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March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Users can now play with the device at Best Buy stores across the country before it goes on sale on April 11. Best Buy said it is now displaying the GS5 in stores in most of its major markets. The upcoming phone is Samsung's latest flagship device. It features a 5.1-inch, full 1080p HD screen with a 16-megapixel camera and 16-gigabytes of storage. Normally, the device retails for $199.99 with a two-year contract. PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8)
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April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung proves that less can be more. A year ago, Samsung tried to blow away consumers -- along with its chief rival, the Apple iPhone -- by packing seemingly every feature known to man into one device. The Galaxy S4 was a success, but consumers struggled to grasp the full capabilities of the device. To improve user experience, Samsung has gone the opposite way with the GS5. It consolidated many features into more understandable groups and eliminated other features altogether.
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February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5, the latest version of its flagship smartphone. The device includes a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale in April. Unlike in previous years, when Samsung announced new Galaxy S models with larger and larger screens, this year the South Korean tech giant focused its presentation on a handful of key features. Samsung said the Galaxy S5 will include a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and make mobile payments. If this sounds familiar, that's because Apple introduced a similar feature with the iPhone 5s when that device was announced last September.
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April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit will make their U.S. debuts on Friday.  The GS5 is the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone, while the Gear Fit is a brand new product aimed at consumers who are interested in tracking their fitness. Join The Times' Michelle Maltais and me as we unbox the two new gadgets at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Post any questions you may have about the devices in our comments or tweet them to us. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 3:30 p.m. PDT as we unbox Samsung's new devices The GS5 features a 5.1-inch full 1080p HD display, a 16-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and uses a 2.5-gigahertz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
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August 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung smartwatch will be unveiled in early September, according to a report this week. SamMobile , a website that covers Samsung news, reports that it has confirmed that the South Korean tech giant will unveil its rumored device on Sept. 4. The unveiling will take place at the IFA annual consumer electronics show in Berlin, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note III smartphone, the report says. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The device is expected to be named the Galaxy Gear, and SamMobile reports that it will be a companion accessory that will work with Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
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August 30, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc., looking to tap into the exploding market for used phones, has launched an iPhone trade-in program at its retail stores. The move comes as the sale of higher-end smartphones is slowing, prompting gadget makers and wireless carriers to offer incentives to encourage customers to upgrade to the latest versions of their devices. "It's important to remember that the smartphone resale market is still relatively small," said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG Research.
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July 24, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Shares of Irvine chip maker Broadcom Corp. plunged to their lowest price in three years as investors worried that smartphones and tablets will be increasingly outfitted with wireless chips made by rivals. Nearly all Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users who connect to a Wi-Fi network or turn on Bluetooth are able to do so because of a Broadcom wireless networking chip that costs about $5 a phone. A third of Broadcom's business comes from those two device makers. But in recent weeks, analyst reports related to Samsung and Apple have suggested that the number of first-time buyers of smartphones is slowing.
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July 15, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Now he's got 100 problems. Rapper Jay-Z was widely praised for his business savvy after he announced a plan to give away 1 million copies of his new album to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users through a special app. But that app has generated a slew of complaints from users, and even a fellow rapper , worried about data it collects. Now the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, an advocacy group, is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times “ Samsung  failed to disclose material information about the privacy practices of the App, collected data unnecessary to the functioning of the  Magna   Carta  App, deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data, interfered with device functionality, and failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures,” the group said in the complaint.
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June 20, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais and Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S III is set to make its U.S. debut Thursday for T-Mobile and for Sprint a week later. And we have in our hot little hands the Galaxy S III from T-Mobile. The things that jumped out at us and made notable first impressions were its huge screen, sleek design and S Voice. Clearly, the very first thing you can't help noticing is that expansive 4.8-inch screen, whose largeness seemed to be offset by the phone's light weight and slim design. It never became too difficult to navigate, although it could take some getting used to for fingers accustomed to stretching across a 3.5-inch screen.
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April 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 went on sale this past weekend, and we have our hands on one. The device is the follow-up to last year's highly successful Galaxy S III smartphone and it's also Samsung's response to the iPhone 5. The new flagship smartphone features a 5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and runs on a powerful 1.9GHz quad-core processor. The phone is also loaded with a bevy of software features, including an infrared TV remote, a variety of camera features and the ability to scroll through photos by waving a hand in front of the device.
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April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last but not least, Verizon Wireless has joined the other major U.S. mobile phone carriers in taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Customers can now head to Verizon's website to place an order for the upcoming Samsung device. The gadget can be purchased for $600 off contract or for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Users who buy the device with a two-year contract can get a $50 mail-in rebate, dropping the final price of the phone to $199.99. Additionally, customers who preorder and agree a two-year contract can get a second GS5 free if they activate another two-year contract.
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March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Users can now play with the device at Best Buy stores across the country before it goes on sale on April 11. Best Buy said it is now displaying the GS5 in stores in most of its major markets. The upcoming phone is Samsung's latest flagship device. It features a 5.1-inch, full 1080p HD screen with a 16-megapixel camera and 16-gigabytes of storage. Normally, the device retails for $199.99 with a two-year contract. PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8)
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March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has announced it will begin taking pre-orders for Samsung's latest mobile devices -- the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit -- starting Friday. The Texas carrier said it will sell the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Users can also purchase the device through the AT&T Next plan and pay $25 per month over 26 months or $32.50 per month over 20 months. The device can also be purchased off contract for $649.99. AT&T said pre-orders can be made online and at retail stores.
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February 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S5, the latest version of its flagship smartphone. The device includes a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale in April. Unlike in previous years, when Samsung announced new Galaxy S models with larger and larger screens, this year the South Korean tech giant focused its presentation on a handful of key features. Samsung said the Galaxy S5 will include a fingerprint scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and make mobile payments. If this sounds familiar, that's because Apple introduced a similar feature with the iPhone 5s when that device was announced last September.
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December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Israeli cybersecurity researchers claim to have found a major hole in Samsung's Knox security software that leaves Galaxy S 4 devices used for enterprise and government work vulnerable to hackers. The reported security hole makes it possible for malware to intercept secure data, such as emails, on GS4 smartphones that are supposed to be protected by the Knox software, according to the Wall Street Journal . The Knox platform is designed so that users can keep their personal data on the same device as their sensitive, work-related data, which is protected separately by the Samsung security software.
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December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has released countless ads in 2013, but it seems the South Korean tech giant has saved the worst for last. A commercial for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch was released by Samsung this weekend, and because of its super cheesy nature, the video may be the worst tech ad of the year. The $299 smartwatch is capable of syncing with certain Samsung devices by way of Bluetooth. Once connected, the gadget can send and receive text messages, make voice calls, shoot pictures and videos as well as run apps.
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October 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Sprint will begin selling the enormous 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet hybrid device Oct. 25. The Kansas-based network, which recently agreed to sell a 70% stake to Japan's SoftBank Corp. , announced the upcoming Samsung phone will start selling for $299.99 on a two-year contract to new customers and those with upgrades. Sprint did not specify how much storage the phone will have, but said it will sell both color options offered by Samsung -- marble white and titanium gray.
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May 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon has begun taking pre-orders for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but the smartphone will come with a steep price to pay for Americans who don't want to wait. Though the 4.8-inch-screen Android phone is set to release in Europe next week, its U.S. arrival is further away. If you want the phone now, you can pre-order from Amazon, but it will cost you $799.99. Amazon is selling the phones in pebble blue and marble white and will release them on June 1, but buying the device before it officially gets to the U.S. might not be worth it. First off, the phone will not run on Verizon or Sprint networks due to incompatible technology, and though the phone can make calls on T-Mobile's network, it won't be able to connect to high-speed data, according to PCWorld . That leaves AT&T as the only major U.S. network that Amazon's Galaxy S IIIs will work on, but the phone cannot run on its 4G LTE network.
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November 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is available for $0 at Best Buy as part of Black Friday, but the Galaxy S 5 is just around the corner and rumors have begun to swirl. South Korean news website ET News is reporting that the Galaxy S 5 is set to go into production as early as January. That will give Samsung a handful of months to produce devices for a launch sometime in March or April, just as it did this year with the GS4. As for the actual device, Samsung is expected to outfit the gadget with a 64-bit processor, similar to the one introduced by Apple on the iPhone 5s. These new kinds of processors deliver richer graphics and better performance.
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