Samsung Galaxy S4 Formally Announced in the USA

Samsung have formally announced and dated their new flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S4, and announced that it will reach American hands on April 30th. It arrives just in time to tempt those who haven\’t yet reached for the HTC One and are waiting it out to see what Samsung pulls out of its magician\’s top hat, as the company has built a reputation for innovation and quality over the years and has released a string of popular handsets.

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Not that other manufacturers haven\’t, of course – but you\’d have to feel a little stressed knowing you were facing off against this beast of a machine. With two gigabytes of RAM, a 5\” screen (a cheeky wink towards the current 4.7\” trend) and full HD on its display, the Galaxy S4 is a serious contender for being branded the best handset of 2013.

The impressing thing about Samsung\’s launch will be its inevitable competition with other handsets as it sets out to demonstrate just what sets the manufacturer apart. Then again, given Samsung manufactures the tech for at least one other major competitor, it\’s worth thinking about the level of capability they possess when it comes to building smartphones, tablets and the like.

The initial reviews are starting to come in, although they\’re no more than first looks, but the initial impression from critics is that they\’re, well, impressed. There\’s a lot to compete with here, bearing in mind that the Galaxy S4  follows on from the SII and S3, both extremely popular high-quality phones in their own right, both of them still happily in use by Samsung fans even now, which is unusual for the smartphone market.

The S4 itself has many noticeable improvements, such as facial recognition technology, an improved camera, and a larger and higher-resolution screen. It also comes with an extremely thin layer of glass over the screen itself, which helps keep the form factor of the device down while allowing you to feel like you\’re interacting with the screen more directly than on handsets with thicker glass.

There are other little innovative touches, too, such as Smart Look, which pauses video when the phone works out you\’re not looking at the screen, Sound and Shot, which records nine seconds of audio with the photo you\’ve just taken (not a unique feature but a nice one nonetheless), and of course the quality of the camera itself whether you\’re recording video or taking snapshots of the world around you. The S4 indeed has quite the formidable feature set, and when it hits the USA at the end of April it will be interesting to see how the competition reacts to such a desirable phone.

It seems like this year is definitely the year of smartphones that are set to push the bar regardless of which manufacturer they\’re from, and as Samsung and HTC step up as rivals to Apple in terms of innovation and quality, it\’ll be exciting to see who comes out on top in the end, especially if it drives these companies to produce more impressive handsets in an attempt to beat one another.

Editor\’s note: Samsung Galaxy S4 will hit the Philippine market this week and local telcos will have their separate launches in the coming weeks, too, so stay tuned for more information.

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Allie Cooper is a writer interested in gadgets, fashion, mobile handsets and social media trends. Aside from blogging she is a fan of playing on computer games and she\’s always available on Twitter.

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Galaxy S3: The Best Gadget Ever?

This article is a guest post from Michelle, a tech writer in UK.

Despite having strong competition from iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC One X and Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3 still serve to be one of the best gadget ever because of its outstanding features and excellent apps.

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The S3 is built up with a 4.8-inch large display and its slim design aid to present more comfort while handling and operating the device. It comes up with a glossy finish along with a good multi-touch facility. When compared to its predecessor Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy S3 has been upgraded ahead of its time in terms of display, weight, and other features.

  • Quad-core processor: The device is powered by the latest 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor which truly helps in accessing apps and other processes very fast.  
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system: Galaxy S3 runs on Android operating system version 4.0 and could be upgraded to newer version 4.1 also know as Jelly Bean. The mini S3 version already ships with Android 4.1. With Jelly Bean, the user interface is more intuitive than the earlier version of TouchWiz user interface.
  • Display: The Galaxy S3 display measures 4.8-inch which serves to be one of the biggest smartphone ever. The stupendous screen size makes images and videos look more impressive. The HD Super AMOLED display screen with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution provides a very impressive angle for images. The display is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 2.
  • Siri-esque interface: Similar to Apple’s Siri, there is also voice control assistant app developed for Samsung Galaxy S3 where it only requires a single tap to talk to and command the smartphone what you need.  You can even tell it to do certain operations like creating text, capture photo, music control, make a call or set an alarm and so on. 
  • Music Hub app: The S3 is powered by Music hub application where it connects users to a music store and allows users option to buy albums or songs or lets its user just listen audio or video clips online. The Music Square feature builds a custom playlist that comprises of the favourite tunes and loaded albums. There is an FM radio app with a great looking feature and a stylish twiddling knob user interface. 
  • Calendar app: This app is also named as “S planner”, where it allows its users to use Google calendar to keep track of appointments on the fly. This app lets to set reminders and notifications to manage any particular event.

If you don’t have enough money to fund this best gadget, then try taking financial help from same day cash loans and enjoy all the benefits of this smart device.
This guest post is written by Michelle, a tech writer from UK. She is also into finance. Catch her in Twitter @financeport

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Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility – Surprise!

\"GoogleYou didn\’t see this one coming, did you? I\’m surprised with the whole Google Motorola Mobility thing and I am still digesting the news. I am sure many tech journalists were surprised as well with the announcement of Google acquiring Motorola Mobility for a huge amount of $12.5 billion.

If you are following the news about Google and Microsoft patent wars as of late, the acquisition of Motorola Mobility is likely a wise decision to protect the Android platform from companies like Microsoft and Apple which have already sued some of Google partners over patent infringement. This is a big deal.

Larry Page has a very long post on why Google bought Motorola. Here are some of the highlights:

This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform. Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.

Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

Google and Motorola Mobility boils down to two things: Software-Hardware strategy and Patents.

Early this year, Motorola Inc. split into two companies namely Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. This gives Google the opportunity to just acquire the business of Motorola that makes mobile gadgets.

The software-hardware strategy is what Apple came up in 1997, the year Steve Jobs step up from an adviser to become Apple’s CEO and the genius behind the success of Apple products. I think Google is trying to pull off the same here. Can you see the trend now? HP – Palm, Microsoft – Nokia and now Google – Motorola.

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This could mean that the entire ecosystem of Google software could be integrated with the entire line of Motorola’s hardware while keeping it open for other hardware manufacturers. It could also mean that Google can address the glaring problems of Android faster, like battery life and fragmentation, while allowing other players to use its mobile operating system on their handsets.

Now what about patents? Google also got access to a big war chest of patents that could be used to strengthen its defense against other companies that is ganging up on Android. Motorola has over 24,000 patents including the pending ones and at least 17,000 that now exist in the portfolio.

Of course we shouldn’t just look at a rosy-tinted glass.

Most of Google hardware partners have expressed positive comment on Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility but most of the statement released by HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG all sound the same, like they were all crafted by the PR people. We really don’t know how the big boss of these companies reacted to the news.

On the side note, HTC and Samsung already had a Nexus model and this may suggest that the next Nexus model will most likely come from Motorola since it is the most logical step to promote this Google Motorola Mobility deal. Love your own, right?

Business Insider posted the winners and losers regarding Google Motorola Mobility deal. You can also read here the transcript of the conference call this morning that Google and Motorola held for the announcement.

Who knows what other developments will follow after the marriage of Google and Motorola. Only time can tell how this will affect Google in the long run.

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Samsung Kies MTP Problem

Samsung should have learned a lot from the very successful Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab models already but apparently with the release of Samsung Galaxy S II, it seem that the annoying MTP error connection in its Kies application on Windows is still there. In this post, I used Kies 2.0.1.x.

There are several ways to fix this problem but the following worked for me:

1. After installing Kies, let the drivers install.

2. After it finished installing the drivers, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and check \”USB Debugging\”. Follow the screenshots below.

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3. Connect your phone to PC using USB (additional drivers will be installed)

4. Disconnect phone from PC

5. Disable USB debugging

6. Reconnect phone to PC using USB and it should work.

If you know a faster way or better alternative to fix this, let me know.

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