Galaxy S5 already 0.7% of Android devices, claims study

How popular is the Galaxy S5? Samsung’s latest flagship has broken its release date in South Korea, been widely hyped and anticipated stateside, and seen one of the larger worldwide rollouts in recent memory. That all contributes to a recent study by Localytics, which say the Galaxy S5 is already responsible for nearly 1% of Android devices worldwide.

The 0.7% Localytics claims for the Galaxy S5 is a worldwide metric, so it spans the 125 countries and territories the GS5 was launched in on (or near) April 11. Localytics also points out that Galaxy S5 sales topped early Galaxy S4 sales, which could put them on pace to outsell the predecessor device we’ve all compared it to.

The study, which ranged from launch day to April 18, has Localytics saying the early numbers are “especially impressive”, and puts the device on a similar trajectory to the iPhone 5S. The regional breakdown notes the handset is still US centric at 64%, but Europe also makes a respectable showing.

In a saturated space, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 stands out as perhaps the flagship Android device. At nearly 1% implementation in just a week, it’s clear consumers want the latest from Samsung. Did you buy one? Tell us in the comments section below.

Via: Ubergizmo

HBO content heading to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime members will soon be able to watch HBO. Announced just this morning, a new partnership between Amazon and HBO will make "Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming." Prime members will be able to begin streaming on May 21st, and Fire TV users can also look forward to getting an HBO GO app.

For now the HBO GO app for the Fire TV is said to be coming "by year-end." As for the "select" aspect of the Prime availability; the list includes all seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under as well as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. Prime Members will also be able to stream some miniseries, original movies, documentaries and comedy specials.

  • Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade’s End
  • Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood
  • Hit original movies like Game Change, Too Big To Fail and You Don’t Know Jack
  • Pedigreed documentaries including the Autopsy and Iceman series, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and When the Levees Broke
  • Hilarious original comedy specials from Lewis Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis CK and Bill Maher

This is described as being a multi-year deal. Coming along with the previously mentioned content will be early seasons of shows such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep.

This marks the first time HBO has licensed content out to an online streaming service. It also happens to come at a good time for Amazon, and a not so good time for Netflix. This deal is exclusive to Amazon, which means Netflix users will not be seeing HBO content. But perhaps equally important to consider was the recent news about price increases coming to Netflix. Sure, Prime was recently upped, but the value seems to remain as the service includes quite a bit more than streaming video.

SOURCE: Amazon

Omate TrueSmart partners with Minuum keyboard

Omate TrueSmart users now have another keyboard option to consider. This latest is the Minuum keyboard, which is one we took a took at a few weeks earlier when the v2.0 release arrived. At the time we were mainly looking at Minuum on the Moto X, however we did briefly test it on the TrueSmart as well.

The catch was, at the time we looked at Minuum you would need to have had the Play Store installed or sideload the APK. This latest bit of news, the partnership between Omate and Minuum means availability by way of the OStore (the default app store on the TrueSmart).

While the OStore availability is a perk, there is more involved. TrueSmart users will be able to download the Minuum keyboard for free. For reference, Minuum regularly sells for $3.99 in the Play Store. Both Omate and Minuum are touting this as being a good option for the watch as it shrinks the keyboard down and takes up less screen real estate, something that is needed with a small display.

The folks at Minuum have also said Omate users will "receive automatic Minuum updates with new languages and features as they become available." Those looking for more on how Minuum works should watch our hands-on from back in May, and also check the video sitting below.

SOURCE: Minuum

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 US release date set for May 1

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 earlier in the month, and more recently, we are getting word of US availability. Samsung has said the Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the US beginning on May 1. And to clarify, this includes the 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1-inch models.

Galaxy Tab 4 pricing will be as follows; 7.0 for $199.99, 8.0 for $269.99 and 10.1 for $349.99. Those considering a purchase will be able to choose between black or white, and availability will be with "major" retailers to include Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max, Tiger Direct and more. Samsung will also be selling the tablet direct, with a pre-order option coming on April 24th.

These tablets will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and WiFi-only for connectivity. The 7.0-inch model will have features to include a 1280 x 800 resolution, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8/16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 4000 mAh battery, 1.3MP front-facing camera and a 3MP rear-facing camera.

The 8.0-inch model takes many of the same features from the 7.0-inch. In fact, the main difference between the 8.0 and 7.0 models is the battery size, which is bumped to 4450 mAh on the 8.0-inch model. Worth noting, while the display grows an inch, the resolution remains the same at 1280 x 800. The 10.1-inch model is another similar story. Here you'll see the display grown in size, but retain the same resolution. The 10.1-inch model also has a 6800 mAh battery, but otherwise, is the same in terms of the remaining specs.

While this launch deals with the WiFi-only model, Samsung does have plans to launch a cellular connected model with AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. These are all expected to arrive "this summer." Remaining details on the carrier models are as follows;

"AT&T will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 this summer. Sprint will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 this summer. T-Mobile will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 this summer. Verizon Wireless will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1 this summer."

SOURCE: Business Wire

OnePlus asking users to “smash the past”

After a seemingly never ending series of rumors, leaks and teasers; OnePlus officially unveiled the One last evening. The company offered a full set of specs as well as details on both pricing and market availability. The OnePlus One certainly looks like it can compete in terms of pricing and specs, but this leaves us wondering about the invite system.

We first saw this announced a short while back. We know some invites have already been given to contest winners, and now it looks like 100 hopeful buyers will soon be chosen at random. OnePlus has launched the website, which as the name would suggest -- is inviting users to smash their phone.

We do urge you to keep reading before you run out to smash your device.

You'll need to apply on that previously mentioned website, and OnePlus will be choosing 100 people at random. If you happen to be picked, that is when the damage will be done. Nicely, you will be getting something in exchange for the destruction.

Those 100 people who smash their current device will be able to buy a OnePlus One for $1. It seems you can think of this as a slightly different take on trading in your old device for a credit towards new. Not to mention, probably a bit more fun. With that, the countdown clock on the OnePlus site has just gone under the 2 day mark and will continue counting down till 9AM EST on April 25th.


Xiaomi unveils Mi routers and set-top box, no tablet in sight

Xiaomi has decided to one-up fledgling OnePlus by holding its press event half an hour ahead of the other. However, Xiaomi's surprise lineup, which consists of two routers and a TV box, might not be what many have been excitedly waiting for.

First up is the Mi Router, something that has already been common knowledge among testers. This wireless router supports dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac and comes with its own 1 TB hard drive. The form of the device itself is rather strange, sporting a elongated cylindrical shape that might remind some of one of Apple's products.

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That resemblance to Apple's devices continues with the smaller Mi Router Mini, which, in all honesty, looks like the Magic Trackpad. Xiaomi isn't disclosing yet the exact specs of the device but it's selling feature is supposedly the variety of colors available, including white, black, orange, cyan, lime, and pink.

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And last we come to the Mi Box Enhanced Edition, the second iteration of its existing TV box. Compared to the original model, the enhanced version supports 4K Ultra HD videos of up to 3840x2160 resolutions, sports a faster but still unnamed 4 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. It even has a new, slimmer design to boot.

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The Xiaomi Mi Router has a price tag of 699 RMB ($112), while the smaller Mi Router Mini only costs 129 RMB ($21). The Mi Box Enhanced Edition will sell for 399 RMB or around $64. Xiaomi also announced that it will be expanding its reach to more countries starting with Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, followed by Russia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico.


These new devices unveiled by Xiaomi will likely sell like pancakes once they're out. Unfortunately, for those who have been waiting for or dreaming of a Xiaomi-made tablet coming in the market, this event might have been a disappointment. That said, there's still a chance that Xiaomi will reveal such a device, perhaps when it won't be sharing the limelight with other companies.

OnePlus One arrives promising to never settle for second best

OnePlus has finally taken off the veils from its highly hyped device. It has promised to never settle for mediocrity and put out the best of the best, but the question now is whether it was able to deliver on its word. Like many devices, it's a hit on some and a miss on others, but the market will be the final judge once it finally lands in the hands of users.

Here you have the expected specs that have been teased little by little in the past. A fast, in fact the fastest, 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 drives the device and the 3 GB of RAM ensures to keep things snappy. Internal storage configurations include 16 GB and and 64 GB, both boasting the latest and fastest EMMC 5.0 specification. The camera isn't exactly spectacular at 13 megapixels at the back and a high 5 megapixel shooter in the front, but they're quite on par with almost everyone else. You have your staple of connectivity options, such as WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2G, 3G, and 4G network, and Bluetooth 4.0. The 3,100 mAh battery will help keep all of the above functioning throughout the day. The Chinese company claims that the OnePlus One is the first smartphone to sport bottom-facing stereo speakers, though there might be some ready to dispute that. What isn't so easily disputable, however, is the help that JBL gave in order to make that design a possibility. As leaked before, 13 megapixel rear camera sports Sony's IMX214 Sensor with a 6-element lens and f/2.0 aperture. No tricks here, like building up a 50 megapixel image, but you do get pretty pictures even in low light conditions.

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OnePlus has given a lot of though into the form of the device. After all, they have a more than a dozen similar looking shapes and designs to contend with. One of the biggest things that differentiates it from other smartphones is the lack of any distinctive marking on the face of the device. Without the need to make room for any type of branding or logo or even a home button, they are able to dedicate the entire surface to the display. At least that's the theory. Unfortunately it seems that they have gone with capacitive buttons instead of software ones, which takes away a good chunk of space at the bottom. The other unique thing about the OnePlus One is that, while most have been trying to do away with bezels, it embraces it to some extent. The smartphone features a rather strange recessed bezel, separating the screen and the edge by a gap of 0.7 mm. It is a unique design, no doubt, but whether our hands and thumbs will agree is something that still needs to be tested. As far as form factor goes, the OnePlus one is your typical 5.5-inch smartphone, with dimension of 152.9 mm x 75.9 mm x 8.9 mm. However, the screen edge has its own separate measurement, at 4.6 mm thick.

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In terms of personalization, OnePlus has taken a page from Motorola's book. Though not exactly offering the same level of freedom like the Moto X, OnePlus reveals that buyers will have a choice of personalized textures, including bamboo, wood, denim, and even kevlar. For those looking for less fancy appearances, the OnePlus One is available in Sandstone Black and Silk White. OnePlus itself just recently teased the customized CyanogenMod 11S experience that owners will be facing in the new smartphone. Indeed, this particular brand of CyanogenMod will be sporting a flatter than usual theme, but users will be given more freedom in customizing their device's appearance. But beyond just theming, OnePlus says that users will also be able to install the different custom interfaces from its competitors, like OPPO's ColorOS or Xiaomi's MIUI.

The OnePlus One will initially be available in 16 countries consisting of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the US starting the second quarter of this year.. It will also come with very tempting prices. The 16 GB will only cost $299 while the 64 GB isn't that far away at $349. Considering these will be offered unlocked and without contracts, that is definitely a bargain that is hard to refuse.

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Google Play Stores holds Spring Premium Game Sale

Spring is in the air and Google wants you to remember that fact by holding another one of its sales focusing on game content. In this round, quite a number of premium games have slashed their normal prices to a range starting from $1 to just $4.

It is normal for Google to hold such kinds of sales, usually to mark changes in the season. The last one, however, was done just last month to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Google Play Store, the name, not the app marketplace, which has definitely existed long before that. But while that sale was a mishmash of different types of content available from Google, this round focuses squarely on the interactive entertainment kind.

This premium sale collection covers a wide range of genres, ranging from your usual casual mobile games to full-fledged action games. You have the reverse tower defense Anomaly 2 running for only $0.99 along with physical puzzler The Room, which, by the way, is also part of the current Humble Mobile Bundle 5. Adventure game classic Broken Sword: Director's cut is also part of the deal at the same $0.99. Interestingly, The Dark Knight Rises is in that same price range as well. Higher up the price ladder you get NBA 2K14, bringing the popular sports title for only $2.99. At the top rung with a $3.99 price tag is the Android port of Shadowrun Returns, a turn-based strategy adventure game that interestingly blends the themes of cyberpunk and fantasy.

There's no telling until when the sale will last, so best grab the titles that tickle your fancy. Of course, the games are restricted by region so some games or even the discounted prices might not be available in all countries.

SOURCE: Google

T-Mobile bribes BlackBerry users to switch to a Samsung Galaxy S5

T-Mobile is at it again with another "promo" that will surely ruffle BlackBerry's feathers once more. This time, however, the US carrier is encouraging its BlackBerry-toting subscribers to switch not to an iPhone but to any Samsung smartphone.

In exchange for jumping to a Galaxy S5 or a Galaxy Note 3 or any of Samsung's other Android devices, T-Mobile will be giving $200 worth of gift cards. But if you are not a fan of the Korean manufacturer's plastic lineup, you can still avail of a lower $100 trade by switching to any smartphone that isn't a BlackBerry. Wherever you go, there is something in store as long as you denounce your allegiance to BlackBerry.

This act is sure to fan the flames of enmity between these two companies. T-Mobile fired the opening salvo in February when it tried to subtly suggest BlackBerry users to jump ship and switch to an iPhone. This, naturally, did not sit well with BlackBerry who, after a tirade against T-Mobile, cut its ties with the carrier by not renewing its licensing agreement. T-Mobile CEO John Legere later issued an open letter to its BlackBerry subscribers trying to appease and at the same time convince them to stay, even if it means giving up their BlackBerry devices.

This latest move is unlikely to make its remaining BlackBerry users happy, but T-Mobile probably more interested in really getting them to switch smartphones anyway. The offer is supposedly available to T-Mobile customer who purchased a BlackBerry unit any time in the past up until April 3 and the offer stands until the end of the year.


Samsung Galaxy S5 now supported by TWRP recovery

Tinkerers and modders who desire the Galaxy S5 for its hardware but with very little interest in Samsung's bloatware now have a fighting chance. The latest 2.7 version of the Team Win Recovery Project, better known as TWRP, is now available for Galaxy S5 devices of the "klte" variant.

TWRP rose through the ranks at a time when Clockwork Recovery or CWM was seemingly stagnating in terms of new features, primary among them being the lack of a touch-based interface. Although Koushik "Koush" Dutta is back to developing CWM, he has also signified that he doesn't really want to take CWM beyond the simple and focused recovery that it is. This leaves TWRP a bigger room to grow.

One of TWRP's most popular features is that it is fully touch driven, without the need to use volume rockers or power buttons. It can even display an on-screen keyboard when needed. Beyond the basic functionality, however, TWRP also allows for certain customizations via XML themes, making it possible for ROM makes and other integrators to define all aspects of the look and feel of the recovery screen.

With TWRP now available for the Galaxy S5, it is easier for developers, and eventually end users, to take the smartphone beyond what Samsung dictates. There are various methods available for installing TWRP, with varying levels of difficulty but all with the usual risks associated with installing recoveries. The easiest would be to install TWRP via the GooManager app from Google Play Store. This method requires a rooted device, which has already been done. The dd method is probably the hardest, requiring some amount of command line knowledge and confidence. But there is a middle ground in the form of a flashable tar image that can be used with the Odin flashing utility.