How to set up and use WatchON along with the IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy S 4

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Just like the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 features an IR blaster along with a companion app to see what’s on TV and get recommendations. Samsung’s version is called WatchON and doesn’t appear to be as robust as HTC TV, but it gets the job done. WatchON lets you control your TV as well as a cable or satellite box through the IR blaster at the top of Galaxy S 4. You will need to go through an initial setup, but soon after, you will be able see your TV guide on your GS4 and get recommendations based on your interests. Just tap on a show or sporting event to get more information and once more to change the channel to that particular program. We put together this hands on video showing you how to set it up as well as some of the features from the WatchON app. Skip on past the break to see how it works, and don’t forget to check out our other Galaxy S 4 guides.

Samsung smartphone market share hits new record for 1st quarter 2013

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Samsung shows no signs of slowing down according to Strategy Analytics. They released numbers for the 1st quarter and Samsung hit a new record in terms of smartphone market share. They sold 69.4 million smartphones, which equates to a 33.1% market share, 4.2% higher than the 1st quarter 2012. Most of that increase came at the expense of Apple, which was at 17.9%, down from 22.8%. Apple could be peaking…

Woody Oh , Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics said, “Apple grew just 7 percent annually and shipped 37.4 million iPhones worldwide in Q1 2013. Apple’s global mobile phone marketshare is approaching a peak. Apple will need to launch new models, or partner with additional major carriers like China Mobile, if it wants to expand significantly beyond its current ceiling of 10 percent global volume share.”

source: Strategy Analytics

 

Google Glass easter egg aleady exposed

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Google and easter eggs go hand in hand so it’s no surprise that one was uncovered within Google Glass. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the Explorer Editions of Glass, you can go to Settings and Device Info, View Licences, and tap the touchpad nine times. When completed, you will see a bunch of images of the entire Project Glass team. Apparently team member, Mike LeBeau snuck it in as a tribute to his colleagues.

source: +JayLee
via: Engadget

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O [Updated With Winners]

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It’s hard to believe that Google I/O is only a couple of weeks away. The conference itself is always a exciting, but you can’t forget the parties either. Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party is always a blast, and we are excited to offer our readers a chance to get a ticket because it’s one you don’t want to miss. If delicious food, unlimited drinks, great entertainment and cool giveaways sounds like fun to you, then you will want to enter this contest right now. We have 10 tickets (plus one guest) to give away and the details are as follows:

When: Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Where: Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA
What: Lookout’s annual Google I/O kickoff party. Drinks will start flowing at 7:30 pm at Terra Gallery in San Francisco and we’ll have tasty food and awesome entertainment. Free giveaways for the first 200 who show up at the door (arrive early: we had a line around the block last year!). *Please note that this event is 21 and over.

The only caveat is that you need to get yourself to San Francisco on your own because travel arrangements are not included.

To enter, just comment below on what you want to see at this year’s Google I/O. Is it a newer Nexus 7, Key Lime Pie, a Nexus Q 2, or something entirely different? We will take entries through May 3rd at 12:00pm EST. We will pick 10 random winners shortly after.

**Be sure to use a real email address for your account because that is how we will contact you.

Good Luck!!!!

Update

Congratulations to the following winners….

Markus Holden

Eileen

Pradaman Shorey

chris

Taggard Andrews

Carlos

Nudo

Tuan Nguyen

Roger Leek

Joshua Barta

You will receive an email with instructions shortly, and be sure to say hello because I will be there as well!!

ASUS ME302C tablet with Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ spotted in benchmark

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It looks like ASUS has another Intel-based tablet up its sleeves according to a sighting in GFX Benmarks. While the Fonepad is smaller, this one will feature a 10,1-inch (1920 x 1080) display. It bares the model number of ME302C and it has the Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ clocked at 1.6GHz along with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It also appears to be part of the Eee family, which might mean it will be a Transformer type of tablet with an optional keyboard dock. We really don’t have much to go on so we will have to wait until more information leaks.

source: GFXBench
via: PhoneArena

Sony Xperia ZR (Dogo) leaks with 4.6-inch 720p display

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Sony continues to lead the race to see which phone manufacturer can use the most letters in the alphabet. The Xperia ZR, codenamed Dogo, seems to be an Xperia Z variant. It will sport a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP Exmor RS camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot, and 2,300mAh battery. As to the CPU, it wasn’t specified if it’s an S4 Pro or the newer 600 series. Also of note is that it’s water resistant with an IP/IP58 rating, which is higher that the IP55/IP57 rating for the Xperia Z. As far as design, it seems more like the Xperia ZL because it sports a glass body. We have no idea when this will be released, so stay tuned for more information as it happens.

source: Xperiablog

Eric Schmidt says Google Glass is inappropriate for some places and talking to it is ‘the weirdest thing’

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said some interesting things regarding Google Glass. He said using the voice recognition capabilities and talking to Glass is “the weirdest thing” while he was at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government yesterday. He thinks that we have to develop a new etiquette to deal with products such as Glass because they can record video and bring up information that only the wearer can see. He also admitted, “There are obviously places where Google Glasses are inappropriate.” We already saw one bar ban Google Glass, and that was before the Explorer Editions were even sent out.

There’s no question that people will need to get used to Glass, but I think it goes for both the people without Glass as well as the people with Glass. How comfortable are owners of Glass going to be using it everywhere? At the same time how comfortable will be those that don’t own Glass going to be around those that do?

source: Reuters

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 25, 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!!

Apps

Iron Man 3 game hits Android devices, gives all gamers a chance to be their inner Tony Stark

Carriers

T-Mobile, Washington State AG agree to settlement on claims of deceptive no-contract advertising

Google Glass

Next iteration of Google Glass may look like traditional sunglasses with two see-through displays

Smart glasses like Google Glass expected to ship 9 million units by 2016

T-Mobile, Washington State AG agree to settlement on claims of deceptive no-contract advertising

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T-Mobile launched new “no-contract” service plans last month in an effort to differentiate themselves in the U.S. market. As we noted when examining the plans, the new hardware financing options could lead consumers to pay an even greater amount to get out of the non-existent contract than what they would have paid under the old system that used early termination fees. That possibility led Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson to pursue an agreement to get T-Mobile to disclose these new terms in their advertising and offer customers a chance to cancel with no penalty if they were an early adopter of the new plans.

Iron Man 3 game hits Android devices, gives all gamers a chance to be their inner Tony Stark

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Admit it— sure it’s going to be fun watching the upcoming Iron Man 3, but you probably have one heck of an itch to be like him, right? Well Gameloft is giving all gamers the chance to live out the fantasy of being Tony Stark by unleashing the official Iron Man 3 video game in the Play Store. The game features non-stop action and places players right into the action which includes fighting against the deadly A.I.M. forces and fighting arch-enemies such as Crimson Dynamo— all across tons of missions and the ability to customize your character with items such as up to 18 different suits or upgrading your armor. Oh and best of all— smooth and easy-to-use swipe controls, so all gamers should be able to pick up and play right away.

The game is available for all Gingerbread+ users in the Play Store— you you’ll want to ensure you have some precious real estate on your device’s memory as it requires a hefty 795MB to operate. If you’re OK with that and are ready to get in on the action, head on down to the Play Store and grab the game today.

 

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Samsung to delay the launch of its security software for Galaxy smartphones

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It appears that Samsung’s well-known entrant into the enterprise world is set to encounter a slight delay with its arrival. Expected to arrive as early as this upcoming Saturday alongside the Galaxy S 4’s official release for AT&T, Samsung decided that its Knox software is not quite ready for primetime and needs to undergo further testing to ensure it will operate smoothly for various Sammy devices— regardless of wireless carriers. As a result, there are sources that are now claiming that Samsung plans on pushing Knox’s launch until sometime July.

Regardless of the delay, Samsung will continue its push for a full-fledged assault on the enterprise world with its Knox software. Samsung expects to release its security software alongside some variations of its Galaxy devices this year— all in the hopes of taking some of the ever-growing enterprise market share. Let’s just hope that some of the more traditional rivals are ready for Samsung’s imminent arrival.

source: New York Times

LG Optimus G Pro for AT&T render surfaces on Twitter

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LG is poised to announce next week the availability of the LG Optimus G Pro as part of the AT&T product portfolio, so it is no surprise that an image has shown up purporting to be a render of the device. @evleaks, the frequent tipster of Android device images, posted a pic today showing the device with a small AT&T logo on the back of the device. On the front of the device, the home button appears to have an AT&T blue highlight surrounding the button. In just a few more days we should be able to verify how accurate the rendered image is.

source: @evleaks

Huawei announces departure from U.S. market, then reverses course

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The past two days have been interesting ones for Huawei and their efforts to break into the U.S. market. During a summit with analysts on Tuesday, Huawei’s Executive Vice President Eric Xu made some statements indicating Huawei was going to abandon the U.S. market. At least, that is how many people interpreted his comments. A day later Huawei issued a clarification to explain that Mr. Xu was commenting on growth in other developed countries, especially European markets. Huawei anticipates those markets will be much more important for them than the U.S. market, but they have no intention of abandoning the U.S. market.

Smart glasses like Google Glass expected to ship 9 million units by 2016

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Research firm IHS has released their predictions for shipments of wearable, high tech glasses, like Google Glass, and it’s definitely a positive outlook. According to the firm, they believe up to 9.4 million units could be shipped between 2012 and 2016. They only expect about 124,000 units of Glass to ship this year, but they see the demand for devices to accelerate by 250% next year, and if Google plays their cards right with development and advertising, they could ship over 6 million Glass units in 2016. The firm does warn, however, that price may be the Achilles Heel of Google Glass. Hit the press release below to check out the full details.

Next iteration of Google Glass may look like traditional sunglasses with two see-through displays

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Just because Google Glass hasn’t officially been released yet doesn’t mean we can’t speculate on what the next version will be like. According to a new patent filed by Google, the next generation of Glass will have a more traditional look, like what your sunglasses look like today. The patent describes a “near-to-eye display with diffraction grating that bends and focuses light,” and it gets even more complex from there. However, it more or less describes a device that looks like normal sunglasses instead of the bulky Glass model Google is currently working with.

Obviously this should be taken with a grain of salt, as this is just a patent for something Google can potentially work with. I don’t expect Google will want to obsolete their current version of Glass within six months, and I seriously doubt the necessary hardware is even there for them to do that if they wanted to. This stuff is years down the road, at least. But hey, a little speculation never hurts.

source: US Patent Office

via: Unwired View