T-Mobile says no to overage charges, and John Legere starts petition for all U.S. carriers to do the same

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After a slight delay, T-Mobile just unveiled their 3rd and final installment of big announcements to further shake up the mobile industry. Last week brought a new Simple Starter Plan for day 1 and day 2 was that LTE tablets will be priced the same as Wi-Fi-only tablets. Day 3 is all about overage charges.

T-Mobile will no longer charge overages to their customers, which is a pretty good announcement in itself, but John Legere and team are taking it one step further. They are encouraging AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless to do the same, and they have created a petition on Change.org.

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Google to update Android icons to more resemble web icons

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We have already heard that Android and Chrome will unite under Project Hera, so it’s no surprise that the same will happen with icons. Right now, Google has different icons for the web and Android, but Android Police is reporting that Android icons will be altered to more resemble web icons.

Of course, all Google projects have an internal name, and this one is “Moonshine.” It’s expected that Android icons will become flatter, with long, hard shadows. This change could also bring updated design guidelines because the current square or circular boilerplate icons wouldn’t fit in.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 7 – April 13, 2014

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The battle is on! Both the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) are now available globally. There is no question that Samsung will win the war, but can HTC put a dent into Samsung’s market share? Samsung also has another battle, but this one is in the court. It’s that same ongoing struggle with Apple, but shouldn’t Apple be going after Google? T-Mobile continues to shake the carrier industry up forcing the other carriers to respond. Google I/O registration entries got pushed back one week, and everyone will have an opportunity to buy Google Glass for one day. Are you buying? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to apply slow motion effects to your videos on the HTC One (M8)

How to create perfect Video Highlights on the HTC One (M8)

Apple vs Samsung

Samsung document shows personalities of big tech firms

Apple raises its damages claim to more than $2 billion against Samsung

Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 11, 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!!

Apps

Google Keyboard updated with improved suggestions, corrections, and more

Deezer now provides free access to its music streaming service, Galaxy S 5 users get 6 months free premium access

Carriers

Samsung Galaxy S5 to hit Boost Mobile in May

Samsung readying Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition for Verizon

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 10, 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

How to create perfect Video Highlights on the HTC One (M8)

Apps

Sonos just got a lot better today

Amidst power struggle before Supreme Court, Aereo ready to release Chromecast support

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How to create perfect Video Highlights on the HTC One (M8)

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Video Highlights is probably the coolest application that any Android manufacturer has ever come up with, at least in my humble opinion. HTC doesn’t promote it enough. Video Highlights first debuted with Sense 5 on the HTC One (M7), and has really matured with Sense 6 and the All New HTC One (M8).

If you’re not familiar with HTC’s Video Highlights feature, it will automatically produce a professionally looking video of various images, Zoes, and other videos. You can select content from certain events, locations, albums, dates, or even your starred favorites. Just take a look at the results from my vacation last year.

There are twelve themes to choose from that include their own unique effects and music. You can even use your own music files. Most videos will be 30 seconds in length, which is perfect for most events, but if you have a lot of content from your family vacation, you can extend it if you use your own music.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 repairability not looking so hot

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We had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5 last month, but we were still awaiting iFixit’s version. The previous teardown made it clear that the GS5 won’t be easy to repair, and iFixit agrees 100%. After a complete teardown, they concluded that the Galaxy S 5 is a 5 out of 10 for repairability.

The biggest issue is the display. Unfortunately it needs to be removed first in order to replace any part other than the battery. The display has a “significant amount of adhesive,” which makes it very difficult to remove without damaging it.

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T-Mobile reduces LTE tablet pricing with Operation Tablet Freedom, free data too

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T-Mobile is in the middle of a three day onslaught of big announcements that are likely to stir the pot. They are so good at it. Yesterday brought the Simple Starter Plan, which is perfect for those new to smartphones. Today, day 2, brings something entirely different….Operation Tablet Freedom. This program aims at getting you a tablet that goes “beyond the Wi-Fi zone.”

Traditionally, tablets with cellular connectivity are a lot more money than Wi-Fi-only versions, plus you have the added monthly cost for data. T-Mobile is eliminating both with Operation Tablet Freedom.

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Sonos just got a lot better today

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I thought it would never happen, but it did. Google Play Music is now partnering with the Sonos music system. Now Sonos users from around the world, in 25 countries, can stream directly to Sonos from within the Google Play Music app on devices or from the Sonos app.

If by chance you aren’t familiar with Sonos, it is probably the easiest way to stream music throughout your entire house. Wireless speakers are as low as $199, and they can be placed anywhere. Now with the addition of Google Play Music, you will have access to your entire 20,000 song library for streaming anywhere in your home.

This this a huge step for Google and could open up the doors for more media players like the Roku or Onkyo AVRs.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 9, 2014

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Apps

Dropbox announces photo gallery, Carousel, for Android

Dropbox releases Mailbox onto Google Play

Dropbox for Business released with new features coming soon

If you don’t have Facebook Messenger installed now, you will very soon

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