Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

HTC One M8 Mini may launch in May

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The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to 3G.co.uk, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.

source: 3G.co.uk

via: PhoneArena

 

OnePlus One screens reveal a little bit of the interface

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OnePlus has been moving along in a methodical way toward the release of the CyanogenMod powered OnePlus One smartphone on April 23, 2014. The marketing team has been slowly releasing bits of information, but thus far the focus has been on hardware. That changed today when a tipster shared a couple images from the operating system. The first issue noted is that the screens are for “CyanogenMod 11S” as opposed to a plain “11” that is used in reference to the original CyanogenMod system. It appears this is an indication that some special customizations have been made to CyanogenMod 11 for use on the new OnePlus One.

Android 4.4.3 changelog (incomplete) leaks

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We recently reported that the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were spotted running the new Android 4.4.3 version. This new Android version is not going to bring a change in the UI or new features but will fix most of the bugs present on the current Android version.

A changelog of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 has been leaked with many fixes, which again reassures us that we will surely see the new update soon. Along with the changelog, the source also posted a screenshot from a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3. Below is the list of the changes expected in the new version though there might be more changes as well.

Picture of rugged Moto G Forte leaks

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If the image above leaked by @evleaks is to be believed, it looks like Motorola might be trying to get into the rugged smartphone market. The image shows a Moto G Forte, which looks like a bulky, more durable Moto G. While it’s pretty unlikely that this will end up being a completely waterproof and shatterproof device, we might see some water resistance, similar to some of Samsung’s newer devices.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before Motorola makes this one official.

source: @evleaks

LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

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The Lucid 3 (VS876) is not the only device LG has in the works for Verizon Wireless. The Optimus Exceed 2 is a prepaid option heading Big Red, we just do not know when. Courtesy of @evleaks, we have a very clear look at the device. Like LG’s other handsets, the Optimus Exceed 2 has very slim bezels. The main difference between this device and the previously leaked Lucid 3 seems to be the fact that since this is a prepaid Verizon handset, it only supports 3G and not 4G LTE. But both devices are officially announced, we will not know the actual internal specifications.

Not so stealthy ad reveals potential HTC One (M8) in Stealth Black and Stealth Red

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) earlier this week, the only colors available initially were Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver. There are many buyers of smartphones who look for devices with a little more pop and want other colors. HTC seems to be preparing to respond to these demands with at least two new colors – Stealth Red and Stealth Black. These colors were discovered after users performed some searches on Google and discovered ads for these variants showing up at the top of the search results.

Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4

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Motorola has been launching new DROID phones every year since 2009. This year is no exception, especially since they signed that exclusive agreement to continue to make DROIDs for Verizon Wireless.

This year’s model(s) will hit around the 4th quarter and will sport a larger screen ratio, meaning less bezel. The latest DROIDs have sported Kevlar, and it looks likes Motorola will continue that trend. However, they will update it with supposed next-gen materials.

HTC One (M8) Mini and mysterious “M8 Ace” device get name-dropped

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HTC is not going to stop with just the brand new HTC One (M8). According to @evleaks over on Twitter, there are two more devices that will join the M8 family. One of them, we have already heard about from him. That would be the HTC One (M8) Mini. Last month, @evleaks provided some specifications for the device including the Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.5-inch display, and a on-screen buttons like its bigger sibling.

The other device mentioned today is the “M8 Ace.” What is this device? It can be one of two things. A phablet, like the HTC One Max or a tablet, something that HTC has moved away from. But remember, there was a report that HTC would be manufacturing a Nexus tablet due for release later this year. And this could be the tablet that the Nexus tablet will be based on (as are all Nexus devices).

Two press renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 leak

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Samsung is tablet crazy this year. After releasing the TabPRO line and NotePRO, they are readying the Galaxy Tab 4. The Tab 4 line could include 3 sizes (7-inches to 10.1-inches) with AMOLED displays. We now have the first pics of the 7-inch version. As expected, it looks just like any other Samsung tablet with the same exact styling and that dreadful home button. One more pic after the break.

HTC is working on an octa-core smartphone

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HTC has been rumored to be working on an octa-core handset for a while now, and we finally have a little more info. The said phone will be the Desire 616 (or Desire 616w) and looks to be for only China.

Now don’t get all upset that it won’t be available elsewhere because it’s going to sport a MediaTek processor, so it  won’t  be as powerful as the One (M8). Plus, it’s going to be all plastic and have mid-range specs. The specs include a 5-inch (720p) display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. So you see, there is really nothing to get jealous about.

No work on a release date or pricing, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.

source: Phone Arena

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

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In HTC’s first commercials for the new One (M8), Gary Oldman essentially tells the world to listen to the “TalkAndroids of the world” (the Internet) and pushes customers to form their own opinions on what phone to get, rather than listen to the marketing “blabber” usually pushed out regarding new devices.

To view the newest commercials, hit the break below.

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5’s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active.

All New One for Verizon unboxed, complete with camera samples

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HTC has had the worst time keeping their 2014 flagship device a secret. We’ve seen a ton of leaks about every little thing about the device, and there have even been a few hands on video already, some of which were a little more official than others. But hey, since we’ve seen it all, why not go through some unboxing photos for good measure?

Russian retailer PDA Plaza managed to get a hold of a Verizon version of the device and photographed every detail of opening it up. If you’ve ever opened a new device before, you won’t be surprised to see plastic bags and wrapping all over the device. Nothing too extraordinary here.