TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 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!!

Apps

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

Quixey expands Functional Search to provide info from within apps

Carriers

AT&T makes international calling and texting more affordable

Android 4.4 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S4 to begin rolling out tomorrow

T-Mobile moving the chains, adds 4.4 million customers in 2013

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Android 4.4 KitKat on AT&T Galaxy S4 to begin rolling out tomorrow

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While the Galaxy S4 is no longer Samsung‘s flagship device, that doesn’t mean it can’t still make headlines! The Samsung Galaxy S4 on AT&T will begin getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update tomorrow, according to details that AT&T posted on their website.

There are a number of small changes that users will get with the update. On the AT&T side of the update, users will now be able to drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications, and users should also experience improvements in call reliability. There will also be some TouchWiz changes and some changes to the lock screen.

Source: AT&T
Via: Android Authority

Usable storage on the Galaxy S 5 is unsurprisingly low again

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Remember that story about how Google was supposedly on Samsung’s you know what to get rid of the bloatware on their devices? Well either it was too late to change the Galaxy S 5, or the report was completely unfounded, because the usable space on the Galaxy S 5 is going to make a few people angry. GottaBeMobile did a quick check on one of the demo units and found it to have only 8.65GB out of a possible 16GB that is usable. I don’t have to do the math do I? That is roughly 50% according to my calculations, and is a little below last year’s Galaxy S 4.

This isn’t surprising, but I am also wondering why the rumor that Samsung was going ditch the 16GB version didn’t hold? It seems to me that if Samsung wants to continue to throw bloatware on their phones, they should at least make the entry model 32GB.

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Galaxy S 5 will be powered by either a Snapdragon 801 or an Exynos octa-core

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If you watched Samsung’s Unpacked event yesterday, you might have noticed there was no mention of what processor the Galaxy S 5 will feature. Well last night, we posted an infographic highlighting the specs of all Galaxy S devices, and one thing that we did notice was that for the processor of the GS5, there were two listings. A 2.5GHz quad-core and a 2.1GHz octa-core.

Now the fact that there will be two versions isn’t surprising since that is exactly what happened last year. As to the octa-core, we can confirm that it is indeed an Exynos, but we don’t know which model yet. As to the quad-core, Samsung revealed that it will be the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The 801 is essentially an 800, but it has a higher clock speed and supports a faster GPU (578MHz vs. 550MHz). We expect that, just like last year, the majority of the world will get the Snapdragon, while Korea will get the Exynos version.

 

While everyone is making announcements at MWC, Motorola is working on the Quark X

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And so it begins. Twitter’s @evleaks has tweeted that Motorola is working on something while other companies are getting the spotlight Mobile World Congress. What is it? Something called the Quark X. While we have no idea what exactly this is — phone, tablet, or maybe even a wearable — odds are it is the successor to Motorola’s Moto X. And when can we expect to see this device? My guess would be June; however, Google is holding their I/O conference and Apple is rumored to be holding an event that month as well. If Motorola wants to be the center of attention, waiting until August may be the best bet. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 24, 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!!

VIDEO: Hands on with the Galaxy S 5

Hands on with the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo at MWC 2014

Samsung announces ‘Gear Fit’ fitness band [Hands on]

Apps

WhatsApp to bring voice calling to Android and iOS in Q2 2014

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HTC leaks March 25th release date for new HTC One

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Last year when Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, HTC took the opportunity to take some potshots at Samsung. Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy S 5 today at MWC 2014 gave HTC another opportunity to dig at Samsung via Twitter. The results were mixed with one tweet implying Samsung buyers would regret their decision when March 25th rolls around. That attempt fell short of the mark since Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 won’t be going on sale until April, so there will be nothing to feel remorse over. » Read the rest

VIDEO: Hands on with the Galaxy S 5

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The moment has finally come, and this year’s flagship device from Samsung was unveiled today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Galaxy S 5 is complete with a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal storage options, MicroSD slot up to 128GB, 16 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP rear camera, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, LTE Cat.4, NFC and a 2,800 mAh removable battery. It’s also got a fingerprint sensor, a heart rate sensor and it’s waterproof & dust resistant.

Some have shown disappointment that the form factor is quite similar to its predecessor, but hey, what were you expecting, a triangle-shaped device? (It’s only 2014, people.) Other criticism stems from the lack of memory— although a bigger device, the Galaxy Note 3 features 3GB of RAM.

What do you all think?

Nevertheless, hit the break for our hands-on video with the device from Samsung’s press event in NYC.

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Galaxy S 5 leaks in all its glory (inside and outside) ahead of Unpacked

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Well what do we have here? After yesterday’s minor leak on video, we now have the Galaxy S 5 in the best pics yet. The S5 isn’t a dramatic change over last year’s Galaxy S 4, but it also appears a little bigger. Many were also wondering if the faux leather back from the Note 3 would make it to the S5, but as you can clearly see, it hasn’t. A fingerprint scanner is supposed to be embedded in the front home button, and this year’s S5 will be waterproof and dustproof. Hit the break for more images.

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Glympse and ChatON partner up to provide location technology to over 180 million users

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Those who use ChatON will be happy to know that the Samsung chat app will be adding location sharing to its list of features. Partnering with Glympse, a  person-to-person time-based location sharing tech company, users will have the ability to share their location via the Glympse icon. Users will then be able to share real-time movements on a map for a set period of time with their friends. Co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Bryan Trussel, had this to say about how easy location should be:

 ”We believe location technology should be ubiquitous and incredibly easy to use, and by putting it directly into an SMS conversation, we’re providing a rich and immediate way for people to share where they are.”

The update should be live soon, if it isn’t already, otherwise you can download the app from here in the Play Store. ChatON users, you’ll have to let us know just how well it works when you get it. We have the presser for you after the break. Enjoy!

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