AT&T customers can now pick up the Galaxy S4 in Black Mist, White Frost or in the newly launched Red Aurora. The red variant features the same specs and $200 price tag as the black and white models. You're out of luck if you were hoping to nab the exclusive AT&T 32GB model in the new hue, because it only comes in the 16GB variety. AT&T launched the original Galaxy S4 model on April 30th. The GS4 from Samsung features a 5-inch 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) Super AMOLED display, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and it's powered by a Qualcomm 1.9GHz Quad-core processor. It ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a host of advanced Samsung features such as S Health and Smart Scroll.
HTC has officially unveiled the Butterfly S smartphone. The new HTC device is faster than the HTC One thanks to its quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and is equipped with a 3,200mAh battery, quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radio, and a 5-inch HD 1080p display. It also ships with HTC's front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers, BlinkFeed, and HTC's UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe.
The UltraPixel Camera promises to perform better than other smartphone cameras in low-light situations, and includes all of the same advanced camera modes as the HTC One. Other features include: a 2.1MP wide-angle front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for memory expansion.
Samsung has confirmed today that it is working on a "flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone that will transmit data at nearly twice the normal speed," according to Reuters. The flagship Galaxy S4 will be one of the first devices to utilize LTE-Advanced technology, which is faster than the 4G technology currently used in most smartphones today.
"We'll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone," Samsung's co-chief exec, JK Shin told Reuters.
The new Samsung phones will be equipped with Qualcomm chips to make them compatible with the next-generation networks.
"As operators seek to provide more data-centric mobile services, I think this will become mainstream 4G technology globally in the coming years," Shin said.
Case-Mate has launched a new line of high-end cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5. The Acetates Collection features two new elegant cases for the GS4, and three for the iPhone. The GS4 collection includes the White Horn Acetate and the Pewter Acetate cases. Both models feature brushed aluminum and a two-piece construction to protect the front and back of your device. The iPhone 5 collection features both the White Horn and Pewter cases, plus the Tortoise Acetate case with gold brushed aluminum. All the cases are $80 and include free shipping.
Case-Mate also offers more affordable designer cases for the Galaxy S4, including its Wood collection which features the vintage Rosewood case for only $50. You can check out all of Case-Mate's high-end smartphone cases by visiting Case-Mate.com.
The newest Samsung Galaxy S4 device is headed to AT&T on June 21. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Active begin tomorrow for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. The Active is Samsung's newest 4G LTE handset geared towards people who enjoy an active lifestyle. It features a durable water-resistant and dustproof design, and is capable of snapping photos and capturing videos underwater. It sports a scratch-resistant, Gorilla Glass 5-inch FHD TFT display, and it is also IP67 certified.
The Active ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a microSD slot for up to 64GB of memory expansion. Other features include a a 2,600mAh battery, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera.
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S4 Zoom is coming to the U.S. in Q3 of this year. The Zoom is a Galaxy phone plus a 16MP point-and-shoot camera with a 10x optical zoom. It is equipped with Android 4.2.2, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a 1.9MP front facing camera. Other camera features include optical image stabilization, a Xenon flash, Smart Mode auto settings, and other built-in applications to help you capture and shrare great images. The Zoom sounds like the perfect device for people who are addicted to snapping photos with their smartphones. Or as Samsung put it, " it's the best of both worlds, without compromise."
The Galaxy S4 Zoom also ships with 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, Touchwiz, Samsung Hub, and other features seen on the Galaxy S4 smartphone. No pricing has been announced, but it's expected to be around $600. It is also unknown who will carry the device in the U.S., but AT&T was the first to offer the Galaxy camera when it was originally launched.
Samsung files a new entry into its lower-priced phone category today with the Galaxy Ace 3. The addition to the Ace lineup features "new mobile essentials" from Samsung including its TouchWiz interface and improved hardware over its predecessor. The Ace 3 is an entry-level device, so compared to top-tier phones the model is missing some of the more advanced components.
Despite this, Ace 3 buyers will be happy to know that many of Samsung's latest software offerings are packed onto the phone. S Translator, S Travel, Smart Stay, S Voice, TouchWiz and Easy Mode are all included, providing a feature-rich experience for the budget smartphone shopper.
Sony Mobile and Google are collaborating on a special Google Edition of the flagship Sony Xperia Z smartphone. Android Central explains that the device will bring the "Nexus user experience" to Xperia Z later this year. Other phones that have received the Google Edition treatment include the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Just like these devices, the Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will be launched to US consumers via the Google Play Store. Google Edition features a stock version of Android, referred to as "vanilla" since the operating system avoids bells and whistles typically added by device manufacturers. The special Xperia Z may also receive system updates at a faster pace than its non-Nexus cousins.
Samsung is expected to unveil the "Samsung Galaxy Zoom" at its upcoming June 20th event. The Zoom is a lot like the Galaxy Camera which was launched by Samsung and AT&T in 2012. SamMobile posted a purported leaked press photo of the rumored smartphone/camera hybrid before the official announcement.
The Galaxy Zoom is supposed to be part of the "S4" family which includes the Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 mini. It's rumored to feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.6GHz processor, and 8GB of internal storage with a micro SD card slot for adding up to 64GB of extra memory. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is also expected to ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Google Keyboard is now available for all Android devices running Android 4.0 or higher. This means Galaxy S4 and HTC One owners can now replace Samsung and HTC's unpopular keyboard offerings with the popular Google Keyboard normally seen on Nexus devices.
The Google Keyboard features easy to use Gesture and Voice Typing. Gesture-based typing is also featured in both the popular SwiftKey and Swype apps, which are also available through Google Play. Gesture Typing allows you to slide your fingers from letter to letter so the keyboard can finish the word you're typing. Voice Typing utilizes Google’s superior voice transcription instead of Dragon dictation, making the Google Keyboard the preferred system for Android users.