Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship


The Galaxy S 5 is coming. And for some people, it cannot come soon enough. To hold over the people eagerly awaiting Samsung’s upcoming flagship handset, the Galaxy S 5 Experience app is now available in the Play Store. What does it do? It is basically just one big preview for the device. Hands on videos (ours can be found here), interactive tours, and a look at some accessories are all included.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

Analyst weighs in with predicted specs, release date of Amazon smartphone


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for accurately predicting device manufacturer plans long before announcements are made. He has mainly made his mark with regard to Apple products, although he has covered Samsung on occasion. He is now turning his sights on Amazon and the rumored smartphone coming from the retail giant. In a note to clients, Kuo says,

“we predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.”

AT&T’s Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order on March 21 for $199, gives Samsung’s wearables a price too


On March 21, tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order through AT&T. The price is comparable to other flagships at $199 with a new two-year contract. If contracts are not really your type of thing, AT&T Next will make the device cost $25/month for eighteen months. If you choose the twelve month option, the monthly payments are $32.50. Still not happy? The Galaxy S 5 will cost $649 without a contract. AT&T says it should ship in early April.

AT&T will also be offering Samsung’s upcoming wearable devices. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will sell for $299 and $199, respectively. The Gear Fit will also sell for $199. There is an incentive, however, when buying the Galaxy S 5 will one of their smartwatches at AT&T. Purchasing the Galaxy S 5 will take $50 off the price of either the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.

Source: AT&T (1), (2)

The Galaxy S 5 will be priced lower than the Galaxy S 4, at least in one market


Before and after Samsung announced the Galaxy S 5 at MWC this year, multiple reports came along suggesting that the Galaxy S 5 would be priced lower than what’s expected for a flagship device. It was first believed that Samsung would lower the cost of the S5 in an effort to help carriers and avoid taking a huge loss on the devices. The other report, suggested that because the S5 was just a step up from the S4, a higher price point wouldn’t make sense.

Well, according to the Korean media, the S5 “factory price” is 800.000 won. That’s roughly $744. The Galaxy S 4 went for 890.000 won ($827) originally. That’s a price difference of $83.

It’s important to note that this is in just one area, and not official anywhere else. We have yet to see what Samsung is planning as far as pricing is concerned, but if this “factory price” is indicative of anything, we could see lower prices across the board. Would that be a deciding factor on picking up the Galaxy S 5? Let us now.

source: G for Games

Google’s next update to KitKat could be close to release


A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Google was aware of a battery drain problem regarding the Nexus 5 and that a fix would be coming soon. A new version of Android (KTU65) showed up in the Chromium code. Originally it was restricted so that only Google employees could see it, but for whatever reason, the restriction was removed.

KTU65 obviously refers to a KitKat build since the first letter is the designator for the version of Android. We explained in detail what the rest of the letters/numbers mean in a previous post, but in a nutshell, this build was created on March 6, 2014, so it’s obviously current.

Samsung goes after Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon in latest TabPRO ‘I Can Do That’ ad


Samsung has been the king at knocking Apple products for a few years now, but with their latest commercial, they are going all out. They just released an ad for the TabPRO line of tablets titled, “I Can Do That,” and instead of just going head to head with the iPad, they decided to make fun of the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire as well.

The commercial doesn’t sway from Samsung’s normal pattern. It shows various people doing things on their TabPROs that can’t be done with competitor devices.

Hit the break to check it out. If you’re a fan of Samsung’s past commercials, this one won’t disappoint you.

Nexus 8 could come at a premium price point


With sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.

Will Google ditch Glass?


Google Glass has been around for a couple of years now, but it hasn’t made its way to the general public yet because it’s still in the “testing” phase for developers. Now Google has opened things up a bit more, allowing more people to purchase it, but they are still charging the same $1,500, which isn’t all that affordable.

Google has certainly had their fair share of devices and services they have dropped. Could Google Glass be one of them? It’s doesn’t seem plausible to me, but Robert Scoble is starting to wonder that in his latest Google+ post. It all started with the fact that Larry Page was on stage at TED, and he wasn’t wearing Glass. Is this enough of a reason to think that Google is done with Glass?

Give the Android Wear launcher a try on your phone or tablet


The Android Wear SDK was announced just a few days ago, and the actual launcher was extracted from the emulator. This means that you can install it on your phone or tablet as a third party APK. Now don’t expect this to end of up being your new launcher of choice, but it will give you a decent look at and how it works.

The folks over at Android Police also did a teardown of the APK to see if there was anything interesting that we didn’t already know. It looks like Wear will most likely support daydreams. There is also a mention of Google Ears functionality as well as TV controls.

We also have all the icons as well as some other pics of the UI and APK download after the break.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 19, 2014


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!!


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OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model


OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on.

New Google easter egg is a cheat code for unlimited free searches


Google has included a number of great easter eggs into search over the years, and the latest one is quite a doozy! Google has used the Konami code for a couple things before, but now it can be used, or at least part of it can, to unlock unlimited free searches!

To unlock it, simply do a voice search for “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right”, and Google will speak back to you saying “Cheat mode unlocked. Unlimited free Google searches.” The easter egg can be unlocked on desktop, and both Android and iOS. Hit the break to watch the video!

Xiaomi Redmi Note will cost $130 in China


The Redmi Note, confirmed on Monday, will be released in China with a price tag that equals roughly $130 in the United States. The device has a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution. Inside is an octa-core processor with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM depending upon the clock speed. Keeping it going through the day is a 3200mAh battery. As noted by the CEO of Xiaomi, this device will focus on performance and battery life. Clearly the display/processor combination shows it.

The variant clocked at 1.4GHz will cost $130 and the 1.7GHz model will cost $160. Both come in a variety of colors — black, olive green, dark blue, light blue, and hot pink. The release date is March 26 and pre-ordering opened today.

Of course, the Redmi Note will not be released in the United States. But if it was, would you buy it? If it cost $199 off-contract, would you still buy it? I know I would!

Via: GSMArena

Vueling is a boarding pass you can wear with the Sony SmartWatch 2


Sony’s SmartWatch 2 now has more than three hundred compatible applications to choose from. And the latest, which Sony announced today, has to do with boarding passes. In what Sony is calling “world’s first wearable boarding pass,” Vueling aims to put all user information on the wrist. The application will provide a 2D barcode that can be scanned and it contains the same information found on a boarding pass. The Vueling app for the Sony SmartWatch 2 will land in the Play Store later this month.

Source: Sony Mobile

Google Keyboard 3.0 brings personalized word suggestions


Google’s own keyboard has been updated to version 3.0. Despite the change to a full new version number, this isn’t a huge update. The update brings a few minor bug fixes and tweaks, such as a dedicated “ABC” button to switch from emoji. In addition, perhaps the biggest change is a new personalized suggestions feature which uses data from other Google Apps and Services to improve suggestions and corrections.

The personalized suggestions feature is disabled by default, so you’ll need to turn it on through the settings. The update is currently available in the Play Store, and you can download via the link past the break.