According to co-CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, JK Shin, the recently launched Galaxy S 4 will reach 10 million units sold, less than a month after its debut in the United States on only three of the four major carriers (Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile). That beats the Galaxy S III’s time to that milestone by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company’s quickest selling device, ever. In fact, the numbers will only rise from there, considering that the Verizon Wireless release will occur at the very end of May, with an Android 4.2.2 stock Jelly Bean release by Google on the Play Store in late June.
Via: Korea Times, Android Beat
This could be the biggest move by Google to close the fragmentation version gap — the Galaxy S 4, with an unlocked boatloader, plus stock Android Jelly Bean. It’s unlocked to work on T-Mobile and AT&T with 4G LTE, along with 16GB of onboard storage. The best part seems to be that prompt system updates, unlike the scenario that will play out with the other Galaxy S 4 devices that have Samsing’s Touchwiz interface loaded. There’s only one catch to this whole honeymoon: the stock Galaxy S 4 will cost $649 starting June 26th on Google Play.
It’s been a while since the Google Nexus 10 came out, but it only serves it justice to still review it. It’s a beast of a tablet, with a Samsung-built Exynos 5 processor at 1.7GHz dual-core, 2GB of RAM, a 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi) screen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5MP back-facing camera, flanked by a 1.9MP front-facing, a quad-core Mali T604 graphics processor for playing games, 9000mAh battery, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS/NFC/micro-HDMI/Barometer plus the usual crop of tablet sensors, a weight of 603 grams and thickness of 8.9mm.
All of those specs may not mean much to the average consumer, but in real-world performance, coupled with the sheer awesome resolution of the Nexus 10′s screen — which rivals the Retina display iPad — it becomes something special.
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Verizon is always late when it comes to Samsung flagship smartphone launches, and the Galaxy S 4 is no exception. Due for a release “sometimes” in May, the Verizon GS4 will be just as good as its cousins from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint (all of which are debuting towards the end of the month), except for the obvious inclusion of Verizon’s own 4G LTE network and branding. A 16GB Galaxy S 4 will take you down by about $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, with a $649 option for an unsubsidized model or for people who want to keep their unlimited data plans.
Via: VZW (Twitter)
For the majority of Galaxy S 4 early adopters, a crucial question is among your ranks: “When exactly is my device arriving?”. Well, it turns out that at AT&T, the magic date is April 25th; general availability will begin on April 27th. This is very much in the same timeframe that T-Mobile and Sprint have announced their release dates for the Galaxy S 4: April 24th and 27th, respectively. Thankfully, AT&T made it clear to me in an email that pre-orders of the GS4 should arrive by the 25th, with shipping services not being delayed.
And for once, an release date for a Samsung flagship device has been arranged. Hooray, for efficiency!
Via: AT&T (Twitter), AT&T
While some of the other 8 carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV has releases planned sometimes this month, Verizon Wireless has outright stated that their GS4 won’t come out until “sometime in May”. Is that entirely bad? Not especially, since T-Mobile and AT&T will have 4G LTE versions of the S4, so those looking for LTE will still have a place to go. Just some patience is required; that’s all.
Via: Verizon Wireless (Twitter)
Are you prepared for the media and retail onslaught that will be the Galaxy S 4? Of course not. Until today, the scope of Samsung’s launch hasn’t exactly been measured (it’s huge). That being said, the Galaxy S 4 will debut in the United States this month, on 7 individual carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with regional carriers U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire.
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With April slipping further and further away, it comes to our attention that the Galaxy S 4 is rapidly approaching. That is, at least on AT&T, where the GS4 will be available in White Frost or Black Mist colors. More importantly, it will ship by April 30th and has an off-contract price tag of $639 ($199 w/ two-year agreement) for the 16GB model. Add two-day shipping and you’d see your GS4 no later than May 3rd. Sounds good.
Samsung now has two phones that are larger than the 5.5″ Galaxy Note II: the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3, both bound or release in Europe in May. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a 6.3-inch 720p display, LTE connectivity, 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, while the 5.8-inch model has a qHD display, HSPA connectivity, 8GB of storage, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor.
Both have IR blasters for controlling televisions, an 8-megapixel camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a microSD slot, and are running the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean with the latest Touchwiz interface; Samsung of which included Air View and Pop-Up Play.
Since these are low to mid-range specs, we shouldn’t exactly expect them to be the replacement(s) of the Note II in the United States, so they’re simply new devices, and that settles that.
Via: Samsung, Ubergizmo
Samsung’s offices in Asan, South Korea were recently raided by police who were tipped off to find stolen LG OLED TV technology. Strangely (or maybe not), LG denies having tipped off anyone to conduct the raid, and Samsung is on the defensive: Speaking to Bloomberg, was one spokesperson who explained that the company had “no reason to steal other companies’ technology” because Samsung already has “the world’s best OLED technology”.
It’s not the first time that Samsung and LG traded blows; it surely won’t be the last.