Samsung GALAXY S 4

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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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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