The Galaxy S4 comes with a plethora of software features, which the company intends to bring to the Galaxy S3 as well. Samsung’s VP of Product Planning, Nick DiCarlo, has stated in an interview with PCMag that the Korean giant will bring “anything that we can do that’s not dependent on hardware like infrared, we’ll definitely bring to all the flagship devices.”
After so many rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S handset – the Galaxy S4 to the public. As the rumors had suggested, the Galaxy S4 packs in a 4.99-inch Super-AMOLED display with Full HD (1920*1080) resolution. The ‘Adapt Display’ feature will automatically adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation points depending on the content you are viewing and the available light. The new Super AMOLED display will also work with gloves on, which should be a relief for people living in hilly or snowy region.
While the Galaxy S4 looks similar to the Galaxy S3, it is slightly larger, sleeker (7.9mm), lighter and stronger. The design has just been tweaked a bit, and the bezel on the side has been given a faux-aluminium look.
Internally, the Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa SoC that consists of four ARM-A15 cores for performance, and four low-power ARM-A7 cores for battery life. The Galaxy S4 is the first Android handset in the world to sport an ARM Cortex-A15 SoC, as well as ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation. However, the LTE variants of the Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz.
On the storage side, the Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. On the connectivity side, the Galaxy S4 is fully loaded and packs NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, IR blaster, LTE, MHL 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0+LE and is accompanied by 8 new sensors. Two new and notable ones include an Infrared Gesture and a temperature/humidity sensor. Even with such a slim body, Samsung has managed to fit a 2600mAh removable battery inside the Galaxy S4 that should be enough to last a day of medium to heavy usage.
The camera on the back is a 13MP f/2.2 aided by an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front. The dual camera feature allows you to record videos simultaneously from the front and back cameras. There are a lot of software based features for the Camera like the ability to remove unneeded objects from photos (Eraser), click a photo with sound, a Galaxy Camera inspired UI, Drama mode and more. The ‘Story Album’ feature creates new albums that automatically sorts all your pictures depending on your date and location.
Out of the box, the Galaxy S4 will be running on Android 4.2.2 with the second generation of Samsung’s nature inspired TouchWIZ UI on top of it. The Galaxy S3 had a bunch of software gimmicks/features like Smart Stay, Direct Call and Smart Rotation etc. The Galaxy S4 includes all of them along with introducing a few new ones like Smart Pause that automatically pauses a video when the user is not looking at the screen, Smart Scroll that automatically scrolls lists for you. Other features include S Translator which is something like Google Translate on steroids with support for 10 languages, Group Play — that allows a bunch of Galaxy S4 to connect to each other and play the same music without the need of a mobile connection and even play multiplayer games and share pictures, and S Health that tracks all the calories you have burnt through-out the day. Samsung will also be releasing some accessories to track your heart beat level etc that complement the S Health feature.
Air Gesture is an enhanced version of Air View, as seen on the Galaxy Note 2, that allows you to navigate through the phone without the need to touch the screen. You can even accept phone calls using a simple gesture. The Samsung Smart Switch application will allow seamless transfer of your data from your old handset to the new Galaxy S4, using your PC. The Knox feature will allow you to keep your personal and private files separate.
The Galaxy S4 will be available from the end of April across 327 mobile operators in 127 countries. The handset will be available in two colors – Black frost and White mist. Samsung will also be releasing a bunch of covers for the Galaxy S4 including an S View Cover that allows you to receive calls and get a sneak peek of your data without the need to open the cover.
Image Credit – The Verge
Motorola has announced two new budget-oriented RAZRs for Brazil – the RAZR D1 and the RAZR D3. The D1 is caters to the low-end with its 3.5-inch WVGA (800*480) display, 1GB of RAM, 1GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage and a 1785mAh battery.
The RAZR D2 sports a bigger 4-inch screen, and a beefier 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with a 2000mAh battery. The designs of both the handset are similar to Motorola’s RAZR M handset. The handsets will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when released. The Google effect is slowly but steadily making its presence felt in Motorola products, and the RAZR D1/D3 continues that trend with “a guaranteed update to the next Android version”.
Motorola is known to launch handsets specifically tailored for Brazil and the Argentina market, so the RAZR D1 and D3 should not come as a surprise. The D1 will be available in single SIM and dual-SIM variants for R$549 ($280), while the D3 will be available after in “several weeks” for about R$799 ($410).
The Galaxy S4 event is just a few hours away from now, and the leaks are flowing in left, right and center. A bunch of high quality phones of the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S4, that had leaked earlier, have surfaced on a Chinese forum. While it is not yet confirmed whether this is the final design of the Galaxy S4 or just a prototype, the specs of the handset are all but confirmed.
Readers can find more high resolution pictures of the Galaxy S4 over at it168. A few videos of the Galaxy S4 have also leaked online demonstrating its new Smart Pause feature that automatically stops the video from playing when the user is not looking at the screen, and the floating touch feature that is similar to the Air View feature on the Galaxy Note 2, but it works without the S-Pen. Another video shows off the new lock screen on the handset, and the last video gives us a demo of the browsing experience on the handset.
The specs of the Galaxy S4 are all but confirmed at this point, which includes a 4.99-inch Full HD (1920*1080), 2GB of RAM, an Octa-Core Exynos 5 SoC with ARM big.LITTLE technology, 16/32GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, and a removable 2600mAh battery.
Via – SammyHib
Today, HTC has announced a developer edition of for its upcoming flagship handset, the One. The developer edition of the One will only be available in the United States and will come with an unlocked SIM and bootloader.
The developer edition of the One sports the same specs as the normal One, including a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 display with 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, BoomSound, an UltraPixel camera, a metal unibody construction, 64GB of storage space and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors including Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac and an IR blaster.
HTC will only be making the developer edition of the One in limited quantities in the United States for a price of $649. You will need a valid US zip-code to even order the device from HTC.
By releasing a developer edition of the One, HTC has followed on the footsteps of Samsung and Motorola. A developer edition also strongly suggests that HTC will be locking down the bootloader on the U.S carrier variants of the One and it may not be unlockable using its web-based bootloader unlocking tool.
HTC needs to realize that developers and enthusiasts are rarely interested in purchasing a developer edition of any handset for development purposes. Also, if they do not provide allow bootloader unlocking on the U.S carrier variants of the One, they will be literally shooting themselves in the foot.
The HTC One is not even widely available and the latest version of Sense UI used on the handset has already been ported to the previous HTC handset – the DROID DNA. A developer over at XDA forums has worked hard to bring the latest Sense UI to the current Verizon flagship of the Taiwanese maker.
Below is a video of the latest Sense UI in action on the DROID DNA -:
The whole ROM based on Sense 5 UI is still a bit buggy though with a few basic features not working properly. One of the new Sense 5 feature, Zoe, is also not working but it should not be long before the developer fixes the issue. However, the new BlinkFeed homescreen works flawlessly and can be customized according to your liking as well.
HTC has already confirmed that it will be bringing the latest Sense UI to some of its older devices including the DROID DNA. However, knowing HTC, the company is going to take its own sweet time to bring the new UI to DNA and will not be implementing certain features that make use of the new hardware on the One, including Zoe.
A couple of days ago, a few pictures of what was allegedly the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S4 made its way on the Internet. Today, a video of the same Chinese variant of the SGS4 has surfaced online on a Chinese forum giving us a sneak peek of what the Galaxy S4 might look like and its TouchWIZ UI.
While it is not confirmed whether this is the final variant of the Galaxy S4, the device in question does sport a design language similar to the Galaxy S3. The video also confirms that the Galaxy S4 will be having a microSD card slot along with a beefy 2600mAh removable battery.
The latest version of TouchWIZ UI does not seem to look that different from the current nature inspired version found on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but does have a new white color scheme. The white color of the UI may suggest that Samsung is using a different form of OLED technology or maybe even an SLCD, since AMOLED displays are not that battery efficient while displaying white elements on screen.
It might very well be possible that the above device in question is one of the prototypes of the Galaxy S4, and the final device may look completely different.
Just a couple of days are left before Samsung unveils the Galaxy S IV to the whole world. The company’s PR team has been stepping up the hype machine for the handset by releasing the second part of the teaser video yesterday, and by tweeting a picture of the Galaxy S IV that gives a subtle hint of its design.
The not-so-useful second teaser video can be seen below, and does not provide any information about the Galaxy S IV or even a glimpse of it.
The image that the Samsung Mobile US twitter account tweeted earlier today does provide us with a glimpse of the Galaxy S IV.
It is not yet certain whether the handset above is that of the Galaxy S4 itself, or its just a teaser image from Samsung since there is no earpiece grill in the above photo. Also, the edges of the phone look similar to the Galaxy S3, so I doubt that the above picture is of a Galaxy S4.
With only a couple of days left for the Galaxy S4 to be unveiled, the hype around the handset is reaching its peak. Rumors and leaks suggest that the Galaxy S4 will pack in a 4.99-inch Full HD resolution OLED display of new technology, an octa-core Exynos 5 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera.
It is raining Jelly Beans! If the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T One XL, the original RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD was not enough, Sony has started rolling out the update for its mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia J.
The Xperia J sports a single-core Cortex-A5 processor from Qualcomm, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512MB of RAM. While the specs are nothing to boast about, Sony thinks they are enough to run Jelly Bean in all its Project Butter goodness on the handset. Other Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, enhanced notification bar and speech-to-text are also present, along with improved stability and performance.
The update is slowly being rolled out by Sony all over the world, so might take some time before it becomes available in your region. You can update the handset either via OTA or by using Sony’s PC Companion application on your desktop.
It is quite ironic that Sony is rolling out the Jelly Bean update first for its mid-range to lower-end handsets, and not for its previous year first-half flagship handset, the Xperia S/SL. This update schedule will definitely not go down with current Xperia S owners, and potential Xperia Z buyers.
The LG Optimus 4X HD was the Korean’s companies high-end Android offering for a short while during the middle of last year. The Optimus 4X HD was a fine device by all means, but it had some terrible issues that led to it failing miserably.
Back in the first week of February, LG had confirmed that the Jelly Bean update for the Optimus 4X HD is nearly ready and is in the final stages of testing. While LG is yet to roll-out the update, the first Jelly Bean based firmware for the handset has leaked online. The leaked firmware includes all the Android 4.1 goodness including Project Butter, Google Now and an enhanced notification bar.
The leaked firmware has also allowed the Optimus 4X HD developers to unlock its bootloader, which should considerably make it easier to developer custom ROMs and kernels for the device. Keep in mind that the process of installing the leaked firmware on the Optimus 4X HD are not as simple as it is for other devices. So, if you are not well versed with the whole modding scene of the device, I would suggest you to wait for the official update that should be here in about a month or so.
Head over to this XDA thread for the download link of the firmware and other information.
Via – Android Central
Google Voice, unlike other Google services, is not as tightly integrated with Android devices as people would hope for. While Google Voice has replaced messaging (SMS) for many, the lack of a unified messaging inbox has been bugging Android users since quite sometime. ShortFuse of the Super One Click fame has released a new app in the Play Store – Fusion Messenger – that brings a single unified inbox for your normal messages and Google Voice, for now.
This is the first public beta of the application and the developer aims to add support for other messaging services such as Facebook messenger, Google Talk and other such services.
The app uses Holo UI but does not look that good. However, the app is blazing fast and nearly every option of the app can be customized to your liking. While the app may not be that great in its present state, it is backed by a talented developer who has been continuously taking public feedback, and it is just a matter of time before the app evolves into a must have app for every Android device.
The first public beta of Fusion Messenger can be downloaded from the Play Store.
AT&T and HTC have finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for their variant of the One X, the One XL. HTC rolled out the Jelly Bean update for the international One X back in December last year, but AT&T took its own sweet time to certify the update and release it for the One XL.
The Jelly Bean update brings with it Google Now, Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved stability and battery life, along with minor UI changes. The update also bumps the Sense version on the handset to 4+ that brings minor usability improvements, slightly enhanced Camera application, removes quite a few animations and brings major performance improvements.
AT&T has also pre-loaded its ISIS mobile wallet app and a suite of applications for its cloud services with this update. AT&T and HTC expect to roll-out the update to all One XL users in the United States over the next couple of weeks.
It has hardly been a week since Mobile World Congress got over, but LG is not yet done announcing new handsets. The Korean company today unveiled a new LTE enabled smartphone for its home market, and the successor to the Optimus LTE and Optimus LTE II, the Optimus LTE III.
The Optimus LTE III sports pretty mediocre specs including a 4.7-inch 720p IPS HD display inside a 9.6mm thin body, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, microSD card slot, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth.
The rear of the Optimus LTE III sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash, and is accompanied by a 1.3MP snapper in the front. On the software front, the Optimus LTE III runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. The handset will be available in Korea on S K Telecom network begging from tomorrow in black and white colors.
Via – Unwired View
HTC today held an event in Kolkata, India giving bloggers and enthusiasts in the city a chance to play around with the One. HTC marketing folks did a remarkable job at the event, and it was for the first time I heard a marketing PR actually talk sense, rather than boast about the quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM or the 1080p display.
One of the talking point about the One has been its 4MP ‘UltraPixel’ camera. I managed to click a bunch of pictures from the One, and even ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the handset.
I am no expert in photography here, but the One definitely has an impressive camera. Even in the dimly lit room, the One has done a remarkable job of capturing decent amount of details and light. However, the 4MP camera definitely shows its limitation with some pictures appearing grainy.
I also ran Google’s Octane benchmark on the HTC One, along with my Nexus 4 running CM10.1 and Franco Kernel. Surprisingly, my Nexus 4 scored higher than the One. Keep in mind that I used Google Chrome (v25) on my Nexus 4, and the stock HTC browser on the One.
The first thing that strikes you about the One is how sleek it is. After using only Samsung branded Android devices and the Nexus 4, the One felt so remarkably premium to hold and feel. The stereo speakers in the front are remarkably loud as well.
Overall, the HTC One is a really decent smartphone, and if priced right and marketed properly, can definitely help in HTC regaining some market share from Samsung and Apple.
Over the weekend, Verizon started the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean soak update for the Galaxy Nexus. As the norm is, it was just a matter of time before the download link of the update made its way on XDA. The OTA update package is now available for all advanced Verizon Galaxy Nexus users to flash on their phone.
Before you jump over and start flashing the OTA file on your phone, make sure that you are running 100% stock Android 4.1.1 on your Galaxy Nexus. This is an OTA update package, and not a full ROM, so you need to be on stock. If you are on stock but with root access, you can simply flash the OTA update package using CWM or TWRP recovery.
Apart from the usual Android 4.2.2 improvements including lock screen widgets, quick settings, and a new gesture keyboard, Samsung and Google have also included a new radio. Early reports on XDA suggest that the new radio has helped in increasing the 4G LTE signal for quite a few folks out there.
Verizon should roll out the Android 4.2.2 update officially for the Galaxy Nexus within a couple of weeks, so if you are not too keen on installing the update manually, just sit back and relax for sometime.
The download link along with the relevant instructions can be found here.