Verizon Disabled Paypal Fingerprint Payment Support on the Galaxy S5, Google Wallet Works Though

What’s that? You thought Download Booster was the only feature that a U.S. carrier would remove from the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5? Silly, you. I’d imagine Download Booster is only the first of many. After spending only a few minutes with the Verizon variant of the GS5, we have already discovered that Big Red has pulled Paypal payments authorized with your fingerprint, another of the major features promoted by Samsung for their 2014 flagship. It was also announced this morning by Paypal. (more…)

How to: Quickly Disable Bloatware on the Galaxy S5

If you picked up a Samsung Galaxy S5 today from a carrier partner in the U.S., then you are more than likely already overwhelmed by the amount of bloatware installed on your device. For example, on the Verizon variant alone, we’re pushing 20 pre-installed apps that I will never use. From Big Red’s ever-growing list of VZW apps to the pre-loaded suite of Amazon products, it’s a bit much.

Thankfully, Samsung keeps making it easier and easier to disable these bloatware apps, since many can’t be fully uninstalled. Below, we’ll talk about the two ways you can quickly disable/hide those unattractive carrier-branded apps.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Coming Soon to Verizon

Tinkerers, a developer edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is on the way and it’ll work on Verizon’s network. Like past Galaxy devices that fall under the “developer edition” tag, it’s only marked as coming soon and without a price tag, even though today is the global launch day. Most carriers are selling the device at full retail (which is how you’ll have to buy this) for either $599 or $649, so set at least that much cash aside if this is the phone for you. As far as a potential availability date, I’d give it at least a couple of weeks, maybe even a month.  (more…)

Where to Buy the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available across the nation, with all major carriers participating in the April 11 global launch. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile should all have the device in store, but if not, are guaranteed to have it available online. Some are running special deals, like Verizon’s BOGO (buy one, get one free) special or AT&T’s $50 discount off of Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices should you pick up the GS5.

We’ve linked directly to all of the major carrier stores below, along with the current offers from Best Buy and Amazon. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to pick up Samsung’s 2014 flagship phone.  (more…)

How to: Setup the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint scanner, yep, it does. It’s not as slick as Apple’s on the iPhone 5s, but it’s there in case you want to give it a spin. You can use it to authenticate in your Samsung account, potentially pay for things with Paypal, and even set it up to be used for unlocking your phone. In my brief time with it, I’ve found that it works for the most part, but is indeed a bit particular in where it wants you to swipe, much like other fingerprint scanners that require a swipe. (more…)

Using “Toolbox” on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung is known for tossing all sorts of gimmicky software features into its flagship Galaxy phones. Some are neat tricks that you’ll seldom use, while others look great on a press event stage and almost no where else. But the new Galaxy S5 has one in particular that is actually pretty useful – it’s called Toolbox.

Toolbox is in a way a lot like some of the floating apps we have seen over the last year (Chat Heads or Floating Notifications), in that it displays itself as a circle that floats with you to any screen. It can go transparent if you aren’t using it much and light back up the minute you touch it. It’s useful, though, because you can attach five of your favorite apps to it, making them accessible anywhere.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unboxing and Quick Tour

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available across the country (and much of the globe) starting tomorrow, April 11. And since that’s the case, we wanted to start showing you all there is to expect from a device that could end up being the most popular Android device of the year, like its predecessors. In other words, we’re going to bombard you with Galaxy S5 coverage, just like we did with the HTC One (M8) over the last few weeks.

To kick off the party, we have your standard unboxing. In house, we have the AT&T model in white, though the packaging experience shouldn’t differ greatly on other carriers. In this clip, we’ll pull all of the goodies out of the box, take you on a tour of the outside, talk specs, and then cruise through a couple of software points.

Who is ready for the Galaxy S5 launch? More coming! (more…)

Android Now Constantly Verifies Apps to Make Your Device Extra Secure

Back in February, Google announced that it would soon rollout an update to expand the way it scans apps on your Android devices for security purposes. As of this morning, that new layer of protection is now live for all Android users. Google will now continually check your Android devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after the initial install.  (more…)