[Deal] Grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom for as little as a penny at Amazon

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is not a device for the typical smartphone buyer, but for those who are interested in it, Amazon has a great deal if you are willing to be tied to AT&T for a couple years. For individuals signing up for a new 2-year contract with AT&T, Amazon will sell you the Galaxy S4 Zoom for a mere penny. If you happen to already have an account with AT&T and want to buy the device as an upgrade, it will run you $49.99. Both of these prices are better than what you can do buying direct from AT&T.  If you are not interested in a 2-year contract, Amazon will set you back $599.99 for the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is about $70 more than what you could get it for from AT&T.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom most closely matches the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for most of the hardware. The exception being the big camera Samsung has grafted onto a cell phone. For photographers, the Galaxy S4 Zoom offers a 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom and an f-stop range from 3.1 – 6.3. A xenon flash is included in the device as well.

To take advantage of the deal, just hit the source link to head on over to Amazon.

source: Amazon

Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy Core Advance launching early next year

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In targeting the entry-level market, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Core Advance in early 2014. The device will be specifically for emerging markets and consumers that want a smartphone on a budget. Behind its 4.7-inch WVGA screen, the Galaxy Core Advance has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. A 5MP camera is on the back and Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are also present. The 8GB of storage can be expanded since there is a microSD card slot on the handset. Android 4.2 is at the core with Samsung’s layers of TouchWiz on top. There is no release date yet for the Galaxy Core Advance, but we do know that it will come in deep blue or pearl white.

Source: Samsung

Samsung could launch four tablets during first quarter of 2014

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Samsung appears to be ready to release at least four new tablets during the first quarter of 2014 as it continues its march toward mobile device domination. One of these devices is anticipated to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) potentially being released the second week of January. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be a low-end tablet which a price tag to match, although we do not have any specs yet to gauge where Samsung things the low-end of the market is. Another tablet that may be close to release is the possible Galaxy Tab 4 with a model number SM-T331. Whatever this mystery tablet is, it is expected to come with an AMOLED display instead of LCD as part of Samsung’s initiative to switch over to AMOLED.

Rumors are also floating around that Samsung is interested in producing a Note series device with a 12.2-inch screen that could possibly trigger the merger of tablets and laptops as a viable category for most buyers. There is also some rumbling about a possible Android/Windows dual-boot device with a more traditional laptop size screen of 13.3-inches.

source: SamMobile

Samsung could unveil the Galaxy S 5 with 2,560 x 1,440 display and iris scanner at MWC 2014

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We already have a good idea the Galaxy S 5 will sport a 2K (2,560 x 1,440) display, so if a rumor suggests a Samsung phone with this display, I think it’s safe to assume it’s a Galaxy S 5. Korean media suggests that this “Galaxy S 5″ will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this February 2014.

We have also heard that Samsung might be dropping plans for a fingerprint scanner in favor of eye (or iris) scanning technology, and the same media source is agreeing. However, they weren’t clear if it will be on the same phone that gets shown at MWC or another device(s) later in the year. I suspect it will indeed by on the Galaxy S 5 and other flagship devices as well.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition now receiving Android 4.4.2 update

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Earlier today we told you that the HTC One Google Play edition was receiving Android 4.4.2— we now have news that the same update is now being sent out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition.

As was said before, the update is pretty much all minor bug fixes, so no real need to flash anything here.

However, specifically for this device, it seems that one of the bug fixes includes the H symbol being replaced with the 3G symbol even when connected to HSPA+. Another fix is the SMS DOS issue.

Let us know if you have received the update already in the comments and if you’re seeing any other changes to your device!

Source: AndroidSpin

Verizon Galaxy S 4 Mini gets 4.3 update with Galaxy Gear support

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Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is receiving an update today that brings it up to Android 4.3, complete with Galaxy Gear support. This helps the Mini catch up to the bigger Galaxy S 4, which has been on 4.3 for a few weeks. Aside from the Galaxy Gear support, you’ll also get a few extra Verizon bloat apps, improved LTE connectivity, and Verizon changed Driving Mode to Hands-Free Mode. Sometimes I’m pretty sure Verizon will change something just to say they changed something.

Aside from those changes, you’ll get the updates that come with a new version of Android, even though 4.3 was primarily an under-the-hood release. Considering some features, like auto-complete in the dialer, were already implemented by Samsung in TouchWiz, you probably won’t see much of a difference there.

Let us know if any of you have gotten the update.

source: Verizon Wireless

T-Mobile offers $0 down on Galaxy line, throws jab at AT&T in the process

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T-Mobile really did put that graphic in their latest ad. In this “Un-leash with T-Mobile” advertisement, John Legere & Co. are offering all of Samsung’s Galaxy devices for $0 down. After saying that there are no annual contracts and upgrade hassles, T-Mobile takes out their boxing gloves by emphasizing the “best of all, no AT&T.” T-Mobile is continuing their pursuit of being the un-carrier in the United States with their new techniques. Never before has a carrier been so aggressive against their competition. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T all followed T-Mobile when they launched their Jump program in July.

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Samsung moving their plants from China to Vietnam

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By 2015, Samsung will no longer have a manufacturing plant in China. Instead, according to Bloomberg, the company is relocating to Vietnam “to secure even lower wages and defend profit margins as growth in sales of high-end handsets slows.” As many of us know, large companies like Samsung manufacturer in countries where wages are low to maintain high margins. The plant, which cost $2 billion to build, will open in February and reach full production in 2015. This new plant will account for 40% of the smartphones in Samsung’s operating profit. China’s higher wages are driving companies away and Vietnam is becoming more cost-effective. Read more

Samsung to merge divisions in hopes of improving smartphone cameras

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A report out of Korea indicates Samsung has merged their Digital Imaging Business Division with their Wireless Division. The Digital Imaging Business Division is responsible for cameras produced by the company, while the Wireless Business Division is essentially their smartphone division. According to a statement released by Samsung, the company “will transplant the brand, sales networks, software competency and manufacturing competitiveness of the Wireless Business Division into the Camera Business Division, and integrate the technical know-how of the two business divisions into competency for differentiating our smartphones.” The reorganization was effective on December 11th.

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Samsung loses home turf court battle in South Korea to Apple

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In the ongoing string of court battles between Samsung and Apple, Samsung has come out the loser in the latest round. This battle took place in South Korea where Samsung alleged Apple violated patents related to short message display methods and messaging group features. Samsung had asked the court to put a sales ban on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2 in place and they had asked for 100 million won ($95,000 USD) in damages. The judge in the Seoul Central District Court threw out the damages claim and refused to institute the sales ban.

In response to the latest ruling, Apple’s spokesman in Korea, Steve Park, said the company is “glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims.” Apparently Park was not referring to a case last year in which Apple was found to have infringed on two of Samsung’s patents for wireless technology.

source: Reuters