Samsung releases two more graduation-themed commercials showing off Easy Mode and Eraser Shot

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We had a chance to check out Samsung’s Graduation Pool Party commercial this past weekend, and now we have two more spots. It’s all about the features for Samsung, and these two spots are no exception. Both of these spots are offshoots from the pool party spot. The first one takes place at the pool party and is about Easy Mode, which I think might be the most underrated feature. It allows people who aren’t tech savvy to feel very comfortable with the Galaxy S 4. The second spot deals with Eraser Shot, and takes place during the graduation ceremony, before the pool party. Hit the break for the videos and be sure to check out our Galaxy S 4 guides for tips and tricks as well as our full review.


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Barnes and Noble Nook HD and HD+ tablets on sale this week only

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Barnes and Noble surprised people earlier this week when they brought Google Play access to their Nook HD and HD+ tablets, allowing users to download thousands of apps they never had access to before. As if that wasn’t enough to convince potential buyers, Barnes and Noble has lowered the price of all Nook HD and HD+ models for this week only. The sale will be running from today until Next Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day) and probably won’t happen again for a while.

The HD model which normally sells for $199 is now on sale for $149, a savings of $50. This 7″ tablet has 8GB of memory, a 1440 x 900 resolution display, 1GB of RAM and a 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor. The HD+ model is on sale for $179, down $90 from its original $269 price tag. This model has a 10-inch 1920 x 1280 resolution display, 16 GB of memory, 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor.

Both tablets are loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and ship for free from the source link. If you aren’t into online shopping head into any Barnes and Noble store for the same deal.

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Sales on HTC One great, but not on par with Samsung Galaxy S 4

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The Samsung Galaxy S III went essentially unchallenged last year as the top Android phone on the market— but this year, the Galaxy S 4 certainly has some competition.  Consumers have taken quite an interest in the aluminum-clad HTC One, but how is it stacking up against Galaxy S 4 sales? While the HTC One has been selling very well (which is good news for the Taiwanese based manufacturer), the Galaxy S 4 has somehow been selling even better, despite a two week head-start for the HTC One and the lack of a limited distribution that the Galaxy S 4 had, allowing the Galaxy S 4 still stands on top.  
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Samsung releases another “Next Big Thing Is Here” commercial, showing what the Galaxy S 4 can do and the iPhone 5 can’t at a graduation pool party

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OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone is finally available in stores now and as part of its massive marketing blitz, the Korean giant has started the next phase of its “Next Big Thing Is Here” advertising campaign— naturally showing off just a little of what the impressive smartphone can do and the iPhone 5 well… can’t do.  Taking place at a graduation pool party, a few of the party goers take the opportunity to impress others by showcasing things like the various photography modes, Air View and Air Gestures when your hands are full or messy from eating savory ribs, NFC S Beam to share photos with friends in an instant, and using the smartphone as a TV remote. Of course showing off that the phone is indestructible is not part of the ad, but hey— one step at a time, right?

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Latest numbers show Android maintaining smartphone OS dominance in U.S. market for first quarter

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comScore released smartphone manufacturer and operating system data today for the first quarter of 2013 in the U.S. market. The numbers show Android continuing to dominate with 52 percent market share for operating systems. This was down slightly from December 2012 when Android held 53.4 percent of the market. Blackberry also slid down to only 5.2 percent of the market and Symbian took a small dip. Apple’s iOS was the big gainer for the quarter jumping 2.7 percent to grab 39 percent of the market and Microsoft also gained slightly.
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B&N Nook HD devices getting big shot of Google starting today

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Barnes & Noble announced today they have entered into a new partnership with Google to bring several new apps to their Nook HD and Nook HD+ products. Foremost among the additions is the Google Play Store, which will increase the number of available apps for Nook HD owners from about 10,000 to well over 700,000. B&N CEO William Lynch indicated the new partnership is a result of research and sales data from the recently completed holiday shopping season that indicated users are shifting to more general purpose tablets instead of e-readers. To be successful in the tablet market, “the breadth of applications available is really critical.”
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Acer announces updated Iconia B1 with 3G and quad-core options

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The Acer Iconia B1 just became available only a couple of months ago, but Acer just announced new versions slated for June. They will now offer a 3G version that will feature a MediaTek quad-core processor. The WiFi version will still have the 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, but both versions will get bumped up to 1GB of RAM as opposed to 512MB of RAM. You will also have your choice of 8GB or 16GB for storage, but they offer a microSD slot for expandability. The display on both devices remains the same, 7-inches with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Last but not least, the materials are more of a premium feel similar to the Iconia A1, and the back will be white.

Pricing starts at €129 for the WiFi version and €179 for the 3G version. Expect to see these mid-June in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Hit the break for the full presser.


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Acer unveils the Iconia A1 tablet with 7.9-inch 4:3 IPS display

Acer Iconia A1 photo forwardAcer just announced the Iconia A1 tablet that will feature a 7.9-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display with an aspect ratio of 4:3. It will include a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, front camera (not specified), microSD, microHDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11b/g/n.

It also features Acer’s new “Touch” theme. While the tablet is off, you can press five fingers on the display to wake it up to any app of your choosing. You can also opt for tapping just your thumbs for a different app.

The Acer Iconia A1 will be available starting in June with a suggested retail price of $169 for the 8GB version and $199 for the 16GB version. Full presser after the break.


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Samsung responds to criticism of lack of usable storage on 16GB Samsung Galaxy S 4

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As Samsung’s newest flagship device starts to land in the hands of retail buyers, some of them are discovering a nasty surprise lying in wait. New owners of the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 have discovered the device only has about 8GB of useable memory available. The other half is eaten up by the operating system and built-in apps. In a statement released in response to the criticism, Samsung says:

“For the Galaxy S4 16GB model, approximately 6.85GB occupies [the] system part of internal memory, which is 1GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide [a] high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers… To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides [a] microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.”
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Motorola XFON leaks, shows AT&T apps installed

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Motorola’s fabled X Phone is easily one of the most speculated about devices today. It seems like every week, a new rumor pops up, and it usually conflicts with the rumor we heard the week before. Google and Motorola have effectively kept this phone a secret by leaking out tons of mismatched information.

Today, though, we have more concrete X Phone information. As in, evleaks has kindly released some pictures of a phone, running Android on AT&T’s network with the model XFON on the back. Normally, these rumors are pretty hazy, but that’s pretty clear. The phone itself doesn’t really get too friendly with the camera, as it’s boxed in some kind of case, but the picture below shows a carbon fiber backplate with a model of XFON ATT, which suggests that it definitely won’t be a Verizon exclusive. The phone shows the AT&T SIM name in the status bar, as well as AT&T’s LTE icon, and a My AT&T app in the app drawer. Aside from that, the software seems pretty bone stock, which we would naturally expect from a phone co-developed by Google.

It’s also worth mentioning that this does appear to be three different devices, as noted by the differing Motorola logos on the top of the phone. If the phone is showing up in leaks like this, hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer for an official announcement from Motorola or Google.
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