New report paints unflattering picture of Samsung as patent warrior

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A new report recently released by Vanity Fair attempts to recount the history of the smartphone wars, notably the battles between Apple and Samsung. Prompted by the most recent legal issue to reach a U.S. courtroom, the story portrays Samsung as using litigation and delay as part of an overall strategy to secure market share, especially when entering a new product space. Some of the tactics described are quite stunning, like one instance where Samsung employees were alleged to have actually eaten documents to make sure investigators could not get their hands on them. Read more

Galaxy S 5 Prime (project KQ) to be very limited

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In very unsurprising news, Korean media is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 Prime will be very limited due to high costs for the QHD (2560 x 1440) OLED panels. I think it’s more about the fact that they won’t be able to produce all that many, which is why they nixed it for the Galaxy S 5.

With the upcoming LG G3 expected to also have a QHD display, it begs the question of why LG isn’t having any issues with production? It’s awfully similar to the Galaxy Round and G Flex situation. The Galaxy Round was very limited, while the G Flex was launched worldwide. LG seems to be holding all the cards when it comes to display panels, so Samsung needs to watch their back.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 mini to sport a 4.47-inch display

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Thanks to an image from the Zauba site, we may have a confirmation on the size of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini’s display. The image shows to have the device sporting a 4.5″ (4.47″ to be exact) Super AMOLED display with the resolution of 720p. Other specs of the device include a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage paired with an 8MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera. The mini will also have IP67 certification just like it’s bigger brother.

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Pink and red versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo coming soon

pink_red_galaxy_note_3_neoAccording to an updated Korean Samsung catalog, their Galaxy Note 3 Neo is going to be coming in two new colors choices. The catalog, shown above, shows the phablet in pink and red options. There’s no word on exactly when these options will be available, or if they will be available outside of South Korea, but looking at the past, there’s a good chance they will make it international.

As a reminder, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which was launched in January, has a 5.5″ 720p Super AMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory. It’s powered by a hexa-core chipset, which consists of two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex A7 cores, while the HSPA+ features a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition available now for Verizon

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The Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon has been quietly sitting on Samsung’s site for nearly one month. Today, it is finally available to everyone. The other carriers’ GS5 Developer Edition have yet to surface, but they are presumably on the way.

If you hit the source link below, you can by the Developer Edition of the GS5 for Verizon, but it does have a hefty price tag. Purchasing it will cost $600, but free shipping is included. The price is common among devices with unlocked bootloaders, so this really should not be a surprise to anyone. Also, only the Charcoal Black color is available.

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How to setup and use WatchON or Smart Remote on the Galaxy S 5

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 has an IR blaster so you can control your home theater in not only your living room, but you can also control your TVs  and cable/satellite boxes in other rooms as well. Samsung offers you two different apps to do this. One is the Smart Remote that comes pre-installed and the other is WatchON, which is available in the Play Store.

Both apps work very much the same way, so you can use whichever one you prefer. You can setup all your equipment to control, but these apps also tell you what’s on TV as well as recommend shows based on your favorites. WatchON does seem a little more robust and it does provide you with opportunities to buy or rent movies and TV shows via Samsung’s own digital store.

I put together this video showing you how both apps work, so check it out after the break. Also be sure to hit up our other Galaxy S 5 guides.

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How to setup and use Kids Mode on the Galaxy S 5

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If you have kids, you know they are going to want to use your phone at times. That’s why Samsung implemented Kids Mode. Kids Mode gives your child a simple interface that only gives them access to the things you want them to see. They can’t even get out of Kids Mode unless they know the password. You can even set a daily limit, so your child doesn’t forget that he or she can play outside too.

Kids Mode is pretty easy to setup and use so check out the video after the break showing you, and be sure to check out our other Galaxy S 5 guides.

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How to use (or remove) My Magazine on the Galaxy S 5

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My Magazine was first introduced on the Galaxy Note 3, and it also made its way onto the Galaxy TabPRO series of tablets. It’s no surprise that it found its way onto the Galaxy S 5, but the implementation is a little different. Just like HTC’s BlinkFeed, it now resides on the leftmost home screen. However, My Magazine is really only a gateway into Flipboard whereas BlinkFeed was built from the ground up.

My Magazine is more powerful to an extent, but only once you dive deeper into the app (Flipboard). BlinkFeed provides more information from the home screen, which is really what you want. With My Magazine, you have to tap a few more times to get to the stories, but it can still be useful to those that don’t already have another means setup for geting the scoop on what’s happening in the world.

So check out the video below showing you how My Magazine works. Now contrary to popular belief you can remove My Magazine from your home screen, and I show you how to do that as well. Unfortunately it’s not as clean as HTC’s implementation with BlinkFeed, but it will be out of sight. See the video after break, and be sure to check out all our Galaxy S 5 guides.

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How to save precious battery life with Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S 5

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We have all been in situations in which we have about 10% battery life and you won’t be near a charger for several hours. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world isn’t it? Well Samsung has a solution for you called Ultra Power Saving Mode. This mode will allow you to conserve your battery by only running the essentials. In Ultra Power Saving Mode, you can still get over one day of life even if you only have 10% battery life.

How is that even possible? Once you go into this mode, you will get a much more simplified interface that only has access to the phone, texts, and the Browser. You won’t have access to games, the camera, and other apps. This mode doesn’t exist to give you the ability to play Angry Birds, it exists to make sure you get those important texts and/or phone calls. Ultra Power Saving Mode will also change your display to greyscale, turn off data when your display is off, and turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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Samsung releasing yet another tablet, may come with an AMOLED screen and Fingerprint scanner

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014Samsung is continuing its trend of flooding the market with tablets and smartphones. There’s a rumor that Samsung will becoming out with a Galaxy S tablet line known as the Galaxy Tab S. The Tab S will come in an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variety. Unlike the company’s other tablets, the Tab S will feature a WQXGA (2560×1600) AMOLED display.

This isn’t Samsung’s first tablet with an AMOLED screen, however. The company first unveiled an AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in 2011 but the primary focus was in testing the technology itself. For those that don’t know, AMOLED displays are known for their low power consumptions and their high contrast levels. Samsung has been using these displays in most of their smartphones and cameras, most notably in the Galaxy S series.

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