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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NVIDIA Shield now delayed until July due to a ‘mechanical issue that relates to a third party component’

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It was just last week that NVIDIA reduced the price of the Shield to $299 and set tomorrow as the release date. Unfortunately it didn’t pass the final quality test as a “mechanical issue that relates to a third party component” was revealed.

“During our final QA process, we discovered a mechanical issue that relates to a 3rd party component.  We want every SHIELD to be perfect, so we have elected to shift the launch date to July.  We’ll update you as soon as we have an exact date.” 

For now, it’s delayed until July, but no exact date was given. NVIDIA is working around the clock with the supplier to rectify the situation. I know this is bad news for some of you, but give credit to NVIDIA for making this move now. It certainly shows they are committed to releasing a product that meets the highest possible standards. We will update you as soon as a new date is announced.

source: NVIDIA

Featured Android App Review: 3CX Mobile Device Manager [Business & Tools]

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We have covered a number of apps for device tracking and security, but I wanted to throw another one into the ring. It’s appropriately named 3CX Mobile Device Manager, and it will not only track mobile phones and tablets, but it will also track notebook computers. It’s catered to businesses for managing a fleet of devices, but it’s simple enough for personal use as well. Normally products such as these carry a cost per device, but 3CX has made it free for the first 5 devices, which makes it perfect for families.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 25, 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!!

Contests

Win one year of Slacker Radio Premium from TalkAndroid and Slacker Radio

Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens

Reviews

30 Days with Google Play Music All Access

My thoughts on HTC Zoe and Video Highlights after seven days of heavy use on vacation


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My thoughts on HTC Zoe and Video Highlights after seven days of heavy use on vacation

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I already reviewed the HTC One and loved it. What impressed me the most was Zoe and Video Highlights, but when reviewing devices and applications such as these, it’s never easy to get a “real world” perspective because you spend a short time with the device. Last week, I went on vacation, so I thought I would bring the HTC One as my sole camera to really get a feel for how Zoe and Video Highlights would be when it really counts. It’s one thing to test it during the review for things that don’t matter so much, but I consider a vacation the ultimate test to see if it’s everything that I thought it was. 7 Days, 2,106 photos/images, and 3.6GB later, I love HTC Zoe and Video Highlights more than ever, but it’s not perfect. Head on past the break to find out how it went.


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Win one year of Slacker Radio Premium from TalkAndroid and Slacker Radio [updated with winners]

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I know there are a lot of music streaming apps available today, but my personal favorite is still Slacker Radio. It not only gives you the flexibility to make your own stations, but they offer so many curated stations for every imaginable genre that you can think of. We have given away premium Slacker accounts in the past, but this time we have something special. One of our lucky readers will win one full year of Slacker Radio’s premium service. Normally priced at $9.99 per month, the premium service gives you unlimited song skips, mobile station caching, ABC News, ESPN Radio, song lyrics, songs on demand, albums on demand, single artist stations, caching albums & playlists, and created playlists. Slacker Radio was also gracious enough to give one month subscriptions to five runner ups. That’s a total of six subscriptions to give out.

All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and reply with your favorite song right now. You have until Thursday June 27 at 12:00pm EST. We will then pick one winner at random for the one year subscription followed by five random runner ups for the one month subscriptions. Nothing could be easier. The best part of it is that it doesn’t matter whether you listen to Slacker Radio via Android, iOS, Google TV, a Roku, your desktop, or any other compatible device because your upgrade will be effective on all devices. Just make sure to use a real email address for your account so we can get in touch with you.

Click here to enter

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Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize – 1 year of Slacker Radio Premium

MCNPorter – Axel Rudi Pell – “Dont Say Goodbye”

 

Runner Ups – 1 month of Slacker Radio Premium

LudwigRocker – KISS – Rock and Roll All Night

Bruhaha – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

psipher – Nine Inch Nails – “Came back haunted”

DIXZ06 – Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

jillm – The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home

 

Each of you will receive an email with your codes as soon as I get them. Probably by tomorrow. Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 coming in September with better design, display, and battery

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Sony’s first attempt at an Android smartwatch didn’t break any records, but they will give it a go again. It was teased last week so it’s no surprise they went ahead and introduced the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 earlier this morning at the Mobile Asia Expo. Already I like the look of this one over its predecessor. They are calling it a “second screen” as it not only serves as a watch, but a notifier, and Android interface, and a phone remote control. It’s also water resistant and includes NFC.

Other upgrades from the previous model include a better design, better resolution, better visibility in sunlight, longer battery life, easier interface, standalone watch functionality, and better pre-installed apps. The standalone watch functionality is the key because last year’s model needed to be connected to your phone at all times in order for it to do anything. The SmartWatch 2 will be available in September, but no word on pricing.

Hit the break for a full list of features, videos, and press release.


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