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New MPme Radio app promises to find the perfect radio station for you

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Android users who enjoy finding live radio stations to stream over their device may want to check out a new entrant in the market, MPme Radio. MPme Radio claims to take the chore of creating playlists by curating live radio stations for you. Several options are available for users to access streaming radio stations, including direct entry, searches based on genre or favorite artists, scanning your music library, and reviewing your likes on Facebook. The app then searches a database to find online, live radio stations that stream through the app.

More details of new Oppo Find 7 leaked

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Oppo Mobile appears to be working on a successor to the Oppo Find 5 smartphone that will come with a 4000mAh battery to help power it through the day. The new device has been dubbed the Oppo Find 7 by the rumor mill and will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. We think the device will come with a 5-inch display running at a full 1080p HD resolution. Other details are still not available, but Oppo Mobile is gaining a reputation for producing some high-quality devices.

While Oppo Mobile is working on this new device for a release thought to be sometime this fall, they are also working on a smaller, more colorful version of the Oppo Find 5 named the Oppo Find 5 Mini.

source: GSMinsider

More, more, more! Insiders predict upcoming 6-inch phones will feature 2,560 x 1,600 pixels for 2014

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Just as consumers are now starting to enjoy 1080p displays on current high-end smartphones out there, it appears that phones with even better displays are on the way for 2014. According to various insider sources, the general public will see more premium phablet devices utilizing 6-inch displays with a WQXGA resolution. In other words, it will be common to see devices utilizing a 6-inch screen sizes will feature a resolution of 2,560 x 1600. Moreover, the displays will feature a pixel density of an unheard of 500ppi (or greater), placing the displays head and shoulders above what is currently out at this time, including Apple’s Retina Display technology. What this means is that consumers can expect to see even clearer texts, deeper colors and richer content overall on select phablet devices.

Of course it is already fairly difficult for the human eye to discern most 720p displays to the average 1080p display now, so it is unsure whether consumers will be able to tell the difference between a 1080p display to a 1600p display. Still– who wouldn’t want a 2,560 x 1,600 display that’s found on say, a Nexus 10 tablet on upcoming flagship smartphones, right?

source: ET News
via: Phone Arena

Samsung to launch new Galaxy S 4 with LTE Advanced support soon

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In an effort to break the world record for most variants of a single smartphone, Reuters reports that Samsung CEO JK Shin has confirmed they will producing a version of the Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE Advanced within the next month for Korean markets. LTE Advanced is a faster form of the LTE we’re used to, offering up to twice the speed of current networks. Reuters uses the example of movie downloads, stating that a movie that takes 3 minutes to download on LTE would be finished in just over a minute on LTE advanced.

Shin also confirmed that these variants would be powered by Snapdragon processors, which could explain those Galaxy S 4 benchmarks with a Snapdragon 800 CPU under the hood. The Snapdragon 800 is going to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, mobile processors ever, so combining that type of hardware with a network that’s twice as fast as traditional LTE is going to make for one fantastic phone.

source: Reuters

Verizon rumored to release customizable Galaxy S 4 under a different name

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Famous leaker @evleaks is at it again, this time tipping us off to the possibility of a customizable Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. As you can see in the image above, Verizon would allow you to create a custom backside for the device and a wallpaper to match. The design of the back plate is provided by Kidrobot, a toy manufacturer featuring work by dozens of graphics artists. This version of the S 4 will allegedly be released under a new name, which has yet to be released.

Aside from the name not much else is known about the device, although apparently the new back pieces will not be compatible with the current version of the Galaxy S 4. With four new colors being released this summer, more choices are always welcome. Let us know below if you’re interested in a pimped-out custom S 4, or if you think its just another gimmick to move units.

Source: @evleaks

Samsung is giving Jay-Z’s new album to one million Galaxy users for free download

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Followers of our site are probably familiar with Samsung and Jay-Z’s mysterious $20 million partnership. Those who tuned into Game Five of the NBA Finals last night were treated to more details, and for fans of the undisputed king of mainstream hip-hop, the news was exciting. According to a dedicated website, Jay-Z is giving his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, to one million Galaxy phone owners (specifically the SIII, S 4, and Note II) via a special app available from the Google Play Store. 

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 10 – June 16, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. E3 and WWDC took place this week. E3 showed us some new upcoming games and WWDC was just about Apple trying to play catch up, but what else is new? Samsung has announced all their rumored devices, which pretty much just leaves the Galaxy Camera 2 for their June 20th event in London. We are getting very close to the HTC Butterfly S, HTC One Mini and the Xperia ZU. BTW, is it too soon to start talking about the Galaxy S 5? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to use any song you want with HTC Video Highlights

30 seconds not long enough? How to create a longer HTC Video Highlight

Best Android apps for monitoring data usage [June 2013]

Reviews

Featured Android Game Review: Dawn of the Dragons [Arcade & Action]

Accessories

Power By Gen running Father’s Day promotion on Andru chargers, $19.99 with free shipping

Dead Zebra announces 10-piece set of rainbow Android figurines, on sale today for $69

Nyko announces product accessories for NVIDIA Shield

Samsung to allegedly release kill switch to improve mobile security and prevent device theft as soon as July

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Smartphone theft is on the rise, and as these devices get more and more expensive it gets less and less easy to replace them. On top of that there is the risk of sensitive personal information going into the wrong hands (i.e. a thief). Samsung and other manufacturers recently met with New York Attorney General Erich Schneiderman to discuss the future of smartphone security and how to prevent device theft, reportedly working on a kill switch of sorts. Now, it looks like Samsung will be releasing this new feature as soon as July. 

HTC Butterfly S rumored to head to Sprint, not Verizon

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HTC insider and developer @LlabTooFeR has been on a roll tonight, just moments ago hinting that the HTC One Mini was headed to T-Mobile this summer, and now dropping another hint that the HTC Butterfly S will not be headed to Verizon like its predecessor, but will more likely see a launch on Sprint’s network.

The Butterfly S is going to be announced on June 19th and will feature the same 5 inch, 1080p display as the Butterfly (or Droid DNA on Verizon) an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, an improved processor, HTC’s excellent UltraPixel camera, and the new Sense 5. No word on price, but it will presumably cost around the same amount as the One.

Source: @LlabTooFeR

HTC One Mini (M4) rumored to launch on T-Mobile

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HTC’s next member of their One family of smartphones, the HTC One Mini (previously known as the HTC M4) is rumored to be landing in T-Mobile stores sometime this summer. HTC developer @LLabTooFeR tweeted that all signs point to a T-Mobile release, with no word on availability through other carriers. The One Mini is one of two rumored devices being released by HTC alongside the HTC One Max, HTC’s newest entry into the phablet market.

The HTC One Mini is rumored to pack a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Ultrapixel camera and Sense 5 all packed into the same aluminum design as the One, front-facing BoomSound speakers included.

As the market for small phones shrinks (pun intended), a device of this caliber is much needed. Let us know below if this device piques your interest.

Source: @LLabTooFeR

ZTE U988S With 1.8GHz Tegra 4i Processor and Android 4.2.2 Gets Benchmarked

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Ever since Nvidia debuted the Tegra 4 platform earlier this year we haven’t seen hide nor hair of an announcement of a device running on it, besides the Nvidia Shield and hints of other devices that is. According to news posts a few days ago we weren’t expected to see it in a phone until quarter one of next year. However it looks like ZTE is going to change that if the current AuTuTu Benchmark database is correct.

According to the database the ZTE U988S was tested running Android 4.2.2. with a Tegra 4i processor running at 1.8GHz. It was benchmarked in China and came out with a score of 29,784. The phone will have a 5.7 inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear/2MP front camera, as well as the other staple amenities. That will include Bluetooth, a MicroSD slot, GPS and microUSB.

We’re not sure if this will make a debut anywhere but China at this point as it hasn’t even been officially announced by ZTE. We’ll let you know when they do. Stay tuned!

 

source: GSM Insider

Brazilian bar designs new beer glass made to keep your eyes off your phone

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Bars are a place to be social and enjoy a brew, which unfortunately for some patrons means social networking and enjoying a browser instead. The Salve Jorge Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil has found a solution to this problem in the bottom of a beer glass (literally). Designed by advertising agency Fischer & Friends, the Salve Jorge Bar now serves their beer in the Offline Glass, a glass designed to only stand straight when propped up on a smartphone. Hit the break for a video of the Offline Glass in action.

The Offline Glass is designed to “save people from the online world”, forcing drinkers to put down the phone and enjoy the atmosphere and company. Obviously the idea has its shortcomings (phones of various sizes being the biggest issue) but as the idea spreads I’m sure we will see more glasses of the like. As for condensation, the designer says the glass is shaped so the condensation does not drip down the side to your phone.

An innovative idea, it will be interesting to see if this catches on in other bars. Let us know in the comments what you think of the idea, or if you will just find a clever way to use your phone while balancing the glass.

Source: Phone Arena

Google introduces Project Loon, hoping to bring the entire world internet access via balloons

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Google is no stranger to outlandish ideas, and it appears they will stop at nothing to make sure the whole world is connected. In that tradition, Google has announced Project Loon, a crazy (hence the name Loon) idea that plans to bring the world internet via high-altitude balloons. The idea is that in many parts of the world, internet access costs more than rent and is out of reach for the average citizen. The plan is to launch a ring of balloons orbiting the globe on stratospheric winds, broadcasting an internet signal comparable to that of most 3G connections. On top of connecting rural areas and other parts of the globe that previously didn’t have internet access, it could also aid in disaster relief, providing a means to stay in contact with devastated areas. Hit the break for videos breaking down how the technology will work.

Specs leak for the highly anticipated Motorola X phone, featuring HD screen, 2GB of RAM and dual-core processor

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Unsurprisingly, infamous twitter user @evleaks has been gracious enough to list the specs of the new Motorola X phone, and its looking to be a solid mid-to-high end device. The Google-owned company has put together a phone running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean powered by 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.7GHz MSM8960 Pro processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. For those of you worried that a dual-core processor won’t satisfy your needs, it should be noted that in benchmarks the device out-performed the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. On the outside they’ve put a generous 10-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The display has a 1196 x 720, 720p resolution and its safe to assume it will be of the standard IPS variety. 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 14, 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

30 seconds not long enough? How to create a longer HTC Video Highlight

Carriers

AT&T updating GoPhone prepaid plans, GoPhone devices to get LTE access June 21st

Phones

LG announces budget-friendly Optimus L4 II with IPS display

Leaked photo from Galaxy Note III suggests 13 megapixel camera

Could Samsung SCH-I435 be the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini headed to Verizon?