The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next month, but thanks to a 45-day ban in South Korea, it might not sell as well early on. South Korean carriers, SK Telecom, KT corp, and LG UPlus are banned from signing up customers or replacing phones from April 5 to May 19. The Galaxy S 5 will go on sale right smack in the middle of those dates, on April 11.
The CeBit show is going on now in Hanover, Germany, which is the world’s largest IT and office automation trade show. Samsung already has their award winning KNOX platform, but Samsung Electronics Printing Solutions just announced Samsung Cloud Print to go along with it. It’s aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and not only includes and app, but NFC-enabled printers too.
It’s basically a secure way for employees to print documents since it’s compatible with KNOX. Users can control which printer does the print job and at which time using NFC. Users can easily be registered for sharing documents to print with their phone numbers, and smartphones can be connected to as many as 20 printers.
A fire early yesterday morning at an Anseong, South Korea plant could put a damper on Galaxy S 5 supplies. This factory manufactures printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the upcoming flagship. The fire started around 7:00am and it took close to 6 hours and 300 firefighters to get it under control.
The damage was estimated to be around $1 billion, but the good news is that Samsung does partner with other manufacturers for the PCBs. Samsung doesn’t expect a delay of the launch, which is scheduled for April 11, but this could affect supplies moving forward. It’s impossible to know how much, and there is no reason to panic. We will just have to wait and see how it plays out.
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Just last week we showed you leaked info from Zauba, an Indian import site, which receives data on devices being shipped in and out of the country.
The previous leak showed a device going by the model number SM-G87oa, which we believe is the Galaxy S 5 mini.
Today we have another leak from Zauba, outing a device with the model number SM-G800F. The phone was shipped into India from South Korea for research and development testing, and according to the above data table, it’s valued at 31,790 INR ($520 USD).
The model number is a lower number than the SM-G900F (the Galaxy S 5) so it’s expected that this device is the Galaxy S 5 Neo. Expect more information on the device to come out before its announcement.
Samsung launched its mini version of the Galaxy S3 back in October 2012, however today, the company announced the Galaxy S III mini Value Edition which is an updated version of its predecessor.
While most of the specifications remain unchanged, the device is packed with a faster processor which is now a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 which runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Value Edition has been available in Netherlands since last week costing around €180 ($250) though the exact release date for other markets is not official yet.
If you didn’t get enough coverage on the Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit from MWC 2014 two weeks ago, then you’re in luck.
Samsung has released two hands-on videos for its three newest devices. Hit the break for the videos.
Some of us are required to have our phones on us at all times, so why should we limit the bathtub and the pool as well?
In all seriousness, waterproofing technology has become more popularized on devices in the past year, and LG has recognized this. It is now expected that the LG G3 will feature both waterproofing and dustproof capabilities.
It took a while for other manufacturers to hop aboard, but Sony had been the only company that was both waterproofing and dustproofing its flagship products for some time now. The Galaxy S 5 was also announced to be waterproof and dustproof at Samsung’s special event two weeks ago.
The G3 is also expected to feature fingerprint and eye recognition capabilities, a QHD display and possibly LG’s own SoC, the LG Odin.
The South Korean mobile phone market is already pretty saturated, and the fact that a company like Pantech has been able to survive while competing with both LG and Samsung is an amazing accomplishment. But to keep itself relevant, continuing to develop new devices is key.
The Vega Iron 2, the successor to Pantech’s flagship from last year, will be released in May to compete with the Galaxy S 5. Rumors suggest that the screen size will be bigger than its 5-inch predecessor— it’s not expected that the phone will become a phablet, though.
The success of the design will rest in the completely metal chassis and a rumored fingerprint scanner.
Hit us up in the comments if you’d be interested in getting this device over another flagship like the Galaxy S 5.
Unlike many other manufacturers, Samsung managed to keep their Galaxy S 5 out of the FCC approval process until after the official announcement and unveiling, so these new FCC filings aren’t really surprising in any way. Still, it had to happen sooner or later, and now we have concrete evidence that there will be three different models of the S 5 to hit Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile this year, with the model numbers SM-G900V, SM-G900A, and SM-G900T, respectively.
The Verizon variant looks like it’ll sport LTE bands 4 and 13 along with GSM bands 850 and 1900 for global roaming. The AT&T and T-Mobile versions will run on LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, which is typical for their networks. » Read the rest
comScore has released their numbers for smartphone market share in the US for January 2014, and the numbers are fairly predictable. Android commanded a majority of the market, accounting for 51.7% of all US smartphones, dipping half a percent from October last year. BlackBerry also fell half a percent point, while Apple pulled up 1% due to Android and BB’s small decline. Android still sat a full 10% ahead of Apple as of January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone claimed a small 3.2% in third place.