Amazon’s upcoming music service might not feature unlimited music streaming

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Last month, Amazon held talks with a large number of record labels in order to start its own music streaming service like Spotify, Beats etc. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has talked with major record labels and music publishers to license their musics for the upcoming streaming service.

The company is looking to provide music streaming service to its Amazon Prime program customers who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon’s video-streaming service. However, according to the journal, Amazon might limit how many times a person can listen to a song. After a few replays of a song, Amazon would ask the user to buy the music if he/she likes it.  Read more

ZTE’s Nubia X6 rear camera will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology

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A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.

According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM.  Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 11, 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!!

Apps

WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new privacy settings, other additions

Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance

Carriers

AT&T sends out Moto X soak test invites, possibly for Android 4.4.2

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OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1

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That’s a picture of Sony’s Xperia Z1, which is a great phone. The important thing, though, is that there’s a OnePlus One below it. According to a recent announcement on their forums, OnePlus has chosen a 5.5-inch screen to be used in their upcoming device, but thanks to some some really crafty engineering (and probably magic) they’ve managed to cram a phablet sized screen into a phone that would normally sport a 5-inch screen, like the Xperia Z1. This device will likely have one of the best screen-to-bezel ratios on any phone once it’s released.

Pete Lau, founder of OnePlus, also divulged some of the tech that’s going into the screen. It’ll be a full 1080p screen, not 2k, because of battery and processor efficiency, and the DPI will be somewhere north of 400. It features a Touch On Lens module that decreases distance between the touch sensor and display panel, and it’s 300% more resistant to shattering than other competing screens as a nice bonus.

The OnePlus One is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic device. Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5.5-inch full HD screen, and a fully tweaked and optimized Cyanogenmod ROM, plus a sub-400 dollar price point are going to give Google’s own Nexus line some serious competition.

source: OnePlus Forums

Google buys Green Throttle Games in quest to develop set top box

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According to recent reports, Google has acquired Green Throttle Games and aims to use the parts and labor of the company in their quest to develop a set top box. Google has confirmed the reports, but no specifics about the deal have been released.

Green Throttle Games was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating a seamless gaming experience on Android devices. The company soon released an “Atlas” game controller that connects to Android devices via Bluetooth.

Reports of a Google set top box have been making the rounds for a while now, so these reports do make sense. If Google does in fact make gaming a selling point of their set top box, they would definitely have a chance of gaining ground on Apple TV.

Source: 9to5Google

Preview for Glass scans movie posters and shows you the trailers

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A new Google Glass app called Preview for Glass has been announced, which essentially allows users be shown a movie trailer simply by looking at the poster.

The app users image recognition, and uses the command “Ok Glass, preview the movie”. The software will instantly recognize the poster and show you the trailer. The app should work with most movies currently in theaters, however it is a new app so it might now work with as many movies as the user might like. Hit the break for a video!

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Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth

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A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was before.

New statistics only recently released show that Pandora is still at the forefront of music streaming, which really isn’t surprising considering they are one of the oldest and most well known services still available. One surprise in the statistics show that iTunes Radio has taken third place, ahead of Spotify.

Source: Statista
Via: PocketNow

New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices

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New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90’s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can be wrapped around a person’s wrist forming a bracelet or, depending on what is displayed, a watch. In their patent application, Samsung describes how such a device could perform a variety of functions, like playing music when touched or moved in a certain way or tracking health information using biosensors. The possibilities will probably be limited more by the sensors and power source that can be packed into such a device as opposed to the display since the whole device could become the display. Read more

Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging

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Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.

For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.

Hit the break for the full press release. Read more