ImaGination Begins on May 30 at LG event

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LG has an event scheduled for May 30 in Macau, and although fans might be hoping for the Optimus G2, it probably won’t be the featured star. There really isn’t much to go on from the invitation other than the prominent “G”, which could bring you to the conclusion that it will be the G2, but it is still too soon for the G2 to be unveiled. I expect the recently leaked Optimus GK to be the star of this one. It’s a smaller version of the Optimus G Pro and it features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP camera, 2MP front camera, and 3,100mAh battery.

Who knows, it could be something completely different as well. What do you guys think?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 to receive new color option

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Like the Galaxy Note 8.0, but not really fond of that white color? Samsung is reportedly prepping a “Brown Black” version of the device for a mid-June release. Unfortunately, they didn’t release any sort of pictures, and Brown Black is a pretty ambiguous name for a color, especially since Samsung made both a brown and black version of the Galaxy S III. Either way, more options is always a good thing. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any leaks of the new color for the tablet.

source: SamMobile

Samsung to release Galaxy Tab 3 in in Eastern Europe in June

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According to SamMobile, Samsung will be releasing their newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3 this week in Eastern Europe. The 3G/WiFi model can be expected around June 10th. The 8.0 and 10.1 models of the Galaxy Tab 3 are expected to drop around June 3rd, with the 3G models of those just a few weeks after that.

These aren’t the high end tablets Samsung is expected to bring to market this year, but the Galaxy Tab line has always been a mid-range series of tabs, which isn’t a bad thing. No word on American availability, but I’m sure it won’t take too much longer. Anybody planning on picking up one of these tablets?

source: SamMobile

Google Fiber gets green light in Grandview, Missouri

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Google is trying to bring its Fiber service to as many places as possible in 2013, and next on the list is Grandview, Missouri. While there’s no actual build out yet, it’s received the green light for planning and eventual deployment. They didn’t announce any official date for availability, but I wouldn’t expect it to take too long at Google’s pace. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: Google Fiber Blog

Google Glass Explorer Edition receives XE5 software update with many important new features

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Google Glass isn’t commercially available yet and was mocked by SNL a few days ago, but the new product is receiving a substantial new software update. Named XE5, the new software adds a few important features, including Google+ notifications, crash reporting, and international calling. If you are lucky enough to have a headset, you need to have your device plugged into a charger in order to update.

You can find the changelog after the break.

Google planning on opening stores just for Google Glass

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Recently, we heard from a source that Google was planning on launching retail stores by the end of 2013. These stores were supposedly being set up to sell all kinds of Google ware, but now we’re hearing some clarification that those stores are going to be specifically for Google Glass. Google is obviously trying to spur up some interest for the device, and the best way to do that is to demo the device and get it into potential customers’ hands. And according to Business Insider, Sergey Brin himself is helping to plan out the stores.

Obviously you should take this with a grain of salt. Google has been to known to pick up and drop ideas at the drop of a hat, so this may or may not happen, and it might end up just being a full Google store like we’d originally heard. Either way, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.

source: Business Insider

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 7, 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!!

Apps

STARZ Play, MOVIEPLEX Play, and ENCORE Play now in the Play Store

RunKeeper releases app for Pebble Smart Watch

Rovio Accounts lets users sync game progress across devices

Auralux gets updated to include new level pack, controller support and oh— support for non-Tegra devices

Monkey Boxing takes a shot at Google Play Store

Spotify update adds new features, trousers option

Carriers

AOL announces content distribution partnership with Verizon, taking over browsers everywhere

Monkey Boxing takes a shot at Google Play Store

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Ready for a different spin, at least visually, on a boxing game? If so, you might want to check out Monkey Boxing from Crescent Moon Games, which was released in the Google Play Store today. The title is no play on words or anything like that. Gameplay is monkeys boxing against each other. Crescent Moon claims there are 269 billion combinations of monkeys, colors and props available to the player to choose from when customizing your monkey boxer.

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 also receiving minor update

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T-Mobile recieved its first update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 earlier today and AT&T seems to be following suit. The update is arriving as build number I337UCUAMDL. Neither AT&T nor Samsung have released a changelog, but at a small 21.39 MB, minor performance related improvements and basic tweaks are probably all that’s included.

AT&T S 4 users, you can update your phone by going to Settings > More > About device > Software update.  Once you have the latest build, let us know in the comments if you notice anything different. We will update you with more information once the official changelog arrives.

Source: Droidlife

Sony’s new mid-range CX190 leaked specs and camera sample surface

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Sony’s new mid-range offering the CX190 (not to be confused with the recently leaked Sony C3) has found its way online in the form of a Picasa sample shown above. Currently codenamed the Xperia C, the modest device is rumored to pack a dual-core Qualcomm processor (either the MSM8627 or the MSM8230), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card. It is also expected to have a 4″ display with a 480 x 854 resolution.

The device will run Android 4.1.2 and house a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video in 720p HD. With these specs its safe to assume that the CX190 will be available for a fairly low price point. While nothing has been officially announced, rumor has it that Sony will announce it at the IFA electronics expo in Berlin at the end of August.

 

More pictures of the razor thin Huawei P6-UO6 leak in black

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Last week we showed you pictures of Huawei’s new ultra-thin phone, the P6-UO6. Today we bring you more photos of the Chinese manufacturer’s newest offering, this time in a sleek black variation. While Huawei hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the P6-UO6, the phone will reportedly come in black, pink and white variations and will be available in Asian markets, with no word on whether or not we’ll see it stateside.

Thanks to the photos, we now know that the device has what appears to be a microSIM and microSD slots on the right side of the device, with the 3.5mm audio jack awkwardly placed on the left. As reported before, the device is powered by a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Hit the break for more photos.

Rovio Accounts lets users sync game progress across devices

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Rovio’s games, including Angry Birds, have been an enormous hit in the mobile games market, but one inconvenience had been that game progress didn’t sync across devices. Rovio Accounts have been rolled out to fix this annoyance.  Requiring only an email address, the new feature allows users to sync game progress on one device and continue playing where they left off on another device.

Rovio Accounts are currently extremely limited. They are available globally for The Croods and Angry Birds for iOS in only Finland and Poland. Rovio will continue rolling this feature out to other apps and regions, but for now, you’re going to have to wait if you want to sync your Angry Birds game in North America.

If you play The Croods, or Angry Birds in Finland or Poland, how is the new feature is working for you? Let us know below.

Source: Rovio

T-Mobile ships out first update to Galaxy S 4 with minor improvements

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4 will be receiving its first update today via OTA and over Samsung’s desktop application, Kies. The newly updated version, M919UVUAMDL, includes improvements to both visual-voicemail and the ISIS application, a Google Wallet competitor. There also may be some unannounced hidden bug-fixes as well.  If you received the update, let us know how it went!

Source: T-Mobile