Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off


Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

Source: Google Play

Google’s improved camera app will focus on portrait shots and effects


Google has been focusing a lot on their camera app on Android, and they are almost ready to show off exactly what they’ve been working on. Sources close to Google have revealed that the tech giant is testing the new app, sporting a refreshed UI, a background blurring effect for portrait photos, and improved panorama shots. Google is also reportedly fixing issues with the default photo framing, and users will be able to take photos with a 100& no-crop viewfinder.

Not only will Google make the improvements outlined above, but they will also make the app more easily extendable, allowing for third-party filters. The update will be released through a standalone update to the camera app, rather than through the Android 4.4.3 update.

Source: Engadget

HTC One (M8) available in all colors in the UK, shipping tomorrow

HTC One M8 colors

The HTC One (M8) is going to be available in the UK slightly earlier than expected, and you’ll even be able to pick up all three colors, too. Carphone Warehouse is shipping the device tomorrow, in gold, grey, and silver, a few days earlier than the originally anticipated April 7th date. Phones4U is shipping on the 3rd, and Amazon UK is releasing on the 4th, but neither is offering the gold shade of the device just yet. Clove is shipping the grey device this week, with the silver model to follow in April and the gold model coming in sometime around May.

For your contract options, EE and Vodafone are offering the grey and silver, but they don’t even mention the gold color, so that may or may not become available in the coming months.

What color HTC One are you planning on picking up this year?

source: GSM Arena

T-Mobile cutting off employee discounts, will now offer $25 reward card for each device upgrade instead


T-Mobile is making a very bold move in regards to employee discounts for their customers, and this time, it doesn’t look like it’s a move for the better. Yesterday, CEO John Legere said the company will stop offering employee discounts on service, and no, you cannot keep yours if you had a discount before the cut-off date.

Legere says the move is to help keep up the transparency with T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans. The rates are already so good for those plans, he claimed, that employee discounts just aren’t necessary. He takes a shot at other carriers using those discounts to close big corporate contracts and using employees/customers as bargaining chips, and says T-Mobile’s plans are still a better deal even next to another carrier’s plan with employee discounts applied. Read more

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G may make it to U.S. market


Huawei has opened an online shop for U.S. customers based on one product, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G. At present, Huawei is only offering potential buyers the opportunity to sign up for their e-mail list to receive updates. Huawei touts the device’s download speeds of up to 150 Mbps on compatible networks. Which ones those may be is unknown since Huawei has not announced any carrier partners and may not ever get to that point due to the U.S. government’s suspicion that the company is actually a front for Chinese spies. Read more

Lenovo releasing four new A-series tablets


Lenovo has announced four new tablets that will be released during the second quarter of 2014. Employing a strategy similar to Samsung, Lenovo’s tablets will come in a variety of sizes ranging from 7-inch devices up to 10-inch devices. Although all of them will come equipped with quad-core processors, Lenovo is trying to make each version slightly different in an attempt to appeal to different consumer demographics. Lenovo VP and head of the mobile business unit, Shao Tao, says the new “tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today’s young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities.” The tablets include:

  • A7-30, a 7-inch tablet packed with Dolby-enhanced dual-front speakers designed for music and multimedia enjoyment
  • A7-50, another 7-inch tablet, but aimed more at readers with an HD display providing a sharper viewing experience, it will also come with 3G connectivity as an option, prices will start at £99.99 ($167 USD)
  • A8-50, an 8-inch tablet with an HD display and Dolby audio, this model will come in a range of bold colors, though Lenovo has not specified what they will be, prices will start at £139.99 ($233 USD)
  • A10-70, a 10.1-inch tablet with an HD display, especially suited for those who enjoy watching movies on their tablet, prices will start at £169.99 ($283 USD).

Lenovo says the devices will be available worldwide during the second quarter of 2014. Hit the break to read the press release from Lenovo. Read more

SwiftKey brings their Flow gesture-input to the desktop with ‘Flow Hard’


We are big fans of SwiftKey, but I often wondered what it would be like if they could somehow bring their “Flow” feature to the desktop. Well today SwiftKey announced “Flow Hard”, which does just that. Now I can slide my finger from key to key on my desktop computer or laptop. Plus you get SwiftKey’s awesome AI predictions and autocorrecting. You can even type multiple words by using “Flow Through Space”, which allows you to drag your finger over the space bar to quickly type SwiftyKey’s predicted words.

With “Flow Hard”, I will easily save at least 2 hours a day. Check out the video after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series is official


Each year, Samsung introduces a new line of Galaxy Tabs, and 2014 is no exception. They just introduced the Galaxy Tab 4 line with little fanfare, probably because they aren’t the most exciting tabs in the world. Just like the Tab3 series, they will offer three sizes: 7-inches (pictured above), 8-inches, and 10.1-inches and are clearly positioned in the mid-range tier.

The specs are primarily the same on all of them except for the storage options and battery sizes. All will sport 1280 x 720 LCD displays, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, microSD for up to an additional 64GB of storage, 3MP rear camera, and 1.3MP front-facing camera. The 10.1 and 8.0 version will offer 16GB for internal storage, but the 7.0 version will be offered in both 8GB and 16GB varieties. As to batteries, the 10.0 has 6,800mAh, the 8.0 has 4,450mAh, and the presser didn’t specify the 7.0 version. They will offer Wi-Fi versions as well as 3G/LTE versions for all models.

No word on availability or pricing, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more. We can’t imagine pricing will be any higher than the current Tab 3 line. We have pictures of the 8.0 and 10.1 after the break.

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Breaking: Google buys Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock


If you thought for a second that Google was out of the hardware business, then think again. In what came out of nowhere, Bloomberg is reporting that Google just made a deal to buy Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock. We aren’t talking just the mobile division folks, we are talking the whole shabang, including TVs, appliances, display panels, and semiconductors.

We found it hard to believe that Google would buy Motorola and turn around and sell it to Lenovo pretty quickly, but I think it’s clear that Motorola was too limited. Motorola only dealt with the mobile side, but in order for Google to bring Android to the next level, TVs and appliances need to be in the mix as well. Owning both companies at the same time would certainly be an antitrust issue.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 31, 2014


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!!

April Fools’ Day Jokes

Google April Fools’ Day jokes for 2014

Samsung Fingers gets announced, the first entrant into the smartglove game

HTC unveils the revolutionary new wearable HTC Gluuv

Moto X and Moto G get new April Fools’ Day boot animation

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