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Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

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HTC confirmed that they will be releasing a Google Play Edition of their new HTC One in the coming weeks, and the preorder for the device will go up later today. It will be available directly through the Play Store for the not so low price of $699.

The GPE HTC One will feature all of HTC’s new hardware, but you’ll lose all of the Sense 6.0 features in favor Android 4.2.2, obviously. It’ll be interesting to see if the phone will be able to take advantage of the duo-camera setup on the device without Sense, but I guess we’ll know for sure in the next few weeks.

HTC announces the new One for 2014

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HTC has finally unveiled the most leaked device of the 2014. The successor to their universally praised HTC One looks like it will keep the same name, (no All New One branding anywhere yet) but improves just about everything that the HTC One did.

As far as specs go, you’ll get a premium metal unibody design, a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot, a nano-SIM tray, and all the standard WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, etc. The IR blaster is also making a return, as well as HTC Zoe, BoomSound, and all the stuff that made the One stand out last year. The duo-camera system is still present from all of the leaks, and Peter Chou says the cameras will  “capture true depth information for your photos.” The third camera on the device will be specifically used for focusing photos, including refocusing an image after you’ve taken it. It’ll keep your photos clear and sharp, something that HTC is very proud of doing.

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date

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The highly anticipated OnePlus One will be fully unveiled next month on April 23. The image above was posted by Carl Pei over on the company’s forums. Pei is the Director of OnePlus Global. So yes, this is very official. In the post, Pei reiterates what the OnePlus One will be all about — quality and benefits. The device will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 3100mAh battery. Inside, you will find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. While maintaining premium build quality, the device will have replaceable rear covers.

Here is the full post by Pei:

We’re almost ready to showcase our baby to the world. On April 23, the OnePlus One will be fully unveiled.

Forget gimmicks and bloat. It’s time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It’s time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it’s the user that benefits.

Thanks for everyone’s patience and support over the last few months. We promise it will be worth it.

#NeverSettle

Source: OnePlus Forums

Samsung may have to move the Galaxy S 5 launch earlier due to South Korean carrier punishment

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A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the situation in South Korea in which a few carriers were punished for subsidizing devices by more than $250. The South Korean government brought down the hammer on three of the country’s biggest carriers and will not allow them to sell any smartphones for a 45-day period. The Galaxy S 5’s global launch date is April 11 in roughly 150 countries.

So what are the carriers and Samsung left to do? Reports out of Samsung’s home country suggest that the company will release the device prior to April 5. This is because it would give South Korea’s largest carrier, SK Telecom, a chance to sell the handset before its punishment (or ban) kicks in on that date. LG U+, another carrier in that country, would be able to sell the device for about two weeks if the April 11 launch sticks since their punishment does not start until the end of that month. Samsung is reportedly scrambling to move the launch date to this Thursday, March 27.

Source: Korea Herald
Via: Phone Arena

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S 5’s new design not sturdy enough for you? Good news. They are said to be releasing the Galaxy S 5 Active, model number SM-G870x. According to @evleaks, the device will be “Coming to AT&T and Sprint, among other carriers.” So if the GS5’s IP67 water resistant rating is not good enough, be on the lookout for the GS5 Active.

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM

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ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.

The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.

HTC follows Motorola and releases core apps in the Play Store [Updated – Google Play Edition incoming]

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Big news for HTC fans. It looks like HTC is going to release core apps into the Play Store. They already released BlinkFeed, SenseTV, HTC Gallery, HTC Guide, and HTC Service Pack. What does this mean exactly? It means that you will get updates a lot quicker than waiting for main system and Sense updates. For now, these apps aren’t really compatible with much, so we are assuming that will change after today’s event. We also expect to see more additions, such as the Camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights.

Moto 360 explained in further detail through new images

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Today the Motorola Moto 360 was shared from a few different angles, giving insight into a few more details of the device. The Moto 360, which is the first watch to be launched on the Android Wear platform, will be part of the fashion world as well as the technology world.

Because of the involvement in the fashion world, it’s important that it looks good. As such, the device will have a replaceable watchband. Just as the Moto X and Moto G are very customizable, the Moto 360 will also be customizable. It is expected that we’ll be able to order a wide variety of watch bands straight from Motorola. Hit the break for more pictures!

Motorola launches the Test Drive software program, starts with the DROID RAZR M

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Motorola is taking active members within Motorola Feedback Network one step closer to software updates. With Test Drive, Motorola is giving the keys to the software update car to members that have remained active and participated in previous soak tests. And being active in the Motorola Feedback Network is not the only area you need to have a checkbox in. Quality feedback previously provided is also key.

So what device gets the nod to start the Test Drive program? The DROID RAZR M. According to the person that tipped Android Police, the device is going to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Why the DROID RAZR M can have KitKat and the Galaxy Nexus cannot, I will never know (but just blame Texas Instruments).

Source: Android Police

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 24, 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!!

Apps

New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

Roku’s Android app gets updated with a fresh interface and enhanced searching

Carriers

Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

Chromecast

Google updates Cast icon to make it easier to read state

New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

Roku’s Android app gets updated with a fresh interface and enhanced searching

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Fire up them Roku boxes, everyone. The ‘Little Streaming Box That Could’ has an update for its Android application that brings a breath of fresh air! The interface has been completely retooled and gives it a much more cleaner look. In fact, it is flatter and more crisp.

Aside from just revamping the interface, Roku has added a ton of depth to the search functionality. Searching a specific movie, actor, or director on your device will display some possible hits. But with these results, Roku will also display the viewing options (Channels) available. This enhanced search functionality will only be available on Roku boxes with firmware 5.4 and up (excluding the 2450x and 2500x models).

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

Google Now will alert you if there is a traffic incident along your route

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Google just keeps making Google Now better. With this latest update to this Google Search app, Google Now will be able to send you alerts if there is an incident that has halted traffic on your route. If this sounds familiar, it is because Google-owned Waze already does the very same thing. As you can see in the example above, Google Now is actually collecting the information directly from Waze. Whether it is roadwork or an accident, Google Now will alert you.

Looks like Google is finally putting Waze to work, right?

Source: +Google

Google strikes deal with Luxottica to bring Glass to Ray-Ban, Oakley, and more

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In what likely means Google Glass is nearing a consumer release, Google has formed a new partnership with Luxottica. Don’t know who Luxottica is? They are the manufacturing company behind brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. To bring these brands and Google Glass together with consumers, Luxottica will presumably use retailers like LensCrafters, which it just so happens to own. In a post on Google+, there is no date given; however, +GoogleGlass says “today marks the start of a new chapter in Glass’s design.”

Are you excited? Hit the break for the press release.

Second image of LG G Watch released

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LG has released a second image of the upcoming Android Wear powered G Watch. The G Watch is set to be one of a number of devices to be released using the new Android Wear wearable tech platform, along with devices from companies like Motorola, HTC, ASUS and Samsung. LG and Motorola are so far the only two companies to release details about upcoming wearable devices.

Thanks to the new picture we have a much clearer idea of what the device is going to look like, confirming LG’s plans for a minimalist design, even doing away with the LG logo. LG has decided to stick with a rectangular device, unlike Motorola, who has opted for a rather eye-catching round design.

Update schedule for HTC Sense 6.0 leaked

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While HTC Sense 6.0 is set to be released tomorrow along with the all new HTC One, the update schedule for the software was leaked today for existing HTC phones, answering a number of questions people had concerning Sense 6.0 and whether or not existing phones would get it.

According to the leaks, the software will first be brought to the One itself, followed by the One Max and the One Mini. The One will be getting the update sometime in May or June, with the One Max and One Mini getting it in June or July. Not only that, but the HTC Butterfly S will also get the update sometime in June or July. Unfortunately, that’s where updates end and there are no current plans for any other devices to get the update.

Source: LlabTooFeR