Samsung GALAXY S 4

AT&T GALAXY S 4 bug hits Wi-fi tethering: fix in the works

AT&T GALAXY S 4 bug hits Wi-fi tethering: fix in the works

This week the AT&T Samsung GALAXY S 4 has been discovered to have a bit of a bug in its build affecting users' ability to work with stock wi-fi hotspot and tethering. While some third-party services still work to allow tethering and wi-fi hotspot, AT&T's direct menu support is not appearing working on some (if not all) units at the moment. SlashGear has reported this issue to Samsung and they are currently looking into it.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 ROM CyanogenMod 10.1 spreads to T-Mobile variant

Samsung GALAXY S 4 ROM CyanogenMod 10.1 spreads to T-Mobile variant

This week the folks at famed hack CyanogenMod have pushed their customized Android system over to the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This comes after some controversy over the idea that the team would cease working with Samsung devices after finding difficulty with Samsung's Exynos processor software and builds earlier this year. As the AT&T version of the software was shown to be working earlier this month, now so too do we see the T-Mobile variant active.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 beats iPhone to DoD security approval

Samsung Galaxy S 4 beats iPhone to DoD security approval

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 has been cleared for secure government use by the US Department of Defense (DoD), with the Knox security system deemed appropriately safe for military purposes. Word that the DoD had been testing Knox - which launches first on the Galaxy S 4, but which Samsung says will eventually spread to all its high-end phones and tablets - broke earlier this week, though final clearance for Samsung wasn't expected until later in May.

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Samsung: Galaxy S 4’s app preload bloat is the price you pay for features

Samsung: Galaxy S 4’s app preload bloat is the price you pay for features

Samsung has defended the relative lack of user-available storage in the Galaxy S 4, arguing that the fact that the 16GB handset offers roughly half that amount as usable capacity is a welcome compromise given the usefulness of the preloaded apps. Users of the cheapest Galaxy S 4 were surprised to discover that, out of the box, a typical example of the smartphone had just 8.49GB of the billed 16GB available for use; Samsung says that's a side-effect of its "more powerful features" however.

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GALAXY S 4 runs CyanogenMod 10.1 in final hack rumor debunk

GALAXY S 4 runs CyanogenMod 10.1 in final hack rumor debunk

As the Samsung GALAXY S 4 sees its first public bootloader unlock today, so too does it see the final confirmation that earlier reports that famed hack CyanogenMod would not be coming to the handset. In a push to inform the masses that the smartphone would indeed be supported by the hacker team, head developer Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik revealed to Google+ the screenshot you see below, saying how lovely it was to be running. It's not clear at the moment if all versions of the GALAXY S 4 will be supported.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears with logo-less facade

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 appears with logo-less facade

This week a new Samsung handset has appeared in a leaked photo aside a set of specifications that suggest a display larger than the device's predecessors. With the device taking on a 5.9-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (or Galaxy Note III if you prefer) will work with the same amount of pixels given to the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This means that the device will have a lower pixel density and will be bringing with it a similar processor under the hood, that being the Samsung-made Exynos 5410 "Octa" SoC. Updated after the cut.

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T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S 4 now available online

T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S 4 now available online

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 has already been available at AT&T since April 27th, and now those wanting to get on T-Mobile's new "uncarrier" plans with the new device can do so right now through T-Mobiles online store. The GALAXY S 4 is available now on the carrier, leaving only Verizon as the only wireless carrier to not yet have the phone available.

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GALAXY S 4 fragility causes concern amongst droptesters

GALAXY S 4 fragility causes concern amongst droptesters

This week the Samsung GALAXY S 4 has appeared in two separate drop test examinations in which its ability to withstand day-to-day accidents has been called into question. While the Samsung lineup of Galaxy-branded smartphones and tablets has never really been known for its ruggedness specifically, this particular release appears to finding a special place in the books of groups like SquareTrade and TechSmartt, both of them known for their fragility tests of smart devices.

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GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

GALAXY S 4 abandons original Samsung-made NFC tags for second-gen

It seems that the Samsung GALAXY S 4 now uses a BCM2079x NFC controller instead of the NXP PN544 NFC controller, making it incompatible with the original Samsung TecTiles. The current TecTiles are MIFARE Classic 1k tags, which are unreadable by the BCM2079x controller, meaning that those of you who plan on getting a GALAXY S 4 and want to use TecTiles will have to replace your current tags with Samsung's upcoming TecTile 2 tags.

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GALAXY S 4 quad-core Snapdragon model gets rooted before release

GALAXY S 4 quad-core Snapdragon model gets rooted before release

The Qualcomm Snapdragon-based quad-core Samsung GALAXY S 4 flagship smartphone is just days away from hitting multiple US carriers, and before its even been released the handset has already received a root exploit. While a few inventory issues delayed the release date, with 100 million sales expected Android developers are already hard at work for the smartphone.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 innards spilled in iFixit teardown

Samsung GALAXY S 4 innards spilled in iFixit teardown

We've already seen a couple of teardowns of Samsung's new GALAXY S 4, but that didn't stop the folks at iFixit from dissecting the phone either. What they find on the inside isn't too surprising: some plastic, some silicon, and a bit of electronics. However, the teardown reveals that Samsung made the GALAXY S 4 an easy repair.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 tipped with rugged makeover in July

Samsung GALAXY S 4 tipped with rugged makeover in July

As more companies become more aware of the build quality of their smartphones, the more likely we are to see tougher devices come to the market. It's reported that Samsung is working on another version of the GALAXY S 4 that is said to be waterproof and dust proof, but will sport the same design as the company's current flagship model.

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