We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are still recuperating from last week’s Google I/O, but it didn’t stop the news. More evidence that Motorola’s X phone will be available on multiple carriers soon came from an FCC filing for a Sprint version. Samsung already sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 phones and new colors are on the way. Things are looking up for HTC with 5 million HTC Ones sold to date, but will current employees listen to former Product Strategy Manager’s tweet telling everyone to quit? Android 4.3 surfaces, and did the new Nexus 7 make a secret appearance at Google I/O? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Android developers in Argentina have received a letter from Google informing them that Google will no longer be able to accept payments on behalf of the developers beginning June 27. This applies to both paid apps and in-app purchases, and is likely due to new restrictions by the Argentina government on currency exchanges. Not only will payments come to a halt, but beginning July 27, Google will remove paid apps and in-app items developed by Argentines.
Developers in Argentina will still be able to offer free apps, and Android users in Argentina will still be able to purchase apps in the Play Store, however. Google suggests in their letter that a solution for Argentines is to move their accounts to another country without such restrictions. Google hopes to restore payments in the future, but “no specific plans are in place at the moment.”
Source: The Verge
As Samsung continues its march to produce a Galaxy S 4 model targeted at virtually every type of consumer, we continue to try to identify specifics for all of the models slated to hit the market. Our latest bit of information comes from a leaked UAProf file that was discovered on the Samsung domain. The file indicates it is for an SM-C101, which we have confirmed is the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom. We see in the UAProf that the device will have an ARM11 processor and it also confirms the device will have a screen resolution of 960×540 as we reported earlier.
The Galaxy S 4 Zoom appears to distinguish itself from other models by packing in a 16MP camera capable of 10X digital zoom. Some have described the device as more of a camera phone than a smart phone.
Frequent smartphone tipster @evleaks posted a tip earlier today indicating Verizon will be getting the Kyocera Hydro Elite added to their portfolio in June. Along with posting an image of the mysterious device, @evleaks indicates the device will be available for only $50. At that price point, the hardware is probably not anything particularly cutting edge. Just based on the name though, the Hydro Elite will likely be a waterproof device similar to the Kyocera Hydro announced earlier this year. If that is accurate, the new offering from Verizon will join the Kyocera Hydro Rise recently announced for Sprint in competing for customers looking for a more rugged smartphone.
The latest round of rumors from the HTC camp are saying that a newer HTC One may be launching soon. The catch? It’ll have a larger screen, supposedly between 5 and 6 inches. Now, before you flip out and bash HTC for replacing a flagship device so quickly, (again) the rumors suggest that this larger phone would just supplement the One, like what Samsung does with their Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. And considering the HTC Butterfly and Droid DNA had 5 inch screens, this could very well be a slightly bumped up version of those devices. We have seen that speculated DLXPLUS floating around in Verizon systems for a while, remember? Anything’s possible.
At this point, this is still a pretty hazy rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. I’d like to see HTC launch a competitive phablet, but I think they’d run the risk of over-saturating their market if they release a One Mini and One Plus right on the heels of the HTC One really just starting to take off.
source: Pocket Lint
Today Nokia has decided to file yet another patent suit against HTC claiming infringement with the HTC One its main target. According to Nokia, HTC hasn’t taken any action to prevent infringement and said the company “tried to shift responsibility to its suppliers.”
Nokia’s obvious main goal here is to somehow stop HTC’s sales of the One. This is still a developing story, as soon as we know more we’ll be sure to let you all know.
It took long enough, but it seems like the Sony Xperia S is finally going to be able to enjoy Jelly Bean. Numerous deadlines have come and gone without a Jelly Bean release, but Sony France has now confirmed on Twitter that the 4.1.2 update is being slowly rolled-out to users. Sony says that “many more builds will arrive next week,” so don’t worry too much if you haven’t already received the update. When it’s time, 4.1.2 will be available via both the Sony PC companion and over-the-air.
Have any of you Xperia S users already received the update?
Source: Xperia Blog
Thanks to XDA user chaleen, new screenshots of a Nexus 4 in Thailand’s Mobile Expo 2013 running Android 4.3 have surfaced. So far nothing too interesting in the screenshots as it just shows the build and kernel info, but one of them was fairly interesting as it shows a slightly re-designed UI for Google’s stock camera UI. You can check out that screenshot right below.
Along with updates on the Google Chrome Beta channel for desktop systems that were made available yesterday, Google also announced the availability of an update to the Chrome Beta for Android app. The new update for Chrome 28 takes it up to version 28.0.1500.21. Headlining the improvements is better integration of the Google Translate service which will automatically detect whether a web page is in a different language from what your Android device is set to and will make the translate bar easily available similar to the desktop version of Chrome. Scrolling on a page will now cause the toolbar to disappear, providing a fullscreen browsing experience. Google also added in a new graph to show estimated bandwidth savings due to the experimental data compression feature and improved, mobile-friendly error pages. If you want to grab the Chrome Beta for Android app, just hit one of the download links below.
Google Play Download Link