US Cellular Galaxy S4 Pre-Sales Begins From April 16

Earlier this week, Three UK has started accepting the pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. After some days, it was announced that AT&T will start the pre-sales from April 16 in the US. Now, US Cellular is the country’s second wireless carrier to join the bandwagon. Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy S4 will not be released before April-end.

Samsung has sold more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S III. This handset is expected to even break the record of its predecessor. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the complete specs after the break.


Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

US Cellular subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 from April 16. The price and release date has not been announced yet. You can sign-up at the US Cellular’s website to receive an email reminder about the online pre-order offer.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Up For Pre-Order At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sadly, the Korean manufacturer will start shipping this device from April-end in Europe and Asia. I’m sure almost everyone is eagerly waiting to get their hands-on this device. However, Three subscribers in the UK can finally pre-order the much-awaited Galaxy S4 and begin the countdown. As expected, Three UK’s variant will come with the 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

Tom Malleschitz, Marketing Director at Three said,
“Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III we’re very excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S4 to Three. With so many great features, the Galaxy S4 is a sure fire crowd pleaser. We have every confidence that customers will be able to enjoy great speeds and get the ultimate mobile internet experience without a hefty price tag.”


Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Three UK subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 right now. However, the wireless carrier will ship this device from April 26. This handset will be available for free with a two year service agreement. You will need to subscribe to the £35 per month Ultimate Internet 500 plan or £37 per month The One Plan. What are you waiting for? Just head over to this page and pre-order the powerful Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

Samsung recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. I’m sure most of you might be eagerly waiting to get your hands on this device. However, we have a new surprise for you. The guys at SamMobile recently spotted the leaked pics of the less powerful Galaxy S4 variant. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about the upcoming Galaxy S4 Mini. This handset looks strikingly similar to its big brother.


Unlike Galaxy S4, this handset will feature a slightly smaller 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display with a pixel density of 256 ppi. Samsung has also packed a less powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor. The complete specs of this device is still unknown.


The Galaxy S4 Mini will ship with the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. As usual, this handset will be skinned with the Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 over Android. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. This handset is expected to launch during summer in June/July.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Goes Official – Detailed Specs, Features And Release Date Inside!

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

ASUS Transformer Pad Android 4.2 Update Seeding Now

ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad TF300 in the United States. This makes ASUS among the first company to roll out the Android 4.2 update for a non-Nexus device. ZTE has the honors of rolling out the Android 4.2 update first to a non-Nexus device, which is surprisingly a mid-range phone only available in China.

Android 4.2 will bring with it a lot of goodies to the Transformer Pad including multi-user support, lock screen widget, quick settings and enhanced performance and stability. ASUS is also making use of this opportunity to update some of its pre-installed apps including the keyboard and App locker.

ASUS also mentioned in its press release that it will be rolling out the Android 4.2 update for the Transformer Pad Infinity and the MeMo Pad Smart sometime in the second quarter of this year. The company did not mention anything about the Transformer Prime, which may suggest that the tablet has reached its end-of-life.


ASUS PadFone Infinity Packs A 5-inch 1080p Display And Snapdragon 600 SoC

Yesterday at MWC in Barcelona, ASUS announced the third generation of the Padfone, the PadFone Infinity. Like the previous Padfone(s), the PadFone Infinity is packed to the brim with features and power. Internally, the PadFone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2GB of RAM with either 32 or 64GB of on-board storage.

ASUS has also bumped the display size on the Infinity to 5-inches and increased the resolution to 1080p (1920*1080) as well. On the connectivity and sensors side, the PadFone Infinity includes everything that is possible including GLONASS, DC-HSPA+, GPS and NFC. ASUS has used a 13MP sensor on the back of the PadFone that consists of a five-element plastic F/2.0 lens. There is also a 2MP snapper in the front for all your video calling needs. The 2400mAh battery inside the PadFone will be more than enough to get you through a day on 3G. Do keep in mind that the PadFone uses a nanoSIM instead of a microSIM. The handset will be running a near stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean when it will be released.

Like always, ASUS has unveiled the PadFone with a dock – the FonePad – that complements the handset. Using the FonePad, PadFone owners can easily convert their handset into a full-blown tablet.

ASUS does not expect to release the PadFone in the United States, and will be selling the PadFone+FonePad bundle for £799 / €999, when it releases the device in Europe this April.

LG France Mobile Director Talks About The Nexus 4 And Rumors Surrounding It

The Nexus 4 launch has been nothing short of a disaster for Google and LG. The handset sold out minutes after being up for purchase on the Play Store, and since then the supply of the handset is still erratic. To make matters worse, both LG and Google have been absolutely mum about this matter frustrating potential buyers.

Now, in an interview with, LG France’s Mobile Division director – Cathy Robin – has spoken in detail about the Nexus 4, its shortage issues, and regarding the rumors of LG shutting down production of the handset. She even rubbishes the 375,000 estimated sales figure of the Nexus 4 saying that it is way lower than the actual figure.

While the interview is originally in french, it has been translated into English by a floflo81 on Reddit. Below are some excerpts from the interview -:

What’s happening with the Nexus 4, a very competitive but unavailable product?

The Nexus 4 indeed offers an excellent technical specs/price ratio. The stock issues aren’t complety related to LG. Google submitted us some sales predictions calculated from their sales history for the previous Nexus.

However they were lower than the actual demand. The current shipments from LG to Google match what had been preordered on the Google Play site. We still ship them regularly. But it’s “just-in-time”. That’s why the Nexus 4 is always shown as sold out and the potential buyers have the feeling they can’t buy it.

As an example, the initial predictions of Google were 10 times higher for the United Kingdom and for Germany. So we ship a lot more to these countries than to France. There was a happy medium that was badly anticipated. But mind that I’m not blaming anyone. Between Google and LG, everything is going smoothly. Today, if we want to increase the shipments pace, there will be a 6-week delay.

Is the Nexus 4 sold at a loss, as it has been said?

We have no incentive to sell it at a loss. However there was an agreement between Google and LG to sell it at a very compelling price. And it’s true that €299 for the 8GB and €349 for the 16GB, that’s a super attractive price.

The whole interview clears up a lot of rumors regarding the Nexus 4, and how the handset has helped increased LG’s reputation among international carriers. Head over to Reddit to read the full interview in english.

Vizio Unveil A 7-inch And 10-Inch Tablets Running Stock Android 4.2

Vizio, known for making cheap TVs that offer a great bang-for-the-buck is stepping into the highly competitive tablet market with the launch of two tablets running Android.

The 10-inch tablet from Vizio packs in a whopping 2560*1600 resolution and is the first tablet to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC – currently the world’s fastest mobile SoC. Other specs of the tablet include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a micro-HDMI port and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors. Surprisingly and stupidly, the 10-inch tablet uses a Mini USB port and not a microUSB port.

The 7-inch tablet from Vizio aims to compete directly with the Nexus 7 and packs a 12800*800 IPS display, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 16GB of storage space, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Like its PC line-up, Vizio has decided to go stock and bare, which means the tablets run on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, hands-on pictures of the 7-inch tablet clearly show it running Jelly Bean with the older Ice Cream Sandwich like tablet UI. It will be interesting to see if Vizio decides to ship the retail units of 7-inch tablet with the same old ICS like tablet UI.

The company did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablets, but given the company’s nature, they should be priced very aggressively. The tablets should hit the market sometime in the first half of this year.

Via – The Verge

Android 4.0+ Now On 39% Of Devices Out There; Gingerbread Still Rules At 47%

It is a known fact that OS updates is one of Android’s key weakness. While Google has been trying its best to improve the situation with the help of Platform Development Kit (PDK), the Nexuses devices and other such measures, the harsh truth remains the same – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – an update to Android that was released at the end of 2010 is still the most used version of Android out there.

In the latest Android platform distribution chart from Google ending on January 3, 2013, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains the largest version of Android, with a share of 47.4%. The good news is that compared to the last time, the adoption rate of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined have seen a huge jump. Android 4.0 and Android 4.1/4.2 together are now running on more than 39% of Android devices out there. Individually, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running on a measly 1.2% devices, while 4.1 is on 9% devices.

The huge jump in the Android 4.0/4.1/4.2 adoption rate is probably because of millions of people getting their hands on an Android tablet or handset as a gift during the holiday season.

The Problem Of Every Nexus 4 Owner – Severe Battery Drain Thanks To “msm_hsic_wakelock”

I got a Nexus 4 in the first week of December, and have been loving the device since then. It has nearly everything that I would have asked for in the next Nexus. A stunning screen, blazing..and I mean absolutely blazing fast performance, a usable camera and good battery life with a catch. The catch here is that I need to use my Nexus 4 connected to a Wi-Fi network if I want it to last me a day with 3-4 hours of screen-on time.

On 3G/HSPA+, the Nexus 4 suffers from some serious battery drain. The over-night drain on 3G can be as high as up to 20%, which should not happen. After all, the device is just idling for 8-10 hours. Why should there be such a high battery drain?

I am not the only one facing this problem. Each and every Nexus 4 owner has been facing the same issue. For some reason, there is a very high battery drain on the Nexus 4 when it is connected to mobile data. The culprit behind this is the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. From what I have read on XDA forums, this process is used every time by the OS for any kind of mobile data activity, which causes a wakelock. While this is completely fine, the problem is that the wakelock is not dropped or released after the task is done, causing excessive battery drain. If your Nexus 4 is facing the same issue, you will see a very high % of “Android OS” and “Android System” usage in the Battery stats.

The worst part? In all likelihood, this problem can only be solved by Google and LG/Qualcomm. Flashing a custom ROM or a kernel or formatting your phone is just not going to solve this issue.

The only temporary solution to this problem is to use Wi-Fi on your Nexus 4. For some reason, the “msm_hsic_wakelock” wakelock is greatly reduced when the Nexus 4 is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

There are quite a few Nexus 4 owners out there that face severe battery drain that is not caused by the “msm_hsic_wakelock” process. For them, some random apps or process will create a wakelock and drain their phone’s battery. Sometimes these apps or processes will be some key system processes that cannot be disabled or uninstalled.

We, the Nexus 4 owners, are at the mercy of Google and LG/Qualcomm for now. Until and unless, Google and or LG/Qualcomm release a software update to fix this severe battery drain, there is not much Nexus 4 owners can do. I had hoped that Google would release a software update to fix this issue before the holiday season starts, but that did not happen. Hopefully, Google will roll-out a software update to fix this issue sometime in early January.

P.S. – You can comment/star or up vote on Google’s Android bug tracker.

For more reference, head over to this XDA thread.