TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 1, 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

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: The smartest smartphone ever

Apps

HTC ditching HTC Watch support in 6 countries on May 31

EA Brings iOS Hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play, Lowers Price of Need For Speed: Most Wanted to $0.99

T-Mobile offers MLB.com At Bat 2013 for free through June 30th

Ingress players level 2 and up begin receiving extra invitation codes

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Samsung quietly working on the EK-GN120, a Galaxy Camera that’s also identified as a mobile phone

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Ingress players level 2 and up begin receiving extra invitation codes

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If you’ve been enjoying Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, you’ll soon have the chance to invite some buddies to join the fun. The Ingress profile on Google+ has announced that all players over level 2 will be getting some invites to hand out to friends, which is great news for everyone. So if you’re already playing, get some friends on board. If you haven’t gotten an invite yet, now’s your chance to start bugging your buddies for one.

source: Google Plus

Android tablets pull ahead in Q1 2013, running on 56.5% of all tablets shipped

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IDC has released their numbers for tablet market share in the first quarter of 2013, and it looks great for Android tablets. In the first three months of the year, 27.8 million Android tablets were shipped, up 247% from Q1 last year. The 27.8 million tablets also happen to make up 56.5% of all tablets shipped during the quarter, snagging the top spot from Apple. Apple’s share dipped to 39.6%, which is almost a 20% decline in market share from the previous year. While Apple didn’t ship less tablets, (they actually shipped almost 8 million more than they did in Q1 2012) there was a significant boon in the tablet market compared to last year, and a ton of those tablets ran Android.

Obviously, this just represents one quarter of this year, which a small slice of the pie. Android tablets have a ways to go, especially in popularity and app selection, before they can really penetrate the tablet market the way Android has done with phones. Still, though, grabbing up over half of an entire market in a quarter is a huge step in the right direction.

source: IDC

Bulletproof is a 3rd Party Application That Brings A Much-Needed Lockscreen to Google Glass

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In what is definitely a huge oversight on Google’s part, the Glass software has no built-in lockscreen function. Obviously it can be assumed that there will be many changes before the rumored Spring 2014 release date since it’s a Beta product, but the problem remains for now.

Developer Mike DiGiovanni didn’t want to risk having his contacts and personal information easily swiped so he set about doing Google’s job for them, and Bulletproof was born. In a post on Google+ DiGiovanni explains its function saying, “Use combinations of swipes and taps on the side touchpad to unlock your device. The app knows when Google Glass is off your head and locks the device only at that point.” Pretty handy, and very useful. Click past the break to see it in action.

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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z with LTE passes through FCC

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T-Mobile’s version of the Sony Xperia Z seems to have passed through the FCC according to multiple documents and pictures.  Internal and external pictures are included, as well as a detailed user manual which gives away the model, carrier association, and also points out that the phone will feature WiFi calling.  The documents show that there will be an inclusion of AWS LTE (band 4) and pentaband HSPA+.

It won’t be long before T-Mobile officially announces the phone’s release to the public.

Check the pictures and documents out for yourself at the source link below.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

T-Mobile offers MLB.com At Bat 2013 for free through June 30th

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Back on January 8th at T-Mobile’s CES press event, the company announced a new partnership with Major League Baseball.  Until now, the two companies were relatively quiet about what this deal would come to mean for customers.  Today, T-Mobile proudly announced that it will be offering MLB.com At Bat 2013 for free in the Google Play Store through June 30th.

The well-known app features all-season access to a free MLB.TV streaming Game of the Day, access to live home and away radio broadcasts of games, highlights, scores, and other updates.

Unfortunately, there is no refund available for users who purchased the app before May 1, and the app isn’t available to Windows Phone and Blackberry (who?) customers.  Die-hard and casual fans alike should dive in a take the opportunity— the total value of the promotion is a whopping $19.99.

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Hands on with the AT&T Optimus G Pro smartphone

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Earlier today, AT&T and LG announced the Optimus G Pro smartphone, the next great flagship device to battle for true supremacy. So it’s only fitting that LG showcases its newest toy at its Share The Genius event here in New York City, where it is giving an opportunity for a handful of folks to test drive the newest device before it arrives in stores next week. With an incredibly thin profile, stunning 5.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at a whopping 1.7GHz and a customized version of Android 4.1.2— the Optimus G Pro certainly looks the part of a topnotch device. But alas, as we all know— it’s not about how the device looks— it’s all about how the device operates and feels during real-time usage. So hit the break to check out or hands-on and get a feel of the Optimus G Pro in action.

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EA Brings iOS Hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play, Lowers Price of Need For Speed: Most Wanted to $0.99

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Today EA brought their freemium iOS hit Monopoly Hotels to Google Play. In the game you play a hotel mogul, building various themed rooms and catching money from the sky to build your hotel up. Upgrading your rooms brings VIP guests like Mr. Potato Head and G.I. Joe to your hotel. Achievements can be unlocked via in-app purchases, but EA has built a game that is fun no matter how you choose to play it.  Read more

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: The smartest smartphone ever

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It’s spring time so it must mean another edition of the Galaxy S line. The Galaxy S 4 was introduced with some pomp and circumstance last month at Radio City Music Hall. The event itself didn’t get a lot of praise, but the fact that the design of the GS4 didn’t change all that much from last year’s Galaxy S III left some people even more disappointed. Samsung didn’t hold much back in terms of specs, but the GS4 has zero to do with that. It doesn’t even have anything to do with the quality of the build. It’s the software features. Samsung started promoting software features with the Galaxy S III, and they turned up the dial even more this year. The Galaxy S III proved to be the most successful Android phone ever, and Samsung has even bigger plans for the Galaxy S 4. Does it live up to the hype? Well skip on past the break to find out.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 bootloader unlock picks up steam with latest hack

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News today from Twitter where security guru Dan Rosenberg, @djrbliss, posted an image of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 with what appears to be an unlocked bootloader that he managed to hack. Rosenberg had already achieved root on the new devices on launch day when he figured out an unlock tool intended for Motorola devices would also work on the Galaxy S 4 thanks to the use of Qualcomm chips. The downside is that nothing much can be done once rooted and the risk related to bricking a brand new device is a little higher than normal as no recovery options or stock images are available yet. Hopefully Rosenberg’s work is about to change some of that as his image appears to indicate that he has recovery running. Rosenberg is expected to release more details later today on exactly what he has achieved and how others may replicate his efforts.

source: @djrbliss