TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 22, 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!!

Accessories

Qi wireless charging solution for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available for pre-order

Apps

Google updates Play Magazines user interface as part of design streamline

Google Drive mobile app updated; Brings forth Androids card UI

Full screen browsing comes to mobile Chrome with new update

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Google passes IBM to become second most valuable brand, still behind Apple

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Full screen browsing comes to mobile Chrome with new update

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Google Chrome for Android has been updated today and brings forth full screen browsing for your viewing pleasures. The version is 27 and here’s what else you can expect within the update per Google:

The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 27 to the Stable channel. Chrome for Android 27.0.1453.90 contains a number of improvments including:

  • Fullscreen on phones – Scroll down the page and the toolbar will disappear.
  • Simpler searching – Searching from the omnibox will keep your search query visible in the omnibox, making it easier to edit, and show more on your search result page.
  • Client-side certificate support – You can now access sites that require you to use a certificate and Chrome will allow you to select an installed certificate
  • Tab history on tablets – Long press the browser back button to view your tab histor
  • And a ton of stability and performance fixes

Download link after the break! Anyone excited about this new feature?

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Google Drive mobile app updated; Brings forth card UI

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Google Drive for mobile devices has been updated and brings forth a new UI as well as some useful tools. Here’s what you can expect with the update:

– New grid view makes it easier to find your files
– New quick preview lets you view photos and other files from within the app
– Scan documents, receipts and letters for safe keeping in Drive; then search by contents once uploaded
– Download a copy of files to your local device (Honeycomb+)
– Spreadsheet editor now supports changing fonts, colors and cell alignment
– View properties of files from within the editors
– Bug fixes and visual improvements

Out of curiosity, do you guys use Drive often? Or do you prefer a differ cloud based service? Links after the break!

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Google updates Play Magazines user interface as part of design streamline

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Google has been trying to streamline their apps’ user interface to go along with the “cards” look we first saw in Google Now. Google Play Music and Play Books have already been updated over the past few days, and now Play Magazines follows with their new UI. The white background with purple accents fits very well into  Google’s new simplified design style. Aside from the new UI, bug fixes are also included in the update, version 2.0.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Google’s apps updated to match. You can download the updated app from the link after the break. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone headed to Cricket on June 7th

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone is in the midst of a global assault on its consumers, so it should come as no surprise that wireless carrier Cricket is the latest brand to carry the sweet device. The popular prepaid carrier confirmed it will offer the device from June 7th to customers for a smooth $599.99 outright or $55 down (plus monthly payments) for qualifying customers. Additionally, for customers that take advantage of the Galaxy S 4’s release, Cricket will offer for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data speed allowance for its 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data service plans, compared to its standard 3G rate plans. Or of course, customers will be able to take advantage of its other traditional plans that start at $45/month, which is a pretty sweet deal.

So now that it’s all said and done, you know the drill gang— hit the break to check out the full press release from Cricket.

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GoldGenie offers Samsung Galaxy S 4 plated in gold, platinum, or rose gold

gold_galaxy_s4The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the premium smartphones on the market today. However, if it’s just not quite premium enough for you, GoldGenie is offering gold plated versions of the S4 at a very premium price. There are three 24ct. options to choose from – gold, platinum, and rose gold.

The phones obviously aren’t cheap. The gold plated comes at around $2564, the platinum at $2654, and the rose gold at $2609. GoldGenie ships the phones in cherry oak finished boxes along with a limited edition certificate to show off. GoldGenie assures that their phones are  “sim free and unlocked to work on any network in the world.” So, who wants one?

Source: GoldGenie
Via: Sam Mobile

 

Surprise!!! Samsung secretly working on fingerprint protection technology behind the scenes

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Samsung is a brand that prides itself on bringing innovative technology to its devices, so it should come as no surprise that it is bringing fingerprint technology to its devices. The gang at SamMobile got a tip from a Sammy insider showcasing some Galaxy S III firmware from the SecSettings .apk file. Within the file is clearly the early components of some sort of fingerprint tracking system. When Samsung plans on releasing its newfound technology remains to be seen, but there will be no doubt it’ll certainly generate excitement and buzz in the meantime.

source: SamMobile

Hi Hey Hello musical short film from Samsung released

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You may be aware that Samsung has been spending more on marketing lately than they have on research and development. Their latest video released to YouTube is another example of how that strategy is playing out. The 5-minute video titled “Hi Hey Hello” is based on a song by the same name from The Chicharones and follows the budding romance of a young couple. Director Joseph Kahn clearly had a directive from Samsung in producing the video – highlight the Samsung Galaxy S 4. He does this by putting the device in the hands of male lead who uses many of Samsung’s latest features like Dual Shot, Smart Pause, Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Air Gesture, and Group Play/Share Music to attract his female lead’s attention. You can check out the video, which includes astronauts, after the break. Read more

Google passes IBM to become second most valuable brand, still behind Apple

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According to the 2013 BrandZ list of top global brands, Google ranks second, valued at $113.669 billion. Although the company is still short of Apple’s value of $185.536 billion, they still passed by IBM, who currently rank third at $112.536 billion.

One notable name is Samsung, which is currently ranked at number 30, having jumped up a whole 25 places. This can clearly be pointed to their increased advertising on their Galaxy line and exploding sales figures.

Google’s second-place ranking shows steady growth for the company, but their spot behind Apple says that they’re still the company to beat. Google looks to continue closing in on Apple in the current year.

Source: Marketing Week

HTC Desire 600 Dual-Sim shows up in benchmarks, mid-range device headed for Europe

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HTC has been keeping the spotlight on its HTC One, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about the mid-range market. The latest device in the Desire line has popped up in some benchmarks and goes by the lengthy name of HTC Desire 600 Dual-Sim. It sports a 1.2 GHz, unspecified processor, a 960 x 540 screen, and Android 4.1.2, and appears to heading to European markets only at launch. Unfortunately, we can’t get any other specs from the benchmark, but hopefully we’ll see HTC keep putting that Ultrapixel camera on devices other than its flagship phone. Then again, they keep the Ultrapixel marketing for the One line of devices. We’ll find out soon enough, either way.

source: GSMInsider