Samsung Galaxy S5 is completely unveils three new devices in Lagos

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is completely dust proof and can be submerged in up to one metre of water for about 30 minutes, a feature that was demonstrated by two top Nigerian Acts, Musician Banky W and Actress Kate Henshaw who compeered the elaborate launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

The device features a screen that is slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S4 and offers 27 percent improvement in display power efficiency over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, while using 18 percent less display power.

The highlight of the smartphone is a new fingerprint scanner, which is integrated with the device’s home button and provides consumers with a safe, biometric screen-locking feature. For fitness enthusiasts, the Galaxy S5 comes with a heart rate sensor that helps monitor heart rate during exercise and fitness routines using the S Health service. The new S health application boasts of different fitness management applications that allow users to stay fit the smart way.

Other key features of the device include an advanced camera system, improved battery capacity and a download booster that can fuse the device’s Wi-Fi and data connections together to provide smoother internet connectivity. Its unique ultra-power saving mode shuts down all of the device’s key functions to allow users make the most of their last bit of battery power. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S5 can run for up to 24 hours on a 10 percent battery charge when this mode is activated.

Speaking at the unveiling of the device, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Brovo Kim, said the Galaxy S5 will redefine how technology innovation enhances quality of life. “With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering capabilities that matter most to our consumers. Consumers today are on the lookout for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features that focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people-inspired innovation.” he said.

The wearable-technology line-up, the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, according to the Samsung, offer consumers, enhanced connectivity alongside an integrated communication experience. The Gear 2, an upgrade of Samsung’s original Gear device, incorporates a 1.63-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera that is now located on the device’s screen, a sensor that enables usage of the device as a television remote control and a personal fitness coaching guide. The device also comes with a range of changeable straps and interface themes that lets wearers create their own style.

The Gear Fit comes curved with super AMOLED display and merges the convenience of Gear technology with comprehensive fitness tools that empower consumers to stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity. The wrist-worn device incorporates a built-in heart rate monitor, a lightweight swappable strap and provides instant notification for incoming calls, e-mails, text messages and much more. Like the Galaxy S5 smartphone, both Gear devices are dust and water-resistant.

Apple Adding a Thinly Veiled dig at rivals Like Samsung

“There are some ideas we want every company to copy,” says Apple, adding a thinly veiled dig at rivals like Samsung in its new environmental-themed adverts.

They just can’t help themselves, can they? Apple’s new environmental ads highlighting renewable energy include a dig at Samsung: “There are some ideas we want every company to copy.” Ouch — solar power burn!

To coincide with Earth Day today, Apple has launched a green-themed marketing campaign, and expanding its recycling programme to cover any Apple product or device. But it’s also used the environmentally friendly adverts to take another less-than-friendly pop at Samsung, with which Apple is locked in a bitter legal battle over alleged imitation.

“There’s one area where we actually encourage others to imitate us,” reads the body of Apple’s print ad on the back page of UK newspapers today, including The Guardian and free commuter paper Metro.

“When everyone makes the environment a priority, we all benefit,” the ad continues. “We’d be more than happy to see every data centre fuelled by 100 per cent renewable energy sources. And we eagerly await the day when every product is made without the harmful toxins we have removed from ours.”

Apple has previously come under fire for its green record, but was the most improved company in the most recent Greenpeace report on clean energy use in IT, released this month.

All of Apple’s data centres are powered entirely by renewable energy, including the Maiden data centre in North Carolina. Maiden is the centrepiece of Apple’s environmental advertising, including a new promo video voiced by Apple boss Tim Cook himself. It’s powered by a sun trap of solar panels generating 167 million kilowatt‑hours of renewable energy per year — enough, Apple reckons, to power the equivalent of 13,837 homes.

Apple’s planned new “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino, California, is also set to be largely powered by renewable energy.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor is as easy to fool

Last year we saw that the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is not foolproof and can be bypassed by a “fingerprint spoof” – an artificial print created from wood glue and a photo of a latent fingerprint taken with a regular smartphone camera.

As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled by a spoof too – in fact, it was the same one previously used on the iPhone.

Creating a fingerprint spoof is not necessarily easy for the layperson, but it’s a fairly easy process once you know what you’re doing and you have a good photo of a latent print (possibly taken from the glossy screen of the device itself).

Apple’s sensor is as easy to fool as Samsung’s, but the iPhone will lock after a few unsuccessful attempts while it’s easy to make the Galaxy S5 let you try again. This makes it a little easier to unlock.

Anyway, check out how a Galaxy S5 is fooled using a spoof on video:

You can read more about fingerprint spoofs and how they are made from the SRS Labs post from last year (which was about the iPhone).

Keep in mind that third-party apps like PayPal use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 to secure payments and PayPal is used in a large portion of online stores.

Top 10 features of Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung recently made their Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Korean company’s latest flagship model, available to the world.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in 125 countries, making this the largest-rollout the Korean company has ever attempted. It will launch in an additional 25 markets in the coming days, bringing the total number to 150.

It is hard to point to one stand out feature that will grab the prospective user when they handle the Galaxy S5 for the first time. To many, that won’t matter, as Samsung has built a fan-base that only Apple can rival.

For those who haven’t made up their minds or are thinking of switching, here’s a list to assist you:
Samsung made their Galaxy S5 smartphone available to the world today (image: Samsung)

Samsung made their Galaxy S5 smartphone available to the world today (image: Samsung)

Processor

Running on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), it is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset and Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU. It has an Adreno 330 Graphics Processor Unit, and other built-in features include an accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer and gesture-based selections. By having the Quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU, it makes it the fastest Galaxy device in Samsung’s current smartphone line-up.

Camera

Samsung said that as much as 28% of their users said that the camera was one of the most used functions on the previous device. For that reason, the company took to redesigning how the device takes images. At 16 MP and 5312 x 2988 resolution, the unit makes use of Phase Detection Autofocus, focusing on an object in as little as 0.3 seconds. This ensures that every subject is instantly in focus. But in post-processing, users will be able to shift the focal point of any image – even after it has been captured.

Battery

With a powerful Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery, it will give users up to 390 hours on stand-by time, or up to 21 hours of talk time. But the phone also comes equipped with a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, giving users the assurance that they will never be without a smartphone. When the battery gets to as low as 10%, the engaged Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display black and white and shuts off non-essential functions. This mode gives users an extra 24 hours of stand-by time for every 10% that remains in the battery.

Screen

The screen size has been increased slightly compared to the previous Galaxy S4 model, coming in at 5.1 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. To protect the device from scratches and small bumps, the screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is one of the toughest screens available. In terms of quality, the display is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, capable of displaying up to 16-million different colors. For size, the device measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs only 145 g.

Finger print scanner

On the home button on the face of the device, sits the newly-implemented fingerprint scanner. The functionality allows users to lock and unlock their Galaxy S5 by simply swiping their finger over the button. Samsung added this feature to allow for better security, and to eliminate to need to push the home button and then enter a PIN number. The device is also capable of storing up to five different profiles, including a Kids mode, and each profile can log in using their unique fingerprint. The scanner is also PayPal certified, meaning that users will be able to make secure payments by swiping their finger.

ADH Premium

The ADH Premium covers two claims over the 24 month warranty period, including water or screen damage repairs. An additional Smart Swop or Smart Pick-up service is also included for an improved customer experience. Smart Swop is an elite benefit for GALAXY S5 consumers which allow users to receive a loan device while their smartphone is being repaired. What’s more, Smart Pick-up is a door-to-door solution, meaning the original device will be collected and returned to the consumer anywhere in South Africa.

DSTV BoxOffice

The GALAXY S5 will be the first to offer DStv’s BoxOffice application and open a new world of convenient entertainment options to customers. The BoxOffice app is an online movie rental service available to all GALAXY S5 customers (both DStv and non- DStv subscribers), with a selection of new releases and classic blockbusters to choose from, this application puts a DVD store in the palm of the consumer’s hand.

Movies range from R25 for a new release (or R30 for non-DStv Premium subscribers) to R10 for classics and are available to stream immediately over the Internet or can be downloaded and enjoyed as many times as users like, for up to 48 hours before it expires. The BoxOffice app can be found in the Google Play Store and Samsung GALAXY S5 customers will receive a complimentary movie upon activation of the service.

b-there

The new b-there travel app has been exclusively designed for Samsung users in Southern Africa. It acts as an online travel agency that enables customers to search, select and pay for travel products directly from their mobile device. These products include local and international flights, a range of accommodation options, car rental deals and travel packages. Furthermore, GALAXY device users will benefit from limited special package deals and even higher discounts on all rates and fares. The b-there travel app can be downloaded free from Google Play exclusively for Samsung GALAXY devices.

nMusic

The collaboration between Samsung and nMusic give customers the freedom to access music on GALAXY devices anywhere, anytime, even when the device is offline. By using a unique automatic cache system, even if an album, track or playlist has not been saved to offline mode, the play queued history is still available to listen to, regardless of whether the device is connected to the internet. Users can download their favourite tracks from a database of more than 20 million songs.

Lifestory

With Lifestory, GALAXY S5 customers will be able to order photographic prints directly from their mobile device, for delivery anywhere in SA. Through a partnership with Qphoto, Samsung users qualify for over

R1 000 worth of specials and discounts on prints every month, for a year. With a wide range of products available, from traditional postcard prints to canvas, from photo books to mugs and mouse pads – memories are brought to life and enjoyed forever. The Lifestory application can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor
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Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled in Kenya

Samsung Electronics East Africa has unveiled the its Galaxy S5 device in Kenya as it capitalises on consumers’ increasing demand for health apps.

The device has arrived in Kenya and has been in stores across the country through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and mobile operators from Friday April 11.

Robert Ngeru, vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Samsung East Africa, said: “With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers… consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives.”

The Galaxy S5 is targeting the tech savvy generation, combining an advanced camera, fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features.

Samsung Galaxy S5 official TV commercial goes live


Samsung has launched a brand new Galaxy S5 commercial to celebrate the flagship’s global launch. Today the Galaxy S5 hits 125 markets worldwide.

The 30 seconds ad focuses on the Galaxy S5′s camera, fast networking capabilities and the water resistance.

We’ve already spent some quality time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you can find all about the smartphone right here.