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What happens when a Tesla Model S runs over a Samsung Galaxy S 5?

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Seems like an odd question, which can only be a sign that someone gave it a try. Twitter user @iCrackUriDevice decided to do some drop tests of the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The goal of these and other drop tests involving Samsung devices is often to assess how well the plastic used for the Galaxy S 5 holds up compared to “better” materials like the metal used for the iPhone or an HTC smartphone. Samsung has stated they use plastic not only to control costs, but because the increased flexibility improves survivability. In addition to drop tests, @iCrackUriDevice decided to see how the Galaxy S 5 would hold up to pressure under the wheels of a Tesla Model S.

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 31 – April 6, 2014

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This week’s biggest news wasn’t about a phone or tablet, it was about the TV. Specifically, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV set-top box. Will it be compelling enough to sway fans from the Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV? We are also hearing that Google is readying their next generation set-top box, dubbed Android TV. Can both Android TV and the Chromecast coexist? The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will finally launch globally this week. Will it live up to the hype or will the HTC One (M8) keep it in check? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

Motorola ‘Moto X + 1’ name surfaces, the world ponders what it could be

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We now know what Motorola’s next device will be named. Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we are looking at a device named the “Moto X + 1” and it is “coming soon.” He attached the image above, which will likely be used on promotional materials.

In all likelihood, the Moto X + 1 is the successor to last year’s critically acclaimed Moto X. There is also a chance that this is the 6.3-inch device Motorola is reportedly working on. Regardless, the hype for Motorola’s next device has just been raised to another level. The Moto X carried a humongous amount of hype and this device may do the same.

Developer takes just two hours to make AllCast work with Amazon Fire TV

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Update: App is now updated

That didn’t take long. Koushik Dutta, the man behind AllCast, has gotten his application to play nice with the new Amazon Fire TV set-top box. Dutta was able to get AllCast to mirror content from his smartphone to the set-top box in just two hours. He says the APIs found in Fire TV are actually much better to use than the ones found in Chromecast. While the APIs are not easier to use, they are much more flexible with Fire TV. Dutta also feels it functions better than Apple TV.

Hit the break for a demonstration video.

Google may be returning to your living room with Android TV

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Google TV is long gone, but Android TV may be resurrecting Google’s plans to own your living room. The Verge has obtained documents that spill the beans on what Google plans to do with Android TV. It is nothing like Google TV since Android TV is merely an interface to sit over a display and not an actual platform. So Android TV will be more like Apple TV, Roku, and even the new Amazon Fire TV. Android, of course, can be found at the core.

Latest Flixster update adds Chromecast support

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If you haven’t heard of Flixster, its an immensely popular movie-related app that is incorporated with movie review site Rotten Tomatoes. Today’s update brings Chromecast support. You can now stream trailers or your UltraViolet movie collection through Flixster to your TV. In addition, this update adds support for HTC devices to download movies, SD card support, and a few bug fixes. The entire changelog for the update:

  • Chromecast support for US users
  • Movie download support for HTC phone users
  • SD card download support for KitKat devices
  • Fixed movie playback issue for UK users on HTC and Sony devices

Source: Play Store

Rhapsody and Napster both get updated to bring Chromecast support

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Fire up your Chromecast if you subscribe to either Rhapsody or Napster! Both services, which now has Napster under Rhapsody’s umbrella, have updated their respective applications to support Google’s Chromecast. After heading to the Play Store and updating either app, a Cast icon will be found at the top. Press this as you would with any other Cast-capable app and you should be able to start jamming to your favorite tunes right away.

Hit the break for download links.

YouTube’s subscription music service has been delayed…. again

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All the way back in October of 2013, we heard that YouTube was working on a subscription music service. At that time, it was believed that it was just a few months away from launching. But just two months after that report, it was delayed due to some disappointment with the overall product. That pushed the launch to early 2014. It is now April and there has been no chatter from YouTube on whether or not this service exists. Now it looks like YouTube has pushed its subscription music “debut to the second quarter or beyond,” according to Billboard.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 4, 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!!

Guides

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

Carriers

Sprint sweetens the Framily Plan with offer to cover ETFs

Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 at Verizon Wireless now and get another phone for free

Gameloft optimizing games for Amazon’s Fire TV

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As Amazon finally moves into the market of devices meant to help consumers get digital content displayed on their TVs with the release of their Fire TV device, one of the big factors that may influence their success will be apps, including games. We’ve already seen Google’s strategy with Chromecast play out as they slowly dribbled out the ability for services and apps to make use of the device. Amazon appears to have done more work to ensure content is ready with the shipment of the devices, but there is still room for more apps to join the party. One example is Gameloft, which has already started optimizing their titles for use on Fire TV.

Initially, Gameloft has made three titles ready for Fire TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Gameloft says they will be optimizing more titles in the future. The company thinks “Amazon’s broad consumer base” will help drive the reach of their titles on the platform and ultimately the success of Fire TV.

Does the ability to access leading game titles, like those from Gameloft, have an impact on your interest in a device like the Amazon Fire TV?

source: Droid Gamers

Samsung big mover, Android maintains lead in latest comScore report

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comScore released their latest market share numbers for February 2014 for the U.S. smartphone market. Android continued to maintain a dominant position as the leading platform for smartphones with 52.1% of the market, a small increase of 0.2% compared to November 2013. Apple’s iOS also improved, by half of Android’s growth, moving from 41.2% to 41.3% of the market. The big winner in terms of percent growth was Microsoft’s platform which jumped from 3.1% to 3.4% of the market. Combined with a major slide by Blackberry, dropping 0.6% to only 2.9% of the market, Microsoft has taken over the third spot behind Android and iOS.

Sony holding contest with a trip to New York City and a bunch of its products at stake

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Did you hear about Michael Jackson’s upcoming posthumous album XSCAPE? Sony is getting involved by hosting a contest that has a ton of prizes to be won. To enter, all you have to do is watch a bunch of videos and tell Sony what your favorite feature is from the Xperia Z2. And in this case, not coming in first is not that bad. To enter, head over to this page.

Here is a breakdown of the prizes:

  • 1st Prize (one winner): Four nights in a five-star hotel in New York City, VIP tour of the Museum of Modern Art, an exclusive listening event of XSCAPE, a helicopter ride, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, SmartBand SWR10
  • 2nd Prize (twenty winners): Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, SmartBand SWR10
  • 3rd Prize (thirty winners): Xperia Z2

Samsung discovers a new method to commercialize graphene

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Samsung announced today on its blog that it has found a “breakthrough synthesis method” that makes the mass production of graphene more efficient and increases its commercialization. Graphene is more durable than steel, has a higher “electron mobility” than silicon as well as flexibility, which the company believes makes this material perfect for use in flexible displays, wearables and future devices.

The company, in collaboration with the Sungkyunkwan University, was able to create a new method of “growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene”. The company explained “engineers around the world have invested heavily in research for the commercialization of graphene, but have faced many obstacles due to the challenges associated with it. In the past, researchers have found that multi-crystal synthesis – the process of synthesizing small graphene particles to produce large-area graphene – deteriorated the electric and mechanical properties of the material, limiting its application range and making it difficult to commercialize.”

Similar methods were available before but this new method ensures that the properties of the material are maintained.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow