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Possible Gear Glass: Samsung patents Earphone looking like Dragon Ball Z scouter, Google Glass

Apr 15, 2014 10:53 pm The Korean Intellectual Property Office recently published Samsung’s patent application for an earphone that seems to be a compact Bluetooth headset and smart glass rolled into one whose shape quickly calls to mind a familiar object in Dragon Ball Z — the scouter.... [more]

Google Play Store cuts down prices in early Mother’s Day promo

Apr 15, 2014 10:37 pm

In a bid to make Mother’s Day more special — or at least to give you more gift choices for your mother — Google has launched its Mother’s Day promo early on the Google Play Store. From today until May 5, you can get your mom a year’s subscription for... [more]

Samsung fires up a new website to explain its design philosophies

Apr 15, 2014 9:00 pm

Samsung this evening has launched a new website geared toward telling the story of how it designs its products. And we're not just talking mobile here — a wide array of products get love with this new project. It's based on three pillars — Product Stories, Meaningful Stories and About Us.... [more]

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 8:53 pm

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!! Apple vs Samsung Google exec... [more]

MediaTek shows off MT6595 chipset with LTE integration

Apr 15, 2014 8:51 pm

We last heard from MediaTek back in February when they announced their MT6732 chipset, bringing 64-bit and LTE support to the table. Now, the company has just showcased the MT6595, a 32-bit chip, at the China Information Technology Expo that took place over the weekend. Perhaps the most important... [more]

Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

Apr 15, 2014 8:08 pm

Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative. Read on for more! [more]

Samsung targeting 35 million Galaxy S 5 units sold for this quarter

Apr 15, 2014 7:58 pm

Samsung is not setting low expectations for the brand new Galaxy S 5. When the device was announced, the general reaction was that it did not offer any exceeding advantages over last year’s Galaxy S 4; however, the Galaxy S 5 experience a very good global launch. Now a report out of South... [more]

Uncovered patent shows Samsung working on a Google Glass competitor

Apr 15, 2014 7:48 pm

The wearables game is always getting more and more competitive. But when you look deeper into it, smart glasses are all that common. The most notable device is Google Glass, of course. But that could all be changing. Samsung, who enters just about any market possible, has a patent that reveals a... [more]

Vivo Xshot will have a 24 megapixel camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture

Apr 15, 2014 7:08 pm

Vivo’s previously rumored Xshot has finally had its camera hardware revealed, and it looks pretty impressive at first glance. The Xshot will sport a Sony 24 megapixel rear camera along with a great f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, plus dual LED flash. It will be capable of... [more]

Galaxy S5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

Apr 15, 2014 6:58 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially launched last Friday, but not everyone is able to get the device just yet. Ting Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, won’t be able to offer the device until after Sprint has, but today they started taking pre-orders for the device. These orders are set to ship in... [more]

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 is live, offers 6 great Android games on the cheap

Apr 15, 2014 6:57 pm

Feels like it’s almost every other day the Humble Bundle guys are offering up a new batch of Android games on the cheap. Last time around, we saw cross platform titles, but for Humble Mobile Bundle 5 — it’s all Android. This time around we have 6 DRM-free titles offered up for... [more]

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

Apr 15, 2014 6:39 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T and Verizon was found to be missing the Download Booster feature, which combines the use of WiFi and LTE connections to download large files, and which Samsung has been showing off ever since their latest flagship was released. Users of the Verizon and AT&T... [more]

Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

Apr 15, 2014 6:27 pm

Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making... [more]

Ellen pokes fun at Google Glass one-day sale to public

Apr 15, 2014 6:22 pm

Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing. Source: @TheEllenShow [more]

Hoverboards, Teleportation and Space Elevators? Just some of the projects the Google X team discussed

Apr 15, 2014 6:10 pm

People always wonder what projects Google’s secret division dubbed as “Google X” discuss each year. Thankfully, a couple members of this secret Google division came out and discussed some of the projects that were talked about. Hover-boards, teleportation and space elevators... [more]

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 launched with 6 games

Apr 15, 2014 6:06 pm

Humble Bundle today launched their 5th mobile bundle, feature 6 great games - Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Bag It!, Carcassonne, The Cave, The Room Two, and R-Type II. You can get three of the games for whatever you want to pay, but if you purchase all 6 you’ll still be paying more than what... [more]

UK unlocked HTC One receiving small update via big OTA download

Apr 15, 2014 5:51 pm

Back in March, a 205MB update for the original HTC One M7 went out to a few users in mainliand Europe. It added support for more routers, which suggests there was a bug or two to fix, but it also replaced an existing Android 4.4.2 update that was pulled. Today, some users worldwide are seeing the... [more]

F-Secure Freedome VPN – Indie app of the day

Apr 15, 2014 5:47 pm

Today's indie app of the day is F-Secure Freedome VPN. It's a well done and solid VPN application with a high rating and some neat features. Check it out! [more]

Project Ara gets an inside look before prototype is finished

Apr 15, 2014 5:44 pm

Project Ara keeps making a ton of progress. A finished prototype is expected to be ready by the end of this month. In case you were unaware, Project Ara is a device that uses modules to function properly. Simply input different modules for different purposes. The folks at The Verge were able to... [more]

Glass update XE16 now rolling out

Apr 15, 2014 4:48 pm

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features. First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. We're having a look at... [more]

Galaxy S5 now available from Ting for $597

Apr 15, 2014 4:25 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available practically everywhere now, and from the major carriers in the U.S., but is also now making its way to prepaid carrier Ting. You'll be getting the same phone that's available everywhere else — this model's obviously similar to the Sprint one as Ting runs on... [more]

Project Ara is coming in January 2015, at least in limited form

Apr 15, 2014 4:09 pm

During Day 1 of the Project Ara Developer Conference we learned a few new details about Ara, including Google's plans for commercial release and the timeframe involved. [more]

Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

Apr 15, 2014 4:03 pm

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well. What they're all committing to is the... [more]

How to view the 'Most Recent' feed in the new Facebook app

Apr 15, 2014 3:49 pm

There's no way to set it as the default, but if you just have to see the Most Recent posts first, you have an option. It seems as though Facebook's interface is ever-changing, but the latest UI overhaul hitting devices is pretty dramatic. It's mostly for the best, bringing a cleaner look and... [more]

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 arrives: R-Type II, Room Two and more

Apr 15, 2014 3:03 pm

The Humble Mobile Bundle 5 has now arrived, bringing six new games: Bag It!, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, R-Type II, The Room Two, The Cave and Carcassonne. [more]

How to keep your Samsung Galaxy S5 display awake longer

Apr 15, 2014 2:33 pm

Changing your display timeout will affect your battery life, though One of the first things I did after getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 was extend the timeout period on the display. By default, the screen shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity, which not only means you have to wake it up again by... [more]

These quips from diehard iPhone fans will make your blood boil

Apr 15, 2014 2:08 pm

At Android Authority, we like to be reasonable with our views and opinions. While we’re big fans of the Android platform and ecosystem, we like being fair. We can admit when the competition — namely iOS and, to some extent, Windows Phone and other platforms — have a certain edge... [more]

Verizon Galaxy S5 for just $99 via Amazon, if you’re willing to wait for it

Apr 15, 2014 2:01 pm

Amazon is offering the Verizon version of the Galaxy S5 for just $99 with two-year contract. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait for Amazon to restock before they send it out. [more]

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 has 6 games up for grabs for a great price

Apr 15, 2014 2:01 pm

The fifth iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available, bringing another handful of DRM-free games with proceeds going to both the developers and charities. If you're not familiar with the system here, it's a "pay what you want" model that lets you make a donation and receive the first... [more]

The Amazon smartphone finally shows itself and more details emerge

Apr 15, 2014 1:55 pm

Contrary to popular belief, the Amazon smartphone isn’t an urban legend. We have been hearing for years of an Amazon phone, but this time it looks as though it’s for real. Not only that, there might actually be two phones in the works. The photos above and below represent a prototype... [more]

12 weirdest Android device names ever

Apr 15, 2014 1:35 pm

There was a time when Android phones were coming out so often that companies were using anything and everything for names. Rocks, stones, metals, liquids, animals, weather conditions, an even emoticons were used as inspiration. [more]

Google+ backed up photos can now be easily shared through Gmail

Apr 15, 2014 1:24 pm

Today Google is rolling out a new "insert photo" button for the web version of Gmail, making it easy to attach G+ backed-up photos. [more]

Google I/O registration opens at 4PM PST (7PM EST), but there’s no need to rush

Apr 15, 2014 1:13 pm

As promised, Google opened the registration process for its I/O developer conference, but unlike past years, this time there’s no need to rush to reserve a ticket. [more]

Adaptxt Keyboard 3.0 tailors itself to your apps and location

Apr 15, 2014 12:48 pm

After a few months in beta, the Adaptxt keyboard is now available to the public with a few new features. Adaptxt is both app- and location-aware, offering tailored predictions based on where you are and what you’re doing. The latest addition to that end is the ability for users to manually... [more]

Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful

Apr 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too... [more]

Quick look: HTC's official TPU case for the HTC One M8

Apr 15, 2014 11:11 am

Some regions of the world get al little extra from HTC along with their HTC One M8 — a TPU case. And here's a very quick look at it. Nothing spectacular here. Just your basic TPU case that wraps around the back and sides of the phone. It keeps the display lifted off of flat surfaces, the... [more]

Samsung files trademarks on Galaxy V:, Galaxy Adore, and Galaxy S Fitness

Apr 15, 2014 11:05 am

Samsung has recently filed for trademarks on a trio of products, including the Galaxy V:, (including the colon, for whatever reason) the Galaxy Adore, and the Galaxy S Fitness. There’s nothing to go on to figure out what these devices might be, but the Galaxy V: and Galaxy Adore definitely... [more]

Samsung looking to ship 35 million Galaxy S5s this quarter

Apr 15, 2014 11:01 am

Samsung insiders expect least 35 million Galaxy S5 handsets to ship in the second quarter of this year, but will that be enough to subdue investor concerns over the saturating smartphone market? [more]

Sony Xperia Z2 deliveries to be impacted by parts shortages causing delays

Apr 15, 2014 10:58 am

In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According... [more]

How to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S5 to wipe all data

Apr 15, 2014 10:52 am

If you're looking to hand off a Samsung Galaxy S5 to someone else and there's already stuff on there, it's wise to do a factory reset to wipe all of the existing data from the device. This is a pretty straightforward process, but a vital one if you want to keep your personal data secure. Make... [more]

Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

Apr 15, 2014 10:36 am

Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered... [more]

Security team finds Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner susceptible to molds

Apr 15, 2014 10:24 am

A new report from SRLabs indicates the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner is similar to other devices on the market in being open to attacks using molds of fingerprints. Similar to the iPhone 5S and other commercial grade fingerprint scanners, malicious individuals can make a mold of a... [more]

Google I/O registration opens this afternoon, runs through April 18

Apr 15, 2014 10:22 am

OK, folks. Let's try this again. Registration for — or, more accurately, registration for the chance to attend — this year's Google I/O developer conference begins this afternoon at 4 p.m. PDT. That's 7 p.m. on the East Coast, and midnight in London. And it continues until 2 p.m. PDT Friday,... [more]

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner already hacked using ‘faux fingerprint’

Apr 15, 2014 9:58 am

A new video from SRLabs details out a method for bypassing the Galaxy S5's fingerprint reader using a fake fingerprint lifted from the phone. [more]

Watch the Project Ara conference livestream here!

Apr 15, 2014 9:42 am

Project Ara is one of the more interesting public endeavors we've seen in the smartphone space in quite some time. The idea of a modular device from which we can pick and choose features has captured the attention of many a nerd. And for the next two days, the first of three Ara Developers... [more]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Kingston microSD cards up to 69% off

Apr 15, 2014 9:09 am

Today Amazon has a deal of the day that we think you might enjoy. The whole lot of Kingston digital memory is on sale today, with savings of up to 69% on certain items such as the 16GB microSD card. [more]

Google Glass is available to all users today only – should you pick one up?

Apr 15, 2014 9:04 am

Today only, Google Glass is available to any U.S. based consumer interested in buying it for $1500. Should you make the purchase? [more]

Amazon rolls out single sign-on for Amazon accounts on Kindle Fire

Apr 15, 2014 8:53 am

Amazon has gone live with a new feature for Kindle Fire devices called Login with Amazon. As you might expect, this allows developers to automatically use Amazon’s log-in credentials when users sign in to an app. The standard is OAuth 2.0 compliant and supports both Android and iOS, though... [more]

How to use and customize Toolbox on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Apr 15, 2014 8:34 am

Keep your favorite 5 apps close at hand wherever you are on your Galaxy S5 One of the neat – and entirely optional – software features on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is Toolbox. It isn't turned on by default, and so unless you've been poking around a little you may not even know that it's there or... [more]

Two LG Isai FL photos leak, could be indicative of the G3 or even the Nexus 5 successor

Apr 15, 2014 8:33 am

This will raise some eyebrows. On Twitter, @evleaks posted an image of the upcoming LG Isai FL smartphone in white. The device, which he says will be “coming to au by KDDI in Japan,” keeps its bezel measurement to a minimum. A few hours after the image above was posted, @evleaks... [more]

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