Report: Samsung Sold 4 Million Fewer Galaxy S5 Units Than S4
GalaxyS5 , News , smart phones / December 10, 2014

Samsung may have overshot its expectations with the Galaxy S5. According to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean tech company sold 4 million fewer Galaxy S5 units than Galaxy S4 units. The report claims that Samsung sold 12 million Galaxy S5 units during the first three months of its release and 16 million Galaxy S4 units during thee first three months of its initial release. This is disturbing news for Samsung, who many people view as the leading smartphone maker. With sales slipping, we’ll likely see some changes occurring within the upcoming months. So, does this mean the end for Samsung’s smartphone business? Not by a long shot. Yes, Samsung experienced fewer Galaxy S5 sales than predicted, but it’s still a phenomenal smartphone that ranks among the leading mobile devices currently on the market. The Galaxy S5 had numerous improvements over the Galaxy S4, including the use of a dust/water-resistant IP67 shell. Samsung was one of the first smartphone makers to include such a design in its standard flagship smartphone — a move that attracted a large number of consumers. There’s a reason why you’re seeing more and more television commercials, radio adverts, and…

Poland Galaxy S5 Users Now Receiving Android 5.0 Update
GalaxyS5 , smart phones / December 8, 2014

If you’re one of the lucky Galaxy S5 users living in Poland, you should expect to see an over-the-air operating system update within the upcoming days. According to the Samsung enthusiast website SamMobile.com, Android 5.0 Lollipop began rolling out on December 3rd. While the update is currently limited to Galaxy S5 users in Poland (which is presumably a small demographic), there’s a good chance other regions will see the update by the end of the year. Dozens of Galaxy S5 users in Poland have already reported to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is good news considering the controversy surrounding the update, more specifically the numerous bugs and errors users have found. From dropped calls to WiFi connectivity issues and even a stuck flashlight, Android 5.0 hasn’t come easy. Of course, the same can be said for most major operating system updates. But there’s a silver lining to the Android 5.0 Lollipop update: it brings several new features and improvements. In fact, it’s expected to be the largest update in the history of Google’s Android operating system, introducing a new Material theme, new notifications, and a new battery-saving technology dubbed Project Volta. The bugs and software problems users are currently…

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Grand Prime
Galaxy S6 , GalaxyS5 , smart phones / December 4, 2014

Samsung is known for producing multiple variants of its flagship smartphone, one of the latest being the Galaxy Grand Prime. Based on its name alone, you might assume this is a beefed-up version of the Galaxy S5, featuring better hardware components and other attractive features. Before you make a hastily decision and choose this variant over the original Galaxy S5, however, you should read our comparison of the two devices below. Display The original Galaxy S5 features a brilliant 5-inch Super AMOLED, which delivers incredible images when watching videos, playing games, or engaging in other media-related activities. Samsung opted for a slightly larger 5.1-inch display with the Galaxy Grand Prime; however, it also features less colors (16 million), along with a lower resolution (540 x 960 pixel). This doesn’t necessarily mean the Galaxy Grand Prime delivers poor image quality, but there’s a noticeable difference between it and the original Galaxy S5. Processor The Galaxy S5 features a blazing-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC processor clocked at 2500 MHz. The Galaxy Grand Prime features an older, slower Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. RAM If you’re the type of person who’s constantly running multiple apps at once, you’ll probably want to stick with the…

Unofficial Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Available For Galaxy S5 Sprint
GalaxyS5 , News , smart phones / December 3, 2014

Certain devices on certain cell carriers have already received the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S5 isn’t on the list, meaning you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on Google’s largest and most comprehensive Android update. If you aren’t willing to wait, however, Galaxy S5 users on the Sprint network can download and install the unofficial update elsewhere. Warning: Read Before Installing Let me first start off by saying that downloading and installing any unofficial update, Android 5.0 Lollipop included, is a somewhat technical process — and for that reason, we don’t recommend attempting this unofficial update unless you’ve performed manual OS installations in the past. There’s an inherit risk of bricking your device if you happen to make a mistake, which is something no one wants to see happen to their Galaxy S5. If you aren’t comfortable installing manual OS updates on your Galaxy S5, hold off a little longer and you’ll likely receive Android 5.0 Lollipop over the air. Sprint, along with several other major cell carriers, are expected to release Lollipop within the upcoming weeks. Installing Unofficial Lollipop Update The folks over at XDA Developers forum posted a tutorial for…

Galaxy S5 Sales Down By 40%. What Does This Mean For Samsung?
GalaxyS5 , smart phones / December 1, 2014

Ask any serious smartphone enthusiast and they’ll agree: the Galaxy S5 is one of the fastest and most powerful mobile devices on the market. Featuring a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM 16/32GB memory, 18-megapixel primary camera, and Samsung’s signature Touchwiz mod on top of Android 4.4, there are few devices that rival the Galaxy S5. Given the undeniable positive brand image surrounding the Galaxy S5, it should come as somewhat shocking news that sales of Samsung’s flagship smartphone have declined considerably since its release. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung sold 40% fewer units than it expected to sell, dealing a major blow to the company’s profits and its morale. Samsung reportedly based its sales predictions on surveys and polls taken from cell carriers from across the world. An unnamed person close to Samsung told the WSJ, however, that cell carriers were not liable for any unsold Galaxy S5 units. Assuming this information is accurate, it’s possible that some cell carriers gave inflated sales predictions for the sole purpose of scoring a deal with Samsung. And being that they weren’t responsible for paying Samsung for unsold units, they¬† didn’t face any consequences for inaccurate…