Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Mobile Tech
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Set for November
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Set for November

By Nancy Owano
October 23, 2013 11:36AM

    Bookmark and Share
Topping the chatter about the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is the news that it will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartphone watch via a software update. The Galaxy S4, which will come preinstalled with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, will be available on the AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular wireless networks.
 



Next month, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is set to arrive in the U.S., Samsung announced Wednesday. Yes, this is the same Galaxy S4 mini that was let out of the bag in Europe earlier this year. Americans will get a taste of the device in November.

According to the South Korean phone maker, "Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November."

No specific day was offered but that is a sign that the details are left up to the carriers handing out the devices. “Wireless carriers will announce their specific availability, colors and timing,” said Samsung.

U.S. carriers named in the release include AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular.

File Transfers

The mini smartphone comes preinstalled with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. What users will see is a miniature of the Galaxy S4 in a compact form factor, with a smaller size display. But, to dismiss it as nothing more than that would be unfair. The mini, with its 8-megapixel rear camera, and 1.9-megapixel front camera, offers the ability to enhance photos and it can also be used as a TV remote control device.

According to Samsung, users can share content from the mini "to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests."

The mini touts "simple file sharing" where the user gets to transfer large files, including videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam without the need for a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal.

Topping the chatter about the S4 mini, though, is news about its compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. Another Samsung press announcement on Wednesday said that Samsung will extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, and more.

Wearing the Experience

Soon after the Galaxy S4 mini launches, users will have the opportunity to make it compatible with the smartphone watch. This will happen via a software update, said Samsung, that will be released soon after the mini launch.

But wait, did we say smartwatch? Samsung did not, instead referring to the Gear as "Samsung’s first wearable smartphone experience." The Gear device is positioned as a companion to the phone.

According to the announcement regarding Galaxy Gear, it will be "available for use with Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II through the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update." Samsung will also extend Gear compatibility to the S4 mini, and other devices "through a separate software update beginning at the end of October," said Samsung, with those update schedules to vary by country and carrier. (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

David:

Posted: 2013-11-07 @ 2:51am PT
Probably one of the best business decisions a company has ever made in the history of cell phones. I predict that the Galaxy Mini will go on to become one of the best selling phones in the US due to its practical size matching the Iphone.



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop
2.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
3.   Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
4.   CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
5.   Report: Amazon Phone To Feature 3D


advertisement
BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
Pays $3.45B in all-cash deal.
Average Rating:
CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
But leaves control up to users.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug leaked will come at a very hefty price.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.