Best Buy making sample units of Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Gear 2 available to shoppers starting today

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Want to test out the Galaxy S 5 and the new Galaxy Gear line before release date?

Starting today, Best Buy will be making sample units of the devices available to the public in its stores, weeks before their respective launch dates.

This would mark the first time a retailer has ever showcased a phone before its launch. The deal is part of Samsung’s year-old partnership with Best Buy, which brought nearly 1,400 Samsung “experience shops” within select Best Buy locations.

Best Buy’s goal here is preorders, and we’re expecting that number to be pretty high in anticipation for the launch of Samsung’s newest line of Galaxy devices.

Source: Mashable

Moto 360 to include OLED screen, wireless charging and sapphire glass

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The Moto 360 is one of the most interesting smartwatches to date, and while it certainly looks great not too much is known about the specifications of the device.

We know for sure that the device will run on Android Wear, the new OS made specifically for wearable devices. Other rumors are suggesting that the device will include an OLED display, which makes sense due to the fact that Motorola stated that they would use technology from the Moto X. An OLED screen would also be the obvious choice to save battery life.

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Camera Samples of the upcoming Oppo Find 7 leaks

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Oppo has generated a lot of attention with its new flagship capable of taking 50 MP pictures. In fact, the smartphone doesn’t have a 50 MP camera, the Find 7 is fitted with a 13 MP camera sensor but because of the super zoom feature, the company has said that it is capable of taking 50 MP pictures by capturing up to 10 pictures and stitching them together in order to produce a 50 MP image.

A new set of camera samples of Oppo’s upcoming flagship, the Find 7, have been leaked boasting the 50 MP super zoom feature. The images look quite promising with a decent color and contrast both in outdoor pictures as well as indoor, but there’s no image of a low light environment.

As for the specs, the Oppo Find 7 rocks a a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, 5MP front facing camera and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Source: iAndroid, ePrice

 

 

YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

 

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The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

Pebble sold 400,000 devices last year, ready for the Android Wear onslaught

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While Google garnered a lot of attention earlier this week with the release of Android Wear for wearable devices, especially smart watches, one company is a bit of an “old hand” in the smart watch category. Pebble is coming off a successful 2013 that saw them sell over 400,000 smart watches and they expect revenues to double in 2014. Despite this success, Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky knows Google’s entry into the market is a potential game changer and will force his company to be “laser-focused on creating the very best user experiences we can.” Read more

Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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ZTE Nubia X6 spotted on Tenaa with a 6.44″ display

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The ZTE Nubia X6 has been teased a couple times by ZTE, but we haven’t really been able to find out much about the specs of the device until now. The device was recently leaked on Chinese site Tenaa, and it turns out that the device is actually a 6.44″ phablet!

The screen has a 1080p resolution and will be a rival to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Because of the big screen, the device itself has larger dimensions, at 175.9 x 89 x 7.9mm. It also weighs a total of 220g.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 20, 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!!

Accessories

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349

Apps

Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship

Google knows the YouTube app has been crashing, and they’re working on a fix

Latest Motorola Camera update now lets users snap pictures via the volume button

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Developers can have varied “What’s New” descriptions in the Play Store for different builds

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Google just keeps making things easier for developers. Starting today, developers can tailor the “What’s New” description in the Play Store for the different builds of an application. Have the beta? Developers can make you “What’s New” description different than the displayed for an alpha build. It is great and all, but developers just have to take the initiative of doing so.

Source: Android Developer