Samsung GALAXY S 4

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Because both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One work with infrared-blasting hardware and they've both been grabbed by Google in the past few weeks, the next version of Android will likely have IR-Blaster-supporting drivers built-in. It's been confirmed today that both the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in their "Google Editions" will not have IR-Blaster support because this connection to their hardware is not part of the basic build of Android - it's made by HTC uniquely, and Samsung uniquely. As this is true, and as Android's next big update is well on it's way, one thing follows the other.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini official: 4.3-inches and optional LTE

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini, the widely-anticipated smaller version of the Galaxy S 4, packing a 4.3-inch display, dualcore processor, and an 8-megapixel main camera. Set to hit shelves in LTE, 3G, and 3G dual-SIM forms, depending on country, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini shrinks its full-sized sibling's screen down to qHD resolution from Full HD, and has only a 1.7GHz dualcore chip rather than the quadcore of the bigger phone. However, that makes for a more pocketable device, trimmed to 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and 107g for the new Mini phone.

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GALAXY S 4 now one of seven AWS-capable devices on Verizon

GALAXY S 4 now one of seven AWS-capable devices on Verizon

Though it was reported earlier this week that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 would be the first device on the market with the ability to work with Verizon's next-generation mobile data network via AWS, it's become apparent that this device is not alone. Straight from Verizon this afternoon comes word that there are actually seven devices already on the market with the ability to work with their AWS band when it's activated later this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Exhibit brings Galaxy S III Mini to T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit brings Galaxy S III Mini to T-Mobile

While the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit may look to be a brand new smartphone - complete with fancy blue accents - coming to T-Mobile this week, it's actually an ever-so-slightly modified version of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. This device takes what the Galaxy S III Mini (not the S 4 Mini, mind you), was as it was released internationally last year with Galaxy S III style and gives it a slight bump, bringing a bit more of the Samsung Galaxy Axiom 4G LTE to party with the pink carrier.

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Verizon GALAXY S 4 will be first on next-generation LTE

Verizon GALAXY S 4 will be first on next-generation LTE

This week it's become apparent that not only does the Samsung GALAXY S 4 work on Verizon's 4G LTE network now, it'll soon be the first to work on the network's next-generation system. Speaking with Bloomberg on the matter earlier today, Verizon's vice president of network support Mike Haberman made it clear: the carrier's next network upgrade will work on the GALAXY S 4 after a simple software download.

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Verizon HTC One Google Edition tipped for summer

Verizon HTC One Google Edition tipped for summer

That's a lot of buzz words there, HTC, but with the Samsung GALAXY S 4 hitting the Google Play store with its very own Nexus-like vanilla build of Android next month, it may just be time for the all-metal hero to join in on the fun. While HTC has denied both a Verizon version of the HTC One as well as a "Google Edition", rumors and what appear to be trustworthy anonymous tips have continued to surface on each. Either this device is going to happen, or the HTC One is so popular amongst Android fans that they just can't stand having only one version.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 Developer Edition opens door to Android purity for Verizon

Samsung GALAXY S 4 Developer Edition opens door to Android purity for Verizon

This week the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Developer Edition has been announced by the company for Verizon and AT&T, here opening the door to a more "pure" Android experience for those wishing to hack and port. While the Google Edition of the Samsung GALAXY S 4 is being delivered with stock Android next month, here the Developer edition merely gives you the keys to the locks that are Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and custom build.

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