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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case for HTC One (M8)

Posted: 27 May 2014 07:14 AM PDT





The SURFACE Case is the ultimate low-profile HTC One (M8) hard case; combining a super-slim design with a protective outer shell. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops. Colors include black, blue, red, purple and gold.


The Seidio SURFACE Case is available for just $16.95, 43% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!


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ASUS teasing the Next Incredible “Thin” Thing for Computex 2014 [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 May 2014 06:50 AM PDT



ASUS is drumming up excitement for Computex 2014 (kicking off June 2nd) as they often do, and the company is teasing a device that could be quite thin. A teaser video for the Taipei show tells folks to get ready for the "the next incredible thing." Shortly after the text is written out, the "g" in "thing" suddenly disappears.


There's no telling what ASUS could be looking to introduce in the days to come. Their name hasn't been in the rumor mill for any smartphones or tablets as of late. There's a chance that whatever device they announce won't be related to Android. But then again, there's a chance that it will be. Only way to find out is to circle back and follow all the Computex coverage, we suppose.




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Samsung rolling out KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active

Posted: 27 May 2014 06:28 AM PDT

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Galaxy S4 Active (international version) owners will be receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat on their devices this week after Samsung began rolling out the update.


The software version, I9295XXUCNE5, will include faster performance, the white status bar icons, improved battery life, full-screen album art while playing music, a camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing support, ability to set default messaging/launcher apps and more.


The update is out in the Netherlands now, and expect it to come to other counties gradually. Give it a week or two before worrying about getting the update. If you want to give it a shot, you can try to manually get the update by going to Settings >> General >> About phone >> Software updates menu, or go through Kies.


Source: SamMobile




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Rosewood-backed Moto X now available via Moto Maker

Posted: 27 May 2014 06:28 AM PDT






Motorola has added the rosewood finish to its Moto X customization options. This bumps out walnut from the list, but you've still got a wide range of regular color options in addition to the real wood backing.





















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The Simpsons Tapped Out 4.8.3 APK

Posted: 27 May 2014 06:25 AM PDT




The Simpsons Tapped Out android game update with a brand new character! EA has finally sorted out all the bugs, and the app is working perfectly again. Fallen back in with tapping commands into the characters of the Simpsons. This latest update so far seems to be working just fine, no more lagging and random crashes. You can finally enjoy the game in peace and visit neighbors without worrying about glitches. So relieved that the new update sorted out the balls up of the last one, now that this game is bug free. This is a brilliant game with so many different things to do you will never get bored.



If you are fans of Simpsons and town building games "The Simpsons Tapped Out" is for you. Great game and very addictive you can create your own Springfeild with all your favorite characters included no issues or bugs. Regular special events and new content to enjoy. Donuts (premium currency) are expensive, but you get quite a few free if you play regular. Visit your friends' Springfields, play pranks, and collect cash. You get a couple of random drops from your friends every couple of days, each time you level up after reaching the level cap plus some missions give donuts from time to time. Recommend doing so after each update, seems to keep the game running smooth. Also make sure you're logged into origin and any problems that might happen with premium purchases can be resolved.



More than 40 million and counting worldwide downloads of the app are enough to tell you about the popularity of this game. EA mobile have come up trumps and restored this game to former glory and bring the game get back to its finest Quality. The game moves forward at just about the right pace, there's always something to aim for but you can do it in your own time. Get this game and live your New virtual life!



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Verizon updating HTC One (M7) to Sense 6

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:49 AM PDT

HTC One Progress


HTC will come through with its promise of 2 years of support to One (M7) owners this week — the device will be updated to Sense 6 this week.


Unlocked and developer editions of the device were updated last week, and the T-Mobile variant followed shortly after. It appears that Verizon is preparing to send out the update this week.


The update includes a redesigned camera app, a fresh appearance for BlinkFeed and a Sense TV application. It could also include Extreme Power Saving Mode, but we'll have to wait to find out.


AT&T and Sprint both have received the update from HTC and the two carriers are working on certification before shipping it out OTA to their customers. Verizon is also working on certification for the One Max.


Via: Pocket Now

Source: @jetleigh




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LG’s G Watch could feature cellular connectivity

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:33 AM PDT

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Compared to what we've seen from the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, most other wearable devices have looked pretty underwhelming, namely the LG G Watch, which is going to be made out of plastic, and as previous rumors suggest, won't have top-line specs.


But new information suggests we could be in for quite a surprise with the G Watch. Hit the break for more.



It appears that the G Watch, via an USIM (Universal Subscriber Identity Module), the device will feature cellular (3G) connectivity.


If you remember, just a few months ago it was reported that Samsung could be working on a Gear 2 variant with cellular connectivity as well, which could be released at the same time as this 3G-enabled G Watch. (The Samsung device will feature Tizen while the G Watch has Android Wear.)


Via: G For Games

Source: iNews




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We're live in London with LG, 6 p.m. BST, 1 p.m EDT

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:25 AM PDT






Join us as we get our first look at LG's latest and greatest from the main event in London


Today's a big day for LG with the launch of what we heavily expect to be the brand new G3. In total, 6 different events around the world are being thrown to usher in LG's latest and greatest, and we're live on location in London at the main shindig. Satellite events are being thrown in New York and San Francisco, with further events in Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul to follow tomorrow.





















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Samsung finally brings KitKat to international Galaxy S4 Active

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:25 AM PDT

Galaxy-S4-Active-water Samsung is finally bringing its Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the international Galaxy S4 Active (GT-I9295), more than a month after it made its debut on the AT&T version. In addition to performance improvements and several design tweaks, this release adds support for wireless printing, the ability to change the default messaging app and launcher,



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You can now grab the Moto X in Rosewood

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:20 AM PDT

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Another wooden chassis option has been added to the Moto X's list over at Moto Maker. It's Rosewood, which we saw at the device's official unveiling but haven't seen launched until this point. It's a nice, warm bark that strikes a pretty decent balance between dark and bright.


It's a shame that Motorola couldn't get all these options out closer to launch, as folks are likely looking ahead to more "contemporary" smartphones at this point. The Moto X is still a fine phone, though the expected unveiling of a follow-up this summer might cause hesitation for many at the point of sale.


If you decide that last year's model is still worth buying (especially for an attractive $375 off-contract) then be sure to check out all the different customization options available to you at Motorola's site.




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Lenovo’s upcoming flagship leaks, big things to come?

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:19 AM PDT

Lenovo Flagship


Lenovo is prepping its next flagship, the Vibe Z2 Pro, and held an internal event last week. Lucky for us, someone at the event snapped a few photos of the device to give the world a preview. The leaks have been circulating on China's social media site, Sina Weibo.


So, what are we looking at in terms of specs? Hit the break to find out.


It appears that the phone will be all-metal (7.7mm-thick), and the display will be a 6-inch quad HD screen. It'll also feature a 16MP OIS camera (w/ dual LED flash), a 4,000mAh battery and a 2.5GHZ quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip. NFC support will also be included.


We're not sure about availability or pricing yet, but don't expect it to make its way over to North America anytime soon.




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Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam acquisition

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:13 AM PDT





Google has already kicked off its home automation plans with the purchase of Nest, the makers of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but the company is rumored to be looking into purchasing Dropcam. This next potential acquisition is the brand behind security cameras that stream directly to a smartphone or tablet. According to The Information, Google are currently analyzing whether Dropcam would benefit the company's overall strategy.





















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Benchmark results for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4 appear online

Posted: 27 May 2014 05:04 AM PDT

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The new Galaxy Tab S tablets will be announced on June 12, but that doesn't mean we won't get information on the devices beforehand. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T700, WiFi) has appeared online in an AnTuTu benchmark test.


Here's what the test results revealed: a 2500 x 1600 AMOLED display, octa-core Exynos 5420 processor and Mali-T628 graphics, 3GB RAM, 8MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera, 32GB internal storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


More details to come on the new Tab S series, so stay tuned.


Via: SamMobile

Source: AnTuTu




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Walnut backing for Moto X replaced by Rosewood on Moto Maker

Posted: 27 May 2014 04:43 AM PDT

Moto X Rosewood


Back when the 'natural wood' backs for the Moto X were announced, the options included rosewood, teak, ebony and bamboo. However when Moto Maker was launched, rosewood was nowhere in sight, and walnut was an option instead.


But today if you visit Moto Maker you won't find the walnut option — you'll find rosewood it its place. The only question is, is the rosewood any different from walnut?


It appears not, or at least for now. The preview picture for the rosewood backing appears to be the same backing as was on the walnut version when it was available. It's not the same exact image though, so let us know if you can see any differences between the image of the old walnut backing below and the new rosewood backing above.


We're not sure why Motorola would change the name of the walnut backing to rosewood, but perhaps we'll know soon. Hit the break for the old walnut backing image below.



Moto X Walnut


Via: Phone Arena

Source: Motorola




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Canadian airlines will soon allow gate-to-gate electronics use

Posted: 27 May 2014 03:54 AM PDT






Canadians airlines will soon allow unrestricted electronics access to customers following a new ruling by Canada's Transport Minister. The move comes after the US FAA announced last year that customers can use their electronic devices during "all phases of flight."





















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Samsung rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to international Galaxy S4 Active

Posted: 27 May 2014 01:28 AM PDT






A month after rolling out the update for AT&T's version of the Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung has announced that users of the international variant of the device (GT-I9295) will be able to make the switch to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.





















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Lenovo's upcoming flagship leaked, sports a 6-inch QHD display

Posted: 27 May 2014 12:54 AM PDT






If leaked images of an upcoming Lenovo handset are to be believed, the Chinese manufacturer is looking to introduce a device with a QHD display. Dubbed the Vibe Z2 Pro, the device features a metallic chassis and specs that can take on the likes of what Samsung, LG and HTC have to offer.





















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Chromecast on sale in Japan from May 28

Posted: 27 May 2014 12:39 AM PDT






Good news this morning for folks over in Japan, that Google is finally making the Chromecast available there as of tomorrow, May 28. Announced on Google's official Japanese blog, the Chromecast will cost ¥4,200 and will be available in the Google Play Store, Amazon and other retailers.





















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HTC One M8 Ace to touch down on June 3

Posted: 26 May 2014 11:09 PM PDT

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 05.57.55 According to a leaked press render on a Chinese website, HTC is currently in the process of developing a scaled-down, more affordable variant of the One (M8), its flagship smartphone of 2014, which is expected to launch on Tuesday, June 3. Dubbed the 'Ace', the handset is rumored to sport a 5-inch Full HD display



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Qualcomm aims to make dual camera implementation easier with Snapdragon 805

Posted: 26 May 2014 08:29 PM PDT

The HTC One (M8), as many of you know, features two cameras on the back. One is the Ultrapixel camera sensor that captures the photo, and the second one is a camera sensor that is used to calculate depth. This obviously requires some serious software processing, and HTC had to create this all from scratch. But in the future, it might be far easier for manufacturers to make such features work.


Qualcomm is planning to integrate support for dual cameras into the upcoming Snapdragon 805. This chip will allow both stereo and depth camera processing, letting a manufacturer implement these features without significant work. The new chip will also support taking up to 16MP burst photos at 15 FPS while shooting 4K video, which smartphones are incapable of doing so far.


It's great to see Qualcomm making its chips more useful to the manufacturer than just providing usable hardware. Support for such features coming from the chip maker saves a lot of time for OEMs, and makes it easier to justify integrating these features. While I'm not huge on HTC's Duo Camera implementation, I'm excited to see what can be done with it in the future.





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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 26, 2014

Posted: 26 May 2014 08:04 PM PDT

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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!!


Android In The Car


Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface


Apps


Samsung S Health app gets Stress level monitoring feature


Carriers


LG G3 for Sprint press render leaks in two colors


Sprint website confirms 64GB Moto X



Google


Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface


Phones


Latest leak still puts HTC One (M8) Ace release next week


LG G3 for Sprint press render leaks in two colors


LG's Dutch website briefly reveals G3 before press unveiling


Leaked images show LG G3 and HTC One M8 being compared


Sprint website confirms 64GB Moto X


Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices


Upcoming low-end Samsung phone spotted, featuring Android 4.4.2


Smartwatches


Samsung, Sony still trail Pebble in the 'smart wearable bands' category


Samsung reportedly working on hand-controlled smartwatch


Updates


Samsung testing Android 4.4.3 while working on rolling out Android 4.4.2 to some devices




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Samsung reportedly working on hand-controlled smartwatch

Posted: 26 May 2014 07:49 PM PDT

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Samsung has just made an interesting move that could shed some light on the company's future smartwatch plans. In a recent patent application, Samsung detailed a method of controlling a smartwatch not with touch, but by the waving of your hands.



Samsung certainly has a history of unique gestures in their devices, beginning with the Galaxy S 4. It was with the S4 that Samsung introduced the concept of controlling functions like scrolling and swiping without touching the screen of your device. While these gestures weren't a huge selling point for the device, they remained when Samsung launched the updated Galaxy S 5.


Now, it seems as though they will be taking a similar approach with an upcoming smartwatch. The patent outlines an interesting feature that will give the user the ability to "flick" content to their TV with their finger. Additionally, it appears as though you will be able to select objects or links by simply pointing at them.


This is certainly not surprising as the introduction of Android Wear showed that the industry is leaning towards a hands-off approach. Additionally, we have come to expect an Android Wear device from Samsung to either accompany or replace their Galaxy Gear devices.


While these functions are certainly unique and impressive, they will have to be convenient and flawless in order for users to use them instead of simply touching their devices, something that Samsung has yet to pull of with their handsets.


source: USPTO

via: Engadget




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OmniROM to offer the best “OK Google” hotword customization

Posted: 26 May 2014 07:42 PM PDT

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Google's innovation and features may stir the whole industry, but we all know real progress starts once the developer community gets to work. We all love a good ROM, and we must say OmniROM is one of our very favorites. It runs great, was designed with the community in mind, and offers awesome features like the one we will talk about today.


Hotword customization at its best


Last March we reported on a developer who wanted to bring the "always listening" feature to OmniROM – Guillaume Lesniak. We have previously seen this in the Moto X and the Google Experience Launcher with the "OK Google" hotword. It may vary a bit from device to device, but ultimately the idea is that you can speak to your phone and perform various tasks.


Lesniak has finally taken care of the job and is getting ready to release said feature, but there is so much more to it than regular voice commands. The user can customize the hotword unlike we have ever seen before. You can change functions to different hotwords of your choice, and choose what each hotword will do, as you can see in the video below.




You can literally customize any shortcut or feature with a hotword! It seems to work very well and I would love to put this to the test.


How do I get it?


This feature is not quite out yet, but it should be released soon. It might already be out by the time you read this, in which case you can simply head to OmniROM's website for more details.


Furthermore, we are not sure if all supported devices will be compatible. Guillaume has stated in the past that not all processors can handle this. More specifically, he states that the Snapdragon 800 is, in fact, able to handle Moto X-like always listening capabilities.


We will have to wait a bit more until Guillaume Lesniak can give us all the details.




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Verizon’s One (M7) to be updated to Sense 6 this week, says HTC

Posted: 26 May 2014 07:29 PM PDT

Heads up, HTC One (M7) owners on Verizon, because your week is about to get a lot better.


HTC Product Manager Leigh Momii just announced on Twitter than the Sense 6 update for the Verizon version of the HTC One (M7) is slated to begin rolling out this week. Neither HTC nor Verizon have posted official documents for the update, so it's not yet clear exactly what it'll include, but the unlocked and Developer Edition One (M7) models received goodies like Extreme Power Saving mode and a "Clear All" button in the Recent Apps view.


HTC America president Jason Mackenzie previously said that the One (M7) would receive Sense 6 by the end of May, so it's good to see the Verizon variant squeaking in under this deadline. Now that HTC has announced the update and its official software update page lists it as being "Complete," here's to hoping that we'll get more details on the Verizon One (M7) Sense 6 update soon. Stay tuned.





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Sprint website confirms 64GB Moto X

Posted: 26 May 2014 07:03 PM PDT

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With the Moto X having been launched last August, it seems likely that the device will be replaced by a new one in the near future. While there should be a sequel coming soon, it looks like Motorola isn't ready to let the Moto X go just yet, with hints toward a 64GB version of the device popping up.


The latest of these hints comes from the Sprint website. While there isn't a formal product page for a 64GB version of the device, the phone does pop up as an option when you shop for accessories. This still doesn't give any clue into pricing and availability, but at least it somewhat confirms that a device does exist.


Source: Sprint

Via: PocketNow




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