Samsung introduces the Galaxy Trend II and Galaxy Trend II Duos smartphones

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Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its two newest additions to the Galaxy family today by announcing the Galaxy Trend II and Galaxy Trend II Duos smartphones. Each device are on the fringe of being a low-end device featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, 4-inch WVGA display, 3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot and 1500mAh battery— all in a Jelly Bean package. There’s no word yet on how much the device will cost or when it will arrive in stores, but we suspect Samsung will have all those deets for us sooner than later.

source: Samsung Galaxy Trend II | Samsung Galaxy Trend Duos II

Chinese HTC One smartphone to feature dual-SIM support and microSD slot

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Sure the world is certainly counting down to the awesome HTC One smartphone’s imminent release, but it appears the Chinese variant will be slightly different than the other variants. A new image and accompanying specs have surfaced regarding the 802w variant of the One smartphone that’s headed for Chinese mobile providers. The information highlights this variant of the device will come arrive with dual-SIM support and an expandable microSD-out slot. Additionally, the device will not feature the zero-gap aluminum build that makes the device so appealing– but rather another cheaper quality material instead (aka plastic).

Now while many of you may be upset at this notion that the Chinese variants will be slightly different, there are some potential theories for why this is. While China is by far and away the largest country in the world, many parts of the country are considered to be “emerging markets”—- meaning $600 premium devices are almost certainly inaccessible to folks living out in that market. With that in mind, HTC may be realizing that China is a key market to sell the device in, but must do so at a cost-effective price, so it reduced the on-board storage size and changed the build of the device— thus making it much more affordable and appealing to folks out in China.

As cool as it is seeing this device in its real form, those of us out in the States or Europe shouldn’t expect a similar variant to hit our shores anytime soon.

source: HTC Source

Colourform (HDW theme pack) for HD Widgets officially out of Beta

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Remember the HDW: Colourform Test Pack  Beta trial that HD Widgets released in early February? Well it’s now an official app in the Play Store, so if you’re an HD Widgets user, go grab it now for 99-cents. This is an add-on theme pack, so you will need the HD Widgets app in order to use Colourform. If you’re new to HD Widgets, you might want to check it out since it’s one of the best looking widgets for showing you the time, date, and weather, along with some cool utility switches.

With the Colourform theme pack you get:

  • 58 more widgets for phones & tablets – 2 – 1×1 / 5 – 2×1/ 36 – 4×1 / 12 – 4×2 / 1 – 6×1 / 2 – 6×2 (tablets)
  • ICS / JB style
  • tons of color settings w/ full color range
  • background opacity, tiles, & textures
  • new Quick Settings & Indicators
  • more Roboto fonts including the 4.2 hipster clock

Check out their demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

Samsung Experience Shops coming to 1400 Best Buy Stores

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We already reported that Samsung is planning on opening Experience Shops within Best Buy stores, but what we didn’t know was how many stores. According to a press release, the plan is for 1400 stores. You can expect to see 900 stores by early May with the remainder to follow by early summer. The emphasis will be on mobile products such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras, and accessories.

Best Buy is one of the more popular electronics retailers so this makes sense for Samsung. Instead of opening full-fledged stores, this is more cost effective. Samsung is planning on selling 500 million smartphones this year, and Experience Stores like these can only help them achieve their goal. Hit the break for the full press release.

New and official Nexus 4 accessories hit the Google Play Store

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If you’re an accessory fiend and you really want the “official” stuff, Google has you covered. They just released three brand new accessories to go along with your Nexus 4. You can grab a wired headset with microphone for $19.99, a Micro USB cable for $9.99, or a Power Adapter for $15.99. All appear to be in stock and should arrive at your doorstep within 3 to 5 business days. More images and Play Store links after the break.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 3, 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

What you need to know about the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan

Apps

Google targeting all business users by making QuickOffice available for free for all Google Apps users

Rovio’s social-based Angry Birds Friends game officially on the way to mobile devices

Twitter Goes Holo in New Update

Flipboard gets minor update to support hover actions

Carriers

AT&T Launches 4G LTE In 14 New Markets

Google

Sources speculate as to why Android’s Rubin is starting new chapter

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity to receive Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update

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It’s been a good day for Android updates, and ASUS is joining the club with a Facebook announcement for their Transformer Pad Infinity. The powerful tablet will be updated to Android 4.2 over the air starting today. ASUS does a pretty good job of keeping their devices updated, and this just keeps up that trend.

The update includes all the 4.2 goodies we’ve grown to love, including lock screen widgets and multi-user support, so definitely keep checking to see when you’ll be able to download the update. You definitely won’t want to skip this one.

source: Facebook

LG Optimus G on AT&T beginning to receive Jelly Bean update

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Not too long ago Sprint began updating its version of the Optimus G to Jelly Bean, and AT&T looks to be following suit. It’s almost a month late, but hey, better late than never. AT&T hasn’t officially announced the update, but many members on the carrier’s own community forums are beginning to receive the update, so it’s definitely happening. The update comes in at 336 MB and brings your device up to Android 4.1.2, Build E97020j. Anyone receiving that coveted update on their Optimus G yet?

source: Android Central

Twitter Goes Holo in New Update

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It’s about time. While others have been making Twitter look good, the official Twitter app has taken its sweet time doing the same. Well today marks a new day for Twitter for Android as it brings a new version to the Play Store. In this update we see a whole lot of holo and it looks good. Besides the makeover the app comes with the following changes:

– It’s easier to connect with friends and join conversations with @username and #hashtag suggestions that appear as you search or compose a Tweet
– Discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets
– Other bug fixes and improvements

For those of you that still use the official app, this should be exciting news. You can hit the break to get your download links and QR Code. You can also check out Twitter in all its glory. While it took the folks at Twitter plenty of time to get the update out, it looks like it was worth the wait. Enjoy!

Rovio’s social-based Angry Birds Friends game officially on the way to mobile devices

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If you’re a Facebook fanatic, chances are that you’ve played Rovio’s hyper-addictive Angry Birds Friends at some point recently. As slick and cool as that spinoff of the game is, gamers have been limited to playing the game on a desktop computer as opposed to on our mobile devices. Fortunately Rovio realized that 60 million installs and a 15 million active user base must be tapped into just a wee bit further– and that’s why it used a Facebook event in Helsinki to announce a mobile version of its Angry Birds Friends game— which is inspired by the popular Supercell in-app store services to gain extra revenue.

Many of you are probably wondering why it took so long for Rovio to finally come out with a mobile version of the game, right? Well it’s quite simple really: up until recently, Rovio has been reluctant to monopolize revenues and sources of income in areas like paid apps, but with the paid apps business and merchandising taking off, Rovio is taking a chance by being open with free creative spinoffs of its games like Angry Birds Friends. Looking at the bigger picture, the developer sees this latest installment of the series as more exposure for its brands, while simultaneously tapping into the up-and-coming freemium business model.

Be on the lookout for the game to hit Android devices soon. Oh— and please don’t blame us for any lost time in productivity.

source: TechCrunch

 

What you need to know about the T-Mobile Simple Choice Plan

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T-Mobile made a splash announcing its new no-contract Simple Choice plans and we here at Talk Android are wondering: Can they actually save you money? For the longest time, the wireless industry here in the U.S. has been dominated by two-year contracts. Whether you go with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, the only way to get a solid smartphone at a lower price ($99 to $299), is by signing a two-year contract. Many Americans simply don’t have the cash to pay full price for an unlocked smartphone or tablet.

T-Mobile wants to change that with Simple Choice. There are no contracts and kicking off with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 for just $99, it sounds like a great deal. First, let’s see what Simple Choice has to offer and at what prices:

AT&T Clarifies Galaxy S 4 Pricing

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Last week we told you that AT&T would be opening up pre-orders for the Galaxy S 4 on April 16th and would be coming with a $249.99 price tag. However AT&T wasn’t clear on whether or not that price tag would be for the 16GB or 32GB model. Well today they ended up shedding some light on the matter. The 32GB model will come with the $249.99 price tag and the 16GB will be $199.99. AT&T hasn’t given an official date for when the phone will be actually available but at least you’ll have some options when you pre-order. Paying an extra $50 for 16 more gigabytes may be worth it but you could always use that extra $50 for an SD card. Either way, it’s nice to have options. Which one are you buying?

 

source: AT&T

Samsung announces the stylish and compact Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo

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The Galaxy S 4 will be the most successful phone for Samsung this year, but there is still a huge market for entry-level phones. They just announced the Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo, which will end up in emerging markets. The only glaring difference between the two phones is the CPU. The Galaxy Star comes in at 1GHz, while the Pocket Neo comes in at 850MHz. You will also find a digital compass on the Pocket Neo as well. Both phones feature a 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expandable memory, 2MP rear camera, dual-SIM capability, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung And Mozilla Working On Browser Engine With Multi-Core Support

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Samsung and Mozilla announced a new partnership today that involves the development of a next generation browser engine. Called Servo, this browser engine will take advantage of multiple cores, allowing it to work even faster than today’s mobile browsers. To start, Servo will run on ARM-powered Android devices. Servo is written on a new language called Rust which was developed by Mozilla and will help to beef up security. There is no official release date as Rust is not considered stable yet and if you are a developer, you can access the source code from Github.