Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active APKs leak, all 277 of them

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active is coming. In fact, it is coming to AT&T, Sprint, and likely others as a recent leaked suggests. As many of you know, the Active model for Samsung’s Galaxy S devices bring extra durability. Many people were unsure that this device would return in 2014 since the Galaxy S 5 is already an extremely durable device with a high waterproof rating. But now the Galaxy S 5 Active is almost confirmed thanks to @evleaks sharing its APKs.

There are 277 of them and just too many to go through each and every one. So if any catch your eye in the list above, let us know in the comments below! » Read the rest

Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

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With the patent wars between Apple and Samsung raging on, an interesting person took the stand today. While the trial doesn’t involved Google, they got involved anyway, with the VP of engineering for Android taking the stand to aid Samsung.

In his testimony, Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the early days of Android, and how he worked 60 to 80 hour weeks. The point of him joining the battle was to show that many features in Samsung devices, including some that are on trial, were actually invented by Google and not Apple. This is all part of Samsung’s point that Apple is going after Samsung to indirectly affect Google. His testimony also was to talk to the jury about Android and how Google develops software to offer to hardware manufacturers, Samsung included.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit gets the teardown treatment

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Rounding out a trio of teardown’s by iFixit this week is an attempt to find out just what it inside the Samsung Gear Fit device. The team’s teardown revealed some tightly packed electronics inside the device along with some good news. Although it would take quite a bit of work, users could replace their own battery should the need arise. As iFixit discovered, the main body of the Gear Fit just pops out of the watch band, so we can expect to see aftermarket options start to appear to help people personalize their Gear fit. » Read the rest

PayPal announces fingerprint based payments on the Galaxy S 5, plus Gear 2 and Gear Fit apps

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New Samsung Galaxy S5 smarphone, Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Samsung and PayPal worked closely together to get payment support set up with the Galaxy S 5′s fingerprint scanner, and today PayPal officially announced fingerprint-based payments would be going live in 25 countries. The system uses a fingerprint to log into a user’s PayPal account where they can check and manage their balance as well as make mobile and online payments at any retailer that supports PayPal. On top of that handy new feature, PayPal has also announced there will be a PayPal app for the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit that lets you check your account balance and send and receive money through PayPal.

To push adoption of this service, PayPal is giving away $50 in promotional offers for people that buy a Galaxy S 5. Putting that promotion on top of the tons of freebies Samsung throws in with their Galaxy Perks, and the S 5 might be the most overloaded device ever released.

If you’re buying an S 5 anytime soon, be sure to check out these PayPal payments.

source: PayPal

Samsung releases Galaxy S 5 commercial showing off several device features

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Samsung Mobile’s YouTube channel has released a commercial for the Galaxy S 5 showing off some of the better features of the device. It’s not the most exciting TV spot Samsung has ever done, but you’ll get a look at the quick shutter speed on the camera, the faster download speeds (which probably refers to the missing download booster feature), and the water resistance of the device, showcasing how the device is perfect for almost everyone’s lifestyle.

Marketing is arguably Samsung’s greatest talent as a company, and this commercial solidifies that. It’s likely the first of many we’ll see for the S 5 in the coming months, so keep your eyes open.

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Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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The Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be globally launching today, but some of you may want to wait a tad longer on purchasing one. A Developer Edition of the Galaxy S 5 for Verizon has been spotted on Samsung’s site and is listed as “Coming Soon!” The model number for this device, which comes in Charcoal Black only, is ET-G900VMKA and it (obviously) features everything that the regular GS5 has.

So what does the Developer Edition get you? Likely an unlocked bootloader. The cost off contract will presumably be over $600, so make sure you are expecting a rather hefty price.

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Region Lock explained on European Galaxy S 5

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samsung_region_lock_sticker_americasWhen the Galaxy Note 3 was released last year there was a big hoopla about Samsung and its regional SIM locks. The “issue” came to be when it was found that potentially “unlocked” devices were found to carry a regional lock. It eventually came out that this wasn’t as big of a problem as people first thought with devices ending up being fully unlocked when activated in an approved region. To avoid the same issues as before, Samsung has updated their label with some clarification. It says:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

So basically if you have over 5 minutes of call time on a SIM in an approved region, your brand new Galaxy S 5 will be able to be used on any carrier world-wide. The potential reasoning behind doing this is to help in stopping unauthorized phone importers who could activate the phone with a European SIM before it ships to places outside of an approved region. Of course, it’s another hoop that customer have to jump through for an unlocked device.

source: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy Tab sales did not actually reach 2 million over six weeks in 2011

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Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.

An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.

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Businessweek report highlights health concerns at Samsung semiconductor plants

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A man walks out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in SeoulWith the Samsung Galaxy S 5 launching in 125 different countries today Businessweek has released a report regarding the poor health conditions that workers at Samsung semiconductor plants are facing. The report tells a story of a girl named Hwang Yu-mi and her coworker Le Suk-yeong. Both ladies worked next to each other, day after day, on the same assembly line. Both developed the same aggressive form of Leukemia. Their deaths have been covered in-depth by Korean media and have also been picked up by western media. Businessweek’s takes it further by shedding light on Samsung and its quest to dominate the global markets.

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