Here is a video explaining what Samsung’s ISOCELL camera technology is

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Back in September 2013, Samsung announced ISOCELL, which is an advanced pixel technology for smartphones and tablets. As expected, the Galaxy S 5 will feature ISOCELL, and will hopefully improve the quality of photos dramatically. We explained how ICOCELL works when it was announced, but sometimes a video explaining it is a little easier.

ISOCELL tries to achieve what every other manufacturer tries to achieve, and that is better low light performance. “ISOCELL pixels decrease crosstalk between neighboring cells by forming minute barriers between neighboring pixels to increase light sensitivity and control electron collection resulting in higher color fidelity, even in poor lighting conditions.”

Check out the video from Samsung after the break.

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New HTC One (M8) shows up on eBay with retail box and it’s not called what you think it is

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Ever since it was leaked that HTC was going to refer their new flagship (the M8) as the “All New HTC One,” everyone jumped on it like it was going to be the official name. There was no way HTC was going to make the actual official name the “All New HTC One,” but they will refer to it as such because, yes, it literally is the “All New HTC One” isn’t it?

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Once again, images of Verizon Branded ‘The All New HTC One’ leak

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With such a frequency of leaks related to the All New HTC One, nothing will be left to look forward to by the time of the announcement of the handset. We saw a plethora of leaks related to the All New HTC One’s dual cameras, body, accessories and even an amazing special flip cover.

Now, a new set of leaked images have surfaced online showing off the All New HTC One with Verizon’s mark branded on the rear of the device. Granted, the images are of a dummy unit, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you.

Although HTC might have something more up its sleeves, it seems that nothing else is left that will catch our attention considering that we also saw the new flip cover and dual cameras as well.

Take a look more images right after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order in the UK starting from March 28

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Samsung announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 5, last month at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona with the fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor topping the list of the new features. Today, Samsung UK announced that the handset will be available for pre-order starting from March 28.

The device will be available on Samsung’s online store and it’s physical store as well as other retailers across London. A London retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has also announced that it would start taking pre-orders of the Galaxy S 5 from March 28. Read more

Amazon’s upcoming music service might not feature unlimited music streaming

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Last month, Amazon held talks with a large number of record labels in order to start its own music streaming service like Spotify, Beats etc. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has talked with major record labels and music publishers to license their musics for the upcoming streaming service.

The company is looking to provide music streaming service to its Amazon Prime program customers who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon’s video-streaming service. However, according to the journal, Amazon might limit how many times a person can listen to a song. After a few replays of a song, Amazon would ask the user to buy the music if he/she likes it.  Read more

ZTE’s Nubia X6 rear camera will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology

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A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.

According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM.  Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 11, 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

WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new privacy settings, other additions

Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance

Carriers

AT&T sends out Moto X soak test invites, possibly for Android 4.4.2

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OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1

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That’s a picture of Sony’s Xperia Z1, which is a great phone. The important thing, though, is that there’s a OnePlus One below it. According to a recent announcement on their forums, OnePlus has chosen a 5.5-inch screen to be used in their upcoming device, but thanks to some some really crafty engineering (and probably magic) they’ve managed to cram a phablet sized screen into a phone that would normally sport a 5-inch screen, like the Xperia Z1. This device will likely have one of the best screen-to-bezel ratios on any phone once it’s released.

Pete Lau, founder of OnePlus, also divulged some of the tech that’s going into the screen. It’ll be a full 1080p screen, not 2k, because of battery and processor efficiency, and the DPI will be somewhere north of 400. It features a Touch On Lens module that decreases distance between the touch sensor and display panel, and it’s 300% more resistant to shattering than other competing screens as a nice bonus.

The OnePlus One is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic device. Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5.5-inch full HD screen, and a fully tweaked and optimized Cyanogenmod ROM, plus a sub-400 dollar price point are going to give Google’s own Nexus line some serious competition.

source: OnePlus Forums

Google buys Green Throttle Games in quest to develop set top box

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According to recent reports, Google has acquired Green Throttle Games and aims to use the parts and labor of the company in their quest to develop a set top box. Google has confirmed the reports, but no specifics about the deal have been released.

Green Throttle Games was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating a seamless gaming experience on Android devices. The company soon released an “Atlas” game controller that connects to Android devices via Bluetooth.

Reports of a Google set top box have been making the rounds for a while now, so these reports do make sense. If Google does in fact make gaming a selling point of their set top box, they would definitely have a chance of gaining ground on Apple TV.

Source: 9to5Google