Pictures of buttonless LG phone leak, possibly Optimus G2 or Nexus 5

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Evleaks shared images yesterday of what may be a future LG device, possibly the Optimus G2.  With a curved glass front, no buttons, and a unique earpiece, this one is sure to be a game-changer.  Although the phone shares some similarities with the Nexus 4, there is no suggestion that this is in fact a Nexus device.

For now there really isn’t any more information on the device, but we’ll let you guys know when there is an update of any sort.  If you’ve got any ideas of what phone this may be, shout it out in the comments!

Sources: Evleaks FB and Evleaks Twitter

SNL has some fun at the expense of Google Glass

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Pretty much everyone thinks Google Glass is weird. It’s a really, really new kind of technology, and it kind of makes you look like a robot, so that’s understandable. Needless to say, it wasn’t going to take long before Glass started popping up in current events and pop culture jokes, and who better to kick that off than Saturday Night Live? Last night, a “tech correspondent” on the Weekend Update was showing off Google Glass. Trust me, it’s worth a look. Check out the video below.

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 29 – May 5, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We finally published our review of the Galaxy S 4, and although the bootloader is locked on many variants, a solution is eminent. Probably the biggest story that didn’t get that much attention was the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 was approved by the U.S. Department of Defense based on Samsung’s security suite called KNOX. This is only going to strengthen Samsung’s mobile market share dominance. Google Glass news was a plenty, and we saw what appears to be a real leak of the Motorola XFON. Lastly, will Paranoid Android be the ROM of choice with their new Halo notifications? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

Best Android camera apps [April 2013]

How to use S Translator and the Optical Reader on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: The smartest smartphone ever

Live Pixels [Live Wallpaper]

Dinamotxt [Communication]

NASA receives images from Nexus PhoneSat satellites

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NASA certainly isn’t new to the task of taking images of the earth from space— however, this would be the first time that these images were taken using “PhoneSats,” a new, super-cheap, super-small type of satellite powered by Android smartphones.

Launched into orbit last month with the goal of showing that it is possible to create space-worthy hardware from consumer-grade devices, Alexander, Graham, and Bell (the names of the three satellite devices) returned blurry images before burning up in the atmosphere as planned on April 27th.  

Samsung releases another “Next Big Thing Is Here” commercial, showing what the Galaxy S 4 can do and the iPhone 5 can’t at a graduation pool party

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OK, so the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone is finally available in stores now and as part of its massive marketing blitz, the Korean giant has started the next phase of its “Next Big Thing Is Here” advertising campaign— naturally showing off just a little of what the impressive smartphone can do and the iPhone 5 well… can’t do.  Taking place at a graduation pool party, a few of the party goers take the opportunity to impress others by showcasing things like the various photography modes, Air View and Air Gestures when your hands are full or messy from eating savory ribs, NFC S Beam to share photos with friends in an instant, and using the smartphone as a TV remote. Of course showing off that the phone is indestructible is not part of the ad, but hey— one step at a time, right?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WARI_7c-Ofc

Latest numbers show Android maintaining smartphone OS dominance in U.S. market for first quarter

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comScore released smartphone manufacturer and operating system data today for the first quarter of 2013 in the U.S. market. The numbers show Android continuing to dominate with 52 percent market share for operating systems. This was down slightly from December 2012 when Android held 53.4 percent of the market. Blackberry also slid down to only 5.2 percent of the market and Symbian took a small dip. Apple’s iOS was the big gainer for the quarter jumping 2.7 percent to grab 39 percent of the market and Microsoft also gained slightly.

Google Photo Spheres widget now available for any web site

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Slowly but surely Google’s Photo Spheres continue the march toward general availability and usability throughout the web with Google’s release of a widget enabling them to be embedded on any web site. Up to now, Photo Spheres could only load on Google+ and Google Maps along with a couple third-party services that had figured out how to make them viewable. The new widget is not the easiest thing to deploy as web site owners will have to add a call to the Google+ API and then add some extensive code on their site where the Photo Sphere should appear. The Photo Spheres themselves have to be hosted on either Google+ or PicasaWeb. No doubt it will not be long before other developers streamline this process to make it easier for site owners to both deploy the widget and quickly grab the proper URL and parameters for a Photo Sphere.

In the meantime, Android users continue to wait for progress on making Photo Sphere capable camera apps as widely available so they can start to contribute to the library of Photo Spheres.

source: +Google+

AT&T releasing ‘All In One’ prepaid plan in June

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Consumers seeking a commitment-free mobile service will now have another option next month when AT&T launches their ‘All In One’ prepaid brand.  Plans are still tentative, but it’s probable that AT&T will offer a tiered-plan system dependent on the type of phone.

Pricing for feature phones will likely start at $35 a month, and smartphones will start at $50 a month.  This type of plan will provide customers with unlimited talk, text, and a 2GB data cap.  There are rumors of another plan being added on that will offer 5GB of mobile data for $70 a month.

B&N Nook HD devices getting big shot of Google starting today

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Barnes & Noble announced today they have entered into a new partnership with Google to bring several new apps to their Nook HD and Nook HD+ products. Foremost among the additions is the Google Play Store, which will increase the number of available apps for Nook HD owners from about 10,000 to well over 700,000. B&N CEO William Lynch indicated the new partnership is a result of research and sales data from the recently completed holiday shopping season that indicated users are shifting to more general purpose tablets instead of e-readers. To be successful in the tablet market, “the breadth of applications available is really critical.”

Google Fiber continues expansion, coming to Shawnee, Kansas

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Google announced an additional location to its growing Fiber network, and this time it is Shawnee, Kansas.  This makes sense because of it’s proximity to Kansas City, which has already been selected to receive Google Fiber service.

Google says that they selected Shawnee as a Fiber candidate due to the city’s vision of keeping their citizens informed and involved using the internet.  This is awesome news for the people of Shawnee, whose city council announced the news after voting on bringing Fiber to town.  There is no expected date for Fiber’s arrival in Shawnee, but engineers will be working hard to get the service up and running as soon as possible.

Source: Google Fiber Blog

Acer announces updated Iconia B1 with 3G and quad-core options

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The Acer Iconia B1 just became available only a couple of months ago, but Acer just announced new versions slated for June. They will now offer a 3G version that will feature a MediaTek quad-core processor. The WiFi version will still have the 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, but both versions will get bumped up to 1GB of RAM as opposed to 512MB of RAM. You will also have your choice of 8GB or 16GB for storage, but they offer a microSD slot for expandability. The display on both devices remains the same, 7-inches with a resolution of 1024 x 600. Last but not least, the materials are more of a premium feel similar to the Iconia A1, and the back will be white.

Pricing starts at €129 for the WiFi version and €179 for the 3G version. Expect to see these mid-June in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Hit the break for the full presser.

Verizon Galaxy Note II receiving incremental 4.1.2 update

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Verizon has started rolling out a small Android 4.1.2 OTA update for Galaxy Note II users. While there’s nothing major in the update, you do get more applications added to multiwindow, as well as the ability to change your quick toggles in display settings. Verizon is also removing the Zappos app and throwing in a handful of bug fixes across several apps. Nothing major, but definitely an update worth getting. Hit the source below to get the full changelog from Verizon.

source: Verizon Wireless

Acer unveils the Iconia A1 tablet with 7.9-inch 4:3 IPS display

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Acer just announced the Iconia A1 tablet that will feature a 7.9-inch (1024 x 768) IPS display with an aspect ratio of 4:3. It will include a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, front camera (not specified), microSD, microHDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11b/g/n.

It also features Acer’s new “Touch” theme. While the tablet is off, you can press five fingers on the display to wake it up to any app of your choosing. You can also opt for tapping just your thumbs for a different app.

The Acer Iconia A1 will be available starting in June with a suggested retail price of $169 for the 8GB version and $199 for the 16GB version. Full presser after the break.