Skype this morning announced that it's taking its video messaging feature out of "preview" status and keeping it as a free feature on its desktop, Android, iOS and BlackBerry apps. (Windows Phone, oddly, is omitted.)
The feature records up to 3 minutes of video that then gets sent to a specific contact's Skype account either directly, or as soon as they're back online.
Welcome to Monday, boys and girls. For better or worse, we're at the start of a new work week. But we can help kill at least one hour of the day. The gang got back together Friday afternoon for our first Android Central Podcast in a couple weeks. This one's audio-only, and it's a great listen from directly within the all-new Android Central app!
So pour a cup of coffee and let us lead you through the past week or so in Android news. We'll cure what ails ya.
Clove opening pre-orders for the S4 Mini at £390, expecting stock in early July
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is one of a raft of new devices Samsung has announced in recent weeks, and the first pricing information is beginning to appear in the UK. Clove has announced they are opening pre-orders now for the SIM-free and unlocked S4 Mini, which will cost a fairly pretty hefty £390 inclusive of VAT.
Qualcomm-powered LTE-Advanced handset headed to Korea 'as early as this month'
Samsung is aiming to launch the first smartphone supporting the faster LTE-Advanced wireless data standard, company co-CEO JK Shin has revealed. Speaking to reporters at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, Shin said the new, LTE-A-capable Galaxy S4 could go on sale as early as this month in Korea. Reuters reports that the new Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm chipset, as opposed to the Exynos 5 Octa used in the Galaxy S4 phones currently sold in Samsung's home country.
LTE-Advanced has the potential to deliver significantly faster 4G speeds than existing LTE networks, but it hasn't yet seen widespread implementation by carriers around the world. Wikipedia lists Russia's Yota Networks as the only commercial LTE-A network at present, currently marketed as supporting speeds of 300Mbps. Operators in most Western countries, including the U.S., are focused on growing their vanilla LTE networks, while UK operator EE has said it'll begin trialing some of the tech behind the new standard before the end of the year.
Shin says his company is in talks with several foreign carriers regarding the LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4. However with supporting networks expected to be few and far between, this new GS4 might end up being a niche variant for the foreseeable future.
Internal hardware is said to include a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD, a 1400mAh battery and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The video shows the device running what appears to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 -- as opposed to the more recent, -based Sense 5. Physically, it's clear we're dealing with a smaller handset, though one inspired by the HTC One's industrial design. There's a One-style speaker grille, and Beats Audio branding on the rear, though no front-facing "BoomSound" speakers.
There's no telling whether the "Desire 200" will still be running ICS when it hits store shelves. What's shown in the video appears to be very glitchy, prototypey software, so there's every chance the final software may take a different form. Share your own speculation down in the comments, and check out the video for yourself after the break.
Be among the first to hear Jay-Z's latest, for free, from Samsung
Friday we told you that Samsung and Jay-Z had something in store, and it would be announced during the NBA finals game five on television. Everything has been announced, and it turns out that it's a pretty big deal. Jay-Z will be releasing his latest, titled Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4, and one million lucky Samsung owners will get a free copy.
It's going to work like so. On June 24, Samsung is going to publish an app to Google Play, and folks using a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, or a Galaxy S4 will be able to download and install it. We imagine the app will keep you up to date on the happenings surrounding the upcoming release, but the magic happens on July 4, when the new tunes are released.
As soon as July 4 rolls around, the first one million users who have installed the app will get a free copy of the album. We've no details on the format, but what we understand is that it's yours to download and keep. Keep your eyes on the #MagnaCarta site to count things down.
The second week of Talk Mobile 2013 kicks off tomorrow, and the discussion is going to center around mobile apps. With five days of awesome content lined up and sure to be some great conversations in the comments, we really want to expand your interaction with the whole Talk Mobile crew.
Starting tomorrow after fresh Talk Mobile content goes live we're going to do something we wanted to do for the last week of Talk Mobile, but couldn't thanks to everybody traveling for the awesome Talk Mobile launch party: we'll be holding a live video hangout with a rotating cast of Talk Mobile editors, developers, designers, our special guests, and everybody else involved in making Talk Mobile happen. You can expect the hangouts to go live a little bit after we publish the Talk Mobile articles. After all, they're pretty big hunks of text and video, we want you to have some time to digest it all first!
So tune back in to your favorite Mobile Nations site(s) tomorrow for more great Talk Mobile content. It's time to get the conversation about apps started!
I need to know how to change the default option for choosing photos under Facebook Messenger. The current option is File Expert and I do not know how to change it back to gallery. I need help with this.