Samsung continues to strenghten their ecosystem with launch of the ‘Content & Services’ app store

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We all know that Samsung is the king of Android for now and the reason is simple. They have created their own ecosystem from their own branded software features. Samsung just opened up their brand new app store simply called “Content & Services.” The name isn’t all that exciting, but it’s just one more step in the “Samsung becoming Apple” game.

With Samsung, it’s not just about phones and tablets because they offer televisions that integrate as well. This app store is one place where Samsung customers will find apps and content that is compatible with all Samsung devices. Users will also be able to see their own content via the AllShare section and can locate and/or lock their lost phone via the Find My Mobile section. There’s even a ChatOn section. Just hit the source link to see what it’s all about.

source: Samsung Content & Services

EE Turns On 4G In 13 New Locations, Now Covers 50% Of The UK

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EE has been making strides in the UK and just announced 4G speeds available in 13 more locations. Customers in Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich are now covered. EE now covers 50 regions with 4G and with this latest rollout, covers 50 percent of the UK. The carrier also plans on rolling out 4G speeds to 30 more towns and cities by June. You can read the full press release below and if you’re looking to grab the Galaxy S 4, EE started pre-orders today.

The world’s cheapest quad-core 1080p smartphone gets leaked and is possibly due for arrival by the end of April

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We already had an idea that it was very much real and on the way, but details about the upcoming world’s cheapest quad-core 1080p smartphone’s release date were slim… until now. The Neo N003 smartphone has been leaked for your viewing pleasure and news has surfaced that the mysterious device is due to arrive by the end of April— that is if Neo is able to deal with and overcome potential supply issues. Additionally, Neo has the clear intention of at least trying to get its precious smartphone ahead of competitors.

In case you’ve forgotten— the device will have some interesting specs for an insane price. The N003 is expected to ship with a MediaTek MT6589 chip inside, coupled with 2 gigs of RAM and a 13MP camera. The total cost of the smartphone should come to about 899 yuan (or $145 USD). Let’s just hope we don’t see too much pandemonium upon phone’s release.

source: GizChina
via: PhoneArena

Samsung’s 10.1 and 11.4-inch AMOLED Full HD (1920 x 1200) displays now delayed, 8.0-inch still on track as scheduled

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Samsung is expected to launch tablets that feature AMOLED full HD (1920 x 1200) displays in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch variants. Turns out the 8-inch size is on track to be released this year, but it doesn’t appear we will see the 10.1-inch version or the often-rumored 11.4-inch version. This doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t have a newer 10.1-inch tablet because they plan on releasing a tablet with the same 2560 x 1600 PLS LCD panel that is on the Nexus 10.

We expect both tabs to be marketed as the Galaxy Tab 3, but still no word on when we will see these bad boys. All things point to IFA 2013, but with the Galaxy Note III being the top dog for that one, they might want to limit the amount of devices for that event. I think there’s a good chance we will see them in the late spring or early summer.

source: SamMobile

 

Sony prepping entry-level smartphone with 5-inch display for Q3

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Sony might not be the top Android vendor in terms of units sold, but they are winning in the number of phones department. I’m still trying to figure out when they will run out of letters. Entry-level phones have always been popular, but the specs were always meh. Things have changed since late last year as many entry-level to mid-range devices  are now featuring compelling specs.  Sony already offers entry-level phones such as the Xperia E, but they are looking to step it up a notch. Rumor is they are working on an entry-level device that will have a 5-inch display. Word is that it will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor as well. Sounds compelling, but don’t expect to see this one until Q3 at the earliest.

source: DigiTimes

Google Play shows off “Featured Android Apps for Tablets” page on website

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Sometimes, it can be difficult to find apps specifically for your Android tablet on the Play Store, especially if you’re browsing from the Play Store website. The Play Store app has had a featured tablet apps section for quite some time now, but Google is finally putting some clout behind it on the website, too.

There’s a relatively short list of apps that shows off a little over 100 apps that do a great job of adhering to Android UI guidelines. The apps aren’t necessarily written for just tablets, but they are written in a way that larger screens can take advantage of the extra space without looking just like blown up phone apps, and Google is trying to give them a nudge and a thumbs up with some extra advertising, probably to convince other developers to do the same with their applications.

Anyway, if you’ve been looking for some new apps to use on your tablet, you may want to check out the featured tablet apps. You never know, there may be a nice little gem you’ve been missing hidden somewhere in that list.

source:  Google Play

Gameloft announces Iron Man 3 for Android on April 25th

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Yesterday, we saw the teaser for Gameloft’s Iron Man 3 mobile game. Today, we’ve got an official announcement and teaser trailer.

The game is essentially a Temple Run-style endless running game, but with some pretty crazy, comic book twists. There’s way more destruction and bad guy blasting than you’re even going to see in Temple Run, and who doesn’t want to fly around in an Iron Man suit? The release date is set for April 25th, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as that date gets closer and closer. Hit the source below to watch the trailer and see for yourself.

source: Twitter

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 27, 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!!

Reviews

Aces Gin Rummy [Cards & Casino]

Apps

Verizon Announces Playphone Games Portal, Coming Q2 2013

The original Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Android in April according to SEGA

Google Translate gets offline language packs

Google adds info cards to Play Movies app

Live Transit Information Added for Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City in Google Maps

Action Launcher Makes Widgets Cool Again With Shutter Feature

Gameloft announces Iron Man 3 for Android on April 25th

Google Play shows off “Featured Android Apps for Tablets” page on website

Carriers

UK carrier Three to launch 4G LTE, just not before the end of the year

Google Glass

The first batches of Google Glass could be made inside the U.S.

Google TV

Amazon Prime Content Comes to Google TV’s PrimeTime

Phones

Amazon Kindle smartphone to go into production in Q2 with a 4.7-inch display

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE can be accessed with Nexus 4 under right circumstances

Free Tablet From Carphone Warehouse When You Pre-Order The Galaxy S 4 Starting March 28

Samsung Galaxy S 4 goes through extensive battery testing, shows it can stay on for possibly 3 days

Sony Xperia A ‘Dogo’ and Xperia UL ‘Gaga’ heading to Japan this summer

Updates

Android 4.1 scheduled for Motorola Droid Bionic during 2nd quarter of 2013

Miscellenous

Samsung to break smartphone sales record with 70 million units for Q1

Apple Claims Reduction Of Samsung Damages Was An $85 Million Mistake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE can be accessed with Nexus 4 under right circumstances

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With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version.

Action Launcher Makes Widgets Cool Again With Shutter Feature

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I’m very particular when it comes to the launchers that I use. I’ve been perfectly content in my Nova Launcher set up for over a year now. It looks like this is going to change however, as Chris Lacy released an update for Action Launcher today with a killer new feature.  In this update, the Covers feature is taken a step further. Covers brought you your most accessed destinations quickly with the swipe of a finger and Action Launcher’s new Shutter feature looks to do the same with widgets.  For example you can slide your finger up on the Gmail icon and it displays the Gmail widget, giving you quick access to your email. Chrome gives you quick access to your bookmarks (see below). Most apps with widgets have this ability and I particularly liked being able to skip tracks in the Play Music App right from the icon.

Amazon Prime Content Comes to Google TV’s PrimeTime

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If you’re a user of Amazon Prime and own a Google TV then you’ll be excited for this next tidbit. Amazon Prime content is now viewable on Google TV’s PrimeTime TV guide. This new feature comes on top of other bug fixes. The other feature that it has now is a subscription selector that makes it easier to customize your subscriptions. Netflix, HBOGO and Amazon Prime will show up as “free” if you’re subscribe to those services. So if you have a Google TV, Amazon Prime and use PrimeTime you’ll be able to access your content easier. Happy viewing!

 

source: Google Play Store

The first batches of Google Glass could be made inside the U.S.

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It appears Google may manufacture units of their infamous Google Glass in the U.S, as opposed to abroad. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Google will work with Foxconn to produce units of Google Glass in Silicon Valley, California. This idea that Google will manufacture Google Glass locally is no surprise really. Google’s headquarters is located in Mountain View, California, while Foxconn’s manufacturing plant is steps away in Santa Clara, California— so it makes sense that an innovative product such as Google Glass would require special attention by Google and be manufactured locally, as opposed to being manufactured abroad and would almost be an expensive proposition for the search giant.

So far this decision is only mentioned to be for the initial 8,000 units meant for contest winners who won the #IfIHadGlass contest earlier this year. Whether or not Google plans to keep production within the U.S. after a global launch remains to be seen.

Source: Financial Times

Google adds info cards to Play Movies app

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Google loves their info cards they introduced with Google Now, and they love giving you access to more information in your media, like what we’ve seen in the Sound Search widget in Jelly Bean. Well, if you’re a big movie watcher, Google’s implemented a nice little surprise for you.

Whenever you’re watching a movie and you’re curious about the actor on screen or the music playing in the movie at that moment, you can simply pause your video and a handful of info cards will pop up on screen to give you actor names, other movies the actors have been in, song names, etc. Tapping the actor’s face will even give you his (or her) full biography. Resuming the movie or show will cause the info cards to disappear until you pause again. Right now the info cards won’t show up on every single movie you watch, but Google says the list is quite large and they’re adding to it every day.

Sound interested? Just update to the latest Play Movies and TV app and start playing around with it. This will give you a great excuse to catch up on all those movies you’ve been itching to see.

source: Android Official Blog

Featured Android Game Review: Aces Gin Rummy [Cards & Casino]

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Normally I wouldn’t review a card game app because there are so many out there, but since Concrete Software is one of our favorite developers, I wanted to check it out. Now the closest thing I have played to Gin Rummy was Rummykub, which was many many moons ago. So forgetting the app itself, I had to learn how to play the game. Thankfully Concrete Software included a really nice tutorial with all the rules. At first it seemed complicated, but after one match, I wasn’t a pro, but I was well on my way to understanding how to play.

I won’t get into the rules itself, but what’s cool about Gin Rummy is the games are fairly quick. A match may consist of many games, but the games only last a few minutes. The app automatically sorts your cards and creates your melds, which makes it move really quick. Best of all is that if you need to stop playing for whatever reason, you can simply pick up where you left off.