A Samsung insider claims to have all the details about several specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. First up, the idea of the device being available in both metal and plastic versions seems to have been confirmed. This would follow in the footsteps to some degree of Apple and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, although it remains to be seen whether that will be a winning strategy for Apple. According to this same source, the metal version of the Galaxy S5 will come with a metallic back plate with metal on the sides and front. It is unknown whether the metal version will get a different name. Read more
AT&T has chosen Samsung devices to test its voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) service that is scheduled to arrive sometime this year. The Korean Company’s Galaxy line will be apart of the group of devices that are being tested for VoLTE. The service will allow for voice calling that enables clearer quality and faster connections over that of the exist 3G networks. Currently, LTE networks have only been able to support data transmission.
This would be a great move for Samsung as it would secure even more of a foothold in US markets. The company already released a VoLTE device in local markets run by SK Telecom Co. and LG Uplus Corp. This move should certainly help Samsung get a competitive edge over its competition.
source: The Korea Herald
Yet another unannounced Samsung phone has popped up, though this one is much more unexpected than other recent Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. A device with a model number of GT-I9405 has made an appearance in Zauba, an Indian database that tracks imports and exports.
Now, you would be forgiven for assuming that this new device is the Galaxy S5. Only one problem though – the model number GT-I9405 is actually lower than that of the Galaxy S4, which has a model number of GT-I9505. The model number suggests that this new device is actually something in between the Galaxy SIII and the Galaxy S4. We know that the device also cannot be a new Note, as they have different model numbers (N7100, N9000, etc.). It also appears that the new device will have a 5.5-inch display.
We get to see a lot of new stuff at CES, but apparently there are a few things not shown publicly as well. According to Korean media, Samsung showed a foldable display for smartphones to VIPs at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.
If you remember, Samsung recently had a patent for a foldable display, so this is no surprise. According to sources, the display is AMOLED, measures 5.68-inches, and is made with a film-like polymide substrate. The display is touch sensitive and might support pen recognition.
The Android 4.4.2 update for the global Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) leaked over the weekend, which apparently was a sign that the official update was right around the corner. Just like that, the official update is now rolling.
This is the Snapdragon version of the device and the build number is N9005XXUENA6. So far, it has only hit devices in Poland via Kies, but we imagine it will hit other regions in the coming days and weeks. Hopefully over-the-air as well. We can only assume the Galaxy S 4 won’t be far behind. Hit the break for the changelog.
Samsung’s next flagship, presumably the Galaxy S 5, could be revealed at an event held in London in mid-March. According to Italian journalist Flavio, a reliable source has said that Samsung is holding a “global launch (S5?) event” in two months. This makes sense as the company chose to launch the GS4 in New York City last year. It seems as if they want to separate themselves from Mobile World Congress’ crowded field.
As for the device’s specifications, we have heard that it could feature iris scanning technology and a 2K display. Samsung has said it wants to return to the same approach it took with the Galaxy S III. When the Galaxy S 4 was released, many felt it was too similar to its predecessor. Look for the Galaxy S 5 to feature a new design, potentially a metal body. Also, it will launch beside the next Galaxy Gear smart watch. Read more
Starting today, you can purchase Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 from T-Mobile. In usual T-Mobile fashion, you do not have to pay the full retail price. Instead, T-Mobile is spreading the payments across twenty-four months at $13 with $0 down. If you would rather pay for the whole thing up front, the full retail price is $312. With the Galaxy Tab 3, you get a 7-inch display, dual-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Did I mention you will get to be with the nation’s fastest growing carrier?
Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…
Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.
It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Last month security researchers from Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Labs claimed to have discovered a vulnerability in Samsung’s KNOX security platform. Samsung has issued a statement regarding the claims, indicating the issue identify by the Ben-Gurion researchers was really a classic Man in the Middle (MitM) attack and not a bug or flaw in KNOX or Android. Samsung indicates they reached out and discussed the issue with the security researchers and were able to verify that the exploit that was identified exists as it “uses legitimate Android network functions in an unintended way to intercept unencrypted network connections from/to applications on the mobile device.” Read more
Earlier today we showed you full specs of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and now we have a picture to put to a name. In the picture you see above, posted by SamMobile on Twitter, the device on the right is the Galaxy Note 3, while the device on the left is the new Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
As a reminder, the Note 3 Neo will reportedly feature a 5.55-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 3,100 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and a new 6-core processor when it debuts in the near future.