TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 25, 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!!

Contests

Win one year of Slacker Radio Premium from TalkAndroid and Slacker Radio

Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens

Reviews

30 Days with Google Play Music All Access

My thoughts on HTC Zoe and Video Highlights after seven days of heavy use on vacation

Chinese Umeox X5 unveiled as world’s thinnest smartphone, slated for European launch

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About a week ago, Huawei unveiled the world’s thinnest smartphone, the Ascend P6. Not to be outdone, Chinese company Umeox has unveiled their latest device, the X5, that is somehow unbelievably thinner than the Ascend P6. The X5 is just 5.6mm thin, which is a full 0.5mm thinner than the Ascend. That half a millimeter doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re talking about over 10% of the device’s body, that’s pretty impressive.

The X5 is sporting a larger 5.3 inch screen of unknown resolution powered by a dual-core processor with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 3 megapixel front-facing camera. It’s running Android 4.2.2 out of the box and is slated for a release in France later this summer. Anybody else think these phones might be getting too thin?

source: GSM Insider

Check-in friends with latest update to Foursquare

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Social location app Foursquare rolled out a new update today that adds their most requested feature, the ability to check-in friends. This means one user can handle the checking-in chore for a whole group of friends when meeting up at any given location. The person that gets the honor of handling the check-in will first have to get permission to do so from their friends via a notification that is sent to each of the other users the first time friend check-in is attempted. After that, the process is much smoother and the service can keep track of whether a user has already checked-in on their own when a friend check-in is attempted to prevent duplicates.

If you need the update or want to check out Foursquare, just hit the download link below.

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AT&T sold out of HTC First phones

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While not working out exactly as planned, AT&T’s CEO of the Mobility division, Ralph de la Vega, indicated in a recent interview that AT&T had sold out of HTC First smartphones. The elimination of their inventory of the devices is not due to the overwhelming popularity of the device though, but more due to the fire-sale type price of 99 cents for the device. That price level was put in place after only a few weeks on the market as the device, and the Facebook launcher that was supposed to be the centerpiece of the device, were widely panned by critics and users alike.

Huawei Prism II for T-Mobile and Honor 3 smartphones are on the way

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The key to Huawei’s

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The Honor 3 on the other hand, plans to cater to a more mainstream crowd. In addition to a Android 4.2.2, the device will utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, 8GB of on-board memory and a 13MP camera. Unfortunately this device doesn’t appear to be headed to the States, though it should see an imminent release in other markets soon.

source: Unwired View

My thoughts on HTC Zoe and Video Highlights after seven days of heavy use on vacation

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I already reviewed the HTC One and loved it. What impressed me the most was Zoe and Video Highlights, but when reviewing devices and applications such as these, it’s never easy to get a “real world” perspective because you spend a short time with the device. Last week, I went on vacation, so I thought I would bring the HTC One as my sole camera to really get a feel for how Zoe and Video Highlights would be when it really counts. It’s one thing to test it during the review for things that don’t matter so much, but I consider a vacation the ultimate test to see if it’s everything that I thought it was. 7 Days, 2,106 photos/images, and 3.6GB later, I love HTC Zoe and Video Highlights more than ever, but it’s not perfect. Head on past the break to find out how it went.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 named ‘fastest smartphone’ by Which? magazine, iPhone 5 the slowest

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In a recent report by Which? magazine, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 flagship was named the fastest smartphone on the market. The group of tests evaluated processing power and graphics capabilities. The device’s rating nearly doubled that of the iPhone 5’s.

Lets do some comparing: the Galaxy S 4 packs a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, while the iPhone 5 only has a 1.2GHz dual-core A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also has 1GB of RAM, while the Galaxy S 4 has 2x that, standing tall with 2GB RAM. In total points, Samsung’s flagship racked up 3,188 points, while the iPhone 5 received only 1,664 points. Check out the complete standings from the report after the break:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S4
  2. HTC One
  3. Sony Xperia Z
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  6. BlackBerry Z10
  7. Apple iPhone 5

Source: Cult of Android

Leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S 4 with support for LTE-A surface

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Samsung indicated last week that they were planning to release a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 that would run on a Snapdragon 800 processor and support LTE Advanced networks. LTE Advanced offers data speeds 2-3 times faster than current 4G LTE networks. According to Samsung CEO JK Shin, the device would be available for Korean markets within about a month’s time. New images have leaked that show Galaxy S 4 devices with LTE-A markings and screen logos. It looks like buyers in Korean markets will not have to wait much longer at all to get their hands on this new, faster version of Samsung’s flagship device.

Hit the break for more images of the new variant.

Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens

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Users looking for something a little different when it comes to launchers on their Android devices may have installed Buzz Launcher. To help continue the growth of the product, the developers are sponsoring a contest for designers and users (known as Buzzers) to design, share and rate their favorite homescreens. The ability to share and install homescreens is one of the features that sets Buzz Launcher apart from your typical launcher apps. Unlike most launchers, if you find someone who has developed a homescreen you really like, instead of manually replicating it you can just grab it off the Homepack Buzz Service.

OUYA officially released to retailers for $100, flying off shelves

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The Kickstarter favorite, OUYA, has been officially released to retailers and is flying off shelves at $100 a pop. The console was originally supposed to launch on June 4, but after a slight delay, it’s finally here. This is great news, however some of the Kickstarter backers haven’t received their consoles yet, but founder Julie Uhrman is working overtime to resolve the issue. The package comes with the console itself, a controller, an HDMI cable, and batteries for $100, and you can purchase additional controllers for $50 each. OUYA has sold out on Amazon, but you can look elsewhere for it online for now, or get it in person at a Best Buy, GameStop, Target, or GAME. Hit the break for the full press release.

Rdio updates pricing plans, adds five person tier for $32.99

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Rdio is one of the most popular music streaming applications available, and they’ve just updated their tiered family pricing to stay a bit more competitive. Previously, a family plan could only consist of three accounts. Today, Rdio is bumping that limit up to five by adding in two new pricing tiers, so bigger families won’t be left out. It stills works the same as before where one user is the master account and they designate sub-accounts to share the subscription service. Here’s the new pricing structure:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month
  • Four members cost $27.99 per month
  • Five members cost $32.99 per month

While that sounds kind of expensive for a monthly streaming service, an individual subscription will run you $9.99 per month. If you had five people with a subscription in your family, this tiered plan actually saves you about $17 bucks a month as opposed to everyone having their own individual subscriptions. Anybody planning on taking advantage of the newer pricing?

source: Rdio

Watch life through the eyes of a tennis player at Wimbledon thanks to Google Glass

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Google has uploaded a new video to their Glass YouTube channel demonstrating how the wearable technology can fit into people’s lives. In the video, you get to see Bethanie Mattek-Sands using Google Glass to organize her entire tennis experience, from using the device to make packing lists and daily schedules to organizing healthy recipes and recording footage of her practice sessions.

It’s a pretty cool video that definitely puts a more human touch on Google Glass. If Google wants Glass to succeed with the average consumer, they’re going to need more advertising like this that shows that anybody can integrate Glass into their lifestyle. Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think.

Win one year of Slacker Radio Premium from TalkAndroid and Slacker Radio [updated with winners]

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I know there are a lot of music streaming apps available today, but my personal favorite is still Slacker Radio. It not only gives you the flexibility to make your own stations, but they offer so many curated stations for every imaginable genre that you can think of. We have given away premium Slacker accounts in the past, but this time we have something special. One of our lucky readers will win one full year of Slacker Radio’s premium service. Normally priced at $9.99 per month, the premium service gives you unlimited song skips, mobile station caching, ABC News, ESPN Radio, song lyrics, songs on demand, albums on demand, single artist stations, caching albums & playlists, and created playlists. Slacker Radio was also gracious enough to give one month subscriptions to five runner ups. That’s a total of six subscriptions to give out.

All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and reply with your favorite song right now. You have until Thursday June 27 at 12:00pm EST. We will then pick one winner at random for the one year subscription followed by five random runner ups for the one month subscriptions. Nothing could be easier. The best part of it is that it doesn’t matter whether you listen to Slacker Radio via Android, iOS, Google TV, a Roku, your desktop, or any other compatible device because your upgrade will be effective on all devices. Just make sure to use a real email address for your account so we can get in touch with you.

Click here to enter

More information on Slacker Radio

Update:

Congratulations to the following winners:

Grand Prize – 1 year of Slacker Radio Premium

MCNPorter – Axel Rudi Pell – “Dont Say Goodbye”

 

Runner Ups – 1 month of Slacker Radio Premium

LudwigRocker – KISS – Rock and Roll All Night

Bruhaha – Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

psipher – Nine Inch Nails – “Came back haunted”

DIXZ06 – Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

jillm – The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home

 

Each of you will receive an email with your codes as soon as I get them. Probably by tomorrow. Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.

30 Days with Google Play Music All Access

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It’s been a little over a month since Google announced its All Access streaming music service at I/O. The moment that it was announced I cancelled my Slacker account. While some may see that as a hasty move I jumped at the chance to try something new. While streaming music isn’t anything new with Pandora, Slacker and Spotify (to name a few) being around for awhile, I was interested in seeing just how Google’s streaming service compares. Did my faith in Google pan out or did it fall short? Find out after the break.

CyanogenMod 10.1 rolls out to devices with stable builds

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CyanogenMod 10.1 is now officially in stable build status after its initial release announcement last fall. Up to this point, the CM team has released updated builds every month or so, and more recently, RC builds. Now we finally have CyanogenMod 10.1, Android 4.2.2, and stable builds have been hitting their build servers. Now that this is all finalized, go ahead and grab a stable build for your device. Check get.cm to see if your phone is supported.

Source: CyanogenMod