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3 years ago

Samsung accounts for 71 percent of the global smartwatch market

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According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung controls the global smartwatch segment with a market share of 71 percent. The South Korean manufacturer shipped 500,000 smartwatches during the first three months of 2014, which is half of the 1 million sales it registered in all of 2013. The numbers do not account sales of Samsung's latest batch of smartwatches, which include the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung's lead in this segment is due to the fact that it is one of the few manufacturers besides Sony to offer a smartwatch.

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3 years ago

Shazam takes away Spotify support in certain countries in favor of Deezer

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Shazam released an update the other week on both iOS and Android, introducing Deezer support for finding songs tagged while out and about. What wasn't made clear was that Shazam would in fact be pulling Spotify support, which is also a popular destination for locating, purchasing and enjoying content. Counties affected include the UK, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

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3 years ago

Samsung hoping to bring biometric security to lower-end devices

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The critical response to the Galaxy S5's fingerprint-scanning features may have been muted, but Samsung seems undeterred in its efforts to spread biometric security capabilities across its mobile device lineup. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung SVP Rhee In-jong told investors and analysts in Hong Kong that the company will expand its use of biometric sensors, making them available even to lower-cost handsets.

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3 years ago

Samsung brings high-end Android flip phone to China

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Motorola might be trying to retire the humble flip phone, but Samsung seems more inclined to evolve the venerable form factor rather than killing it off. The Korean manufacturer has unveiled a new Android-powered flip phone — not the first such device by any means — under the name "G9098."

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3 years ago

Next Nokia X reportedly getting home button to fix common complaint

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Different folks have a different perpective on the Nokia X but if a new report is to be believed, Microsoft will be fixing at least one common complaint in the next generation device. According to BGR India, the Nokia X successor is currently in development and will be getting a dedicated home button like regular Android devices.

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3 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 (Wifi) gets KitKat update

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Samsung continues its rollout of Android 4.4 across its vast range of mobile devices, and the latest to get the KitKat update is the Wifi-only Galaxy Note 8.0. From today the Wifi-only version of Samsung's first Note tablet has begun getting its update, starting with devices purchased in the UK.

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3 years ago

Google commemorates 40th anniversary of Rubik's cube with interactive doodle

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Google is celebrating the invention of the Rubik's cube with an interactive Google doodle which is in the form of a Rubik's Cube. Invented 40 years ago by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture at the University of Budapest, the Rubik's cube became one of the most popular toys worldwide.

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3 years ago

Google's YouTube rumored to be buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion

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Google's YouTube is reportedly going to acquire popular video game streaming service, Twitch for more than $1 billion. Twitch lets Xbox and Playstation gamers share and watch live gameplay footage, and they claim more than 45 million visitors a month.

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3 years ago

AT&T acquiring DirecTV

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AT&T has announced that they're planning to buy DirecTV. Rumored for weeks, the deal would give AT&T access to 20 million DirecTV customers and, theoretically, make them more competitive with Comcast, which is in the midst of their own merger with Time Warner Cable.

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3 years ago

Facebook's Snapchat competitor 'Slingshot' might launch as early as this month

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After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed "Slingshot". The app, which is said to have a "simple and speedy user interface" (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Photo Sphere and single sign-on

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Views: Beach > anywhere else. by Phil Nickinson

That's a Photo Sphere I took at Pensacola Beach yesterday afternoon on the Samsung Galaxy S5 using the Google camera app that's available in Google Play. Why use Google's camera and not Samsung's? For the simple reason we pointed out weeks ago — Samsung's app doesn't have it built in, so you have to download it separately. From Samsung's app store. And I have no idea what my Samsung username or password is.

Single sign-onGoogle Play, on the other hand, is readily available. In the time it would have taken me to dig up my Samsung credentials in 1Password, I'd already downloaded and began shooting with Google's camera app. That's an argument for Samsung to use some sort of single sign-on method as much as anything else. In fact, it's to the point that if you don't use some sort of SSO — as in you sign in with your Google or Facebook or Twitter credentials — you're doing it wrong.

And implementation matters, too. We've got SSO here with our Mobile Nations Passport, which lets you have a single log-in for all of our Mobile Nations sites, but we need to implement it a little better, particular with the Google log-in in our apps, so that all you have to do is choose the proper account, and not re-enter your credentials.

And then's the matter of data sync. So many games still fail to properly employ this. They might share your scores on Google Play Games, but that's it. And that's no good. For an example of how it should be done, turn no further than Monument Valley. Sign in to Google in the game, and it syncs your progress across all your devices. Simply put, that's the way it should work.

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3 years ago

AT&T relaunches Cricket as nationwide brand with new smartphones, plans, and LTE

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Two months after being snapped up by AT&T as part of the Leap Wireless acquisition, there's a new Cricket in town. The newly relaunched prepaid carrier service is being rolled together with AT&T's home-brewed AiO Wireless prepaid brand, and will eventually transition off Cricket's MVNO agreement with Sprint (that's an awkward position for AT&T, eh?) to devices that run on AT&T's own network.

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3 years ago

OnePlus One forum members getting a crack at purchase invites

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Although we've already got some hands-on time with the OnePlus One under our belt, there's a good many folks out there interested in the device still waiting for even just an invite to purchase one. The company is well aware of that and is still sticking to their plans to have invites out soon however, they've now added an additional potential way to obtain one. As noted on their blog, they have two contests planned but they're also going forward with a plan to offer certain members of their own forums a invite as well.

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3 years ago

Apps of the Week: Monument Valley, FIA WEC, Zombie Gunship and more!

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Apps of the Week

Another busy week comes to a close here at Android Central, and to cap it off we're bringing you another grouping of app picks in our Apps of the Week column. Once a week each of the writers here at Android Central chimes in to put an app they've been using this week on display, and give us a small synopsis of why it's the choice this week.

We have another great roundup of apps to put on display today, including a couple awesome games and some other entertainment apps as well. Read along and see how this week's picks stack up with the rest.

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3 years ago

Alleged photos of Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime show metallic frame and curvier body [Updated]

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What you see above is claimed to be the first real photo of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime. This high-powered variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is said to contain a 5.2-inch 2560x1440 QHD display (much like the LG G3) and a metal body. While previous reports of the metal body had assumed that the whole phone would be metal, what we're seeing here appears more along the lines of an aluminum frame with a plastic back that is a little thicker, though still dimpled, than the standard Galaxy S5.

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