HTC One To Be Available In All Major Markets Before End Of April

Today, HTC has released an official statement regarding the availability of the One in major markets and its delay. The company states that it “has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One” and will be making the handset available in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week. Other major markets including Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific will get the One “before the end of April.”


“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”

When HTC had unveiled the One back in Feb, it had hoped to make the handset available in most markets by March. However, things have not really gone as the Taiwanese maker had planned with delays due to shortage of supplies of the handset’s camera components.

By the time the HTC One will be available in nearly all the major markets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would have also hit shelves in the major markets, which will definitely make things tough for the Taiwanese maker. While the HTC One may have a better in-hand feel and other nice features compared to the Galaxy S4, it lacks the marketing and brand presence that Samsung’s Galaxy S series enjoy nowadays.

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Express Smartphone In Europe

Samsung recently launched the Android powered Galaxy Express smartphone in Europe. It is basically the same device which was unveiled last year for the AT&T subscribers in the US. Samsung Galaxy Express comes with the S Beam feature which allows you to easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device. This handset will be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. There are no major changes in the specs of this device.

samsung galaxy express

Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, S Beam, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Wi-Fi Direct, MHL, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Express measures 132.2 mm x 69.1 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs just 139.1 grams. This handset will be available only in white color. Ironically, the Galaxy Express comes with a price-tag of €489 (approx. $630), while the powerful Galaxy S III is available for around €410 (approx. $530). If you are planning to buy the Galaxy Express, then we would suggest you to give it a miss and get the cheaper yet powerful Galaxy S III.

Samsung To Update Galaxy S2 And Galaxy Note To Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

The folks over at SamMobile have received a list of devices that Samsung will be upgrading to Android 4.2.2, post which they will reach their EOL (End of Life). The Korean giant will be updating the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, its flagship devices for 2011, to Android 4.2.2 sometime this year.


Samsung added a lot of new features to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note when it rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the devices. It was assumed that with this is going to be the last software update for these handsets, since they were pretty old anyway. However, Samsung thinks otherwise and will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to them, even though Android 4.2 does not really bring anything major to the table.

Other devices that Samsung will be bringing Android 4.2.2 to include the Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Express , Galaxy Grand DUOS and the Galaxy Grand.

Samsung will also be updating the Galaxy S III and its various variants, along with the Note 2 and Galaxy Note 8/10.1 to Android 5.0, when Google launches it later this year at Google I/O. Keep in mind that this list is not final, and Samsung can change its decision anytime they want, so don’t get your hopes too high.

SwiftKey’s Prediction Engine Powers The Galaxy S4 Keyboard

Earlier today when Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, it did not mention anything about the inbuilt SwiftKey like keyboard. Rumors had suggested that Samsung has got the SwiftKey keyboard inbuilt on its latest Galaxy S flagship, but the lack of any word from Samsung on this matter left a doubt on everyone’s mind.

SwiftKey has now gone ahead and made the news official with a press release. This is the first time that SwiftKey will come integrated in a smartphone. In the words of SwiftKey’s CTO, “Samsung has chosen SwiftKey’s innovative keyboard technology to be at the heart of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. This is fantastic progress for our vision of bringing the best touchscreen typing experience to as many people as possible.”

However, the company does state that while Samsung does use SwiftKey’s prediction engine, the keyboard has been customized by Samsung and is not exactly the same version of the keyboard that is available on the Play Store.

Via – Engadget

Samsung To Bring Some Of The Galaxy S4 Features To Galaxy S3

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.”

This means that not only will Samsung be bringing some of the Galaxy S4 software features to the Galaxy S3, but to the Note 2 as well.  It is not yet confirmed as to what all features Samsung will be bringing to its previous flagship phone, but don’t expect the new Air View, IR Blaster or other hardware dependent feature to make the cut. The enhanced Camera features and eye-tracking functionalities are the top contender that will may make it to the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
Samsung should, hopefully, bring these features to the Galaxy S3 when it rolls out the Android 4.2.2 update for the handset sometime in the next few months.

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

Watch The Samsung Galaxy S IV Event Live Here

Today, Samsung will finally unveil the much-awaited smartphone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S IV. For the first time, Samsung will unveil its flagship smartphone at the New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall and the event will be broadcast live at the Times Square. As the name suggest, Galaxy S IV is the successor of the highly popular Galaxy S III, which went on to sell more than 40 million units in just 8 months. Apart from that, Samsung has also managed to sell more than 100 million units of Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III combined.

We have seen a number of leaked pics, specs and features of the upcoming Galaxy S IV. This handset looks strikingly similar to its predecessor. However, it is expected to comes with some powerful specs including a 4.99 inch Full-HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 8-core Exynos Octa SoC, 13 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB expandable memory, 4G LTE Connectivity and a 2600 mAh battery.

Apart from the powerful specs mentioned above, the Galaxy S IV will feature the latest verison of Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX along with the Eye-Tracking, Smart Pause, Floating Touch and a new lockscreen. The Galaxy S IV launch event will start at 19:00 EDT. You can check the converted time for your country/city here. Come back at 19:00 EDT and watch the launch event live here at Techie Buzz.

Samsung Galaxy S4 HD Photos And Videos In Action Leak

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

Chinese Variant Of Samsung Galaxy S4 Shown Off On Video

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.

Samsung Builds The Hype For The Galaxy S4 With A Picture Of The Device And Second Teaser Video

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.