Samsung is the king of marketing, and their latest #SmartMove campaign is no exception. They already posted three episodes, and today’s fourth episode features the Galaxy Gear. They show you how easy it is to read texts and emails on your wrist as well as find your phone if you leave it behind. Check out the video after the break and click here to see the other three episodes.
Samsung continues to spend big bucks in their market efforts, and their latest offering is based on the #DesignYourLife hashtag. They feature Robin Thicke promoting the Galaxy Note 3 with some hot ladies. In episode one, Robin meets the girls while stopped at a traffic light and in the second episode, he shows off his communication skills while using multi window on the Galaxy Note 3. I can only assume that we will be treated to more episodes soon. Hit the break for the first two.
Google has started the process of rolling out an update to the Camera app that is included in ChromeOS. The updated app features a new user interface that puts more emphasis on the content, which in the case of a Chromebook is probably the user. While that is nice, most users will probably be more interested in the features that are described as “in the pipeline:”
- video recording
- the ability to upload to YouTube and Google+
- Syncing of pictures across Chrome devices
Unfortunately, no timeline for the availability of these new features was provided. The new version of the Camera app is being rolled out to users in the typical Google phase fashion. However, users impatient for the update can head over to the Chrome web store to grab the update.
The Moto X is cool in that it’s always listening, but the YotaPhone will provide an always-on display using e-ink technology. We have heard about the YotaPhone for several months, but Yota Devices has finally made it official. The always-on display is actually a second display that is on the back of the phone. However, this is no small display as it comes in at 4.3-inches. It is monochrome, but it will always be on, is battery efficient, and works great in sunlight.
The main display of the phone is also 4.3-inches, which happens to be LCD and 720p (1280 x 720). The rest of the guts include a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and 1,800mAh battery.
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Remember the rumored YouTube subscription music service that was reported in October? Well, it’s been delayed. According to AllThingsD, sources close to the situation say that the service will launch in the first quarter of 2014. It was believed that the service had a chance to launch by the end of this year. YouTube has all of the music licenses ready to go, but the company is internally unhappy with the product thus far. Apparently they are trying to find “the best way to integrate user-generated content, like lipsyncs and mashups, along with conventional recordings and videos.” Upon launching, Google may have to decide how to differentiate this service from Google Play Music All Access. Until an official announcement, we’ll keep a lookout for any other updates.
In a new set of advertisements, Samsung is telling you why buying a Galaxy device, particularly the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, is the “smart move.” Three videos take us through the lives of two Galaxy owners as they show us how they handle a day’s tasks with their Samsung device. In the first video, the 5.7-inch 1080 screen and faux leather backing are highlighted. The second video focuses on the Gear’s ease of use in real-life situations and compatibility with a Samsung device. The third is all about the multitasking and productivity of the Note 3 with its Air Command feature activated by the S Pen. Samsung wants to show that their devices can handle whatever your lives can throw at it.
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Android users who may have seen their iOS-owning friends using an app called VSCO Cam for mobile photography can now get in on the action with the release of VSCO Cam to Google Play. Like so many other photography apps on the market, VSCO Cam promises to make your images “stunning” through the use of a variety of preset adjustments and filters that can be applied. If the free adjustments that come with the app are not enough, VSCO offers several more through in-app purchases. » Read the rest
Angry Birds fans who are ready to enjoy the holiday season in the game may want to check out the latest update to the Angry Birds Seasons app. Rovio uses this version of Angry Birds as a way to make special levels available based on a variety of holidays and festive seasons from around the world, like Halloween or the Chinese New Year celebration. Their latest update, released today, adds several new goodies called Arctic Eggspedition. » Read the rest
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. This week was highlighted by a lot of deals for Black Friday, but probably the best deal is the Moto X for $350 off contract. That one will take place tomorrow, on Cyber Monday. A new camera API means Android might finally compete with iOS in camera quality. The latest smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq, became available for pre-order and will start shipping tomorrow. Will it disappear in the night just like all it’s predecessors? Google Play Editions got a taste of KitKat and what on earth is the LG D830? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.