Latest rumor suggests Google Now launcher changes could be tied to stock Android interface


One of the things that has set Google’s Android operating system apart from other smartphone interfaces have been some of the unique features and stylistic cues that Google brought to the screen. With Google I/O coming up in a few weeks and rumors swirling of a pending release of another significant update to Android, likely 4.5, we have suggestions that an overhaul of the home screen and notifications menu may be in the cards. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 9, 2014


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!!


Google Play Services 4.4 teardown reveals much more waiting in the wings

Netflix prices staying put for two years for current U.S. customers, $8.99 thereafter


Oracle wins Java copyright ruling against Google’s Android

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Alleged HTC B2 press image leaks


An alleged press image of the upcoming HTC B2 smartphone has leaked online, revealing what the front of the device is supposed to look like, and also revealing details like the fact that the device will feature stereo front-facing speakers and a front-facing camera.

The HTC B2 will likely be the successor to the Japan-only HTC J Butterfly, which means that the device will likely be very feature-rich. In fact, the J Butterfly was one of the first devices to have a 1080p display when it was announced in 2012.

Source: evleaks

Details leak about upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime, Galaxy S 5 Mini, and next-gen Galaxy Mega


A leak from a source that’s working on the Kids Mode on upcoming Samsung smartphones has given some insight into what Samsung is planning on doing with the screen sizes of their upcoming products, which confirms what we’re going to see on the Galaxy S 5 Prime, Galaxy S 5 Mini, and a new Galaxy Mega. Read more

Samsung won’t use the May 28 health care tech event to launch a new product


A number of people assumed that because Samsung sent out invitations to the May 28 health care tech event, that they would use the event to launch a new health-care product. This is not true.

Samsung VP Stefan Heuser told Re/Code that Samsung would not be using the event as a product announcement. Samsung’s electronics unit is in fact split into 2 parts, the part that makes devices like TV’s, smartphones, and so on, and the part that makes components, like chips and displays. The part of the company that is holding the health-care event is in fact the latter part.

Source: Re/code

Snapchat settles with FTC after lying to users about privacy


After it was uncovered that Snapchat was being dishonest about to their users about privacy, they have now entered into a consent decree with the FTC addressing concerns over the companies privacy policy.

Snapchat went through a huge data breach last year exposing 4.6 million phone numbers and user names. According to the FTC, the data breach contradicted promises made by Snapchat concerning security.

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Oracle wins Java copyright ruling against Google’s Android


Oracle Corp today won a key legal battle over Google when the U.S. appeals court decided that Oracle could copyright certain part of the Java programming, used by Google  to design Android.

Oracle originally sued Google in 2010, claiming that they had improperly used Java in Android. Because of that they are seeking around $1 billion in damages on the copyright claims.

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Budget waterproof smartphones said to be the target for 2015


Water and your devices. They just do not go hand and hand. In 2013, Samsung realized that they could serve a consumer that wanted durability and released the Galaxy S 4 Active. And this year Samsung and others, like Sony, made their flagship smartphones water and dust resistant. Durability is something becoming expected and now other manufacturers will take this concept to another market for 2015.

Sources say the entry-level and mid-range smartphones will be the target for waterproofing next year. Right now, the cost of a waterproof smartphone is way too high. So releasing a handset below $300 without a contract that is waterproof is the goal. Getting to that price while waterproofing will not be difficult, but can a quality experience still be provided?

Source: DigiTimes

Netflix prices staying put for two years for current U.S. customers, $8.99 thereafter


A few weeks ago we learned that Netflix would be implementing a price hike for new subscribers. Today, Netflix has explained just who will be faced with the price hike, when, and how much.

The account holder in my household received the email above and states that the $7.99 monthly charge will get raised to $8.99; however, current customers are protected for two years. All new members will have to pay $8.99 from the start.

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Google Play Services 4.4 teardown reveals much more waiting in the wings


Google started rolling out an update to Google Play Services earlier this week to take it up to version 4.4. Publicly, the update included the ability to embed Street View imagery in apps, some motion detectors, and tweaks to Mobile Ads, game services, and Google Wallet. Now that the update has started to reach actual users, a teardown of the APK has commenced revealing Google included a lot more in the file even if it has not been turned on yet. Read more