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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 23, 2014

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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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!!

Guides

How to setup and use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner to make Paypal payments

Apps

New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

Carriers

50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

Picture of red Verizon HTC One M8 leaked

Google

Google ‘Stars’ being tested with Chrome, allows favoriting URLs and more

Google Maps now lets you look at old Street View collections

Phones

Picture of red Verizon HTC One M8 leaked

50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

Motorola Moto X price drops for Republic Wireless, Amazon does the same for the GSM model

Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

Ladies and Gentlemen, the OnePlus One has arrived — And boy does it look gorgeous

Are you willing to smash your current phone for a chance to buy a OnePlus One?

Galaxy Note 4 display could be revealed in patent application

Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

Samsung Galaxy K (formerly Galaxy S 5 Zoom) shows up in more photos

Set-top boxes

Amazon, HBO reach content sharing agreement, bringing HBO GO to Fire TV

Smartwatches

LG ‘W Watch’ name surfaces before the G Watch is even released

Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the U.S. starting May 1

Samsung SM-T2558 gets certified in China, sports a 7-inch display on a smartphone’s body

Updates

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

Wearables

Samsung releases ad for Gear Fit showing off fitness and social features

Miscellaneous

Motorola shipped 6.5 million devices globally in Q1

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Picture of red Verizon HTC One M8 leaked

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Earlier this month a rumor started floating around that claimed that the HTC One M8 would be released on Verizon in red. Well it seems like that rumor has some weight behind it now, with an image supposedly being leaked of the special edition device.

At first glance of the device, it seems pretty much what we would expect, but upon taking a closer look at it, some things seem a little off. For example the official renders of the device show the dual LED flash as being round, while on this image the flash is square. The render also shows the plastic strips as being a little curved, while on the official shots they’re straight. These things add up, and the render could be a fake after all.

Source: @evleaks

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New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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Today Sony released a new version of their background defocus app to the Google Play Store. The app is available to Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later.

The app, as the name suggests, allows users to be able to defocus the background of their photos, adding depth of field to their photos. According to Sony, to get the best results users should focus on an object that is 15-45cm away, with a background at least 5 meters away from the subject. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 to get update to fix camera and alarm bugs

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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An update to the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has begun rolling out to fix a number of issues that users have been having trouble with. The issues that are fixed in this update include the camera app not loading during a voice call, the alarm failing to go off when deleting alarms, and duplication of emails when moving them to new folders.

The update will likely not roll out to the international variant of the device as most of the issues it focuses on are unique to the Sprint variant. It will bump the software version up to G900PVPU1AND2, and, like usual, will roll out in stages.

Source: Samsung

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50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

Source: HTC

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Samsung releases ad for Gear Fit showing off fitness and social features

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has released a new ad for its Gear Fit showing off what it does best; tracking your physical activity and helping you manage your social life. The video shows the heart rate monitor in action, the calorie tracker at work, and it even shows a DJ declining a call from his wrist. It follows Samsung’s advertising mentality that the Fit is a device that can improve anyone’s life, no matter what they do for fun.

It’s definitely a fun video, and if you want to watch it, you can check it out after the break. 

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Verizon Galaxy S 5 owners experiencing ‘Camera Failed’ issue

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you own a Verizon Galaxy S 5, you may have noticed a “Camera Failed” popup when trying to use the camera. If so, you are not alone. There seems to be no consistency with why this is happening or even what could remedy it. Some believe it’s the SnapChat application, but from what I am seeing, this appears to be a software issue that will only be fixed with a firmware update.

Unfortunately, once the popup appears, you might not be able to use the camera at all. For some, it happens at limited times. Users have tried factory resets, cache clearing, third party camera apps, and pulling the SD card with limited to no success.

You can request a replacement unit, but some stores are denying them since they have experienced a number of returns regarding this issue. That means they know it’s a software issue that can only be fixed with an update.

Have you experienced this? If so, any luck rectifying it or at least some sort of workaround? Please make sure to comment below.

sources: XDA (1) (2)

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in the U.S. starting May 1

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 4 series earlier in the month, but didn’t specify specific availability for pricing until now. Starting May 1st, you will be able to buy either the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, or 10.1 at major retailers. If you’re really anxious, pre-orders start tomorrow at Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct.

For now, only the Wi-Fi models will be available for $199.99 (7.0), $269.99 (8.0) and $349.99 (10.1). There will be LTE versions offered this summer at AT&T (7.0, 8.0, and 10.1), Sprint (7.0 only), T-Mobile (8.0 only), and Verizon Wireless (8.0 and 10.1 only).

Hit the break for the full press release, and click here for the specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Available in U.S. Beginning May 1

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — April 23, 2014 — Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio, featuring a lightweight profile with thin bezels and a textured backing, will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.

“This latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family combines versatility with value,” said Michael Abary, senior vice president of mobile computing, Samsung Electronics America. “The HD display, multitasking capabilities and easy sharing features make the Galaxy Tab 4 a great fit for both consumers and businesses.”

With its HD display, the Galaxy Tab 4 makes a great entertainment companion for the whole family. Multi User Mode lets each member of the family make the Tab 4 their own with private, customizable profiles. Kids Mode allows parents to set limits for their children, restricting accessible apps and managing length of play.

Content You Want

Samsung continues to partner with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide premium content for the Galaxy Tab 4. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular and best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage applications including: Google Play, Dropbox, Sirius XM and Audible.com. For more information, visitwww.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.

Preloaded apps like Netflix and WatchOn instantly make the Galaxy Tab 4 perfect for viewing content and managing your entertainment.

Ready to Work

Whether in-the-field, at home or at the office, the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 keep users connected securely, with built-in features that support enterprise-grade VPN, corporate email, on-device encryption and scalable mobile device management. The Galaxy Tab 4 lineup gives users the portability and performance they need to work on the go. Powerful quad-core processors and Samsung’s innovative Multi Window functionality provide multitasking capabilities, enabling users to simultaneously view two apps at once and drag and drop content with ease.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 line will be offered in a choice of black or white. The new tablets will be available for purchase from major retailers nationwide on May 1 with pre-sales beginning April 24 at Samsung.comAmazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, OfficeMax, PC Richard and Son, Sears, and Tiger Direct. AT&T will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 this summer. Sprint will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 this summer. T-Mobile will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 this summer. Verizon Wireless will offer the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1 this summer.

The Wi-Fi enabled Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 will be, respectively.

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Samsung Galaxy K (formerly Galaxy S 5 Zoom) shows up in more photos

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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We have another leak of the Galaxy K, this time showing the optical zoom lens. As you can see, the phone looks a lot thinner than last year’s Galaxy S 4 Zoom.

The Galaxy K will be officially unveiled on April 29, and it’s expected to sport a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, a hexa-core or quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 20MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The zoom lens is expected to be 10x optical.

Hit the break for another pic.

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source: GSMArena

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the OnePlus One has arrived — And boy does it look gorgeous

Posted by wicked April - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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To be honest, I wasn’t all too excited with the upcoming arrival of the CyanogenMod based OnePlus One device since I was too busy with the Galaxy S 5, HTC One M8 and even the Sony Z2 unveilings. Turns out the ones you don’t expect turn out to be one hell of a shocker.

The OnePlus One device will come with a 5.5″ IPS display powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 801 processor accompanied with 3GB of RAM. You’ll also see a nice 13MP camera with a 6-lens f/2.0. As for battery, you can expect a nice 3,100mAh Li-Po battery. Throw in a magnesium chassis, and you have one gorgeous phone.

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OnePlus also claims that this will be the lightest 5.5″ phone on the market weighing in at just 162 grams. The best part of all of this is the price — Starting off at $300 for the 16GB version then $350 for the 64GB.

Still not impressed? Check out it’s promo video right below after the break and let us know what you think down in the comments section!

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