Google to update Android icons to more resemble web icons


We have already heard that Android and Chrome will unite under Project Hera, so it’s no surprise that the same will happen with icons. Right now, Google has different icons for the web and Android, but Android Police is reporting that Android icons will be altered to more resemble web icons.

Of course, all Google projects have an internal name, and this one is “Moonshine.” It’s expected that Android icons will become flatter, with long, hard shadows. This change could also bring updated design guidelines because the current square or circular boilerplate icons wouldn’t fit in.

Hit the break for all the proposed Android icons.

Read more

Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S 3 could arrive by May

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014While most of the newer devices have already received Android 4.4, owners of slightly older devices have kept waiting. For owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S 3, that wait might not be much longer. A Samsung customer managed to get a hold of someone from tech support, who confirmed that Samsung is expecting to launch the Android 4.4 update on the Galaxy Note 2 somewhere in mid-April, and for the Galaxy S 3 by early May.

These time-frames are for the Korean variants of these devices, but devices in the rest of the world shouldn’t be that far behind.

Via: G for Games



Seven additional versions of Samsung Galaxy S5 added to list of devices that work with Chainfire’s root


The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has already been rooted by Chainfire, and that was before the device was even launched. Well now it looks like seven more versions of the device have been added to that list, as announced by the developer today.

The versions included are as follows: SM-900H (International Exynos), SM-G900M (Middle and South America), SM-G900R4 (US Cellular), SM-G900T (T-Mobile US), SM-G900T1 (Metro PCS), SM-G900W8 (Canada) and SM-G900P (Sprint). To root the devices you’ll need to use the CF-Auto-Root tool, and as Chainfire noted on his Google+ post, rooting the device will break Knox warranty and increase the flash counter. Users may also have issues with Private mode.

Read more

Samsung’s global launch of the Galaxy S 5 was very successful


Samsung never seems to disappoint with sales. The company’s April 11 launch of the flagship Galaxy S 5 smartphone has reportedly surpassed sales of last year’s Galaxy S 4 by more than 30%. In fact, some European markets experience sales growth of more than double when comparing the GS5 to last year’s GS4. And that number was expected to go up significantly had retailers not run out of stock. Across Europe, lines were formed despite many believing that there was no true excitement for the Galaxy S 5.

So before you go knocking Samsung for not using metal, just remember that people will still buy anyways.

Source: ZDNet Korea
Via: GSMArena

Moto X+1 backplate choices leak, leather is ready for the spotlight


Remember the Moto X+1 name that leaked earlier this month? It is now (almost) confirmed that it will be the device to feature Motorola’s upcoming leather backplates. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted an image that listed twenty-five varieties among five categories. The star of the show here is the Leather category as it will allow customers to choose between four differ colors. Also, Wood backplates make a return along with the usual Cool, Neutral, and Warm categories.

Rumored Moto X+1 backplates, from @evleaks:

  • Cool: Navy, Turquoise, Olive, Royal Blue, Dark Teal
  • Neutral: Slate, Purple, Smoke, Black, Chalk
  • Warm: Red, Orange, Lemon Lime, Violet, Crimson, Raspberry, Cabernet
  • Wood: Teak, Bamboo, Rosewood, Ebony
  • Leather: Black, Red, Grey, Blue

Read more

HTC could be working on a cheaper One (M8) constructed with plastic


It looks like HTC is working very hard on releasing a variety of devices this year. A new report out today claims that HTC is planning to release the One (M8) in plastic. While the internal specifications and overall design would be the same as the aluminum One (M8), the plastic model would undoubtedly be cheaper. The reason for this is that the HTC One (M8) costs almost $900 in China and having a plastic model would bring that number down to about $483.

Source: TMT Post
Via: G 4 Games

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 7 – April 13, 2014


The battle is on! Both the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) are now available globally. There is no question that Samsung will win the war, but can HTC put a dent into Samsung’s market share? Samsung also has another battle, but this one is in the court. It’s that same ongoing struggle with Apple, but shouldn’t Apple be going after Google? T-Mobile continues to shake the carrier industry up forcing the other carriers to respond. Google I/O registration entries got pushed back one week, and everyone will have an opportunity to buy Google Glass for one day. Are you buying? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.


How to apply slow motion effects to your videos on the HTC One (M8)

How to create perfect Video Highlights on the HTC One (M8)

Apple vs Samsung

Samsung document shows personalities of big tech firms

Apple raises its damages claim to more than $2 billion against Samsung

Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

Read more

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game trailer is here, full game coming April 17


In less than one week, Spider-Man fans will be able to download the latest mobile game from the beloved franchise. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2 and the corresponding game will be released on April 17. The trailer for the game shows some gameplay along with cutscenes that will be packaged. Gameloft is the developer, so Spidey is in good hands.

Hit the break for the trailer. Read more

John Legere receives HTC One (M8) with 24K gold finish as a gift


The CEO of T-Mobile received a gift from HTC America yesterday. Nothing too flash, just a new HTC One (M8) with a 24 carot gold finish. Of course, the device was promptly shown off on Twitter.

That’s not all though. As if all that gold wasn’t enough, Mr. Legere then received a gold Samsung Galaxy S5, which was also shown off on Twitter! It certainly must be nice to be getting all that gold!

Source: @JohnLegere (HTC One) and @JohnLegere (Galaxy S5)

Google promises to stick with Google wallet despite slow adoption


Google gave a presentation at the recent Electronic Transaction Association’s trade show in Las Vegas. While they acknowledged that consumers have been slow to embrace the mobile payment service Google Wallet, they also said that they plan to stick with it.

Ariel Bardin, the chief of Google Wallet gave the presentation, and mentioned that when Google Wallet was launched it relied on NFC technology and only one carrier – Sprint – to push it. This limited the reach that the service had, and after a year it only supported one credit card and bank combination.

Read more