Samsung Galaxy S 5 Mini support page goes live in Finland, not much info for now

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The Galaxy S 5 Mini is coming. As recent as last week, we have seen leaks that basically confirm the little handset is on its way. Now a support page for the Galaxy S 5 Mini has been located through Samsung’s Finnish site. Everything is empty and it looks like the page is just holding things over until the GS5 Mini becomes official.

Will Samsung unveil the device this month? Motorola and LG have events scheduled for May 13 and May 27, respectively. Even Intel and Google are co-hosting an event May 6.

Source: Samsung (Finnish)
Via: GSMArena

Samsung’s new app allows you to follow LeBron James in Twitter fashion, but only James

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Do you own a Samsung phone? Have you ever wanted to just follow LeBron James using an exclusive Samsung app that will allow you to do so? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Samsung’s got your back. In a new app created by the company, you will be able to follow James and all that he does in a Twitteresque styling. The kicker is, he’s the only person you’ll be following… In the app… ever… If that sounds like your cup of tea, then continue reading.

Simply called “LeBron,” the app allows you to access all of James’ games, his life, and his journey. You’ll have access to never-before-seen content and clips of the Heat in action throughout the playoffs. You’ll be able to download wallpapers and custom lockscreens while also being able to check stats and watch LeBron and the Heat live. On top of that, you can see what he does during game day or even how he dresses.

Vanity aside, Samsung is looking to get the most out of their spokesperson and as Samsung is looking to add more apps that will entice people to buy Samsung phones. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.

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Xperia Z2 for Verizon appears in image posted by Sony on Google+ [Updated]

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Oops? It looks like we have a carrier in the United States that will be selling the Sony Xperia Z2. Despite not having any U.S. carriers officially partnering to do so, it is now very likely that Verizon will carry Sony’s flagship smartphone.

The image above came from Sony’s official Google+ page for the Xperia brand. It shows a normal Xperia Z2 with a special piece of branding up top. A Verizon logo is sitting directly above the display. While nothing is official, this does resurrect the previous leak that the Xperia Z2 would indeed land on Big Red’s network.

Update: The post was pulled and Sony sent us the following statement…

“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer.”

Source: +SonyXperia
Via: Android Central

Verizon Wireless is discounting flagship phones for Mother’s Day

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Looking for a new phone for Mom, or maybe yourself? Well then head over to Verizon Wireless because they are knocking $100 off of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), HTC One Max, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  The Galaxy S 5, HTC One (M8), and HTC One Max are now $99, while the Galaxy Note 3 is $199. These are of course contract pricing, so you will need to open a new line for 2-years or be eligible for an upgrade to an existing line.

You will also find deals for the iPhone 5S, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry if you or Mom desires them.

The sale runs through May 12, so you have a little time to think about it.

source: Verizon

HTC One (M8) Mini to be called the HTC One Mini 2

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In a world where smartphone manufacturers used long obnoxious names for their devices, one phone stood up against the norm. Ah, who are we kidding. Most phones these days have longer names, and most of them are a mouthful. Well if evleaks is right — and he typically is — the next generation HTC One Mini will be the HTC One Mini 2. Like we said, a mouthful.

The device is said to have a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution. It features a Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It will have a 13 MP rear shooter accompanied by a 5 MP camera in the front. It will have Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.0 onboard and is currently slated for Verizon right now.

source: @evleaks

Snapchat adds texting and video calling

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Users of the 10-second video social network will find an update that allows them to chat with their Snapchat buddies. Accessible straight from the main camera view, all you have to do is swipe the person you want to chat with and you’re on your way. As in normal Snapchat fashion, the moment you go away from the conversation, your messages disappear. You do have the option to save messages you deem important though. That’s not the only thing that Snapchat is adding though.

When you’re Snapchatting someone or have a chat window open, there will be a notification button — that’s blue — that will allow you to instantly turn that chat into a video call. You have the option of using the rear or front camera. Of course, video calling is just as permanent as the rest of Snapchat’s other features. Video can be one sided or both people can share in the experience. We have a video after the break that demonstrates these new features. Enjoy!

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Play Music Android app updated to 5.5, share and edit playlists

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Google updated the Android Play Music app to 5.5 bringing a couple of new features to playlists. By far the biggest change is that you can now share your playlists with your friends, provided the music is in the cloud, not on your device. As far as editing playlists, you could already create new playlists and edit your music choices in existing playlists, but you can now edit the name and description of your playlists from your device.

This is a staged rollout, but you can download the apk if you’re in a hurry. Download links after the break.

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Yahoo Screen released to Android

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Yahoo Screen, Yahoo‘s video streaming service, was released to Android today. Yahoo is already offering an iOS version of the app, and today it was finally brought to Android.

The video streaming service puts a larger focus on small clips rather than full episodes, and it offers a mixture of comedy, sports and music. It even has some original programming. Yahoo Screen, for example, offers a huge backlog of Saturday Night Live sketches, all for free. Hit the break for screenshots and the Play Store download link.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 30, 2014

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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!!

Contests

Win a Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8, LG G2, Nexus 5, or Note 3 courtesy of Poweramp, Negri Electronics and TalkAndroid

Apps

Google releases standalone mobile apps for Docs and Sheets

Yahoo Screen released to Android

Redbox Instant adds Chromecast support

Spotify finally brings latest interface redesign to Android

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