HTC ‘All New One’ is one step closer to release

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Every year we see a lot of smartphones get released here in the U.S., and one thing they all have in common is they receive FCC approval before consumers can get their hands on them. It usually happens within a month or two of the actual release. The “All New One” is no exception and is one (no pun intended) step closer to release now that it has received FCC approval.

Documents show that not only the international version has cleared, but all four major U.S. carrier versions as well. The FCC IDs are as follows….

Samsung debuts new promotional and advertising videos

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Samsung just released two new videos, about three and a half minutes in length, showcasing the Galaxy S 5 and Gear Fit. The videos demonstrate how both will compliment your day to day life. Besides highlighting the new soft touch back, Samsung shows off the adaptive screen tech coupled with thinner bezels. The camera is showcased as well as its selective focus and new shooting modes. You’ll also see the fingerprint scanner in action.

As Samsung pushed the S Health app and the health features of both the S 5 and Fit, those make an appearance in the videos as well. As we move closer to a release date, we’re going to see more videos and commercials, just like this one, pop up. Hit the break for over seven minutes worth of video. Enjoy!

Samsung comments on fingerprint scanner production issues

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Yesterday, a report indicated that Samsung was having issues with the production of the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanners. The story went on to say that Samsung was getting help from CrucialTec in order to ensure supply will meet demand. Samsung chimed in with a statement saying that CrucialTec isn’t supplying fingerprint scanners…..

“CrucialTec does not supply fingerprint scanner to Samsung Electronics.”

Unfortunately that is all that was said, so there is no clear indication that the original report of Samsung actually having issues with production is correct or not. The fact that they aren’t currently working with CrucialTec doesn’t even mean they won’t be a week from now.

Ouya software platform to hit other consoles in future

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The importance of developing an ecosystem for rising platforms these days cannot be stressed enough— Ouya certainly has the right idea, as the Android-based game console manufacturer as announced that it will be pushing its software to other hardware in the future. Although the move will likely decrease sales on the Ouya gaming system, the reach of the software platform will certainly be able to branch out.

In an interview with “AListDaily,” Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman discussed her plans. Hit the break for the details.

Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s LG G2 now available

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The latest device to get Android 4.4.2 is the T-Mobile variant of the LG G2. Technically, it was available a few days ago via the PC Utility app, but it is now available via an OTA update. If you haven’t received a notification prompting you to update just yet, follow these steps:

  1. From Settings, tap General.
  2. Tap About phone.
  3. Tap Update center.
  4. Tap System updates.
  5. Tap Check now.
  6. Follow on screen prompts.

The update should make your device much faster, in addition to bringing new features and improvements.

Source: T-Mobile

 

Sony SmartWatch 2 will receive big update with new watchfaces and customization options

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Sony’s SmartWatch 2 looks to be on the way of a pretty big update. The demo unit of the SmartWatch 2 at last week’s Mobile World Congress was running 1.0.B.4.80 compared to the current build 1.0.B.3.46. The new firmware shows more information on the screen, including the weather, a pedometer, a battery indicator, the last notification received and the next upcoming alarm.

In addition, the new software includes a scrollable notification drop-down menu , the ability to choose which apps you want to receive notifications from, and customization options like the option to change your wallpaper and which apps are shown on the home screen. The update isn’t rolling out just yet, but should be soon.

Source: Xperia Blog

 

Shazam getting major UI overhaul, some improved features

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Shazam is working on an update to their music identification app to bring users a new, cleaner interface. This should make it easier to preview, buy, and share songs or TV show information. Shazam is also improving access to lyrics, showing them as soon as a song is matched. Shazam is also improving the speed with which information about broadcast TV shows is displayed.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 3, 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

9 top Twitter apps for Android [March 2014]

Apps

Shazam getting major UI overhaul, some improved features

Carriers

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to carry Samsung Galaxy S5 in Q2

Android 4.4.2 for T-Mobile’s LG G2 now available

Verizon introduces new ALLSET prepaid plans

Photo taken from LG G3 surfaces

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A person going by the username of “Geek” posted an image taken with the LG G3 camera on ortud.com. Now just like any other post like this, it could be a waste of our time, but it could also give us an early indication of the LG G3 camera.

According to “Geek”, the G3 has the same sensor (13MP)  as the G Pro 2, but with the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS). He also said to expect the device to be released in July, which slightly coincides with the latest rumors.

Ellen’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 selfie claims retweet title on back of Samsung ad dollars

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Last night Samsung spent some serious coin on their advertising during the Oscars as we noted in a story earlier today. Although host Ellen DeGeneres appeared with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during the show, the backstage selfies and posts were supposedly not “officially” part of the package Samsung bought with the estimated $20 Million they spent for advertising. According to a report out today, Ellen’s images and tweets with the Note 3 were “organic.”

HTC M8 dual camera gets starring role in latest PR image

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Undeterred by the appearance over the weekend of a leaked video of the HTC M8, HTC’s marketing team released a new teaser image today that highlights the device’s dual camera. The image is a collage of images of items appearing in pairs. HTC’s message to go with the image is “Life is about to become twice as beautiful. Coming March 25th.”

The capabilities of the camera were revealed to some extent at MWC 2014 by Corephotonics. According to the company, the dual lenses will provide better zoom capabilities for users and permit adjustments to depth of field after the image is captured.

source: HTC Source

Nokia teases Samsung in tweet to Ellen at the Oscars

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By now if you haven’t seen Ellen DeGeneres’ viral “selfie” of Hollywood’s finest at last night’s Oscars, you definitely haven’t seen the blurry selfie that Ellen took while on stage.

With Samsung sponsoring the event, Ellen naturally took both photos with a Galaxy device. Nokia was quick to jump on the blurry selfie that was posted by Ellen, tweeting, “Let’s do away with blurry photos, Ellen! @TheEllenShow #Oscars #Blessed #blurry”

Nokia is rightfully on higher ground here, as the company features what might be the best camera phone ever, the Lumia 1020. The camera has 41-megapixels with a xenon flash and optical image stabilization.

Nokia’s remark hasn’t picked up much traction, with only 377 retweets at time of publication. To give some context, Ellen’s blurry photo tweet currently has 173,111 retweets.

Via: BGR
Source: @NokiaUS

 

 

 

Android claims 62% of tablet market during 2013 as Apple’s share slides

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Echoing earlier research, Gartner announced today that worldwide sales of tablets in 2013 totaled 195.4 million units with Android laying claim to 62% of the market. The big beneficiary of Android’s growth, driven by users snapping up smaller, lower-end devices, was Samsung who sold just over 37 million units. Meanwhile, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, saw their market share slide from almost 53% to only 36% despite selling 9 million more units compared to the prior year. The silver lining for Apple was that they continue to retain the title of largest tablet manufacturer. Although Samsung is closing the gap quickly, Apple still sold about twice as many tablets as Samsung.

Meanwhile, Asus, Amazon and Lenovo rounded out the top five manufacturers. Of those three, Lenovo saw unit sales increase by 198% to 6.5 million units. Microsoft managed to increase their tablet shipments from 1.2 million to 4 million units during 2013, continuing to hold 2.1% of the market.

source: Computerworld

Verizon introduces new ALLSET prepaid plans

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Verizon announced new prepaid plans that offer customers lower prices with lower data allotments to match. As part of the revisions to their prepaid plans, Verizon is rebranding them as ALLSET PLANS. Consumers looking for a feature phone can get a device with a $35 per month plan that includes 500 calling minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data. Moving up to a smartphone, the least expensive option is $45 per month which includes unlimited voice and texts while users get 500MB of data.

Samsung’s next generation Chromebook 2 devices officially announced

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Samsung made it official today that they are launching a new series of Chromebook devices.  The new models will come in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch screen sizes and will have a faux leather lid like Samsung has been using on the backs of recent devices. The larger 13.3-inch version will feature a full HD resolution screen running at 1920×1080 and both models will come equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor and 4GB of RAM. According to Samsung, the devices will cold boot in less than 10 seconds and will be able to run for up to 8.5 hours on a single battery charge.