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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 24, 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!!

Guides

How to beam files and photos from one phone to another with the new Android Beam in Android Lollipop

Accessories

Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

Apps

Get in the fall spirit with Google Calendar’s new seasonal wallpapers

Google Inbox users can now invite three friends to use the service

Amazon launches App Store in main Android app

Carriers

MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Chrome

Inbox by Gmail shows up in Chrome Web Store

Google

Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products

Hardware

LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

Home Automation

Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Phones

LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

New OPPO teaser hints at second device

Samsung confirms the Galaxy A7 will ship with a Full HD display and 64-bit processor

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 now available in India

Galaxy Note 4 destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone yet

Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Tablets

MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015

Updates

Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Miscellaneous

Deezer acquires Stitcher to broaden streaming content

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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget

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MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

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Alcatel onetouch

If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.

The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB  of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..

  • $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds

The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.

Hit the break for the link to the press release.

Source: MetroPCS/T-Mobile

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Google Inbox users can now invite three friends to use the service

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Google Inbox

If you’re lucky enough to be one of the very few using Google’s new Inbox application, you’ll be glad to hear that you now have the facility to invite three of your friends/family to join you in the beta testing action.

Using the newly-implemented invite system is extremely simple. All you have to do is navigate to the Inbox mobile or web app, hit the compose button and locate the ‘golden ticket’ icon. Tap it, and an ‘Invite to Inbox’ email will be created. All that’s left to do then is choose a recipient, and you’re good to go.

If you’ve received an invite to the service, we’d love to know your thoughts — so be sure to drop us a comment in the section below.

Source: Twitter

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Galaxy Note 4 destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone yet

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The Galaxy Note 4 is without a doubt Samsung’s most powerful smartphone, and, according to a recent report, it may also be its best-selling. South Korean publication, News1, writes that the handset recently passed the 4.5 million global sales figure following its September 26 launch.

As I’m sure you’d agree, that’s a pretty astonishing figure for a phone that initially launched in South Korea and has been expanding availability ever since  – launching in the US, UK, India and China as late as last week.

When you take into consideration the 5 million units its predecessor sold in its first month of release, which, for the record, wasn’t a staged rollout, we don’t think we’d be wrong in assuming that the Note 4 is destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone of not only 2014, but 2013, too.

The report doesn’t appear to provide information about the Note 4’s sister smartphone, the Note Edge, with its rounded display, but we expect the quantity to be significantly less seeing as it’s only available in a handful of markets.

Hit the source link below to view the full report.

Source: News1

 

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Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

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While the Note 4 is being heralded as a premium device with a new premium design, one of the things that hasn’t been upgraded to a new premium feel is the S-pen. It still feels like the Samsung of old with its plastic base and its fake metal accents. Well, International, watch, jewelry, and writing instruments maker Montblanc has those wishing to take the S-pen to the next level covered.

Montblanc, in conjunction with Samsung, are introducing a new line of writing instruments and leather covers for the new Note. Two of the new instruments, the Pix and e-StarWalker, are a pen/S-pen combination that has an e-refill concept. On top of that, the company is releasing leather covers that are enhanced with digital content and exclusive writing features.

Montblanc has the two S-pen replacements and its leather covers available on its web site. If you’re interested in seeing each accessory in action we have a video for you below. Enjoy!

 

Click here to view the embedded video.

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Samsung confirms the Galaxy A7 will ship with a Full HD display and 64-bit processor

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The Galaxy A7 has been on our radar for some time, most recently in regards to its Full HD Display, a detail that was confirmed earlier today by Samsung in a user agent profile for the device (SM-A700FD). The profile also revealed that the A7 will feature an ARMv8-A 64-bit processor, not unlike the upcoming A5.

It is also worth noting that the D in the model number indicates a dual SIM device, which is unsurprising since the A7 will launch in China, where most phones offer dual SIM slots. The phones are said to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat but will presumably be updated to 5.0 Lollipop to properly utilize those 64-bit processors. These are shaping up to be some premium mid-range devices and are expected to launch in other markets soon. Let us know in the comments if the Galaxy A7 piques your interest.

Source: Samsung
Via: SamMobile

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Get in the fall spirit with Google Calendar’s new seasonal wallpapers

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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The Google Calendar app is probably one of the last places you’d expect to get some extremely attractive wallpapers, but Google’s most recent update for the application changes that. The update includes twelve very elegant backgrounds, each representing a different month, and therefore each only visible for a month at a time. Luckily these wallpapers have been extracted from the app and can be downloaded and enjoyed at anytime. Hit the break for the full gallery.

calendar-september
calendar-october
calendar-november
calendar-may
calendar-march
calendar-june
calendar-july
calendar-january
calendar-february
calendar-december
calendar-august
calendar-april

Source: AmongTech
Via: Android Authority

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LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

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LG liger

We’ve seen evidence that LG have been preparing their own processor, and today the Korean manufacturer have confirmed the long-running rumor by announcing the octa-core NUCLUN ARM processor. The processor will make its debut in the G3 Screen (formerly the LG Liger),and will feature LTE-6 capability, allowing download speeds of up to 225Mbps. 

The NUCLUN inside the G3 Screen will be clocked at 1.5GHz for the four Cortex-A15 cores and 1.2GHz for the other four Cortex-A7 cores. The cores are said to be able to fire individually, allowing for an extremely flexible and efficient processor. It will also have 2GB of RAM under the hood and 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD). On the outside is a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13-megapixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The Korean exclusive will be powered by a 3,000mAh battery and is set to run Android 4.4 KitKat.

No word yet on whether we will be seeing any NUCLUN-powered devices outside of Korea, but if LG wants to knock Samsung off their throne, launching their own line of processors is a good way to start. Check out the presser below for more info on LG’s new line of processors and hit the comments section to let us know your opinions.

LG INTRODUCES COMPANY’S FIRST MOBILE APPLICATION PROCESSOR
LG’s Octa-Core NUCLUN Processor Delivers LTE-A Cat.6 Support and
Enhanced Capabilities Optimized for High-end Smartphones

SEOUL, Oct. 24, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its first mobile application processor (AP) featuring eight-core architecture and LTE-A Cat.6 network capability for high performance and low energy consumption. The new AP, named NUCLUN, will make its debut this week in the “G3 Screen”, a smartphone developed specifically for the Korean market.

NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) was designed using ARM big.LITTLE™ technology for efficient multi-tasking capabilities. The AP employs four 1.5GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A15) for high performance and four 1.2GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A7) for less intensive processing. The number of performing cores can be adjusted based on the requirements of the task for maximum processing power or maximum energy savings. NUCLUN is designed to support the next generation of 4G networks, LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps while retaining backward compatibility with current LTE networks.

“NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG’s history of innovation in the mobile industry,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”

As LG’s first smartphone equipped with NUCLUN, the G3 Screen inherits the design language, camera and UX features of the popular LG G3. The G3 Screen boasts an expansive, 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and high fidelity 1W speaker for the ultimate smartphone experience. As the largest smartphone designed for LTE-A Cat.6 networks, the G3 Screen will deliver download speeds three times faster than regular 4G LTE networks for a truly smooth and satisfying multimedia experience.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: NUCLUN Octa-Core  (1.5GHz Quad-Core  + 1.2GHz Quad-Core)
Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS
Memory: 32GB  eMMC  / 2GB RAM / MicroSD slot
Camera: Rear 13MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP
Battery:  3,000mAh
Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
Size: 157.8 x 81.8 x 9.5mm
Weight: 182g
Network: LTE-A Cat.6
Colors: Black / White

Source: LG Korea

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 23, 2014

Posted by wicked October - 24 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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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

Android Wear now has GPS and offline music support

Android TV

Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

Apps

SwiftKey introduces two new Material Design keyboard skins

Carriers

Famigo coming pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through AT&T

AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

Gaming

NHL 2K15 hits the Play Store

Phones

Amazon takes $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone

LG Liger shows up in benchmarks with mid-range hardware

Why did Samsung “ditch the stitch” and other design questions answered

ZTE officially launches the budget-minded ZTE V5 Max

Set-top boxes

Amazon Fire TV now available in the UK

Smartwatches

LG G Watch R will be available in the UK starting tomorrow

LG finally announces global release plans for the G Watch R, but still murky

Next Pebble smartwatch aims to be “more everything,” might feature modular components

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

Tablets

AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

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