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Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

moto_x1_black_leather_aluminum_no_flashWe’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.

A listing in Verizon’s retail systems was leaked that shows four new options that are soon to be added: the new Moto X in black, the new Moto X in white/bamboo, and two MotoMaker listings for 16 and 32 GB varieties. This likely means that Verizon will offer 16 GB white and black models in store (with the white version equipped with a bamboo back) and tickets for MotoMaker in store, and that all four options should be available at the same time.

We haven’t heard anything about MotoMaker being available on other carriers, but hopefully Motorola will be able to launch everything simultaneously on all four major carriers this time around.

source: Phandroid

 

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[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.

Amazon briefly price matched the deal, but it looks like stock has dwindled away so you’ll only be able to purchase it from third-party sellers if you want to take advantage of any free Prime shipping. The third-party sellers have the device knocked down to about $200, which isn’t quite as good as Best Buy’s offering but it’s still better than full retail.

Hit the links below for deal.

source: Best Buy

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 25 – August 31, 2014

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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This past week seemed to be the appetizer for what will be the main course for the coming week. We did have some pre-announcements such as the Samsung Gear S and the first and only full circle smartwatch, the LG G Watch R. In the win some lose some category, Amazon stole Twitch from Google, but the Fire Phone is an absolute flop. Google updated an app we forgot existed, and Dropbox finally gets more competitive. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be a crazy and busy week in the Android world.

Accessories

Motorola to release updated Skip as keychain fob

Samsung announces the Gear Circle Bluetooth earbuds

Android Wear

Android Wear support for WhatsApp open to everyone

Apple vs Samsung

Apple loses bid for injunction of Samsung products

Apps – New

Samsung Announces open registration for Developer Conference

Apps – Updated

Google News & Weather app gets redesigned for first time since Android 2.3 Gingerbread

TeamViewer QuickSupport update brings in compatibility for HTC, LG, and Huawei devices

Dropbox Pro gets price cut, storage increase and new features

Pushbullet now works with all texting apps for replying from a computer

Latest Nova Launcher Beta features hit the main app on the Play Store

Microsoft OneDrive app brings together personal and work accounts

SportsCenter app’s new On-Air feature redirects to WatchESPN and ESPN Radio

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

Yahoo Mail adds filter option to App

Android Wear support for WhatsApp open to everyone

Carriers

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

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

ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $179.99 off-contract

Cricket offers new customers $100 for switching from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

T-Mobile ups the ante with four times more data for Simple Starter plans

T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

T-Mobile nearly doubles the amount of music streaming options on Music Freedom

T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrying new Alcatel OneTouch handsets this fall

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

Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’

Verizon resurrects DROID RAZR M as Luge by Motorola for prepaid accounts

Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Chrome

Google updates Chrome for Windows with a 64-bit version and support for high-dpi displays

Chromebooks

You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV is destroying the Chromecast

NPR One and WatchABC add Chromecast support

Gaming

New ‘Swing Copters’ update makes gameplay easier, less frustrating for users

Humble SEGA Mobile Bundle adds three new titles

The big balls are back, Activision unloads Wipeout 2 into the Play Store

Google

Sorry Google, Amazon purchases Twitch for $1 billion

Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

Online statuses now appear in Hangouts on Gmail

YouTube can now import videos from Google+

Google to Add Campus in Seoul

Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

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

Google Glass

Google Glass gets access to Pandora

Hardware

Qualcomm teases multi-core device with 64-bit processing for next week

Phones – Alcatel

T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrying new Alcatel OneTouch handsets this fall

Phones – Amazon

New analysis suggest Amazon’s phone not setting the world on fire

Phones – Android One

Android One set to debut next month in India, L coming the following month

Phones – Archos

Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

Phones – Gionee

Gionee ready to push for an even thinner world’s thinnest smartphone

Phones – HTC

HTC Desire 510 announced as a low-end device with 64-bit processing

HTC’s Desire 820 will be the first 64-bit phone

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $99

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

Phones – Huawei

Huawei confirms sapphire display Huawei Ascend P7 on the way to market

Images of Huawei Ascend Mate 7 show up

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 gets photographed again

Phones – Lenovo

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Lenovo handset, likely the Vibe X2, receives WiFi certification

Lenovo takes a dig at Apple, possibly hints at Android L with September 4 invite

Phones – LG

LG G3 Stylus edition Dubuting at IFA Berlin

AT&T LG G3 Vigor user guide leaks online

New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

Phones – Motorola

Moto Maker for the MotoX+1 to feature leather and possibly even more

Leaked image shows Motorola Moto X+1 lacking flash next to camera

Motorola’s new Moto X will likely launch with MotoMaker available on Verizon

Moto S or the Nexus X just passed through the FCC [Updated]

Here’s another look at the Moto G2, specs confirmed as well

Moto Luge product page leaks on Best Buy’s site, will be geared toward Verizon pre-paid customers

Verizon resurrects DROID RAZR M as Luge by Motorola for prepaid accounts

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

Phones – Nexus

Upcoming Nexus may be called Nexus X

Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

Moto S or the Nexus X just passed through the FCC

Phones – OnePlus

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

Phones – Samsung

“Ready to note?” Samsung teases upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and S Pen in new video

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to feature updated fingerprint technology

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appears in brief new video, shows just the display

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows itself again in an odd box

Info about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pops up on Samsung site

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

4 new “love notes” videos for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 released

Are you ready to Note? Samsung wants to know with latest Galaxy Note 4 teaser

Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video

Download the Galaxy Note 4 default wallpaper now

The Galaxy Alpha is just the first in a line called the ‘A Series’

In Depth explanation of Galaxy Alpha’s Design

Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini to be exclusive to only one retailer in India

File indicates Samsung SM-G530F to come with Snapdragon 61x 64-bit processor

Preview of the Galaxy Mega 2 shows what Samsung’s massive device is like

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Phones – Sony

Leaked Xperia Z3 photos show the device dismantled

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

Sony to make waterproofing a gold standard among its 2015 midrange devices

Phones – ZTE

ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $179.99 off-contract

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

ROMs

Cyanogen and Nextbit cooking up something ‘groundbreaking’

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

Smartwatches

ASUS teases its smartwatch, shows a seemingly curved display

Upcoming Asus smartwatch will be called the ZenWatch

Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

LG takes the wraps off of the G Watch R with full circle P-OLED display

Ridiculous petition started after LG announces G Watch R and buyer’s remorse sets in

LG G Watch R pricing revealed

Motorola letting select people buy the Moto 360 before anyone else

Samsung makes the Gear S official with curved display and 3G connectivity

Samsung may launch a SIM-enabled Gear with the Galaxy Note 4, circular Gear watch to follow

Samsung shows how much their Tizen-powered Gear watches can do with huge infographic

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

Sony SmartBand Talk and Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 details emerge

Tablets

Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

HTC T1 tablet will have a slew of accessories upon being available, LTE variant on the way as well

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

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

Promo picture, specs revealed for upcoming Sony Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

Updates

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Wallpapers

Download the Galaxy Note 4 default wallpaper now

Miscellaneous

Sony officially releases perfume-esque selfie camera

Pick up a free smartphone with your next Burger King meal

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

Original shows from Amazon will stream in 4K starting this October

Qualcomm teases multi-core device with 64-bit processing for next week

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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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 gets photographed again

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Huawei’s much awaited Ascend Mate 7′s release is imminent, and looks to be happening this Thursday. To hold you over until then, some pictures of the device have been leaked showing the front and back of the 6-inch monster.

Huawei-ascend_leaked_image-2The phablet will feature the finger scanner that has been rumoured, as seen in the photo above, and will also sport a 1080p display, 13/5 MP camera (back and front, respectively), 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. The processor running the beast is a HiSilicon Kirin 920, which has four more powerful Cortex-A15 cores, and four less battery-intensive Cortex-A7 cores. As far as price goes, it’s anyone’s guess at this point, but don’t expect anything outrageous–Huawei is know for hitting that perfect price to maximize consumer value.

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Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_boxAre you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.

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In Depth explanation of Galaxy Alpha’s Design

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung-Galaxy-Alpha-31There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, and for good reason. Metal is a material seemingly left behind by Samsung in recent years, both for cost-related reasons, and the general design direction moving toward polycarbonate materials. The Alpha aims to end Samsung’s hiatus from metal by being the first device to feature a prominent metal flair from Samsung for a long while. But the design details that should make the Alpha stand out upon release go far beyond the premium metal frame.

Samsung designed its new phone to not only be attractive to the eye, but sturdy against the ground. Curved corners on the device serve to meet both goals. While everyone knows that smooth, refined corners give the device a sophisticated, premium look, you may not realize that traditionally the weakest part of a phone is the corner. When your treasured smartphone slips from your hand and falls, tumbling sickeningly through the air, the corner is going to be the spot to catch the brunt of the force. A curved corner is wider, and the extra surface area spreads the impact out further along the frame of the phone, potentially saving the internals from damage.

Lastly, the Alpha is coated around popular gripping points to prevent slipping and give the device a warmer feel to contrast the cool, metal frame.

Are you excited about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha? I know I am. Leave a comment below to share your opinion with us!

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 29, 2014

Posted by wicked August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday 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!!

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

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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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

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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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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