Phil Schiller claims Samsung damaged Apple’s brand image through patent infringement


As part of Apple and Samsung’s latest lawsuit, one of Apple’s top marketing executives, Phil Schiller, took to the stand to discuss the damage Samsung actually did to Apple through technology and design patent infringement. According to Schiller, he was “quite shocked” when Samsung released their original Galaxy S smartphone, since it was a direct copy of the iPhone. He claimed that it weakened the world’s view of Apple, and that it caused consumers to “question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to” because it was so similar. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 15, 2013


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!!


How to turn off ‘Okay Google’ always listening feature in the Google Experience Launcher


HTC One Max finally available for Sprint for $150 with contract

[Deal] Grab the black or white Moto X for Free on contract from Verizon


Acer slims down latest Chromebook, trims the price in the process

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HTC sends Google its HTC One GPe KitKat code, update expected soon


Exactly 15 days ago, HTC America President Jason Mackenzie came out and made the promise that the Android 4.4 KitKat update would be coming to the Google Play edition HTC One in 15 days. As you might have noticed from the previous sentence, today is that day.

So, where’s the update? Well, the promise wasn’t exactly fulfilled, but HTC has at least done its part. The HTC USA Twitter account made this statement earlier today:

“Good news, we’ve delivered KitKat code to Google for HTC One GPE. Timing of push via PlayStore to be determined by Google.”

So, it’s on its way. It’s in Google’s hands now, and since Google is looking to get these updates out as soon as possible, 4.4 should theoretically be pushed to the device in a matter of days. This is all speculation, though, of course.

Source: @HTCUSA 


Photo of Sony Xperia Z1S leaks, seen next to Z1


The Sony Xperia Z1S has received a lot of attention lately, and another shot of the device appeared on the web this week. This time, it was seen next to the 5″ Sony Xperia Z1.

Some specs came along with the photo— the device will come with an IPS display panel, a huge improvement over the TFT displays currently used in Sony’s phones. The internals and camera is supposed to match that of the Z1 as well, all wrapped up in a 4.3″ display.

The device is rumored to launch late this month.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: Digi-Wo

How to turn off ‘Okay Google’ always listening feature in the Google Experience Launcher


As you might already know, if you are in Google Now on your Android phone, you can simply say “Okay Google” to start the next search. The Google Experience Launcher takes this one step further by adding this hotword to your home screens so you don’t have to tap on the microphone in the Google Search box in order to start a search. You can simply say, “Okay Google” followed by whatever it is you want to search for. This feature is on by default, but if for whatever reason, you want to turn it off, it’s very easy to do. Hit the break to get started.

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Holiday themed Google pop-up shops opening to show off its newest products

Winter Wonderlab

Google’s good in the marketing department. Really good.

It’s officially the holiday season, and Google wants to remind you that now’s the time to buy, buy, buy.

The company is opening up a series of tent-like pop-up shops for the upcoming season to display some of its latest products, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Chromecast, and the newest Chromebooks.

They will be called “Winter Wonderlabs,” and will be located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and Paramus, NJ.

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Samsung’s upcoming device with three-sided display to be part of Galaxy line, says Bloomberg

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As we reported yesterday, Samsung is planning on manufacturing a new device with a three-sided display. Today, Bloomberg said that this device would be part of Samsung’s Galaxy line, and it would feature a flexible display.

These reports come right after plans for a possible Samsung version of Google Glass have been outed, as well as the release of the first version of Galaxy Gear.

Innovative products are nothing new for Samsung, but this will certainly bring something very different.

Google redesigns Google Now website to explain how cards work with animations


Along with releasing a new version of Google Search, including Google Now, Google has also redesigned their Google Now website, and it looks pretty. Filled with short videos and animation, Google shows users how exactly Google Now cards work, and which cards are available.

The website is worth a look, even if you are already familiar with the ins and outs of Google Now. Head to the source link to check it out.

Source: Google Now

Motorola executive hints at global launch for Moto X


In an interview with TechRadar, Motorola’s Senior Marketing Director Marcus Frost hinted at new opportunities to get the Moto X in the hands of more consumers. Frost says that “”the reception of Moto X has been fantastic and we’re continuously perusing opportunities in the EMEA region, so really watch this space.” Motorola’s flagship is only available in the Americas right now, leaving the rest of the world in the dark. Frost also highlights that they are “serious about Europe and we want to bring strong propositions to the market.” Motorola’s Moto G has launched in more markets already and became available just this week.

Source: TechRadar

Full notifications, better app control come to Galaxy Gear


Since Samsung started selling their Galaxy Gear smartwatch devices, users have been struggling to make the device more useful than what was originally rolled out by Samsung. A good example of this is the AllTheNotifications (ATN) Manager app created by XDA forum member Sepiroth887. Until the release of the ATN Manager app, users could only receive full notification messages from the text and email apps on their associated devices. The ATN Manager app worked around that limitation by enabling full notification information from any app selected by the user. Samsung has replicated that functionality in a new update to their Gear Manager app.

The update to Gear Manager does require the latest firmware update on the Galaxy Gear. Once updated, users can select which apps can send notifications to the smartwatch. Users are no longer limited to only certain predefined apps as any app capable of providing a notification on Android should work. On a Galaxy Gear device, an option exists to let users display the notification on their smartphone instead of the Galaxy Gear. Users who want the update should head to the Samsung Apps store to grab it.

source: SamMobile