With the April 11 public release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming up fast, we’re getting more and more information about who’s going to sell the device. We already knew that T-Mobile would be selling the the device in April and that they got 300,000 pre-order forms filled because of a giveaway promotion. Now we know which models the company will be selling.
A leaked memo shows that T-Mobile would be selling both the 16GB version and the 32GB versions of the device. While both models will be sold, the 16GB version will be the only one available in stores, and if you want the 32GB version you’ll have to order it online.
Back in September 2013, Samsung announced ISOCELL, which is an advanced pixel technology for smartphones and tablets. As expected, the Galaxy S 5 will feature ISOCELL, and will hopefully improve the quality of photos dramatically. We explained how ICOCELL works when it was announced, but sometimes a video explaining it is a little easier.
ISOCELL tries to achieve what every other manufacturer tries to achieve, and that is better low light performance. “ISOCELL pixels decrease crosstalk between neighboring cells by forming minute barriers between neighboring pixels to increase light sensitivity and control electron collection resulting in higher color fidelity, even in poor lighting conditions.”
Check out the video from Samsung after the break.
Samsung announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 5, last month at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona with the fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor topping the list of the new features. Today, Samsung UK announced that the handset will be available for pre-order starting from March 28.
The device will be available on Samsung’s online store and it’s physical store as well as other retailers across London. A London retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has also announced that it would start taking pre-orders of the Galaxy S 5 from March 28. Read more
New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90’s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can be wrapped around a person’s wrist forming a bracelet or, depending on what is displayed, a watch. In their patent application, Samsung describes how such a device could perform a variety of functions, like playing music when touched or moved in a certain way or tracking health information using biosensors. The possibilities will probably be limited more by the sensors and power source that can be packed into such a device as opposed to the display since the whole device could become the display. Read more
Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.
For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.
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Smartphone cameras are getting more and more features over time, and one of the most recently added and popular features is auto-focusing. Near and far focus features are found on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the LG G Pro 2 has its own “Magic Focus” feature.
The device has a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13 MP camera, 16 or 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot, 3GB of RAM, a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3,200 mAh battery.
The company has released a video highlighting the Magic Focus feature, which can be found after the break.
Today, Samsung has announced that the “most advanced” DDR3 memory with 4GB has entered production. It uses new twenty nanometer process technology to save up to twenty-five percent of energy consumed when compared to the twenty-five nanometer process technology. By doing this, Samsung can improve upon its DRAM production as it can now produce the ten nanometer class. What exactly does this all mean? The next wave of devices will have memory that is far more dynamic than today’s technology.
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Source: Samsung Tomorrow
T-Mobile recently began pushing out Android 4.4.2 for the Galaxy Note 3, and now its the Galaxy S 4’s turn. The update for the S4 is beginning to roll out over the air and through Samsung Kies with build number M919UVUFNB4.
The update is a hefty 388 MB and brings improved stability, and major features include white status bar icons, improved performance, reduced memory usage, improvements to Samsung’s onscreen keyboard in landscape mode, inbuilt wireless printing support, ability to select the default launcher and messaging app from the settings menu, a camera shortcut and full-screen album art on the lock screen, and new emojis.
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.