This could be Sony’s selfie phone

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In what appears to be the furthering of a trend that needs to die, Sony could potentially debut its own selfie-centered phone tomorrow. Like the rumored HTC Eye that’s entered AT&T’s test phase process, the device will put you in focus via the front facing camera. There really isn’t any information on the device but the date on the tweet shows July 8, 2014, with a hashtag of tomorrow, so we won’t have to wait long. One aspect that’s rumored is the front camera will have its own flash, something unheard of on smartphones.

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What do consumers think about the Samsung Galaxy Tab S display?

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Samsung thinks the Galaxy Tab S has the most vibrant display in the business, and they set out to prove it. They recently customized a New York City taxi cab with 4 tablets and asked random riders which one had the best display.

17 out of 20 passengers picked the Tab S as the clear winner. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t tell you what display brightness each tablet was set at, nor do they tell us the competing brands. However, Samsung shouldn’t need too much trickery since the Tab S has one fo the best displays we have ever seen.

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Google preemptively prepares for the Terminator apocalypse with robots.txt Easter egg

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20 years ago, the robots.txt file was created as a way to limit what web  crawlers would and would not index. The file disallows certain pages on a web  site from being indexed, and therefore keeping it out of search results. And, like any other anniversary of something related to technology, Google is taking the opportunity to make a clever joke with it.

Google has uploaded a robots.txt file to their servers that can be found at Google.com/killer-robots.txt with instructions for the inevitable Terminator-style doomsday scenario. The file lists two user agents, the T-800 and T-1000, and instructs them to “disallow” the deaths of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. If you’re a fan of the Terminator movies, you’ll notice both of those user agents are also Terminator models. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 30 – July 6, 2014

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Android Wear apps hit the Play Store this past week, and the first smartwatches started shipping. We continue to get leaks regarding the Galaxy F and Moto X+1, and the LG G3 hasn’t even released in most markets yet. Speaking of the G3, it looks like Verizon Wireless just can’t break the habit of destroying phones. The Nexus 8 continues to show signs of life, but when will it be released? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch

Android Wear walkthrough

How to find Android Wear apps in the Play Store

Android L Developer Preview walkthrough

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Prototype of a Nexus 8 tablet passes through Indian shipping site

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We know that Google is likely to launch a Nexus tablet this fall alongside the release of Android L. The sizing for Volantis’ display is allegedly 8.9 inches, which would put into question whether or not it would be titled Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. A new entry in the Indian shipping site Zauba may have tipped off what the name will be. On June 30, a “NEXUS8 PROTOTYPE” appeared, claiming it is similar to the Nexus 7.

A Nexus 8 tablet has been rumored for a very long time, and this prototype does not confirm anything. Being that it is indeed a prototype, Google may have scrapped this specific device and is now focusing on something else. Either way, we are expecting a new Nexus device this fall considering the program is not dead.

Source: Zauba
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Alleged Samsung Galaxy F front panel photo surfaces

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We are all waiting to see what Samsung has up its sleeve with the Galaxy F. Until then, we will just have to see what information and pictures appear regarding the handset. Today, we are looking at an alleged live image of the Galaxy F. Usually we have been treated to press renders, but this one has been taken ‘in the wild’ (or real life). Looking closely, it seems that the bezel will be very minimal on the sides and Samsung will finally implement a metal design.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

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Which one of these devices is not like the others? The Verizon model, of course. You are looking at the different carrier models for the upcoming LG G3. While each has implemented carrier branding here and there, Verizon has gone ahead and revamped LG’s 2014 flagship. The color is noticeably darker and the rear button setup has been altered to resemble what was done with last year’s G2 with chrome trims. On the front, too, Big Red has made changes. The chin of the G3 is now black , which matches their unique design of the back panel.

Is Verizon’s branding and changes holding you back from purchasing the LG G3? Or are you on another carrier and intend on jumping on this device?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

New LG device, possibly the LG G3 Mini, shows up in FCC filing with AT&T compatibility

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Following the market in producing flagship devices followed by both “prime” versions and “mini” versions, LG has been working on a smaller variant of the LG G3 which has been identified as either the LG G3 Mini or the LG G3 Beat. Although there is some speculation that two distinct, smaller versions of the G3 exist with either a 4.5-inch or 5.0-inch screen, what is clear is the LG will be producing a version of their flagship that they hope appeals to buyers who don’t want a large 5.5-inch screen. A new variant surfaced recently in a filing with the FCC with compatibility with AT&T’s LTE bands. » Read the rest