BARCELONA, Spain -- Hard to believe it's only day 2 of Mobile World Congress, which already feels like it's been going on for months. The CNET team is now fluent in Catalan, cannot remember any food that isn't tapas, and has renounced all other religions for that of Lionel Messi.
With most of the main announcements out of the way, it's time for some of the smaller companies to share the limelight. Speaking of which...CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
When commenters lurch to these pages, their lightsabers raised even higher than their voices, they categorize phones in simple terms.
The Samsung Galaxy, is, in an Apple lover's eyes, a big, bad copy of an iPhone.
The iPhone, to everyone but an Apple lover, is merely a girlie gadget with all the technological sophistication of a 1980s Barbie.
How odd, then, that a piece of research has just appeared before my exclusive eyes to suggest that women prefer an iPhone.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Exercise aficionados who want to log their heart-rate after a workout and even in between have a new tool in the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Using it is as simple as selecting the heart-rate monitor icon from within Samsung's newly-updated S Health 3.0 app, which comes preloaded in the Galaxy S5. Then, you place your index finger on the center of the flash module, just to the right of the flash.
The app wants you to hold your finger in place for several seconds, while holding still and shutting your yap as the monitor calculates. Your … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung didn't shed many details about the fingerprint scanner on its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, but I had a chance to set up and use the security feature here at the show.
First, the basics. Samsung's sensor is on the bottom portion of the screen, not integrated into the home button as I originally thought. To unlock the phone with your finger, you swipe along the glowing path about half an inch from the bottom of the phone, going down and over the home button.
Setup took just a few minutes, after swiping my finger … Read more
Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone on Monday and it's full of bells and whistles, like a bigger display, improved camera, and built-in fingerprint sensor.
By no means is Samsung the first smartphone maker to debut fingerprint authentication, but it has done something different -- the Galaxy S5's sensor will also act as password protection for PayPal payments.
Samsung and PayPal announced Monday that they've partnered on the Galaxy S5 to let users pay for items password-free at all online and brick-and-mortar stores that accept PayPal. Users only need their fingerprint to buy goods.
This type … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- The Galaxy S5 may be Samsung's flashiest device of the year, but it won't be the only important one.
The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone with all -- or at least most -- of the bells and whistles that consumers have come to expect. The device, with a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, is sure to attract plenty of buyers in developed markets like the US and Western Europe. However, it's the cheaper smartphones for emerging regions that could really make a big difference for Samsung this year.… Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an anticipated follow-up to the what the manufacturer toted as "The Next Best Thing" for months. While it's not a Samsung Galaxy S4 killer, it does offer a few fresh high-end features to set it apart from the rest.
Amongst the notable new perks are a fingerprint scanner and new dashboard with heart-rate monitor. The improved camera also boasts some new tricks, like HDR video and selective focusing..
Samsung fans will be able to buy Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 on April 11, the company announced Monday.
The phone, along with Samsung's new Gear devices, will be available in nearly 150 countries in April, Samsung Vice President of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said onstage at Mobile World Congress.
Wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint said earlier that they will start offering the smartphone in April, but didn't reveal details on price and availability. Both carriers promised more information in "the coming weeks," according to press releases sent out Monday.
AT&T also confirmed … Read more