HTC CEO Chou says company to rebound to highest level ever with 15% of market


At a shareholder’s meeting held today, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou touted the company’s position mid-way through 2013 and promised “we are determined to do our best to expand the percentage to 10 to 15 percent in the future” in referring to global smartphone market share. At its most recent peak in 2011, HTC only managed to control 10% of the global and since then has seen that fall off to only 4%. Read more

Robert Downey Jr. joins HTC as ambassador for $12 million

robert_downey_jr_phoneHTC now has Iron Man on their side. Kind of. Bloomberg is reporting that HTC has signed actor Robert Downey Jr. to a two year, $12 million marketing deal. Downey Jr. will be playing himself (not Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes) in television, print, and billboard advertisements. HTC has nothing to announce yet on a new marketing campaign, so we’ll have to wait for the specifics on how he will be used t.

HTC had a $1 billion marketing budget last year, compared to Samsung’s whopping $10 billion. Hiring one of Hollywood’s top actors is a great move for HTC, who suddenly has to play catch up to Samsung, whose marketing push includes featuring superstar athlete Lebron James.

Source: Bloomberg


LG event scheduled for August 7 in New York City

LG_Logo_LargeWe’ve received an invite to a press event hosted by LG in New York City on August 7. There’s no information given past that for right now, but this invite comes just hours after LG revealed that their next flagship phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s speedy new Snapdragon 800. Could we see the Optimus G’s successor? We’ll know for sure in 7 weeks, and we’ll of course keep you updated until then.

O2 launching unique “Talk to the Hand” gloves, Bluetooth enabled gloves for phone calls

o2 phone gloves

If you like odd phone accessories, we’ve got something that you’re really going to enjoy. UK carrier O2 is launching a new line of Talk to the Hand gloves, which basically let you talk to your hand. A collaboration between O2 and artist Sean Miles, these gloves are essentially Bluetooth headsets built into a glove for your smartphone with the ability to answer calls and talk on the phone built right in. Sure, you’re going to look really, really weird, but it’s a cool concept.

The coolest part about the gloves is that they’re made from old recycled phones. The entire project was really just a way to push recycling into the spotlight and prove that old electronics can be recycled for some pretty neat new uses. So don’t trash those old phones just because you upgrade to something newer and better; they’ve still got some life left in them outside of your desk drawer or a landfill.

source: Pocket Lint

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 20, 2013


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!!


‘Droid Combat – Mission Alpha’ officially released to Play Store, not likely linked to new device launch

Disney releases Where’s My Mickey? for smartphones and tablets

With the movie releasing this weekend, Monsters University game hits the Play Store

Facebook announces video on Instagram for Android and iOS

SwiftKey celebrates milestone with 50% off sale for limited time

Gaming Hardware

NVIDIA drops price of Shield to $299

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Expect more 8-inch Android tablets during second half of 2013


Analysts with NPD DisplaySearch are predicting big gains in the number of tablet devices shipped in 2013 and the hot spot is expected to be 8-inch tablet devices. According to NPD DisplaySearch, their analysis of the display supply chain indicates 8-inch devices will make up 5-10% of the market. That will be significant considering most Android powered tablets now come in either 7-inch or 10-inch sizes. Read more

Google to open Android Nation retail stores in India


Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global. Read more

With the movie releasing this weekend, Monsters University game hits the Play Store


With Pixar’s latest sure-to-be hit Monsters University releasing this weekend, Monsters University the game has already landed in the Google Play Store. The game costs $.99 and offers quite a bit of content for all ages to enjoy.


Catch Archie:
• Get a hold of Archie the Scare Pig, the squealing mascot of Monsters University’s rival school, Fear Tech, in this thrilling game!
• Chase Archie in 30 exciting stages, and tire him out to win each stage!
• Swipe to jump, slide, and dodge tricky obstacles throughout campus!

Toxicity Challenge:
• Compete in the first scare game event of the year, and put your agility skills to the test!
• Race against the clock, and run through the sewers before time runs out.
• Watch out for the stinging glow urchins that will sting and slow you down throughout all 30 stages!

Other Monstrous Features:
• Play as 3 of your favorite monsters: Mike, Sulley, and Squishy.
• Level up to unlock special power-ups!
• Find and collect Scare Cards featuring famous monsters.
• The Scare Games continue soon with FREE updates that will include more characters and new games based on the other events!

Links to the game right below!

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