Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?


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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

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About a month ago, we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact when it posed alongside the Xperia Z3. Today, more images have leaked, but this time they are solo shots from Mr. Blurrycam.

It’s also possible that the previous leak isn’t the same phone as this one since the front-facing camera is in a different spot. However, we know manufacturers have various prototypes. The source indicates it will feature a 4.6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, and stereo speakers.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 29, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung in apparent sign of court fatigue

Apps

Swiftkey Keyboard updates with new themes, performance improvements and more

Google Search can now utilize hotel confirmation emails for suggestions

Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 28, 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!!

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: It’s all about the display, and it’s gorgeous

Android Wear

Wear Mini Launcher gets an update and moves from Alpha to Beta

Apps

Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

Facebook finally moves all messaging over to Facebook Messenger app


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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: It’s all about the display, and it’s gorgeous

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Samsung is the reigning king when it comes to smartphone market share, but that success never translated to tablets. With the smartphone market slowing, Samsung made a decision to go “all in” on tablets for 2014. It all started in January with the Galaxy Tab Pro series and the Galaxy Note Pro. Then they followed up with the Galaxy Tab 4 series a few months later. That seemed like enough, but Samsung wasn’t done. They decided to come out with something extraordinary. The Tab S promises to sport the most amazing display on a tablet ever, not to mention it’s pretty thin. There is no shortage of tablets available today. From budget to high-end, you won’t have trouble finding something. This begs the question…..Do consumers really care about the high-end when it comes to tablets? The Tab S isn’t crazy expensive, but you will find plenty of cheaper offerings. Should the Tab S be your next tablet?


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 21 – July 27, 2014

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Things were fairly quiet this week until we got word that Motorola may finally make a Nexus phone. NVIDIA announced the new Shield Tablet, but will anybody care about it? Speaking of who cares….the Amazon Fire Phone is officially available for you to waste your money on. We finally got our best look at the upcoming Moto X+1, but we are still waiting patiently for the Moto 360. And did HTC’s upcoming smartwatch appear in a video? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Why wasn’t the Motorola Moto X commercially successful?

Apps – New

Amazon Wallet is a new digital wallet to compete with Google and Isis

Facetune, a selfie editor, is now available for Android devices

ChoreMonster brings technology and kids together to reward completion of chores

[New Android Wear App] Swipify brings useful tools to Google’s wearable platform

Google Hands-Free app icon appears in company post


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 25, 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

Facetune, a selfie editor, is now available for Android devices

Rovio releases Angry Birds Transformers teaser trailer

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A little over a month ago, Rovio announced they were working with Hasbro for Angry Birds Transformers. It will not only include the game, but also consumer licensed goods and a new product line from Hasbro called TELEPODS. In celebration for Comic-Con, Rovio is giving us a sneak peak thanks to a teaser trailer.

They do not show any gameplay, but from the looks of it, it is some sort of an endless runner with a lot of missiles. It’s also likely the birds will team up with the piggies to fend off the Transformers. Hit the break for the official video.


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Lenovo shows off their Google Glass knockoff

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As smart glasses evolve, you can expect more manufacturers to jump in. Lenovo is one such company as they showed off their prototype, which looks a lot like Google Glass. The only difference is the battery resides at the user’s neck. The plan is for this prototype to become consumer ready by October.

Lenovo is also working with another smart glasses maker called Vuzix. We did a hands on with their M100 smart glasses back  in 2013. This partnership is bringing the M100 to China in August or September for 8,000 yuan ($1298).

source: PC World