HTC One M8 in high demand in Taiwan

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While the HTC One M8 launched in a few countries last week, its still not available worldwide just yet. One place it is available however, and high in demand, is HTC’s home country of Taiwan. Focus Taiwan reports that One M8 orders “have been doubling every day” in Taiwan since its launch date of March 25, and according to the handset’s local distributor, demand is currently “higher than supply” right now.

U.S. carriers don’t seem to be having the same problem with stock, perhaps due to its limited sellers. The One M8 is only being sold online, with the exception of Verizon offering it at their actual store locations. On April 11, all carrier stores will have the phone in stock.

Source: Focus Taiwan
Via: PhoneArena

Samsung and Apple preparing for second patent trial starting tomorrow

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It seems like it will never end. Patent wars between Samsung and Apple are set to continue, with the second trial between the two companies beginning tomorrow. The end of the first trial saw Apple winning $928.8 million from Samsung, which is $450 million less than the original amount. Both companies are appealing that decision.

This next trial will likely have more on the line because the devices involved will also include newer models. According to Apple, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Tab 2 also violate five patents each. These patents include “slide-to-unlock” and universal search.

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VUDU gets Chromecast support with latest update

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After promising Chromecast support earlier this month, VUDU has delivered. VUDU, the service that allows you to rent or buy movies and stream them, can now be used with Chromecast. So instead of just streaming content on your smartphone or tablet, the update will let you cast it to the big screen. VUDU is also an UltraViolet provider; therefore, compatible digital copies of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs in your library can be casted to a television as well.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 24 – March 30, 2014

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The HTC One (M8) may have leaked like a sieve, but it’s finally official. I think we can all agree that it might be the most beautiful phone ever, but is it as beautiful on the inside? And is that Duo Camera useful or just a gimmick? The Google I/O page is up and registration will be open soon. Google releases a pretty nifty Chromecast app, but was it half baked? Google also brought one of Android’s coolest features to the desktop. We got a few more looks at one of the most anticipated devices of 2014, the Moto 360. Android 4.4.3 could be released very soon. What changes will it bring to the table? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android apps for the 2014 Major League Baseball season

How to setup and use Magazine UX on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1, and TabPRO 12.2

How to use the Multi Window feature on the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1, and TabPRO 12.2

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and 10.1 review: A stunning display with a lot of power

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Android 4.4.3 changelog (incomplete) leaks

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We recently reported that the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 were spotted running the new Android 4.4.3 version. This new Android version is not going to bring a change in the UI or new features but will fix most of the bugs present on the current Android version.

A changelog of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 has been leaked with many fixes, which again reassures us that we will surely see the new update soon. Along with the changelog, the source also posted a screenshot from a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3. Below is the list of the changes expected in the new version though there might be more changes as well. Read more

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) now available for AT&T, Sprint and International variant of the HTC One M8

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Just a few days ago, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 was rooted and the method was made available to the public, thanks to XDA developer, Chainfire. Now, the HTC One M8 is next in line as developers at Team Win Recovery Project have already created the TWRP for the Sprint, AT&T and International variant of the HTC One M8.

The custom recovery for the Sprint variant is already available on Team Win’s webpage, however the International version hasn’t been posted over there. So to get it, you’ll have to head to the XDA developer page linked at the end of this article. If you’ve rooted before, the method is pretty similar. Read more

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will feature a baby monitor

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The new Samsung Galaxy S 5 has a number of great new features, including a heart rate sensor and a fingerprint scanner. But that’s not all that the new device is set to include. Now we know that the Galaxy S 5 will also include a baby monitor, alerting the parent when their child starts crying.

This new feature isn’t exactly being advertised, and is actually kind of hidden inside the “accessibility menu” of the device. Essentially, the device emits vibrating alerts on a Galaxy Gear that’s paired with the device. According to Samsung, the feature works best when the S5 is within 1 meter of the baby and there’s no background noise.

Source: SoyaCincau
Via: GSMArena

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 pictures leak

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While we only saw the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 picture leak a few days ago, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 picture has leaked, courtesy of Twitter leaker @evleaks.

The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is the follow up to last years Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and like the Tab 4 7.0, it comes in two colors, black and white. It will come with Android 4.4 out of the box, and also makes use of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Because the features aren’t really that groundbreaking, the device should have a relatively low price tag. Hit the break for one more picture, in black!

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Picture of rugged Moto G Forte leaks

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If the image above leaked by @evleaks is to be believed, it looks like Motorola might be trying to get into the rugged smartphone market. The image shows a Moto G Forte, which looks like a bulky, more durable Moto G. While it’s pretty unlikely that this will end up being a completely waterproof and shatterproof device, we might see some water resistance, similar to some of Samsung’s newer devices.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before Motorola makes this one official.

source: @evleaks

Bill reminders and payment links might be coming to Google Now

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Android Police recently decompiled the latest Google Now .apk file and found some pretty interesting bits of code that may turn into a helpful Google Now feature in the near future. According to the teardown, there are some strings and information that indicate that Google will be able to remind you about when you have bills coming up, and will even offer quick links to pay them online.

A reminder might, for example, show you a credit card payment that’s due soon, complete with the total balance on the account, the minimum payment due, and a link to the card’s website for payment. Sounds great on paper, but as with any other financial information, it’s some pretty sensitive stuff. It looks like Google will at least hide some of the account numbers for things like credit cards, and you can turn the feature off completely, of course. Read more