Amazon Kindle Fire HD, HDX, and HDX 8.9 all on sale for a limited time

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There is no better time to get a Kindle Fire HD, HDX, or HDX 8.9 from Amazon. The tablets are all being put on sale for a limited time in a promotion being described as “Elite Performance for Less” since it is the official tablet of the NCAA. The sale starts now since the Sweet Sixteen of March Madness is about to be broken down into the Elite Eight. The savings range from $20 to $40 depending upon the device you decide to purchase.

Choose a tablet from the source link to order.

Source: Amazon (Kindle Fire HD), (Kindle Fire HDX), (Kindle Fire HDX 8.9)

Sony announces the delay of the Xperia Z2 release in the U.K, launch date pushed to May

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Sony announced the Xperia Z2 back in February, and a few weeks ago, Sony halted the pre-order of the SIM-free Xperia Z2, and later said the device will still  launch on April 11 as planned.

Sony U.K has now announced that the device will be launched in May. The reason behind the delay is unknown, but previous rumors suggest that the company was facing troubles with one of its suppliers.

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

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A week ago, we reported that a new version of Android (KTU65) showed up in the Chromium code. Yesterday, folks at myce spotted the Android 4.4.3 running on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 with the build number  KTU83 running on Nexus 5, codenamed “Hammerhead”.

In addition, a Google employee was found running build KTU79 on a Nexus 7 device which was created on March 21. We explained before in detail what each letter or number in the build number designate and the first letter designates the Android version (‘K’ for KitKat). So the build number KTU83 starts with the letter ‘K’ referring to KitKat. The second letter is the branch code, which for KitKat is a ‘T’, although Google used other letters previously as well. The ‘U’ and the numbers after it refer to the quarter release, ‘U’ is Q1 2014 and after ‘U’ comes the number 83 which means the 83rd day of Q1 which basically means that it was built on March 24.

Source: myce

HTC Desire 316 official in China

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The rumored HTC Desire 316 is official. The device appeared on HTC China’s website as the latest addition to the company’s Desire lineup. The 316 is a slightly different version of the Desire 516. The link to the handset’s description actually shows 516, but the description is clearly of the 316.

The new smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and has a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display with a 1,950 mAh battery. It weighs 160 grams, measures 140 x 72 x 9.7 mm, and features a 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. On the back of the device there’s a 1,950 mAh battery.

Source: HTC China
Via: PhoneArena

 

Cut The Rope 2 swings into the Play Store

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After being on iOS for several months, Cut The Rope 2 has finally come to Android. Fans of the franchise are sure to like this new and improved version, which includes new challenges, characters, and obstacles. Our favorite and very lovable character, Om Nom, even breaks out of his box and to hit the busy cities, forests, underground tunnels, and junkyards. Om Nom will also make a lot of new friends such as Roto, Lick, Blue, Toss, and Boo. Cut The Rope 2 supports high resolution on your phone or tablet.

The game is free, but you will find in-app purchases along the way.

Hit the break for full list of features, screenshots, a video, and of course, download links.

[New Chromecast App] Lakitu is a full-featured Twitch.tv app with Chromecast support

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I know a lof of you have been clamoring for the ability to cast Twitch.tv streams to your Chromecast. Well your wait is over. There are actually a couple of options right now, but the best app at this moment in time is Lakitu. Lakitu obviously isn’t the official Twitch app, but the main goal of the app is to not only replace the official app, but also provide a better user experience. There is another option called TwitchCast, but it isn’t nearly as full-featured as Lakitu. Lakitu lets you navigate featured streams and chat while you watch.

Features:

  • Navigate Featured Streams, Top Games, Top Channels, and Teams.
  • Watch Videos in many different qualities (Quality: Source, High, Med, Low, Mobile).
  • Cast streams to your ChromeCast
  • Chat while you watch (standalone chat supported too).
  • Full Screen video in landscape.
  • Keeps track of last viewed streams in side navigation.

Screenshots and download links after the break.

Google plans on spending the next 100 years studying its employees

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Everyone knows Google‘s reputation as being a great place to work, as outlined by the movie The Interns. It’s fun, colorful, and has a number of great benefits. Well now there’s an internal team at Google that’s aiming at making it an even better place to work. The study is basically aimed at finding out what makes employees happy, efficient, and successful. Not only that, but the study is supposed to continue for up to 100 years!

Google’s Senior VP for People Operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed the study in a guest article for the Harvard Business Review. The plan is to take anonymous surveys of 4000 employees. The study is only in its second year, but Bock says that most people fall under one of two categories: the “segmentors” or the “integrators”. Segmentors, who represent 31%, are able to cut off their outside concerns at work, and integrators are worried about what’s happening at work, and often wish they were segmentors.

Moto G is officially Motorola’s best selling smartphone ever

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According to Motorola Vice President Magnus Ahlqvist, Motorola’s latest budget smartphone, the Moto G, has become the best selling smartphone in the history of the company. We already knew it was beating expectations, but it’s pretty impressive that it’s now outsold every other smartphone Motorola has made, and it’s only been out for 6 months.

Ahlqvist explained that a large factor in getting sales this high had to do with the Indian market, where consumers are very picky about their phones. Motorola tackled this by partnering with Flipkart, a very large Indian online retailer, and chose to sell the phone online-only. Seems like a weird strategy, but it’s worked extremely well for the company and they’re continuing to make a profit on every Moto G sold.

International version of the Oppo Find 7a up for pre-order April 7

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Starting Monday, April 7, folks will be able to pre-order the international version of the Oppo Find 7a. The smartphone, a device that’s a bit more modestly specced than its cousin, is said to have a 5.5 inch 1080 by 1920 screen resolutions at 403 ppi. It will be powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801, come with 2 GB of RAM, and will have a 2,800 mAh battery.

Oppo hasn’t mentioned anything regarding a price but stated that during the pre-order period it will be running a special promotion. Oppo will also be revealing three surprises starting tomorrow (March 29). Those surprises, related to the pre-order promotion, will be available until the first batch of Find 7a devices are sold out. The company will announce these surprises on both its Facebook and Google+ profiles.

source: Oppo Style

Unknown Samsung Galaxy tablets drop by FCC

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The other day, information surfaced that Samsung was working on a new Galaxy tablet that had a 10.5 inch display. Today we’re seeing evidence of that and a 10.1 inch tablet dropping by the FCC. Both the SM-T801 and SM-T805 have made an appearance.

There isn’t much in terms of information in the FCC documents, but the devices have a display diagonal size of 267.5 mm which equates to about 10.5 inches. The devices are about 9.7 inches by 6.94 inches. Batteries are rated at 30.02 Wh at 4.35 volts or about 6900 mAh.

Has HTC succumbed to benchmark cheating?

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Let me preface this post by saying that I don’t give a rat’s you know what about benchmarks, and I have made that clear in the majority of my reviews. Benchmarks don’t provide real life details, but the fact that companies can cheat on them makes them even more irrelevant. Samsung was caught numerous times doing this, and I would never think HTC would do the same, but when you look at the numbers, they very well might be.

In looking at the AnTuTu Benchmarks, the HTC One  (M8) came in at 38,815, which blows away other phones with the same Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Galaxy S 5 came in at 34,898, the LG G Pro 2 was 30,068, and the Sony Xperia Z2 came in at 32,768.

HTC president claims Samsung Galaxy S5 is “just a cheap piece of plastic”

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While HTC certainly does make some nice phones, Samsung‘s sales have always been higher than HTC’s. Because of the fact that both companies have new flagship devices launching at almost the same time, there is quite a bit of competition between them, which is perhaps why HTC president Jason Mackenzie wasn’t too reserved about his opinions on Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5.

Mackenzie critiqued Samsung, saying that they don’t invest in customers, but instead invest in advertising. This is a common critique of the company. He then went on to say that Samsung’s device was made out of cheap plastic, and that HTC is aiming for customers who “want the best”.

Source: Business Insider

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 27, 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!!

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and 10.1 review: A stunning display with a lot of power

Apps

[New Chromecast app] Colorcast brings Pictionary style drawing game to the big screen

Nostalgic Timehop app finally arrives on Android

HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

HTC One M8 Mini appears on Swedish carrier site

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While the all new HTC One was announced on Tuesday, there was no mention of a small version of the device, and the fact that there was a mini version of the last HTC One doesn’t mean there will be one this time around. Despite this, a HTC One Mini has appeared on a Swedish carrier, Telia’s, site.

The fact that such a device exists isn’t really surprising, and releasing a mini version of the device would be a no brainer for HTC considering the fact that not everyone wants a device the size of the One. Specifications of the device have yet to be released.

Source: Swedroid
Via: Phandroid