Galaxy Tab 2 screenshot surfaces

What’s this we have here, another Galaxy leak? Thankfully the Galaxy S III is now official and that rollercoaster ride has closed so this new leak is for the Galaxy SCH-I705 which is said to be the Tab 2 for Verizon. BriefMobile received the above image from a tipster who told them that the SCH-I705 will be a 7 inch, 4G tablet running Android 4.0.4 with Samsung TouchWiz. The mystery tablet will run a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor with an Adreno 225 GPU.

We have no more specifics at this time however stay tuned to TalkAndroid and we’ll being you the updates as soon as we have them.


source  : BriefMobile

HTC VP of User Experience Says Sense 4.0 Offers “A Vastly Improved Experience Over Not Just Ice Cream Sandwich But Over Any Mobile Phone”

In an interview with Laptop, HTC’s AVP of User Experience Drew Bamford talked about Sense 4.0, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC One series of phones, and usability. He said during the interview that he believes Sense 4.0 beats stock Android 4.0 in a number of areas.

” I think one of them that I already mentioned is in the area of personalization. I think between our widget sets, our customizable lock screen and our skins, we offer a much more personal experience overall.

A couple that you’ve probably heard a lot about because they’re our kind of key feature on the HTC One are the camera and authentic sound. I think in both of those areas we use design and technology to really offer a vastly improved experience over not just Ice Cream Sandwich but over any mobile phone.”

Bamford also mentions that HTC didn’t have a lot of time with ICS before they released Sense 4.0, working on elements of Sense before ICS was available to them.

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AT&T Shuts The Doors On Ability To Unlock Bootloader For HTC One X Smartphone


As you can see, the action of unlocking the bootloader is clearly “not allowed”. Of course this could be a minor gaffe or snaffu on AT&T’s part, so we could very well see an update from HTC addressing this like it has done with its other devices– especially considering the European and Canadian versions of the LTE smartphone don’t have a locked bootloader. The battle of unlocking AT&T One X smartphones continues for now as AT&T owners of the HTC One X won’t be able to flash any type of ROM on their device.

source: MoDoCo
via: Phandroid

HTC introduce official One S cases, complete with kickstand


Still lamenting the lack of kickstand on your shiny new HTC One S? It looks like HTC might have a solution to remedy the problem. The lucky guys over at Engadget received a batch of official cases for review and promptly posted them online for the rest of us to enjoy.

The precision-molded flexible plastic shell is soft to the touch with grade A build quality, the case only encloses the back of the phone leaving the screen exposed. There are four colours available: grey, granita, navy blue and black. The kickstand is spring loaded and made from metal alloy, unfortunately it blocks access to the micro USB port whilst it’s in use. Not much use for a movie maraton!

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“Shared with me” Auto Playlist Adds One Convenient Location For All Music Shared With You in Google Music

One of the handy features of Google Music is the fact that friends and family who use the service and buy music from the Google Play Store can share the albums with you for a free listen. Well Google took it a step further today in creating an Auto Playlist called “Shared with me.” This playlist takes all the music shared by your friends and family and puts it in an “inbox” style setting. All music that you have yet to listen to will be in bold and you can see who sent to you. Next to who sent it to you will be a blurb from them as to why they shared it. This list can be sorted by album, artist, duration, sharer, song, etc. You can also delete any of these tracks or albums and if you want to buy the song, each song has a handy link allowing you to purchase it.

I went and checked my Google Music and there it was, so it’s a safe bet that you should have it as well. However those outside the U.S. will have to wait as it’s only available for those in the U.S. right now. So if you’re in the U.S. and use Google Music head on over to your music page to check it out. I do have to say that this is a pretty awesome added feature. What do you guys think?


source: Google+



Samsung Brings Free Scan-and-Match Feature to Its Music Hub Subscription Service

In the wake of the official announcement and unveiling of the Galaxy S III there have been some other announcements made by Samsung that you should take interest in. For instance Samsung also announced that it will be bringing a Scan-and-Match feature to its Music Hub Subscription service. Similar to iTunes Match, this service will scan your hard drive for any and all music and if it matches a song from Samsung’s library in the cloud it will be accessible to you via the cloud. However there is one key difference between this feature and iTunes Match; Samsung’s feature is free where iTunes is a $24.99 per year charge.

Music Hub costs $9.99/month for one smart phone or tablet or $12.99/month for the ability to access the service from up to four devices and the web. One could argue that it’s not actually free as you have to pay the monthly fee but it’s important to note that there isn’t an additional cost for this feature. As the subscription service contains over 17 million tracks this Scan-and-Match feature sounds pretty good. The music service and this feature are available on any Galaxy S II or newer device, the Smart TV, Galaxy Tab, Smart Blu-ray player, smart home theatre systems or even through the good ol’ internet from your favorite browser. So if you are a user of Samsung’s Music Hub service you can expect to see this feature real shortly if not already. If you missed the full S III event and would love to see it then you’re in luck as we have it here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

SwiftKey Beta 3 Recieves Update Which Brings New UI And Bug Fixes


The best Android keyboard alternative in the game just got a major update. SwiftKey Beta 3 has been updated to version which brings a new UI (finally!) and a host of improvements including improvements to Smartspace functionality, less lag on certain devices— and oh some bug fixes as well which will ensure most users a smoother experience. In case you all haven’t gotten a taste of the quality keyboard yet, SwiftKey tweeted the download links and we have them here for you all now— so make sure you hit the download links in case your ready for some SwiftKey action on your smartphone or tablet.

Smartphone download link

Tablet download link

source: SwiftKey VIP Forums



Wikipad Gaming Tablet Makes Another Appearance, This Time Shouts It Will Team Up With Gaikai To Bring Console-Quality Streamed Games

It’s no secret we all love gaming on our Android tablets. That’s why Wikipad’s Android tablet looks to revolutionize the face of Android gaming as we know it. The tablet will be designed as a general portable gaming unit, instead of having a traditional tablet slate. You will find the standard D-pad, dual analog sticks and buttons galore in order to control your games. Wikipad also took some time to pump up the features of its gaming tablet— which will feature a 10.1-inch screen, a quad-core processor and optional 3G for those who choose to use that to connect to the cloud gaming service if you don’t want to play a game locally on your device. Speaking of which— Wikipad also announced it’s teaming up with Gaikai to bring high-quality console games which will be streamed to gamers of all types.

No word on what games will be available at launch nor do we know of when the intriguing device will be released, but we suspect that they’ll want to release it soon– especially as summer is around the corner. Hit the break for the full presser.

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Samsung Galaxy S III shreds the iPhone 4S in GPU benchmarks

Looks like Tim Cook has some explaining to do. Did you expect anything different from Samsung’s Exynos quad-core? It’s built on Samsung’s 32nm high-k + metal gate LP process. It integrates four ARM cortex A9s that run up to 1.4 GHz. Each core can be controlled individually when needed to save power consumption. They also operate on their own voltage and frequency plane. You won’t find a fifth core, but Samsung feels they don’t need it with the 32nm HK+MG LP process.

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Samsung to provide ‘Pop-Up’ stores in the coming months

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for all things Samsung. Along with the new Galaxy S3 announcement, Sammy let us in on some extra goodies like the S-Pebble and my personal favorite, the Allshare Cast Dongle. Now the company is looking to expand their accessibility, much like the way Apple has, with “pop-up” stores for all of your Samsung needs. It’s unclear whether or not the actual stores will resemble what was displayed at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event yesterday, but Sammy is looking to open up shop starting in London in the coming months.