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Amazon finally slashes Fire Phone price to $199 without a contract

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The Fire Phone has been on the market for just over four months and commercial (or even critical) reception has been lackluster. Arguably the biggest issue with the handset is its price. Amazon is solving that issue now by lowering the price to $199. The list price prior to the discount is $449; however, the off-contract price of the Fire Phone actually started at $649. So now the Fire Phone has an off-contract price comparable to on-contract counterparts.

Will the price change affect the Fire Phone’s performance? We doubt it. Let us know in the comments if you intend of giving this handset a look for yourself or anyone else this holiday season.

Source: Amazon

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[Deal] Staples offering the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 for just $100

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Galaxy-Tab4-7.0If you’re in the market for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the holidays, Staples has a fantastic deal on the 7-inch version of the tablet. It’s on sale for $149 currently, but the promo code 45209 will knock an extra $50 off, effectively bringing the tablet down to half of its original retail price. Plus, you get free shipping.

The tablet isn’t incredibly high end, but for $100, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen with a quad-core processor and Android 4.4 isn’t a bad deal. It’s available in black and white.

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The Best Two Black Friday and Cyber Monday Smartphone Deals

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

oneplus_MotorolaThis Friday is fast approaching, and you might be waiting not-so-patiently to get your hands on a brand new smartphone. The bad news is most smartphone “deals” come with a pricey two year contract, data caps, and “valuable upgrade plans” like AT&T’s Next or Verizon’s Edge. The worse news is the Nexus 6 is $300 more than last year’s Nexus 5, so you won’t be finding a deal there. The good news is that both the Motorola Moto X and the OnePlus One will be either on sale or for sale, respectively, this weekend.

Motorola’s Moto X is a popular 2014 device, and deserves all of it’s notoriety. $500 is really a good deal for what you’re getting: a 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a customizable look all combine to make the Moto flagship quite the deal. However, to improve the value even more, Cyber Monday will drop the price even more to $360 for the 16 GB version and $410 for the  32 GB version, bothe unlocked. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this deal. I was too slow last year for Motorola’s similar deal with the 1st Gen Moto X.

The OnePlus One is the myth and the legend when it comes to 2014 smartphones. The device has been invitation only for most of the year, and when there were ways to get invitations, it usually went south. But OnePlus is a small, young company with big ideas and a great product, and this weekend is its chance to show it. The device will be for sale to anyone for three days. The 16 GB version will be $300 and the 64 GB will be $350. The device features much of the same specs as the Moto X, but with a larger screen, more RAM, and a better front camera.

If you want certain quality, your best bet is probably the Moto X. If you’re more of a risk taker that likes to experiment with tech, go with the OnePlus One. Either way, comment here and let us know what you decide to do!

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Cyanogen announces Themes, turning customization into personalization

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The software experience provided by Cyanogen is about to become much more tailored to each and every user. The company is well-known for its deep customization capability, but the new Themes app takes things further. Themes for Cyanogen OS devices gives control to what the user experience is like. It is effectively a way to fully personalize a device. What kind of things can be personalized? Everything from the font to status bar and more.

Stay tuned for when the Themes app is available. As for pricing, Cyanogen has yet to say if all themes will be free or premium options carry a price tag.

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Source: Cyanogen

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Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service being phased out

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

ChatOnIf you’ve owned a recent Samsung device, you’ve probably seen their instant messaging client ChatOn somewhere on the device. ChatOn was Samsung’s in-house competition to apps like WhatsApp that came preloaded on nearly every Samsung smartphone.

Unfortunately, it turns out that just being preloaded on devices wasn’t enough to strike up users, and Samsung has announced that they’ll be gradually turning off the service around the world. Since profits have been constantly declining this year, Samsung’s management is looking to focus on successful key areas of their business while chopping off the services that aren’t doing well. Samsung’s music and video hub closed earlier this year, and now you can throw ChatOn to that pile.

The bright side to this situation is that Samsung will probably replace ChatOn with some other more efficient service. After their music and video hubs were closed, they were replaced by Milk Music and now Milk Video. While there’s nothing official coming to fill ChatOn’s shoes, it wouldn’t surprise me to see something else similar make its way onto the Galaxy S 6 next year.

source: The Verge

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SwiftKey theme packs are up to 66% off for Black Friday weekend

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

swiftkey saleTo kick off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.

These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.

source: SwiftKey

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Five cable and music services update Android app to support Chromecast

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’re a Google Chromecast user, I’m pretty sure you’ll be pleased to hear that Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn and EPIX, have updated their Android applications to include support for the Wi-Fi streaming dongle.

For those unaware, Chromecast compatibility allows users to stream their favorite TV shows, songs and movies directly to their TV by simply tapping the Cast button inside the app. What’s particularly great about this dongle is that it’s completely free to use and doesn’t add any nasty charges on top of your usual subscription fee to the services you choose to use.

In order to enjoy this new functionality, you’ll need to download the update for each cable and TV service. To do this, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on the first application’s name you wish to upgrade. Next, hit the update button and the app will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers, then do the same for each app you want to upgrade.

Are you happy about the implementation of Chromecast support? Will you be taking advantage of the feature? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.

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Verizon Moto X is Receiving Lollipop

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

SAMSUNG CSCMotorola’s popular Moto X is receiving the Android 5.0 update today on the Verizon network. With the update comes an improved design with more fluid animations and brighter colors, and more intuitive calendar features. You can also expect significantly improved notifications features, like lock screen notifications you can open by double tapping, notification priorities, and the ability to dismiss a notification from one Android device and have it dismissed on all your others.

The notifications and quick settings drag-down bar has been simplified, and the recent screen give more information about what you were last doing. Lastly, expect a battery saving mode, updated app icons, and the ability to add multiple accounts to your device, including a guest account.

Head to your settings, about phone, then software update to check for your update.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Are you an Android fanatic that loves to write? Talk Android is hiring!!

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off
Do you have an interest in Android phones, tablets, apps, accessories and anything else Android related? Do you find yourself spending hours a day reading news sites and blogs? Would you like to write for Talk Android? Now is your chance! We’re looking for responsible, talented and driven writers to join our incredible team.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Must have previous experience writing for other blogs, school newspapers, or something similar.
  • Must be able to contribute to the news on a regular basis.
  • Regularly write guides, reviews, or opinions
  • Be proficient in the English language. Non-US residents are welcome to apply, as long as you have a firm grasp of the language.
  • Experience with WordPress is a major plus.
  • We will accept writers from anywhere in the world, but we’re primarily looking for writers in the U.S., Canada,  and the U.K. Please let us know where you’re located in your application.
  • Interested candidates should Contact Us with NEWS AUTHOR in the subject line. Please include your full name, short bio of yourself & experience (or link to your resume), and we will contact you with further instructions.

Robert Nazarian
Editor In Chief

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If you own a Nexus Player or the ADT-1 developer unit, you already know that the Play Store is available to you for downloading apps. Since it’s still early in the game, there are a little over a handful of apps, other than games. We reported last week, that developers have to submit their Android TV apps to Google for approval, but even after approval, only certain apps will actually appear in the Android TV version of the Play Store.

We don’t know for certain what is going on, but we can only assume that Google has partnered with certain developers for some sort of exclusivity feature period. However, Google is still approving apps, just not featuring them in the Android TV apps section. The good news is that they can still be downloaded and installed via the desktop Play Store.

The hard part is finding the apps, but I did uncover some Android TV compatible apps that you can install now. All you have to do is click the links below from your desktop. Select Install at the top of the page, then select your Android TV device (Nexus Player or ADT-1). Finally, click on Install again.

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Assuming your device is turned on and connected to the internet, the app will be installed directly to your device within a minute or two.

I want to be clear that these apps are officially compatible and approved for Android TV. I know there are some apps that give you the option to download to one or both of the official Android TV devices, but they are technically not Android TV apps.  Approved and compatible apps will actually show up on your main apps page, whereas anything else that isn’t official only appears under Settings > Apps or the Sideload Launcher (listed below).

These are the apps that I found at the time of this post, and I am sure I missed a few. Like I said, it isn’t easy finding them. If I missed anything, please let us know and I will be sure to update this post. For now, this list doesn’t include any games, but if you have noticed any please let us know those as well.

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