Free, no-ad Milk Music service released for select U.S. Samsung devices


Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well.

MTV Artists arrives in the Play Store, connects users and artists with an abundance of content


To go against the many music-centric applications available, MTV has finally entered the arena. With MTV Artists, users can truly immerse themselves with their favorite artists in different ways. MTV has a massive catalog of performance photos, music videos (yes, they still have those), and songs to be explored. A comprehensive list of tour dates is available for artists and buying tickets can even be done from within MTV Artists, too.

Like Google Sound Search or Shazam, users can use Sound ID with their smartphones to listen to a song and identify it. With MTV Artists, you can also do a lyrical search. A standout feature from this app is Top 10 Songs in 90 Seconds. As the name suggests, it will give you a sampling of the best songs around in less than two minutes.

To start jamming, hit the break for the gallery and download links.

Plenty of accessories for The All New HTC One has leaked online


You can now purchase a plethora of accessories for The All New HTC One before the device is even announced. Alibaba is offering cases and other items for HTC’s upcoming flagship on its site and, as expected, the pricing is very good. The reason being customers have to buy in bulk. For example, a flip leather case is available for $0.75, but the required minimum quantity ordered is one hundred units. Not too bad considering selling the extras yourself will actually net a profit. And as expected, the cases feature the dual camera setup on the back of the device.

Hit the source link to check out the long list of accessories.

Source: Alibaba
Via: HTC Source

AnTuTu benchmark suggests Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 920 is as fast as the Snapdragon 805 processor


Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 805 processor may not be the biggest and baddest one on the market in the future. According to a new AnTuTu benchmark, Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 920 processor performs just as good. The processor is arranged with four Cortex-A7 and four Cortex-A15 CPU with ARM big.LITTLE architecture and Mali-T624; however, it is unknown if all eight cores can actually run at the same time. While the Snapdragon 805 earned 37,780 points, Huawei’s Kirin 920 came scored 37,363. Not too bad right?

It is becoming increasingly clear that Qualcomm is gaining some competition, even beyond Huawei. Samsung continues to release new Exynos processors (for part of the world) and even LG is working on Odin for future devices. Then there is NVIDIA, who is still working on gaining some of the attention Qualcomm stole from them in the mobile market. If not 2014, 2015 will be a year for secondary processors to become more prevalent.

Source: AnTuTu
Via: VR-Zone

Galaxy S 5 announced early possibly to hide a lack of innovation and to counter iPhone 5s


The hype leading up to the announcement of the Galaxy S 5 had the device pegged as the next innovative step in an industry where innovation is slowing down. Rumors had the device sporting a metal frame and fingerprint scanner with a 64-bit processor pushing a 2k display. However when the announcement came and went, the only thing that graduated from rumor to reality was a fingerprint scanner.

According to industry rumors, the reason that the Galaxy S 5 was announced sooner than normal is that a lack of innovative features coupled with the success of the iPhone 5s in Europe. For the first time in three generations Samsung didn’t have a dedicated event for the launch of the new flagship, but rather, piggybacked off MWC this year. It’s suggested that the reason behind this is because Samsung felt that the GS5 didn’t have enough new features to warrant an event of its own.

Motorola to offer college logos and colors for Moto X in Moto Maker

College Collection

Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.

Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.

Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:

A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.

Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.

Source: Motorola

AT&T green lights LTE-Advanced Network in Chicago


AT&T will be the first to use a new LTE-Advanced technique called carrier aggregation to produce faster LTE speeds on its network. The technique combines two 4G networks to create a big boost in speed on LTE devices.

While there are a few markets that this new service has gone live in, Chicago is the only place that has been specifically named. However if you expect a big announcement, you’ll more than likely be disappointed as only a few devices are capable of using the new network and by a few, we mean one. So far a mobile hotspot called Unite is the only thing capable at the moment. However, Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S 5 will most likely be the first smartphone to support carrier aggregation.

More devices will surely follow, but given that Samsung has already confirmed that the S5 will support some LTE-Advanced networks in the U.S. it seems like a ringer for AT&T. The company will most likely move the technology to other markets as well over the coming year.

source: Gigaom

Images from Samsung’s new “Kids Store” apps store now available


Before the Galaxy S 5 was announced, we let you guys know about the “Kids Mode” that would be featured on the device.

The owner of the device will create a PIN to control Kids Mode, and from there, settings can be customized— some of these settings include which apps your child can use and who your child can contact. A timer can also be set to limit how much time your child is playing with your device.

We also had some information regarding a Kids Store which will feature applications in different categories which can be downloaded, including both paid and free apps. (PINs have to be entered before buying an app.)

Now, we have some screenshots of the Kids Store for you to check out. Hit the break below for more pictures.

HP launches new 8 inch Android Tablet


With nary an announcement, HP has launched a new 8 inch tablet. Known as the HP 8 the tablet isn’t much to look at. The 7.85 inch display offers a 1024×768 resolution and comes with 1GB of RAM. It comes with Android 4.2.2 onboard and comes with a quad-core ARM chip made by Allwinner, a Chinese company. It has stereo speakers and comes with 16GB internal storage. As far as battery is concerned it offers about 7 hours of battery life from a 3800 mAh battery.

Unlike the new VoiceTabs tablets that HP debuted at MWC this year, the tablet is somewhat a plain Jane slate from a visual aspect as you can see from the picture above. It’s priced to move at $170. Comparatively, the tablet has a worse display than that of the Slate 7 or Venue 8, and the price point aside, you’d probably be better off going in a different direction.

source: HP
via: Engadget

Nexus 5 has low-core functionality for “always-on listening” voice recognition


If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.

However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.

Images of the Galaxy S 5 accessories appear online


When the Galaxy S 5 was announced last month at the Samsung Packed Event 2014, the company did not unveil any accessories for its new flagship.

However, the accessories for the smartphone have appeared in a wide variety on mobile accessory site MobileFun. The first accessory is the Protective Hard Case Cover Plus made of plastic and which has a rugged look. The cover is priced at €25 which costs $35.

The other one is the S View Wireless Charging Cover which has a rectangular cut on the front that allows you to view the screen, answer calls, check the time & weather and view the notifications received. It’s called wireless cover because you can wirelessly charge your Galaxy S 5 without having to take off the cover. The cover comes in black and white variant and the wireless variant will cost you €67 ($93) while the one without wireless charging costs €55 ($76). 

Goophone M8 available ahead of HTC’s official All New One unveiling

goophone M8 HTC

Goophone is famous for releasing knock-off clones of high end devices, sometimes before the actual devices are available to the public. Looks like that’s going to be the case again, as Goophone has officially started selling a clone of HTC’s unreleased M8 for just $229.99.

Unfortunately, this one doesn’t look to be one of Goophone’s best copycat devices, as the back of the device is missing some of the styling we’re expecting on the All New One, and it only has one camera, not two. The specs aren’t completely awful, and for $229.99 you’ll get a 1080p 5-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and an octa-core MediaTek CPU. The Goophone M8 does have a microSD card slot which we may not actually see in HTC’s flagship, so there’s always that.

I’m not sure how many of these imitations Goophone actually sells, but apparently someone is buying them or they wouldn’t continue to be made. Would any of you carry a phone like this around as your daily driver?

source: Goophone

Biker that helped Peter Chou make his MWC appointment will be at HTC’s All New One unveiling


HTC’s very own Peter Chou was apparently running late to Mobile World Congress because of a major traffic jam, but thanks to a friendly biker on the road, he managed to avoid a bulk of the traffic and get there right on time. Apparently the biker, Obdulio Herrera, willingly helped Chou out of the traffic jam and got him to the doors of his MWC appointment in barely 10 minutes. Pretty friendly, right?

After getting in touch with Obdulio to verify some of the information, including finding out that he had just dropped his daughter off at school, what color his motorcycle was, and that he didn’t have to speed to get to MWC on time, HTC is looking to repay the favor to Mr. Herrera by inviting him to London when HTC will unveil their All New One for 2014. Talk about returning a favor.

Follow-up update to Google Play Music adds playlist-related radio stations


Yesterday we filled you in on Google Play Music’s latest update, which added support for offline listening of radio stations after “pinning” them while you have service. The navigability of the interface was also improved.

Today, Google followed up with the update with yet another update. This improvement allows users to listen to radio stations based on user-created playlists. It’s a nice feature which will serve as a way for users to discover new music based on their current interests.

Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.