TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 10, 2013

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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!!

Guides

How to make a Drama Shot or Sequence Shot on the HTC One

Apps

Facebook Home support appears for Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Sony Xperia ZL

Gameloft adds ‘Blitz Brigade’ FPS to Play Store, action-packed and fun-filled excitement

Angry Birds Seasons update called Abra-Ca-Bacon, coming next week

New app brings Google Now wallpapers to any compatible device

Google

Google prepping an Androidbook, smartwatch, and ‘over-the-top’ TV box, but neither will appear at Google I/O

Google cancels plans to unveil Google Wallet credit card at next week’s I/O

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Sony tries to lure developers by waiving the $99 PlayStation Mobile licensing fee

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If you have a game and would like to port over to PlayStation Mobile devices, but can’t afford the $99 license fee Sony usually charges developers, then I have some good news for you. For a limited time this summer, Sony has decided to open its Mobile Development program up to all new developers, and waive the license fee.

This could turn out to be a fantastic opportunity for both Sony and developers. If this plan works Sony could see an upswing in development while developers add another platform to launch their games on. This isn’t only limited to Android certified devices either, it also includes development for the PS Vita as well. Let’s hope this plan works out better than expected and Sony makes it a permanent deal.

Check out the video for the PlayStation Mobile Development Program after the break. I feel like the guy in it myself, how many of you can relate?

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Another leaked image of mysterious new LG phone with almost non-existent bezel

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Another image of LG’s mysterious new device has made its way onto the internet today. This one comes courtesy of the infamous @evleaks twitter account and shows the device’s almost non-existent bezel. While nothing can be for certain, this is almost definitely the same device we got a glimpse of last week. It is probably safe to assume this is LG’s follow up to the Optimus G, although some more excitable folks believe it to be the next Nexus device.

Regardless of what it is, it is shaping up to be a gorgeous device with a very minimal design. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we learn more, and don’t forget to hit the break for last week’s image in case you missed it.

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New app brings Google Now wallpapers to any compatible device

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For those of you longing to bring the Google Now wallpapers to any homescreen, developer Bongoman has created a live wallpaper app that allows you to do just that. While it is technically a live wallpaper, the only time it changes is when switching from day to night, which means virtually no battery drain. The app allows you to flip through Google Now-esque cards and then simply tap to apply the desired wallpaper. All the locations included in Google Now are here and there’s even a separate app for those of you with an HD display. Both versions of Google Now Wallpapers are available from the Play Store free of charge. Hit the break for a slideshow and Play Store links.

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New HTC One commercials put BlinkFeed feature front and center

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HTC, always coming up with clever ways to market their product, released two new commercials for the HTC One today. Unlike previous commercials, these put the BlinkFeed feature of HTC’s newest flagship device front and center. For those who don’t know, BlinkFeed (introduced in Sense 5) is integrated into the One’s homescreen and combines various social media services and news sites into one customizable, image-centric feed. The idea is that by utilizing BlinkFeed, users don’t have to “dig like gophers” to find status updates and news articles. Hit the break both commercials.

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Angry Birds Seasons update called Abra-Ca-Bacon, coming next week

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The latest update for Angry Birds Seasons will be available next week and will be called Abra-Ca-Bacon, Rovio announced today. The game will feature 30 new levels for players to conquer, as well as six additional levels that will be unlockable as players progress through the game. The biggest change with Abra-Ca-Bacon will be the introduction of a new gameplay mechanic called Portals. Just as the name suggests, Portals are secret entrances that can suck objects in at one end, and spit them out at the other end. The Portals aren’t just limited to your Angry Birds, as they can also propel Bad Piggies, blocks and other environmental objects.

The update will be available for download on May 16. You can see the portals in action in Rovio’s promo trailer after the break.

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Gameloft adds ‘Blitz Brigade’ FPS to Play Store, action-packed and fun-filled excitement

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Gameloft replenished its massive fleet of games today by releasing Blitz Brigade to the Google Play Store, an online FPS.  The game is reminiscent of popular multiplayer games like Battlefield Heroes and Team Fortress, as users move about a map with other players, working together or against one another in a battle to the death.

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Google cancels plans to unveil Google Wallet credit card at next week’s I/O

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All Things D is reporting that Google has decided not to move forward with their own physical credit card. According to their sources, Google had planned to update Google Wallet with a physical card next week at Google I/O, but now sources are saying that those plans have changed a little and even though they do plan to update Google Wallet with new features, there are no plans for the debut of a Google credit card along with it.

Sources close to the matter said Google’s CEO Larry Page put an end to the project last week after a lackluster demo performance didn’t show any innovation.Those who had seen the card described it as a usual credit card, with the Google Wallet “W” in rainbow colors on top of a black background.  Google had hoped to use the credit card to gain more information about its customers spending habits, which would improve their ability to push ads to their customers.

This isn’t the first time Google has lost faith in a card. Back in October of last year they put the kibosh on the prepaid Google Wallet program.  So this is just one more thing to delete from Google I/O expectations.

Source: All Things D

Oppo working on successor to Oppo Find 5 with Snapdragon 800 and 8MP front-facing camera

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Although Oppo isn’t yet a household name, it is still known for its high-end phones with some of the best specs available on the market. There are rumors that the company is already working on a successor to the speedy and semi-affordable Oppo Find 5.

The next Oppo Find is allegedly scheduled to launch in the fall, and is rumored to feature a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Further specs include a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera, and— wait for it— an 8MP front-facing camera. That’s right folks, get ready to send some high-quality Snapchats and Skype calls.

Remember, all of this is strictly rumored information, so don’t get your hopes up just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you guys updated when any more information is leaked.

Source: My Drivers
Via: PhoneArena

 

Congratulations Samsung— the Galaxy S 4 is set to be featured on BBC’s Watchdog

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There have more more than a few of us who have complained about Samsung’s habit of loading up crap unnecessary extra apps on its flagship devices, but it looks like the BBC has had enough of Sammy’s shenanigans. The famed British network will air a special episode of its Watchdog series pointing out some very serious issues that identified on the 16GB variant of the Galaxy S 4 smartphone. In fact, Host Anne Robinson poses this simple question best: “Samsung… claims that its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory, but what did it forget to mention“? Well– while the smartphone no doubt introduces some well… “unique” apps, much of the apps take up an extraordinary space on the device, resulting in roughly only half of the total storage capacity being available to brand-new owners.

Naturally, Samsung will probably want to rebuke the bold Watchdog claim by highlighting its 16GB Galaxy S 4 certainly has a microSD slot for users to take advantage of, but remember— regular apps can only be installed onto the phone’s internal memory, so there is the potential for owners to simply run out of room. Moreover, owners can always buy the larger capacity variants of the device as well because well— bigger is better anyways.

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