Android 4.3 now rolling for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9500)

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Yesterday, Samsung started rolling the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) and today they have released it for the GT-I9500. It’s already available in Russia, but more countries will follow quickly. Those of you with carrier versions of the Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a bit. Hopefully it won’t be too long, but I suspect it will take at least a couple of months. The changelog is the same as the GT-I9505, but we have it again for you after the break.

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Apple seeks to broaden Samsung import ban in the U.S.

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They’re back at it again. Apple has requested the United States International Trade Commission to broaden the import ban on Samsung. If successful, it would include a larger amount of Samsung handsets banned. Currently, Samsung is able to workaround bans in order to sell certain phones in the U.S.; however, Apple wants the ITC to investigate three more patents after they found that Samsung was previously infringing upon two patents.

With the government just being brought back from the shutdown, Samsung is expected to file an appeal to Apple’s claim.

Source: ITC Notice of Appeal
Via: GSMArena

Google experiences explosive Q3 earnings, Moto takes on more losses, smart-watches mentioned in earnings call

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Each quarter, public companies hold their earnings call with investors. Google’s was today, and CEO Larry Page began by talking about Google’s interest in multi-screen technologies— Both Chromecast and Google Glass fall under this category. Then, he mentioned smart-watches. We knew Google was working on their own version of the fast-growing device, but this is the first time we’ve heard it officially mentioned.

Google announced revenue of $14.89 billion this quarter, a 12% increase from last year’s earnings in Q3. This number soared above the expected earnings for this quarter, which is certainly great to hear considering Google didn’t hit their expected earnings in the last 2 quarters. Along with the announcement came, as expected, a huge surge in stock price— the price per share is now flirting with $1000.

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Archos announces extremely low-end Titanium lineup of phones

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Remember those Titanium tablets Archos announced way earlier this year? Well, they’ve announced a line of four phones to go alongside the tablets, and they’re extremely budget friendly, to say the least. The’re arranged in order of screen size, with the 40, 45, 50, and 53 Titanium having a 4.0″, 4.5″, 5.0″, and 5.3″ screen, respectively. The 5 inch screen actually has the highest resolution display, a qHD 960 x 540 screen. The 5.3 inch screen has a slightly lower resolution at 854 x 480.

All four phones sport the same dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. But hey, not counting specs from 2009, at least they’re preloaded with Google Apps. The cheapest 40 Titanium model will launch at a suggested 99.99€, and the top of the line 53 Titanium will cost 159.99€. If you’re looking for something extremely cheap to use, these phones will fill that need. Otherwise, you’re probably going to want to stay far, far away from any of these offerings from Archos. Read more

Spacetime Games announces Battle Command, a strategy MMO due out in November

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Spacetime Games has announced they will be releasing a strategy MMO for Android later this year titled Battle Command. It’s essentially a city building game where you’re tasked with managing a military base to build up structures and offensive and defensive units, complete with all of the traditional unit and resource management that’s typical of the strategy genre. It’s also an MMO, though, so you’ll be able to interact with other players and form alliances and enemies.

It sounds like an interesting take on the mobile strategy genre, and it’ll be available sometime in November. Who’s excited to try this one out?

source: Droid Gamers

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 17, 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!!

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Play Store update to bring slide-out navigation

Twitter plans to redesign and push its direct messaging system to compete with other instant messaging services

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Android/iOS alongside Windows 8.1 release

SwiftKey Beta update merges the phone and tablet, brings new layouts

Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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Say hello to the Nexus 5, full press render leaks on Google servers [Update: Priced at $349]

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Earlier today a leaked press render of the Nexus 5 with Telus branding surfaced. A lot of people think it’s fake, but it doesn’t matter now because the real deal just leaked on Google servers. The folks over at Android Police happened to stumble upon it in the Play Store. You can clearly see the new icons for the camera, phone, Gmail, and the launcher. Below is the direct link to the image on Google’s server that is likely to go down very soon.

Update: We have another link (already dead) that showed the Nexus 5 with this tagline, “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349.” Of course we don’t know if this is the final price, if it is, it’s probably for the 16GB version.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 could feature eye-scanning technology

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We started seeing facial recognition in devices a few years back. It was a cool idea, but the technology wasn’t really ready yet. This year, fingerprint scanning technology has become more prevalent. Smart-watches are now becoming more mainstream, with Google expected to unveil their own smart-watch relatively soon.

Our society is slowly becoming more and more like the fictitious worlds depicted in many science fiction novels, shows and movies from the past— would it surprise you if I told you that Samsung is working on eye-scanning technology, and it could be featured in the Galaxy S5?

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Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Android/iOS alongside Windows 8.1 release

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Along with the official release of Windows 8.1 today comes Microsoft’s new Android/iOS Remote Desktop application. That’s right, there is now a “Microsoft-official” way to access your desktop remotely via your device.

Some might say that it’s hard to control your PC on a tiny phone screen, but the tile-view in Windows 8 certainly works great on the phone, as well as many Windows 8 apps. (For obvious reasons, it works better on Android tablets and iPads, due to the bigger screens.)

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