Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are back in action in a Samsung commercial, this time celebrating the holiday season. When we first saw the couple in a Samsung commercial, it was during warmer weather as they showed off their Samsung Galaxy tablets. For this latest edition of life in the Bell/Shepard household, we see several more Samsung products in use as the couple starts early in the morning on a day of holiday decorating. Some of the devices you may spot include the new Galaxy Note Edge, a Galaxy Tab S, a Galaxy Note 4, a Samsung Gear S, and even a curved Samsung television.
You can check out the two minute video after the break although you will probably see bits of it during commercial breaks throughout the holiday television viewing season.
The concept of themes applied to the interface of an Android device is nothing new as many third-party launchers have supported themes for a long time now. The ability to quickly change the look of a device is a feature that many people enjoy as witnessed by the popularity of third-party launchers along with the host of theme and icon packs available through the Play Store. Based on some new images that surfaced it appears Samsung may have realized they can keep people using their own TouchWiz UI if they add in the ability to load themes.
If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the holidays, Staples has a fantastic deal on the 7-inch version of the tablet. It’s on sale for $149 currently, but the promo code 45209 will knock an extra $50 off, effectively bringing the tablet down to half of its original retail price. Plus, you get free shipping.
The tablet isn’t incredibly high end, but for $100, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen with a quad-core processor and Android 4.4 isn’t a bad deal. It’s available in black and white.
We’ve seen a few leaks and details regarding Samsung’s Lollipop update for the Galaxy S 5, but today we get our first taste of some actual leaked software. A ROM for the Sprint variant of the S5 has surfaced, and it’s mostly functional, including being able to place calls and send text messages. Plus, it has all of the extra features of Android 5.0 that we’re all waiting for.
Installing the ROM will completely wipe the phone, and it’s still a test build, so things aren’t guaranteed to be 100% functional. If you’re willing to flash it despite those things, hit the link below to get started.
via: GSM Arena
A new device from Samsung arrived at the FCC within the last twenty-four hours, showing it is destined for Boost Mobile. The model number for the device is SM-G360P. This is expected to be United States version of the Galaxy Core Prime.
The specifications for the Galaxy Core Prime are on the low-end. The price stays low to remain an entry-level handset for customers. The device has a 4.5-inch display (800×480 resolution), Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM, 5MP / 2MP cameras, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slat, and 2000mAh battery. Right out of the box is Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Via: Phone Arena
The music and video streaming applications from Samsung are called Milk Music and Milk Video, respectively. The somewhat strange names, though, are not as unique as one would think. Multimedia company Milk Studios has filed a lawsuit against Samsung regarding trademark infringement. The complaint specifically goes after the music streaming service, claiming that Samsung did indeed know of Milk Studios’ existence.
Hit the break for more.
If you’ve owned a recent Samsung device, you’ve probably seen their instant messaging client ChatOn somewhere on the device. ChatOn was Samsung’s in-house competition to apps like WhatsApp that came preloaded on nearly every Samsung smartphone.
Unfortunately, it turns out that just being preloaded on devices wasn’t enough to strike up users, and Samsung has announced that they’ll be gradually turning off the service around the world. Since profits have been constantly declining this year, Samsung’s management is looking to focus on successful key areas of their business while chopping off the services that aren’t doing well. Samsung’s music and video hub closed earlier this year, and now you can throw ChatOn to that pile.
Starting today, residents in China can pick up Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A5, from its official website for a rather hefty CNY 2,599 (approximately $420). The handset is available in a variety of colors, including black, white, silver, blue and gold.
Things are not exactly friendly between Samsung and NVIDIA. In September, NVIDIA launched a lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm alleging patent infringement. Samsung returned by saying that NVIDIA has falsely advertised its Tegra K1 processor. This is swiftly responded to by proof of actual benchmarks. The false advertising response was issued nearly two weeks ago, but now things are getting serious once again. Samsung filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission. What is the goal of this complaint? To block NVIDIA from providing its graphics chips in the United States. While it does sound unlikely to happen, it is certainly a possibility.
T-Mobile is pushing out an update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 located in the US. Weighing in at a hefty 128MB, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include Chinese language support, as well as a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
Hit the break to view the full changelog for the “mandatory” update.