Sprint to include ‘App Pass’ on all Android phones starting August 29

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Earlier today, Sprint announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and the announcement of “App Pass” came along with it.

App Pass gives users access to premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. They will also throw in a $5 credit for each month to spend on in-app purchases. Apps such as OfficeSuite 7 Pro, Camera Zoom FX, and Minuum Keyboard are included as well as games from Gameloft and Oceanhouse Media. If users want to try it out before committing, Sprint is offering a 14-day free trial run.


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Samsung to offer an ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4

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With every new phone comes new accessories, and the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be alone. It appears Samsung is working on an ultrasonic cover that could be utilized for those that have vision-related disabilities.

According to SamMobile, the cover will detect nearby objects from its ultrasonic sensor and provide feedback. Users will also be able to choose between three different levels: short, middle, and long.

An insider with a Note 4 prototype sent in the complete description from the accessory, of which you can see after the break.


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Leaked Qualcomm roadmap shows what is ahead for Snapdragon

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Someone was lucky enough to get their hands an the roadmap for Snapdragon processors. It shows what is ahead for Qualcomm and its beloved processor brand. A few of the listed Snapdragon processors are already known, but there is a new series introduced in this alleged roadmap.


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New Samsung patent for flexible display spotted at USPTO

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Samsung is no stranger to filing patent applications for smartphone devices taking a variety of form factors including those with flexible displays. The latest patent filing spotted at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows a smartphone device that could be folded in half like a wallet or a tent card. The ability to hold a position once bent is one of the key details that Samsung describes in their application. This could make it easier for the device to double as something like an alarm clock.


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Affordable and waterproof Xperia M2 Aqua announced by Sony

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Looking for a waterproof smartphone but don’t want to break the bank?

Sony finally has an answer for you.

Although the internals aren’t premium, the newly announced Xperia M2 Aqua is fully waterproof as well as dust resistant. You’ll still get the sleek OmniBalance design, though, as well as a dedicated camera button. Hit the break for the details.


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LG plans to bring G3′s UX to future entry-level and midrange phones and tablets

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The UX design and features found on LG’s G3 flagship will reportedly be brought to future LG entry-level and midrange smartphones and tablets, a company release said today.

The standardization of the UX features from the G3 is part of an effort to make its less-premium hardware feel more high-end compared to competing devices from other OEMs.

Some specific features brought over to other devices include Touch and Shoot, Gesture Shot, Clean View, Smart Keyboard and more. Hit the break for LG’s full release.


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[Deal] Grab the Moto X and get a free wooden back upgrade

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Motorola continues to offer deals on the Moto X. If you grab the phone between now and August 21, you will be able to select a wooden back at no extra charge. That’s a $25 savings, and it works for both off contract and on contract pricing. So hit the source link below and get your order in. Of course, I wouldn’t blame you for waiting to see what the Moto X+1 is all about.

source: Moto Maker

Sprint officially announces the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 18, 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!!

Reviews

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

Apps

Ignore No More lets parents lock a child’s device if they refuse to respond to calls and texts

YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

Newest Mozilla Firefox nightly adds experimental Chromecast support


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You can now add up to 10 lines to T-Mobile’s family plans

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T-Mobile has updated their family plans to allow customers to add up to 10 lines to a single account. These plans are an improvement over the carrier’s recently introduced family plans, so they unfortunately carry some of the same restrictions.

With the new additions, the first line costs $50, the second line costs $30, and lines 3 – 6 cost $10 each. After line 6, each line costs $20 up until you’re capped at 10 lines. So, with these new plans, 6 lines would cost just $120 each month, but 7 lines would jump up to $140 and 10 lines would be $200. It’s still pretty competitive and would cost less than the same plan on other carriers, however.
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