TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 18 – March 24

TalkAndroid_Weekly_Recap

We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories from this past week. Most of the coverage concerned the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but there were some juicy tidbits regarding the upcoming Motorola X phone, smartwatches and Google Glass. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

How HTC Can Get Its Groove Back

Is Android vulnerable because of Samsung’s dominance?

Accessories

Samsung’s new Game Pad accessory up for preorder for only $113

Apps

Reviews

Jetpack Jinx [Arcade & Action]

Movie Twist [Entertainment]

XnRetro [Photography]

New Apps & Games

Google Babble Chat Client to Unify Now Fragmented Messaging Platforms

Glu Mobile Teases Frontline Commando: D-Day With Trailer [Video]

Google Keep now available in the Play Store

Chameleon Launcher for smartphones officially hits the Play Store

Ravensword: Shadowlands hits the Play Store, offers a rich 3D world to explore with Tegra enhancements

Gameloft to bring UNO and Friends to Android

New widget puts the latest Google Doodle on your home screen

App Updates

Gmail For Android Now Lets You Reply Or Archive Right From Notifications

9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 Update is a Hit in the Google Play Store

Google Updates Sports Results, Brings Better Grouping And More Detail

Google Play Store Version 4.0 Gets Leaked and Previewed

Google Currents adds support for audio playback in app

Adblock Plus Not Discouraged By Play Store Ban, Creates Easy Workaround

Verizon Messages update enables all devices for messages

Carriers

AT&T set to introduce expanded Mobile Share Plans, aiming its bullseye at business users in the process

Leaked T-Mobile ‘UNcarrier’ Info Sheet Means New Plans Could be Right Around the Corner

T-Mobile Uncarrier Value Plans outed and detailed

Sprint allowing MNVOs to sell modified Sprint Android handsets

T-Mobile And MetroPCS Merger Receives Complete Regulatory Approval

T-Mobile Reportedly Testing LTE In Nine Major US Cities

Google

Chrome and Android to remain separate products, but expect more overlap

Google’s Nexus 5 rumored to feature a potential camera with Nikon branding

Chrome World Wide Maze Turns Any Website Into 3D Game Synced To Your Phone

Prior Head Of Android Andy Rubin Was Stubborn, Says Samsung Exec

Google Glass

Sergey Brin’s discussion on Google Glass at TED now available [Video] 

Google Glass Gets Eye-Piece Patent

Hardware

NVIDIA reveals more info about Logan, Parker chips during GTC

More Mediatek-powered smartphones with 1080p displays are on the way… and soon

Phones

ASUS

ASUS will launch an Intel-powered smartphone in June

HTC

HTC One is definitely not coming to Verizon

HTC One Might Be Coming to Verizon Wireless After All

HTC One component shortages are real, HTC ‘no longer a tier-one customer’ for component suppliers

HTC Trolling Samsung Unpacked Leads To ‘One On The Street’ Video

HTC One’s BlinkFeed highlighted in new promo video

HTC One shows off BoomSound in latest commercial

HTC Updates One Availability, Will Hit North America By End Of April

HTC announces the E1 dual-SIM smartphone featuring Jelly Bean

HTC Myst slips through the FCC with AT&T LTE bands in tow

More HTC v Samsung Twitter shenanigans surface

Huawei

MetroPCS adds Huawei Premia 4G to stable of LTE devices

Huawei Ascend G700 pictures pop up online, shows a budget device headed for China

Lenovo

Lenovo announces S920 – quad-core smartphone powered by 4.2 Jelly Bean

LG

LG E980 clears the FCC, could be Optimus G Pro for AT&T

Mysterious LG LS720 smartphone tries to slip through the FCC door quietly, shows that its wearing Sprint LTE frequencies

Meizu

Meizu Rumored To Launch Full HD MX3 Powered By The Exynos 5 Octa

Motorola

Motorola ‘Ghost’ heading to all four major U.S. carriers, ‘Yeti’ and ‘Sasquatch’ to AT&T

Guy Kawasaki hints at possible hardware customization for the X Phone

Motorola X Phone won’t have customizable hardware after all

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Get Qi Wireless Charging Accessories

Analysts say Samsung Galaxy S 4 to push Samsung back ahead of Apple

CM Developers have no plans to develop for the Galaxy S 4 smartphone

No CM support for Galaxy S 4? Not so fast says CyanogenMod team

Samsung Takes the Galaxy S 4 Software for a Spin in this Latest Video

The Galaxy S 4 costs $244 to make and utilizes 63% of Samsung’s own parts inside

Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations four times higher than Galaxy S III says UK retailer

UK to See Quad-Core Galaxy S 4 Instead of Octa-Core Version

More information on which countries get which processor in Samsung Galaxy S 4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Photos Leaked

Apple beats Samsung in smartphone satisfaction according to J.D. Power

Samsung’s market share lead expected to double says analyst

More HTC v Samsung Twitter shenanigans surface

New Hack Allows Bypass Of Pin-Secured Lockscreen On Galaxy Smartphones

Sony

Sony introduces the Xperia SP smartphone to the public

Sony unveils the Xperia L for the budget-minded who wants a best in class camera

Xiaomi

Xiaomi Mi-3 revealed with 5-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 CPU

ZTE

New Mid-Range ZTE Quantum (N8910) Coming to Sprint

ZTE Grand X Quad Shown Off In Leaked Photo

Smartwatches

Samsung confirms they are ‘working very hard’ on a smartwatch to take on Apple iWatch

Google’s upcoming smartwatch is an Android project not X Lab

LG is prepping their own smartwatch as well as something similar to Google Glass

Tablets

Amazon

Is Amazon Working on a $99 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD? Rumors Say Yes

ARCHOS

Archos Releases GamePad, 97 and 80 Titanium Tablets in US

Huawei

Upcoming Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue Press Render and Specs Leaked

Nexus

More rumors indicate the next-generation Nexus 7 will likely have a Snapdragon processor instead of a Tegra processor

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to be unveiled at IFA 2013

Samsung rumored to be developing a premium Galaxy Tab with a full Super AMOLED FULL HD display

Sony

Sony Xperia Tablet Z gets the teardown treatment

Updates

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II to get Android 4.2.2 update, while the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 will see Android 5.0

T-Mobile LTE update for Samsung Galaxy Note II pushing out

Samsung Orb Photo Feature Could Debut In Galaxy S 4 With Android 5.0 Update

Verizon Droid 4 to receive Jelly Bean update this week

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Receives Android 4.2.2, Update Rolling Out Today

Droid RAZR HD to receive new update with camera improvements and more

European models of the Sony Xperia Z reported to be getting a firmware update 

Android 4.1.2 Update Causing Problems for Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX Users


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.