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Samsung Galaxy S4 Call and SMS Blocking

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Blocking spammers, pranksters and people that simply annoy you from your Samsung Galaxy S4 is easy. Just add them to your Auto Reject list to prevent them from calling you or include them to the Spam numbers of your SMS app. This article will show you the ways to do it.

1. How do you block calls in Galaxy S4?

If there are people that you want to bar from calling you like telemarketers, disgruntled ex, pranksters and due to some other reasons, all you have to do is enter their number in your blocklist. To do this, just perform the following steps:

a. Go to Settings.

b. Proceed to My Device.

c. Then, select Call followed by Call Rejection.

d. Tap the Auto Reject List.

e. Enter the phone number of the person that you want to block.

2. How do you block SMS in Galaxy S4?

Blocking people who keep on spamming you with text messages can be done in a few steps:

a. Open the Messaging app.

b. Tap and hold the spam message.

c. When prompted, select Add to Spam Numbers.

d. Tap OK to finish.

Another way to do this is through the Settings menu. You can perform this if you no longer have the message of the person that you want to block in your Messaging app. Here are the steps to do this:

a. Tap the Messaging app.

b. Press the Menu key.

c. Go to Settings.

d. Enable Spam Settings.

e. Open the Add to Spam Numbers option.

f. Tap the plus (+) sign.

e. Enter the number of the person that you want to block or open the Contacts icon to select the person that you want to block from your phonebook.

f. Save the changes that you did when you are done.

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Samsung Galaxy F may be the new 2014 flagship

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Samsung already has many different ranges of smartphones, with the ‘Galaxy’ brand cementing all the Android smartphones and the ATIV brand for all things Windows. The company splits the brands into specific lines, like the Galaxy S, Note, Mega, Ace, Grand and so on and so forth.

The South Korean electronics giant may be preparing a new higher-end smartphone line, called the Galaxy F. The Galaxy S and Note line are both pretty high end, with competitive prices against the HTC One and iPhone 5S, but Samsung believes with a new design aesthetic comes a new name.

According to rumors, the Galaxy F will be packed with a octa-core CPU, most likely the Exynos 5 made by Samsung, the phone will also feature 3GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a Triluminous display with 500ppi and 16MP camera with OIS.

Samsung will also ditch the plastic shell in favor of an more luxurious full metal back and side, similar to the iPhone 5S and HTC One. This will be where Samsung can officially say they do not have the worst quality smartphones on the market and people believe them.

TouchWiz will still run on the smartphone as it does with almost every other Samsung device, lowering our excitement for the device. The phone is set to come with Android 4.2 oddly, although we believe Samsung will push it to Android KitKat 4.4 before release.

Samsung in talks with metal casing suppliers for Galaxy S5

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Samsung has become synonymous with the slimy plastic smartphones, but the South Korean electronics giant is in talks with metal casing supplier to develop their next high-end smartphone.

We have already heard rumors Samsung is changing course with the Galaxy S5, with a whole new design to go up against the HTC One and iPhone 5S, both sporting high-quality aluminium designs.

Currently, Samsung is in talks with Catcher Technology, a Taiwanese manufacturer of metal casing, able to supply around 10 to 30 million units within a quarter for Samsung, not enough for the full launch but definitely half of the order.

Samsung is also working on their own factories for metal casing and they may look at some small suppliers to finish the end order. The Galaxy S4 sold around 10 million units in a month, Samsung should be looking to sell around 12 – 15 million Galaxy S5 units.

A new metal design would change one of the biggest disappointments in the Galaxy S line, but we still have TouchWiz. With the GPE and ROM’s becoming easier to flash onto a smartphone, it may be less of an issue when the UI is awful.

We should see the Galaxy S5 sometime in early-summer 2014, either April, May or June, the normal time for Samsung to reveal the next Galaxy S model. Samsung should also have better-specs, including the Exynos 5 chip, 3GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

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Analyst Claims Apple iPhone 4,4S and 5 Have Outsold Galaxy S and Galaxy Note Series by 88 Million Units

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There are plenty of analysts out there, whose job is to crunch numbers and give us details about a trend or a company. It’s usually seen that while these numbers are often accurate and sensible, especially the ones by Gartner, many others are out there to just show one particular aspect/feature in good light. We have one such analyst today named Tavis McCourt who represents Raymond James research, claiming that the iPhones have outsold the Galaxy S and Note series by about 88 million units. This figure, while completely true, is unfair in many ways. This could be a way to gain confidence of Apple stockholders who have shown little faith in the company since the past few days.

The Galaxy S lineup consisting of the Galaxy S, the S II and the S III are hot sellers in their own right, with each smartphone outselling the predecessor’s sales with every growing year. However, by the time the Galaxy S was launched, the iPhone was already three generations old (iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS). And Apple was about to launch the iPhone 4 just a few weeks after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S. So Apple already had the head start in the smartphone segment, while Samsung was still making its way to the top. So it is only fair to compare these smartphones at their peak. For example, we would like to see how the iPhone 5 sold in comparison to the Galaxy S III. Since Apple and Samsung set the release date apart by a few months, it’s almost impossible to have a fair comparison of the two flagships. As we all know, the iPhone 5 was widely popular and sold over 5 million units during the launch weekend alone. This is quite a remarkable feat for a smartphone and something which we’ve come to expect from iPhones.

However, recent reports have suggested that the demand for the iPhone 5 might be falling a bit, which obviously caused quite a panic with the share holders. This resulted in Apple’s stocks falling from $705 in September 2012 to $498 today. The shares no doubt have seen a slight increase since the last time we spoke about Apple’s stocks, but it’s nothing to write home about for Apple. Reports of a cheaper and affordable iPhone are making the rounds in the internet, so the future looks pretty bright for Apple. But inevitably it will come down to Apple vs Samsung again this year when the two companies unveil their respective flagships. It is commendable however as to how Samsung launched a new brand of smartphones and built on its success each year. The company is optimistic of selling a lot more smartphones in 2013, which should be interesting to watch.

Source: CNET
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S Series Surpasses 100 Million Sales Mark

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We all know how globally successful the Samsung Galaxy flagships are. Well these are the devices that sell well and single handedly rule the Android world, so it must be something. It is important to note that all of this started with the original Galaxy S back in 2010, which is quite a controversial smartphone today, but one can’t argue with the impact it had on the market. The Galaxy S III which succeeded the 2011 flagship the Galaxy S II, is currently one of the hottest selling smartphones from the company, if we leave out the Galaxy Note which is in a different segment altogether. And now, the Galaxy S series have reportedly reached a new milestone which is worthy of a praise. Well, Samsung reports that Galaxy S series smartphones have now sold over 100 million units ever since the first Galaxy S was launched in 2010. This is great news for the company and a feat achieved in a span of under three years. Of course this doesn’t include the sales of the Galaxy Note series which would obviously increase the number substantially.

It is important to note that Samsung was up against a stalwart like the iPhone when it first started off, but the emergence of the bigger Super AMOLED panels made the Galaxy S series more appealing and likable for the users. In the current scenario, the Galaxy S III is easily outselling the Apple flagship i.e. the iPhone 5. As we just reported, the iPhone 5 is already seeing low demand as evidenced by Apple’s cut down in orders for the display panels. So it’s Samsung Galaxy S III all the way, although we’re not quite sure as to what’s happening over at Samsung. And as we get closer to the launch of the next Galaxy flagship, the sales are generally expected to be slow. But the 100 million mark is something Samsung will like to double if not more over the next couple of years, and rightly so because it rightly deserves every bit of the recognition it is getting right now. Stepping into the mobile scene long after Nokia, Motorola, HTC and others were established, Samsung really took them all off guard.

Obviously the iPhone sales figures would be substantially higher than the Galaxy S sales figures but we have to bear in mind that Samsung has only been in the scene for two and a half years while Apple has been making iPhones for six years now. It always comes down to the inevitable comparison of the Samsung flagship with the Apple flagship and there are always conflicting reports/opinions on these smartphones. Expect the same to happen in the next few months as Samsung unveils the next big thing in mobile. For now, it’s celebration time if you’re a Samsung employee.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Flickr)
Via: Phone Arena

Leaked document shows Sprint is rolling out Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on Oct 25th

When Korean manufacturer, Samsung, announced that its flagship smartphone, Galaxy S III, released in the United States would be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update “soon,” it actually left an impression that US customers aren’t getting the same treatment as with customers from other regions. The company didn’t provide an ETA as to when the update would be rolled out pushing bloggers to speculate that the update might not be rolled out until 2013. There was, however, one carrier that hinted of an update this year—Sprint Nextel.

While many think Sprint would roll out the update in November, the most recent document that was leaked and published online suggests Sprint Galaxy S III owners could start receiving notifications today, October 25th. The screenshot does look legit and it says the update will bring software build L710VPALJ7 to the device. The XDA Developer community was the first one to publish the document and it spread like wild fire considering the popularity of Galaxy S3.

Many tech enthusiasts believe an update from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean is simply an incremental upgrade as the core architecture of the operating system remains unchanged. However, the JB package intended for Galaxy S III should be larger than typical packages for other devices because of its features on top of stock features such as Home Screen Management, Android Beam, better Notifications bar, Google Now, etc. It is expected that Sprint would add a few features to facilitate better customer service.

If you are one of the Galaxy S III owners under Sprint network, this is one reason to be excited. But at the end of the day, this information still needs confirmation from either Samsung or Sprint and as we wait for it, we must take this new with a pinch of a salt. Perhaps, the best thing to do for now is wait and see if the screenshot was taken from the actual Sprint document.

[source: XDA Developer Forums] [via: Phandroid]

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Samsung Galaxy S III Review

Easily the most anticipated Android phone of 2012, Samsung Galaxy S III has finally arrived. The latest flagship phone from Samsung does not disappoint, and has met expectations in every department. Build-wise, S III is similar to its predecessor, with lightweight plastic body. In hand, the phone feels solid and strong.

Although the screen is slightly bigger than its predecessor, S III doesn’t look too big, thanks to its ‘no-frills’ design. The 4.8 inch AMOLED display has received major improvements, because of which the bluish tint and the oversaturation found in S II has disappeared. In fact, the screen is one of the best features of Galaxy S III, and one of the most gorgeous panels we’ve ever seen. The quad-core Exynos processor is another huge improvement over S II, and offers blazing fast performance with no lag whatsoever. The benefit is felt in the camera app too, which loads up instantly and can easily take up to 6 photos per second at a resolution of 8 megapixels. There’s almost no shutter lag to be noticed, which is well suited to high speed photography.

User experience on the phone is great because of the flawless performance. The gesture controls and face recognition that Android 4.0 brings to the table are pretty neat and useful. Next, thanks to the Exynos chip and a huge 2100 mAh, S III manages to deliver an impressive battery life, at par with other competing flagships. The phone can last through a day on heavy usage, and a lot longer when used conservatively. Overall, the Galaxy S III is a great device, exactly the kind you’ll expect when you pay a hefty amount for a phone. It’s good looking, super-fast, has a gorgeous screen and has an awesome camera to top it all.

Samsung Issues User Guide For Galaxy S Value Pack

The O.G. Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, Fascinate) will not be getting Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead, Samsung is issuing a “value pack” upgrade which has many of the features Ice Cream Sandwich users around the world are raving about.

Some of the photo based features like the ability to snap a picture while in video as well as Face unlock are found in the Samsung Value Pack.

The Face Unlock is actually a little more secure in the Value Pack. As our friends at Phonearena point out, you must blink before it recognizes you for Faceunlock, insuring that the unlocking mechnaism is looking at an actual person and not at a picture.

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Apple Adds Just About Every Samsung Android Phone To CopyCat List

It’s hard to believe that Apple actually buys parts from Samsung. Earlier this year Apple sued Samsung saying alleging that Samsung stole designs from Apple’s iPhone and iPad products for Samsung’s mobile devices.

The original lawsuit brought on by Apple alleged that the designs for the: Galaxy S, Nexus S, Epic 4G, and Galaxy Tabs were copied from Apple designs.  They have now amended the lawsuit to include the Droid Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy S II. (like we said nearly every Samsung Android, at least the new ones).

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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy S Phones and Galaxy Tab

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Apple has a strange way of working with their suppliers.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is suing Samsung over the design of both their Galaxy S line of smartphones and their 10.1″ Samsung Galaxy Tab, announced in February at Mobile World congress.

Apple says in the lawsuit “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”

In the lawsuit filed Friday in Northern California District Court, Apple specifically names the Galaxy S 4G, Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Apple has been buying processor parts from Samsung for many years including the A5 and A4 chips found in their iPad line of tablets.  Apple contends that it is through this relationship that Samsung was able to “steal” Apple’s designs.

Source: Wall Street Journal via phonescoop

Samsung Galaxy S Owners Across The Pond Get Gingerbread

Hold your horses if you’re in the United States and remember it took forever to get the Samsung Vibrant and Samsung Captivate to Froyo and the Epic 4G and Fascinate still have yet to get Froyo, but hey if you’re a UK or European reader here we go…

Samsung has begun pushing out a Kies update for the Samsung Galaxy S for it’s European customers. Kies is Samsung’s PC only update tool.

If you’re in Europe and own a Samsung Galaxy S then attach your phone to kies and see if your update is ready to go.

Source: Android Community

T-Mobile’s Latest Ad: Enter The Tech Blogger

We’re not quite sure why they introduced a tech blogger into their latest advertisement but that’s exactly what T-Mobile has done for their latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.

You know the ads the ones that mimic the “I’m A Mac/I’m A PC” that made Justin Long a household name? The T-Mobile girls name is Carly and for this episode she is a Samsung Galaxy S 4G and a guy (who bares a striking resemblance in looks only to Androidandme’s Taylor Wimberly) who “blogs about these things” interrupts Carly to check out the speed of the Galaxy S 4G.

We find it a tad bit humorous though, maybe they could’ve used Paul  Miller?

What If We Yelled Froyo In A Crowded Movie Theater?

According to Androidcentral.com from very reliable Samsung sources the people at Samsung are sporting the official EA-17 buld of Froyo for the Samsung Epic 4G and it’s ready to go.  If all goes according to plan, which to date it hasn’t, than Sprint Samsung Epic 4G’s will see an over the air Froyo update on February 21st 2011.  This update will roll out in stages and as with every update we will be watching the twitters to see who is reporting that they’ve received it and who hasn’t. We will also be checking our Samsung Epic 4G in the process. We pinged two of our sources at Samsung and one of them told us off the record that Androidcentral is definitely “onto something”.

To expland this even further Androidcentral is suggesting that Verizon Fascinate owners keep their calendars clear for February 22nd, they could see some Froyo love then. If both of these updates hold true the only phone we haven’t heard about is the Samsung Captivate and it’s Froyo update. We hope we hear soon as Samsung does have the Infuse releasing soon on AT&Ts 4G and that will be a beast of a phone.

Source: Androidcentral and Samsung

Accessory Spotlight: Trident Cyclops Series Case

First I want to say normally I’m actually completely AGAINST cases on phones as I believe you should be able to care for something if you want it…

Now to the review… I LOVE THIS PRODUCT IF you fit its need… I honestly don’t know why but I love it alot… I was sent a Trident Cyclops case for a Samsung Galaxy S and it just works… Its rugged enough to be able to handle falls and has a built in screen protector that if I had while I was working on a car for Nexus One might have stopped engine oil from getting on screen.

You can drop the phone and nothing will happen to it, I love it. I was told not to try and put it in water to see if makes phone water proof also, so can’t vouch for that. It does look/act/feel bulky but for those who are saying going to an amusement park or working  on cars or in a construction yard or taking a trip to the beach this is what you need.

However once you get around the fact that your phone wont be damaged with this case on, thats where it fails… The screen protection on it doesn’t work all that well until a little user modification happened. We cut it off… The covers for the USB and the Headphone jack are a pain to take off once on. Which is good to stop dirt and things from going in but bad if you are wanting to use it. How the case is, makes it so the sides of the phone are hard to use which makes this case something that a heavy user wouldn’t be interested in but someone who either can’t stand up for a while without falling or doesn’t want to risk the phone being damaged from where they are going or working this is for you. The Cyclops line comes in 7 colors: Blue, Yellow, Black, Red, White, Orange, and sadly Pink.

I personally give my complete ok on this product if you are worried your phone may be damaged where you go, besides that for a heavy user like my self I can’t see me using this. This seems like the first bonafide competition for Otterbox.

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About the writer. Brent F is our west coast event reporter. In addition he used to own his own website.  Brent F is the founder of a new app development company