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What we expect from Samsung Galaxy S5?


one of the leading global mobile company and famous for its Galaxy series touch-screen smart-phones, is expected to launch ‘Galaxy S5’ this year with best features so far. 

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If we believe on reports, company is not very excited with public response of ‘Galaxy S4’ and planning to do better to stand against its rival Apple iPhone series before launch of S5.

Now, if we believe on rumours, Samsung is planning to launch ‘Galaxy S5’ in two variants—Metal case and Plastic case this year.

 If we talk about size, according to reports, the company may launch its premium phone’s next version in 5.25-inch display screen.

 In its earlier version—Galaxy S4, there is 5-inch screen, therefore in the upcoming version, according to expert, Samsung may increase the screen size.

 Next and most impressive change could be its camera which is expected to be 16 megapixels (MP) from Galaxy S4’s 13 MP cam.  

 Also, there will be more changes in resolution of the screen.

 Negative:

 Apart from all positive news, there is no information about its battery performance as S4 is not impressive in terms of its battery back-up (talk time).

 According to reports, Samsung may launch the phone in Indian market by the end of this year—that means, tech geeks have to wait for some more time to buy this device.

Since, S4, at present costs around Rs. 34,000 in Indian market, according to expert, new version of the Galaxy phone may cost around Rs 50,000 in India.

Confirmed: Samsung global will announce the Galaxy S5 later this month. report :-akki


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Samsung recently sent out invitations to a press conference that will take place ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona later this month. Dubbed Unpacked 5, the presence of “5″ in the event’s title caused the tech press to jump to the conclusion that Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, would debut at the event. That notion remained speculation until Wednesday morning, when The New York Times confirmed that Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 will in fact debut at the company’s February 24th press conference.

The report also notes that Samsung should and will shift its focus away from gimmicky features in the Galaxy S5.

Hmm, where have we heard that advice before?

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is expected to feature a new AMOLED display with 2K resolution that measures about 5.2 inches diagonally. Reports also suggest the phone will include a quad-core Snapdragon processor or an octa-core Samsung Exynos chipset depending on region, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of memory, a 16-megapixel camera, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,200 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

The NYT also says that Samsung will unveil a sequel to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch during its event later this month.

Update Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Official Firmware


XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware for Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 is now available for download. You can get this latest Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus from Samsung KIES, or if you can’t get this update for your region, you can always follow our easy tutorial below for manually updating your tablet with this new firmware using Odin. P6200XXMC3 was just released earlier today so it will be rolled out to all the regions in a few days/weeks. This is an unbranded firmware and can be installed on any Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. You can install XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware on Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 now using the tutorial below.

As you read further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to update Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 official firmware using ODIN. Make sure youbackup all your data from the given tools below as a precaution and don’t forget to read the important tips given below as you have to keep them in mind. You never know when something might go wrong. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

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Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial ;-)

XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Firmware Details:

PDA: P6200XXMC3
CSC: P6200OXAMC3
Version: 4.1.2
Date: 2013 March
Regions:

If you plan on rooting this tablet or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android tablet with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the Android 4.1.2 USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

  • Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
  • Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
  • Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
  • Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
  • Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
  • Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup datamanually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your tablet, we strongly recommend you to also backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing tablet set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android tablet to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your tablet goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmwareupdate or installing mods etc. — your tablet might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your tablet is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and updateGalaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200 to XXMC3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware.

samsung S5: rumors on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5


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samsung S5: Wild, wicked and crazy rumors on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5

Will it have an IRIS scanner, will it have a flexible display, will it go 64-bit. We have a list of rumors going around, feel free to add yours…

 

Samsung plans to ditch Android for its new Tizen OS


Samsung Electronics Co. wants to change that. The South Korean electronics giant is in a quiet push to make its Tizen operating system a part of the technology lexicon as familiar as Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. Its ambition doesn’t stop there. Samsung sees the software in your car, fridge and television too. The first developer conference in Asia for Tizen wrapped up Tuesday after a two-day run, bringing together app developers and Tizen backers from Samsung, Intel and mobile operators.
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Samsung supplied about one third of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter, nearly all of them running on Google’s Android. Its early bet on Google’s free-of-charge operating system served Samsung well and the company’s rise to top smartphone seller also helped Android become the most used mobile platform in the world. According to Localytics, 63 percent of all Android mobile devices in use are made by Samsung. But while Samsung was wildly successful with selling its Galaxy phones and tablets, it had little success in locking Galaxy device users into music, messaging and other Samsung services. Google, however, benefited from more people using its search service, Google Play app and other Google mobile applications on Galaxy smartphones. Owners of Galaxy devices remain for the most part a slave to Google’s Android update schedule and its rules. About nine in every 10 smartphone users are tied to either Google’s Android or Apple’s iPhone ecosystems, generating profit for Google and Apple every time they purchase a game or application on their smartphone. That is partly why Samsung wants to expand its control beyond hardware to software, by building its own mobile operating system. “With only hardware, its influence is limited,” said Kang Yeen-kyu, an associate research fellow at state-run Korea Information Society Development Institute. “Samsung’s goal is to establish an ecosystem centered on Samsung.” The consolidation of global technology companies in the last few years reflects such trends. Apple has always made its own operating system for the iPhone. Google Inc. acquired Motorola Mobility in 2011 and Microsoft Corp. announced in September its plan to buy Nokia Corp., leaving Samsung the only major player in the smartphone market that does not make its own operating system. Samsung executives told analysts last week that the company plans to beef up its software competitiveness through acquisitions and splashing cash on the development of mobile content and services. But Tizen’s start appears bumpy. Samsung said earlier this year the first Tizen phone would hit the market this fall but it has not materialized. Samsung declined to comment on release schedules. Even though Choi Jong-deok, Samsung’s executive vice president overseeing Tizen, said a launch of Tizen phone or televisions will happen “very shortly,” analysts said Samsung is unlikely to reveal the first Tizen device until February of next year, when the company said it will announce winners of its Tizen app contest. During the developer conference, Samsung gave more clues about how its first Tizen device would look and revealed that it has recently launched a Tizen-based camera in South Korea. Tizen would work across a vast range of consumer electronics made by Samsung, encompassing mobile devices, televisions, fridges as well as wearable devices. The mobile operating system will also work with automobiles. Samsung and Intel said Toyota Motor Corp. and Jaguar Land Rover are working together to bring Tizen OS to vehicles. “You can build an application once and relatively easily move from device to device,” Mark Skarpness, director of systems engineering at Intel Corp., told the conference. Samsung and Intel are also aiming to capture a bigger share of business in emerging markets where demand for cheaper smartphones is growing. Skarpness said future versions of Tizen will support lower-end phones, the same direction that Google is taking with its latest version of Android, KitKat. “I got an impression that Tizen was benchmarking Android,” said Park Minhyung, a developer who attended the conference. “Speakers at the sessions said that they adopted strong features from Android. But with Android’s place well established in the market, I wonder how Tizen would undermine the front runner.”

 

Samsung to unveil Galaxy S5 in January 2014


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If earlier reports are to be believed, Samsung will be attempting to one-up Apple by introducing its own 64-bit chip, which will presumably be featured in the Galaxy S5. The chip will presumably be octa-core, much like the Exynos 5 Octa. Other expected features are a 16 megapixel shooter with optical image stabilisation and a curved display like the one featured in the recently-unveiledGalaxy Round.

Samsung had launched the Galaxy S4 earlier this year. A quick recap shows that the handset comes with a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Internally, the S4 comes with a quad-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC and 2GB of RAM. The device comes with a 13-megapixel camera with auto focus as well as an LED flash. One of the main sources of criticisms for the S4 was the fact that Samsung decided to keep the same visual design as the S3. The company did, however, manage to give it the same or less dimensions as the S3 despite a larger display.

 

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch


 

 

 

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Regardless, with the relatively large design comes a large touchscreen, for a watch. The screen itself measures 1.63 inches diagonally, and is home to a 320×320 SuperAMOLED panel. There’s a single button on the right edge, which functions as a home button and the watch can be charged through pogo pins on the underside. (There’s a special charging housing for the Gear that doubles as a sort of display stand.)

 

That’s right, this is a watch with a camera — a 1.9-megapixel unit, to be precise, loaded onto the front of the strap. It sounds impractical, but we found it relatively easy to able to get into the camera app with a quick swipe-down and then tap the screen to take a picture. Image quality is likely to be roughly comparable with the kind of front-facing camera you’d find on a smartphone. 720p video recording is supported too, and there’s also a miniature gallery app to let you view your photos directly on the watch. (Pictures, incidentally, are synced between watch and phone.)

 

 

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone


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Samsung unveiled the third generation of its big-screen Note smartphone line, the Galaxy Note 3, at events in New York City’s Times Square and Berlin on Wednesday.

 

In evolving the Note line, Samsung says it’s attempted to make the phone “slimmer, lighter, faster, larger and better.” In addition to a larger screen with a “warm, textured” design, the Note 3 includes a new security system called Knox, which lets sensitive apps and data run in protected environment called the “container.”

 

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Galaxy Note 3 specs:

 

  • 151.2mmx79.2mmx8.3mm
  • 5.7-inch SuperAMOLED 1080p display with 368 ppi pixel density
  • 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, or 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octacore depending on market
  • Android 4.3
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32 or 64GB storage
  • MicroSDXC card storage expansion
  • Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac, LTE Category 4
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • LED/IR combo

 

No information on Galaxy Note 3 availability just yet beyond the September 25 date, and the official Samsung press materials around the launch says only that it’ll make it out to all major U.S. carriers “later this year.”

 

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The new Galaxy Note 3 features a design with extremely slimmer bezels and sharper angles on its rounded edges, marking a slight departure from Galaxy device design language thus far. It’s thinner than its predecessor and lighter (168g), despite offering a larger screen at 5.7-inches. It also offers more battery life than the Galaxy Note 2, and there’s a new and improved S Pen, too. Plus it supports faster, and more “seamless LTE” with multi-band support.

 

Samsung was emphasizing craftsmanship with the Galaxy Note, which features a stitched leather rear cover (available in black, white and pink). It also has a metallic rim running around the edge, and there’s a flip wallet accessory available in 10 different colors that also features a larger S View window cover for checking messages, making calls and accessing more info at a glance without having to activate the whole display.

 

Samsung may have cheated to get good smartphone benchmark scores on Galaxy S4


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Samsung could have possibly tweaked its Exynos 5 Octa processor to perform better when running select benchmarks, according to a forum member on Beyond 3D and AnandTech. Nebuchadnezzar, the Beyond 3D forum member, noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was pushing its GPU to a clock speed of 532 MHz when running whitelisted benchmarks such as the old GL Bench app but would max out at 480 MHz on non-whitelisted apps such as the new GFXBench benchmark. What this means is that the S4 delivers more power than usual when running benchmarks but throttles down the GPU to achieve better battery life on other apps, suggesting that the benchmark results of the Galaxy S4 do not accurately represent real-world performance.

Nebuchadnezzar’s findings were confirmed by AnandTech as well, who also tested if the Galaxy S4’s Exynos CPU was also tweaked to deliver better results on recognized benchmarks. They found that it was and that when running older whitelisted benchmarks such as GLBench 2.5.1, AnTuTu, Quadrant, Linpack and Benchmark Pi, the processor would always be at max power with the Cortex A15 cores consistently at 1.2GHz, irrespective of what load the benchmarks put on the device. However, when the non-whitelisted GFXBench 2.7.0 was run, the S4 switched over to the more economical Cortex A7 cores.

AnandTech also found something more interesting that makes all of the above look like it was deliberately done by Samsung. While digging around in the Galaxy S4’s system files, AnandTech came across the TwDVFSApp.apk file responsible for changing the processor’s core clock speeds. Opening the APK file in a hex editor revealed a string titled ‘BenchmarkBooster’ and a list of benchmark names that included all of the ones mentioned above. This proves, almost conclusively, that Samsung intended to make the Galaxy S4 perform better during benchmarks than it would when running anything else.

At the end of the day, there is very little chance that the performance tweaking affects you, if you own a Galaxy S4. You won’t really find any performance shortfalls when using the phone on a day to day basis. However, by tweaking the phone’s processor to work in a non-regular manner, Samsung clearly wanted to taint benchmark scores in reviews in order to make the Galaxy S4 look better than its competition. We’ve always maintained in our smartphone reviews that synthetic benchmark numbers do not signify real-world performance and have always made it a point to score a smartphone based on real-world performance as well (we test that by running a whole bunch of popular games, running HD videos and using the phone as our primary device for a couple of days).

By going out of its way to manipulate benchmark scores, Samsung has further highlighted the drawbacks of using synthetic benchmarks. Samsung has also shown how insecure it is with respect to the Galaxy S4 and we’re sure many smartphone users will be disappointed that the company had to resort to tricks to paint its flagship phone in a better light.

While all of this doesn’t really affect real world performance, it does mean that you should take benchmark results of the Exynos 5 Octa-powered Galaxy S4 variants with a large helping of salt. The 480MHz default clock isn’t all that far away from the full 533MHz frequency, and Samsung might have decided to stick with the lower clock to ensure stability. However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t cheating. We think Samsung should have focused more on improving the user experience than spending large amounts of time making an application for fooling benchmarks.

How To Root And Update the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500


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You just bought yourself a new Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 and you are impressed with your investment. The smartphone was shipped to you with an older operating system version of Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and the shopkeeper informed you to go ahead and update it from the Internet. You readily agreed and went home to start the phone and set up the email accounts and all the necessary applications on it. You also noticed the update from Samsung available and went ahead to install it. Now that you are pleased with the performance, you want to root it. Uh-oh! You went through a lot of websites online to find a method to root it and got the easiest one out. But it happened to be working on the older version of the operating system. Unfortunately, you have already updated to the latest firmware version from the Internet. Now your smartphone shows you the version or build number as “I9500XXUAMDK“, which is not being rooted with the older method. So, how do you root your S4?

There are a lot of websites helping users out on rooting the Samsung Galaxy S4, but most of these are methods to root the older version of the operating system, which has been blocked by Samsung. The new version for the S4 states build number “XXUAMDK” and cannot be rooted as easily with the older method. We show you how you can root this version with great ease. So let’s get started.

First, confirm that the Galaxy S4 you are using is the I9500 (Exynos version) and not the I9505(qualcomm version). You can confirm this at the booting screen itself or via “Settings -> More -> About Device”. Check your build number here too – it should reflect “XXUAMDK” as the last few digits. Now you need to get your phone ready for the rooting. And for this you need to enable the USB Debugging mode. But the newer operating system does not have the “Developer options” visible or enabled in the settings by default. To enable it, click on “About Device” and scroll down till you see the “Build number”. Now keep tapping continuously on the Build number field till  you see some messages on the screen counting down to enable the Developer options. After a while, you will see a message informing you that the “Developer mode” is enabled. Hit the back button and you will find the Developer options field available. Click on it and enable it with the toggle switch on the top right. Now head below to the “Debugging” section and enable “USB debugging”. Finally, go back to the “Security” options and click on the field “Unknown sources” to allow third-party apps to be installed. Your phone is now ready for being rooted. Now all we need are two files and a simple utility to be downloaded from the Internet. Download the files from the links below.

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Samsung SGS4 drivers. These are drivers required for the PC to recognise your phone.

Odin. This is the utility that will help you flash the above two files to your phone.

Adam’s kernelThis is an insecure kernel that needs to be replaced with the Samsung SGS4 kernel; it will also root the phone for you in a single step. It has a built-in auto rooting feature.

ClockworkMod Recovery. This is a recovery utility that you need to install on your phone to flash ROMs and take backups of your existing operating system.

The entire rooting takes around 10 minutes (even less actually) once you have everything in place. So let’s begin.

Preparing the phone: Make a folder on your desktop and unzip the files you downloaded into this folder. Switch off your SGS4 and wait for a few seconds. Now press the “Volume down” button and the “Home button” together and keeping the two buttons held down, press the power button. Release the buttons when you see the Samsung logo on the screen. You shall see a message stating that the phone is in download mode and asking you to continue by pressing the “Volume Up” button. Go ahead and press the Volume Up button once. Your phone is now in download mode and ready for being flashed with new files.

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Flashing and rooting: Plug in the USB cable to the phone and the PC. Windows will now be seen installing the necessary drivers for the phone. Wait for a while till all the driver installation work is done. Now open the folder where you have your files you downloaded for the rooting. Double-click on the Odin executable file. Odin will start up and you should see the phone connected to the utility and ready for flashing. To confirm this, the field “ID:COM” should have a light blue colour with “0:(ComXX)” written in it. (Please note that XX can be any number and will vary from PC to PC). This states that your phone is recognised by Odin and is ready. Now click on the button “PDA” and choose the file “GT-I9500_AdamKernel.V1.2.Odin.tar” from the folder where you stored the downloaded files on your desktop. Next, ensure that the check boxes “Auto Reboot”, “F. Reset Time” and “PDA” are the only check boxes checked and the rest are not. Double check and hit the “Start Button“. Watch the “Message” box on the lower left side to see if everything runs fine and there are no errors. This process will take a few seconds and Viola! The phone should reboot on its own. After the phone restarts, you should see the “Superuser” app installed and the phone already rooted automatically by this kernel. To confirm that the phone is successfully rooted, download any app that needs superuser permissions (such as Titanuim backup, ROM manager  or Root explorer) and you should be prompted for the root access

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Flash the CWM Recovery: Now that your phone is rooted, you will need the recovery utility to be flashed. The procedure is very simple and involves similar steps that you followed earlier. Proceed similarly as above—shut down the phone and put it in download mode and start Odin. This time, click the PDA button and choose the file “recovery-clockwork-6.0.3.2-i9500.tar.md5”. Once again, ensure that the check boxes “Auto Reboot”, “F. Reset Time” and “PDA” are the only check boxes checked and the rest are not. Hit the “Start” button and wait a few seconds till it gets done and the phone restarts automatically. Disconnect the phone from the PC and shut down the phone. This time, press the Volume Up button and the Home button together, and keeping the two buttons held down, press the power button. The phone should now enter the recovery mode automatically.

Congratulations! Your phone has now been rooted and you are free to install root-level applications and flash your own custom ROMs. For starters, go ahead and make a complete backup (Nandroid) of your existing operating system from the recovery mode to ensure that the operating system can be safely restored in case of a mishap.

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Note: Rooting your phone is considered risky and can brick or damage your phone permanently. Rooting also will void any and all warranty on your phone. Proceed with the steps mentioned above with extreme caution. We are not responsible for any damage to your phone. The steps in the workshop are limited to the mentioned build version only. Do confirm this before you proceed. Root your SGS4 at your own risk.