Samsung is developing a Galaxy S4 with support for LTE-Advanced, which is able to reach nearly twice the speed of normal 4G. The phone may be sold in South Korea as early as this month, but given the lack of necessary infrastructure, it may never see release in America. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Nevertheless, Samsung's phone will still be the first LTE-advanced smartphone to ship anywhere in the world.
This new Galaxy S4 will be powered by Qualcomm chips and cost only slightly more than the current model. Samsung's flagship is still outselling the competition, but given the saturation within the high-end smartphone market, the company hopes to expand by introducing new technology such as faster speeds and flexible displays.
There's nothing like a fresh batch of source code to get you through another Monday morning. Samsung has just posted the kernel source for two of its newer S4 variants, the Galaxy S4 active (i9295), and the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S4 Mini (i9192). Samsung has been on an open source run lately with the AT&T GS4 and Galaxy Tab 8.0 going up just last week.
If you're the developer type who really lives for this, grab the Jelly Bean code at Samsung's open source pages linked below.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 might be a new phone, but there are already some great deals to be had online. Amazon previously lowered the price to $168, but now it's down to just $129.99 for new lines, and $139.99 for upgrades on existing ones.
Ready to live life to the fullest, you jet-skiing, rock-climbing, skateboarding, heath food commercial stereotype? Then you need a phone that can take at least as many bumps and bruises as you can, and Samsung and AT&T are happy to oblige. The carrier-branded version of the ruggedized Galaxy S4 Active announced yesterday is now up for preorder on the AT&T website. It's being offered in Dive Blue and Urban Gray colors. The phone will launch online and at retail stores on Tuesday, June 18th.
The S4 Active features most of the same specs as the regular S4, in a thicker, tougher package that's water-resistant at a depth of one meter for 30 minutes (IP67).
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is a device so bizarre it's hard to believe it actually exists. But Samsung is serious about this smartphone with a point-and-shoot camera grafted onto it. It is so serious, in fact, that the company has released this three minute demo video starring a young lady that just can't stop smiling while using the GS4 Zoom. Also featured: terrible music.
If style and power meets rugged and durable is what you're looking for in a smartphone, then you'd be hard pressed to find something that fits the bill better than Samsung's just-announced Galaxy S 4 Active. It takes almost everything that makes the GS4 great and wraps it in a water- and dust-resistant shell, bringing high-end specs to those who need a ruggedized device that can handle nearly anything that comes its way.
This morning, AT&T made itself the first US carrier that will be offering the device, which will be available on June 21st for $200 with a two-year agreement.
It's fun to joke about Samsung's phones feeling cheap because they're made of slippery plastic, but that doesn't mean they're actually cheap. Samsung just posted a video tour of the lab where the Galaxy S4 is tested for reliability, but let's call it what it is – this is Samsung's smartphone torture chamber. The video is in Korean, but you can turn on English closed captioning.
The Galaxy S4 takes everything from drops to impacts and comes out fully functional. That's the thing about plastic – it bounces. Some devices might feel very solid, but there's no give to the casing and that can spell trouble if dropped.
Just over a month since T-Mobile began selling the Galaxy S4, the company is knocking $50 off the price of Samsung's latest flagship handset. Customers can now pick up the phone for $99.99 down along with 24 months of $20 payments. To save you the math, that's an additional $480 over the course of two years. T-Mobile is also selling the phone for the complete upfront price of $579.99, a tad cheaper than buying an unlocked version off Amazon (and with the bonus of LTE). This deal will last from June 12 to July 13, offering a fair bit of time for shoppers to decide if this feature-packed behemoth is the phone for them.
Developers take note: Samsung is getting some more source code out the door, but it's just one device this time. The kernel source for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4 is out, and it's up for grabs at Samsung's open source site.
Kernel source for a few other variants of Samsung's flagship have already been posted. In fact, this development means T-Mobile is the only major carrier whose GS4 hasn't joined the open source club. It's a strange world when Verizon, Sprint, and now AT&T devices have kernel sources posted before T-Mobile.
The AT&T GS4 kernel source is available on the page linked below.
We're starting to wonder if Samsung will have anything left to announce at the London event next week - they've made three new phones and two new tablets official in the small amount of time since the event was scheduled. The latest is the Galaxy S4 Zoom, an update to both the never-ending string of Galaxy S4 variants and last year's Galaxy Camera that's been caught in the wild already. This time around, the device is a phone first: the S4 Zoom has smartphone capabilities as well as pretty respectable point-and-shoot specs.
On the phone side of things, the S4 Zoom shares quite a lot with the Galaxy S4 Mini, including a 4.3-inch 960x540 screen (super AMOLED), a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor (which may be slightly altered by market), and both 3G and LTE versions.