TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 20 – May 26, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are still recuperating from last week’s Google I/O, but it didn’t stop the news. More evidence that Motorola’s X phone will be available on multiple carriers soon came from an FCC filing for a Sprint version. Samsung already sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and new colors are on the way. Things are looking up for HTC with 5 million HTC Ones sold to date, but will current employees listen to former Product Strategy Manager’s tweet telling everyone to quit? Android 4.3 surfaces, and did the new Nexus 7 make a secret appearance at Google I/O? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to disable annoying Android notifications


Bowling Paradise [Sports]


Qi wireless charging solution for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available for pre-order

Apps – New

Samsung’s annual Smart App Challenge has arrived, will focus on Chord SDK

Fast and Furious 6 game hits the Play Store

Boot animation changer now available with nearly 400 custom boot animations

Apps – Updates

Redesigned Gmail app with categories rumored to release Wednesday

Google+ Android app update includes photo enhancement and auto-backup features

Google Hangouts to seamlessly integrate Google Voice in the future

Flickr launches new Android app and hands out 1-terabyte of free storage

Webkit-powered Opera browser now available in the Play Store

Ingress game gets update with new features

Google updates Play Magazines user interface as part of design streamline

Google Drive mobile app updated; Brings forth Androids card UI

Full screen browsing comes to mobile Chrome with new update

Twitter introduces two-factor authentication for log-ins

Mediafire app update now allows music and video streaming to devices

BBC iPlayer app now adds support for 10-inch tablets, refined UI for smartphones and 7-inch tablets

Screenshots of redesigned Gmail app leaked during I/O session

Chrome Beta for Android updated, adds better translation and full screen options


AT&T adds new “mobility administrative” 61-cent fee to all monthly bills

Three tri-band LTE devices announced by Sprint for this summer

Verizon updating pre-paid plans, data caps to increase

Verizon and Samsung hosting Galaxy S 4 promotional event Thursday in New York City

Viva Movil, a mobile service focused on Latino consumers by Jennifer Lopez


Student catches Google’s eye with 30-second cellphone charger

Google passes IBM to become second most valuable brand, still behind Apple

Google quietly working on the inclusion of haptic feedback technology into Android devices… for more effective advertisements

Google adding richer notifications to Chrome on ChromeOS, Windows

Google no longer able to accept payments for app developers in Argentina

Google Glass

Google Glass Explorer Edition shows up on Craigslist for $6,000

Samsung to provide OLED screens for consumer version of Google Glass

Google TV

Google’s latest media player hits the FCC


Sandisk begins customer sampling of flash memory products based on 1Ynm process technology

NVIDIA shows off world’s most efficient CAT 4 LTE modem

Qualcomm previews next-gen 2,560 by 1,440 Mirasol display

Phones – Caterpillar

Caterpillar launches incredibly durable Cat B15 Android phone in North America

Phones – HTC

After much speculation, HTC may in fact release a “Sense-less” stock Android version of their HTC One

HTC One becomes the first enterprise-ready HTCpro certified smartphone in US

HTC finally explains lack of microSD slots in US/UK versions of HTC One, no love for Big Red

HTC One sales strong at 5 million despite supply issues and reshuffling execs

HTC offering “One Phone, One Weekend, Premium Upgrade” promotion for Canadian mobile users

New version of HTC One to launch with a larger screen

HTC Desire 600 handset formally announced, will arrive in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa by mid-June

HTC Butterfly S screen resolution revealed, will adopt many HTC One features

Facebook puts HTC First launch in UK on hold

Phones – Huawei

Huawei Ascend P6 leaked

Phones – Kyocera

Sprint announces the Kyocera Hydro Rise smartphone

Kyocera Hydro Elite on its way to Verizon

Phones – Lenovo

Lenovo eyes U.S. smartphone market for 2014 and beyond

Phones – LG

Pictures of LG Optimus F3 released, expected to launch on Sprint in coming weeks

LG Optimus Pro G confirmed for May 30th ImaGination event in Macau

Waterproof LG Optimus GJ E975W officially announced, will be priced at $600

Phones – Motorola

FCC certification for Motorola XT1056 surfaces, appears headed to Sprint

Phones – Nexus

White Nexus 4 pictures released again, possible June 10th release alongside Android 4.3?

Phones – Samsung

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 bootloader hacked, boots custom recovery

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android to launch only in US

GoldGenie offers Samsung Galaxy S 4 plated in gold, platinum, or rose gold

Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone headed to Cricket on June 7th

Samsung sells over 10 million S 4s and announces four new colors for summer

Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition slated for AT&T and Verizon

AT&T to offer Samsung Galaxy S 4 in new “Aurora Red” color starting June 14, pre-orders start tomorrow

Verizon & AT&T Galaxy S 4 gets bootloader unlock method

AnTuTu Benchmark score for Samsung Galaxy Note III surfaces

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active outed yet again… this time shows its stuff on video

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active outed for your viewing pleasure

Samsung WatchOn app update hints at the Galaxy S 4 Mega, Mini, and Active

Samsung finally confirms Galaxy S 4 mini on Samsung Apps site

More details for Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom discovered

T-Mobile set to introduce the Galaxy S III LTE June 5th, Galaxy Exhibit smartphone on May 29th

Samsung Galaxy Mega to drop in the UK sometime in July

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to offer Samsung Galaxy S 3 beginning in June

Phones – Sony

Sony Xperia UL officially announced for Japan

Sony releases cute “love-commercial” making use of NFC technology in Xperia phones


Did the new and improved Nexus 7 make an appearance at Google I/O?

Retailer Adorama lists Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $199

Samsung tablet concept with flexible display leaks with specs

Amazon adds more than 170 countries as markets for Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9

AUO set to provide display panels for next-generation Nexus 7 tablet

Sony’s upcoming Xperia Tablet Z launch delayed by a week


Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III gets a taste of Android 4.2.2, thanks to leaked firmware 

New screenshots of Android 4.3 surface; shows slightly different camera software UI

Sony Xperia S finally receiving Jelly Bean update


LG to unveil 5-inch unbreakable and flexible OLED display this week

Samsung buys 10% share of Pantech worth $48 million

Hi Hey Hello musical short film from Samsung released

Surprise!!! Samsung secretly working on fingerprint protection technology behind the scenes

HTC’s Chief Product Officer departs and former Product Strategy Manager tells everyone to quit

LoJack launches phone recovery service with the Samsung Galaxy S4 as its first supported device

Nokia brings up new patent suit against HTC in hopes to ban HTC One sales

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.