Cricket shows off unlimited family plan, only $40 per line


Cricket has announced today that they will be offering a new family unlimited plan, complete with unlimited text messaging, unlimited calling, and unlimited data, and it’ll only run you $40 per line. What’s the catch, you’re probably asking yourself? The unlimited data is throttled after 1 GB of usage, and you have to opt in to the automatic bill pay. Oh, and it’s strictly for family plans, not individual plans. Still, it’s $10 cheaper than the single-line plan, and Cricket is throwing in a free subscription to Muve Music, so it’s an excellent deal, even with the relatively minor caveats.

You can also go with a $60 plan that offers 2.5 GB of non-throttled data, and a $70 with 5 GB of non-throttled data. Both of these plans also include the mobile hot spot capabilities. If nothing else, it’s good to see some other carriers try to take on the big guys with better value bundles. Hit the break below for the full press release.

Huawei introduces the mid-range A199 smartphone, brings dual-SIM capability and Jelly Bean in a light package



Huawei’s latest mid-range device has officially been outed for the masses. The device— identified as the A199— comes jam-packed with the usual allotment of goodies including a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 720p 5-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and an 8MP camera (plus 1.3MP front-facer for good measure). Best of all— Huawei managed to stuff the pieces into a fairly slim package— as the A199 will arrive in a 8.9mm package weighing at a mere 160g.

One major item to note is the device’s dual-SIM capabilities— which pretty much implies the device won’t make it Stateside… at least anytime soon. We’ll be sure to provide more launch details which will include the pricing and availability as we hear them.

source: Huawei
via: Engadget

Samsung to introduce the world’s first plastic OLED display on the upcoming Galaxy Note III?



Could the end of broken displays truly be upon us? It appears that Samsung is certainly working hard behind the scenes for that to be a reality. Early rumors are reporting that with Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone, the manufacturing giant is also planning on bringing a major first to the industry— the world’s first plastic OLED display. Early details highlight this breakthrough display will not only be light in capacity, but will also be of a RGB stripe variety and arrive on the Galaxy Note III in a 5.99-inch display capacity.

Unfortunately, we have yet to see any news about what the exact resolution of this plastic display will arrive in, as well as if Samsung will be able to produce enough display units to meet demand of the Galaxy Note III— but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we get additional details.

source: SamMobile

How to set up and use HTC TV and the IR blaster on the HTC One


Since your phone is always in your pocket, why not use it as a remote control for your home theater system? IR blasters will be on a number of phones this year and the HTC One happens to be “one” of them. But controlling your TV, cable/satellite box, and AV receiver is just part of it. Since your phone has a rather large display, it can also show you programming information and even recommend shows for you to watch based on your interests. Peel has been doing this for a couple of years now, but HTC has implemented something similar that’s simply called HTC TV and is available on the HTC One. All you need to do is tap on the TV icon in your app drawer and spend a couple of minutes setting things up. It really isn’t that hard, but we put together a tutorial and hands on video showing you how it’s done. Skip on past the break to learn how HTC TV will make it so you no longer have to fight for the remote control.

Insider confirms that recent “design guidelines” of upcoming Samsung devices are inaccurate



So it’s looking like that supposed “new Samsung design” concept is not going to be such a big deal after all. The gang at SamMobile officially confirmed through its insider that the photo that evleaks recently leaked out is not only inaccurate, but the leak represented in all actuality a Galaxy S 4 developer model. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since Samsung has recently moved towards a more general type of design for its devices which include sleek and rounded corners— not boxy edges.

All of you Samsung purists can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief now.

source: SamMobile

All-in-one toolkit for unlocking and rooting the AT&T and Sprint HTC One now available


Well that didn’t take long at all. If you’re looking for a very simple and quick way to unlock and root your AT&T or Sprint HTC One, you can do it now thanks to hasoon2000 over at XDA. He already posted a toolkit for the international version a month ago, so this is very similar. This desktop application will install HTC Drivers, unlock the bootloader, and flash your own recovery. You want to make sure you grab the correct download that matches the carrier version of your phone so hit the appropriate source link below for instructions.

sources: XDA – Sprint version / XDA – AT&T version / XDA – International version

Samsung Galaxy S 4 scratch test: Gorilla Glass 3 vs a steak knife and more


The Samsung Galaxy S 4 might be the most anticipated phone right now, but how would the Gorilla Glass 3 display hold up with a steak knife? Now it’s unlikely you will ever think your GS4 is your dinner, but somehow there is nothing worse than scratching your phone’s display. Is the Galaxy S 4 good enough to throw out your screen protectors? Check out the video after the break and see for yourself. Now all we need is a drop text and our lives will be complete.

Controlling you smartphone or tablet with your brain could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas


Using your brain to control a smartphone or tablet is something that could be a reality thanks to Samsung and the University of Texas. Instead of tapping on the display, you could use your thoughts to open an application, select a song to play, or select a contact. They are already demonstrating this on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but users need to wear a wild looking cap filled with EEG Electrodes.

Now don’t expect to see this type of technology anytime soon, but this isn’t anything new. I saw something very similar at CES using similar technology from Puzzlebox. They utilize the same technology from NeuroSky to show how concentration can keep a remote control helicopter in the air. A tablet was also used, but only as a way of displaying the levels of concentration. You can watch that video after the break.

Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights


The HTC One is probably one of the highest quality phones you will ever hold in your hand, but the killer feature is the UltraPixel camera, and more specifically, HTC Zoe and Video Highlights. Sharing pictures is one thing, but sharing a well produced short video highlighting your child’s birthday or your vacation is something that most people never do because it’s just so complicated. HTC recognized this and created Zoes, which are 3-second video clips combined with 20 images. These Zoes will be used to create 30-second highlight videos that look like they were done by a professional editor. The best part of it all is that it’s completely automated and takes no effort on your part. I can’t sing enough praises for what HTC has done here. It’s simply the most advanced feature to ever be offered on a smartphone.

HTC made things pretty easy, but you might find yourself a little lost on what exactly a Zoe is or how to get the most out of your video highlights. That’s where this hands on video tutorial comes in. We show you the basic camera software and how Zoe’s work. We show you how to categorize your media in events as well as how to do basic editing such as sequence shots, object removal, and video editing. Video highlight reels are created automatically, but you can still tweak things a little so we get into that as well. In no time you will be impressing your friends with some really cool videos of your next event. Hit the break for the complete walkthrough and don’t forget to share some of your greatness with us.

Twitter to kill off TweetDeck application on May 7th


Back in March, we heard the announcement that Twitter was pulling the plug on TweetDeck in May. Well, now we’ve learned that TweetDeck’s final day will officially be May 7th, due to Twitter retiring their Twitter API 1.0, which TweetDeck relies on. On the 7th, TweetDeck will stop working the app will be pulled from the Play Store that day. Instead of updating the application, Twitter apparently think it’s a better idea to cut off the application entirely, hopefully convincing you to use their official Twitter application. If you’ve been putting off replacing TweetDeck as your daily Twitter app, now’s the time to start looking.

source: Posterous

Pitch in to make this Nexus 4 crowd funded dock a reality

nexus 4 andock dock

If you’ve been trying to find a great dock for your Nexus 4, the search may be over. German industrial engineer David Hawig has introduced his Andock, which is more of an entertainment hub than a dock on Startnext. The dock cradles the Nexus 4 horizontally and provides an HDMI out, NFC, and a fan for CPU cooling. I think it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a dock for mobile phones that comes with external CPU cooling. 

Samsung and Apple file joint document for upcoming 2014 trial



It just seems like the “minor disagreement” between Samsung and Apple will never end. News has surfaced that the two manufacturing giants filed a joint case management document with the Northern District of California court which aims to regulate what is presented and argued against in the upcoming trial, such as the number of patents identified involved in select devices. For now, each company agrees that the case will be limited to 5 patents each, though Apple wants a maximum of 12 claims, while Samsung slightly disagree and wants to limit the claim to 8 instead. Additionally, the upcoming trial currently indicates there are 16 devices involved, with Samsung arguing it should be far fewer, of course.

But regardless of what disagreements Samsung and Apple will make clear in court, we’re sure that Judge Lucy Koh will be eagerly awaiting to hear them.

source: FOSS Patents

Nexus 4 with 32GB of storage, LTE/CDMA, and Key Lime Pie could be revealed at Google I/O


Could Google and LG be working on a 32GB Nexus 4 running Android 5.0, and sporting LTE and CDMA radios for Google I/O? According to SIDHTECH, this may well very be the case. They go on to speculate that a Nexus 5 at I/O is probably unlikely because the Nexus 4 was released last fall. However an updated Nexus 4 is more likely. 

If this new rumor is true, this version of the Nexus 4 could work on Sprint and Verizon’s networks, it would have LTE , and more storage. I know a lot of readers were down on the Nexus 4 for a lack of some or all of these features. It also is reported to be launching with the Android 5.0, which is rumored to be called Key Lime Pie. Maybe this is Google’s and LG’s way of correcting a bad mistake in not offering these things from the beginning. If so, let’s hope they do a better job with the supply issue this time. 

Via: TechnoBuffalo

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 15 – April 21, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Galaxy S 4 release dates for U.S. carriers were finally revealed and the Motorola X continues to keep us intrigued. Speaking of intriguing, Google Glass Explorer Editions are starting to roll. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home

How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher

How to set up and use BlinkFeed on Sense 5 with the HTC One

Sense 5: All the changes you need to know

Hands on Tutorial: Sense 5 camera, HTC Zoe, and Video Highlights


Mr. Eyes [Sports & Puzzles]

MyPermissions [Tools]

Nexus 10 Book Cover Review

Sense 5: All the changes you need to know


HTC announced Sense 5 when they introduced the HTC One, which is based on Android 4.1.2. It will eventually land on most of the major HTC phones, but for now it’s only on the One. HTC continues to make changes with each version, which is one of my chief complaints. Whether you love or hate Sense, most people thought that Sense 4 / Sense 4+ was on the money, but HTC continues to tweak it, which does nothing more than confuse consumers. Whether you’re about to purchase your HTC one, or maybe you already bought one and feel a little lost, this video should help you get more familiarized. Hit the break to check it out.