Contest: Submit the best caption and win a Purple DROID RAZR compliments of Motorola and Talk Android [Updated with Winner]

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Motorola totally reinvented themselves when they brought back the RAZR late last year. By incorporating it in the DROID line with Verizon Wireless it became an instant hit. At only 7.1mm thick, it’s one of the sexiest phones available. Now’s your chance to grab one for FREE. Motorola was gracious enough to give us a brand new purple DROID RAZR for one of our awesome readers.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Color Splash FX [Photography]

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Color Splash FX landed in the Google Play Store about a week ago. It’s made by Androidslide, makers of the very popular Camera ZOOM FX and Photo FX Live Wallpaper apps.

Color Splash FX turns your color photos to black and white by “painting” with you finger. You can also bring back the color with the same “painting” motion.

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Manage All Of Your Cloud Storage With SanDisk Memory Zone, Also Makes For A Decent SkyDrive Client (Video)

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Now-a-days cloud storage is beginning to become the norm and several of you by now have probably caught on to the fact that you can open several cloud storage accounts to get yourself a decent little chunk of the storage space in the sky.  Well, how do you manage so many accounts at once?  SanDisk wants you to take the guesswork out off wondering how much storage each of your services has left thanks to its application, SanDisk Memory Zone.  While we’ve written about this app in the past before, Memory Zone has been given a few updates and allows you to keep even better tabs on not only how much storage you have left but also serves as a file browser for each of those storage services.  The application assists in helping you control and manage all of your content seamlessly and with very little effort.  Whether you have content on your memory card, your phone’s storage or directly in the cloud, you can easily move files to and from with just the click of a few buttons.

SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone.

SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.

So, if your device is getting bogged down due to limited storage space, then maybe it’s time to better manage your device. In addition to the integrated functionality you’ll also have the opportunity to secure your content while on the go by applying a password protection feature.  You can also backup/restore all of your files on command.  So, without further ado, what are you waiting for?  Get the application now and start uploading your videos, photos, music, docs and whatever else you want.  In addition, when initially surveying the application, I noticed that it had pretty decent SkyDrive support, something that is lacking a bit on the Android platform.  This application is the closest I’ve seen in  the Google Play Store that will allow you to seamlessly navigate through your SkyDrive files, all for the price of free.

SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.

Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets.

Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.

Check out the quick video demo below as well as the screen shots of the app in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Epic 4G Touch: Should I stick with stock?

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Okay my fellow Android lovers, I have a serious question for all of you and I would like your honest opinions. I currently own a beautiful, white Samsung Epic 4G Touch (GSII) that I really do love. Though I am not a huge fan of TouchWiz, I do like a lot of functions that it incorporates and it actually runs very smooth on the device. It has a gorgeous 4.5 inch display, a notification LED, headset jack is located on the top (which I prefer as I rest my phone in my car cup-holder while it’s plugged into the auxiliary port), expandable/removable memory, 8 MP camera, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a top-notch GPU for all my gaming fixes.

Despite the fact that it was released on Sprint in September of 2011, many would say that the company’s GSII variant is still one of the top phones today. That being said, why on Earth do I want a Galaxy Nexus? I find myself combing eBay and Craigslist searching for a great deal on one of these bad boys, and according to my math, if I can sell my Epic 4G Touch for what I want, and then buy the Galaxy Nexus for the price that I want to pay, it will most likely just be a wash.  So I guess my question is should I go through the trouble? Hit the break for more of my dilemma!

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Contest: Win an ASUS Transformer Prime with a Keyboard Dock from TalkAndroid, NVIDIA, and Phosphor Games

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To celebrate the release of Dark Meadow: The Pact, NVIDIA and Phosphor Games were gracious enough to give us a brand new amethyst grey 32GB ASUS Transformer Prime along with the keyboard dock to give to one of our lucky readers. They’re also throwing in a $25 AMEX gift card to cover an accessory or maybe some really cool games. Once you go Prime, you can’t use anything else thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 featuring 4-PLUS-1″>4-Plus-1 quad-core technology. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and give us a caption for the photo below, add TalkAndroid to your Google+ Circles, and promise us that your first download will be Dark Meadow: The Pact. You have until 8:00am EST Monday, April 3o to enter. The TalkAndroid staff will decide the best caption and announce the winner later that day.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Lilypad HD Beta [Communications]

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Have you ever been on your tablet and wished you could float messages over whatever else you were doing? Well Tablified Apps has come to the rescue with Lilypad HD Beta. It works with Google Talk and basically floats over your applications. So if your surfing the Web or you’re watching a movie, you can still chat with your friends. As a reminder, this is in the beta stage so there might be some bugs, but they are looking for any feedback so they can make Lilypad even better. While Google Talk is the only supported client, you can expect to see support for others very soon. It’s priced at $1.49 and available now in the Google Play Store. Hit the break for a short video and download links.

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UX Corner: How ICS Follows Basic User-Centered Design Principles

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At the beginning of this year, Google launched the Android Design Principles Web Site. This site outlines how and why the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich User Interface (UI) is built the way it is. For those of us who work as User Experience Designers, it’s a treasure trove of information and insights into the minds of Matias Duarte and his team.

What I would like to do is break down a few elements of the Android 4.0 UI and talk about how they follow tried-and-tested user-centered design principles. Yeah, this might be a bit geeky even for us geeks, but trust me… it’s these kinds of solid building blocks that can make or break a platform. Read on after the break for my take on how Android is implementing and evolving their User Experience (UX).

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Fetchnotes [Productivity]

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Fetchnotes just hit the Google Play Store about a week ago. This app allows you to make quick notes for yourself that might include todos, shopping lists, ideas, or whatever you might use a sticky note for. If you’re a hardcore tasker, this one is probably not for you, but if you’re looking for something simple and easy you might one to take a look. Each note can include a hashtag for easy organizing. Fetchnotes will show you all your notes or you can just show notes with certain hashtags. What’s also nice is they have a website that syncs with the app. You can enter or look at your notes from your desktop or phone/tablet and it’s always synched.

Overall the interface and UI is simple, in fact it might be a little too simple, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, give Fetchnotes a try. It’s free. Download links and more screenshots after the break.

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T-Mobile Introduces The HTC One S (Hands-On)

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Today T-Mobile announced their highly anticipated flagship device, the HTC One S.  The One S is the middle brother of the new popular One family from HTC and packs tons of features all in a super slim form factor.  And though there are a few cons with the device, such as the lack of a removable battery, no memory expansion and a pentile display, it’s still a power device not to be reckoned with.  Talk Android was in New York live for the unveiling event and we got our hands on the juicy handset for your viewing pleasure.  Check out the hands-on video from our cool rep Matt and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  To quickly recap the features of the handset, it’s sporting a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) display with Gorilla Glass technology, Beats Audio integration, 16GB of on-board memory and ICS 4.0 with the new HTC Sense 4.  And under the hood you’ll find a dual-core 1.5 Krait CPU with an Adreno 225 GPU.  You can snag this guy for $199 on a two year contract on April 25th but in the meantime, check out the hands-on video.

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