Samsung launches “Gear App Challenge” for Gear 2 apps

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With Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch now on the market, Samsung is scurrying to have as many apps as possible available for users. They have launched an “app challenge” for developers. Beginning May 8, Galaxy Gear 2 app developers can register their creations on Samsung Apps to participate in the challenge, with a prize pool of $1.25 million and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.

In addition, Samsung is planning on hosting various events globally to help developers better understand the SDK for the Samsung Gear 2. The company will meet developers around the world through the Samsung Gear Hackathon and Developer Day.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Galaxy Beam 2 listed on Samsung’s Chinese web site

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Thanks to a leak last month we already know that Samsung is working on another Galaxy Beam device. Today Samsung posted information on the successor to the original Beam, confirming the specs we already know. The model number is SM-G3858. The smartphone will come with a 4.66 WVGA screen with a 480×800 resolution. It will also pack in a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD card. We’re not sure how much RAM and internal storage the device will have, as those haven’t been listed.

The Beam 2 will feature a built-in projector like its predecessor. The projector itself also features a WVGA resolution and will have a background color correction. As for availability, it looks like China’s about the only market we’re sure of. Considering the original Beam had little market traction in other areas it may not make it out of China. Pricing is unknown at this point and there isn’t a release date in sight. We’ll update you when we know.

source: Samsung China
via:  SamMobile

Punit Soni’s Motorola Hangout now available for playback

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Last week we told you about the Hangout that Punit Soni would be leading to answer questions about all things Motorola, titled “Celebrating 50 Software Launches with Punit Soni.” The Hangout occurred successfully, and it’s now available for on-demand playback. Among the items discussed: Motorla’s software strategy, the Lenovo acquisition, and Android integration.

You can find the video embedded past the break.

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Forget metal, Galaxy S 5 crystal edition to be launched next month

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Here is something for the person who likes a lot of bling. Samsung is teaming up again with Swarovski for another edition of the Crystal Collection. A teaser video was just released showing the Galaxy S 5 Crystal Edition, which should be unveiled next month in Korea. The phone will be essentially the same Galaxy S 5 that is available now other than the Swarovski crystals.

How much will this bad boy cost? We aren’t sure yet, but expect it to be a pretty hefty price tag. Hit the break for the very short teaser video.

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Galaxy S 5 outsells iPhone 5S during respective launch weekends [Infographic]

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I have to admit, I am a little surprised by this news. Love or hate Apple products, their fans go crazy when a new iPhone or iPad launches. However, it doesn’t seem like they go as crazy as I thought they did.

iQmetrix specializes in retail management software for the wireless industry, so they have a good handle on the data from retail channels. According to them, during the launch weekend of April 11-13, the Galaxy S 5 snagged 25% and 18% of the smartphone market share in the USA and Canada respectively. One the other hand, the iPhone 5S was only able to snag 18% and 13% in the USA and Canada respectively for its launch weekend of September 20-22.

We have the full infographic after the break, which shows more info such as the breakdown by region and the sales performance for both companies leading up to their launches.

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Here’s a good look at the OnePlus One StyleSwap replaceable back covers

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OnePlus didn’t show off their StyleSwap back covers during yesterday’s big announcement, but we have a few really nice shots of the bamboo and wooden versions. Just like the Moto G, these covers easily swap out to give your phone a completely different look. They will offer wood, bamboo, denim, and Kevlar.

We have no idea how much OnePlus will be asking for these covers, but expect them to be under $25, which is what Motorola gets for their custom wooden back covers for the Moto X.

Hit the break for two more pics.

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Android mobile ad traffic trumps iOS for the first time, still lags in ad revenue though

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Android might dominate the mobile market share in terms of devices sold, but when it comes to mobile ad traffic and ad revenue, it has always lagged.

As reported by Opera Mediaworks, Android showed 42.8% of mobile ad impressions as compared to 38.2% for iOS devices during the first quarter 2014. However, Android still lags in ad revenue as iOS achieved 52% vs Android’s 33.5%. The good news is that Android did show a significant jump over the first quarter of 2013, which was 27%. Although this data is worldwide, the U.S. represents 50.6% of global market ad traffic.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 23, 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

How to setup and use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments

Apps

New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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Picture of red Verizon HTC One M8 leaked

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Earlier this month a rumor started floating around that claimed that the HTC One M8 would be released on Verizon in red. Well it seems like that rumor has some weight behind it now, with an image supposedly being leaked of the special edition device.

At first glance of the device, it seems pretty much what we would expect, but upon taking a closer look at it, some things seem a little off. For example the official renders of the device show the dual LED flash as being round, while on this image the flash is square. The render also shows the plastic strips as being a little curved, while on the official shots they’re straight. These things add up, and the render could be a fake after all.

Source: @evleaks

New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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Today Sony released a new version of their background defocus app to the Google Play Store. The app is available to Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later.

The app, as the name suggests, allows users to be able to defocus the background of their photos, adding depth of field to their photos. According to Sony, to get the best results users should focus on an object that is 15-45cm away, with a background at least 5 meters away from the subject. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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