Qualcomm to deliver updated version of the Snapdragon 810 in March

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The saga regarding the Snapdragon 810 and overheating issues continues. Will Samsung use the Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S 6 is one of the biggest questions this year. There have been reports indicating that Samsung would go exclusively with the homegrown Exynos, and others indicating that Samsung could never drop Qualcomm completely.

Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Qualcomm has worked around the heating issue and will deliver a new version of the chip to Samsung in March. Some analysts have already predicted that Samsung will launch the S6 in Korea on time, but delay it in other markets because of this very reason.

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Chromecast now available for purchase on Play Store in India

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Covered by Talk Android’s Josh Levenson last month (link here), India got its first ability to purchase the Chromecast from Snapdeal during Google’s annual Great Online Shopping Festival. Rajan Anandan, Head of Google India, had made the announcement but gave no indication on when we might see the Chromecast grace India’s Google Play Store.

Starting today, our sisters & brothers on the other side of the globe can get the Chromecast from the Play Store now! It’ll run you a small 2999 (Rs). Read more

T-Mobile makes SCORE! program official, lets you pay $5 per month for smartphone discounts

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T-Mobile has made a new program official for customers to take part in, and they’re calling it SCORE! The program simply lets you pay an extra $5 per month on your bill, and then you’ll get discounts on smartphones after a few months.

After 6 months of paying that extra few bucks, T-Mobile will give you a free entry level smartphone. Today, that would be something along the lines of the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2, which isn’t a bad deal for the equivalent of 30 bucks. However, if you keep paying and don’t cash in, after 12 months you’d be able to pick up a much nicer phone (T-Mobile uses the LG L90 LTE as an example) without paying anything, or you can get a bigger discount on other phones. Read more

OnePlus tweaks name of next device, feeds the Snapdragon 810 monster

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Although OnePlus may have annoyed some buyers with their invite system and some marketing gaffes for their inaugural smartphone during 2014, the company succeeded in creating quite a bit of demand for their OnePlus One. That success has led many to watch the company to see what 2015 will hold for a successor. Sources have revealed some information about the name for the next device and some release schedule projections that feed into the issues swirling around the Snapdragon 810 processor. Read more

Android’s future is with us, not Google, according to Cyanogen CEO

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Many things in our world splinter into a variety of subsects. Some of which are political parties, Protestant denominations, and Linux distributions, which includes Android. They all have something in common with that from which they derive, but all claim superiority in some fashion.

Kirt McMaster (CEO of Cyanogen Inc.) recently spoke to a crowd gathered at The Information’s Next Phase of Android event, to say that a new dawn is coming to the Android distribution and the daybreak will show Cid standing triumphant over Andy. Read more

Early Android employee says that Android and iOS likely to maintain status quo

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If you’re an Android owner, you’ve probably experienced an iPhone-owning friend or family member asking you about whether or not they should switch to Android. For me, this question has increased in frequency over the years as the youthful Android devices have matured and planted themselves more clearly in the limelight.

Interestingly enough, I used to have more to say software-wise about the differences between the fruits and the robots, but as Apple has done a decent job lately of catching up to Android, a lot of the convergence has eliminated some of my old arguments. Notifications in iOS are handled better and there are now quick settings. The interface is still a glorified app drawer, though.

At a recent event held to discuss the future of Android, Tom Moss echoed this sentiment and focused on the business sector.  Read more

WhatsApp Calls folder appears, could voice calling launch soon?

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A user of WhatsApp downloaded and installed an update from the app’s official site only to notice that something new has been added behind the scenes. Reddit user /u/akhilman78 posted the image above showing the WhatsApp Calls folder. The folder could belong to the highly-anticipated voice calling feature that WhatsApp promised almost one year ago. Being that the folder appeared via an update pushed directly from the site, a launch could be right around the corner.

Do you use WhatsApp? If so, let us know in the comments whether or not you are eager for voice calling.

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Here’s the only flashlight app you will ever need

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There are a zillion flashlight apps in Google Play, but I stumbled upon a really good one thanks to Ron Richards introducing it in the App Arena on TWIT TV’s All About Android show. It’s called Power Button Flashlight / Torch, and you’re probably already wondering what makes this better than any other flashlight app? A light is a light right? This one is all about how simple it is to turn on.

Turning on your flashlight is always a chore. You have to find the app, which is usually in the app drawer, and then you have to turn it on. Google has improved things by adding a built-in flashlight in Lollipop, while other manufacturers have offered the same. Still, you have to turn on your device, swipe down the notification panel, and press the flashlight icon. There has to be an even easier way right?

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