Consumer preferences towards larger smartphone screens on the rise


According to a new report by Strategy Analytics, existing smartphone users in the second half of 2012 were most likely to be interested in devices with a screen size between 4.2-inches and 4.7-inches. These statistics show an increase from a similar study done in the second half of 2011 where the preferred screen size was 4.3-inches.

Those who intended on buying their first smartphone showed a preference towards slightly smaller screens, while most current smartphone owners were interested in an increase over their current device. Males preferred slightly larger screens than females, and current brand ownership made an impact on preference as well. Nearly all participants in the study showed a preference for their next device to have a larger screen size than their current handset.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Samsung working on a tablet/pc hybrid behind the scenes



Sure Samsung may be in the midst of an onslaught of devices for 2013, but it appears that we may see a first from the manufacturer: a tablet/computer hybrid. According to sources, Samsung is quietly working on the special device as we speak and will utilize Intel’s new Bay Trail processing unit from the newly-released Silvermont line, which aims to give tons of speed for users, but with less energy consumption. Additionally, the new hybrid device will feature a keyboard, in addition to the on-screen display, which will give users tons of flexibility when using the device. Unfortunately, there are no additional features like what OS will be running the show or what exact display size will be used, but we’re hoping that we will see more information leak out sooner than later.

source: Technastic
via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini pictures leaked, smaller and less-powerful version of its bigger brother


Just two days ago we let you know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini was just around the corner, and now there are pictures to back that up. As we said before, the phone will most likely be announced later this month alongside the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Activ, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom.

As you can see from the pictures, the Galaxy S 4 Mini is just a smaller version of the original Galaxy S 4, but with mid-range hardware. Instead of a 5-inch screen with a 441 ppi pixel density, the Galaxy S 4 Mini features a 4.3-inch display with only a 256 ppi pixel density. Also, instead of the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor in the Galaxy S 4, the Galaxy S 4 Mini will only have a dual core 1.6GHz processor on-board.

We’ll keep a lookout for any more information on the device and update you as any news comes in.

Source: Sina Weibo
Via: Phone Arena

Android’s Sundar Pichai teases Google I/O 2013 plans



Google I/O is just a few days away and if you were expecting to see a brand-new OS or a revolutionary device— then you will probably be a little disappointed at this tidbit of news. Android head Sundar Pichai recently expressed some hints of what we can expect to see, especially for all of you developers out there:

“It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system. Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms”.

Yeah— it’s definitely a bummer, we know. Fortunately there is a silver lining to look forward to: the development and arrival of some pretty neat concepts and improvements to the Android and Chrome platforms. In his interview, Pichai highlights that because of the Android platform’s flexibility and design, consumers are able to see the arrival of Facebook Home, part of many “welcome innovations“. Additionally, items like Amazon’s Kindle Fire series of tablets and its customized Android software represent the computer explosion of today, which is a benefit for consumers of all.

source: Wired

Samsung Galaxy S 4 in ‘Blue Arctic’ color spotted in Japan


Until now we had only seen the Galaxy S 4 available in white frost and black mist, but Japanese provider DoCoMo will apparently have a new color variant available for their customers. Promotional materials by DoCoMo show a “Blue Arctic” version, shown above, expected to be announced on May 15 and available next month.

We knew Samsung would eventually release more colors for the phone as they did with the S3 — the question was just when. It will be interesting to see if and when the “Blue Arctic” version will arrive in other markets. The Galaxy S 4 Activ has been rumored to come in a metallic orange color – could that make its way to the regular S4 as well?

Source: Rbmen
Via: SamMobile

AT&T plans to launch Voice-Over-LTE (VoLTE) service this year


As AT&T brings more LTE coverage to more markets, they plan to roll out support for voice-over-LTE, or VoLTE, to select markets by the end of the year. VoLTE will use AT&T’s LTE towers to convert conversations into data packets over an IP network, allowing for not just higher quality calls but also video calling and enhanced messaging services.

AT&T currently has LTE coverage in 212 markets and expects to cover 90% of the country by the end of the year. Calls over the standard UMTS network will still be available when VoLTE is not, or if a device does not support it. It should be noted that these calls will use data, and probably not a small amount. For customers on shared data plans, this could potentially force you into a higher data bracket.

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Google Play Games leaked ahead of I/O, includes Google+ integration and cloud-based saving


Back in April we told you about the possibility of an Android game network to rival iOS’s Game Center, and today we have many more details to share. Our friends at Android Police have discovered and torn down the APK for Google Play Services v3.1.36, which is a massive update slowly making its way to devices right now.

When Google MyGlass was torn down last month, we learned that the game-center service would include multiplayer, in-game chat, leaderboards, invitations, lobbies, and achievements. This teardown of the Google Play Games APK shows that cloud-based game saving and notifications will also be included. The cloud-based universal game saving will sync across all devices based on your Google account.
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Nova Launcher update improves app icon handling


Popular launcher app Nova Launcher released a new update over the weekend that adds much more flexibility and control over app icons to go along with normal optimizations and bug fixes. While many people put their favorite apps on their homescreens, others like to access them using the app drawer. This is where many of Nova Launcher’s recent updates are focused. Users can customize app icons and titles used in the app drawer independent of the theme they currently have selected. Users can also group apps into folders in the app drawer and then drag these folders to the homescreen. This essentially means folders can be created from the homescreen or the app drawer. Read more

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 6 – May 12, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Google I/O is next week and we have the full scoop on the new and improved Nexus 7. Rumors say the Motorola X phone is scrapped for the time being, but a recent FCC filing seems to indicate it might actually be sooner rather than later. We weren’t expecting to see it announced next week, but could we get a surprise? Google Babel is expected to be unveiled under the “Hangouts” name, and recent developments support that Google will unveil an updated Nexus 4 with LTE.  Lastly, Google will unveil cloud sync gaming with Play Games. There were a lot of new apps, including a couple of reviews as well. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to remove apps from the Google Play Store ‘My Apps’ list

How to make a Drama Shot or Sequence Shot on the HTC One


Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]

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Verizon Motorola Xoom LTE receives Jelly Bean soak test


It looks like the Verizon Motorola XOOM LTE is finally going to get a taste of Jelly Bean. Motorola began sending out invitations to members of the Motorola Feedback Network to install the update as part of a soak test. An OTA update for all Verizon XOOM LTE owners is expected to arrive in the coming week.

This is good news for Verizon XOOM LTE owners, as the update to Jelly Bean is filled with some nice improvements. If you’re part of the Motorola Feedback Network, check your email for an update invitation. If you’re not, then you’ll unfortunately have to wait patiently a few days until the update hits your device.

It looks like this will be one of the last painfully long-awaited updates from Motorola, as the rocky transition period to Google ownership is nearly over.

Thanks Steve