This morning, Samsung unveiled a new colorway for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini. The name they have chosen to represent this new duo is Black Edition. According to Samsung, these two devices are the “latest in an effort to build on its commitment to deliver innovative technologies with more premium design choices to consumers.” With that being said, you would expect a few new features to come packed in, right? Let’s see what’s new. (more…)
For those among us who just can’t want any longer for an official rollout of Kit Kat to the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T, firmware has been leaked through XDA that will allow you to run Android 4.4.2 on your device before it is shipped out to the general public. And while flashing unreleased firmware can sometimes be dangerous for your device, the feedback so far on the forum is all good except for one random reboot bug for the GS4 which appears when watching videos. Besides that, both firmware packages seem quite stable. (more…)
Who needs a fancy Moto X with a wood finish when you can easily grab a nice wood case for any number of devices, specifically the Galaxy S4. Zagg, a major player in the device accessory game, is selling natural backs for the Galaxy S4, priced at an incredible $19.99, down from their usual price of $49.99. There are five different options to choose from, ranging in colors and different woods from around world. (more…)
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is joining in the S-View Flip Cover with wireless charging party this week, only a month or so after the Galaxy Note 3 received the Qi-compatible accessory. This is your standard S-View Flip Cover, but Samsung went ahead and turned the attached backplate into a wireless charging plate that up until now, as eluded the S-View race. In other words, this product is no different than the S-View Flip Cover you might already own, other than the fact that when attached and set atop a wireless charger, it will wirelessly charge your device. (more…)
A leaked test build of Android 4.4.2 has recently leaked for the Galaxy S4 from Samsung. With the company remaining quiet as to when users of the device can expect to officially see the update roll out to their devices, seeing this build leak is a really good sign. Since it’s in testing, and now leaked, U.S. GS4 owners could see it within the next couple of months we would expect. As with all things in this industry, nothing is confirmed. (more…)
At the end of each year, it’s easy to find ourselves both looking back at all that happened over the past 12 months, trying to reflect on it, and then looking forward to what’s ahead. The “what’s ahead” is about to hit us with a right-cross in a couple of weeks when CES arrives, so I’d say that I’m still very much in the reflection stage at this point. Which brings me to this post and my thoughts on the top 5 Android phones of the year.
The year 2013 was filled with the most incredible smartphones the world has ever seen. 1080p displays became a standard (for the most part), cameras grew increasingly better, battery life is now measured in days instead of hours, customization was introduced, and prices may have started to decline across the board. Phone manufacturers also seem to have figured out winning formulas for the most part in terms of hardware, but only one still has the marketing side (or budget) on lock. All of that helped shape this list. (more…)
Not to be outdone by HTC, Samsung has finalized an update to Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) for Galaxy S4 GPE owners. The OTA file – I9505GUEUCML4 – is the latest version of Android, and includes a device-specific bug fix. (more…)
A new update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon has been approved (and may even be rolling out already) as build VRUEMK2. The update appears to be pretty minor while addressing a few bugs here and there. Things like Email connectivity have been improved, along with making data roaming more consistent in Canada and Mexico, and better connections while using proxy servers.
But maybe most importantly, the update makes it so that non-Samsung chargers will work correctly with the phone. For those of you with multiple chargers lying around from various phones, throw yourselves a little party. (more…)