TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 8, 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

More evidence of the existence of Google Babel appears in string of code and pop-up message

Revamped Google Chat screenshots leak, further confirms that Babel is coming soon… very soon

Facebook Home pre-release gets leaked, gives Android users a half-baked taste of sweet glory

Photosphere Live Wallpaper lands in Google Play Store

Tumblr Rolls Out Enhanced Sharing Capabilities with Newly Redesigned Android App

Overlays Android Application Floats Widgets Over Currently Running Apps

Carriers

Best Buy Will Offer T-Mobile Simple Choice Plans By February 2014

Virgin Mobile offers 100 bucks for T-Mobile customers to switch teams

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Tumblr Rolls Out Enhanced Sharing Capabilities with Newly Redesigned Android App

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Not to be outdone by the competition, Tumblr rolled out their newly redesigned Android app today on the Google Play Store. The latest iteration brings with it some pretty amazing updates. The app, which is available immediately for download, has an all new “post anything” screen that lets users post:

  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Quotes
  • Chats
  • Links
  • Text (with a single tap)

Advanced controls will also enable users to save drafts, queue posts, and customize tweets. Hit the break for a screenshot of the new “post anything” screen. Read more

Sony’s Xperia ZL heading to Cincinnati Bell on May 1st

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If you’ve been keeping an eye out for either of Sony’s latest flagship phones, we’ve got some good news about the Xperia ZL, just a day after hearing that the Xperia Z may hit our shores relatively soon. The Xperia ZL, which is the non-waterproof/dustproof cousin of the Z will be hitting Cincinnati Bell on May 1st for $249 with a two year agreement. It’s taken awhile for either of these devices to land on any US carriers, but even with Samsung and HTC fighting for the attention of consumers, I still think the Xperia ZL will move a few devices. It’s definitely a high end option for someone looking for something a little different.

The XL will come sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and that stunning 13 MP camera. It also still has the LTE and GSM bands to work on any carrier in the States, (Band 4 for T-Mobile LTE and Band 17 for AT&T) but there’s no word on if the device will be sim-locked or not. Hopefully not. Hit the press release below for all the details, and be sure to mark the 1st on your calendar if you’re planning on picking one of these up. Read more

Virgin Mobile offer 100 bucks for T-Mobile customers to switch teams

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T-Mobile’s newest wireless plans have certainly gone without notice from its competitors, so it’s expected that we’ll see an onslaught of ads highlighting that there are more than a few alternatives out there for folks to choose from. In addition to its incredibly inexpensive monthly plans, Virgin Mobile is trying to entice customers by offering a sweet $100 credit to any existing T-Mobile customer that wants to switch services. All that’s needed? T-Mobile customers will just need to bring their phone number over to Virgin Mobile in order to be eligible— that’s it.

Naturally T-Mobile’s mobile plans will offer the most bang for the buck in the long run for most folks (in terms of overall value), but at least Virgin Mobile is giving consumers yet another chance to save an extra dollar or two.

source: AllThingsD

Revamped Google Chat screenshots leak, further confirms that Babel is coming soon… very soon

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We already know that Google’s revamped all-in-one chat service is very much real and definitely on the way, but we finally have a concrete idea of how it will look when it is unveiled to the masses, courtesy of some leaked screenshots obtained by the gang at techradar. As you can see in these screenshots, the new version of Google Chat service will feature a complete revamped to its UI by including a more threaded messaging style and the use of newer graphics which include the use of new emoticons to be used by both Babel chat and a Hangout within Google+. Oh and Google seems to be intent on getting feedback as quickly as possible by including a “What do you think about Babel in Gmail?” notification when you over over the Feedback button.

Unfortunately, there are no additional details to confirm anything else (such as what Google is doing with WhatsApp) for now, though all indications point to the arrival of Babel sooner than we think.

source: techradar

 

 

Best Buy Will Offer T-Mobile Simple Choice Plans By February 2014

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T-Mobile launched its new Simple Choice plans last month and according to an internal document, Best Buy will offer the new plans by the end of its fiscal year, February 2014. Until then, Best Buy will continue to offer T-Mobile Classic plans. For customers wanting a Simple Choice plan, they will only be available directly from T-Mobile online or through one of its retail locations. Also, if you are on a Classic plan and want to stay on it, purchasing through third-party retailers like Best Buy are your only option. T-Mobile is wanting to move completely away from its Classic plans and contracts altogether, but it’s going to take time to fully transition over to this new, no-contract model.

Source: TmoNews

T-Mobile Galaxy S II Receives Android 4.1.2

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Just one week after Sprint’s version received an update, T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II has finally received the upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Owners should be able to update now through Samsung KIES or via OTA by navigating to “Settings” and “About Phone”. Here are the new features and enhancements:

  • Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
  • Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
  • TouchWiz Nature UX
  • Samsung’s S Cloud services
  • Improved Camera features
  • New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
  • New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
  • New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
  • Google Now

Source: SamMobile

Photosphere Live Wallpaper lands in Google Play Store

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Over the weekend we shared the news about the release of the SphereShare.net Android app that helps you find and view Photo Spheres submitted by users from around the world. If you were wondering what to do with a Photo Sphere that you find particularly nice, you might want to check out Photosphere Live Wallpaper. With this new app from Kittehface Software, you can use a Photo Sphere for the wallpaper background on your Android device with support for viewing by swiping or tilting your device between screens. Read more

Native DUALSHOCK 3 support may be coming to Sony Xperia devices

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As Android smartphones become more powerful with each successive generation, more people are finding them capable of running games they enjoy playing. Depending on a device’s capabilities, it is easily conceivable that it can serve in the same role as a traditional game platform like a PlayStation, complete with a connection to a flat screen TV and dedicated controllers for players. We have seen many companies come to market with controllers for Android devices that replicate the controllers found with leading game systems in pursuit of such a setup. It appears that Sony has decided to get in on this market with the introduction of native support for their PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers on some devices. Read more

Galaxy Note III Will Be First Device With Samsung’s S Orb Photo Feature

Galaxy Note 3 Will Be First To Feature Samsung's S Orb

The Galaxy Note 3 is slated to launch in September and according to a new report, will be the first Samsung device to feature S Orb. We originally expected this feature to debut in the Galaxy S 4. S Orb is very similar to Photo Sphere on the Nexus 4 and allows users to take 360-degree panorama photos. There are a couple reasons why the Galaxy Note 3 could get S Orb ahead of the Galaxy S 4. Samsung appears to be waiting on upgrading to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie which won’t be announced until Google I/O in May. With the Galaxy S 4 launching ahead of the announcement, that means an update is further down the line. However, Samsung could ship the Galaxy Note 3 in September with Android 5.0 installed.

Source: Android Geeks