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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 29, 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!!

Apps

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

Yahoo Mail adds filter option to App

Carriers

New and current customers will receive $100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

T-Mobile Un-carrier 7.0 event being held on September 10

Google

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

Phones

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Lenovo handset, likely the Vibe X2, receives WiFi certification

New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

ZTE holding event on September 16 in New York City for “the next hot thing”

ROMs

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

Smartwatches

Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

Motorola letting select people buy the Moto 360 before anyone else

Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Tablets

Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

Miscellaneous

Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

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Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

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Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? .” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.

Source: @SonyUK
Via: XperiaBlog

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Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

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snapshat_our_storyFor recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone.  With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.

Source: Snapchat

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Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.

The common theme among all of these prospective partners or buyers is that they want separation from Google and Android. Everyone could cash in on Cyanogen and build something of its own quickly due to its popularity. OnePlus has tried to do it as a hardware partner, but they have enough problems of their own to deal with before being taken seriously.

Microsoft has its own Windows Phone operating system, but its growth has been sluggish. They now own the company that was giving it the most attention in Nokia. Cyanogen would be Microsoft’s entrance into Android that Nokia missed with its budget handsets. Of all of the interested parties, Satya Nadella is the only confirmed leader to meet with Cyanogen. Within the last year, Microsoft has been showing a big interest in developing hardware to compete. A pairing with a more lucrative mobile operating system could be what Microsoft needs.

Amazon has its Fire OS, but essentially locks everyone out if they are not heavy users of its services. Jeff Bezos is notorious for keeping everything in-house, thus a pairing between Amazon and Cyanogen seems unlikely. But no one really thought Twitch would be under Bezos’ ownership. They could pull out another surprise and take Android seriously by welcoming a wider audience.

And Samsung has been longing for something other than Android for quite some time with its Tizen OS and now that has remained on its wearables. However, the Android experience created by Samsung is cleaned up now and consumers seem to be warming up to it. There does not seem to be a real value for Samsung to purchase Cyanogen as it would not really add any additional value to what it already has.

Yahoo is the wild card. Its purchase and relaunch of the Aviate launcher means that Marissa Mayer is quite serious about being involved with mobile. The fact that they lack any true hardware manufacturing is a bit puzzling at the moment. Yahoo would need to find someone to manufacturer an actual device rather than picking up Cyanogen and getting started right away. One option would be partnering with a hardware manufacturer and just focusing on Cyanogen’s software if it were to acquire the software developer.

Between these four companies, who do you think should partner or acquire Cyanogen? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Information

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New and current customers will receive $100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

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Starting today, new and existing AT&T customers who activate a new AT&T Next line with a smartphone will receive $100 credit to their bill. AT&T, like other carriers and their similar plans, offers customers a chance to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade to a new one with zero money down, no upgrade fees or activation fees. The added caveat to Next is no annual service contract. Payments for a new phone are instead broken down over a 20 or 24 month installments. Of course there’s debate over whether or not these types of plans are worth it. That being said if you’re looking to take advantage of this, you can do so at any AT&T retail store or online at att.com/100credit. However this offer is a limited time deal and you’ll have until Sept. 30, to take advantage.

source: AT&T

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Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

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Softbank owned mobile carrier Sprint will soon be offering a Sony smartphone for the first time. The deal is designed to both give Sony’s mobile division a much needed boost and strengthen Sprint’s handset line up as it looks to stem the tide of subscribers that are heading for other waters.

Softbank is working at strengthening Sprint and enticing customers with price cuts and promotions on top of unveiling joint smartphone offerings. Sony’s been struggling to gain a foothold in the US and is also looking to revive and strengthen its mobile division. With the electronics company managing only 2.1 percent share in the global smartphone market last year, it continues to face competition from other companies that offer low-cost smartphones. T-Mobile’s the only company in the US to currently offer Sony smartphones.

The Xperia Z3 could be the first phone that Sprint offers from Sony and Softbank will make the phone available for the holiday season this winter. Sony’s expected to show off the new flagship at IFA next week.

“I can’t see this making much of a difference,” Yasuo Nakane, Deutsche Bank analyst, said.”Even if they put out a phone on Sprint, Verizon is the priority any way you think about it.”

Although other analysts were less critical and more supportive of the move.

“They haven’t been able to maintain very good relationships with carriers, unlike Samsung who has done very well,” Masahiro Ono, an analyst at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, said.

With the merger with T-Mobile failing, Softbank has vowed that Sprint would make bold moves to gain ground.

source: Reuters

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ipad vs tab s

We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.

The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.

Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.

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Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

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Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.

Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.

The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.

The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.

Source: Samsung

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Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

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android-vs-apple-eyelkAndroid has gained some ground in the US according to the latest report from consumer analytics firm Kantar Worldpanel. According to the latest metrics, Android has gained over 11 points of market share in a year’s time for a three month period ending in July. Much of this gain comes from iOS. The Apple OS saw a 11.8 point drop in the same period. 

Mexico broke 80 percent in growth with a 17.6 point increase over the three month period that ended in July 2013. Android also gained 8.4 points from Apple, that lost 5.6 points and from Windows phone that lost 1.5 points, topping at 84.6 percent in China.

Xiaomi and Huawei contributed to the increase in Asia with Xiaomi boasting a 31.6 percent marketshare in China. ZTE, Lenovo and Oppo all saw decreases in their shares.

As far as European markets are concerned, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK all saw Android grow in market share. Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 attributed  to 11.5 percent of all handset sales in the UK, making it the best selling device in the country.

Great Britain, Italy and Spain saw a boost in Windows Phone sales, thanks in part to the Lumia 630 and 930.

Source: Kantar
via: GSM

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Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

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If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.

HERE Maps is a fantastic application which has a number of advantages over the competition. Notably, it supports offline navigation using the phone’s built-in GPS, and allows you to download over 200 maps to your device’s local storage. HERE Maps also works seamlessly with Glympse and they claim all features of HERE Maps will be available in offline mode on Android (except traffic information, presumably).

No word yet on when we can expect to see HERE Maps come to other Android devices, but it will be available for Samsung devices this October. Are the extra features and offline navigation enough to persuade you to switch to HERE or are they a little late to the Android GPS game? Let us know in the comments below.

Via: Phone Arena
Source: HERE

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