on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. The carrier is offering the device completely off-contract for $179 bucks, which is significantly cheaper than its typical $500 – $600 retail price. The catch is that the device is a certified like-new refurbished model, but at less than $200, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

The Galaxy S 4 sports a 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 600 processor, so it’s still a pretty competitive phone in 2014. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

Source: AT&T

[Video] Galaxy S 5 trumps S 4 in drop test

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S5S4Everyone has that moment. They’re sitting there and go to pull their phone out of their pocket, only to not grab it the way they should have and have it drop out of their pocket and hit the ground. That cringe worthy moment is enough to make anyone’s heart sink as that device worth anywhere from $400 – 700 falls in slow motion to the floor. While most phones end up surviving a drop or two, sometimes they don’t.

Of course when you’re looking at buying a new phone, one of the specs that never gets mentioned is how well it will survive a drop. That’s why we have the Internet and people who do nothing more than show us what to expect should we drop that expensive new device. This time around, we have a drop test video pitting the new Galaxy S 5 against last year’s Galaxy S 4.

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Black Edition Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available in UK

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SamsungGalaxyS4BlackEditionThe Samsung Galaxy S 4 Black Edition was unveiled two months ago, and we got our first glance of it at the MWC. Today the public can get their hands on it, provided you live in the UK. Phones4U has the phone listed at £499.89 off contract, which is the same price as any other S4. The internals of the device are exactly the same as what you would expect from any S4.

Source: Phones4U

 

Samsung Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile receives Android 4.4.2 today

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Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Bottom_GS4_Logo_TAT-Mobile recently began pushing out Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and now its the Galaxy S 4′s turn. The update for the S4 is beginning to roll out over the air and through Samsung Kies with build number M919UVUFNB4.

The update is a hefty 388 MB and brings improved stability, and major features include white status bar icons, improved performance, reduced memory usage, improvements to Samsung’s onscreen keyboard in landscape mode, inbuilt wireless printing support, ability to select the default launcher and messaging app from the settings menu, a  camera shortcut and full-screen album art on the lock screen, and new emojis.

Source: T-Mobile

Free, no-ad Milk Music service released for select U.S. Samsung devices

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Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. » Read the rest

International version of Galaxy S 4 now receiving KitKat

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International users of the Galaxy S 4 have something to get excited about today. It appears the S4 is receiving KitKat in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size is different depending on the region, so you can expect anywhere from 362 to 424 MB.

This is probably a staged rollout, so don’t get upset if it’s not available to you right away. Let us know if you got it.

source: SamMobile

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 KitKat updates removes the benchmark-boosting code

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Remember back in July when Samsung was caught boosting its benchmark scores? After this happened, the company responded with the usual defense. Now, thanks to the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Samsung took some time to remove the code that was causing the boosting. Through some testing, Ars Technica and Geekbench were able to find that the scores for both the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 came up short when compared to the scores from when they ran Android 4.3 Jell Bean. And the difference was quite substantial. The single-core score went from 682 to 674 and the multi-core score dropped from 2114 to 1913.

Shortly after this news came out, developer Wanam was able to confirm this news. He told Android Police on Twitter that Samsung’s KitKat builds lacked the “com.sec.android.app.twdvfs” package previously present. So there you have it, Samsung its benchmark-boosting phantom to avoid further negative attention. Now let’s see how the Galaxy S 5 stacks up to the competition this year.

Source: Ars Technica, Android Police

Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to its Galaxy S 4 today

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Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.

Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:

  • Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
  • Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
  • Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.

Source: Sprint

Samsung upgrades Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini with new “Black Edition” versions

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S4 line is getting a bit dated when measured in smartphone years and the Galaxy S5 is slated to be announced later this month, that isn’t stopping Samsung from trying to keep buyers interested in the devices. Their latest move is the release of new Black Edition versions of Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 mini. The Black Edition is intended to create a “premium design” choice for consumers. Physically, Samsung is changing the back cover and bezel to a leather-like high quality textured material similar to that found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or some of their recent tablet devices. Samsung is also packaging up these versions in special packaging and they will come with black accessories like the power adapter, data cable and headphones.  » Read the rest

Study Shows That the Galaxy S 3 is Samsung’s Most Popular Phone in North America

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S3GraphAccording to a new study, the Galaxy S 4 isn’t Samsung’s most popular phone in North America. This study analyzed tens of millions of online ad impressions of Samsung smartphone and tablets within the Chitika ad network. The time frame was within December 1st and December 29th. In that time frame, Chitika saw that S III users generated about 10% more web traffic than that of the Galaxy S 4. The Note series generated about 13% of the overall web traffic.

The fact that many users are still holding on to their Galaxy S III could be why the S 4 hasn’t done as well as Samsung had hoped it would. Of course part of that could be in thanks to users being locked into a two year contract with carriers, and most people’s reluctance to pay full price for an upgrade. That being said, most of those people will have contracts that end this year, so Samsung will need to wow people with the S 5 in order to keep users. The study did find some interesting numbers regarding Samsung’s tablet market as well.

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