Possible first look at Samsung’s upcoming premium Galaxy F smartphone

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It has been rumored for several months that Samsung will offer a premium smartphone, whether a Galaxy S 5 variant or part of an F seriesNow images of the said device has leaked on Twitter.

These photos really could be much of nothing because it looks a lot like a prototype to me. In fact, it could be an early prototype of the Galaxy S 5, but the speculation is that it isn’t because the speaker placement isn’t like the Galaxy S 5 (see below). In fact, one could argue that these images are of a Galaxy Note 4 prototype. Note: The Twitter leaker never mentioned what phone these image were of, just that it has a 2K display.

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Specs confirmed for upcoming Samsung (SM-T800) AMOLED tablet

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Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.

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Official Masters Golf Tournament app updated with new design for 2014

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The Masters kicks off today and whether you are a hardcore or casual fan, you will want to head over to the Google Play Store to grab the official Masters Golf Tournament app.

It was just updated so it’s ready to go for what will be an exciting week, even if Tiger isn’t playing. It gets a complete redesign along with an enhanced players section, enhanced tee times, enhanced live blogging updates, as well as the full tournament schedule. Just like last year, you also get eight live streams of video content. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.

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All aboard! Galaxy Note 4 rumor train is starting to leave the gate

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We are only a few days from the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, so it’s time to start pondering what their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, will include. Samsung has announced each previous Note (phone) model in the fall, so we really don’t expect anything different. Although, they did move up the Galaxy S 5 a bit this year, so they could do the same with the Note 4.

The first set of rumors on the device are just starting to circulate. As to the design, the early consensus seems to think we will get the faux letter back or the 3D pattern found on the Galaxy S 5. Generally, Samsung keeps the same design for the S series phone, but last year was the first year they changed things with the Note bringing in the faux leather back. I think they either keep things the same as the Galaxy S 5 or they go completely different. The faux leather back will most likely be done.

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Next generation of Qualcomm chips announced

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Qualcomm continues to lead the way in mobile processors with the announcement of the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. Designed for premium mobile devices, these new processors are 64-bit.

Both are designed in 20nm technology with Qualcomm’s 4th Generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem providing speeds up to 300 Mbps. The big difference between the 808 and the 810 is that the 810 supports 4K Ultra HD displays, while the 808 supports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays.  The 810 sports 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and Cortex-A53 CPUs. You will also find an Adreno 430 GPU. The 808 combines two ARM Cortex-A57 cores along with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU. It also gets the new Adreno 418 GPU.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 31 – April 6, 2014

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This week’s biggest news wasn’t about a phone or tablet, it was about the TV. Specifically, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV set-top box. Will it be compelling enough to sway fans from the Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV? We are also hearing that Google is readying their next generation set-top box, dubbed Android TV. Can both Android TV and the Chromecast coexist? The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will finally launch globally this week. Will it live up to the hype or will the HTC One (M8) keep it in check? 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

Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 4, 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

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

Carriers

Sprint sweetens the Framily Plan with offer to cover ETFs

Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 at Verizon Wireless now and get another phone for free

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How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

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So you bought a brand new HTC One (M8) and you noticed two camera lenses on the back. What can you do with them? You can actually do a lot of things with them, and the video below walks you through everything. The main lens is the same UltraPixel 4MP lens that appeared on last year’s HTC One (M7) and the other smaller lens is 2MP, and is used for depth. This setup allows you to apply different effects to your photos such as changing focal points (Ufocus), applying effects to just the foreground or background (Foregrounder), adding fun clothing accessories or snow, and even copying a person out of one photo and pasting them into another photo (Copy & Paste).

In this video, I will show you how to use each and every one one of these features. Now I must stress that in order to use these features, you must be in the basic Camera setting. It will not work when any special effects are applied or if you used the zoom. It won’t work in Zoe mode either. So if you’re a Zoe fan like myself, you will have to know beforehand that you want to implement one of these effects, and switch back to the basic Camera setting.

Okay, it’s time to learn about some of the cool tricks you can do on the HTC One (M8), so hit the break to find out how to make your photos look a little more stunning than they already are.

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Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

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What comes to mind when you think of the HTC One (M8)? Certainly the high quality build and BoomSound, but the camera is right up there as well. Ever since the HTC One (M7), HTC has put a heavy emphasis on their UltraPixel camera, Zoes, and Video Highlights. The HTC One (M8) brings another additional feature: the Duo Camera.

Sense 6 also brings a new Camera app along with a few changes to the Gallery. The Camera app now features a slew of manual settings for the more advanced users, and the Gallery is more flexible. In this video, I will walk you through the Camera app and all its settings as well as show you how to get the most out of the Gallery.

If you want to dive deeper into the different effects, I will be uploading more videos soon. Hit the break to learn more about the different Camera and Gallery options.

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Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends

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Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.

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