Samsung announces official accessories for Samsung Galaxy S 4


Following up this morning’s official announcement regarding availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung has also released details regarding several official accessories that will be available. These accessories should prove popular with new owners interested in protecting their new device, extending its usefulness, or just using the “Life Companion” to make life more interesting. U.S. Cellular is already using the accessories to entice buyers by throwing in a free S View flip cover with online pre-orders. The flip cover goes beyond the traditional smartphone cover by providing a small window to your screen that displays information like time, missed calls and text messages, and battery status.

Google Glass Explorer Edition unboxing videos hit YouTube


As the beta versions, aka Explorer Edition, of Google Glass start to get into the hands of individuals, we are now treated to the first unboxing videos that have surfaced. There are actually two versions of the unboxing available. The first is the actual unboxing that was filmed with something running at a really low framerate, giving the video a very choppy look.  The second video then recreates the unboxing, but uses the new Google Glass device to record things. This gives us a look into what an unboxing videos will look like using Google Glass and you can see what kind of record quality is possible with the device. Hit the break to view the videos.

U.S. Cellular opens Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders, offers S View flip cover deal


With some carriers already taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and Samsung officially announcing product availability later this month, U.S. Cellular has joined the fray competing for buyers today by opening their own pre-order page. U.S. Cellular is offering the 16GB version of the smartphone for $199 with a new 2-year contract. To help draw customers in, U.S. Cellular is throwing in a free S View flip cover for anyone who pre-orders online. The cover is normally a $59.99 item. You can read their full press release after the break.

eBay listing currently shows a developer edition of Google Glass up for sale, for the person who has lots of money to spend that is



Sure us average folk won’t be enjoying a pair of Google Glasses anytime soon, but it appears that certain individuals may get their chance to grab their sweaty mitts on one— that is, if you’re ballin’. A casual seller on online marketplace eBay claims to have in his possession a prized developer model that is now up for sale. As of now, there are a mere 38 bids— but the auction price is currently placed at a whopping $95,000. Sheesh.

Google probably won’t let this particular auction go too far considering the developer versions of the device were not intended for sale. But hey— here’s hoping the lucky winner will end up getting the glasses and being able to be just a little bit cooler than all of his or her friends for the time being.

source: eBay

Verizon getting the LG Optimus L3 as part of its prepaid lineup



As part of its prepaid lineup, Verizon may be bringing the LG Optimus L3 back as the LG Optimus Zone. At least that’s the information we are seeing from evleaks, which has a  pretty reliable track record. The smartphone will feature an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch QVGA display, 800MHz processor, 3.15-megapixel camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Not the most interesting specs really, but with this being an older phone, I would venture to guess that this is probably going to happen. We don’t have anymore information then this, but rest assured as we hear it so will you.

Source: evleaks Twitter

Zopo C2 smartphone gets official, brings Aliyun OS for a low, low price



The Zopo C2 smartphone is officially official and on its way to the Chinese markets folks. The device comes jam-packed with features like a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM,a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2,000mAh battery and a nifty 13MP camera (with an astounding 5MP camera on the front). While there is certainly a sense of “here we go again”, the Zopo does feature something that most other smartphones don’t— the Aliyun OS running the show. Yep, that’s right— the C2 features the same OS featured on another smartphone that was abruptly cancelled at the last minute thanks to the heavy hand of Google.

No word on when the device will hit store shelves just yet, but it appears the C2 will run customers ¥1,399 (about $230 USD).

source: Engadget

Amazon Appstore expanding to 200 new countries



Amazon has announced it will be expanding its Appstore to 200 new countries worldwide. Among the new countries added are Canada, Australia, South Africa and South Korea, now having the ability to access the alternative market content for the first time. This is something that Amazon really needs to do if it wants to compete with with Google’s Play Store. Amazon is doing extremely well in the tablet market, however its list of apps is rather small compared to the likes of the Google’s. With the addition of 200 countries, developers may now be more inclined to put their apps in Amazon’s store reaching more people.

Continue on past the break for all the details in the press release. Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts. 

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HP Slate 7 tablet confirmed for arrival in the UK on May 1st



HP’s reinvention of its mobile unit brand is nearly complete thanks to the now imminent release of its newest tablet, the Slate 7. Previously introduced at MWC earlier this year, the device is designed to go toe-to-toe with other 7-inch tablets in the market and will be targeted directly at consumers looking to get the most bang out of their money. As a refresher, the device will feature a 1.6GHz dual-core chip built-in, a 7-inch display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, Beats Audio and Jelly Bean running the show. Sure the device features items we may have already seen before, but HP is hoping to sway potential buyers, thanks to its attractive £129 price in the UK ($169 USD in other markets).

The device will ship to buyers on May 1st in the UK, though there’s no word yet on when other markets can expect to see the device just yet.

source: HP

Various reports indicating that Samsung’s flexible display will be delayed



It appears that the world will have to wait a wee bit longer for Samsung’s innovative flexible display to hit devices. ETnews reports that because of the flexible display’s vulnerability to moisture and oxygen, Samsung’s display unit is reviewing the encapsulation technologies to help protect the flexible display unit and more importantly, the guts of a device found underneath the display. In other words— Samsung hasn’t quite figured out how to have a flexible display that wouldn’t allow moisture and air to seep in any given device, so it is working on alternative methods which would essentially seal the flexible display of a device, regardless of how a device is bent or angled.

Because of the delay, the world should expect to see the arrival of the first smartphones featuring flexible displays by the end of 2013. Hopefully Sammy will work out all those kinks by then or it’ll see its competition beat it to the punch.

source: SamMobile

Google Search on mobile devices gets updated to bring even more functionality, continues to make life a little easier for all in the process



If you happen to regularly use Google’s awesome search functionality on your mobile device, then you will be quite happy to hear this latest bit of news from the Mountain View giant. First off the bat, it has announced that it has added the ability to allow users to more efficiently find top box office movies by bypassing the Rotten Tomatoes homepage and instead allowing users to access a new quick link for “In Theaters” underneath the main Rotten Tomatoes link after you search on your mobile device. This means that users will be able to save an extra step or two and do things even more efficiently than ever before.

Additionally, it has brought the Quick view option to select webpages on mobile devices as well. For example, after doing a search of a particular topic like say poker hands that brings up some results, you would then see the ability to click the blue Quick view badge and see a quick view of the Wikipedia page listing out the poker hands immediately. As of this time, the Quick view function is only available for the English version of the Wikipedia page, though Google is working to bring the function for other sites as well.

You can find more deets when you check out the source link.

source: Inside Search UK

Verizon Galaxy S4 Confirmed Through Official Samsung Announcement


Previous leaks have finally been confirmed…Samsung’s Verizon version of its Galaxy S4 handset is now officially on its way! Samsung announced today via two dedicated webpages that their latest flagship, the GS4, is on its way to Verizon and will be available in to colors, “Black Mist”, and “White Frost”. Hit the break for links to both landing pages.

T-Mobile confirms HTC One’s April 24th release date



As we inch closer and closer to the imminent release of the HTC One smartphone on T-Mo’s network, we finally have a concrete date of when to expect the device to hit store shelves. The wireless carrier has confirmed via Twitter that it will begin selling the flagship device in stores and online from April 24th, which falls in line with what we previously expected anyways. T-Mo doesn’t overtly mention anything about how much the device will cost in its tweet, but it already told us it will offer the device for a smooth $99 on-contract, which can be cancelled at anytime so long as the device is fully paid for.

So now that everything is confirmed and good to go– let’s all hope there’s not too much pandemonium will ensue since well you know, T-Mo will be offering a few goodies and all.

source: T-Mobile Twitter

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 16, 2013


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!!


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