Samsung GALAXY S 4

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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Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

Apple claims Google Now infringes on Siri patents in GALAXY S 4

A series of patent infringement claims have been filed by Apple this month surrounding both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the Android-centric Google Now system. Two "Siri" patents have been pulled up by Apple surrounding unified search, each of them originally attached to a suit that filed against the Android Quick Search Box in devices running Android 4.0 and lower. Apple has also claimed in a similar document this week that claims against past Samsung Galaxy devices continue to hold true with the Samsung GALAXY S 4, the company asking that this device be included in a suit they've already got on the books.

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Google’s pure-Android Samsung Galaxy S 4 to be US-only

Google’s pure-Android Samsung Galaxy S 4 to be US-only

Samsung's clean-Android version of the Galaxy S 4, announced by Google at I/O last week, will only be available in the US the company has confirmed, leaving international developers with only the Nexus 4 to choose. The stock-Android smartphone will carry a $649 unlocked, SIM-free price tag in the US, and be sold direct from Google's Play store, but the search giant confirmed to CNET that developers in other countries will be out of luck.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active caught in wild as S4 Mini and S4 Mega lurk

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active caught in wild as S4 Mini and S4 Mega lurk

A new variation on Samsung's Galaxy S 4 has leaked, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, with the quadcore 1.9GHz smartphone cropping up in Croatia ahead of an official release. The slightly aesthetically-redesigned phone, which apparently has physical menu and back buttons as well as what looks to be a more rugged rear casing, has turned up at GSMArena, having been previewed on a Samsung WhatON app update first, complete with some other new twists on the Samsung flagship.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update leaks with Galaxy S 4 features

Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update leaks with Galaxy S 4 features

Samsung's Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy S III has leaked, bringing Galaxy S 4 functionality to the older smartphone, though the official release isn't expected until sometime in June. Firmware version I9300XXUFME3 for the GSIII is still a work-in-progress internally, according to SamMobile, with the Jelly Bean based OS still apparently undergoing testing. However, this leak does give an indication of which features Samsung will be retroactively bringing to its old flagship.

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Samsung Smart App Challenge hunts Galaxy S 4 streaming tech flag-bearers

Samsung Smart App Challenge hunts Galaxy S 4 streaming tech flag-bearers

Samsung is offering developers a share of up to $800,000 if they cook up apps for the Galaxy S 4, but they'll have to use the company's Chord SDK for media streaming and impromptu networking if they want a shot at the prize money. The Samsung Smart App Challenge 2013 runs from late June to the end of August, and is intended to flesh out the company's own Samsung Apps download store with titles that require features currently exclusively found on its own devices like the newest Galaxy S 4 flagship.

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Google I/O 2013 wrap-up: Expanding the Android Ecosystem

Google I/O 2013 wrap-up: Expanding the Android Ecosystem

Because Google's most popular operating system - and the most popular operating system on the planet, mind you - is Android, it only makes sense that much of the company's yearly developers conference would be centered in this multi-device environment. What we expected for this year's Google I/O was an upgrade to a new version of the mobile OS and a new device (or two) to run it on. Instead what we got was a major upgrade to Google's social networking connections and services working in and around Android - a turning point, perhaps, for the company in a single three-day series of events.

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