HTC ‘All New One’ is one step closer to release

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Every year we see a lot of smartphones get released here in the U.S., and one thing they all have in common is they receive FCC approval before consumers can get their hands on them. It usually happens within a month or two of the actual release. The “All New One” is no exception and is one (no pun intended) step closer to release now that it has received FCC approval.

Documents show that not only the international version has cleared, but all four major U.S. carrier versions as well. The FCC IDs are as follows….

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Samsung comments on fingerprint scanner production issues

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Yesterday, a report indicated that Samsung was having issues with the production of the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanners. The story went on to say that Samsung was getting help from CrucialTec in order to ensure supply will meet demand. Samsung chimed in with a statement saying that CrucialTec isn’t supplying fingerprint scanners…..

“CrucialTec does not supply fingerprint scanner to Samsung Electronics.”

Unfortunately that is all that was said, so there is no clear indication that the original report of Samsung actually having issues with production is correct or not. The fact that they aren’t currently working with CrucialTec doesn’t even mean they won’t be a week from now.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 3, 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!!

Guides

9 top Twitter apps for Android [March 2014]

Apps

Shazam getting major UI overhaul, some improved features

Carriers

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to carry Samsung Galaxy S5 in Q2

Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s LG G2 now available

Verizon introduces new ALLSET prepaid plans

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Photo taken from LG G3 surfaces

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A person going by the username of “Geek” posted an image taken with the LG G3 camera on ortud.com. Now just like any other post like this, it could be a waste of our time, but it could also give us an early indication of the LG G3 camera.

According to “Geek”, the G3 has the same sensor (13MP)  as the G Pro 2, but with the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS). He also said to expect the device to be released in July, which slightly coincides with the latest rumors.

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Oppo Find 7 could have a very amazing camera

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Oppo told us that the Find 7 would be greater than the Galaxy S 5, and they weren’t kidding. If a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display isn’t enough to get your blood flowing, how about a 50 megapixels camera?

An image taken with the Find 7 camera was recently uploaded to Weibo, and it has a whopping 8160 x 6120 resolution according to the EXIF data. That comes to 50MP. Now we know this could be fake, but if Nokia can do 41MP, why can’t this be real?

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Amazing Things Happen: Samsung unveils first Galaxy S 5 commercial during Academy Awards

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It was all about Samsung last night during the Academy Awards. From commercials to selfies, Samsung went all out. They even unveiled the first Galaxy S 5 spot. If you’re looking for a little Apple poking, forget it. This was just a simple teaser spot that seemed very similar to what they showed at the Unpacked Event when JK Shin first unveiled the phone.

Don’t worry, I am sure they will bring back the tongue in cheek soon because this is no doubt just the first of very many GS5 spots. I think the main thing they wanted to get across was that it’s coming this April.

Hit the break for the 30-second spot.

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Ellen DeGeneres promoted the Galaxy Note 3 at the Academy Awards, but what phone does she really use?

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Samsung  spent a serious amount of money during last night’s Academy Awards promoting everything from phones to TVs. It wasn’t even commercials because the host, Ellen DeGeneres, promoted them as well. She even took a selfie of herself and a few audience members using a Galaxy Note 3 that ended up being the most retweeted tweet in history. Some declared Samsung the victor, but something behind the scenes could give Apple a lot of ammunition.

Apparently Ellen uses an iPhone as her daily driver. She used the Note 3 out in the open, but she tweeted with her iPhone backstage. Now it’s far from shocking that a celebrity doesn’t always use everything they promote since it’s all about the money, but in this case, it has to be a slap in the face for Samsung. You would think that Samsung would have at least not allowed her to use the iPhone for the show itself, but hopefully it won’t get too much publicity.

source: CNet

Nokia X gets Google Apps, Play Store, and Google Now Launcher

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The Nokia X might not be the most advanced device in the world, but Nokia fans have to be excited they finally came out with an Android smartphone. The only problem is that it doesn’t support Google services, and instead, supports Microsoft products. Well if you’re a tinkerer, you will be happy to know that the Nokia X is already rooted, which means that you can load Google Apps, the Play Store, and even the Google Now Launcher.

XDA senior member Kashamalaga was lucky enough to walk away with a Nokia X from Mobile World Congress and was shocked at how easy it was too root. The bootloader remains locked, but by using Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot, you can gain root access. From there, you install a root explorer app, then copy over the specific Nokia X Gapps package he created to /system/app folder. Just give it the appropriate permissions, reboot, and install a few more apks, and you will be good to go.

I seems pretty straight forward. If it’s something you want to try, then I encourage you to hit the source link to get more information and join the discussion. Check out the video after the break.

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Wearables aren’t just for humans, check out Whistle for dogs

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We have the Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, and even the new Samsung Gear Fit for all our fitness needs, but what about your dog? Well there is an app for that, and an accessory as well. Whistle, which has already been available on iOS, just launched on Android in the Google Play Store. The Whistle app will track your canine’s day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends. Data is uploaded via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and will track activities such as walking, playing, and rest.

Of course you will need the Whistle Activity Monitor in order to track all these activities. The monitor attaches to your dog’s existing collar. Availability was fairly limited, but they just announced that PetSmart will be carrying the device, which makes things a lot easier. However, it costs $129, so you are really going to have to be a health nut for this one. Or someone that just has to own every gadget. We’ve got app screenshots, a video, and the full presser after the break.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 24 – March 2, 2014

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This week was dominated by Mobile World Congress, which brought us a slew of new phones, tablets, and wearables. The most hyped announcement was the Galaxy S 5. Did it deliver as promised? Will Sony finally become a contender with the Xperia Z2? Samsung is hoping the Gear 2 will be more popular than the original Galaxy Gear, but the Gear Fit just might be what the doctor ordered. HTC decided to hold back their greatness until later this month. Will it pay off? And what does Motorola have in the cooker for this year? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Are in-app purchases for free-to-play games effective?

Guides

Here’s how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet

Accessories

Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013

Apps – New

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store

RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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