Verizon, Sprint join AT&T by removing Download Booster from their GS5 while T-Mobile keeps it

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on AT&T, you are not alone. Verizon and Sprint have followed AT&T’s decision to ditch Download Booster for their variants of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone. For those unaware, Download Booster meshes WiFi and data connections to really pull down a signal. These carriers have opted to omit the feature likely due to data caps being in the way for many customers.

There is one carrier, though, that is not removing Download Booster. Who else but T-Mobile. The nation’s Un-carrier is even flaunting the fact that it is keeping the feature around. So while Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Galaxy S 5 owners cannot enjoy the power of Download Booster, T-Mobile customers can.

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Amazon offering Galaxy S 5 with trade-in program

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With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 going on sale tomorrow many will be wanting to get their hands on the device. Despite this, not everyone will be abel to afford it. If you want some extra cash to go towards the device, however, Amazon is offering the Galaxy S5 through their trade-in program.

Essentially the program allows users to be able to trade in their old phones for Amazon gift cards, which you can use to buy a new device such as Samsung‘s new flagship. Trade-ins aren’t just limited to phones, however. You can trade in almost anything for an Amazon gift card!

Samsung Galaxy S 5 repairability not looking so hot

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We had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last month, but we were still awaiting iFixit’s version. The previous teardown made it clear that the GS5 won’t be easy to repair, and iFixit agrees 100%. After a complete teardown, they concluded that the Galaxy S 5 is a 5 out of 10 for repairability.

The biggest issue is the display. Unfortunately it needs to be removed first in order to replace any part other than the battery. The display has a “significant amount of adhesive,” which makes it very difficult to remove without damaging it.

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Samsung document shows personalities of big tech firms

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With the Samsung vs Apple patent war in full swing, sometimes the arguments can be a little funny. A slide from Samsung’s argument shows Samsung trying to identify itself amidst other big tech companies like Google, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, and so on.

The title of the slide is “Communicating Our Samsung Personality”, and it shows a relaxed Google, an older, almost retired Nokia, and a laid back, cool looking Apple. Samsung is a stuffy looking businessman, and it’s clear that they’re trying to change their personality. Samsung has surely come a long way from that look, and many of their newer devices have a much more youthful feel.

Source: TUAW
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AT&T version of Samsung Galaxy S 5 missing Download Booster feature

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Reports are surfacing today indicating the Download Booster feature on AT&T versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is missing. The Download Booster, a feature that Samsung highlighted during their launch event, gives users the ability to combine WiFi and LTE connections when downloading files larger than 30 MB. The combination is supposed to give a boost to download speeds. It appears that consumers who have started to receive their devices from AT&T have discovered the feature is not enabled and the switches to turn it on are not even present in the settings or notification panel. » Read the rest

Samsung opening “Experience” stores in U.K.

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Samsung has started opening dedicated retail space today in locations throughout the U.K. Similar to Apple stores, the locations give consumers the ability to get some hands on time with a wide variety of Samsung devices. In a special treat, Samsung is making the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Samsung Gear devices available in the new “Samsung Experience” stores before the official launch on Friday. The stores are actually being operated by Carphone Warehouse, a Samsung partner in the U.K. Locations include London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff.

source: Engadget

Winds of change in smartphone market to put squeeze on manufacturers

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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

After news came out earlier this week that Samsung, despite its size and commanding position in the smartphone market, was still expecting a decline in operating profit for the second quarter in a row, many people started wondering what the future may hold for smartphone manufacturers. Analysts indicate the market is already suffering from softening margins and the pressure will be on market leaders, like Samsung and Apple, to make their high-end phones more affordable. Besides the squeeze on margins at the high-end, analysts also see more of the market shifting to other segments, especially low- and mid-range smartphones targeted at the “mass market.” » Read the rest

New Samsung Galaxy S 5 commercial touts meaningful innovation

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Samsung already ran a Galaxy S 5 teaser spot during the Academy Awards, but with the global launch just two days away, they just released their second commercial.

Those of you looking for Apple bashing will be disappointed though. This one is just a simple spot showing closeups of the phone along with some key specs including a heart rate monitor and a state-of-the-art camera.

Is this the beginning of meaningful innovation? Samsung seems to think so. I guess the consumers will decide starting this Friday. For now, hit the break for the quick 30 second spot.

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Samsung Gear 2 teardown reveals Exynos processor

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We already had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5, so now we turn our attention to the Gear 2. Famous for complete teardowns, iFixit did just that. Samsung never mentioned what processor was powering the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, but thanks to this teardown, we now know it’s a dual-core 1GHz Exynos 3250.

iFixit also gave a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which isn’t too bad. They found that the watch band is “super easy to remove,” and the screws, clips, and spring contacts make the device easy to open. The battery can easily be removed and replaced. However, on the downside, the display assembly is a little difficult to deal with, not to mention costly. If you want to know more about the guts of the Gear 2, then hit the first source link below.

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