Samsung Galaxy S 4 named ‘fastest smartphone’ by Which? magazine, iPhone 5 the slowest

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In a recent report by Which? magazine, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 flagship was named the fastest smartphone on the market. The group of tests evaluated processing power and graphics capabilities. The device’s rating nearly doubled that of the iPhone 5’s.

Lets do some comparing: the Galaxy S 4 packs a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, while the iPhone 5 only has a 1.2GHz dual-core A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also has 1GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S 4 has 2x that, standing tall with 2GB RAM. In total points, Samsung’s flagship racked up 3,188 points, while the iPhone 5 received only 1,664 points. Check out the complete standings from the report after the break:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S4
  2. HTC One
  3. Sony Xperia Z
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  6. BlackBerry Z10
  7. Apple iPhone 5

Source: Cult of Android

Leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE-A surface

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Samsung indicated last week that they were planning to release a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that would run on a Snapdragon 800 processor and support LTE Advanced networks. LTE Advanced offers data speeds 2-3 times faster than current 4G LTE networks. According to Samsung CEO JK Shin, the device would be available for Korean markets within about a month’s time. New images have leaked that show Galaxy S 4 devices with LTE-A markings and screen logos. It looks like buyers in Korean markets will not have to wait much longer at all to get their hands on this new, faster version of Samsung’s flagship device.

Hit the break for more images of the new variant.

Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens

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Users looking for something a little different when it comes to launchers on their Android devices may have installed Buzz Launcher. To help continue the growth of the product, the developers are sponsoring a contest for designers and users (known as Buzzers) to design, share and rate their favorite homescreens. The ability to share and install homescreens is one of the features that sets Buzz Launcher apart from your typical launcher apps. Unlike most launchers, if you find someone who has developed a homescreen you really like, instead of manually replicating it you can just grab it off the Homepack Buzz Service.

OUYA officially released to retailers for $100, flying off shelves

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The Kickstarter favorite, OUYA, has been officially released to retailers and is flying off shelves at $100 a pop. The console was originally supposed to launch on June 4, but after a slight delay, it’s finally here. This is great news, however some of the Kickstarter backers haven’t received their consoles yet, but founder Julie Uhrman is working overtime to resolve the issue. The package comes with the console itself, a controller, an HDMI cable, and batteries for $100, and you can purchase additional controllers for $50 each. OUYA has sold out on Amazon, but you can look elsewhere for it online for now, or get it in person at a Best Buy, GameStop, Target, or GAME. Hit the break for the full press release.

Rdio updates pricing plans, adds five person tier for $32.99

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Rdio is one of the most popular music streaming applications available, and they’ve just updated their tiered family pricing to stay a bit more competitive. Previously, a family plan could only consist of three accounts. Today, Rdio is bumping that limit up to five by adding in two new pricing tiers, so bigger families won’t be left out. It stills works the same as before where one user is the master account and they designate sub-accounts to share the subscription service. Here’s the new pricing structure:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month
  • Four members cost $27.99 per month
  • Five members cost $32.99 per month

While that sounds kind of expensive for a monthly streaming service, an individual subscription will run you $9.99 per month. If you had five people with a subscription in your family, this tiered plan actually saves you about $17 bucks a month as opposed to everyone having their own individual subscriptions. Anybody planning on taking advantage of the newer pricing?

source: Rdio

Watch life through the eyes of a tennis player at Wimbledon thanks to Google Glass

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Google has uploaded a new video to their Glass YouTube channel demonstrating how the wearable technology can fit into people’s lives. In the video, you get to see Bethanie Mattek-Sands using Google Glass to organize her entire tennis experience, from using the device to make packing lists and daily schedules to organizing healthy recipes and recording footage of her practice sessions.

It’s a pretty cool video that definitely puts a more human touch on Google Glass. If Google wants Glass to succeed with the average consumer, they’re going to need more advertising like this that shows that anybody can integrate Glass into their lifestyle. Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think.

Win one year of Slacker Radio Premium from TalkAndroid and Slacker Radio [updated with winners]

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I know there are a lot of music streaming apps available today, but my personal favorite is still Slacker Radio. It not only gives you the flexibility to make your own stations, but they offer so many curated stations for every imaginable genre that you can think of. We have given away premium Slacker accounts in the past, but this time we have something special. One of our lucky readers will win one full year of Slacker Radio’s premium service. Normally priced at $9.99 per month, the premium service gives you unlimited song skips, mobile station caching, ABC News, ESPN Radio, song lyrics, songs on demand, albums on demand, single artist stations, caching albums & playlists, and created playlists. Slacker Radio was also gracious enough to give one month subscriptions to five runner ups. That’s a total of six subscriptions to give out.

All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and reply with your favorite song right now. You have until Thursday June 27 at 12:00pm EST. We will then pick one winner at random for the one year subscription followed by five random runner ups for the one month subscriptions. Nothing could be easier. The best part of it is that it doesn’t matter whether you listen to Slacker Radio via Android, iOS, Google TV, a Roku, your desktop, or any other compatible device because your upgrade will be effective on all devices. Just make sure to use a real email address for your account so we can get in touch with you.

Click here to enter

More information on Slacker Radio

Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize – 1 year of Slacker Radio Premium

MCNPorter – Axel Rudi Pell – “Dont Say Goodbye”

 

Runner Ups – 1 month of Slacker Radio Premium

LudwigRocker – KISS – Rock and Roll All Night

Bruhaha – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

psipher – Nine Inch Nails – “Came back haunted”

DIXZ06 – Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

jillm – The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home

 

Each of you will receive an email with your codes as soon as I get them. Probably by tomorrow. Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.

30 Days with Google Play Music All Access

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It’s been a little over a month since Google announced its All Access streaming music service at I/O. The moment that it was announced I cancelled my Slacker account. While some may see that as a hasty move I jumped at the chance to try something new. While streaming music isn’t anything new with Pandora, Slacker and Spotify (to name a few) being around for awhile, I was interested in seeing just how Google’s streaming service compares. Did my faith in Google pan out or did it fall short? Find out after the break.

CyanogenMod 10.1 rolls out to devices with stable builds

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CyanogenMod 10.1 is now officially in stable build status after its initial release announcement last fall. Up to this point, the CM team has released updated builds every month or so, and more recently, RC builds. Now we finally have CyanogenMod 10.1, Android 4.2.2, and stable builds have been hitting their build servers. Now that this is all finalized, go ahead and grab a stable build for your device. Check get.cm to see if your phone is supported.

Source: CyanogenMod

Sony announces its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, comes jam-packed with Android 4.2.2, Snapdragon 800 chip and 6.44-inch display

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We already knew about one of Sony’s worst-kept secrets of the year, but the manufacturer has finally come out of the shadows and introduced its Xperia Z Ultra  handset— which will probably shape up to be one of the most influential devices of the year when all’s said and done. The device is ultra in every sense of the word as it comes jam-packed with tons of premium goodies inside. Right off the bat, you’ll probably notice the large bright and colorful display, which is understandable because it the display is actually measured in at a whopping 6.44-inches. What’s even more astounding is that it isn’t like the display is an average 1080p display either— the display features Sony’s Triluminous display technology (found in Sony’s TV sets). The end result is a display with deep blacks, bright colors and incredible detail for any image it is you see on the screen.

There’s much more to the device than the large display as well. Sony is pulling no stops to introduce cutting edge technology into the Xperia Z Ultra and is the first to utilize a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s marked at a scintillating 2.2GHz, easily making it among the fastest smartphones in the smartphone game. Rounding out the additional goodies are a built-in 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities), 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 16GB of on-board storage (complimented with a microSD out). As if those juicy specs weren’t enough to tickle your fancy, this might: Sony managed to cram all those features into a 6.5mm profile— effectively making it the world’s thinnest Full HD smartphone. Oh and yeah, the device is IP58-certified, making it completely waterproof.

The device is set to arrive sometime in Q3, though there’s no concrete cost of the device just yet nor do we know which markets will receive the new toy, but we should see more information as we get closer to the Xperia Z Ultra’s release. While we wait for more information, why not hit the break for the full presser.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 coming in September with better design, display, and battery

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Sony’s first attempt at an Android smartwatch didn’t break any records, but they will give it a go again. It was teased last week so it’s no surprise they went ahead and introduced the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 earlier this morning at the Mobile Asia Expo. Already I like the look of this one over its predecessor. They are calling it a “second screen” as it not only serves as a watch, but a notifier, and Android interface, and a phone remote control. It’s also water resistant and includes NFC.

Other upgrades from the previous model include a better design, better resolution, better visibility in sunlight, longer battery life, easier interface, standalone watch functionality, and better pre-installed apps. The standalone watch functionality is the key because last year’s model needed to be connected to your phone at all times in order for it to do anything. The SmartWatch 2 will be available in September, but no word on pricing.

Hit the break for a full list of features, videos, and press release.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 24, 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!!

Reviews

Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

Accessories

Accessories for the Moto X already on sale

Apps

Manage all your cloud storage services with CloudCube

Samsung launches Magna Carta app to allow Galaxy users to download Jay Z’s new album early for free

Gold plated HTC One now available for the bargain price of $2,900

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So you like the HTC One, but it just didn’t seem flashy enough, right? Gold Genie has solved your particular dilemma by crafting three versions of the HTC One with either gold, rose gold, or platinum plating. Needless to say, these different coatings add some seriously distinctive flair to your device, but don’t expect that kind of individuality to come cheap. The gold plated device runs roughly $2,900, while the rose gold plating and platinum plating are going to cost $3073 and $3227, respectively.

The devices come with a unique cherry oak box and the complete assortment of OEM accessories, so anyone that buys this will have the full, luxurious HTC One experience.  Hey, if you’re an Android fanatic with a few extra thousand dollars to blow, there are far worse things you could buy than this. Hit the link below to place your order.

source: Gold Genie

Sony Xperia ZU image leaks ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling

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As the clock winds down to Sony’s expected announcement on their take on a “phablet” device, a new image has leaked showing a “stylus” in action on the device. The image was posted on the Chinese portion of ePrice and shows a user drawing with a pencil on what appears to be a sticky note on top of the screen of the new Sony device. According to some sources, there is a rumor floating around that the Xperia ZU, or Z Ultra, will be able to accept input using a pencil or possibly even a ballpoint pen as opposed to a dedicated stylus device like one finds on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This latest image would certainly seem to support that concept.

We should have more on Sony’s announcements scheduled for June 25th, so check back here at TalkAndroid to see what they may be up to.

source: ePrice
via: UnwiredView

Huawei launching MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet this month with ability to make phone calls/send SMS

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First we started seeing phablets, and now we’re seeing full-on tablets with phone-calling and SMS capabilities hit the market. Huawei plans to keep the trend moving with their new MediaPad 7 Vogue. This device has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 3MP rear camera, .3MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, a microSD slot for expandable memory, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI.

Obviously the features that put this tablet in the spotlight are its abilities to make phone calls and send texts— it also comes with a speaker at the top of the device so you can just hold it up to your ear rather than use a pair of headphones… if you want to look absolutely silly, of course. We’re not sure that there are so many people willing to haul around this thing for the purpose of making phone calls, but there certainly is a market for it. To start, the MediaPad 7 Vogue will launch in China this month, with other markets to follow shortly after.

What do you guys think? Would you buy one of these? Would you use the phone speaker at the top of the device or plug in some headphones?

Source: Huawei