TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 11, 2013

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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!!

Accessories

Nexus 10 flip covers now available in the Google Play Store

Apps

Real Racing 3 gets updated to bring more events, more cars and cloud save functionality

Official Speedway GP 2013 brings motorcycle racing action to Google Play

Xbox SmartGlass Comes to Android Tablets

Google

Google launches its Inactive Account Manager, aims to make your digital afterlife as peaceful as possible

Google Glass

Google Glass Explorer Editions shipping next month


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Samsung Galaxy S 4 teardown shows that it’s a lot easier to repair than the HTC One

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Teardown videos are a great resource if you want to repair (or hack) a phone yourself. TechnoBuffalo was able to obtain a video of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 getting torn apart, and it appears to be a lot easier to fix than the HTC One? There’s no question the build of the HTC One is of higher quality, but unfortunately the unibody design limits the ease of repair. While many knock Samsung for their quality of build (including myself), you can’t underestimate the importance of easy fixing. In fact, the source of the video said it’s one of the “most repairable smartphones.”

source: TechnoBuffalo

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.2 officially announced

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega is official folks. As we previously reported, it will come in two sizes: The Galaxy Mega 5.8 and The Galaxy Mega 6.3.  Both of these are aimed at budget-conscious consumers who want a large phone.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 will feature a 5.8-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expanded memory, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 2,600mAh battery. It will be 9mm thick and have HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will have a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 3,200mAh battery. It’s 7.9mm thick and will have support for LTE as well as HSPA+.


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Google Glass Explorer Editions shipping next month

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It’s been almost a full year since Google took $1,500 commitments from those that wanted to be among the first to test Google Glass. These Beta versions, now known as Explorer Editions, will finally ship next month based on an announcement made at Google Venture’s Glass Collective event. Those of you that were winners of the “If I Had Glass” contest will also receive your Explorer Editions (for the same $1,500) at the same time, but you will have to travel to either San Francisco, Los Angeles, or NYC to pick them up.

source: TechCrunch

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 10, 2013

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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

Advanced Mobile Care [Tools]

Apps

Google Voice to be included in Google Babel, but not right away

Worms 2: Armageddon blasts its way onto the Google Play Store

Leaked roadmap indicates Microsoft Office won’t hit Android devices until Fall 2014

Download black themed Play Store and other Google apps


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Featured Android App Review: Advanced Mobile Care [Tools]

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IObit says their Advanced Mobile Care app is a swiss army knife of Android tuning tools, and they aren’t kidding. From security to performance, there isn’t much this app doesn’t do. It’s actually been out for a while, but they just updated to 3.0 to include anti-theft protection, a call blocker, tablet support, and an improved battery saver.

This all-in-one app features real-time virus scans, anti-theft protection, a game speeder, battery saver, call blocker, app manager, task killer, privacy locker, privacy advisor, and cloud backup. Now you would expect with all these features, it has to be complicated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Advanced Mobile Care’s UI is elegant, and simple to navigate. It’s the perfect app for not only the expert, but the novice as well.


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Google Voice to be included in Google Babel, but not right away

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Google Voice is one of those Google apps that seems to be ignored by Google, and I often wondered if it might suffer the same fate as Google Reader. With the news that Google is readying a new unified messaging service called Google Babel, I became hopeful that Google Voice would be included and might not be doomed after all. Well it appears that Google Voice will indeed be included in Google Babel, but not right away. At launch, Babel will only include Talk, Hangouts, and Messenger.

We can also expect to see notification syncing, which means once you have read a message on one of your devices, the notification will disappear from your other devices. This is huge as I always have GTalk notifications on several devices for messages that I already read. The introduction of sending pictures would also be nice since I can’t think of how many times I wish that ability was there. Unsurprisingly, Babel will launch on iOS as well, but Google is saying this is the first time they are building a first class iOS experience. Lets hope we see Babel at I/O.

source: Droid-Life

Could LG ship flexible displays before Samsung?

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Samsung presented the Youm brand of flexible displays at CES, but could LG bring their own flexible displays to market before them? According to the Korea Times, LG has flexible displays for next-generation smartphones and tablets that can be twisted and bent. LG is expecting to ship their first batch later this year, and ahead of Samsung.

Currently LG is leading in the overall display market, which isn’t making Samsung too happy. LG shipped 218 million units of LCDs 9.1-inches and higher, while Samsung shipped only 163 million units. That’s a 29% global market share for LG, up from 26% in 2010. As far as OLEDs, Samsung is late to the party and has already admitted they are considering using LG’s OLED technology. Even when it comes to Ultra HD, LG is further along. Of course it isn’t just about sales as the two companies are enthralled in patent disputes as well.

LG seems to be winning in the panel game, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they ship their flexible displays before Samsung, but in terms of mobile smartphone market share, LG has a long way to go.

source: Korea Times

Survey says Samsung Galaxy phones are simpler than the iPhone

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There are a lot of people that think Android is better than iOS for many reasons, but most fans won’t put simplicity at the top of the list. Well according to a survey by Siegel+Gale, Samsung Galaxy phones are simpler than the iPhone. This survey was conducted with 400 people, and while both phones scored well, Samsung’s Galaxy line came out as the winner. According to the survey, Samsung’s high-speed file transfers and instant photo tagging and sharing made it simpler for users to share information. Also, since the Galaxy series is compatible with proprietary apps, it came across as simpler to use.

Siegel+Gale is a branding company that also came up with the Global Brand Simplicity Index. In this survey, Google came out on top while Apple came in at number 5. Samsung didn’t even make the top 10, but this is company brand recognition. So reading between the lines, the Apple brand is recognized at simpler than Samsung, but at the product level, the Galaxy phones are recognized as simpler than the iPhone.


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