Samsung isn’t making it easier on those of you who are ready and waiting to get your hands on the Galaxy S 4. In their latest video we see a demonstration of S Translator, Air View, Sound & Shot and more. If you missed the live event, this is a good video to watch as it goes over some of the highlights of the new flagship phone. While the lady demonstrating the device seems to have had little time in front of a camera, she does do a decent job of showcasing what we will get when the phone becomes available. Hopefully this will tide most people over until then. If not you can check out our hands on with it. Are you excited for these features? Let us know in the forums or hit us up in the comment section below. Hit the break to check out the video!
The Galaxy S 4 was unveiled last week and already Samsung is facing patent infringement accusations. LG believes the S 4 may be infringing its eye-tracking patents which are utilized in such new features as Smart Scroll and Smart Pause. LG’s Optimus G Pro utilizes eye-tracking technology (and related patents) for its Smart Video feature. Samsung denies any patent infringement and LG also plans to find out if the South Korean giant infringed other eye-tracking patents dating back to as far as 2005. No lawsuit has been filed yet, although this wouldn’t be the first time either company has went after each other in court regarding patents.
Earlier today we reported on some members of TeamHacksung expressing an unwillingness to develop a ROM for Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S 4 smartphone. The news certainly set the ‘net abuzz, but it appears the comments may not be as “official” as originally thought. The CyanogenMod Team has posted on their Google+ page a statement indicating no official position had been established regarding the Galaxy S 4 and that one would not be established until the device was available for retail purchases.
In the posting, the CM team reminds folks that announcements regarding support for devices will be communicated via their official channels on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or their blog. The CM team also points out the comments from this morning posted by XpLoDWilD were just the opinions of four members of TeamHacksung who do not speak on behalf of CyanogenMod.
Those looking forward to getting CM running on a Galaxy S 4 can breathe a little easier for now.
We had a good idea Samsung was working on a smartwatch, but the executive vice president of Samsung mobile business confirmed it. Lee Young Hee said, “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” With rumors that Apple is prepping their own, it behooves Samsung to get it out as soon as they can.
Smartwatches haven’t taken off yet as I think consumers are waiting for something from either Apple or Samsung to dive in. Right now, the rage is on the Pebble, but I’m still loving my WiMM One. Unfortunately it’s no longer supported, but it gives me everything I need, plus it offers the best options for customizing the watch face. I would suspect Samsung will unveil their watch at Unpacked Episode 2 in the late summer or early fall. Last year, they unveiled the Galaxy Camera along with the Note II, so I am going to go on record as saying they will unveil the watch along with the Galaxy Note III.
Itching to grab that new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, but looking for a more stock experience? Well you may be out of luck as it appears that we will not see the famed CM ROM on the device— for now at least. In some rather surprising news, the CyanogenMod team announced that it has no plans to support the device as of this time. Because of the ever-growing conflicts of interests between the various Sammy licenses/kernels and well… the folks who want to
hack tweak things to make the device a little better, the CM team just felt that attaining the Galaxy S 4 just wasn’t worth the trouble. Here’s of XpLoDWilD of Team Hacksung sharing CM’s general thoughts and feelings about the Galaxy S 4:
“Nobody at Team Hacksung (the team behind Galaxy S2, Note, S3, Note2, G Tabs… official CM ports) plans to buy it, neither develop for it. There are two variants which will be a pain to maintain, [and] the bugs we have on the S3 will probably be there on S4, too (camera), and we all know Samsung ability to release sources while staying in line with mainline. Yes Qualcomm releases sources, but Exynos sources we had were far from [working on] actual Galaxy products. I’m pretty sure the same will happen for this one.
That’s a uniform “no” from us.”
Well… alrighty then. Here’s hoping that the CM team will find some sort of compromise and resolution… or that another team out there can step up and provide some of that custom goodness to the masses out there. Otherwise, it may appear that the Galaxy S 4 could possible lose some major luster and appeal.
source: Android Central
As Apple and Samsung continue to bounce the crown for best-selling smartphone between each other, analysts at Nomura say the latest Galaxy device will push Samsung back to the top spot. Nomura was not impressed with the latest device in Samsung’s Galaxy line, the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Nevertheless, the changes that they describe as “evolutionary” as opposed to “revolutionary” should be enough to propel Samsung to the top spot.
During the fourth quarter of 2012 Apple sold around 27.4 million iPhone 5 devices versus 15.4 million Samsung Galaxy S III units to retake the title. Nomura’s analysts think Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II will combine for sales in the range of 35 to 40 million units per quarter during 2013. The analysts also expect a shift to occur during the upcoming sales quarters as both Apple and Samsung will have to start working on stealing users from each other rather than the smaller players in the smartphone market. Besides ratcheting up the acrimony that already exists between the two companies, this will probably result in more price-based competition. Such a situation will be good news for consumers but it will impact margins for Samsung and Apple and it will make life difficult for other manufacturers trying to capitalize on the market.
Owner’s of a Samsung Galaxy Note II on the T-Mobile network may notice an update is available for their device. The update is probably one you will want to grab as it enables a connection to T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE service. T-Mobile indicates the service should be available in Las Vegas and Kansas City by the end of this month. At some point this summer the new service should be lit up in enough areas to reach 100 million people and by the end of the year it should reach 200 million people. For comparison, the Verizon 4G LTE network reaches 275 million people.
In some testing that was conducted using a Galaxy Note II, speeds were found to be in the 59 Mbps down, 25 Mbps up range. Granted, there were probably no other users accessing the signal. As fast as the 4G LTE connection is, T-Mobile customers will also benefit from HSPA+ 4G when they find themselves in an area with no 4G LTE coverage.
We already know that Samsung is committed to bringing the best support possible for its legacy devices, but it appears that Samsung is certainly on its way to becoming the next Google when it comes to software updates of its devices. Let me explain— a “pre-list” has recently surfaced indicating which Samsung devices will be qualified for some major updates on the way in the near-future. According to the list, many 2012 or pre-2012 devices such as the Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II and original Galaxy Note smartphones are slated to receive the Android 4.2.2 update. Additionally, a handful of devices such as the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy 10.1, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 are eligible for the not-yet-announced Key Lime Pie update. Moreover— while many of the mid-range devices may not qualify for the Android 5.0 update, Samsung is working on some sort of “value pack” update, which gives the older legacy devices some addtional functionality that other devices won’t have.
If you’re an owner of a Sammy device, it’s pretty exciting to know that Samsung is likely continuing to show some much-needed love to your old toy, isn’t it?
As we get closer and closer to the Galaxy S 4′s imminent release in a little over a month’s time, various retail outlets are coming out with coveted pricing details for customers, starting with Unlocked Mobiles. Considering the device will feature some topline specs and some amazing features, Unlocked Mobiles will offer the Galaxy S 4 for £529.98 including VAT or £441.65 excluding VAT, so those of you out here in the States can expect to pay upwards of $700 or $800 to ship the device to your front door. Sure the smartphone is probably going to cost you a king’s ransom, but hey— other devices like the Xperia Z are priced similarly, so it doesn’t sound too unreasonable really.
The device is expected to ship to prospective owners on or around April 26th.
source: Android Central
The buzz is all about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 right now, but the Galaxy S III isn’t going anywhere. In fact, a purple version will hit Sprint stores by mid-April. I would assume the Galaxy S III’s price will drop when the S 4 officially launches, and when you consider most of the new features that were announced last week will make its way to the SIII, it might be worth a look for those on a tighter budget.