Samsung bloatware or bonus features: however generously you want to refer to them, it turns out Galaxy smartphone owners aren't actually using them, according to new research. Total usage time for a sample of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users of Samsung's key homegrown apps amounted to less than seven minutes in March 2014, whereas they used three of Google's apps for 149 minutes in all.
Just as the Samsung Galaxy S5 is announced, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition is made available to the public. Here this week at Mobile World Congress 2014 we’ve gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with this unique iteration of the device, new back cover and everything. What’s the big difference, you may ask? It’s got faux stitching!
A number of LEDs have been introduced by Samsung today, the lot of which will almost certainly make their way into their next-generation smartphone release, the Samsung Galaxy S5. These components are headed off by a couple of what Samsung calls "Side View LEDs", rather long-looking components with an angle to them. Also included in this set are two reflector-integrated flash LED packages.
Today Samsung has revealed their plan to update one whole heck of a lot of smartphones to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. They’ve not been entirely specific about when each of these devices will be getting said update, but their news blast suggests that they’re preparing essentially their entire 2013 lot of devices for the next wave. This update includes Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s own enhancements in tow.
Nokia's new Lumia Icon may have fairly distinctive looks, but it's what it hears that the Finnish firm is most proud of. The phone's PureView camera system introduces what Nokia is calling "directional audio" recording, which uses twin microphones on the rear of the Verizon exclusive to focus what sound is picked up and what gets ignored. Nokia is so excited by it, it even put it up against an Android best-seller to show the difference; see the demos after the cut.
Today a listing at LG's South Korean wireless group LG U+ is suggesting that the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone - the Galaxy S 5 - will be appearing with another 1080p display. This wouldn't be unheard of - many users working with 1080p displays today have been more than adamant about the sharpness being well and above enough for normal, every-day activities. But this tip would, on the other hand, fly in the face of quad HD lovers everywhere - aka those that have suggested the next Galaxy device will ramp up again.
Samsung's next new screen-size for a smartphone is 5-inches, bringing in one element of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to pair with the rest from the generation that came before it. While it's unclear at the moment if we'll ever see this device appear inside the United States, we do expect to see it up close and personal at Mobile World Congress 2014. We'll be there live and in full effect for you to see every device like this before it enters the States.
If there’s one thing that can be said without hesitation about Pelican’s delivery of cases for devices, it’s that they’re rugged. Each time we’ve had our hands on a case from this group, known for their protection of vital gear on all levels, consumer to infantry (for quite a few years, mind you), we’ve found them to go above and beyond the call of duty. This Pelican ProGear CE1250 Protector Series Phone Case for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is no exception to the rule.
The folks behind the network known as Chitika, generally known for their advertising network, has shown data detailing the breakdown of Samsung mobile devices during the month of December, 2013. The study seeks online ad-impressions across all Android devices, breaking down smartphone and tablet data, then by devices, showing here what they suggest is “the largest single Android manufacturer traffic source”, suggesting also that Samsung’s tablet share in the United States in web usage trails behind Apple’s iPad and all tablet devices (combined, as a brand) made by Amazon.
Samsung has decided to to tap into the collectable artist toys market with Kidrobot this week at CES 2014, inviting several artists to create unique one-off Samsung Galaxy Gear, S4, and Note devices. We’re seeing paint literally applied to cases for the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note 4, Galaxy S 4, and to the band as well as the body of the smartwatch Galaxy Gear. With artists Scribe, Buff Monster and Woes ready to roll, Samsung brings wild style to their smart devices.
This week a patent application for a next-generation Samsung smartphone device has appeared ready for imminent implementation. This device is not expressly linked to the Samsung Galaxy or Samsung Note lineup, but chances are it's about to be unveiled as one of the two. Here we're seeing a vision of a wholly modified Samsung smartphone, with a curved-glass display cover and what appears to be a new form of S Pen slot.