Samsung and Swarovski deal: new Galaxy S5 covers: touch the diamonds!

Samsung and Swarovski are working together again and this time we’re talking about some sparkling accessories. Galaxy S5 will look like no other phone with the new crystal edition version available online.

Even older Samsung versions have Swarovski versions, and this means we were bound to find a new Swarovski edition sooner or later. There are two crystal covers users can buy and try is they love the sparkle and diamondy look for their brand new Samsung S5. There are two versions: Mystic Black and Vibrant Blue. Which one do you want to try?

News Updates/Software

CyanogenMod 11 M6 released: root your device if you find it in the compatible list!

CyanogenMod 11 M6 Snapshot build is now available for download. Six months after the newest major update for Android devices rolled out – KitKat – the CyanogenMod team rolled out the M build and custom ROM lovers can try it if they want to.

M builds are generally better than nightly builds but they are not stable enough to get the Release Candidate status, the stage where any custom ROM lover can try it without problems. Not every phone and tablet will be compatible with the M build however. Don’t forget to backup your info before attempting to root your device.

Available devices fot custom ROM, source CyanogenMod
Available devices fot custom ROM, source CyanogenMod

Below you can see the changelog CyanogenMod published a few hours ago:

Quiet Hours – Fix longpress QS tile option
Voice+ – Integrate into settings (under Wireless and Networks > ‘More’)
Blacklist – Add provider permissions
Lockscreen – Fix custom wallpaper crashes and album art issues
Display – Consolidate screen-off animation options (remove checkbox)
Bluetooth – Upstream updates and fix issues with audio routing to select car makes/models and disconnect issues
MultiSim – Additional support patches (15+) and UI/UX modifications
Lockscreen – Disable elements when in custom lockscreen
Quick Settings – Options to show smaller tiles; add BT device name to tile
Quick Settings – Fix QS tiles layout in landscape mode
Usage Stats – Fix screen on stats after boot
Resolve memory leaks in Frameworks
Settings – Show ‘eject card’ action for USB storage
Theme Engine – Introduce new Engine capabilities (chooser to arrive in nightlies this week)
Parallel Shutdown – Decrease shutdown time
Address security vulnerability for icons
Downloads – Add pause/resume support
Trebuchet – Hidden apps and labels support
Remove parallel boot dexopt from stable/cm-11.0 branch
And more (all changes from Mar 29th to April 30th).

News courtesy of CyanogenMod


Samsung S5 crystal collection – teaser for a sparkling Galaxy S5

Samsung S5 crystal collection has a teaser video you can watch below. This exquisite handset will be coming out in May and is covered in Swarovski crystals, yet we don’t know a price for it or its availability.

There is little knowledge about this device in what concerns technical data, but the overall design looks pretty much sparkly and exquisite. Would you like to get a Samsung S5 covered in crystals?

News Updates/Software

HTC One M7 gets updated to Sense 6 this May

HTC One M7 will get an upgrade to Sense 6 this May, and the president of HTC USA is the one to make this announcement. Even if this year’s flagship has made its debut in a rather successful manner, HTC doesn’t want you to think that last year’s tech star was forgotten.

HTC One M7, source Rob Bulhman/Flickr
HTC One M7, source Rob Bulhman/Flickr

Jason Mackenzie made this announcement on his twitter account, where he is known to fire shots towards Samsung. He should be happy though, as his company’s products get updated much sooner that the competition.


Download Booster feature removed from Samsung Galaxy S5 sold by Verizon, Sprint and AT&T

One of the interesting features Samsung has to offer on its new flagship was removed by most of the US carriers. Download Booster was possibly one of the best features on the new device because it allowed users to use WiFi and 4G LTE connectivity at the same time to download files, which meant lower download times for any file, as the feature was advertised on the official S5 Samsung page.

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint customers who buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will not find this feature anywhere as these carriers decided to remove it. It is not a new move as in the past carriers removed other select features from the devices they sold as well.

Verizon and Sprint representatives confirmed the feature omission and some AT&T customers confirmed that their Galaxy S5 version doesn’t have Download Booster either.

T Mobile is one US carrier that allowed the feature and furthermore promoted the new Samsung flagship and the download feature. US Cellular Galaxy S5 variants will have the feature as well.

Download Booster works when the files needed for download are larger than 30MB and come from supported sources such as HTTP downloads or Google Play Store. The feature then uses both 3G LTE and Wifi and splits the download in two. Thus it gets parts of the downloading file from two simultaneous sources, making the download much faster. It does use a lot of LTE data, which is what carriers may not like.

There was no particular reason given by the carriers as to why they “banned” the feature, but many speculate it may be a move to help customers save on their data plans. For others, this move seems rather suspicious. Samsung officials made no comments regarding this omission as of yet.

Source: Fierce Wireless