Samsung introduces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 for social-focused consumers

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The phone a person own says a lot about them, right? Samsung, and other manufacturers, think so. The company has announced the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. Consumers focused on social networking are the target with these two devices. The design is what is important here.

The outside is a metal unibody and Samsung plans on offering it in multiple colors. The Galaxy A5 will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Platinum Silver, and Champagne Gold. The Galaxy A3, though, limits your choices to Pearl White, Soft Pink, and Light Blue.

The specifications for the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 will not blow anyone away, but that is not the point. The two models offer 5- and 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED displays, respectively. Each has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The Galaxy A5 has 2GB of RAM while the Galaxy A3 has 1GB.

Photography is where the most valuable component lies. The rear camera is 13MP/8MP depending upon the model. But the front camera is the true star. It is 5MP for both devices. That is good for a front camera, but it doesn’t really match HTC’s Desire Eye that has 13MP up front.

Basically, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are for young people to fulfill their stylish selfie-taking needs.

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Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Samsung officially announces Galaxy A5 and A3 with metal unibody design, 5MP front facing cameras [VIDEO]

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We’ve heard about Samsung’s A series many times in recent months. The subject of countless leaks, tonight, on the eve of Halloween, Samsung is formally announcing their metal-clad Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A3.

Samsung says the new phone line feature a more “trendy” design aimed at a younger demographic (probably those who love the look of the all metal iPhone) thanks to an all metal unibody exterior and a side profile Samsung says is their thinnest smartphone yet (because paper thin smartphones are still a thing). The Galaxy A5 measures in at just barely 6.7mm thin, while the A3 is 6.9mm (same as the iPhone 6). Yeah, these things are slim. There’s 5 colors too (no doubt limited by region): Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold.

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The other interesting hardware spec is the front facing camera. Samsung opted for a 5MP shooter on the front because the kids, they’re all about the selfies nowadays. You know what the kids aren’t into? The smartphone spec arms race we saw this year. There’s no 2K displays or octa-core processors to be found on these devices. No, sir. The A series is all about style and aesthetics. Here’s where we’re at in terms of hardware:

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  • 1.2GHz unnamed quad-core processor
  • 5.0” HD SAMOLED
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage w/ micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
  • 13MP rear / 5MP front facing
  • LTE Cat 4
  • NFC (LTE model only)
  • 2,300mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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  • 1.2GHz unnamed quad-core processor
  • 4.5-inch qHD SAMOLED
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage w/ micro SD card slot (up to 64GB)
  • 8MP rear / 5MP front facing
  • LTE Cat 4
  • NFC (LTE model only)
  • 1,900 mAh
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Samsung mentioned that while the new Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3 will definitely be headed to China, availability will also be limited to other select markets as well (although was mum on details). Check out Samsung’s hip new promo video below and be sure to let us know what you think about the new A series.

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Verizon Releases two new ads for the Droid Turbo

droid-turbo-2Verizon has released two official advertisements with one of them featuring the star of the two “viral videos:” James Franco.  The other video shows how tough and sturdy the device is, dropping, banging, washing, and even bending it to showcase just how much of a scrap this piece of tech can take. Check out both videos below and let us know what you think below. I know I’m excited!

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 30, 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!!

Android Wear

Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

Apps

djay 2 app spins up for Android

Any.do app gets major update focused on collaboration

Google Play Books gets an update to help users skip around

Runtastic gets updated with Google Fit integration and new “advanced statistics” service

Flipboard version 3.0 gets over 30,000 topics to follow

Carriers

Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

Verizon paying $64.3 million in Family SharePlan settlement

Chromecast

ES File Explorer gets Chromecast support through plugin

Deals

[Deal] Spooktacular sale at Amazon offers $115 of apps and games for free

Gaming

[APK Download] Google Play Games gets Visual Update

Star Wars: Galactic Defense officially released on Android

Google

Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google to start a technology incubator

Google Fit

Runtastic gets updated with Google Fit integration and new “advanced statistics” service

Google Glass

Google Glass is now banned from movie theaters

Hardware

LG announces 5.3-inch HD smartphone screen with incredibly small bezel

Phones

HTC’s unannounced Desire 816h passes through TENAA

Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

Smartwatches

Amazon jumps the gun and offers Moto 360 in new colors and options before they’re officially unveiled

Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

Tablets

Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

Miscellaneous

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

Samsung planning smartphone overhaul after profits plunge in 3rd quarter, but is it too late?

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Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google to start a technology incubator

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Sad news today. Andy Rubin, who co founded Android is leaving Google to start an incubator for startups. Rubin was in charge of the Android division until March of last year, when he shifted to the lead of the nascent robotics effort.

Google acquired Android back in 2005, and Rubin was instrumental in building it to be the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.

“I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. “With Android he created something truly remarkable— with a billion-plus happy users. Thank you.”

A person familiar with Rubin and Google said he was facing constraints at Google and he is an “entrepreneurial spirit.” The bottom line is that Andy Rubin wanted to run his own show.

Google’s commitment to the robotics division is still intact, and they have already announced that James Kuffner will be the new lead. He is currently a member of the robotics group as a research scientist.

source: WSJ

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Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

tabletShareThe back to school shopping season gave tablets a pretty solid boost in the third quarter of the year helping manufacturers to ship 53.8 million tablets over those three months. Tablets still seem as if they have more room for growth than smartphones do in an overly saturated market, although smartphones are still an extremely valuable commodity.

Year-over-year, those 53 million tablets helped market share for the devices grow about 11.5% from last year. Compared to the second quarter of 2014, tablets also saw an 11.2% sequential growth. 

Apple is still hanging onto its lead in the tablet market with roughly 12.3 million iPads shipped in Q3, although their market share has dipped significantly. Samsung held second place by shipping 9.9 million tablets and increasing their market share to 18.3%. Asus, Lenovo, and RCA rounded out the top 5 shipping 3.5 million, 3 million, and 2.6 million tablets respectively. They still have their work cut out for them if they want to move enough units to challenge Apple and Samsung, but Lenovo and RCA both saw some pretty serious market share growth from last year.

These third quarter numbers are always interesting, but the data from the upcoming holiday season should give us better insight into what customers really want.

source: IDC

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LG announces 5.3-inch HD smartphone screen with incredibly small bezel

LG small bezel screenLG has always been proud of the small bezels on their devices, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying to shrink them even smaller. Today, the company has announced a full HD 5.3-inch smartphone display that has the world’s narrowest bezel on a screen that size. The bezel comes in at just 0.7 mm, and as you can see from the picture above, it’s ridiculously slim. For reference, LG mentions that a credit card typically has a width of about 0.8 mm.

LG is citing their “Neo Edge” technology as the reason why this slim bezel is possible. The display uses adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the internal hardware to the backlight unit, which removes the need for a plastic guide panel. It’s some pretty sophisticated technology that LG is no doubt very proud of.

The company plans on manufacturing the screens in November, which will then be shipped to China at first. LG wants to promote the technology globally, so we’ll still see it make its way into other smartphones, just not immediately.

What are your thoughts on small bezels like this? Dream smartphone, or would you rather have a little more edge so you’ll have something to hold on to?

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Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

Nexus 6 pressWe knew Google’s latest flagship was going to see a release on all major US carriers, but none of the carriers, nor Google or Motorola, said much about pricing. Since the device retails for $649 with no type of service contract, many people assumed it pick up a $199 price tag with a 2-year agreement. Turns out that was a pretty smart guess, as Google confirmed the price point yesterday.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Nexus 6 with a carrier like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, you can sign a 2-year contract to get the massive Nexus for about $200. Of course, all major carriers are now offering some type of device installment plan, so you can also opt for a monthly payment for the device, too. Decisions, decisions.

How will you be purchasing a Nexus 6 this year?

source: Android Headlines

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Star Wars: Galactic Defense officially released on Android

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Earlier this year, Star Wars: Galactic Defense was announced as a tower defense games with elements from the Star Wars universe. The game has finally been released onto the Play Store as a free app with some in-app purchases.

The game lets you choose between siding with the Light or Dark side and offers some unique gameplay experiences on both ends, so there should be some replay value here. It’s still a tower defense game at its core, so if you’re a fan of tower defense games and Star Wars, you’ll probably want to pick this one up at least to try out.

Hit the break for the download and some screenshots.

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Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

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The new Google Camera app update that was released to the Play Store today includes a really neat new feature. You’re now able to remotely trigger the shutter via your Android Wear device to your phone. After you’ve remotely triggered it, you’ll receive a notification that will allow you to review the photo. The feature will make group photos a whole lot easier to take.

Download via the Play Store link past the break.

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Flipboard version 3.0 gets over 30,000 topics to follow

flipboard_app_iconThe newest version of Flipboard has been released to the Play Store, hyping over 30,000 topics to follow, from “action hero” to “zoology.” In addition, probably the biggest change is a full new user interface, with a new quick-access tab bar to navigate the app, simplified story collection and updated cover designs. The company says that over 70% of their users are now on smartphones, a big change for the app that was originally designed for tablets. 

The full list of new features:

  • Over 30,000 new topics to follow, powered by best stories across publishers and 10 million+ Flipboard magazines.
  • Start your day with The Daily Edition, with articles selected by our team at 7 a.m.
  • Follow people to stay up-to-date on what they’re collecting into their magazines.
  • New design, everywhere.
  • Phones only: New top tab bar to quickly navigate between your Flipboard, everything you’re following, search, notifications and your profile.

Source: Flipboard

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Samsung unveils Galaxy A3 and A5 for that social networking millennial in your life

We’ve seen the leaks pointing to “Galaxy A” series devices from Samsung, and now the Galaxy A3 and A5 are official. Targeted at the younger crowd, the Galaxy A3 and A5 are both metal unibody devices that are just 6.9 and 6.7mm thick, respectively, and come in six different flashy colors.



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New Moto X in Leather Drops to $0 at Amazon, $1 for Black Resin

Looking for a steal of a deal on the new Moto X (2nd gen)? Amazon has the best prices on both the AT&T and Verizon models. If you are interested in the black leather model on AT&T, you are looking at $0 for the device with a 2-year contract. If you want the new Moto X in black resin, you can pick one up on either AT&T or Verizon for just $1 with a 2-year contract.

The bamboo models on each haven’t necessarily been discounted at Amazon, though they are still cheaper than through the carriers (AT&T for $69.99, Verizon for $79.99).

The new Moto X is quickly becoming our favorite phone of the year, just like last year’s model. If you have any questions or want to know why, be sure to check out our Moto X review.

Amazon Links:  AT&T Moto X in Black Leather (free) | AT&T Moto X Resin ($1) | Verizon Moto X Resin ($1)

If Amazon isn’t your friend, Best Buy has the same $1 deal for the black resin models.

Also, if you are on Verizon and thinking of picking one up, be sure to check out our guide on how to keep unlimited data while upgrading. Both Best Buy and Amazon have been allowing upgrades for quite some time, assuming you follow a specific set of steps.

Cheers Tim and Richard!

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Samsung introduces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 for social-focused consumers

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The phone a person own says a lot about them, right? Samsung, and other manufacturers, think so. The company has announced the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. Consumers focused on social networking are the target with these two devices. The design is what is important here.

The outside is a metal unibody and Samsung plans on offering it in multiple colors. The Galaxy A5 will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Platinum Silver, and Champagne Gold. The Galaxy A3, though, limits your choices to Pearl White, Soft Pink, and Light Blue.

The specifications for the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 will not blow anyone away, but that is not the point. The two models offer 5- and 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED displays, respectively. Each has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The Galaxy A5 has 2GB of RAM while the Galaxy A3 has 1GB.

Photography is where the most valuable component lies. The rear camera is 13MP/8MP depending upon the model. But the front camera is the true star. It is 5MP for both devices. That is good for a front camera, but it doesn’t really match HTC’s Desire Eye that has 13MP up front.

Basically, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 are for young people to fulfill their stylish selfie-taking needs.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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Flipboard version 3.0 gets over 30,000 topics to follow

flipboard_app_iconThe newest version of Flipboard has been released to the Play Store, hyping over 30,000 topics to follow, from “action hero” to “zoology.” In addition, probably the biggest change is a full new user interface, with a new quick-access tab bar to navigate the app, simplified story collection and updated cover designs. The company says that over 70% of their users are now on smartphones, a big change for the app that was originally designed for tablets. 

The full list of new features:

  • Over 30,000 new topics to follow, powered by best stories across publishers and 10 million+ Flipboard magazines.
  • Start your day with The Daily Edition, with articles selected by our team at 7 a.m.
  • Follow people to stay up-to-date on what they’re collecting into their magazines.
  • New design, everywhere.
  • Phones only: New top tab bar to quickly navigate between your Flipboard, everything you’re following, search, notifications and your profile.

Source: Flipboard

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Google Glass is now banned from movie theaters

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It was only a matter of time, but Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have finally instituted a “zero-tolerance” policy to ban all wearables, including Google Glass. Staff at theaters will apparently not call the police unless there is reason to believe the user is attempting to pirate a movie. Still, ushers are urged to kick out anyone wearing recording-capable wearables during showings. 

Source: NATO

Via: Engadget

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Major Gun lets you virtually save the day from terrorists

While it is sometimes fun to play games with elaborate stories, complicated gameplay and long-winded missions, there are times when you just want to virtually shoot stuff, straight-up. For those times, there is a new game in town called aptly enough, Major Gun. It says they’re the first endless arcade shooter game on Android, and it wants to capture the hearts of those who are looking for a way to virtually relieve their tension by shooting evil people bent on taking over their virtual town.

The only backstory given in the game is this: you need to save the area that has been overtaken by terrorists without motivation. You don’t need to know why they did it, you just need to get them the heck away from your town. Obviously, you need to complete these missions in order to increase your ranking in the leaderboard. You also get daily challenges outside the endless shooter mode in order to get boosts, bonuses and upgraded weapons that you can use to “make your enemies cry like little girls.”

There are 13 different kinds of weapons in the game, with the chance to upgrade them and use skins to make them look prettier, wait, we mean, tougher. You also have all types of enemies to face, including gunners, grenadiers and bazookers. And to avoid you getting bored, there are over 100 kinds of scenery modules that you will have to get through. Even though this is a simple shooting game, the visuals are well made enough that you’ll enjoy going through it.

You can download Major Gun for free from the Google Play Store. There are in-app purchases available so make sure that you disable the automatic permissions in case someone else wants to play on your smartphone or tablet.

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Developers take note: how to let Google Now search your app

Admit it. Google Now, specifically the “OK Google” trigger, is quite fun to use and play around with, but it’s actual utility isn’t as impressive. That’s largely because, aside from the web and a few other Google-owned apps and tools, its repository of data doesn’t dig deep enough into your phone and its apps. Well, not anymore. Your favorite “OK, Google” can now search inside any app, too! Of course, app developers will need to add the feature, but it’s as easy a copy and paste.

Six lines in total, to be exact. That’s all it takes to connect OK, Google search actions to your app’s searchable activity. That, of course, presumes that your app has a searchable activity in the first place, that is, an activity that lets users search for relevant data and present the results. Of course, not all apps would have this, but for those that do, now they have a quick way for users to make a search without opening the app itself just yet. A simple magic phrase of “OK Google, search for pizza on Eat24″ might not give you pizza instantly, but it takes you one step closer to getting there. Plus, with Google Search’s ability to be invoked on any screeen, depending on the device and its status, it means users can have quick access to your app’s data any time from anywhere. Presuming they are running Google Search v3.5 or later, on Android Jelly Bean or later, and locale set to English.

This isn’t the same as Google’s App Indexing feature that it has slowly been rolling out since last year. App Indexing embeds search results, or rather, link to the relevant app, right inside the Google Search app, making it look like a regular search result entry. It also still requires joining Google’s App Indexing party, which is still a limited club as of now. The new search action feature, however, is open all app developers and hopefully our favorite ones will be quick to adopt this new convenience.

SOURCE: Google

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Dot Dot game lands on Android

We are always keen for a new game to play around here, and a new one has landed recently on Google Play called Dot Dot. The game sounds simple enough, but promises to be very challenging as it moves on. In the game, players line up dots to match other dots on the screen.

The game offers achievements and players can gather points to climb global leader boards. The game is designed to test the player’s reaction time matching the dots. Dot Dot uses a physics engine and has simple graphics.

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Controls for the game are basic to use and promise a design that makes them accurate and easy. The game is in version 1.4 right now and was last updated October 29. It’s 3.4MB in size and is rated for everyone.

The game requires Android 2.3 and higher to play. Dot Dot is a free download; presumably, there are in-app purchases. The latest version has bug fixes, game enhancements, and fixed achievements. The game is on Google Play right now.

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CAT B15Q, S50 now available from T-Mobile and AT&T

A Caterpillar is tough. No, I’m not talking about the larva that turns into a beautiful butterfly but the CAT phone that is rugged by construction standards. CAT has recently brought a smartphone to the US in the form of the CAT B15Q.

The CAT B15Q is an Android-powered phone that is very rugged and tough to use. You don’t have to worry about dropping it because it can take drops, extreme temperature, dust, and water. A few months back, we mentioned the CAT B15Q phone has IP67 and MIL SPEC 810G ratings which means it can survive being one meter underwater for 30 minutes,  a 1.8 meter drop, and temperatures between -25° C to 55° C.

The touchscreen display of the CAT B15Q can still recognize touch even when wet. This means you can wash the dishes, fix the sink, or take a bath while using the smartphone and it won’t be destroyed. It is that tough but of course, you still need to follow cautionary measures. Don’t be too careless with it just because it is known to be a tough phone.

Guys may find this particularly a kick ass model but any woman can have a CAT. That is, if she digs the manly design. This durable smartphone comes equipped with a 4-inch scratch-resistant display, Gorilla Glass screen, a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, LED flash, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and 3G. Sadly, it doesn’t offer 4G/LTE connectivity. Phone runs Android KitKat out of the box.

CAT phones are previously exclusive in Europe but T-Mobile and AT&T are making the CAT B15Q available now in the United States with no contract. It’s currently priced at $349 but a dual-SIM version will be $359.

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The other CAT S50 phone we featured last month will be ready by November complete with a bigger 4.7-inch display, 8 megapixel camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. No word on pricing yet.

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AMPLIFi Remote 2.0 now available on Android devices

Musicians have greatly benefited from all the technological advances that we’ve been experiencing the past decades. Guitarists in particular have seen all kinds of gadgets and accessories to enhance their music, whether it’s live or recorded. One such product is the AMPLIFi Remote, which has now made its way to Android devices, giving guitarists the freedom to control their music while playing, all from the convenience of an Android smartphone or tablet.

If you have a guitar connected to an AMPLIFi amplifier and an Android device, then you’re all set to use the updated Remote 2.0 to have an “amazing guitar experience” as they would like to claim. You’ll be able to access and control not just the 70 amps but even 20 speaker cabinets, 8 guitar effects at the same time and over 100 other effects, as well as remotely control the device parameters. Another new feature to the app is that you’ll be able to match the tones you create in your library.

If in case you need tonal inspiration, you’ll be able to access the thousands that are on their online library. But if you’re a “real” guitarist, you won’t be able to find it difficult to create your own tones with over 200 amps and effects in the app. You will also be able to share and rate these tones on the cloud or via Twitter and Facebook from within the app. You will also be able to store preset tones on the cloud and add metadata to them with pre-defined values.

You’ll still be able to enjoy AMPLIFi Remote 2.0 even if you don’t have any of the actual amps from the brand. You can download the app for free from the Google Play Store.

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Moto 360 smartwatch leaks sporting gold and brown bands

It’s not uncommon for the folks that control when products go online on the Amazon website to hit the go button a bit early. The result is a glimpse at a product that is coming soon before the product is supposed to be unveiled. This happened today when a pair of Moto 360 smartwatches turned up on Amazon sporting new band colors and were pulled shortly thereafter.

The good news is while they were on the Amazon website; images were grabbed so we can share them despite the products having been taken off the website. The images show the Moto 360 with a gold case attached to a gold link band.

The gold smartwatch was spied in thin and thick band versions with the former 18mm thick and the latter 23mm thick. The Moto 360 was also spied with a brushed silver case attached to a brown leather band.

The brown leather strap version was called Moto 360 Cognac and was listed with a price of $249.99. The gold versions were both listed at $299.99. Since the products are now gone from the Amazon site, we don’t know exactly when they will be available to purchase.

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Rovio’s Angry Birds Transformers is in the Play Store

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The Angry Birds franchise will never fade away. Why? Because just when there seem to be no ideas left, Rovio shows that there is more. The latest game is done with the Transformers franchise. Angry Birds Transformers unleashes Autobirds onto your device to protect Piggy Island from the EggBots. Fortunately, the Deceptihogs join forces with players to fight the EggBots. The game is full of animated chaos. And for the first time ever, the arms and legs are featured because it is necessary when transforming.

So Angry Birds meets Transformers. Are you excited? It is certainly an entertaining combination.

Hit the break for the video, gallery, and download links.

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Metal unibody phones Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 get official announcements

We’ve covered Samsung’s “A Series” pretty extensively before in terms of leaks and what to expect. We know that somehow – starting with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha – the South Korean gadget giant was out to prove naysayers wrong, that it can’t build a metal phone of note. Well, this is what we get for provoking Samsung – a whole new line of metallic phones, with the Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 both slim enough to turn your heads.

As expected, we see that both phones are crafted out of a unibody metal design – hence the non-removable battery. The A3 has the smaller 4.5-inch qHD screen while the A5 will have a 5-inch HD display, both screens made from Samsung’s own Super AMOLED technology. Both will be sporting what seems to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processors clocking at 1.2Ghz, but the A3 will sadly be supported by only 1GB of RAM, while the A5 will have the standard 2GB.

Galaxy A5 specifications

- Android 4.4.x KitKat
- Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
- Display: 5-inch HD Super AMOLED
- Size: 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7mm
- Weight: 123g
- Battery: 2300 mAh
- 2GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
- microSD card slot
- 13 megapixel
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / GPS
- WiFi a/b/g/n

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Samsung is hyping on the very slim design of the Galaxy A3 and A5, which at 6.7mm and 6.9mm respectively, seems to be the slimmest phones out of Samsung’s catalog to date. Both will have 16GB of internal storage and will surprisingly have microSD expansion slots, which was at some point rumored that those won’t be present. Surprise, surprise.

Lastly, Samsung is also trying to hype up the 5MP front facing camera, which is one of the more capable selfie cams around – though not up to HTC Desire EYE standards. Both will be LTE capable, confirming these rumors, and will be available in select markets worldwide starting in November – which is just around the corner.

Galaxy A3 specifications

- Android 4.4.x KitKat
- Processor: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
- Display: 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED
- Size: 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm
- Weight: 110.3g
- Battery: 1900 mAh
- 1GB RAM / 16GB internal storage
- microSD card slot
- 8 megapixel
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / GPS
- WiFi b/g/n

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Latest Q3 2014 IDC figures show Xiaomi now 3rd in smartphones shipped

While some brands and markets may have already plateaued when it comes to smartphone consumption, there are still those in the emerging market that have just found their stride, as more options become available to the consumers. Samsung and Apple may still be top in terms of quantities shipped, but other brands, particularly the curious case case of Xiaomi, are playing catch-up to the big boys, indicating the shift in terms of which regions or countries OEMs should focus on.

While Xiaomi isn’t the first Chinese brand to crack the top 5 (Lenovo has had that honor), it is unique in a sense that their focus has mainly beein in mainland China alone, and yet that has propelled them to the 3rd spot, according to figures released by the IDC for this year’s 3rd quarter. The launch of the Xiaomi Mi4 last August has largely contributed to their success, giving users a high-end smartphone that isn’t from the usual brands. Lenovo and LG round up the top 5.

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It is worth noting that the figures do not actually indicated smartphones sold but rather the number of devices that have been shipped. This may indicate at the demand for the devices, although it doesn’t necessarily mean that they actually end up being bought by users. The profits reaped by each brand may be more telling and interesting to those who would like to see who has made the most money out of those OEMs.

But what we can glean from this is that more and more people, specifically those in the emerging markets, are looking at brands other than Samsung and Apple for their smartphone needs. And it’s not just low end budget devices that they’re looking for, but with the success of the Xiaomi Mi4, it seems that they’re ready for high-end options as well. This market has long been ignored by major brands, but they may already start rethinking their product line and strategy.

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Samsung’s all-metal Galaxy A5 and A3 are its slimmest smartphones ever

A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung’s “thinnest smartphone to date” and yet, this isn’t a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween – or not related at all – the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more smartphones from Samsung, measuring at 6.7mm and 6.9mm thickness. They’re may not be close to the thinnest smartphone but with a metallic body, it’s still quite an interesting proposition. They’re both apparently geared at the youth, with Samsung’s own press release praising its social network skills (extending to a GIF maker and 4G connectivity…) and the five-megapixel front-facing camera, because selfies, but given the notion of a metal-framed Galaxy phone, other crankier demographics might also be tempted.

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Moto 360 smartwatch leaks sporting gold and brown bands

It’s not uncommon for the folks that control when products go online on the Amazon website to hit the go button a bit early. The result is a glimpse at a product that is coming soon before the product is supposed to be unveiled. This happened today when a pair of Moto 360 smartwatches turned up on Amazon sporting new band colors and were pulled shortly thereafter.

The good news is while they were on the Amazon website; images were grabbed so we can share them despite the products having been taken off the website. The images show the Moto 360 with a gold case attached to a gold link band.

The gold smartwatch was spied in thin and thick band versions with the former 18mm thick and the latter 23mm thick. The Moto 360 was also spied with a brushed silver case attached to a brown leather band.

The brown leather strap version was called Moto 360 Cognac and was listed with a price of $249.99. The gold versions were both listed at $299.99. Since the products are now gone from the Amazon site, we don’t know exactly when they will be available to purchase.

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SOURCE: Slashgear

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Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary game for Android introduced

If you don’t know what Boulder Dash is, then maybe you’ve been living under a rock or was born in the new millennium. I’m not concealing my age here but I know the Boulder Dash game is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Originally released in 1984 by First Star Software, the Boulder Dash creators Peter Liepa and Chris Gray collaborated once again to bring this new version of the game for Android.

The Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary game edition features new challenges and exciting actions. Gameplay is still the same but now you’ll see Rockford and the elements in 3D.  (So that’s how Rockford looks like?) Avoid the enemies and the falling boulders and collect valuable gems. Along the way and as you head for the cave exit before time runs out, pick up treasure chests filled with power-ups and rare collectibles.

The special Boulder Dash edition features more than 200 new levels, more than 10 unique worlds, and 9 playable characters including a female named Crystal (Not sure if it’s Crystal Cave though). Added to the original gameplay are new puzzles, ramps, and diagonal movements to make Boulder Dash more exciting.

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary game is free for download but in-app purchases are available.

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Download Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary game from the Google Play Store

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Flipboard 3.0 aims for personalization with 30,000 topics

Flipboard has been around for a while now and the app was originally a place for people to read the latest news on a variety of topics. As the Flipboard community grew, some folks found it hard to find the news that really interested them because the categories were typically broad covering a wide subject like photography rather than individual topics inside photography.

That meant that if you were interested in something like composition, you had to wade through the entire photography category to find the stories that suited your interest. This is changing with Flipboard 3.0, it has added more than 30,000 new topics so you can find an entire topic with content that meets your needs without having to wade through so much extra you aren’t interested in.

Flipboard 3.0 is intended to be more like a magazine with the app tweaked to look and feel more like a magazine to readers. Version 3.0 has full screen covers and new typography. A new navigation bar makes it easy to find the content you want to read.

Flipboard 3.0 also has a new summary for top headlines called The Daily Edition with headlines from a variety of categories like tech, news, sports, and entertainment. The Daily Edition will be available by 7:00am in the US, UK, Latin America, Brazil, and India. Those are the only areas where The Daily Edition is offered.

DOWNLOAD: Play Store

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Huawei Ascend Mate2 will not get Android KitKat

In our excitement over Android 5.0, we might have been guilty of forgetting that there are those who still live in a Jelly Bean world. As if to douse cold water over enthusiasm, Huawei‘s US outfit has just announced that its previous flagship, the Ascend Mate2, will not even be getting Android 4.4 KitKat. That practically puts an end to the software life of a smartphone that was practically just launched in January this year.

To say that Hauwei’s US fans are disappointed would be an understatement. The comments that followed the announcement is almost filled to the brim with vitriol, and, really, who can blame them? The Ascend Mate2 has been flagged as the company’s first proper entry into the US market, and yet already it has committed a major blunder. The only good thing that one can take from this is that Huawei at least had the guts to actually tell their users that they are pulling the plug as far as Android updates go. Definitely the opposite course that many Android OEMs are taking lately.

Perhaps it makes matters worse that Huawei offers no reason why it won’t put KitKat on the device. And it certainly can’t be due to hardware, because the Ascend Mate2 is pretty much a standard phablet, with a gigantic 6.1-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel (selfie friendly) front shooter, and a bountiful 4,050 mAh battery.

The company blog does mention users can “expect superior hardware with the latest software going forward”, implying they’ve decided to simply drop the ball in order to focus on, say, the Ascend Mate7, it’s latest flagship. Focusing on your star device is understandable. But abandoning the previous one is definitely perplexing. Huawei will undoubtedly take a hit for this, if not financially, at least in credibility. It will most likely still provide some updates here and there as far as its own software is concerned, but for Android, this is the end of the line.

SOURCE: Huawei

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