Rumor: Key Lime Pie won’t be ready for Google I/O?

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Today’s Google I/O rumor is a Debbie Downer, but take it with a very small grain of salt. Google I/O is taking place next month, and unless you have been living under a rock, you know it’s the biggest stage of the year for Google. Naturally you would expect that a new version of their OS would be announced, even if it were a minor tweak. Everyone and their brother is expecting that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie will be the chosen one, but a new rumor suggests that Google is pushing it back two to four months. The supposed reason is to give OEMs “breathing room” as in so many phones aren’t running Ice Cream Sandwich and/or Jelly Bean yet.

This sounds plausible, but this has been a problem since day one for Android so why would Google start caring about it now? It doesn’t make much sense to me, but a rumor is a rumor and some of them do come true.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 22, 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 set up and use HTC TV and the IR blaster on the HTC One

Reviews

HTC One review: The best phone on the planet, but is it good enough?

Apps

Runtastic Mountain Bike and Road Bike now available in Play Store

Netflix to offer $11.99 per month subscription supporting up to four simultaneous video streams


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HTC One review: The best phone on the planet, but is it good enough?

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Last year, HTC promised a unified marketing effort with the One brand, but it didn’t seem to go as planned. They started with the One X, One S, and One V. Then came the One SU, One SV, One VX, several Desire devices, and the Butterfly. Lets not forget variants such as the EVO 4G LTE, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, and the DROID DNA. Unfortunately 2012, was another bad year for HTC, and they have come back with the same story for 2013, which is to offer a unified marketing effort and one flagship phone. This time around they did indeed unveil “one” phone, appropriately called the HTC One. There are plenty of reviews already published on the HTC One, and you will have a hard time finding anyone who doesn’t think it’s the best phone ever made. I will cut to the chase and tell you that it’s very unlikely that I will disagree with that assessment, especially when you consider the fact that I picked the One X as the best phone for 2012 while everyone and their brother chose the Samsung Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. Unfortunately being the best doesn’t guarantee success nor does it mean that you should buy it. Sometimes its better for the average person to buy what’s popular rather than what’s considered to be the best. The bottomline is the One is the underdog salivating for your hard earned dollars. Underdogs need to prove their worthiness. In other words, does the HTC One provide enough greatness to break brand loyalty for the average consumer? A year and half ago, it was all about specs for phones, but Samsung and Apple recognized that mainstream consumers don’t buy on specs. They buy on consistency, software features, and a recognized brand. The One X may have achieved the best phone last year in terms of pure hardware, but they failed in all three categories. Will this year be any different? Hit the break to find out.


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How to set up and use HTC TV and the IR blaster on the HTC One

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Since your phone is always in your pocket, why not use it as a remote control for your home theater system? IR blasters will be on a number of phones this year and the HTC One happens to be “one” of them. But controlling your TV, cable/satellite box, and AV receiver is just part of it. Since your phone has a rather large display, it can also show you programming information and even recommend shows for you to watch based on your interests. Peel has been doing this for a couple of years now, but HTC has implemented something similar that’s simply called HTC TV and is available on the HTC One. All you need to do is tap on the TV icon in your app drawer and spend a couple of minutes setting things up. It really isn’t that hard, but we put together a tutorial and hands on video showing you how it’s done. Skip on past the break to learn how HTC TV will make it so you no longer have to fight for the remote control.


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All-in-one toolkit for unlocking and rooting the AT&T and Sprint HTC One now available

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Well that didn’t take long at all. If you’re looking for a very simple and quick way to unlock and root your AT&T or Sprint HTC One, you can do it now thanks to hasoon2000 over at XDA. He already posted a toolkit for the international version a month ago, so this is very similar. This desktop application will install HTC Drivers, unlock the bootloader, and flash your own recovery. You want to make sure you grab the correct download that matches the carrier version of your phone so hit the appropriate source link below for instructions.

sources: XDA - Sprint version / XDA - AT&T version / XDA – International version

Samsung Galaxy S 4 scratch test: Gorilla Glass 3 vs a steak knife and more

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 might be the most anticipated phone right now, but how would the Gorilla Glass 3 display hold up with a steak knife? Now it’s unlikely you will ever think your GS4 is your dinner, but somehow there is nothing worse than scratching your phone’s display. Is the Galaxy S 4 good enough to throw out your screen protectors? Check out the video after the break and see for yourself. Now all we need is a drop text and our lives will be complete.


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Controlling you smartphone or tablet with your brain could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas

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Using your brain to control a smartphone or tablet is something that could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas. Instead of tapping on the display, you could use your thoughts to open an application, select a song to play, or select a contact. They are already demonstrating this on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but users need to wear a wild looking cap filled with EEG Electrodes.

Now don’t expect to see this type of technology anytime soon, but this isn’t anything new. I saw something very similar at CES using similar technology from Puzzlebox. They utilize the same technology from NeuroSky to show how concentration can keep a remote control helicopter in the air. A tablet was also used, but only as a way of displaying the levels of concentration. You can watch that video after the break.


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Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights

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The HTC One is probably one of the highest quality phones you will ever hold in your hand, but the killer feature is the UltraPixel camera, and more specifically, HTC Zoe and Video Highlights. Sharing pictures is one thing, but sharing a well produced short video highlighting your child’s birthday or your vacation is something that most people never do because it’s just so complicated. HTC recognized this and created Zoes, which are 3-second video clips combined with 20 images. These Zoes will be used to create 30-second highlight videos that look like they were done by a professional editor. The best part of it all is that it’s completely automated and takes no effort on your part. I can’t sing enough praises for what HTC has done here. It’s simply the most advanced feature to ever be offered on a smartphone.

HTC made things pretty easy, but you might find yourself a little lost on what exactly a Zoe is or how to get the most out of your video highlights. That’s where this hands on video tutorial comes in. We show you the basic camera software and how Zoe’s work. We show you how to categorize your media in events as well as how to do basic editing such as sequence shots, object removal, and video editing. Video highlight reels are created automatically, but you can still tweak things a little so we get into that as well. In no time you will be impressing your friends with some really cool videos of your next event. Hit the break for the complete walkthrough and don’t forget to share some of your greatness with us.


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 15 – April 21, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Galaxy S 4 release dates for U.S. carriers were finally revealed and the Motorola X continues to keep us intrigued. Speaking of intriguing, Google Glass Explorer Editions are starting to roll. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home

How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher

How to set up and use BlinkFeed on Sense 5 with the HTC One

Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights

Reviews

Mr. Eyes [Sports & Puzzles]

MyPermissions [Tools]

Nexus 10 Book Cover Review


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Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

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HTC announced Sense 5 when they introduced the HTC One, which is based on Android 4.1.2. It will eventually land on most of the major HTC phones, but for now it’s only on the One. HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers. Whether you’re about to purchase your HTC one, or maybe you already bought one and feel a little lost, this video should help you get more familiarized. Hit the break to check it out.


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