Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Note 4 to sport 16MP cameras with new ICOCELL pixel technology

samsung-slide-isocell

Back in September, Samsung announced a new advanced pixel technology called ISOCELL. During their analyst day, they announced that they will utilize ISOCELL with next year’s flagship phones, such as the Galaxy S 5 and the Note 4.

ISOCELL aims at improving light absorption. As cameras have evolved, the emphasis has shifted from Front Side Illumination (FSI) to Back Side Illumination (BSI), but BSI is facing limitations since pixels continue to shrink. ISOCELL forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels, which eliminates cross talk and allows more photons to be collected.

Read more

November 19th and 20th will be a Google Glassware hackathon for developers

google_glass_grey-580-90

Google has announced they’ll be holding a Glassware hackathon for Google Glass developers on the 19th and 20th of November. The invitations went out today, and the event will give developers a chance to tinker with the future Glassware Development Kit. The two day event will be held in San Francisco, and even though not all applicants will be able to attend, the entire thing will be recorded and posted online for everyone.

source: 9to5 Google

Polaroid announces Kids Tablet 2 preloaded with Cartoon Network, Disney, and Marvel apps

polaroid-kids-tablet-2

Polaroid has announced a follow-up to their mildly successful Kids Tablet 2. The upgraded tablet is featuring the same 7-inch form of its predecessor, but it’s picking up a slightly improved processor, 1 GB of RAM, and  Android 4.2. On top of that, it’s preloaded with over 70 apps and e-books for children, boasting offerings from Cartoon Network, Disney, and Marvel. For a child-friendly tablet, that’s a ton of content available right out of the box.

The tab will run $149 at Toys R Us, which is slightly more than similar child tablets, but when you factor in all of the additional freebies, it’s a solid deal. Anyone planning on picking one of these up as a Christmas present? Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 6, 2013

TalkAndroid_Daily_Dose

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

Google Text-to-Speech app now available in the Play Store

Google Opinion Rewards App Released To Google Play

Layouts For Living Now Available For Download To New And Existing SwiftKey Users (Video)

Gogo and Glympse partner to allow in-flight location sharing

Carriers

AT&T Brings LTE to 14 New Markets

Android 4.4 KitKat build leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X

Verizon finally drops the price of Moto X to $99

Nexus 7 coming to Verizon Wireless, but when?

Nexus 7 on Verizon to be delayed until KitKat rolls out

Read more

AT&T Brings LTE to 14 New Markets

ATT_4G_LTE_Network_Evolution

AT&T is continuing to broaden it’s LTE horizons by recently bringing the technology to 14 new markets, which makes the number of overall markets to a total of 461. While AT&T is still catching up with Verizon, the new places on AT&T’s list include some fairly small towns. They should be done with their 4G LTE rollout by next summer, meaning if you currently have AT&T’s 3G service and don’t yet have 4G LTE access, you will within the next 8-10 months. You can find a list of the new places on AT&T’s 4G LTE list after the break.

Read more

Grab all of the ringtone, notification, alarm, and system sounds from the Nexus 5

Nexus 5 Google Now

If you aren’t planning on picking up a Nexus 5, you can still get some of that Nexus feeling on your device with all of the sounds from Google’s latest flagship. In addition to all of the leaked wallpapers and apps from the Nexus, you’ll be able to round off the entire experience with these notifications, alarms, and ringtones thanks to AndroidSPIN. There are even UI sounds available to download if you really want to go all the way. You can check out the links below. Read more

Google says barges to be “interactive space” to learn about technology

Barge

When floating barges connected to Google were discovered in San Francisco and in Portland, Maine, many were trying to figure out just what Google may be up to. Initial speculation was in favor of the craft being some type of floating data center. Later reports indicated they would serve as large showrooms for new technology like Google Glass, complete with a party deck so Google could really amp up the experience for visitors. According to reports, Google has finally jumped into the fray regarding the barges, indicating they will be used as an “interactive space” according to this statement: Read more

comScore reports latest smartphone market share with only Apple and Samsung showing growth in Q3

september 2013 growth

comScore has reported the latest market shares for the month of September, and for every manufacturer that isn’t Samsung or Apple, it’s not good news.

Overall, Android has seen a slight 0.2% dip between June and September with iOS gaining just a fraction more of the total market. Most of that growth has come at the expense of BlackBerry, which is to be expected. On the Android side of things, Samsung was the only major manufacturer that saw any growth. Apple also saw just under 1% growth in the quarter, but HTC and Motorola both lost a few points of market share. What does that mean for those companies? Well, the biggest thing is that the HTC One and Moto X aren’t helping as much as they’d hoped. It also means that Samsung and Apple are selling devices at a significantly faster clip than what HTC and Motorola can do. LG, fortunately, didn’t lose any market share, but they didn’t gain any, either. No news is good news, right?

This report doesn’t really tell us anything we haven’t been expecting thanks to news stories in the past few months, but it solidifies just how strong of a grip Samsung and Apple maintain on the smartphone market. Despite other OEMs best attempts to shake up the landscape, nothing’s worked so far.

source: comScore

Google takes another step in bringing better commenting to YouTube

YouTube-Transparent-Logo

Anyone who has spent any time on the Internet knows that YouTube’s comment system may best be described as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy” as Obi-Wan would say. To combat that impression and clean the place up, YouTube has started to implement some changes to turn comments into conversations. One piece of that effort is the move to require a Google+ account to be able to leave a comment, similar to the strategy used to clean up the Google Play feedback system. After rolling out some new comment features back in September on a limited basis, YouTube announced today that they are expanding this to all videos you may be watching on the service.

One change visitors will note is that “Top Comments” will move to the top of the comment feed. Posts from the video’s creator, popular personalities, threads that are judged “engaging” based on up ratings, and people in your Google+ circles will be listed first. If you really want to see comments chronologically regardless of the quality of the content, an option to switch to “Newest First” will be available.

YouTube is also making it possible for commenters to limit accessibility to their comments to different levels, like the public, only people in chosen Circles, or even just specific individuals. YouTube says replies will be threaded to help make it easier to follow the conversations.

Finally, if you post videos on your channel on YouTube, the service is providing some new tools to let you moderate comments before they are posted, block certain words, or auto-approve posts from known fans.

Check out the video below for more on the new commenting system, then head over to the TalkAndroid channel to see it in action while you watch some of our videos.

YouTube Preview Image

source: YouTube Creators Blog

Livestream Available For Moto G Event Thanks to Google and Motorola

Moto G Event_Brazil_1

What could be better than announcing the new Moto G smartphone by Motorola? How about the ability to livestream that bad boy? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the company will be unveiling the new smartphone on November 13th however, place and time was unknown. The joint venture has announced the event will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil beginning at 9am EST. And for those unable to attend in person, you’ll be given the opportunity the livestream the entire event from their official Motorola Mobility Google + page.

As far as known specs go, the device will sport a 4.5-inch 720 x 1280 display with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon by Qualcomm. In addition, the device will house a 5MP rear facing camera and there’s high speculation the device may be available for free on contract with several carriers. Overall, not a bad deal for the slightly scaled down Moto X. Feel free to leave your thoughts about the device in the comments below. Check out the source link as well for the full livestream on Nov 13th.

source: Motorola Mobility G+