Is President Obama switching to Android?

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Last week it was reported that the White House was testing both Samsung and LG smartphones for what could be the end of BlackBerry. You really didn’t think that would happen did you? I am almost certain that if the White House ever dumped BlackBerry, it would be in favor of the iPhone. Even so, it doesn’t look like either is up for the challenge because a White House spokesman has made it clear that the Executive Office of the President is not testing non-BlackBerry phones.

I think the White House is BlackBerry’s last customer. The Pentagon, Capital Hill Offices, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security all allow employees to use a Samsung Android phone or iPhone. I guess we will have to wait until 2016 for BlackBerry to leave the White House.

source: Washington Post

Where’s Google Going Next? Watch the recent Larry Page TED interview to find out

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Last week we told you about how Robert Scoble was all upset because Larry Page was interviewed on TED, but he wasn’t wearing Google Glass. Now you can see the interview in it’s entirety. The interview was conducted by PBS’s Charlie Rose and is titled “Where’s Google Going Next?” It lasts about 20 minutes, and you will get to hear about how we need to get computers to understand us better, the NSA, and of course, Android.

If you want to give it a watch, look no further than here because we have the full video after the break. Enjoy!!

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Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

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You can pre-order your Galaxy S 5 at T-Mobile today, and just in case you’re not excited enough for it, T-Mobile released an unboxing video. Yes, it is a box with a phone in it along with a power cable and a battery. It usually works out that way. Surprisingly, there is even a big “5” on the box. Wow!!

Anyways, if you want to pre-order your Galaxy S 5, you can do so now. The Un-Carrier is offering it for $0 down along with payments of $27.50 per month for 24 months. Check out the video after the break before you run over to your local T-Mobile store.

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Huawei condemns NSA for snooping

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Huawei made a statement on Sunday saying that they would condemn the NSA for snooping if reports of the agency doing so proved to be true. According to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA may have been monitoring executives at Huawei and their communications.

According to the New York Times, a goal of one of the NSA operations, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to find connections between Huawei and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Apparently the NSA also wanted to exploit Huawei’s technology and use telephone networks that Huawei sold to conduct surveillance.

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All New HTC One (M8) camera functions get detailed in new hands on video

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We are only two days away from the unveiling of the All New HTC One (M8) so why not another thorough hands on video review? I have good news and bad news. First, the good news, this video is much better than previous ones. The bad news is that it’s in German, and Google’s closed caption translator isn’t all that effective. Still, you can get a pretty good idea of the new Sense 6.0 and some of the new Duo Camera features.

The video is a total of 14:02, but the camera section is pretty thorough and starts at about 5:30. The reviewer says the main lens is 4.1 UltraPixel and the secondary lens is 2MP. This contradicts with an earlier report indicating at least one lens is 16MP. As expected, the front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. The review does show how you can re-focus images in certain spots, and he even shows a tilting 3D effect, which I still don’t get.

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LG announces new Smart Lamp light bulbs

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Just when you thought everything was ‘smart,’ a company announces something new. This time around is LG with the all new Smart Lamp light bulb. The light bulb will connect to your Android device as long as it is running at least Android 4.3 or iOS 6 devices. LG says the Smart Lamp light bulbs will run for ten years if they remain on for around five hours per day.

So what do the light bulbs actually do? There is a security mode to turn on when you are not home in order to imitate someone actually being present. Also, unsurprisingly, the bulbs can enter a mode that matches the songs streaming from your Android device. And when someone calls, the light bulbs will let you know courtesy of some flashes. When available, LG’s Smart Lamp ligh bulbs will retail for around $32 in the United States (or 35,000 won in South Korea).

Source: LG
Via: Ausdroid

The All New HTC One (M8) could be available exclusively at this major U.S. carrier on March 25

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There was a report that the All New HTC One (M8) would be available in the UK right after HTC’s official unveiling this Tuesday. Of course everyone in the U.S. wanted to know where the love is, and we have an answer. A very “trusted source” has confirmed that Verizon Wireless, yup that’s right, Big Red, will offer the phone this Tuesday, March 25, at 1:00pm which is right after the unveiling. I guess that marketing poster we saw a couple of days was real.

For those of you on AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, your day will come, but it won’t be for another two weeks. Earlier reports indicated the global launch for that exact timeframe, so it looks that rumor will hold.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 17 – March 23, 2014

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By far the biggest story of the week had to be Google unveiling Android Wear, a modified version of Android for wearables. Shortly after, LG and Motorola announced upcoming smartwatches, but Motorola clearly stole the thunder. It can’t come out soon enough. Sick of reading about all the leaks of the All New HTC One? Well the unveiling is finally here. We will finally get our paws on it this Tuesday, and who knows, it just might be available for purchase the very same day. The Game Developers Conference was this week and Google announced Google Play Games will place nicely with iOS. Speaking of iOS, could iTunes come to Android? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Accessories

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349

Apps – New

[New Chromecast App] Cast Store for Chromecast is a storefront… just for Chromecast apps

Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship

Link Bubble offers chat heads for links

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Benchmark entry suggests Android KitKat for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be around the corner

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Last month word came out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would join other devices in the manufacturers portfolio as a recipient of Android KitKat. However, no information was available regarding a projected date for the update to be available. A new entry on GFXBench suggests the manufacturer could be quite close to having the update ready.

The entry on GFXBench is for a version of the Galaxy Note 2 used by South Korean carriers. It lists Android 4.4.2 as one of the operating systems for the devices. This suggests Samsung has entered the testing phase with the updated operating system, at least for devices intended for their home market. Updates for international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 are probably close behind, although U.S. carrier customers will likely have to wait even longer for their devices to get KitKat.

source: GFXBench
via: G for Games