Google IO 2016 Coverage

Check out Oppo’s very cool Find 7 event invitation

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When manufacturers send out invites for their events, they usually consist of an image sent over email. It’s good enough, it gives you the date and little bit about what we might see, but some manufacturers are stepping it up a bit. Last year, Vivo sent out a really cool invitation for the Xplay 3S event, and now Oppo is doing the same for their Find 7 event, which is March 19.

Oppo sent out a box that at first glance, you might think a phone was in it. Instead, it contains a map, QR codes, and a pyramid. Using another phone, the user scans the QR code, and shortly after, the fun begins augmented reality style.

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The upcoming ZTE Grand S EXT might sport the best combination of metal and plastic we have seen

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The ZTE Grand S EXT was spotted on the Red-Dot 21 design directory with a pretty slick unibody. It will apparently sport Nano Molding Technology (NMT), which combines metal and plastic by molding them together. It gives you a premium feel at a lower cost.

We have no idea when this phone will launch, but it sure is intriguing. Hit the break for one more image.

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra makes an appearance both in and out of the retail box

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Sony’s hype machine has been all about the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet as of late, but don’t forget about the Xperia T2 Ultra (D53XX). It appears close to release since we now have a shot of the retail packaging along with a few other candid shots. This model is destined for China Unicom and sports the model number of XM50h.

It will feature a 6-inch 720p IPS display, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928) processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1.1MP front camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000mAh battery. This might be mid-range, but it should last a long time on the battery.

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Leaked ‘All New HTC One’ ad reveals ‘Duo Camera’ function

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You have seen everything there is to see about the All New HTC One right? What’s that? You still don’t really know much about what the two back cameras will do? That is about the only thing we haven’t heard too much about, and considering it might be the most important feature on the phone, it would be nice to know a little more.

Well wonder a little less this morning because a leaked ad for Telstra in Australia gives us more details. First, it will be called the “Duo Camera” which seems appropriate. As far as the benefits, it will allow you to choose where to focus, highlight the best parts, soften backgrounds, and add 3D effects after you have taken the shot.

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Mount & Blade: Warband is a new mobile game exclusively for Tegra 4 devices

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If you’ve been looking for something to play on your NVIDIA Shield or other Tegra 4 device, you’ll want to check out Mount & Blade: Warband. It’s a brand new action-RPG set in medieval times that really looks like it takes advantage of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor.

The game is set in a fantasy world called Calradia that’s in the middle of a war, and consists of fully open sandbox-style gameplay. There are hundreds of locations to explore, tons of companions and weapons to use, and a finely tuned battle system that lets you fight on foot or on a mount. The game also has some of the most in-depth multiplayer ever on a mobile game, allowing up to 64 players to battle in multiple game modes. Read more

Sprint chairman wants to try and purchase T-Mobile

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It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that Sprint is interested in acquiring T-Mobile since SoftBank took over the carrier last year. However, in a recent television interview, Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son publicly stated that he would absolutely love to try and purchase the Uncarrier. He did clarify that at this point in time, Sprint hasn’t made an offer for T-Mobile. They’re still working closely with banks and antitrust authorities to try to get the finer details worked out before moving forward with any kind of deal. Read more

Talon for Twitter gets updated to version 2.0 with several new fixes and features

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Talon for Twitter is seeing a pretty big update today that brings it up to version 2.0, and like the app’s other updates, this one does more than just fix bugs. The changelog for this version includes UI tweaks, new features, and a brand new widget for the users that have been requesting it.

In the UI for Talon, you’ll now see a floating compose button on the side of the app, instead of in the action bar. This compose button appears whenever you stop scrolling through your timeline and makes it easier to quickly start writing out tweets. While composing tweets, you’ll also be able to tweet to multiple accounts, a feature that’s been absent before now. The entire timeline UI has been cleaned up a bit, too, and it just looks much cleaner than it did before. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 10, 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!!

Apps

Samsung unveils Samsung Cloud Print and NFC Printers for small and medium-sized businesses

Smart Alarm Clock gets comfy and takes a snooze in the Play Store

Talon for Twitter gets updated to version 2.0 with several new fixes and features

Carriers

AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price

Sprint chairman wants to try and purchase T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S 4 on T-Mobile receives Android 4.4.2 today

According to Verizon it’s a mistake to abandon the subsidized handset model

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Samsung’s “most advanced” DDR3 memory has entered production

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Today, Samsung has announced that the “most advanced” DDR3 memory with 4GB has entered production. It uses new twenty nanometer process technology to save up to twenty-five percent of energy consumed when compared to the twenty-five nanometer process technology. By doing this, Samsung can improve upon its DRAM production as it can now produce the ten nanometer class. What exactly does this all mean? The next wave of devices will have memory that is far more dynamic than today’s technology.

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Source: Samsung Tomorrow

AT&T’s 4G LTE is making its way to the 2015 Audi A3 with a hefty price

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Driving around and feel like you are missing something? It is 4G LTE connectivity, of course! AT&T and Audi are teaming up to solve this predicament. Starting with the upcoming 2015 Audi A3, the German car manufacturer will bring AT&T’s 4G LTE network right into the vehicle… at a cost.

Audi is offering two separate plans. The first will cost $99 and it covers six months with 5GB. The other, which Audi is calling its “best value,” supplies 30GB across thirty months for a whopping $499. In case shelling out that kind of money made you feel uneasy (because buying an car isn’t), the A3 will come with a free six-month trial. Then you can decide whether or not 4G LTE connectivity in the car is right for you. And if that still was not enough, Audi says that by this summer, the car can be added to AT&T’s Mobile Share plan.

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