Samsung Galaxy S4: Specs, Apps, News & Reviews

CyanogenMod 13 nightlies now available for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5

CyanogenMod 13 nightlies now available for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5

Own a Galaxy S5 and tired of waiting for Samsung to roll out the Marshmallow update for the handset? Worry not as the Cyanogen team has you covered. The team has started rolling out the official CM13 nightlies based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the handset.

The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The post-2013 commoditisation of Android phones and the future

The climb in terms of size and specification was bound to plateau, of course. Long time Android watchers will remember giddy excitement this time four years ago, in 2011, over the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S II, with enormous 4.3” WVGA screen, an astonishing 8MP camera and a dual core processor. At the time (I was there) it was almost the Second Coming. Yet in 2015, this same set of specs would be derided on all but the most budget of budget handsets. Huge progress was made in the next two years, but I contend that these were followed by two years of commoditisation.

Android 5.0.1 firmware for Galaxy S4 leaks

Android 5.0.1 firmware for Galaxy S4 leaks

Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5, but owners of its predecessor — the Galaxy S4 — are still patiently waiting for the Korean company to roll out the update for their device. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition no longer available in the Play store

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition no longer available in the Play store

On January 7, 2015, it was revealed that Motorola’s Moto G Google Play edition handset had been removed from the Google Play store’s digital shelves. Turns out, that wouldn’t be the last device to get excised.

Google Play edition Galaxy S4’s Lollipop update rolling out

Google Play edition Galaxy S4’s Lollipop update rolling out

Samsung and Google have finally started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4. However, Samsung is rolling out the Android 5.0 build of Lollipop, and not 5.0.1, which Google rolled out earlier this month.

Early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz demoed on the Galaxy S4

Early build of Android 5.0 Lollipop with TouchWiz demoed on the Galaxy S4

We have already gotten a preview of how Android 5.0 Lollipop will look on the Galaxy S5 complete with a new flavour of TouchWiz. Now, the folks over at SamMobile have posted a new video showing off the latest version of Android on the Korean company’s last year flagship — the Galaxy S4.

HTC One (M8), (M7), Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G3 for T-Mobile all issued OTA updates

HTC One (M8), (M7), Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G3 for T-Mobile all issued OTA updates

T-Mobile has seen it fit to rain down the software updates from the sky, apparently, as many of the Magenta Network’s flagship handsets (from this year and last) have been hit with an over the air (OTA) software update.

TouchWiz’s Gallery: the Unsuspected Photographic Tragedy

TouchWiz’s Gallery: the Unsuspected Photographic Tragedy

The workflow is simple enough, for many hundred million Samsung smartphone owners worldwide. Use the phone to take a photo, then tap on the little thumbnail to bring up the photo just taken. Not quite right? Then use one of the many supplied editing functions to crop, tweak, apply an effect, and so on. Looks great, so delete the original to save space. Perfect! Except that it’s not. Unbeknown to the user, the TouchWiz Gallery software has massively downsampled the image too. Yep, we’ve just lost 75% of image detail/resolution. 

Galaxy S4 melts under 13-year old’s pillow, third-party battery considered the culprit

Galaxy S4 melts under 13-year old’s pillow, third-party battery considered the culprit

Unfortunately, even our most prized possession can get destroyed in the blink of an eye. Or, while we sleep, as was the case for a 13-year old girl who fell asleep with her phone underneath her pillow, and was awoken by the smell of it melting below her head.

Samsung has no plans to sell the Galaxy S5 LTE-A outside of Korea

Samsung has no plans to sell the Galaxy S5 LTE-A outside of Korea

Yesterday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 LTE-A for its home market — an upgraded version of the company’s current international flagship with a WQHD screen and a faster processor.

This got everyone wondering if Samsung would be brining this handset to the other parts of the world as well or not. Well, the company has now officially confirmed to the folks over at Android Central that it has no plans to sell the handset outside of South Korea.