There’s no end to troubles for Samsung as they are coming thick and fast. We quite often come across PR teams of big conglomerates getting it wrong and this time the Korean tech giant got themselves into a sticky situation. Another instance of Samsung Galaxy S4 catching fire has come to the fore. But that’s not the worst bit; the way Samsung dealt with the situation is what can be best described as absolutely rubbish. What exactly happened is — Youtube user GhostlyRich posted a video on his channel earlier this month showing his Samsung Galaxy S4 that had caught fire while charging. While the damage was not as extensive as seen in earlier cases but the smartphone’s MicroUSB port was badly burnt and the battery damaged leaving the device unusable. As the phone was still under warranty so the user got into contact with Samsung to get it replaced.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 broke all sales records set by previous Android smartphones when it was launched earlier this year. It reached the 10 million mark in just a month making it the hottest selling device of the year and when the sales reached 20 and 30 million in two and four months respectively, there were no indications of any slow down. But a slew of some great products from other smartphone manufacturers and instances of customers sharing their dissatisfaction with Samsung’s flagship marred the sales. Analysts claimed of faltering sale figures which sent the Samsung stock tumbling 6 percent. Samsung CEO JK Shin however claimed through a report published on Wednesday that 40 million units of Galaxy S4 have been sold in six months.
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Accessories for Samsung smartphones are as boring as the devices themselves and that’s one of the major reasons thwarting the sales. To tackle the issue, Samsung has teamed up with some well known fashion houses and designers recently to come up with more attractive lineup. At the Paris Fashion Week, the Korean giant revealed a new set of premium accessories for Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Zoom developed in partnership with Hexa by Kuho. The product lineup has a distinct Korean flavor to it.
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The new iPhones have been nothing short of a blockbuster with sales topping 9 million in the first weekend itself. Among the plethora of colors announced, the iPhone 5s in champagne gold color seems to be the most popular color as stores across the United States ran out of the color in a matter of hours. In a move to cash in on the gold rush Samsung has announced a Gold Edition of its flagship Galaxy S4 which will be made available in Gold Pink and Gold Brown.
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The wraps are finally off. Apple, for the first time, has released two smartphones simultaneously, but no surprise there. Once again, massive leaks leading up to the Apple’s event gave away all the information. Mostly originating from China, the leaks were dead accurate. Radical departure from Apple’s original path, the budget iPhone 5C is finally here. Primarily made for China, shockingly iPhone 5C isn’t that cheaper, but just a tad lower in price than a much better 5S which was launched along with it. iPhone 5C will be available in 5 different colors, and that’s about it, it’s nothing but a iPhone 5 with a plastic cladding. Otherwise, everything is the same. So, there’s no point comparing it.
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Sprint loyalists looking for the ultimate Android upgrade have a sweet surprise in store for them. The network has just announced a pretty snazzy looking Samsung Galaxy S4 in a shade we haven’t seen often, from the house of Samsung. In addition to their existing Black Mist and White Frost editions, the company has made the Purple Mirage S4 official. There aren’t any new features for folks to look forward to. Besides the outer hues, everything on the inside screams vanilla Galaxy S4. For those who’d like a quick revision of specs, the Galaxy S4 offers Android 4.2.2. running on a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display screen, powered by a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 4G LTE network and an astonishing 13-megapixel camera.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 proves it’s too hot to handle, reportedly catches fire and burns mans house in Hong Kong
Samsung’s hot right now, literally and figuratively, but more literally. Word is that another one of the Samsung’s hot little numbers caught fire again and this time it wasn’t in someone’s pocket like the recent S3 incident. This time around, the next edition S series device,i.e. an S4, got a little too hot to handle and might have possible burned a house down. A report from a man in Hong Kong states that his new Galaxy S4 spontaneously caught fire and was the cause of his house burning down. According to the report, the handset sort of blew up while he was playing a game called “Love Machine”. His affections might have been a little too hot for the phone to deal with after he says that a loud pop emitted from the handsets battery compartment. Startled, he tossed the handset away onto his sofa which immediately caught on fire. That naturally led to nearby furniture getting ignited as well and the rest of his home was soon history.
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Do you constantly struggle with the poor battery performance of your smartphone? Smarter the phone sooner it runs out of juice. Sadly, batteries haven’t really improved at the pace with which smartphone technology has evolved. It’s a constant battle between battery and patience, which one runs out faster. But South Koreans’ have an answer to this menace, their solution, carry a spare battery! Everybody carries a spare battery for their smartphone in South Korea. Rather interestingly, even smartphone makers bundle a spare battery and a spare charger for it inside the box. But yes, only for smartphones with removable batteries.
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Do a little math and you’ll know that Motorola will offer 504 different versions of its new Moto X device. That’s the kind of strategy Google has used to launch Motorola’s flagship. Moto X was finally launched yesterday and has arrived with a promise to bring a trend reversal in the smartphone segment. Out of everything else, we are more interested how it fares when pitched against iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Let’s put the three in a grudge match to see which one comes out standing.
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We have seen a fair number of high-end waterproof smartphones launched this year and the manufacturers have been aggressively pushing their device’s capability staying under-water. Sony and Samsung lead the pack with their IP67 grade water resistant Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 Active. But, is it a prudent choice buying these devices and can they really deal with water really well? To help us with the answer, a man who calls himself a trained AT&T employee conducted an experiment on his Galaxy S4 Active device to check its waterproofing. He said he did the experiment as he was receiving a few complaints on the phone’s inability to deal with water.
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