AA Q&A Episode #003: Galaxy S4 Active, HTC One Verizon release date, Samsung Facebook phone?

June 19, 2013
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    aaqa-003 Welcome to another installment of Android Authority Q & A. Each week we take questions from you, our wonderful readers and viewers, and answer them both here and in video form on our YouTube channel. In a hurry or don’t like to read? Skip right to the video.

    Q

    Jimmy asks: Which carriers will be getting the Galaxy S4 active?

    A

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 1 It looks like, at least for now, AT&T will be the only carrier carrying the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. That could always change in the future, but there’s a lot of talk about the phone being exclusive to AT&T, so we wouldn’t bet on seeing it elsewhere. That said, you never know.


    Q

    Kim asks: I’m a Verizon customer and I’m very unhappy with them. Why do they not have the HTC One? Will they ever get it?

    A

    Luckily, the HTC One is absolutely coming to Verizon in the future. Right now it looks likely that it’s headed for a July release date. Of course, this isn’t exactly concrete information, but as far as we can tell that looks like the most likely time we’ll see it released, barring any unforeseen circumstances.


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    Charn Sharma asks: I just saw on the news Mark Zuckerburg from Facebook went to visit Samsung in Korea. Will there be a Samsung Facebook phone?

    A

    Mark Zuckerberg Korea AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan While this certainly is a possibility, especially given the existing of the Facebook-centric HTC First, we wouldn’t count on it. While it seems fairly likely that Facebook would be all over a possibility, Samsung holds on tight to its brand identity. For example, you don’t really see anything like Beat Audio branding on Samsung devices all that often. That said, they’re a company that likes making money, so if the deal is right, it could happen.

    Q

    Oscar says: I have an HTC One on T-Mobile and was wondering: will unlocking my boot loader void my warranty?

    A

    Yes, unlocking the bootloader will most definitely void your warranty. That’s a big part of why phones likt eh HTC One Developer Edition exist in the first place: so you can have an unlocked bootloader and still get to hang on to your your warranty. That’s not to say you can’t do it, but tread carefully and make sure you’re prepared before you go past the point of no return.


    Q

    Jacob says: Hey AA. My first generation nexus is outdated and is slow and laggy. I’m planning to upgrade. Should I get the S4 or wait for the S5?

    A

    samsung-galaxy-s4-s-health Considering that the S4 was released pretty recently, you’ll be waiting for a long time for the Galaxy S5, most likely around 10 or 11 months, but possibly longer. You could wait that long if you wanted, but it may not be worth it if you’re not happy with your current phone. Your best bet is to either go for the S4 or wait for the Note 3, if you like big phones.


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