Just yesterday Verizon dropped the price of its Galaxy S 4 by $50, which in itself was a noteworthy deal since directly from Big Red was the only place you could find the 32 gigger. Until today, that is. Wirefly has now made itself the only other retailer to offer the 32GB S 4 running on Verizon, and of course, it's also more affordable at only $220 for both upgrades and new customers.
Now that this variant has made its way outside of Verizon's clutches, we'll likely start seeing it show up at other retailers – I'm sure Amazon, Best Buy, and the like can't be too far behind.
Samsung Galaxy S4 owners on Verizon, there's a new update available for your phones. But don't bother checking your Settings menu for an over-the-air prompt: it's only available via the Verizon Software Upgrade Assistant after connecting the device to a PC. Standard users should be fine, but rooted users (or those who intend to root or flash a new ROM sometime in the future) should avoid this one. According to several posters on XDA, the VRUAME7 patches existing root methods, and flashes a new version of the locked bootloader that prevents users from flashing a pre-release kernel, effectively blocking another path to root.
Sprint may be rolling out an update to the Galaxy S4 today, but AT&T customers are not to be left out. The company is distributing an update to version I337UCUAMF3, which is not the same as that going out to Sprint users. While it's 359MB file size is remarkably similar, it ushers in a different set of bug fixes. The update also enables two additional LTE bands and improves NFC. Aside from that, there's nothing else particularly exciting to see here.
The update should fix issues with rebooting, WiFi compliance, and other pre-installed applications. Bug fixes don't get our mouths watering, but they're essential, so it's nice to see them.
Pick up that Galaxy S4 that is totally not going to explode and give it a glance. Sprint customers might just see the MF9 update begging for attention. Don't expect anything too major here, but after the download is complete, your phones should support installing apps from the Play Store onto MicroSD cards. Other niceties include HD Voice enhancements and additional wallpapers.
This is an OTA update, so there's no need to whip out the USB cable and fire up Kies. The full download is 357MB, so you might want to find a WiFi network beforehand.
Version MF9 includes enhancements and fixes to:
HD Voice enhancements
Audio Clipping with headphones at higher levels
Enable market app installation on sd card
Wallpaper modifications - removed one and added two new ones
Corrected issue causing "Unfortunately Messaging has Stopped"
Rooted users might want to hold off before downloading.
There are people out there who are fans of stock Android, but not of the Nexus hardware. For those folks, this is a big day. Today, July 9th, is the ship date for the Google Play Edition HTC One and Galaxy S4. If you got an order in early, your inbox could be graced by that shipping notice at any moment. Oh, the anticipation!
These device were one of the more shocking developments from Google this spring. We didn't get a new version of Android, but we certainly got a new method of distributing it. The Galaxy S4 was announced at I/O 2013, and the HTC One a few weeks later.
If you use the stock browser on the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4, you may notice the strange button in the corner. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the Lumen Toolbar. It shipped on the S4, but Sprint is just now detailing it as part of the carrier's Pinsight Media+ mobile advertising program. You know those obnoxious toolbars that programs are always trying to cram on your PC? This is the same thing, but your carrier is doing it to you.
Just a quick tap, and the Lumen Toolbar provides "rich, unparalleled opportunities forbrand advertisers to engage Sprint customers." Emphasis added.
Do you ever feel like you're a little too productive? If the tiny glowing screen of unlimited entertainment in your pocket hasn't already robbed you of all motivation, there are the PureGear Retro Game Cases. These neat wrap-around cases have just been released for the GS4, and they look fun.
Each of these cases does the normal case-type stuff. You know, protects the phone and such. However, each one has a small maze game with beads embedded in the back. There are three varieties to choose from:
Amazing: Navigate the ball through the challenging maze from start to finish
Groovy: Maneuver the balls until all are in the center at the same time in a game of wits
Undecided: Hold vertically and shoot the ball for a magically [sic] answer to your question
The Retro Game Cases take up a bit more space than a regular one might, but they're unique and very cool.
Both the Yonhap and Chosun news agencies of Korea are reporting that Samsung Mobile President JK Shin has confirmed 20 million Galaxy S4 handsets have been sold since the phone launched around the end of April. The Verge has a handy graphic below comparing sales of the Galaxy S4, S III, and S II against the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 from their respective launch dates. As you can see, if the 20 million figure is correct, Samsung is quickly closing in on Apple's "single model sales" crown.
The iPhone 5S (or whatever it's called) will undoubtedly push the bar a bit higher, but judging by the rate at which Samsung's Galaxy S line is gaining steam, the successor to the Galaxy S4 may well be the tipping point in this closely-watched race.
There comes a time in every smartphone owner's life when upgrading is necessary. Sometimes it's by choice; other times by necessity. Either way, we're usually left with an aging phone we no longer use (or want, in most cases), which gets thrown in a drawer and forgotten. Poor little guys. Let's all take a moment of silence in honor of all the smartphones that have been replaced and thrown to the wayside to be forgotten.
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With only 9GB of user-accessible storage, the 16GB variant of the GS4 simply won't do for many users. Sure, you can throw a microSD card in it for movies, music, pictures, etc., but that won't help in the slightest if you need more space for apps (for now, at least). The solution? Get the 32GB version. And if you're on AT&T, Amazon just knocked the price down by $40, making it comparable to the 16GB version's retail subsidized price.