Win a Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8, LG G2, Nexus 5, or Note 3 courtesy of Poweramp, Negri Electronics and TalkAndroid [updated with winner]


We have held a number of contests with Poweramp in the past, but this one is by far the biggest. Poweramp is celebrating build 555 by giving away 5 premier smartphones during a 5 day contest with their 5 favorite Android blogs. The phones up for grabs include the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One  (M8), LG G2, Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  An amazing group indeed.

Here’a how it works. All you have to do is comment at the bottom of this post telling us what your first Android phone was (or is)? You will have until Friday, May 2, at 11:59PM PST to get your entry in. Once the contest is over, we will select one random winner and submit it to Poweramp. The other four sites will do the same, and Poweramp, in association with Negri Electronics, will hold a random drawing for each phone. We will let our winner know which phone they have won next Monday, May 5, which is when Poweramp version 555 will be released. Be sure that your account has a working email address because that is how we are going to contact you.

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Samsung launches Level series, new line of premium mobile audio products

Samsung Level

Samsung has announced they’ll be entering the mobile audio market with a new lineup of audio equipment called Level. The Level series includes the Level Over, Level On, and Level In, named for being over-ear, on-ear, or in-ear headphones, respectively. There’s a Level Box which looks like a standard Bluetooth speaker similar to what you’d see from a company like Jawbone or Sony. All four of these products are specifically optimized for use with mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets.

The Level Over is Samsung’s high-end offering, giving you a pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with touch controls, a 50mm driver, and its own app available on the Play Store and Samsung’s app store for managing and tuning different equalizer presets. They’re noise cancelling, too. The Level On are similar to the Level Over, with a slightly smaller driver and no Bluetooth, but there’s no indication on if the dedicated app will work for these, too. Read more

QuickCamera brings Moto X camera launching gestures to all Android phones

quickcamera alpha

A unique feature to the Moto X was its camera launching gesture that allowed a user to twist their wrist twice to quickly open up the camera application. The gesture saved a bit of time and shortcut space, so it’s easy to see why it was well-received on the X.

XDA user ssrij decided that the Moto X camera gesture was cool enough that there would be demand for it on other devices, so after weeks of tweaking and experimenting, he’s released an alpha version of QuickCamera on the Play Store that mimics Motorola’s intuitive gesture. Read more

According to latest report Android edging up in US market share as iOS dips


According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, Android had a good first quarter. According to the data Android gained 8.3 percent over the previous year, holding nearly 57.6 percent of the smartphone market share in the US. As far as iOS is concerned, its marketshare dropped by 7.8 percent to 35.9 percent. Windows Phone is in third with 5.3 percent.

In Europe, Android is still on top of the charts with 70.7 percent and Apple holds the second place spot with 19.2 percent. Windows Phone again holds third with 8.1 percent of the marketshare. iOS made some gains in Europe. Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, had this to say:

“Apple regained ground in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to the strong performance of the iPhone 5S, growing its sales share in Europe, Japan and Australia. By contrast, Windows had a tough start to the year as a result of its entry-level Nokia models facing fierce competition from low-end Motorola, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.”

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Galaxy K teased by Samsung on Instagram post


The Galaxy S4 Zoom showed off some really impressive specs last year as a super-niche device for photo-snappers everywhere. While we don’t have an official name on the phone’s successor yet, we currently know it as a Galaxy K device.

In order to start the hype, Samsung has posted a video on its Instagram account,  featuring a zoomed in shot of the Red Dot Design Museum.

The caption on the post reads ‘Meet #TheNextGALAXY. Join us for a live update on April 29 at 11AM SGT.’

Stay tuned tomorrow for the update from Samsung and hit the link below for the Instagram post.

Source: Samsung Mobile Instagram

Samsung explains Galaxy S 5 ‘Camera Failed’ error, issue is ‘very limited’


Last week, we reported that that some users were experiencing “Camera Failed” issues with their Verizon Galaxy S 5 phones. Samsung and Verizon already acknowledged it publicly, but how widespread is it and what is causing it?

According to Samsung, it’s “very limited,” and they have already taken measures to ensure that new shipments won’t be affected by it. However, we are hearing that it’s also affecting Sprint customers as well. The issue arises when the user opens the Camera app, but instead of being able to take a picture, a popup with a “Camera Failed” message appears.

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Acer looking to forge ahead into wearables market with smartband


Acer sees an opportunity in the growing wearable technology market and wants to jump in. The company announced back in January that it was planning on releasing a product in the coming months, and now we have a bit of an idea of what to expect from the manufacturer.

According to members of the Chinese media, the company will be releasing a smartband (not a smartwatch) in mid-2014. Unsurprisingly, the device will pair up with a smartphone or tablet. But the important bit of information here is that Acer will reportedly be looking to partner with fitness centers and hospitals for launch.

This could be something a bit different from what we’re used to seeing, so keep your eyes peeled. More to come.

Via: GforGames
Source: China Post



Chinese document suggests OnePlus is wholly owned by Oppo


When Peter Lau left Oppo last year to start the new company OnePlus, there were a number of questions about the ownership of the new OnePlus. Lau has denied multiple times that OnePlus was owned by Oppo, and when asked why the OnePlus One looked so similar to the Oppo Find 7, he said that it was “perhaps because our aesthetics standard trends are similar”.

Today a document was leaked from the Shenzhen Municipal Market Supervisory Authority (SIPO) showing that OnePlus has one institutional stockholder, and that stockholder is Oppo.

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Samsung’s Project KQ (Galaxy S 5 with QHD display) scheduled for a June reveal


The wait for Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 with a QHD display will not be very long. Reports out of Korea claim that Project KQ will be revealed around June. It is unknown, however, if the device will be announced or released at that time. My money is on the former, though.

Are you interested in a GS5 with a QHD display? Or is the LG G3 getting a look? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Asia Today (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games