This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4 and How to Avoid Walking Off Piers

The waterproof Sony smartphones - handy if you walk off a pier.
The waterproof Sony smartphones – handy if you walk off a pier.

Let’s start with more leaks emerging concerning the up-coming Samsung Galaxy S5. The latest information suggests that it will feature a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU (rather than a 64-bit processor), a 1080p Full HD touchscreen, 3GB of RAM and will come with 32GB of onboard storage. It’s expected to run on the latest Android KitKat 4.4 operating system and will have a 16-megapixel rear camera.

Speculation is also rife on the anticipated specs of the Galaxy Note 4. Similar to the Galaxy S5, the Note 4 is now likely to sport a 16-megapixel rear mounted camera which will also feature optical image stabilisation. There are also rumours that the Galaxy Note 4 could come with a fingerprint sensor similar to the iPhone 5S and possibly could be charged wirelessly. It’s possible that Samsung will manufacture the Note 4 in a stronger aluminium body rather than the plastic designs of its predecessors. We’ll update you with more details for the S5 and Note 4 as soon as we get any further information.

Love your phone so much you can’t stop using it – even when flying?  Well, you’ll be pleased to learn that, following in the footsteps of several airlines in the USA, you can now use certain electronic gadgets on British Airways during take-off and landing as well as during the rest of your flight. British Airways is the first European Airline to authorise the use of handheld devices for the duration of the flight. Devices must be put into ‘flight mode’ and there are still restrictions on using laptops due to their size and weight (in case there is an emergency). However the use of smartphones and tablets is allowed but of course for safety reasons, calls and texts are still not permitted.

Anyone downloaded Facebook Home, the app that makes Facebook the home screen on your phone? If so, you might be interested to learn that Facebook Home for Android has had a design makeover which has given it the appearance of a traditional lock screen. The new Facebook Home now comes with the date, a clock and the weather and is accessed by swiping upwards as opposed to a tap and sideways swipe. The change hasn’t been particularly popular with some as the Facebook cover feed of photos and status updates has disappeared and Facebook Home has seen modest downloads since its Spring launch. It remains to be seen how long it will stay in its current state before being possibly upgraded again.

And finally, a salutary tale that should be a warning to all our readers. Hitting the headlines recently was the story of the Taiwanese tourist who managed to walk off St Kilda’s Pier in Melbourne and into the sea as she was so engrossed in her Facebook! The embarrassed holiday-maker, who apparently couldn’t swim, was safely rescued and even managed to keep hold of her phone during her unexpected plunge into the water. We all love our phones (and Facebook) but they’re not worth almost drowning for. Besides, unless she was packing a Sony or a Samsung Active, the unexpected dip wouldn’t have done her phone much good either…