Samsung Galaxy Alpha announcement happening August 13, specifications surface early

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On Thursday, we found out that the Galaxy Note 4 would be announced on September 3. We now know, along with its specifications, that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Alpha on August 13. This conflicts with a previous report that the announcement would take place on August 4, but All About Samsung is reporting the later date is the official one. » Read the rest

Verizon Galaxy S5 receiving update which brings bevy of bug-fixes, breaks root access

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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is receiving an update (software version KOT49H.G900VVRU1ANE9) which is bringing a bunch of bug fixes to the device, but also seems to be breaking root access to the device, according to a number of users around the web.

The update keeps the phone at Android 4.4.2, and update’s Verizon’s Caller Name ID, Message+ and Cloud apps.

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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 31, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 subscription option [Updated]

Hulu now offering a selection of free content on Android devices

Carriers

T-Mobile boasts momentous growth for fifth consecutive quarter

Iliad wants a controlling stake in T-Mobile, submits $15 billion offer

LG G Vista now available on Verizon

Deals

Amazon Appstore offering 30 paid apps for free today and tomorrow

Google Glass

Man steals Google Glass and quickly gets caught

Phones

The new HTC J Butterfly launched by KDDI

LG G Vista now available on Verizon

OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announcement slated for September 3

VIVO could be the first to have a Sapphire display

Smartwatches

OnePlus ‘OneWatch’ leaks in unpublished product page on OnePlus’ website

Tablets

Google now out of stock on non-LTE Nexus 7 tablets

Wearables

Runtastic enters the wearable market with the Runtastic Orbit

Miscellaneous

Samsung talks strategy to address financial slide

Qi wireless charging will soon adopt short-range resonance charging

Man steals Google Glass and quickly gets caught

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sergey-brin-google-glass-projectAs Google Glass rises in popularity, there are obviously going to be some people trying to steal the devices. That’s probably not the smartest idea, as a recent criminal quickly learned. A man tried to steal New York tourist Mike Geller’s headset by asking to try it on and then running off, only to be found soon after due to a third-party Glass app called LiveLens that recorded all of his moves after the theft.

You can check out a video compilation of the thief’s day, that mostly included drinking and raving, after the break.

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Runtastic enters the wearable market with the Runtastic Orbit

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Runtastic creates many great fitness tracking apps, and now they’re filling out their product lineup by jumping into the hardware game. The newly announced Runtastic Orbit is a 24-hour fitness band that tracks tons of metrics, including the standard step count, exercise and sleep activities, and calories burned. It also boasts a few unique features, including an ambient light sensor and a vibrating alarm that bugs you if you’ve been inactive for too long. No other device on the market nags you for sitting on the couch for too long, so Runtastic has a great claim there. » Read the rest

Qi wireless charging will soon adopt short-range resonance charging

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The Qi wireless charging standard is one of the most popular wireless charging solutions, but it still has limitations. Since it solely uses inductive charging, your device has to sit on a charging pad to work. That removes the hassle of plugging in a USB cable, but you’re not exactly going to be using your phone if it’s glued to a power mat. Fortunately, it looks like the Wireless Power Consortium is going to be adopting a new technology into the Qi standard that will allow devices to charge at a slightly longer distance. » Read the rest

Iliad wants a controlling stake in T-Mobile, submits $15 billion offer

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The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could be on hold with today’s news. Iliad, a French telecommunications company, has submitted a $15 billion offer in return for 56.6% of T-Mobile. The company values the other 43.4% of T-Mobile at $40.5 billion. The interest in T-Mobile specifically is because it “has successfully established a disruptive position, which in many ways, is similar to the one Iliad has built in France.” Iliad is putting so much momentum behind this bid due to the value for telecommunications in the United States. The industry is locked up by four major players, two of which are trying to merge, and one of them is up for sale.

If SoftBank wants Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, it better hope the entire process moves along a lot quicker.

Via: Bloomberg

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 announcement slated for September 3

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Samsung used IFA in Berlin to unveil the Galaxy Note 3 last year. And today, a report from The Korea Times claims that Samsung will be using the same trade show to announce its successor. The specific date for the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4 is September 3. Invites for the event are expected to be sent out soon considering that date is just about one month away.

The Galaxy Note 4 is believed to feature a massive 5.7-inch display that has a 2560×1440 resolution. Inside will be either the company’s own Exynos 5433 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 (depending upon your market) paired with 3GB of RAM. Samsung is apparently pushing hard to release the handset as soon as possible due to the rumors that Apple will be upping the size of the iPhone’s display.

Source: The Korea Times
Via: SamMobile