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Samsung to update Galaxy S 5 to Android 4.4.3 this month, Galaxy S 4 next month

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 03:34 PM PDT


Last month, Samsung was in the 'integrating' phase of pushing Android 4.4.3 to the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy S 4. An alleged status report from June 10 shows that testing has been completed for the Galaxy S 5. The Galaxy S 4, though, is still in the 'final testing' phase. For this year's Samsung flagship, the Android 4.4.3 update is expected to arrive sometime this month. Last year's device is slated to get the latest version of Android in July.

Being that this is just an alleged status report, do not hold anything to it. Also, carriers in the United States tend to take a bit longer to push these updates to their devices. So sit tight and enjoy the weather.

Source: Android Geeks

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[New Game] SuperCell's Popular Boom Beach Is Now Available On The Play Store, But Only In Germany And Finland For Now

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 03:22 PM PDT

unnamed (10) Clash of Clans fans will find a lot of familiarity in Boom Beach, a similar title from SuperCell with more conventional characters and weapons. This tower defense and tower attack game has become popular very quickly on iOS, and now it's available on Android... if you happen to be in Finland or Germany. (A limited geographical rollout is typical for testing.) If you've got access to this early version of the game, have fun: it's a free download.

[New Game] SuperCell's Popular Boom Beach Is Now Available On The Play Store, But Only In Germany And Finland For Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Play Fitness to be backed by Play Services, organizes fitness data in one place

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 03:19 PM PDT


With Apple unveiling HealthKit at WWDC a few weeks ago, Google is readying a fitness solution of its own to introduce at Google I/O at the end of this month. We recently heard about Google Fit, a place for an organized pool of data regarding your health. It will actually be called Google Play Fitness, according to Android Police. Like Google Play Games, it will be backed by Google Play Service. This would ensure deep integration with your entire Google profile while running in the background from its syncing within Google Play Services.

Google Play Fitness would not be a very bold, in-your-face app. It would sit in the background and quietly collect all our your fitness data from various outlets. It can build a unique profile based on what it has organized from those outlets because of this. Things get really interesting when it comes to collecting data of its own. Aside from managing fitness apps on a device, Google Play Fitness will data holes if they missed anything. Also, it will help decide if there are conflicting reports.

We can except integration with Android Wear devices, too. The LG G Watch system dump that leaked contained a pedometer-using goal. It would make sense since Google would presumably include fitness goals with Google Play Services. Or it could be that LG did this for only its own device. I believe it is very likely this is on Google's end since having goals is a pretty basic essential for any fitness application.

For now, we do not know which existing fitness apps are going to be taking advantage of Google Play Fitness. But it is probably safe to say that we will be hearing a lot more about that and other Google Play Fitness details when Google takes the stage on June 25.

Source: Android Police

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[New Game] Cartoon Network Superstar Soccer Is Like Mario Super Strikers For Bad Cartoons

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 02:23 PM PDT

unnamed (2) Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of Cartoon Network's current lineup. I exited the channel's target demographic when Dexter's Laboratory and Ed, Edd & Eddy went off the air, and more recent fare like Adventure Time is just unintelligible garbage to my jaded adult eyes. But if you enjoy the recent stuff, and you'd like to watch them all play a game of soccer in a thinly-disguised World Cup tie-in, then Superstar Soccer is the game for you.

[New Game] Cartoon Network Superstar Soccer Is Like Mario Super Strikers For Bad Cartoons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG G Watch with built-in SIM card slot possibly being released only in Korea

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 02:10 PM PDT


At the end of last month, a report appeared that made it seem like the LG G Watch would have a cellular connection thanks to a built-in SIM card slot. And a few weeks ago we the leaked G Watch system dump highlighted a cellular connection option. In the United States, though, you may have to keep waiting to get your hands on a smartwatch with its own data connection. Instead, it now seems that the LG smartwatch with a cellular connection, LG-W105S, will be heading to Korea only. This one never came up in an FCC filing; therefore, it does not look like the United States will have the G Watch with a built-in SIM card slot.

Source: Naver, RRA

Via: 9to5Google

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Apps of the Week: Prime World Defenders, Newsblur, Sould Calibur and more!

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 01:55 PM PDT

As many of us get our weekend World Cup viewing under way, the folks here at Android Central have put together our weekly roundup called Apps of the Week. This isn't a soccer-themed list, though — we've pulled together an app that each of us here at AC have been using in the last week, no matter what it is. That means we get a nice diverse list of games, utilities, media apps and other odds-and-ends.

This week we have two games, a news reader, an alarm clock app and a couple others to round out the weekly selections. Read along with us and see how they stack up.

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[New App] Echo Lockscreen Is An Attractive Alternative For Sufferers Of Notification Overload

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 01:08 PM PDT

unnamed (1) At this point, Android's notification system is pretty elegant. But there's no way to avoid confusion (and for some users, frustration) when a ton of notifications come in all at once. Echo Lockscreen attempts to fix that with a lockscreen replacement that puts your current notifications front and center, then organizes them by app or urgency. Currently Echo is in alpha testing, and it's a free download in the Play Store.

[New App] Echo Lockscreen Is An Attractive Alternative For Sufferers Of Notification Overload was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto E review

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 12:13 PM PDT

The little phone that reaches past it's price point

I've been excited to have a look at the Moto E since its announcement in the middle of May. At $129 US, the Moto E is about the same price as dinner and a movie, and the buzz about how well it performs in the entry-level smartphone domain put it at the top of my wishlist. I've had a little time with it, and have to say I'm not disappointed in the least.

Motorola is no stranger to budget-priced smartphones that perform well. I carry a Moto G (sadly, the generation one version with no LTE) as my backup should I do anything silly to the phone I'm using daily, and I chose it because it was cheap and would do just about anything I wanted a smartphone to do. After years of low-priced models that failed to deliver, Motorola found their niche. Now they have expanded it with an even lower priced model in the Moto E. Let's have a quick look at how it fares in daily use.

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Review 14: The Amazing Spider-Man

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 12:13 PM PDT

Galaxy Tab S up for pre-order in the UK, prices start at £330

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 06:59 AM PDT

Tab S to hit UK market on July 4, 8.4-inch for £330, 10.5 for £420

Aside from an official Samsung sign-up page, we haven't heard a whole lot about when and where British consumers will be able to get hold of Samsung's new high-res, SuperAMOLED-toting Galaxy Tab S tablets. But today both Tabs have gone up for pre-order at Currys PC World, with prices starting at £329.99 for the 8.4-inch Tab and rising to £419.99 for the 10.5-incher. That's slightly more than Apple's Retina iPad Mini (£319) and iPad Air (£399), but cheaper than Samsung's earlier Galaxy Tab Pro slates.

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Deal of the Day: Mobi Products S-Line Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 04:38 AM PDT

The Mobi S-Line Case is a slim, form-fitting TPU case that wraps around to protect against drops and scratches while providing a better grip on your device. This case sports a unique "S" design on the back, giving your Samsung Galaxy S4 a personalized look.

The Mobi Products S-Line Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping!

Save 20% on all Android accessories during our Father's Day Sale using coupon code: DAD614

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Angry Birds Epic 1.0.8 APK

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 04:12 AM PDT

Angry Birds Epic

Angry Birds Epic is one of the best turn based games for Android. A game that follows simple rpg rules such as units have 3 skills attack defense and super attack. Good take on the original angry birds series easy and creative controls. This game just took angry birds to the next level. With this new game you have more to do then just flinging your birds. Now you can take the Birds in a great quest to go get the Bad Pigs for all the eggs taken.

This one fun quest you will never want to stop playing. In the game you will explore a fantasy Piggy Island with everything from tribal villages and frosty mountains to tropical beaches and mysterious caves. Join Red, Chuck, Bomb and the other heroes as they face King Pig, Wiz Pig, Prince Porky and many more villains! Level up your characters, armor, weapons and potions to become a legendary hero ready to take on the mightiest pig warrior!

Rovio moves the Angry Birds into different types of games. Definitely different from other Angry Birds Games but none the less very fun. Rovio has made a dramatic change from a game that has an awesome franchise and shattered that appearance with an amazing RPG game that showed what Rovio is capable of. A great, addicting and fun game that takes a step away from crushing pigs to an adventure fighting them!

This is probably the most awesome rpg for android out there. Angry birds has gone a long way since the first game. Previously 'Angry birds Go!', now this. Just when you think that there is nothing left to do, the Rovio guys do this. It's plain and simple, at least in the beginning. Your first bird is the red one, a warrior and the second one is a powerful wizard, with a massive lightning attack. You progress via a huge map and complete the levels by taking turns with the pigs. If you like angry birds and role playing games then this is perfect for you!

Requires Android: 2.3.3+

Download File: 25.7MB (Angry Birds Epic APK)

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New Twitter feature allows you to embed tweets within your tweets

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 02:38 AM PDT

Twitter is testing a new feature that allows you to embed tweets within your tweets, provided you're using the official Twitter client for Android.

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Press render of the Galaxy F (S5 Prime) leaks, reveals brushed metal back

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 02:38 AM PDT

Even before the launch of the Galaxy S5, the Internet rumormill was abuzz with reports of a metal-clad Quad-HD variant, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Prime. After months of leaks, possible device sightings and rumors, we have our first clear look at the purported Galaxy F, thanks to notorious leakster @evleaks.

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Android 4.4.3 update reportedly rolling out to Galaxy S5 this month, Galaxy S4 to follow suit in July

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 12:24 AM PDT

A leaked Samsung KitKat update schedule document mentions that the manufacturer is set to roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to the Galaxy S5 later this month, and for the Galaxy S4 in the month of July. An earlier version of the document, which was leaked last month, revealed that the South Korean manufacturer was starting to integrate the latest Android build into the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 13, 2014

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 09:13 PM PDT


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!!


Check out the all new Galaxy Tab S series accessories


Facebook Messenger app adds video sending

Peek update brings post-wake activation among other changes


AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S


Project Athena clues in Chromium point to touch interface for Chrome OS


[Deal] Chromecast in Canada gets you $20 CAD Google Play credit until June 30

Google Glass

Google releases 'Through Glass' video in celebration of Father's Day


Qualcomm announces new chip that will help in-home 4G LTE coverage


LG may launch a G3 with Snapdragon 805 CPU next month

Galaxy Note 4 to have iPhone-like fingerprint scanner


Samsung smartwatch passes through FCC, could run Android Wear


Galaxy Tab S tablets now available for pre-order

'First Look' video of Galaxy Tab S released by Samsung

AT&T will offer 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Check out the all new Galaxy Tab S series accessories


Could Microsoft's Cortana find a way on to your Android device?

Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 13, 2014

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Why Microsoft can't simply bring Cortana to Android

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 07:41 PM PDT


Experience is what matters, project manager tells search conference

An interesting couple of articles today from our sister site Windows Phone Central, regarding the possibility of Microsoft bringing its Cortana voice assistant (think Google Now) to other platforms, including Android. Of course, bringing Cortana to Android isn't as simple as just saying "Hey, let's bring Cortana to Android." And Cortana project manager Marcus Ash does a great job explaining the thought process that goes into even considering such a move.

The video above is from the SMX Advanced search marketing conference in Seattle, and it's absolutely worth a watch.

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Project Athena clues in Chromium point to touch interface for Chrome OS

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 06:24 PM PDT


Some recent forays into the code for Chromium reveal a project called Athena that could be a new touch-optimized interface for Chrome OS. While Google could just be working on a major facelift to their Ash interface that has been used for a couple years now, it does appear Athena could open the door to Chrome OS being deployed on a smartphone or tablet.

Some of the issues that developers are working on as part of Athena include:

  • a touchscreen or virtual keyboard;

  • a card-based interface for some items;

  • a system to incorporate extensions to Athena;

  • an initiative called Ares that "will be the home/launcher screen in Athena as well as the launcher for Ash."

Some of the work discovered for Athena includes a heavy emphasis on new touch gestures, like dragging the bottom edge up to access an "overview mode" or dragging right from the left edge to access a split-screen mode.

Thus far, no specific devices have been found in reference to any Athena entries. However, at least one entry indicates Athena will support a gyroscope and an accelerometer, hardware one would not expect to find in a laptop.

A move to produce an interface that could run on laptops, desktops and mobile devices could also be part of the long rumored merger of Android and Chrome OS.

source: Gigaom

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LG G3 partners with McAfee to prevent unauthorized factory resets and rooting

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 06:07 PM PDT

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Losing your brand new smartphone is never fun. While it's true you can use apps like Google's own Android Device manager to track down your phone, you're pretty much screwed once the new "owner" factory resets the device. LG knows this, which is why they've partnered with MacAfee Mobile Security for the upcoming LG G3.

According to the joint press release, the MacAfee antivirus app will come pre-installed on the LG G3 and will not only protect your device from harmful malware (ie, cracked apps downloaded from the darkest parts of the internet), but features a few new security tricks as well. Aside from the Kill Switch that will essentially wipe your phone clean (Android Device Manager does the same thing), MacAfee can actually block others from factory resetting your LG G3, in the event that someone wants to make your stolen phone theirs. There's even an option to block rooting should someone decide to go that route. All this combined with McAfee's tracking, and you have a solid security app at no cost to you.

Smartphone security is no joke and there's nothing quite like the feeling of losing something so costly (and with so much personal information stored on it). It's nice to see LG and McAfee have your back.

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Samsung Smart Bike – designed to keep you safe with a “technological soul”

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 06:06 PM PDT

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Samsung can be considered one of the biggest pioneers in the industry. The company will dip its toes into any new products or technologies they can find, hoping to find those few experiments that will take off. Samsung has gotten a little more adventurous with their latest endeavor, though – a smart bike.

Enter the Samsung Smart Bike, a product that is meant to offer green and healthy transportation while keeping you safe with its smart technology. Samsung mentions the bicycle has a "technological soul", as its internals make it a moving accessory designed to work in tandem with your smartphone.

The bike was made with Giovanni Pelizzoli taking charge of the design. Pelizzoli is a world renown frame builder. This specific design offers curved shapes that are meant to lower vibrations and keep the bicycle running smooth. But what makes it more unique is all the technology Samsung put inside.

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The Samsung Smart Bike comes equipped with laser beams, a rear-view camera, integrated GPS and an Arduino motherboard that controls it all. This set-up wouldn't be complete without smartphone pairing, and Samsung, of course, didn't leave that feature behind. Your smartphone can be docked into the handlebar, and it controls every smart aspect built into the vehicle.

So… what does this bike do?

All these components are put in place for a single purpose – to keep you safe. The laser beams create a bike lane that surrounds you, alerting others of your presence and keeping them at safe distance.

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The rear-view camera is designed to give you a view of what is going on behind you. You can simply take a quick look at your smartphone and see if there is anything dangerous going on.

Behind the scenes, the GPS tracker and smartphone app work together to track bikers' general routes. If a certain road is taken by many bikers, local authorities could take the data and decide which to add real bike lanes to.

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Where do I sign up?!

I feel there is much more you could do with the Samsung Smart Bike, but the project is young and will keep evolving with time. Pricing and availability are still anyone's guess. In fact, we are not yet sure if this bike is to go into mass production at all.

I just hope that, if released, this bike doesn't become a Samsung exclusive. Sadly, that will probably be the case.

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Android 4.4.3 reportedly coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4, rollout begins this month

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 04:39 PM PDT

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The race is to Android 4.4.3 is on. As a good portion of Android devices have recently settled into their Android 4.4.2 updates, we watched as "stock" Android devices like the Moto X, Nexus 5, and Google Play edition devices all got a small numerical bump to 4.4.3. Now, we weren't sure if manufacturers who use their own custom user interfaces would be jumping on the bandwagon, or if they'd possibly wait around until the next major firmware release.


According to a leaked Samsung document, it appears at least one Android OEM is planning on pushing out Android 4.4.3 to their current (and previous) flagship devices, and sooner than you might think. The leaked document, obtained by AndroidGeeks , gives us a June time frame for Android 4.4.3 on the Samsung Galaxy S5 — SM-G900F (Snapdragon) and SM-G900H (Exynos) — and July for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (LTE-A).

As always, keep in mind that these models aren't necessarily tied down to any specific network, meaning variants in the US are still subject to the lengthy process of carrier approval. Still, the fact that Samsung is committing to bring Android 4.4.3 to their their flagships is another reason why some Android fans choose the OEM in the first place. Gotta love that software support.

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