TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 6, 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!!

Contests

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014

Carriers

AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

John Legere to remain CEO if T-Mobile successfully merges with Sprint

Huawei claims that their first octa-core chip will deliver faster LTE

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With a number of companies releasing LTE octa-core chips, it looks like Huawei is ready to join them. Huawei’s new Kirin 920 is made up of a quad Cortex-A15, plus a quad Cortex-A7. These two cores work simultaneously, along with a Mali-T628 GPU.

The chip also includes a multi-mode LTE Cat 6 radio, allowing for data speeds of up to 300 Mbps on carriers that are set up for carrier aggregation. The Kirin 920 also has a low-power I3 sensor co-processor, along with a Tensilica HIFI3 audio processor. A release date is still yet to be announced.

Source: Engadget

John Legere to remain CEO if T-Mobile successfully merges with Sprint

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One of the nation’s most badass executives will not be going anywhere even if his company goes through a merger. I’m talking about John Legere, T-Mobile’s very vocal CEO. If T-Mobile and Sprint successfully merge after agreeing to a deal, Legere will remain at the helm of the conglomerate. We have already heard Sprint CEO Dan Hesse would have no problem stepping back and allowing someone else leadBloomberg is reporting that negotiations are ongoing and Legere is at the forefront of the future.

If there is anything the mobile industry needed from carriers, it is a firecracker and that is certainly what T-Mobile has in John Legere. His Un-carrier movement has forced other carries like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint to rethink strategies. In fact, T-Mobile is even paying early termination fees (ETFs) for consumers to jump ship from rivals. With Legere leading the nation’s third and fourth place carriers, there would likely be some more force coming at Verizon and AT&T.

Source: Bloomberg

First image of high-end ZTE Nubia Z7 released

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Previous rumors had suggested that the Nubia Z7 was another name for the Nubia X6, but now it looks like the name is being used for an entirely new device. A press photo was released today, reportedly showing the new device.

The photo reveals the back of the device, showing the camera with an LED flash. The translated text says “a little more beautiful”, which suggests that the device will be fashionable. While we don’t know official specs about the rest of the device, rumors suggest that it will have a 5-inch display and run Android 4.4.

Source: Weibo
Via: PhoneArena

Google to possibly buy music streaming company Songza

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Google is reportedly in talks to buy music streaming service Songza. Songza, which competes with Pandora, has around 10 million users, and is apparently being offered $15 million by Google.

While they do have Google Play Music, Google has reportedly been on the lookout for a music streaming service for a while now. Songza is a little different than other music streaming services, in that they service music taking into account what people are doing when they listen to the music. Suggestions include “working in the office” or “boosting your energy”.

Source: New York Post

Motorola running a Moto X ‘Try Then Buy’ promo on June 9

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For just one penny, you can bring home the Moto X on June 9.. for two weeks. This Monday, Motorola is allowing people to customize their flagship smartphone and carry it around for two weeks before forcing them to make a decision. You will not be able to pull a fast one on Motorola as they’ll have billing information to deliver the full Moto X price. But it is a great way to spend some time with a device prior to making a purchase.

This is a “while quantities last” promotion, so act fast on Monday. Click here for full directions and rules.

Source: Motorola

New Hangouts feature allows sketch-messaging through your browser

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Hangouts for the web recently got an update which allows users to sketch a message and send off the masterpiece to a buddy.

It’s a bit like Snapchat, without the expiration of the message of course. A few different options are available to users like brush width and a variety of colors.

To create a sketch, hover over the camera icon, click on the pencil and then begin. Sketches can be edited after they’ve been sent, which is a cool feature as well.

If you didn’t get the update yet, be patient because it’s still rolling out to everyone. Expect the feature to make its way to Android relatively soon as well.

Source: Android Police 

AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

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AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.

Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:

1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB  for $50/month – 1GB of additional data costs $10 each

Samsung dips supply chain orders on Galaxy S5 for Q3 by 25 percent

 

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Uh oh.

This can’t be good. Some might have foreseen a blip in sales for Samsung’s Galaxy S5, but not many people may have expected this.

According to reports from Taiwan, Samsung has cut its supply chain orders on the Galaxy S5 by 25% for this quarter (Q3 2014). 21 million units were put on order last quarter while 15 million were ordered this quarter.

Samsung releases countdown teaser for next week’s Tab Into Color event

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In the World’s Most Famous Arena on June 12, Samsung is going to unveil a new line of tablets. Samsung is hosting an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City in which they will finally announce the Galaxy Tab S line that includes at least 8.4 and 10.5-inch display sizes. And since we are less than one week away from the event, Samsung has a released a countdown teaser. It is very colorful, likely to highlight the AMOLED display the line will carry.

Hit the break to watch the video.

New images reveal additional details about Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

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With less than a week to go until Samsung’s Tab Into Color event when it is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Tab S series of devices, some new images have leaked that reveal a few details about the new tablets. Of course, the big news will be the use of AMOLED displays on a tablet device and the resolution being pushed up to a quad HD level 2560 x 1600 resolution. Samsung appears to have several other new features ready to be revealed with this new line of tablet devices.

Samsung prepping 4K tablets for end of 2014, already has an impressive prototype

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In just a few months, Samsung will have tablets with 4K displays. The company was caught showcasing a 12.2-inch tablet with a 4K display at the ongoing French Open. But the reason to show the tablet was to tout LTE broadcasting, not the tablet itself. In the demonstration, the capability of having multiple applications running at once was shown (above). As we all know, this is possible on many of Samsung’s products.

At the time of the demonstration, the prototype was working with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor; however, upon being released near the end of the year, it is expected that a Snapdragon 805 will be inside due to its 4K display enhancements. Now you just have to wait and see when Samsung will bring it to the market.

Source: TechRadar

Amazon’s new smartphone to use Omron’s OKAO Vision technology

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Amazon is inviting folks to a launch event on June 18th when it is expected the company will reveal their first smartphone device. As we have previously reported, Amazon is hoping to bring something unique to market by loading the device down with several sensors that will enable both 3D effects on the screen as well as the potential for new interactions based on face and head tracking of users. It has now been revealed that Amazon will be using OKAO Vision face sensing technology from Omron.

New Chrome OS app allows Play Movie watchers to store movies offline

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In early May, information surfaced suggesting that Google was toying with the idea of allowing offline playback for movies to Chromebooks. Today that information becomes a reality as Google took to Google+ to announce that there was a new app in the Chrome Web Store available allowing just that. With the app you’ll be able to watch movies and TV on your Chromebook regardless of having an Internet connection.

The icing on the cake includes info cards, and improved Chromecast support. This is on top of the local playback experience in the Chrome web browser. So if you’re on a Chrome OS device head over here to get access to offline movies and much more.

source: +Google Play

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014 [updated with winners]

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It’s hard to believe that Google I/O is only a couple of weeks away. The conference itself is always a exciting, but you can’t forget the parties. Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party is always a blast, and we are excited to offer our readers a chance to get a ticket because it’s one you don’t want to miss. If delicious food, unlimited drinks, great entertainment and cool giveaways from Lookout and T-Mobile sounds like fun to you, then you will want to enter this contest right now. We have 10 tickets (plus one guest) to give away and the details are as follows: