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Oh look, the Galaxy K (S5 Zoom) actually looks like a phone

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The alleged Galaxy K

Remember the Galaxy S4 Zoom? The smartphone/camera hybrid landed last year with a… well, without a bang. Customers weren’t really swayed by the rather curious device, which combined a Galaxy S4 with a 10X optical zoom telescopic lens. But Samsung isn’t ready to give up on the concept just yet and will reportedly unveil its successor in less than a week, under the Galaxy K brand.

We already learned many of the Galaxy K’s specifications, but now we have two leaked shots suggesting that the device will actually lean more towards a smartphone, rather than a point and shoot camera, at least when it comes to its thickness.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom of last year was not only bulkier overall, but it also featured a protruding section that made it easy to handle, but also added a lot of girth to its profile.

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The 2013 Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Now Samsung appears to have opted for a pebble-like shape for the device, with only the area around the lens (which itself appears to be smaller than on the first gen) protruding. And, while the first leaked image of the Galaxy K showed a Note 3-like texture, from these pics we can tell that the final product will adopt the dimpled finish found on the Galaxy S5.

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The alleged Galaxy K

To recap, rumored specs for the Galaxy K include:

  • 20.2MP sensor
  • 10X optical zoom
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display, 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Samsung Exynos 5 hexa-core, Mali-T624 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung will introduce the Galaxy K on April 29 at an event in Singapore, and that’s when we’ll find out just how much better the device will be compared to its predecessor. Fingers crossed!

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Samsung Galaxy S III hits the UK on May 30th

Here’s the bad news, Brits: you won’t have the ability to buy the Samsung Galaxy S III on may possibly 29th, like most of mainland Europe. But the coolest information is you won’t ought to wait much longer: a Samsung UK representative tells us that the phone is coming to the UK on may additionally 30th. There’s no word on pricing or which companies will offer a subsidy, but the UK version will absolutely be the HSPA+ cellphone with the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor shown on stage previously today. those of us across the pond will need to wait a little longer – as usual. while Samsung has demonstrated that both HSPA+and LTE versions may be coming to America, it hasn’t said which carriers could be joining in the fun. There’s also no date or charge beyond a vague “summer”. We’re fairly certain that Verizon is getting its possess version thanks to a leaked mobile ID , and this “SCH-I535″ does indeed run a Snapdragon S4 processor as rumored.
 
The most distressing thing about those availability dates is that there’s no fee to be found anywhere. If Samsung follows the pricing fashions they’ve been riding for the last two or three years, the Galaxy S III will be somewhere in the 0-equivalent range (slightly extra in UK pounds, thanks to value added tax). But with so many new hardware and software features, who knows how much Samsung thinks it’s worth. maintain an eye on our Galaxy S III portal for more breaking news.

Study: Samsung’s apps aren’t appreciated by majority of Galaxy S owners

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Samsung’s Galaxy branded devices might run Android, but it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches. Beyond just providing a unique ‘look and feel’ through TouchWiz, Samsung has went so far as to create its own ecosystem of apps that often rival services offered by Google and by popular 3rd party app developers.

Although some of Samsung’s apps are well-appreciated by Galaxy fans, others feel that Samsung’s continued push towards bundled apps adds up to nothing more than a bloated smartphone experience — especially since many of these included apps can’t be deleted without root access.

it’s no secret that the company has worked hard to differentiate its software experience from the competition by adding its own custom touches

The big question is whether or not the average user actually utilizes the bundled apps that Samsung includes. With this in mind, research firm Strategy Analytics recently conducted a study that tracked more than 250 U.S.-based users of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 to get a better feel for what apps Samsung owners use the most. Although 250 users isn’t a large number, it’s enough for the research firm to form a rough picture.

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The results? Strategy Analytics noted that some of the most popular apps among these users included Facebook, Instragram, Youtube and Twitter. Facebook commanded roughly 664 minutes of monthly use, 151 minutes for Instagram, 146.7 minutes for Youtube and 47.4 minutes for Twitter. To likely no one’s surprise, Google Play and Google Search were also high up on the list.

As for Samsung’s apps? ChatOn only commanded six seconds of use per month on average, and apps like Hub, Link, S Memo and S Voice didn’t fare much better. Other apps like S Health weren’t even specifically mentioned, though were apparently included in the broader “Samsung apps” category found within the chart above.

If Strategy Anayltics study is correct, it makes it rather clear that, despite Samsung’s best attempts, Samsung’s ecosystem takes a backseat position to Google’s own apps and to popular 3rd party apps and services found on Google Play.

What’s your own take? Based on your own experience, do you find Samsung’s included apps to be welcome additions that further enhance your Android experience? Vote in the poll and tell us what you think in the comments below.

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AT&T Galaxy S 4 in stores today, T-Mobile on Monday

It’s GALAXY S 4 time inside the USA. today marks the first day users can walk into a retail store and head homestead with the outstanding new flagship 5-inch full HD smartphone from Samsung Mobile and AT&T. Their GALAXY S 4 went up for pre-order earlier this month, and started shipping a few days in the past to those who’ve ordered. However, now it’s in stores and available as we speak. The subsequent few days shall be all about Samsung and their new S4 smartphone. With AT&T having the tool in stores today, it will most likely start promoting out soon so you’d larger run into the nearest retail location soon.
 
Then T-Mobile delayed their in-store date to Monday, as a result of delay issues, and the Now Network has theirs available online this afternoon as well. I’m certain you all know a whole lot already but just in case here’s the total spec sheet. The GALAXY S 4 comes with a 5-inch full 1080p HD AMOLED display, which is gorgeous in every sense of the word. Under the hood is plenty of energy with a 1. 9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon six hundred processor and 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, AT&T (and others 4G LTE) speeds, WiFi, Bluetooth 4. 0, and even an IR-baster to use the telephone as a remote control. Yeah, it’s stacked!

So, are you going to run down on your nearest AT&T or T-Mobile save over the coming days and grab one? Or does the HTC One appeal more to your needs. For more particulars examine out our detailed GALAXY S 4 Review. Then take a peek at our GS 4 vs HTC One report.

Samsung Galaxy S5 International Giveaway

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Welcome to the [5 Tickets], the place where we giveaway a cool Android or tech gadget each and every Sunday.

This month our Sunday Giveaway is sponsored by [10 Tickets]. Please be sure to have a look at our review of Opera Max and see how you can use it to save money by saving data usage.

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The winner of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been selected, congratulations to Dustin G. (Sweden). We will be in touch with you via email.

We have continued to filter through the screenshots to find the users with the most data saved. You can find the current leaders with the most data saved on our [Up to 10 Tickets].

This week’s prize is another [5 Tickets]. If you have already entered the giveaway, you need to do nothing, you are automatically in the running for this week’s prize. If you have not yet entered the giveaway, please follow the instructions below to get your entry in.

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We will be giving away the following phones during this month long giveaway:

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  • Sunday April 20: Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Final Grand Prize winner to the user with the most data saved during the giveaway: 1 Android Phone of your choice (Samsung Galaxy s5, HTC One (M8) or Sony Xperia Z2)

We will be drawing a winner each week, everyone is eligible to win the final grand prize that will be selected on Sunday April 20 2014. The user who submits a screenshot with the most data saved will win the final grand prize 1 Android phone of your choice, (Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) or the Sony Xperia Z2). [10 Tickets]
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New Galaxy Gear ads arrive showing the history of the smartwatch

Samsung has released a few new Galaxy Gear ads, in which they show the history of the smartwatch, as relayed by numerous TV exhibits along the years. The Galaxy Gear would not be the most well-received new Samsung machine these days , but the friends positively seems determined in putting its marketing muscle behind the product. The two new one-minute ads (see below) remind us of some well-liked smartwatches used over the years in cartoons, TV shows and movies by famous characters – even Predator with its self-destruct/computer armband is in the list. Naturally, the jump is made from fictional devices to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s worth pointing out that even though Samsung is sort-of suggesting it has created the primary smartwatch, that’s positively not the case, as various companies currently sell their possess smartwatch models including the Sony Smartwatch versions or the Pebble , to title just a few. perhaps the coolest thing in these new ads isn’t the Galaxy Gear, but the method Samsung shows those “old” smartwatches in the “Evolution” clip.
 
It’s also worth noting that every one these devices were surely ahead of their time whilst they were imagined, whilst the Galaxy Gear isn’t off to a spectacular start. Do you plan to buy a Galaxy Gear?
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  • New Galaxy Gear ads arrive showing the history of the smartwatch

    Samsung has released a few new Galaxy Gear ads, in which they show the historical past of the smartwatch, as relayed by various TV exhibits along the years. The Galaxy Gear may perhaps now not be the such a lot well-received new Samsung device these days , but the guests absolutely turns out determined in putting its marketing muscle behind the product. both new one-minute ads (see below) remind us of some popular smartwatches used over the years in cartoons, TV shows and video clips by noted characters – even Predator with its self-destruct/computer armband is in the list.
     
    Naturally, the jump is produced from fictional devices to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s worth pointing out that even though Samsung is sort-of suggesting it has created the first smartwatch, that’s absolutely not the case, as varied corporations presently sell their possess smartwatch models including the Sony Smartwatch editions or the Pebble , to identify just a few. perhaps the coolest thing in these new ads isn’t the Galaxy Gear, but the way Samsung shows those “old” smartwatches in the “Evolution” clip. It’s additionally worth noting that all these devices were certainly ahead of their time whilst they were imagined, whilst the Galaxy Gear isn’t off to a spectacular start. Do you intend to shop for a Galaxy Gear?
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  • Project Tango will power NASA’s SPHERES robotic platform, will launch into space later this summer
  • After massive delays, Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition ultimately arrives to Android
  • The amazing Spider-Man 2 – official video game release and Xperia theme pack
  • FarFaria – Indie app of the day
  • New Galaxy Gear ads arrive showing the history of the smartwatch

    Samsung has launched a few new Galaxy Gear ads, in which they show the history of the smartwatch, as relayed by quite a lot of TV suggests along the years. The Galaxy Gear may not be the most well-received new Samsung device these days , but the company certainly seems determined in putting its marketing muscle behind the product. The two new one-minute ads (see below) remind us of some common smartwatches used through the years in cartoons, TV shows and videos by famous characters – even Predator with its self-destruct/computer armband is in the list. Naturally, the jump is made up of fictional devices to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
     
    It’s worth pointing out that even though Samsung is sort-of suggesting it has created the first smartwatch, that’s definitely not the case, as diverse companies currently sell their own smartwatch models including the Sony Smartwatch versions or the Pebble , to name just a few. perchance the coolest thing in these new ads isn’t the Galaxy Gear, but the way Samsung shows those “old” smartwatches in the “Evolution” clip. It’s also worth noting that every one these devices were certainly ahead of their time while they were imagined, while the Galaxy Gear isn’t off to a spectacular start. Do you plan to buy a Galaxy Gear?
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  • Project Tango will power NASA’s SPHERES robotic platform, will launch into space later this summer
  • After large delays, Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition finally arrives to Android
  • The extraordinary Spider-Man 2 – official game release and Xperia theme pack
  • FarFaria – Indie app of the day
  • The Friday Debate: what do you think about the Galaxy S4?

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    We are all mobile geeks, here at Android Authority. we love everything with a power button. we love to comment the latest news and endlessly argue over which phone is better. On the Friday Debate, we pick a hot factor and proceed to discuss it. be part of us!
    The Samsung Galaxy S4 finally landed this week, and allow me tell you, we’re a bit relieved that we no longer must speculate. That said, as it typically happens in the rumor-ridden world of tech, some think that the Galaxy S4 does no longer leave up to their expectations.
     
    Was it the new, almost-like-the-old-one design? Was it the truth that the Galaxy S4 leaked days prior to the launch event (which wasn’t that excellent either) in all its glory? I don’t know, maybe we are all just jaded.
     
    Still, some are properly impressed by the hot Galaxy S, and needless to say, the phone will sell in gigantic numbers. On this week’s Friday Debate, the question is - what do you think about the Galaxy S4?
    Read our arguments, vote in our poll, join the debate in the comments section!
    Robert Triggs ( G+ ): Nice hardware, software not so much
    Hardware smart the Galaxy S4 is fairly much everything I’d want in a smartphone and stacks up nicely against best of the line handsets readily available from competitors like HTC and Sony. tremendous screen, excellent camera, successful processors, there’s nothing lacking in this department. I do feel like Samsung spent a little too long working on points which aren’t genuinely that important. Like a touchscreen that works with gloves, smart Pause eye monitoring technology, or Sound Shot? I feel that consumers are most likely to only forget about those characteristics once they’ve opened the box. I’m not totally bought on the direction that Samsung has in intellect for some of its software either. S Health, and crew Play for music seem too niche to immediately attention many consumers. Who’s going to chose ten Galaxy S4s blaring out a tune over a decent stereo system? Come on Samsung. But Samsung did get a few other things right. Including its own proprietary translation and dual video chat software helps the Samsung ecosystem feel that bit more all inclusive. Overall I think the Galaxy S4 is going to be great smartphone, but probably next time someone else should write the presentation. Brad Ward  (G+) : Samsung, you just attempted too hard

    The hardware is very nice.