Google hosts early Mother’s Day sale

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Actually I am not even sure this sale is really all that early since you actually have to buy your Mom a gift before Mother’s Day. Google knows that, so they are already offering 1 year magazine subscriptions for Mom at $5.00 off plus select books at 50% off. The sale will run through May 5th, but I would hit the source link now to get your orders in before you forget. You might want to pick up a Nexus 7 for her as well, but unfortunately they aren’t on sale.

Mother’s Day is May 11, so make a note of it.

source: Google Play

New website is ‘dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung’

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Last month, Samsung teased us about a new website, design.samsung.com, and now they have officially unveiled it. When it comes to mobile, I know Samsung isn’t usually revered for their design, but this website is for all products. However, mobile included, Samsung feels design is more than just the shell. There’s a lot more to it like the product’s characteristics, specifications, materials, colors, local cultures, emotion, uniqueness, eco-friendliness, and more.

This new website is “dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung.” The design message is “Make It Meaningful,” and the site is broken down into three categories: Product Stories, Meaningful Stories, and About Us.

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Matias Duarte thinks ‘mobile as a concept is actually dead’

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Don’t panic, Google isn’t about to drop support for mobile devices anytime soon. Matias Duarte, Chief Android designer, did say “mobile as a concept is actually dead,” but he didn’t mean mobile devices.

Speaking at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge, Matias meant that apps need to be designed for multiple screens as in developers shouldn’t be creating different apps for each device. I think what he is saying is far deeper than worrying about 5-inch displays and 10-inch displays. I do believe the future mission is to create apps that work on both Chrome and Android, thus the convergence of the two. So for example, an app might work in Chrome OS, and the very same app would work on your phone and tablet. Mobile shouldn’t be thought of as a separate category anymore.

The full 37 minute interview can be seen after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 15, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

Carriers

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

Galaxy S 5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

Gaming

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 launched with 6 games

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Samsung targeting 35 million Galaxy S 5 units sold for this quarter

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Samsung is not setting low expectations for the brand new Galaxy S 5. When the device was announced, the general reaction was that it did not offer any exceeding advantages over last year’s Galaxy S 4; however, the Galaxy S 5 experienced a very good global launch.

Now a report out of South Korea has Samsung’s target for the device’s sales at 35 million for this quarter. Quite an ambitious number, but is anyone really surprised? Regardless of what people say, Samsung has a magic touch when it comes to sales. They sell a massive amount of devices each quarter and the company expects the GS5 to do the same this quarter.

Source: Korea Times
Via: Phone Arena

Uncovered patent shows Samsung working on a Google Glass competitor

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The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses aren’t all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a Glass-like device.

As you can see in the image above, Samsung would keep the device’s design very simple. Rather than wearing it like a pair of glasses, this wearable would be worn on an ear with a built-in earbud. The display extends forward to be in front of the users eye. And the display can be moved out of the way when not in use. Whether or not this device ever gets released is unknown, but do be prepared if Samsung does decide to do so.

Source: KIPRIS (PDF)
Via: Engadget

 

Vivo Xshot will have a 24 megapixel camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture

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Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of shooting 3D pictures as well as 4k video, and the dedicated camera button makes a return on the side of the device. » Read the rest

Galaxy S5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially launched last Friday, but not everyone is able to get the device just yet. Ting Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, won’t be able to offer the device until after Sprint has, but today they started taking pre-orders for the device. These orders are set to ship in May.

The Galaxy S5 is being sold by Ting for $597, which is lower than the full retail price being offered by AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. Ting offers low monthly rates to its customers, but because of this they cannot offer subsidized phones.

Source: Ting

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon was found to be missing the Download Booster feature, which combines the use of WiFi and LTE connections to download large files, and which Samsung has been showing off ever since their latest flagship was released.

Users of the Verizon and AT&T variants of the device will be happy to know that there is a work-around to the feature being hidden – all they have to do is install a third party launcher (such as NOVA) and create a shortcut to it. Despite this, we still don’t know if the Download Booster actually works using this workaround. A line of code could be inserted enable the feature to work natively, but this code cannot be added because of the fact that there is currently no root exploit for either device.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: SamMobile