No early launch for the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea

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Yesterday a report came out indicating Samsung might release the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea a little early because of a government ban for the carriers in the region. However, JK Shin says no such deal has been made with SK Telecom.

What’s most interesting about this is that supposedly SK Telecom, the regions largest carrier, was ready to announce the early launch. So it’s obvious the two parties were working out a deal and March 27 was a target date.

Sprint announces that HD Voice will be launched across the country in July

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Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse announced during a keynote at the Oracle Industry Connect that the operator is ready to launch its HD Voice service across the US by July.

Sprint’s HD Voice service was launched in a few cities, such as Kansas City, and was expected to be launched in the rest of the country by the end of last year. However, for unknown reasons, it didn’t happen, but Hesse said that HD Voice is still Sprint’s “killer app”.

HTC One (2013) Google Play edition receives a $100 discount, now available for $499

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With the announcement of the All New HTC One (M8) yesterday and its stock Android Google Play Edition, Google has now cut $100 off the price of the old HTC One Google Play Edition (GPE) bringing it down to $499 from $599.

You can now order the discounted HTC One GPE from Google’s online store. The Google Play edition keeps all the hardware of the HTC One without Sense 5. However, the advantage of owning the GPE variant of HTC One is that users will receive the latest Android updates much quicker. If you’re interested in grabbing the smartphone, it comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, an 4MP UltraPixel camera, a 2300mAh battery and the latest Android version.

Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

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We have a good news for those who keep their presentation slides in Google Drive. Google announced Tuesday on its blog that images can now be edited by users in Google Slides and Drawings.

The company introduced a range of tools which enable image editing directly from within Slides and Drawings. These include cropping, applying masks, and adding borders to the images. These tools are quite useful since most of us usually end up noticing that some of the images in the slides require a little editing and with these new tools, we no longer need to depend on an external image editing program.

NVIDIA unveils the Jetson TK1 DevKit

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NVIDIA unveiled the new Jetson TK1 DevKit powered by Tegra K1 at the company’s GPU Technology Conference on Tuesday. It enables the development of applications which employ computer vision, image processing and real-time data processing.

The developer kit provides developers with tools to create applications that allow robots to “navigate, physicians to perform mobile ultrasound scans, drones to avoid moving objects and cars to detect pedestrians.” More interestingly, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who unveiled the new Jetson TK1 at the conference, invited an Audi executive on-stage where he demonstrated company’s future of self-driving cars by displaying a car which drove all by itself without a driver. 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 25, 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!!

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

Apps

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

College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

Carriers

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

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

Gaming

Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

Google

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

Phones

HTC announces the new One for 2014

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

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

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date

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

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

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

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

Smartwatches

Sony won’t use Google’s Android Wear OS for its smartwatch

Updates

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

Miscellaneous

Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR

Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

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Nvidia has announced a few things concerning the SHIELD gaming platform today, including a new software update, allowing for a number of new games. The biggest change to the platform is that it now adapts better to PC gamers.

SHIELD was released to be an ultra portable gaming platform for hard-core gamers, and this new update should help that become more of a reality. With this update, users will now be able to play PC games outside of their home. This feature is still in beta. Users will also now be able to take advantage of the wake-on LAN support. To further accommodate for PC gamers, users will also now be able to connect Bluetooth keyboards and mouses.

Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR

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In a move that surprised many, Facebook has announced that they will buy Oculus VR, the virtual reality company best know for creating the Oculus Rift. This acquisition poses the question: will social networking one day be an immersive, 3D experience?

The deal was even more surprising because of the fact that Oculus is a fairly small startup that hasn’t even released a product to the public yet. They are also somewhat of a niche company aimed mostly at hard-core gamers.

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was finally announced today, and once the initial fanfare was over, carriers and retailers began announcing their pricing and availability for the device.

Verizon will be offering a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal on the phone, only for customers who sign a new, 2 year contract. The first phone will cost $199.99.

This is a great deal, especially considering the phone was just released today. More sales like this should come from other carriers, but be sure to jump in on it because it isn’t known how long this will last.

Source: Verizon

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

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In HTC’s first commercials for the new One (M8), Gary Oldman essentially tells the world to listen to the “TalkAndroids of the world” (the Internet) and pushes customers to form their own opinions on what phone to get, rather than listen to the marketing “blabber” usually pushed out regarding new devices.

To view the newest commercials, hit the break below.

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

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After months of leak after leak after leak, HTC finally took the wraps off of their latest flagship, the HTC One (M8), today in New York City and London. There wasn’t much left to shock us, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this is an amazing phone. Will it be the phone of the year? I will wait until I spend more time with it until I make that decision, but it certainly is off to a good start.

College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

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Spotify has announced a new discount program for students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities to cut the cost for their premium service in half to only $4.99 per month. Existing student subscribers as well as new customers can take advantage of the deal. Students who want to sign up for the program have to submit a copy of a student ID card, a transcript, a tuition receipt or some other type of documentation that proves they are a student at an accredited institution in the U.S. Upon signing up, students are committing to a one year subscription term that can be renewed for two additional cycles for a total of three years. According to Spotify, the offer is for a limited time and while supplies last.

If you are a student and want to jump on this offer from Spotify, hit the source link.

source: Spotify
via: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

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Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S 5 worldwide starting from April 11, but it seems that the company is working on another variant of the device as well. According to a new leaked information, Samsung is most likely working on a ‘Zoom’ variant of the S5, just like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom which was released last year with a better camera and bulkier body. The leaked information comes in the form of a handwritten notes from a Samsung Poland’s presentation.

However, compared to the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom will have a slimmer and thinner body due to a lens better inserted in its case. The device will come with a 20MP camera, 4.8 inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. In addition, it will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and updated version of Samsung TouchWiz.

Source: Galaktyczny
Via: VR-Zone

 

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

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During the HTC One (M8) launch event today, HTC announced the next version of their UI overlay to Sense 6, which they are calling Sixth Sense. The new HTC One (M8) will come with Sixth Sense straight out of the box. To help support current owners of HTC One devices, including last year’s model along with the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the company will be rolling out Sixth Sense to owners of those devices some time this spring.

HTC also announced during the event their HTC Advantage program, which is their commitment to ensuring their devices receive updates in a timely fashion. This commitment is to roll out major updates to Sense or Android within weeks after they are made official for up to two years after they put a new device on market.