Study shows average Americans spend roughly an hour per day with their smartphone

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How much time do you spend with your smartphone each day? Thirty minutes? Three hours? The average American apparently slides somewhere in the middle of those numbers, coming in right at 58 minutes per day, according to a recent study done on a handful of smartphone users. Surprisingly, about a quarter of smartphone use was talking on a phone call. Texting came in as the second most popular activity, chewing up 20% of those 58 minutes.

Watching video apparently only accounted for 1% of time spent on a smartphone, with only 2% of the people in the study saying they watched videos on their phone. That’s definitely an odd result, but apparently consuming video on your smartphone is a love-it-or-hate-it type deal.

Personally, I know I spend more than an hour per day on my smartphone, and very little of that time is spent making phone calls. What are your daily usage habits with your Android device? Do they match up with this study? Let us know in the comments.

source: All Things D

Acer announces Liquid S1 quad-core phablet with 5.7 inch screen

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Acer has announced its first ever phablet device, the Liquid S1. It’s not an incredibly high-end device, but it’s certainly no slouch, either. Underneath the 5.7 inch, 720p screen, you’ll get a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.2. There’s also the expected OEM software tweaks, such as Acer’s Float User Interface which allows some apps to “float” on screen for multitasking and several different kinds of voice actions, including a voice action to unlock the device. A RAM specification would’ve been nice to back up these features, especially the ones focused on multitasking, but hopefully it slides in over 1 GB.

There are still two sore spots with this device, though; no 1080p scree, and no 4G LTE. Hopefully the attractive body and affordable price tag of €349, or $454, can make up for those two small shortcomings, though. Hit the break for the full press release from Acer.

ASUS FonePad Note set to compete in stylus-equipped phablet space

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ASUS revealed a new device today at Computex 2013 intended to compete in the market for phablet devices that come with their own stylus. The gorilla in the market space is the Samsung line of Galaxy Note devices. To compete, ASUS is releasing the ASUS FonePad Note with a 6-inch display backed by a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 processor. The screen will be capable of running full HD at 1080p using a Super IPS+ display. The device will not be LTE-capable, but will support DC-HSPA+.

Twitter finally releases Vine for Android

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Android users have been left out in the cold for the past 6 months while iOS users have been enjoying the Vine app for Twitter. Well it’s time to come inside to the warmth because Twitter just announced it’s now available for Android. As a quick refresher, Vine is a video service for Twitter that allows you to post short, and I mean short, videos. We are talking 6 seconds or less. So far, 13 million people have already used it via iOS.

Don’t expect the same features as the iOS version right away. They will be adding some stuff in the coming weeks such as the ability to use the front-facing camera, search, mentions and hashtags, and sharing to Facebook. They even hinted at features that would only be available on Android such as zooming support.

Download links after the break.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

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Samsung just announced the final two variants of the mid-range Galaxy Tab 3 line, the 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions. Other than the display size, the specs of the two devices are pretty close, but not a perfect match. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (pictured above) has a 10.1-inch (1280-800) display, a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 3MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 6,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (pictured below) features an 8-inch (1280 x 800) display, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4,450mAh battery, and Android 4.2. Both devices are pretty thin. The 8.0 comes in at 7.4mm thick and the 10.1 comes in at 7.95mm. No word on pricing of exactly when you will be able to buy either tab.

ASUS announces the Transformer Book Trio, a tablet that can run Windows and Android simultaneously

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Tablet computers are no doubt sweet, but you know what’s even sweeter? Devices like the ASUS Transformer Book Trio that happen to run two operating systems at the same time. Yes, you read that right folks— the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is a special tablet that utilizes more than one operating system at the same time. So here’s the quick rundown of this new toy: it’s a tablet that can connect to a special keyboard dock, allowing it to function as a de facto laptop. Once the tablet is connected to the keyboard, all users will need to do is literally push a button and the dual-OS mode is then enabled— otherwise, the standalone tablet will function as your typical run-of-the-mill tablet.

In order to power two OSes at the same time, you have to have some meat on the inside— and ASUS certainly delivers. Right off the bat, the tablet features a Intel Core-i7 4500U processor in order to handle the Windows OS, while the 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip will power the Android OS. Rounding out the device are a sexy IPS display Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and up to 64GB storage standard. There’s no word yet on pricing and availability just yet, but expect additional details to be revealed as the device gets closer to hitting store shelves.

Hit the flip for the full presser.

ASUS announces MeMO Pad FHD 10 and MeMO Pad HD 7 tablets at Computex

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As expected, ASUS is unveiling a number of tablets at Computex. They already announced an updated Transformer Infinity with a 2560 x 1600 display and a Tegra 4, but they also announced the mid-range MeMO Pad FHD 10 (pictured above) and the budget-friendly MeMO Pad HD 7 (pictured below). The FHD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with a Full HD IPS (1920 x 1200) display. It sports a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560  processor, 16 or 32GB of internal memory, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life playing 720p videos. It comes in at 9.5mm thick and will be available in Royal Blue, Silk White, and Vivid Pink. If you have your eye on this one, unfortunately you won’t be able to buy until it September. Pricing wasn’t specified.

As to the HD 7, this is a slight upgrade from the previous model and is again for the budget-conscious consumer. It comes with a 7-inch IPS HD (1280 x 800) display, an unknown quad-core processor (probably a Tegra 3), 8GB or 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 10 hours of battery life when playing 720p video. You will have your choice of black, white, pink or green for colors. These specs are pretty good when you consider the price. The 8GB version will run $129 and the 16GB will set you back only $149. It will be available internationally starting in July.

ASUS announces new Transformer Pad Infinity variant with Tegra 4 processor

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The original Transformer Pad Infinity was one hell of a tablet when it was introduced with the blazing fast Tegra 3 chip running the show, but ASUS felt that Computex 2013 was time to introduce a new variant of the device with updated specs. Right off the bat is the inclusion of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processsor and its 72 GPU cores to help provide some insane graphics. And speaking of which— ASUS has upped the IPS display by including a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600, placing it in direct competition with other premium tablets like the Nexus 10. Rounding out the improvements are a redesigned keyboard dock with a multi-touch touchpad, USB 3.0 and an SDXC card reader.

No word on pricing or the release date just yet, but we’re hopeful that the tablet won’t be too unreasonably priced and will have a release date within the next few months or so.

source: ASUS

Google Nexus 7 to be unveiled at Computex, report says

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According to an analyst, the next edition of Google’s Nexus tablet could be unveiled in the next few days. CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets’s Chitra Gopal says that the Nexus 7 will be unveiled during the Computex show, which is held from June 4 to June 8 in Taipei, Taiwan. The updated 7 inch tablet would reportedly improve screen resolution to 1920 x 1200, would feature a thinner bezel, and would include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The price is expected to stay at the same $199.

In addition, Gopal expects Asus and Acer to “showcase new low-end tablets” at Computex that feature silicon from MediaTek. They could be priced between $100 and $150. Tablet fans could be in for an exciting next few days. Talk Android will keep you updated as we learn more.

source: IBNLive
via: Phone Arena

Samsung SM-C101 stops by the FCC, possibly Galaxy S4 Zoom

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A mysterious Samsung device has made a pit stop at the FCC with the model number SM-C101. This is very likely the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the companion device for the original S4 and the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S4 Active. The SM-C101 has quad-band GSM, and AT&T-compatible HSPA+radios, but oddly no LTE, so this variant may not see American shores, at least not on a major carrier subsidy. There were also no specs as to what kind of processor, screen, or, importantly, what type of camera this device has. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for Samsung to take the wraps off of all of these mystery devices.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Google says no facial recognition Glassware… for now

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The Project Glass team has taken to Google Plus to clear up their approach to facial recognition software on Google Glass, and due to some serious privacy concerns, Google will not be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time. It doesn’t mean no forever, as the statement says that they won’t add facial recognition without strong privacy measures in place. So, theoretically, if the privacy side of things is up to snuff, they wouldn’t have a problem with facial recognition. As technology keeps moving along at its brisk pace, though, I’m sure that stance will change when the privacy issues aren’t so big.

Overall, I think this is a smart move on Google’s part. Glass has already taken some heat from big names for a number of reasons, and it’s a good idea to avoid throwing fuel on the fire.

source: Google Plus

BlueStacks announces pricing for upcoming GamePop console with expanded game lineup

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About a month ago, BlueStacks announced that it was going to unleash a gaming console on the world to compete with the likes of the OUYA console. One thing they didn’t do, however, was announce an exact price.

Buying a GamePop is going to run a cool $129, but BlueStacks has extended their subscription promotion to get a free console. In case you forgot, you can sign up to pay $6.99 per month to get the console for free in addition to getting access to every game available in the GamePop service. To sweeten that deal. BlueStacks has gotten a few major developers on board with GamePop, including Intellijoy and Korean COM2US. COM2US is apparently getting some special treatment with their own channel on the console, but both companies’ games will be available in the subscription service.

BlueStacks is definitely going to give OUYA some tough competition. Anyone planning on buying either of those consoles?

source: The Next Web

New HTC One update brings Android 4.2.2 along with additional goodies… but still keeps Sense 5.0 in the process

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Those of you early adopters of the HTC One smartphone are certainly in for a special treat as a new update is being pushed to the masses as we speak. This latest update doesn’t bring an unmolested version of Android, but will bring the latest Android version to One owners… well for the time being at least. Users of the smartphone can expect to see Android 4.2.2 which includes the Quick Settings notification bar among other things, while keeping the Sense version at 5.0. Additional cool changes to the software include a new battery level indicator, as well as some minor changes to the app drawer and hopefully— some welcome performance improvements.

No word yet on how long it’ll take for the latest update to hit the general public, but hopefully it will be a relatively quick and smooth process.

source: Android Revolution
via: Engadget

ZTE to release successor to Grand S with bigger battery, to be called the Grand S Flex

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In January, ZTE released the world’s thinnest smartphone in the 5-inch Grand S, only 6.9mm thick. However, some consumers found that the phone’s non-removable (and weak) 1,780 mAh battery paired with its quad-core processor and full-HD screen was not a good combination.

ZTE has decided to fix this issue by announcing an upgraded Grand S model called the ZTE Grand S Flex, with a 2,300 mAh battery. It’s a little bit thicker than its predecessor, but it’s worth it. The phone will be available in September in France, and judging by the pictures, there aren’t any noticeable design differences between it and the original Grand S.

Source: FrAndroid 

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 27 – June 2, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Those that love hardware and vanilla Android will be happy to know that the HTC One Nexus Edition is real. It was announced by Sundar Pachai and will be available on June 26. The big question is if Google plans on releasing anymore Nexus devices, or at least Nexus phones? The Motorola X phone has been confirmed for October release, but you can grab the white Nexus 4 now. Samsung made the Galaxy S 4 mini official, but they have some more stuff to announce on June 20th in London. This coming week we have Computex, so expect some announcements from ASUS and Acer for the tablet segment. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

Updated DROID DNA, not the HTC One, will land on Verizon this summer

Here’s why the Nexus 4 will probably be the last Nexus phone

Guides

How to boot your Android phone or tablet into safe mode for troubleshooting

Best To-Do, Checklist, and Task Applications for Android [May 2013]

Reviews

PAUL the app [Entertainment]

Privacy Manager [Tools]

Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw [Media & Video]