Samsung showcases Galaxy S 5 water and dust resistant features in new commercial

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Everyone wishes their smartphone could be just a little bit more durable. So Samsung is targeting those people with its latest Galaxy S 5 commercial. The commercial, which comes in at just under one minute, takes the Galaxy S 5 through a few situations involving children and the device’s water and dust resistant features. Everything from a water gun fight to some flour smothering the phone to a baby pouring his drink onto the display is included. In all, it proves just how durable the Galaxy S 5 is.

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New Galaxy phone with 2560 x 1440 display is codenamed Project KQ

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We have been hearing for a while that Samsung will release a phone with a 2560 x 1440 display, but will it be a Galaxy S 5 variant (Prime or Premium version) or something entirely different such as the Galaxy F series?

It very well could be a Galaxy S 5 variant because it has been revealed that its internal codename is Project KQ (model G900). The Galaxy S 5 was Project K, so KQ puts it in the same family. Turns out that Samsung’s original plan was to have a 2560 x 1440 display on the Galaxy S 5, but they had to scrap it because of production issues. At some point during the development of the device, they decided to stick with a 1080p display.

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Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the time of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo launch, the device did not come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which was a little disappointing for some users. Not only that, but because of the fact that the device was not a flagship, users were worried it wouldn’t get the Android 4.4 update for a while. Well, it seems that users didn’t need to fear after all, as Samsung has started pushing out the update.

So far the update is only being pushed out in Korea, but it should be available in other countries soon. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will feature many of the same upgrades that were present on the Galaxy Note 3, including white status bar icons, improved battery life, full screen album art, and so on.

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AT&T offering off-contract, certified like new Galaxy S 4 for $179

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If you don’t have to have the latest and greatest smartphones, you may want to take advantage of AT&T’s latest deal on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. The carrier is offering the device completely off-contract for $179 bucks, which is significantly cheaper than its typical $500 – $600 retail price. The catch is that the device is a certified like-new refurbished model, but at less than $200, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

The Galaxy S 4 sports a 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 600 processor, so it’s still a pretty competitive phone in 2014. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

Source: AT&T

Expert witness claims Apple’s damage calculations wrong

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In the Apple v. Samsung trial currently underway, one of the issues Samsung is arguing is that Apple has grossly over-exaggerated their damages claim. Apple is asking for more than $2 billion in damages based on the alleged violation of five patents. New York University professor Tulin Erdem was brought in late last week as an expert witness on Samsung’s behalf to counter Apple’s own expert regarding the amount of damages. » Read the rest

Samsung opens new Innovation Museum

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In an apparent effort to prop up its image as an innovator, and possibly get youth exposed to Samsung via school field trips, the company has opened the Samsung Innovation Museum at its Digital City campus in Suwon, South Korea. Samsung recently opened the doors for a quick preview of the new facility that revealed the museum, while perhaps not worthy of a trip in and of itself, is a worthwhile stop for anyone who is in the area. According to Samsung the museum gives the public a chance “to see where we’ve come from.” » Read the rest

MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

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Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract. » Read the rest

HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

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Poaching is something very common in the mobile industry. A company comes along and plucks an executive out of another company to work for them. It happened to Android’s VP of product development, Hugo Barra, when Xiaomi swooped in and stole him from Google. Now, it looks like HTC is doing the poaching to Android’s biggest force.

HTC has hired Paul Golden, Samsung’s former head of marketing. His role will be as an adviser to Cher Wang, the chairman. Golden will not be a full-time employee just yet. For now, he is being contracted for three months of work. What marketing can be done in three months is beyond me, but that is why it is likely Golden’s stay gets extended for a longer period of time.

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Updated WatchOn app for Galaxy S 5 now available in Play Store

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Samsung has uploaded a redesigned version of their WatchOn application to Google’s Play Store. Samsung doesn’t use the Play Store to distribute as many apps as, say, Motorola, but we do see the occasional app hosted on Google’s store front.

The redesigned app features a ton of purple and fits in with the flat aesthetics of the Galaxy S 5, and is, of course, available only to the Galaxy S 5. If you like the newer design of TouchWiz, you’ll definitely like this update. If you’re not crazy about the flat, colorful design? Well, you may want to pass on this one.

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