Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800 SoC appears in Antutu benchmark

snapdragon_800_s4A Samsung Galaxy S 4 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC made an appearance in a recent Antutu benchmark test. Rumors have been flying that this was a possibility, but this is the first real evidence we’ve seen to support the rumors. The supposed device, the SHV-E330S, is supposed to arrive in South Korea later this year. According to the report, the phone will also come with LTE-Advanced support and a 2.3 GHz processort.

The Antutu score of 24179 doesn’t appear to be even close to a Snapdragon 800 device, heck even the current Galaxy S4 scores better, but the spotted score is probably from an early prototype.  If you’re excited for this phone, hopefully you live in South Korea, because the SHV-E330S will only be available in the South Korean market.

Source: RBMEN
via: Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom product photo appears, device set for June 20 launch

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The Galaxy S 4 Zoom is set to launch at Samsung’s event in London on June 20 and a photo of the device recently appeared, seen above. The new phone packs a 4.3-inch qHD sAMOLED display, a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, a 16MP camera sensor with optical zoom, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 64GB), Bluetooth 4.0 LE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and A-GPS. The Zoom runs on Samsung’s Touch-Wiz Nature UX interface and ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Source: SamMobile

U.S. Government Gives First Concrete Details about PRISM While Arguing that the Program is Misunderstood

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This past week the internet has been a buzz with the news of an extensive U.S. Government run data collection operation known as PRISM. It was first revealed to the public when The Guardian released an article shedding light on a secret government order forcing Verizon Wireless to release all its call logs to the NSA.  The scope of just how big this program actually is ended up being later revealed as a government run initiative by the name of PRISM that has access to more than just our call logs. There have been U.S. officials that have come out and voiced support and disdain for such a program but what seemed to be missing were the details into what this program actually entailed.  However, that’s no longer the case as the U.S. Government released intricate details about what PRISM actually does and what the information collection entails. According to officials, the program “is not an undisclosed collection or data mining program,” but rather something more extensive. According to them:

“It is an internal government computer system used to facilitate the government’s statutorily authorized collection of foreign intelligence information from electronic communication service providers under court supervision, as authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

According to the released statement the government doesn’t collect said information unilaterally but rather with very specific permission from the secret courts who oversee these requests as dictated by FISA. According to the fact sheet:

“The government cannot target anyone under the court-approved procedures for Section 702 collection unless there is an appropriate, and documented, foreign intelligence purpose for the acquisition (such as for the prevention of terrorism, hostile cyber activities, or nuclear proliferation) and the foreign target is reasonably believed to be outside the United States. We cannot target even foreign persons overseas without a valid foreign intelligence purpose.”

James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence released a statement defending the program while also suggesting that The Guardian and the Washington Post jumped the gun in their release of this information without understanding the full details of the program. He also went on to say that he couldn’t release the details of how the data is collected as it would give suspicious groups a “playbook” to avoid being detected. You can read the full statement below the break.

The uproar of how extensive this government initiative is has spurred an uproar on the internet, so much so in fact that even Google’s Larry Page weighed in. Even though this program as been around for years, we’re just seeing the implications of what being in an online world entails, it’s hard to believe that this isn’t only the beginning. Will we see more transparency or will we continue to see secret government programs designed only for “our safety” come to light here in the future? Only time will tell.


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 3 – June 9, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The biggest news of the week had to be the allegations that the National Security Association has access to carriers and internet companies. It all started with news that they have carte blanche with Verizon’s call logs, but later reports have a secret agency called PRISM that has direct access into companies like Facebook and Google. Google CEO Larry Page denounced being part of or ever hearing of PRISM. Verizon came clean and admitted they will offer the HTC One, but not until “later this summer”. ASUS and Toshiba announced a slew of tablets as part of computex, and HTC’s 5.9-inch phablet will be called the One Max. The new Gmail design finally hit Android devices, and we reviewed some really cool new apps. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

The reason behind Google’s purchase of Motorola is finally coming to fruition

Guides

Best Android apps for transferring files over WiFi [June 2013]

Reviews

Space Eon 3D [Arcade & Action]

Buzz Launcher [Personalization]

TypeSmart Keyboard [Productivity]

Zombie Derby [Racing]


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Colorware lets you customize your Samsung Galaxy S 4 in an array of colors for $1000

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 officially comes in only two colors right now – White Frost and Black Mist. Of course, you can get a gold plated S4 for a few thousand bucks, and four more official colors are on the way, but that’s still only a few options. The guys at Colorware have you covered. For $1000, they will ship you a GSM unlocked S4 in the color of your choice. Colors for the back plate, screen, frame, and frame are all customizable.

1 grand is a whole lot for another color, but Colorware assures that the phone goes through a “laborious” process, which inclues disassembling, cleaning, masking, painting, and then an inspection process. After being buffed and reassembled, it goes through one final inspection.

Hit the break for the official press release. 
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Odin Mobile announces first service for those with blindness or low vision

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In a press release this past week Odin Mobile announced that they would be offering a first ever service for the vision impaired. The company will act as a mobile virtual network operator on T-Mobile’s network with the sole intention of providing those who are blind or with low vision accessibility. Beginning in July the company will offer a wide variety of head sets and plans, while also offering a customer service experience uniquely tailored to address the needs of those using the service. According to Doug Chartier, Senior VP of MVNO:

“Everyone should be able to experience all of the wonderful things that go along with mobile technology, and we’re thrilled to see Odin Mobile stepping up in this way to help make sure that they can,”

Apart of the multiple headsets that will be offered will be the RAY. This device, developed by Project Ray Ltd. has a unique interface built for eye-free use. The RAY provides the same amenities as all other smart phones with the added benefit of a simple and easy to use interface. Besides smartphones, Odin will also provide media phones for those who only want to make calls or send text messages. As if that weren’t enough Odin plans to donate two percent of its revenue to organizations that serve the needs for the visually impaired. If you’re interested in reading more you either go to their web site or hit the break below for the full press release.


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HTC One sales doubled in May, but expected to decline by July

HTC_One_Back_HTC_Logo_TAAfter receiving news of strong revenue numbers for HTC in May, sales estimates of the HTC One by CitiGroup Global Markets reveal that sales doubled from April to May, to 1.2 million units sold. The One is estimated to have accounted for around half of HTC’s total sales in May. 1.2 million sales is great, but it pales in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, which had 10 million units sold in its first month.

Despite the increase, CitiGroup expects sales for the One to stay flat in June, and begin declining in July. CitiGroup says this is probably due to saturated demand in mature markets and anticipation for new devices, like a new iPhone. Could an HTC Mini, or the Google Edition HTC One help? We’ll have to wait and see.

source: Taipei Times
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits Bluetooth SIG, headed to AT&T

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Samsung’s humongous new phablet, the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has shown up at the Bluetooth SIG on its way to what appears to be AT&T’s network, likely alongside the S 4 Activ. AT&T is keeping their lips sealed, but it shouldn’t be too much longer before they make some kind of announcement.

This is the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega features a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, and a nice 3,200 mAh battery. It’s not a top-end device like the Galaxy S 4, but if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly with a huge screen, keep an eye out for this device.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Unwired View