Just like its predecessors before it, the Samsung Galaxy S5 includes many new hardware and software features. One of those is Download Booster, which combines Wi-Fi and LTE connections to achieve faster download speeds. Not all Galaxy S5 buyers will get to use the feature, though, because several major U.S. carriers have omitted it from their version of the device.
Android Police recently discovered that the AT&T-branded Galaxy S5 does not include Download Booster. The site found that demo models at an AT&T store as well as a retail version sold to a customer are lacking the feature, missing it in both its Settings menu and notification panel.
Separately, spokespeople for both Sprint and Verizon have confirmed to FierceWireless that their versions of the Galaxy S5 also lack Download Booster. No reason for the omission was given.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a carrier remove a feature from its version of a smartphone, but it’s still a bummer to see that three of the four major U.S. operators have removed Download Booster from the Galaxy S5. While the phone isn’t crippled or anything without the feature, it is still a nice addition that lets users get access to their apps and content faster.
It’s worth noting that T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S5 will include Download Booster. The big magenta operator even lists it as a highlight feature on its Galaxy S5 product page.