September 22, 2013

Speculations of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy smartphone have gained traction, shortly after the Korean tech giant revealed its flagship Galaxy Note 3 phablet along with the much awaited smartwatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear earlier this month.

Samsung has been criticised for its use of plastic smartphone cases which were considered cheap by many tech pundits. The company is reportedly planning to change its design philosophy by incorporating an aluminum frame for its next iteration, Galaxy S5.

According to design concepts and patent on designs shown by, Galaxy S5 will come with a sleek profile and do away with the plastic chassis. The smartphone is expected to come with a plethora of high-end features and specifications under the hood.

Below are five expected features of Samsung Galaxy S5, which is rumoured for a global launch in 2014.

64-bit Chip processor: Samsung has revealed that its future devices will be equipped with a faster 64-bit chip Exynos processor, according to Currently, Apple's recently launched iPhone 5S is the only existing device to carry an A7 64-bit chipset.

Android 4.4 KitKat OS: The upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS is expected to make its debut on Galaxy S5. Few features which might come with Android 4.4 KitKat is lower RAM usage, battery saving, Bluetooth 4.0, low-energy usage, new interface and visualisation tweaks.

16 Megapixel Camera:  Galaxy S5 may come with a 16-megapixel camera sensor with optical image stabilisation, reported Android Beat citing Korean website ETNews.

4K Video recording:  Galaxy S5 is rumoured to come with a 4K video recording feature. Since the recently launched Galaxy Note 3 is the first device to bring 4K video recording to customers, chances are that Galaxy S5 may also bring the new level of HD recording, according to Design Trend.

IGZO Screen Display: Earlier this year, Phonearena reported that Samsung has been spending a whopping $110 million on getting Sharp's IGZO screen technology. With this groundbreaking innovation, one can expect the high-resolution thin panels to be fitted inside Galaxy S5

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 by Admin

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Police are really cracking down on the use of phones while driving. Everything on your phone is really a distraction, be it your navigation, music player, having a conversation or texting. One way to eliminate some of the distraction is to have your Android read out the SMS to you. ReadItToMe is just the app to do that for you. The name kind of gives away what the app is all about, but there are some really cool and helpful features available in the free version and even more in the paid version.

The Basics

The first thing I noticed is a feature I disliked other apps for not having. You can choose when you’d like the messages read. For example, you can have the messages read to you when you only have your headphones in. An example of this being handy is if you are a working out and don’t want to break your rhythm to see if the arriving message is the one you are waiting for. Similarly, you can have the messages only read to you when you are hooked up to a Bluetooth device. Make sure you are comfortable with anyone in your car hearing your messages being read aloud if you use Bluetooth in your vehicle.

Another really handy option is to be able to choose the delivery method for each contact individually. This lets you set the global setting to do not read but have messages from important people like your spouse or kids read aloud.

Using ReadItToMe

To get started using ReadItToMe, download the app from the Google Play Store. Once installed and started, you will be asked if you want to learn to use ReadItToMe or just wing it. Take the time to go through the tutorial. It really explains the basics and you can see how easy it is to use and what it can do for you.

Go through the settings and tick the boxes you’d like to enable. Here is a screen shot of what I chose.

The settings are pretty well laid out. You will see different tabs. Accessing them is a simple scroll left or right to get to the column you’d like to see. Some of the tabs are only accessible with the pro version. The pro version opens up access to other apps. What I mean is, if you have the pro version, you can have your messages read in your third-party apps like Google Hangout. Also, you can reply via voice with the pro version.

Final words

I tried out ReadItToMe for a few days before starting the review. What I found was, it worked really well overall. I had no troubles with the Bluetooth and headphone only options. I also used it for specific contacts who I chat with a lot. It worked well.

What I found was, there were times when I didn’t want to have the messages spoke to me but forgot to turn off ReadItToMe. Also, I had some troubles with ReadItToMe still speaking the name of the person when I asked it not to in the settings. The voice reply and everything else worked well for me.

ReadItToMe  reads out your incoming callers, sms messages and other app notifications, translating txt speak into normal language. In ANY language.
It's great for use whilst driving, cycling, running, walking, in the gym or any other time you need to be handsfre

Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 by Admin

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