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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active looks like the Ferrari of smartphones

Just hours after benchmark results supposedly revealed some of the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, images have appeared online claiming to show the rugged handset in all its glory.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The shots were picked up by GSMArena via a tipster, and the smartphone in question is said to be the dust- and water-proof Samsung Galaxy S4 variant.

While the Galaxy S4 Active appears to keep the rough form factor of its brother, there are some notable discrepancies – the first of which is that Ferrari red finish which will certainly make it stand out from the crowd.

There’s a more industrial look to the handset with four large rivets in each corner on the back of the device, and there’s clearly a plastic flap to cover the charging port at the base of the S4 Active to keep out that pesky water.

Caught red handed

Move round the front and you’ll find Samsung has employed three chunky buttons which appear to be made out of rubber and while they’ll work in the rain, unlike their touch counterparts, they do make the phone look a little toyish.

Buttons aside, if this is the real deal – and to be fair it looks pretty likely – the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is set to be a relatively attractive smartphone.

Details which accompanied the photos suggest it will sport a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch full HD display and an 8MP rear camera – a downgrade from the 13MP option on the S4.

According to the tipster the Galaxy S4 Active has already been showcased in Croatia, but we’re still awaiting an official announcement from Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active looks like the Ferrari of smartphones

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25 Samsung Galaxy S4 tips

Your Samsung Galaxy S4 is a precision-engineered slab of technological goodness, but all that power and beauty counts for nothing if you don’t know how to use it properly. That’s where CNET comes in — below are 25 indispensable tips that will enable you to extract every last drop of functionality from your shiny new smart phone, and hopefully enrich your existence at the same time.

25 Samsung Galaxy S4 tips

1. Interact with your phone using your eyeballs

The Galaxy S4 is so smart it can track your eyes to see exactly where you’re looking, and when. With Smart Stay enabled, the phone will automatically dim the screen when you’re not gazing at it. You can also scroll up and down Web pages simply by tilting your head, and videos will pause when you turn your face away from the display. To enable all of these amazing features, simply pull down the notifications bar and tap the Quick Settings icon in the top-right corner of the screen. You can also access them from Settings > My Device > Smart Screen.

2. Enable multi-window mode for true multi-tasking

A feature made famous by the Galaxy Note range, multi-window mode allows you to run two applications in tandem, each taking up a portion of the screen. This means you can watch a video and browse the Web simultaneously, or write an email while keeping your eye on your Twitter feed.

Hold down the Back button to trigger the multi-window menu, which will appear on the left-hand side of the screen. Slide it out, select the apps you want and enjoy true multi-tasking. You can even shrink or enlarge the space each application takes up by dragging the edge of the window.

3. Take a photo or record video with your voice

Using your fingers to interact with your phone is so last year, dude. The latest craze is to utilise your vocal chords to get things done, and with the Galaxy S4, you can snap a shot or record a video using nothing but speech. Make sure the feature is enabled (it’s the microphone icon at the top of the camera settings overlay) and say “Cheese” to take a snap. “Record video” is the phrase you’ll want to use if you’d rather shoot some moving images.

4. Get 50GB of free cloud storage for a year

Register yourself as a Dropbox user, then sign into the app using your Galaxy S4. Bingo! You’ve now got a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage for the next 24 months. You can even configure Dropbox to automatically upload any photos you take to your cloud storage, which means you won’t lose those precious snaps if your phone gets lost or stolen.

5. Enable desktop view in the S4′s Web browser

When you have a phone with a screen as gargantuan as the Galaxy S4′s, there’s little point in viewing ‘mobile’ versions of websites. You can opt for the big-screen experience by hitting the settings button and then ticking the box which says ‘Desktop View’.

6. Assign your own ringtone and notification sounds

Let’s be honest here — Samsung’s default ringtone and notification choices are terrible. That notification whistle? It will haunt me to the end of my days. One of the first things you’ll want to do is switch it to something less annoying, so drop into Settings > My Device > Sound to change it, as well as the ringtone. You can even use your own custom ringtones and alerts.

7. Answer a call using nothing but your hand

Make sure Air Gesture is enabled, and then when a call comes in, you can simply swipe your palm over the front of the phone to answer it.

8. Speed up the responsiveness of your Home button

Double-pressing the Home button launches S Voice, Samsung’s Google Now/Siri challenger. It’s a great app, but mapping it to the Home button actually reduces the responsiveness of that particular key — whenever you press it, the phone waits a short while just in case you’re going to make a second tap to start S Voice. Thankfully you can remove this problem by firing up S Voice, going to Settings and deselecting ‘Open via the Home key’. You’ll be surprised at how much faster it makes the phone feel — it massively speeds up the amount of time you have to wait to drop back to the home screen.

9. Customise your Quick Settings panel to suit your own needs

When you pull down the notification bar, you see a row of five ‘Quick Settings’ toggles. You can actually customise which buttons appear in this area — tap the grid icon in the top-right corner of the screen, and select the pen icon. You can rearrange the Quick Settings buttons by long-pressing and dragging them into your preferred sequence.

10. View notifications without touching your phone

Go to Settings > My Device > Motions and Gestures and make sure Air Gesture is enabled. Tap Air Gesture, and then switch on ‘Quick Glance’. When your phone is lying flat on a surface, simply waving your hand over the screen will show how many missed calls and messages you have, as well as your remaining battery life and other notifications.

11. Take a screenshot

You can take a screengrab of your phone’s display using two methods. Hold down the power and home buttons together, or simply swipe your palm across the screen. The latter requires you to go to Settings > My Device > Motions and Gestures > Palm Motion and make sure ‘Capture Screen’ is switched on.

12. Make sure you’re never bothered unnecessarily again

You can make sure you’re not bothered by unwanted calls and notifications by switching on Blocking Mode. You can assign a time of day for this to be triggered — at night, for example — and select which alerts are blocked. Just in case you’re worried about not getting a vital call, you can select certain ‘golden’ contacts whose calls will be allowed to get through.

13. Make the battery last longer

Go to Settings > My Device > Power Saver Mode. From here, you can choose which features of the Galaxy S4 you want to be toned down in order to conserve battery life.

14. Safety assistance mode

This is a handy feature to have enabled if you’re travelling alone and are concerned for your safety. By holding down the up and down volume keys, you can send an emergency message to predetermined contacts, along with two photos – taken by the front and rear cameras. Your current location is also transmitted. It might sound like an extra feature, but it could save your life. To switch it on, go to Settings > My Device > Safety Assistance.

15. Change the colour of the notification LED

Go to Settings > My Device > LED Indicator to select the situations in which you want the LED to light up. If that tiny blinking light gets on your nerves, you can switch off all LED alerts completely.

16. Enable trace-to-type on the keyboard

Those who use it generally agree that ‘trace-to-type’ is a faster way of inputting text on a touchscreen, and you can access it on your Galaxy S4. Simply open the keyboard and tap the ‘cog’ icon in the bottom-left corner of the display. Switch on Predictive Text and then enable the Continuous Input option directly below it. You can now type just by drawing a line from letter to letter, and lifting your finger from the screen to automatically add a space.

17. Make that home screen less intimidating

If you find the Galaxy S4′s selection of icon and widget-packed homescreens a little daunting, you can switch on ‘Easy Mode’ for a more streamlined experience. Go to Settings > My Device > Home Screen Mode.

18. Audio Adapt for a personalised aural experience

This unique feature allows you to tailor the volume of music playing through your headphones, balancing the sound in each speaker to match the unique requirements of each of your lugholes. Go to Settings > My Device > Sound > Adapt Sound.

19. Use your phone to keep fit

Samsung’s S Health software allows you to track what you’re eating and your overall weight, but its most useful application is keeping note of how much fat you burn off through walking. Using the phone’s accelerometer, the app counts how many steps you’ve taken throughout your day.

It’s not as fancy as some third-party apps, which use GPS to monitor your progress and tell you how far you’ve run or cycled, but it’s a neat addition nonetheless.

20. Translate text with S Translator

Learning a foreign language takes dedication and effort, but demonstrates that you’re willing to go the extra mile when it comes to conversing with people from other countries. You can just bypass all that hard work, though, by using S Translator, which listens to what you say and then repeats it in a different language. When the recipient replies, their response is translated into English. It’s breaking down the barriers which divide us in the laziest way possible.

21. Disable that annoying lock screen animation

The Galaxy S4′s lock screen sure looks pretty, but that “sunshine” unlock animation loses its lustre after about half an hour. Mercifully, you can disable it by heading to Settings > My Device > Lock Screen. You can opt for a ripple effect — which, if I’m honest, is just as annoying — or turn off the animation altogether. Guess which one I picked?

22. Add widgets to your lock screen

A feature new to Android 4.2 is the ability to add widgets to your lock screen, which means you can read emails or text messages without having to unlock the device. These are switched off by default, but you can enable them by going to Settings > My Device > Lock Screen > Multiple Widgets. When you’re on your lock screen, simply swipe left and right in the top section to access your widgets. You can add more by tapping on blank panels.

23. Watch a video no matter what you’re doing

Samsung’s built-in video player allows you to ‘pop out’ the window and continuing watching even when you’re performing other tasks. Simply load up the clip in question and tap the bottom-right icon. You can resize the video window to suit your taste.

24. Use Wi-Fi Direct to beam content to compatible devices

Bluetooth is old news. Wi-Fi Direct is the latest way to transfer content between devices, and it’s baked into the Galaxy S4. It allows you to fling stuff to another device without having to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network (which is basically how DLNA works). You’ll need another device which supports Wi-Fi Direct, of course.

25. Set a mobile data limit

Most mobile phone contracts come with limits to how much data you can consume each month, so if you’re forever hogging YouTube when you’re travelling on the bus you may wish to make use of Android’s built-in data limiter to ensure you don’t get stung with a massive bill. Go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage. From here, you can see how many megabytes you’ve gobbled up watching Funny Cat videos, and specify a cut-off point for each month. When the phone hits that point, it will disable data connections. Wi-Fi usage isn’t included, obviously.

And just for luck, here’s a bonus tip for all of you who want to customise your S4s even further.

Bonus tip: Switch on developer options

Developer options allow for greater control over the Galaxy S4′s settings, and can be switched on by tapping seven times on “Build Number” in Settings > More > About Device.

Via Cnet

25 Samsung Galaxy S4 tips

Google I/O 2013: Google To Begin Offering Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 With Stock Android For $649 On June 26

Google is offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, arguably one of the top current Android devices, with Jelly Bean 4.2 unlocked on Google Play beginning June 26, the company revealed at I/O today. The news is big because it’s the first non-Nexus device to get blessed with this opportunity, and Google says it will be updated in time with all other Nexus devices.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 will cost $649 with no contract, and will be usable on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., Google said today. At that price it isn’t exactly cheap, but people are probably willing to pay for an untouched Android experience on some of the most powerful smartphone hardware available.

The S4 is not only carrier unlocked, but it also has a fully unlocked bootloader. That means that owners of the device can load their own software on to the device, including things like CyanogenMod, which allows for extremely deep device software customization options. In other words, this new unlocked S4 will essentially be the ultimate developer plaything, but again it’s likely to have more or less niche appeal because of the high price tag.

What’s interesting about this is that Samsung emphasized all its software additions to the stock Android experience at the Galaxy S4 launch event, and this is basically stripping all that away. Reviewers seemed more or less overwhelmed by Samsung’s software smorgasbord, so this might result in a much better device overall.

Via Techcrunch

Google I/O 2013: Google To Begin Offering Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 With Stock Android For $649 On June 26

Samsung Galaxy S4 already hits 6 million sales

Fortuitous news from the Samsung camp today as an exec has claimed that six million Samsung Galaxy S4s were sold by 10 May.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 technically hit the market on April 26 2013, and four million handsets were shipped to supply chains by the end of the month – although presumably Samsung began shipping the handset to retailers ahead of that date.

Who knows if anyone at Samsung could have foretold that the S4 would break the internal records set by the Galaxy S3 which hit three million shipments in, conveniently, three weeks.

The chatty exec went on to force the point, telling Korean paper Chosun that “As of Friday [May 10], we have sold more than 6 million units, and we predict that we could break the 10-million mark by as early as the end of this month.”

All aboard the friend ship

It’s a little unclear over whether that six million figure is actual sales or just shipments, which muddies these ‘early figures’ – although there’s no doubt the S4 is selling like rock cakes made of molten lava.

While shifting phones is something of Samsung’s forte, it could be there’s no word on how many S4s have actually been exchanged for cash yet.

But we wouldn’t be surprised if it equals or breaks the S3′s record of 20 million sales in 100 days.

After all, in our Samsung Galaxy S4 review we deemed it to be the best Samsung phone to date, and a solid 4.5 star phone. Unfortunately for Samsung, it didn’t quite manage to topple the HTC One which retains its title as Best Phone In the World Today – for now.

Via Slashgear

Samsung Galaxy S4 already hits 6 million sales

Samsung Galaxy S4 already hits 6 million sales

Fortuitous news from the Samsung camp today as an exec has claimed that six million Samsung Galaxy S4s were sold by 10 May.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 technically hit the market on April 26 2013, and four million handsets were shipped to supply chains by the end of the month – although presumably Samsung began shipping the handset to retailers ahead of that date.

Who knows if anyone at Samsung could have foretold that the S4 would break the internal records set by the Galaxy S3 which hit three million shipments in, conveniently, three weeks.

The chatty exec went on to force the point, telling Korean paper Chosun that “As of Friday [May 10], we have sold more than 6 million units, and we predict that we could break the 10-million mark by as early as the end of this month.”

All aboard the friend ship

It’s a little unclear over whether that six million figure is actual sales or just shipments, which muddies these ‘early figures’ – although there’s no doubt the S4 is selling like rock cakes made of molten lava.

While shifting phones is something of Samsung’s forte, it could be there’s no word on how many S4s have actually been exchanged for cash yet.

But we wouldn’t be surprised if it equals or breaks the S3′s record of 20 million sales in 100 days.

After all, in our Samsung Galaxy S4 review we deemed it to be the best Samsung phone to date, and a solid 4.5 star phone. Unfortunately for Samsung, it didn’t quite manage to topple the HTC One which retains its title as Best Phone In the World Today – for now.

Via Slashgear

Samsung Galaxy S4 already hits 6 million sales

32GB AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 now available

$249.99 on two-year plan, “black mist” color only. Right on schedule, AT&T has launched its 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you’re after a Galaxy S4 with a bit more internal storage — and after the recent controversy surrounding the S4′s available memory, we wouldn’t blame you — it’ll set you back $249.99 on a two-year plan.

Samsung Galaxy S4

That’s $50 more than the base 16GB model, which goes for $199.99. If you’re buying it outright, you’re looking at a hefty $669.99 price tag.

At the moment it seems AT&T is only stocking the 32GB Galaxy S4 in the “black mist” color option, as the store page for the 32GB model doesn’t allow you to pick a color.

Anyone picking up a 32GB GS4 today? Or are there any 16GB buyers out there wishing they’d waited a little longer and paid a bit more? Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

Source: AT&T

Via Androidcentral

32GB AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 now available

32GB AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 now available

$249.99 on two-year plan, “black mist” color only. Right on schedule, AT&T has launched its 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you’re after a Galaxy S4 with a bit more internal storage — and after the recent controversy surrounding the S4′s available memory, we wouldn’t blame you — it’ll set you back $249.99 on a two-year plan.

Samsung Galaxy S4

That’s $50 more than the base 16GB model, which goes for $199.99. If you’re buying it outright, you’re looking at a hefty $669.99 price tag.

At the moment it seems AT&T is only stocking the 32GB Galaxy S4 in the “black mist” color option, as the store page for the 32GB model doesn’t allow you to pick a color.

Anyone picking up a 32GB GS4 today? Or are there any 16GB buyers out there wishing they’d waited a little longer and paid a bit more? Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

Source: AT&T

Via Androidcentral

32GB AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 now available