Newer versions of Galaxy S4 after only 2 months

1) Galaxy S4 Google Edition

Pure Android with most updated software updates direct from Google

2) Galaxy S4 LTE-A – Upgraded

The newest Galaxy S4 variant has hit the web, and this time, instead of just differentiation features such as waterproof, zoom lens, mini size, the new Galaxy S4 is packing support for LTE Advanced, theoretically 150Mbps down and 37.5Mbps up. That device is now official on Korea’s SK Telecom, and it not only has support for the fastest mobile network on the planet, but also Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 chip. Early benchmarks of the device are in, and it crushes everything we’ve seen thus far – up to and including the “original” Galaxy S4

3) Galaxy S4 Mini (4.3 inch edition)

4) Galaxy S4 Active (waterproof and dust resistant for outdoors)

5) Galaxy S4 Zoom (Enhanced camera phone edition)

Tweaks to make Galaxy S4 even better!

By now most of us will have known the cool features of Galaxy S4 from the abundant news and mass media. In this post, I will be sharing on how to make the already awesome phone even better.

To make Touchwiz look good, Samsung created some animations to transit between screens. These animations take some times and can make your phone seems slow. The solution is to go in your phone Settings-> Developer options and turn off -> “Windows animation scale”, “Transition animation scale” and “Animator duration scale”. Now check how much snappier your phone is.

If Developer Options is not enable go to SETTINGS->About Phone and tap BUILD NUMBER for 7 times.
You can also turn on “Force GPU rendering” but SOME applications don’t like that, so you can try it, but if you find you start having problem with some of your applications, turn it off.

1)   2 finger notification vs normal 1 finger.

2)   Mute Phone – Flip down or cover sensors

3)   Colors more natural settings display, screen mode prof photo

4)   Deactivate S-Voice if u want NO lag on home button –  go S-Voice settings

5)   From contacts can swipe left or right to SMS or call respectively

6)   Air Gestures works in the dark – Speed dial, internet etc

7)   QR code – business cards (first name last name) – translator in built to text msg and optical reader

Put your Sounds in the system.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 allows us to use mp3 as ringtones, alarms or notifications. But if you have over 16G of music on your phone it might be annoying to “Go To Files” and search for them. Another way to do it is by creating a folder where Android will automatically look in and put the files in the “Ringtones”. To do this just create a folder called “Media” on your sd-card. Inside the Media folders create 3 more folders “Ringtones”, “Alarms” and “Notifications”. It should look like this.
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——–Alarms
——–Notifications
——–Ringtones
Now move/copy your mp3 files in the according folders. Now if you go on your phone settings->sounds->device ringtones you should see your mp3 files in the list.(Phone restart might be needed)

Remove unwanted media files
To remove unwanted media files (pictures, audio) that do not belong in the gallery or in your music player, just create an empty file and name it “.nomedia”. Place a .nomedia file at the root of any folder you don’t wan’t to see appear in your Gallery or Music player. Android will skip scannnig those folder. You can always open those files later by using a file explorer.

 Screenshot_2013-05-11-01-44-07.pngOther Free Auto Subscription

1) 48GB of Dropbox space!

2) Free Straits Times Subsciption till end of May(or even longer). Instructions here.

3) 1 free pre-selected app when you 1st login into Samsung Hub (I got the full fruit ninja free)

If you happen to know a few more tips for Galaxy S4 please drop some comments below.

Unboxing of Samsung Galaxy S4

Unboxed Galaxy S4

Finally I manage to get my hands on Galaxy S4. Check out the clip of a brief unboxing of the S4 below.  I had wished that the box is made from real timber but unfortunately its just cardboard printed with wood grains. Not to mention that the box is recycled(or can be recycled) shows that Samsung is leaping into the eco friendly product. Nonetheless, a well packaged box with just sufficient information and guide for beginners to start with.

Straits Times free for Galaxy S4 users

How to register for complimentary access to The Straits Times on Samsung GALAXY S4 With LTE

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The registration period is from now until 24 May 2013 at 2359 hours, and upon successful registration, users will have complimentary access up to 31 May 2013. A premium account (digital) to Straits Times cost around S$25, which you would get to enjoy free for 1 month if you are a S4 user. Seems like a good deal to have this phone early.

Repost from: http://www.gadgetreactor.com/2013/05/get-free-straits-times-for-samsung-galaxy-s4-users.html#more-2806

Insider scoop of Galaxy S4 right here in Singapore

This is my 1st time attending a Trade and Media Event and of course Im excited! Im so glad to have been invited to events like this one. Once I reached the venue Im pleasantly welcomed by Galaxy S4 banners, which lead me to the main event hall. You can guess from the photos where this event might be held An awesome setting for an awesome phone.

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We reached early, so we managed to watch the short rehearsals by the lovely Samsung girls who were holding the designer Samsung covers while wearing Ashley Hisham fashion line. I do hope I can get one of those designer covers that have the mysterious colors of the solar system. Feels like holding the entire galaxy in the palm of your hands. Anyway, the official smartcovers by Samsung are as attractive with a range of color palette to choose from.

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Samsung then explains their S4 tagline of “Life Companion” which is broadly categorized into Fun, , Relationship , Life Task and Life Care. All these categories encompass the features in my previous post. This time, I manage to try it for myself.
The camera features truly blow me away. The drama shot will be useful as it combine a series of photos into one. This will be useful to document a certain procedure or a series of event. Imagine capturing a stunt bike in action. You can capture every single move so that you can create a tutorial.

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This is how one of the gorgeous Samsung ladies manipulate camera functions to edit videos within 30 secs.

Motions and gestures also work very well with S4. I guess this will be nothing new to Samsung Note users, but Im impress with how intuitive these gestures were. No lags and no learning curve.
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Air view makes your fingers work like an S-pen. Works wonders especially for ladies with long finger nails.
I have to say that tilt scroll and eye tracking requires a bit of practice. This is how I did for the very 1st time trying tilt scroll without anyone’s help.  Bear in mind that I am also holding a camera. Have to apologize for the jerky motion. I did much better with my 2nd and 3rd try. You may need you to face the sensor towards your eye for Eye Tracking.  Once you get the hang of it, scrolling works like magic.  Im wearing spectacles and eye tracking still works fine.There are still lots to talk about this phone, but you can get your hands on it by 27 April! That will be the official launch date.
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Before this event, I have the impression that Samsung might have overhype S4 and Im afraid that it might not fulfill its promises. I guess I was wrong, I can see myself using most of the features in different situations. My concerns about this phone are well answered by the booth ladies.  Special thanks to that German Samsung lady who manage to answer all my tough questions.  Miss ya! LOL.