Leaked image claims to be the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom

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One of the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that is making its way to market sometime this year is the “Zoom” version. Like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom is targeted at buyers who are interested in a better camera and don’t mind having a big lens taking up much of the back of the device to get it. We’ve already seen some specs leak indicating the camera will be a 20MP unit. Now an image has leaked allegedly showing the back of the device. Like other recent Samsung devices, this unit appears to come with the same faux leather back.

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KISSIFY your photos with the new KISS Photobomb app featuring the legendary rock band KISS

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Fans of the legendary rock band KISS, are going to want to head over to the Google Play Store (or Apple App Store) to download the new KISS Photobomb app. This app not only allows you to insert KISS band members in your photos, but you can also KISSIFY your friends (and yourself) by applying KISS face paint as well. Throw on a KISS Frame and you are ready to share it to the world via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can even send KISS emoticons when you send a text message through the app. When you’re done taking and editing photos, you can access the KISSONLINE site for up to date news and events.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley added, “We are excited to expand the KISS experience to our mobile fans.  KISS PHOTO BOMB will rock the charts with fans around the world!” 

Hit the break for more screenshots and download links.

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Spotify launching a brand new look and new features with update

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Users of Spotify will notice a new coat of paint for the music streaming and management service. Besides that new coat of paint, Spotify added more ways to manage music. They include:

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feelsjust right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

Spotify’s browse feature is also getting an upgrade. The upgrade will help deliver more more localized and relevant content. The update will roll out starting today and you should see it really soon. We have a video for you after the break. Enjoy!

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[Rumor] Google toying with the idea of an Android Silver program

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While there has been chatter that Google is planning on axing the Nexus program a new rumor discovered by the folks at Android Police suggest that Google may be toying with the idea of a premium line of phones and services. Slides discovered from a presentation one last year suggest that Google will be working on an Android Silver program designed with carriers in mind.

In order to qualify for the program, a hand set must “run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations.” Think either the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However unlike the Nexus 5, none of these handsets will be Google made/designed. There would be displays in carrier stores with the silver devices available on their respective networks.  Unlike the Nexus program, Google will have complete control of how the experience is designed and staff of those stores must be trained/certified in selling Android Silver devices.

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[Video] Galaxy S 5 trumps S 4 in drop test

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Everyone has that moment. They’re sitting there and go to pull their phone out of their pocket, only to not grab it the way they should have and have it drop out of their pocket and hit the ground. That cringe worthy moment is enough to make anyone’s heart sink as that device worth anywhere from $400 – 700 falls in slow motion to the floor. While most phones end up surviving a drop or two, sometimes they don’t.

Of course when you’re looking at buying a new phone, one of the specs that never gets mentioned is how well it will survive a drop. That’s why we have the Internet and people who do nothing more than show us what to expect should we drop that expensive new device. This time around, we have a drop test video pitting the new Galaxy S 5 against last year’s Galaxy S 4.

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Samsung smartphone with QHD (2560 x 1440) display is definitely in the pipeline

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We have heard rumor after rumor that Samsung will release a “Prime” or premium version of the Galaxy S 5 with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, but nothing was mentioned during February’s Unpacked Event. JK Shin denied the existence of a premium Galaxy S 5, but we know Samsung is up to something.

A new Samsung device just showed up on GFXBench with the model SM-G906S that just so happens to sport a QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Yes, that is very similar to the Galaxy S 5 model number of SM-G900. What’s interesting about this is the fact that a couple of the graphics benchmarks come out lower than the Galaxy S 5. Of course, this is most likely a prototype, so the numbers really aren’t that important.

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Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android to arrive soon

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A year after the Outlook Web App (OWA) application was released for iOS, Steve Chew, Microsoft’s senior product marketing manager, announced earlier this week that the app will soon be available for Android users as well.

“We know that nearly half of emails are now first seen on the phone. So it’s clear that phone is becoming the primary screen for communications… On iPhone and iPad, we released the OWA app last year. And today we announced that we will be releasing the OWA app for Android as our latest step in that journey,” the company wrote on its blog. Read more

Nest launches the Learning Thermostat in the UK for £179

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Nest, acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in February, is launching its Learning Thermostat in the UK today.

To launch the product in the UK, Nest had to create a new device with a different voltage and heating system. That said, the company came up with the Heat Link device that fits directly between the Learning Thermostat and the boiler and receives commands from the thermostat while controlling the boiler.

You can get the Learning Thermostat now for £179 from the company’s website or from outside retailers such as Apple, John Lewis, Amazon, and B&Q. However, with the recommended professional installation, it will cost you £249. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 2, 2014

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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

Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

Apps

Google Keep updated with interface tweaks, image search functionality, and a trash menu

Google Play Movies & TV gets updated with Info Cards and a minor facelift

Google Play Newsstand updated to version 3.2.0 with updated layout and new My Library tab

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Moto G Forte quietly launches in Mexico

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Last week, we told you about rumors of a Moto G Forte, a rugged version of the Moto G. Well, it launched in Mexico today, and its not quite as interesting as we initially thought. The Moto G Forte is essentially just a Moto G with a rugged Grip shell case attached. The Grip shell, if you aren’t familiar, is a case for the Moto G that anyone can purchase. All specs of the Forte are exactly the same as the regular old Moto G.

It’s an interesting marketing strategy to put the case and phone together. The Moto G Forte is on sale now from Nextel Mexico, with no indication that other operators will be picking up the device.

Source: Motorola Mexico
Via: Android Central