The Galaxy S4 Active is pretty solid as both a high-end phone and a "ruggedized" handset, but as with a lot of Samsung devices, TouchWiz keeps some power users away from a purchase. Now the indefatigable CyanogenMod team is giving you some AOSP-style options: they just released their first nightly build for the S4 Active. You can pick it up for your phone at the usual spot and install it via the custom recovery of your choice.
This build was created specifically for the international LTE version of the device, the i9295. It was not made for AT&T's localized version of the phone - not that that's going to matter for most users, considering AT&T's addiction to locked bootloaders.
The Galaxy A5 appears to be an awkward phone to get excited about. SamMobile has gotten its hands on exclusive photos of the device, the SM-A500, which should be the first in a new line of A-branded phones. What makes this particular handset interesting are its build materials. SamMobile's source says that Samsung has used a different material that isn't plastic or metal but still "feels cold in the hand."
To me, this sounds like Samsung has had so much success producing faux leather backs that it's ready to try its hand at fake other materials. The extreme temperatures of metal devices sounds like the last part of the device I want emulated, so hopefully this material turns out better than cold not-plasticy plastic.
An over-the-air software update is set to hit AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4. The change log for this one isn't particularly long, but it will bump users up to baseband number KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1. There's a certain satisfaction that comes from having the freshest set of software available on a device, and that feeling is what the bulk of owners will notice about this release.
As for what's actually new, AT&T says this update will provide better connectivity when making calls and text messaging. Considering that these pocket computers are still phones, it's a good thing this hasn't been forgotten.
On the list of changes we also see the obligatory security patch and updated Google apps.
Samsung makes a lot of tablets. So many in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of which are the entry-level and which are the premium ones. Tab Pro? Galaxy Tab? No, it's the Tab S series that you want to lay your hands on if at all possible. Verizon Wireless has finally started selling the LTE-equipped 10.5-inch version for a cool $600 off-contract.
Hot on the heels of Sprint's launch of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, AT&T announced that it will begin selling both the 8.4- and 10.5-inch LTE variants online and in stores beginning September 26. The carrier is also taking pre-orders for both tablets right now with a shipping date of September 23.
Big Blue is only selling the tablets in charcoal gray, so if you were hoping for white, you're out of luck. As far as specs are concerned, both LTE models of the Galaxy Tab S are identical to their WiFi-only counterparts. You still find an octa-core Exynos 5 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, a fingerprint scanner, and the more updated version of Touchwiz that debuted on the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5 on Verizon got an update barely one week ago that bumped it up to Android 4.4.4, but another is rolling out today. The new OTA with version number KTU84P.G900VVRU1ANI2 adds a few tweaks to functionality and resolves some bugs. It also gets the GS5 ready for VoLTE calls.
If you're going to start messing around with ROMs and serious modding, you'll need a custom recovery. There are a few popular ones, but TWRP is the go-to for most devices. Getting official support on your device of choice is cause for celebration, and today Note 3 owners on Verizon get to party.
There's supposed to be a Nexus tablet at some point, but what if your fingers are aching to tap on a new tablet right now? Well, you have a dilemma. There's no reason you have to spend big to get your gadget fix. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is usually a $400 device, but you can pick up a refurb for a mere $219.99 on eBay Daily Deals.
This is the 16GB version of the device, and you get it in your choice of black or white. This tablet comes with a 2560x1600 LCD, 2GB of RAM, and a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor.
You can only survive under the oppressive yoke of TouchWiz for so long, but today is the day owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Sprint can break free and try a more open experience. CyanogenMod has added support for the Galaxy S5 on Sprint in the form of nightly builds, the first of which is available now.
It's been said that you can never be too young, too skinny, or too rich. A similar aphorism for smartphones might be, "they can never be too fast, too hi-res, or have too long a battery life." The user in search of longer untethered battery life has a few options including external packs or extended batteries for phones that support them. And today, Galaxy S5 owners get a new option in the form of Mophie's $99.95 Juice Pack.
Recent expatriates from the Nation of iPhone might be more familiar with the Juice Pack design than most Android users, who might prefer removable batteries.