Heathrow Airport says Samsung went off course with rebranding statements

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Last week Samsung issued a press release indicating they were “taking over” Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The branding campaign supposedly included special signage promoting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that would appear in place of current signage, wayfinding, website and digital screens in the terminal for a two week period. Heathrow officials have issued a clarification of the campaign in response to complaints of possible confusion indicating the campaign is not as extensive as Samsung made it sound.

A Heathrow spokesperson says, “Heathrow Terminal 5’s signage and passenger wayfinding has not changed. Samsung have rented advertising space in Terminal 5 with a tongue-in-cheek campaign using the line: ‘Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5’.” According to the officials, the advertising spaces that Samsung has acquired for the marketing campaign are existing surfaces. Probably the biggest different compared to prior campaigns is that Samsung has apparently secured rights to all of the surfaces in the entire terminal for the two week period that starts on May 19th.

source: Android Central

HTC One (M7) for T-Mobile gets Sense 6 in update

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Carrying around an HTC One (M7) with T-Mobile? Go ahead and grab a software update. The carrier is rolling out the Sense 6 update to HTC’s flagship from last year. It brings a flew of features such as an updated BlinkFeed and a tidier launcher. The update started rolling out on Friday, so many of you should have gotten the update already.

Let us know in the comments how you are liking the update.

Source: T-Mobile Support

How to setup and use Motorola Alert

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Motorola Alert is the newest app from Motorola that I think you will find quite useful. It’s a location sharing app that is perfect for everyone, especially the kids. At the time of this post, Motorola Alert is only available on the Moto E, but will be available for the Moto G and Moto X very soon.

With Motorola Alert you can setup specific locations such as home, work, school, the mall, and other. Whenever the owner of the phone arrives or leaves either of those locations, a text message is sent to designated contacts. There is also a Meet Me function, that will quickly send a text message of the current location to specific contacts. The Follow Me function is perfect for trips. This is where you can set the app to send periodic text messages of the current location to specific contacts. Lastly, there is the Emergency function, which will call and send a text message to selected contacts letting them know the owner of the phone might be in danger All text messages include the address as well as a Google Maps link so others will be able to pinpoint the location or easily get directions.

Motorola Alert is pretty straightforward and easy to setup so hit the break for our video showing you all the ins and the outs of Motorola’s latest and very cool app.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 12 – May 18, 2014

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Finally a smartphone that is affordable to all, the Moto E was announced by Motorola earlier this week. HTC also announced the HTC One Mini 2, which is almost as small, but won’t be as affordable. LG is inching closer to making a big splash with the G3. Will it make an impact? The Google Silver program might be launching sooner than we thought. Will we ever see a Nexus 6? Google has announced the schedule for next month’s Google I/O. Does it indicate a pending doom for Google+? Samsung is just about to announce another set of tablets, but does anyone care? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

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iPhone user sues Apple over vanishing texts after iPhones swapped

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An ex-iPhone user is suing Apple, claiming Apple’s messaging system interfered with the delivery of text messages after she switched from an iPhone to an Android device.

According to Adrienne Moore, Apple’s iMessage retains SMS messages sent from other Apple users, and will not deliver them to her Samsung device. Moore says that people who switch from an iPhone to a non-Apple device are “penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts.”

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Aluminum Galaxy S5 Prime shown off in leaked photos

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Today 3 photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime were leaked. The device, which is supposed to be released next month and will be a premium version of the Galaxy S5, will include a 1440 x 2560 display.

The Galaxy S5 Prime will also have other upgrades, such as a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, as well as an Adreno 420 GPU. It will also feature 3GB of RAM rather than the 2GB of RAM found on the Galaxy S5. Not only that, but the device is expected to have an aluminum body, which many were hoping would be shown on the standard Galaxy S5.

Source: PhoneArena

LG among the first to be part of Android Silver, handset could have 64-bit processor

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News regarding Android Silver keeps heating up. On Friday, we learned that the Nexus program (for smartphones) is presumably gone with the addition of Android Silver. And earlier today we found out that the new initiative would be launched in February 2015. Now we have some information regarding one of Android Silver’s initial devices. It will come from none other than Google’s good friend LG.

On Twitter, @evleaks shed some light on the LG handset. Specifically, he said it is “running a Qualcomm MSM8994, to be among first Silver devices.” Additionally, he noted that it is expected to be available through Sprint in the United States. What is that Sprint processor? It looks like that will be the upcoming Snapdragon 810. This is a 64-bit processor and it is not expected to be put into production until the first half of 2015. This would align perfectly with Android Silver’s February 2015 launch date.

Source: @evleaks

Google releases Hangouts plugin for Microsoft Outlook

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Google may not want to give Windows Phone access to Google Apps, but they do want Outlook users to take care of business. A Hangouts plugin has been released for Outlook. From Outlook’s Mail or Calendar, users can have a Hangout without the need to switch over to another service.

This is a big win for Chrome OS devices. If business users were using Outlook, they would be out of luck. But now Hangouts is available as a plugin and the mess is gone. So video chatting is as seamless as ever for Outlook and Hangouts users alike.

Source: +Google Enterprise [Directions]

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render leaks

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While the HTC One Mini 2 name will not be going to Verizon, the HTC One Remix will. Verizon is giving it a name change and today we have the first leaked press render of this handset. In the image above, you see the little HTC device within a case. When Big Red intends on releasing this, we do not know. Although, Verizon has really picked up the pace when it comes to adding a smartphone to its lineup. Read more