Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Electric Blue for Verizon leaks

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Yesterday we learned that Verizon would be adding the Electric Blue color of the Galaxy S 5 to its lineup. And now we have a look at the device. As expected, the color of the back panel is the only change made. Verizon’s branding remains just below the camera and heart rate sensor setup. Currently, Big Red has the Charcoal Black and Shimmery White GS5 colors.

Are you interested in the Electric Blue color?

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

 

Motorola factory in Texas to close by the end of this year

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The Moto X was widely praised by critics. Did that same feedback nudge consumers to buy? Apparently not. Motorola will be closing its Texas factory, used to assemble the Moto X with Moto Maker, to do low sales and the cost of running the operation. Basically, the Texas factory was bleeding money for the company and now it will be closing by the end of  this year. This comes just a year after the factory opened in May 2013.

This comes as Lenovo is set to takeover Motorola at in the near future. The Chinese giant would not answer questions regarding its plans on what they would do with the United States assembly strategy, but now they will not have to worry at all. It seems that cost-cutting has been ongoing as the factory’s amount of employees has been steadily dropping over the course of the last year. Lenovo can move everything overseas and see much lower costs for Motorola.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Samsung Galaxy Gear finally gets updated to Tizen

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Samsung promised to update the original Galaxy Gear to Tizen to bring it in line with the Gear 2, and it looks like the update is finally ready. The 2.2.0 version update will completely replace Android with Samsung’s in-house OS, Tizen, and bring a few extra features like better battery life and the ability to store music on the Gear locally. Most features on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo that didn’t need specialized hardware (like the heart rate monitor) have been backported to the Galaxy Gear.

Original Galaxy Note 10.1 seeing KitKat update in Germany

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If you’re still using an original Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, don’t worry, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about you. The original Note 10.1, the GT-N8000, is starting to see prompts for an update to Android 4.4.2 in Germany, both OTA and through Samsung Kies.

The update brings the device up to par with other Samsung devices on KitKat, bringing better performance and battery life, some redesigned interface elements (think white status bar icons) and wireless printing support, plus everything that’s native to KitKat.

Samsung is likely using Germany to test out the update at first, so we’ll probably see it pushed out to the rest of the world pretty soon.

source: SamMobile

GO Launcher EX updated to version 5 with new flat theme and features

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GO Launcher EX is one of the most fully-featured third party launchers you’ll find on the Play Store, even if it can be a little bloated at times. The GO Dev team has updated the launcher to version 5 that comes with a handful of new features and a flattened interface design that’s all the rage with design teams right now.

The app now has “smart cards” that function pretty similarly to smart assistants or Google Now, plus a new GO Panel that gives you quick access to frequently used apps and features. The entire interface has also adopted a flat theme, which honestly does look quite a bit like something forked from TouchWiz. If you’re a fan of Samsung’s new TouchWiz design, you’ll probably like this new interface, but if you don’t like TouchWiz, nothing here is going to change your mind.

Samsung is collaborating with Oculus for VR headset

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Last week, news broke that Samsung is getting into the Virtual Reality headset game, but there wasn’t a whole lot of information about it. Now a few more details are being reported by Engadget.

The first question that came to my mind when I heard the news is how the hell could Samsung create such a device without having much gaming experience like Oculus VR and Sony? Well it turns out that Samsung is working with Oculus VR on this product. Yup, that’s the same company that created the Oculus Rift and was bought by Facebook. Oculus VR is taking care of the software while Samsung handles the hardware.

This could be the Galaxy S 5 Mini (SM-G800F)

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Now that the Galaxy S 5 Active is official, the only other Galaxy S 5 variant to be announced is the Mini version. The picture above could very well be the device. As you can see, it looks a lot like the Galaxy S 5, only smaller. The only major change might be that it won’t be IP67 certified since there isn’t a cover for the USB port.

The specs include a 4.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 3470 processor, a Mail-400 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It will also sport all the newer software features like the fingerprint scanner, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, and Private Mode.

No word on when this one will get announced, but we will keep you posted. Two more pics after the break.

Oppo officially announces N1 Mini

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True to its word, Oppo has finally officially announced the N1 Mini. The N1 Mini, not surprisingly, borrows its design from its larger cousin. However, unlike the N1 with a 6-inch screen, this one is packing a much more reasonable 5-inch screen. On top of a smaller screen, the device is lighter, has LTE, and runs Color OS 1.4. It will have the same camera as the N1 with that being the 13MP Sony 6 lens camera with a f/2.0 aperture and 1/3.2″ sensor size. The camera will also have the same rotary set up allowing you to take your selfies in all their 13MP glory.

As far as the innards are concerned, Oppo is keeping a lid on that for now. The company has set a release date for Wednesday, June 11 — in some areas — with an announcement event being held the day before. So if you’re waiting for the “mini” device from Oppo, you’re less than two weeks away from seeing it. As soon as we get a hold of some specs we’ll let you know. Stay tuned!

source: Oppo
via: G for Games

Here’s a better look at Motorola’s next flagship

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A couple of days ago, an image of a Motorola phone with a 5-inch+ display leaked online, but it really wasn’t all that clear. Why is it that the first leaked image(s) of a phone end up being that way? Anyways, we have another image for you, this time much clearer.

This device is most likely the Moto X+1, which has already been unofficially confirmed by Motorola. The leaker says that it will sport a 5.2-inch (1080p) display, but didn’t divulge anything else.

HTC One (M8) Prime development halted indefinitely

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If you were the purchaser of the new HTC One (M8) only to be miffed by the fact that HTC was working on a prime variant of the device, you may not have to be miffed anymore. According to evleaks, HTC has suspended development of the device indefinitely. The reasons behind this decision are unknown. Perhaps it’s because HTC is focusing on one of the other rumored variants of the One device, specifically the rumored “Plus” version of the device that’s supposed to be water resistant, come with a bigger display and have updated specs.

One thing is for certain, in a world full of rumors, nothing is ever concrete until it’s official. HTC One M8 owners, you can rest easier knowing that your flagship will continue to be HTC’s cream of the crop for a little while longer.

source: evleaks

HTC ‘One Wear’ to possibly be round and come in different materials

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Like other companies jumping on the Android Wear train, HTC is rumored to have a wearable in the works that should debut sometime this summer. While the Moto 360 is slated to be a classy piece of hardware HTC may give Motorola a run for its money with its own smartwatch. According to the latest rumor, brought to us by the guy who leaked the S 5 Active video, the device — possibly to be called One Wear — will come in a premium design.

“It’s been an interesting few days here in Taiwan. Sources have provided more than rumors but a actual demo of the HTC smart watch. I did ask for a name. Tentatively it’s called the One Wear, slated to launch late August early September of this year. The design is round much like the Moto 360, will be available in a polycarbonate and metal flavors.”

Google clarifies UFOs were not seen in Kentucky, merely a Project Loon balloon

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For now on, second guess yourself if you saw an unidentified flying object (as if you don’t already). Over in Pike County, Kentucky in 2012, residents believed they saw some UFOs soaring in the sky. Those residents were wrong. A year after the alleged sightings, Google has stepped forward to claim the blame.

A Project Loon balloon that was launched in California somehow made its way eastward to Kentucky. Something went wrong with the controls and Google had no chance to recover the it. Despite Google providing an explanation saying that it was a prototype with a lengthier body, some of Pike County’s residents still believe they saw something much different than a balloon.

Source: Space
Via: BGR

AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

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The Galaxy S 5 Active is finally here. The very durable handset from Samsung is available first on AT&T. If Titanium Gray isn’t really your color, you can choose from Camo Green and Ruby Red. Like the flagship Galaxy S 5, the GS5 Active has a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution. Inside is once again Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz.

Since everything is pretty much the same, what’s the difference here? The Galaxy S 5 Active has shock resistance in addition to the water and dust resistance that the Galaxy S 5 has. Samsung has thrown in a convenience key on the side of the device that, upon pressing it, launches applications that will be useful for the outdoors.

The on-contract price with AT&T is $199 and the carrier also has it available through the Next program for as little as $27.50 per month. Forgoing a two-year contract? Pay $714.99, please.

Hit the break for a gallery of the colors, an introductory video, and the full press release.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 29, 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!!

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Sunrise Calendar app now available for Android

Capsules.io integrates digital content directly into the physical world using GPS-based virtual containers

Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers

Sonos offering 6 free months of Google Play Music service to customers

Android Device Manager updated with Guest Mode

Microsoft readying cross-platform capable smartwatch

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Yet another company appears to be working on a smartwatch type wearables device and this time it is none other than Microsoft. Yes, the stalwart of the corporate world that has missed every stage of the evolution of smartphones is working on an initiative to get into the exploding wearables market that has been dominated by Samsung and Apple thus far. The market is young still, so it is not inconceivable someone could come along and take over the top spot. Microsoft’s effort appears to incorporate a few twists that could give it the competitive edge needed to unseat the market leaders.