Acer announces Liquid Jade smartphone with accompanying Liquid Leap fitness tracker

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Acer has announced their latest entry into the smartphone market and their first entry into the wearables/fitness track market with the Liquid Jade smartphone and the Liquid Leap smart band. The Liquid Jade is one of the most rounded smartphones you’ll ever see, with no sharp edges and Gorilla Glass that curves into the edges of the phone. It’s definitely a unique look for the phone.

Unfortunately, Acer wasn’t straightforward about the specs of the Jade, so all we can really guess is that it’s a larger phone, probably around 5 inches. No word on camera, processor, memory, etc. Acer typically tries to hit the budget markets, so I wouldn’t expect anything to compete with the HTC One and Galaxy S 5. » Read the rest

Sprint partners with Spotify in effort to shore up Framily Plans, stem subscriber losses

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After disclosing a loss of 231,000 postpaid subscribers and 364,000 prepaid subscribers during an earnings report today, Sprint announced a new partnership with online music streaming service Spotify to offer some special deals and discounts as part of a “Sprint Sound Sessions” package. The package includes some special pricing with Spotify, access to the Sprint Music Plus music store and player, access to the curated Music Live service offering  news and downloads involving the world of music, and the NextRadio app for listening to local FM broadcasts. The partnership with Sprint is the first deal Spotify has entered into with a U.S. carrier.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 28, 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!!

Contests

Win a Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8, LG G2, Nexus 5, or Note 3 courtesy of Poweramp, Negri Electronics and TalkAndroid

Accessories

Samsung launches Level series, new line of premium mobile audio products

Android Books

HP readying first Google approved laptop running Android

Apple vs Samsung

Apple-Samsung case jurors have 53 pages of instructions to go through before a verdict is reached

Apps

QuickCamera brings Moto X camera launching gestures to all Android phones

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New HTC One M8 Ace to have plastic unibody, high-end specs with low price

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In the past HTC has made comments leading people to believe they don’t like flagship plastic devices, but new reports suggest that they are on their way to making their own. According to sources, the company’s new HTC One M8 Ace will feature a plastic body instead of aluminum. In addition, the device will have specs almost identical to Samsung’s Galaxy S 5, with a 5-inch 1080p display plus a 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, but a much lower pricetag.

We’ll just have to wait and see, as the device may be announced sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

Win a Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8, LG G2, Nexus 5, or Note 3 courtesy of Poweramp, Negri Electronics and TalkAndroid [updated with winner]

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We have held a number of contests with Poweramp in the past, but this one is by far the biggest. Poweramp is celebrating build 555 by giving away 5 premier smartphones during a 5 day contest with their 5 favorite Android blogs. The phones up for grabs include the Samsung Galaxy S 5, HTC One  (M8), LG G2, Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  An amazing group indeed.

Here’a how it works. All you have to do is comment at the bottom of this post telling us what your first Android phone was (or is)? You will have until Friday, May 2, at 11:59PM PST to get your entry in. Once the contest is over, we will select one random winner and submit it to Poweramp. The other four sites will do the same, and Poweramp, in association with Negri Electronics, will hold a random drawing for each phone. We will let our winner know which phone they have won next Monday, May 5, which is when Poweramp version 555 will be released. Be sure that your account has a working email address because that is how we are going to contact you.

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According to latest report Android edging up in US market share as iOS dips

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Android_Army_02According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, Android had a good first quarter. According to the data Android gained 8.3 percent over the previous year, holding nearly 57.6 percent of the smartphone market share in the US. As far as iOS is concerned, its marketshare dropped by 7.8 percent to 35.9 percent. Windows Phone is in third with 5.3 percent.

In Europe, Android is still on top of the charts with 70.7 percent and Apple holds the second place spot with 19.2 percent. Windows Phone again holds third with 8.1 percent of the marketshare. iOS made some gains in Europe. Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, had this to say:

“Apple regained ground in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to the strong performance of the iPhone 5S, growing its sales share in Europe, Japan and Australia. By contrast, Windows had a tough start to the year as a result of its entry-level Nokia models facing fierce competition from low-end Motorola, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.”

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 21 – April 27, 2014

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One of the bigger news stories from this week had nothing to do with a device. The departure of Vic Gundotra from Google was a shock and leaves us wondering what the future of Google+ is. The OnePlus One is getting as much buzz as other flagships, but will you be able to get your hands on one (no pun intended)? The LG G3 seems primed and ready to steal the spotlight this summer, but don’t count out the Moto X+1. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

10 hidden features of the Galaxy S 5 that you need to know

How to setup and use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments

How to use S Health on the Galaxy S 5

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 25, 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!!

Guides

Samsung Galaxy S 5 camera software walkthrough

How to use ‘Shot & More’ for Drama Shots, Eraser, and more on the Galaxy S 5

How to use ‘Selective Focus’ and ‘Out of Focus’ on the Galaxy S 5

Apps

Amazon has 12 music-related apps (worth over $40) for free today

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How to use ‘Selective Focus’ and ‘Out of Focus’ on the Galaxy S 5

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The Bokeh effect has become a big thing in smartphones over the last few months. If you’re not familiar with the Bokeh effect, it is the process of de-focusing certain areas of a picture, usually the background. HTC went as far as adding a second lens for this effect and Google just added it to their stock Camera app. Now, Samsung has added “Selective Focus” and “Out of Focus” options to the Galaxy S 5. They both do the same thing, but act completely different.

“Selective Focus” is for when you know in advance of taking your shot that you want to apply this effect, and “Out of Focus” is for those times when you didn’t know. You can make changes after the fact with both methods, but they can be a little confusing in how they save the images as well as exactly when they work.

In this video, I will walk you through both options and how they work. Hit the break for the video and be sure to check out all our other Galaxy S 5 guides.

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How to use ‘Shot & More’ for Drama Shots, Eraser, and more on the Galaxy S 5

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Samsung condensed a few of the camera modes into “Shot & More” with the Galaxy S 5. This makes it a lot easier as all you have to do is press the shutter button, and it will take a series of burst shots. Soon after, the device will tell you what editing modes are available based on what happened in the shot. You will have your choice of Best Shot, Best Face, Drama Shot, Eraser, and Panning Shot. All options were available last year as separate modes other than Panning Shot, which is brand new. The best part of all of this is that you can make as many edits as you want after the fact, which is something you couldn’t do on the Galaxy S 4.

In this video, I walk you through how to get into the “Shot & More” mode as well as how to make your edits and save your images. Check it out after the break, and be sure to hit up all our Galaxy S 5 guides.

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