TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 28, 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

Volume Butler [Tools]

Apps

Vector Unit shows off upcoming game; Ripide GP2

Vine update with front facing camera support arrives

Google releases update for Gmail, brings back ‘delete’ button by default

Gaming Hardware

BlueStacks announces GamePop Mini, second Android game console from company


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Featured Android App Review: Volume Butler [Tools]

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Every now and then you find an app that is not only functional, but also well designed. Volume Butler, from TUOGOL, is definitely one of those apps. If you like customization, than Volume Butler is your app. Based on the name of the app, you can probably tell that it deals with the volume of your device. You would be correct, but this isn’t just another app for setting volume levels, this a full blown automation app.

For starters, Volume Butler lets you create Profiles for certain situations. Each profile has controls for the Ringer, Notifications, Media, Alarm, In-Calls, and Speakerphone. You can title the profile whatever you want and even choose from a variety of icons to represent it. Most newer phones have merged profiles for both notifications and ringtones, but with Volume Butler you can still adjust them independently. If you want to change your phone to any of these predefined profiles, you simply tap on any of the profiles.


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Chinese dual-SIM HTC One receives Android 4.2.2 update, six additional themes for Video Highlights and much more

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The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is starting to hit devices now. So far, only the Chinese dual-SIM version (M7C-DUC) received it, but it very well could hit the international version (M7) later today. Just what comes with this update? One of the biggest has to be six more themes for Video Highlights and a new file format for Zoe that brings better file management. Hit the break for the full changelog:


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 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!!

Guides

How to share Google Calendars with family or co-workers

Reviews

Snap Camera HDR [Photography]

Accessories

FingerQ case is designed to protect your device and the information inside using fingerprint-scanning technology

Apps

Stock camera application from Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Editions leaks


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T-Mobile UNcarrier plan phase 2 on tap for July 14th, Sony Xperia Z for July 17th

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T-Mobile has a little event in New York City on July 1oth, which will probably cover phase 2 of their UNcarrier plan and the Sony Xperia Z. According to a leaked T-Moble roadmap, a “Major EIT Release” is scheduled for July 14, and a few days later, on the 17th is “Device Launch Day”. The devices in question include the Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, and the T-Mobile 768, which will probably be a low-end device from Huawei or ZTE.

source: TmoNews

WSJ confirms Google is working on a videogame console, smartwatch, and Nexus Q followup

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is working on a videogame console, a smartwatch and a followup to the Nexus Q. None of this is surprising as we have heard tidbits about all three. The big question is when we will actually get to see these devices? According to WSJ, one of them will be launched this fall. The gaming console is probably the most intriguing and one has to wonder why Google would get into this game? One big reason might be that Apple is rumored to be doing the same thing as part of its next Apple TV release. The Nexus Q followup is clearly a TV box of some kind and will most likely be the next generation Google TV that everyone is waiting for.

We heard reports of Android-powered laptops back in April, and WSJ confirmed that HP is working on them with the next version of Android. Speaking of the next version of Android, it is known internally as “K release”, or shall we say Key Lime Pie? As we reported earlier, it might be compatible with lower end devices as in ones with as little as 512MB of RAM.

source: WSJ

Featured Android App Review: Snap Camera HDR [Photography]

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If you’re looking for the stock Android camera experience, you might want to check out Snap Camera HDR. It’s based on the stock Android 4.2 camera with some added features and it was created by XDA forum member dzo. The goal of Snap Camera was to bring the 4.2 interface to Android 2.3+ devices. If you’re not familiar with the stock Android 4.2 camera, it’s a very simple interface, but Snap Camera is slightly different. The main screen has only three buttons, one for pictures, one for videos, and the other for settings.

The UI works much like the stock Android interface in that you can touch to focus, pinch to zoom, swipe to review, and long press to adjust photo settings. Speaking of settings, you will find more settings than the stock version and it’s set up a little differently. You will still find all the options in the circular fashion, but with more selections. You will now have eight choices: HDR, flash mode, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, camera settings, and a submenu for items such as changing to burst mode, fast mode, front/back camera toggle, silent shutter, stable shot, panorama, self timer, and toggling the grids. Fast mode allows you to take pictures very “fast” but only at the resolution of your display. The camera settings have a slew of options for you to choose from for both the camera and videos. It should be noted that dzo added an option in the settings to use what was thought to be an updated UI for Android 4.3. As it turns out, that newer interface wasn’t part of Android 4.3, but is on the Google Edition Galaxy S 4 and HTC One devices that were just released.


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Galaxy Note III could sport an LCD panel in some markets

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It seems as though Samsung is having a consistency problem. It all started with the Galaxy S III last year, in which they offered quad-core and dual-core versions. Now the Galaxy S 4 has quad-core and octa-core versions. It seems as though the Galaxy Note III is going to continue the trend, but this time it won’t be around the processor. It appears that about 10% of the production might sport LCD panels instead of Super AMOLED displays. The reason is simply production issues.

Word is that it will be Japanese vendor supplying the LCD panels, and since Samsung has an investment in Sharp, that’s a good place to start. This could also be one of the reasons why the rumored display size dropped from 5.9-inches to 5.7-inches.

source: ETNews
via: PhoneArena

The ‘glamor red’ HTC One is real and coming to the UK

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Do you remember back in February when a red edition of the HTC One showed up on HTC’s website? At the time, HTC said it was a mistake and removed it, but we knew it was only a matter of time until it would show up for real. Well HTC has officially announced the ‘glamor red’ edition of the HTC One, and Phones 4U in the UK just told us they will be carrying this special edition starting in mid-July. As to the U.S., no official word, but AT&T might be a good bet.

It does look cool, but I’m not sure I could live with it for 2 years though. What do you guys think? Hit the break for the presser.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 26, 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

3CX Mobile Device Manager [Business & Tools]

Apps

Boomerang Gmail client released for Android

New Google Play Edition devices have a new camera app, drawer, and wallpaper

Google Play Edition device boot animation and live wallpaper available for download

Symantec releases new version of Norton Mobile Security

Google Search update adds TV cards, offers, music to Google Now

Modern Combat 4 Meltdown update now available for download

Google Play Movies & TV gets new interface


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