Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: More Evolution Than Revolution Despite New Hardware Features

Samsung-Galaxy-S5-main The Galaxy S5 (or S 5, if you ask Samsung) is the company’s latest flagship phone and sure to be a swift seller. The phone is, in its own way, beautifully designed and the materials, while clearly plastic, are durable and should maintain a luster over time. Is this an iPhone replacement? No, but it is a replacement for the S4 that should please shoppers already predisposed to Samsung and… Read More

Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Double S4′s Launch-Day Record



The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone just launched on Friday and is already showing a much stronger start than its predecessor, a new report suggests.

Launch-day sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone are reportedly double those of the Galaxy S4‘s launch-day numbers from 2013 in some markets, according to ZDNet Korea.

In other markets, launch-day sales of the new flagship device were up to 30% higher than launch-day sales of the S4. The S5, which launched in 150 countries, is also reportedly sold out in various global markets

Although Samsung hasn’t confirmed launch-day sales, the report quoted a spokesperson saying the numbers were in the millions. Last year, the Galaxy S4 topped 10 million in sales in one month, marking a new record for Samsung smartphone growth. In comparison, it took the Galaxy S3 smartphone about 50 days to reach the same sales milestone. Read more…

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Must Reads: 1 Year After Boston, No Escape From Heartbleed and More



During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you’re bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can’t-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week’s must reads here). Read more…

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After Killing Intro For iOS, LinkedIn Gets Deep Integration On Mobile Via Samsung Partnership

email_response_mini Score a small victory for Android users. Earlier this year, LinkedIn killed a clever app called Intro, which used an engineering hack to inject information from LinkedIn and its Rapportive service into your iOS emails. But the service was deemed too risky for the way it intercepted emails on behalf of users before augmenting them with the additional data, and was later shut down. Today, however,… Read More

Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition Headed To Verizon Soon

Glam_Galaxy-S5_Black_01 Samsung has a Developer Edition of the Galaxy S5, just as it did for the Galaxy S4 and SIII before it, and as usual it’ll have its unlocked bootloader and come at the full, unsubsidized price of around $650 or so. Thus far, the dev edition S5 is listed as a Verizon device only, in Charcoal black with “coming soon” as the only release date. The Developer edition makes it possible… Read More

Samsung Galaxy S5: Should You Buy It?



Samsung‘s newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, goes on sale this Friday in the United States on every major wireless carrier.

The S5 comes packed with a new upgraded camera, a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate scanner, among other features. But do these additions warrant scrapping your old phone and adopting the S5? To help you decide whether it’s the right decision for you, we are hosting a live Hangout on Air today at 1:30 p.m. ET on the Mashable Google+ page.

Join Mashable‘s Lance Ulanoff, Christina Warren and Pete Pachal to answer all your Galaxy S5 questions. Read more…

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The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Is Surprisingly Repairable

gear-fit-gear-2 The original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was a hobbled together kit. Nothing was replaceable including the band. Its successor is apparently widely different. Read More

Report: Samsung Outspent Apple in U.S. Handset Advertising Last Year



Samsung outspent Apple by $68 million in advertising for its smartphones in the U.S. in 2012, but Apple narrowed the gap to $12 million last year, according to Kantar Media.

Samsung spent $363 million advertising its smartphones in the U.S. last year, down 10% from $401 million the previous year. Apple spent $351 million, up 5%. Out of that figure, $339 million went to TV advertising. Overall, however, Apple spent $627 million on advertising all its products in the U.S. last year vs. $614 million for Samsung, according to Kantar.

No. 3 on the list was Nokia, which spent $221 million, more than 15 times the amount it spent in 2012. Motorola came in at No. 4 with $189 million. BlackBerry (No. 5) spent $90 million, more than double the previous year’s figure. HTC (No. 6) spent $76 million and LG (No. 7) invested $50 million. Read more…

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Samsung Gear Fit Is Beautiful, Inside and Out



When Samsung announced its ultra-sleek Gear Fit device in February, tech journalists heralded the fitness tracker-smartwatch hybrid as the wearable we’ve been waiting for — something that’s easy on the eyes in a space filled with clunky products that only sort of hit the mark.

Now that we’ve spent some time with the Gear Fit, which goes on sale Friday, April 11 for $199, we’re pleased to say those expectations line up with the real story

Unfortunately, the device is only compatible with about 20 Galaxy-branded devices, so you’re out of luck for now if you’re running iOS or have a non-Samsung smartphone. But for those who fall into that group and are eying a fitness wearable, this is by far your best option yet Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Is the Upgrade You Can Skip



The Samsung Galaxy S5 is boring. While its competitors, Android flagships such as the HTC One M8 and Google Nexus 5, stake out their territory with a couple of standout features, the GS5 wants it all. Bells and whistles, however, don’t necessarily add up to a great experience.

And Samsung pulled out plenty of bells and whistles. The smartphone, which goes on sale April 11 in the U.S. on every major wireless carrier, is notable for being the first mobile device to offer a heart-rate monitor. There’s also a fingerprint sensor. The camera has a new, faster kind of autofocus. And it’s waterproof! Pretty sweet, right? Read more…

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