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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 22, 2014

Jul 22, 2014 9:00 pm

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 HTC puts the Sense... [more]

SWIP3 claims ‘first!’ in the games built for Android Wear category [video]

Jul 22, 2014 8:26 pm

SWIP3 may not be the first game on Android Wear, but it stakes the claim of first game built specifically for Android Wear. Swipe any direction to connect three, compete on the leaderboards and shoot for the highest scores on your new Android Wear device.Via: 9 to 5 GoogleSource: Google Play Store [more]

Google releases updates focused on filters and views for Google Sheets

Jul 22, 2014 7:11 pm

The Google Drive team has announced some new features and updates that have been added to the Google Sheets spreadsheet app. The updates focus on filter and view options for spreadsheets. Headlining the changes is the ability to create a “temporary filter view” on spreadsheets for... [more]

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land to swarm onto mobile devices in 2015

Jul 22, 2014 7:01 pm

AMC has announced that they will be releasing an official companion game for their hit series The Walking Dead. The new game, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, is being developed for mobile devices by AMC and Next Games. An early look at the game is expected at Comic Con later this month and... [more]

Material Design inspired Google Play app update now rolling out

Jul 22, 2014 6:51 pm

Materiyolo As shown off at Google I/O 2014, the new version of Google Play is beautiful, heavy on the Material Design, and starting to push out now to regular folk like you and me. While much of the interface is unchanged, when you dive into an application's page (or a book, or movie, or music)... [more]

Google Play Store 4.9.13 begins its roll out, features fresh new Material design

Jul 22, 2014 6:01 pm

A huge update to the Google Play Store is now rolling out for Android devices. For those that can't wait, download link provided below. Mmmmmm.. Material. [more]

Here’s a sneak peek at The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land coming soon to mobile devices [VIDEO]

Jul 22, 2014 5:47 pm

AMC’s The Walking Dead is preparing for its 5th season this October. For Android users who are fans of the show, today we’re being treated to a mini-trailer for the upcoming mobile game titled, “The Waking Dead: No Man’s Land.” Developed by new Finnish game studio... [more]

YouTube 101: How to change video streaming quality

Jul 22, 2014 4:23 pm

This is how to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos on your Android device There are several reasons you may want to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos. You may want to downgrade the video quality because you want to cut down on the amount of data watching the video... [more]

Firefox Browser for Android updated to version 31 – what’s new?

Jul 22, 2014 4:11 pm

Firefox Browser for Android is one of the most popular third-party browsers in the Google Play Store. This makes the latest update to version 31 a topic of interest to many of our readers. Source: Mozilla [more]

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

Jul 22, 2014 4:00 pm

Everyone is waiting for Samsung to release a handset that is constructed of primarily metal. For years, consumers have been complaining about the company using plastic or even faux leather. With the rumored Galaxy Alpha, that is all seemingly going to change. It is apparently going to be... [more]

360 Security – complete anti-virus & optimization app

Jul 22, 2014 3:23 pm

360 Security - complete anti-virus & optimization app
360 Security is a suite of tools that includes antivirus and smartphone boosting solutions for Android smartphones. Saying it’s loaded with features is an understatement. If you’re looking for an all-in-one app to clean and speed up your Android then read this review because... [more]

LG G Pad 10.1 lands at Best Buy for $250

Jul 22, 2014 2:55 pm

After having announced the LG G Pad 10.1 earlier this year, it seems that LG's larger slate is now making its way to the U.S. arriving at Best Buy retail stores for $250. The G Pad 10.1 joins the LG G Pad 8.3, but with more modest specs to keep the pricing low and competitive. [more]

Siri and Google Now duke it out, which is better?

Jul 22, 2014 2:44 pm

The war between Android and iOS isn’t just about smartphone or tablet market share. How about Google Now vs Siri? Which is better? Well Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted a study that answers the question. He threw 800 questions at both apps, and half of them were asked indoors,... [more]

Digital NFC tattoo turns your body into a passcode to quickly unlock Moto X

Jul 22, 2014 2:23 pm

If you're the type that foregoes passcodes on your phone in favor of the convenience of quickly turning on the device and getting to what you need to do, then the digital tattoo created for the Moto X will help to combine convenience and security. This way, you can still lock your phone, but... [more]

HTC puts their Sense keyboard up on Google Play, update now available

Jul 22, 2014 1:36 pm

The official HTC Sense Input (keyboard) is now available on Google Play. There's an update too. Gotta say, we love this new trend in Android. [more]

eBay's RedLaser barcode scanning app now on Google Glass

Jul 22, 2014 1:31 pm

Anybody packing Google Glass will now have a good reason to wear them while shopping, since eBay-owned RedLaser has just released their eyewear-friendly version. Using the integrated camera or microphone on Google Glass, users can do product look-ups spanning a massive database, compare prices,... [more]

Android Deals: $100 off Kindle Fire HDX, discounted KEMCO RPGs, west coast hip hop sale, and more

Jul 22, 2014 1:23 pm

Plenty of great hardware deals abound this week as quite a few outlets are offering sweet savings on devices like the Kindle Fire HDX, Google Play Edition Phones, and more. Also going at clearance rates a few of KEMCO’s RPG titles as well as a solid collection of west coast hip hop albums at... [more]

Yahoo Weather review

Jul 22, 2014 12:45 pm

Following up on our Yahoo Mail review, Yahoo Weather is the next in the family we're going to dig into. Like their other apps, Yahoo Weather earns big points for a sharp interface and tight integration with other services. Yahoo has done an absolutely great job with most of their Android apps,... [more]

Meet the Devs – LunarCannon

Jul 22, 2014 12:23 pm

In this week's developer interviews, we'll be chatting with LunarCannon, and up and coming game studio about breaking into Android. [more]

Kernel source files for LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live released by Google

Jul 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Google, via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), has made the official kernel files for the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch available for download. This is good news for developers who want to work on developing custom ROMs for the devices or fine tune apps to take full advantage of the... [more]

HTC puts the Sense keyboard in the Play Store for easier updates

Jul 22, 2014 12:02 pm

Before we share any details, that is the actual sizing and resolution for an icon HTC put together with an application in the Play Store. It is for an app titled HTC Sense Input which is essentially the Sense keyboard as a standalone app. This is being done so that the company can easily push... [more]

Republic Wireless offers free Chromecast with Moto X purchase

Jul 22, 2014 11:56 am

Republic Wireless is offering customers a free Google Chromecast if they purchase a new Motorola Moto X smartphone online from the no-contract wireless carrier. [more]

New The Walking Dead mobile game teased: No Man's Land

Jul 22, 2014 11:47 am

A cryptic teaser video has been released by AMC depicting an upcoming Walking Dead game for mobile called No Man's Land. It promises to bring some great-looking graphics to the table and the hard decision-making that we're used to from the Telltale games. There aren't a lot of details to run on,... [more]

Google redesigns the Chromecast site with improved usefulness

Jul 22, 2014 11:47 am

Google has given the dedicated site for Chromecast a redesign. It was previously difficult to actually use the site as a tool for exploring what Chromecast has to offer in terms of applications. Now, though, Google is giving breakdowns for featured, new, and other apps to help users get the most... [more]

More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

Jul 22, 2014 11:46 am

ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed... [more]

HTC moves Sense Input keyboard onto Google Play

Jul 22, 2014 11:41 am

Like other parts of HTC Sense 6, the HTC Sense Input keyboard has made its way to Google Play. That means that HTC can now push updates to the keyboard with ease and not have to lean on a full system update just to tweak the keyboard — and that updated can go out to all supporting devices... [more]

OnePlus One bamboo cover coming in August

Jul 22, 2014 11:32 am

The OnePlus One has been widely applauded for its premium design. Right now, the back panel options include Silk White and Sandstone Black. That is all going to change with the introduction of StyleSwap covers. OnePlus wants to give owners more choice and freedom with their handsets. These allow... [more]

Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

Jul 22, 2014 11:30 am

Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters... [more]

OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

Jul 22, 2014 11:24 am

OnePlus has officially announced their bamboo style cover, and to celebrate, they’re running a “Blizzard of Invites” contest to give away 5,000 invites for people to get their hands on a OnePlus One. In addition to the 5,000 invites, 10 winners are also going to be getting a... [more]

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

Jul 22, 2014 11:16 am

Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end... [more]

Sprint not alone in wanting T-Mobile, Carlos Slim expressing interest

Jul 22, 2014 11:02 am

If Sprint wants to acquire T-Mobile, Dan Hesse & Co. better act fast. Waiting much longer means that additional players can get involved, and that would be great for T-Mobile but not so for Sprint. A new report notes that one of the world’s richest people are preparing to make a move... [more]

Hands-on with the AT&T LG G3

Jul 22, 2014 10:52 am

All the LG G3 you love, with plenty of AT&T piled on for flavor All of us here at the AC office are pretty much in love with the LG G3. We're not even going to try and deny it, nor should we. This is a damn good phone. It was good when Alex first reviewed it (and that is a must-read) and I... [more]

Amazon demands handover of Fire TV website domain

Jul 22, 2014 10:00 am

Amazon is swinging their Fire TV trademark at a small fan site, This sort of thing isn't uncommon and not entirely unexpected since the word "Fire" is included on Amazon's list of trademarks, but it's still unfortunate for the site owners, and perhaps a little overzealous on... [more]

Moto G getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in the UK

Jul 22, 2014 9:58 am

The rollout of Android 4.4.4 KitKat around the world continues as we have confirmed reports from tipsters that some owners of the Motorola Moto G smartphone are getting the firmware update today in the UK. [more]

European LG G3 gets first firmware update

Jul 22, 2014 9:07 am

The European LG G3 — the LG-D855 if you want to get technical — has today received its first over-the-air update, landing on firmware version 10e. Unlocked G3s in the UK and parts of Asia, where the D855 is also sold, seem to be first with this update; other countries and carrier variants... [more]

Win the HTC One M8 Dot View case from ShopAndroid!

Jul 22, 2014 9:06 am

Keep reading to see how you could win a Dot View case for your HTC One M8 The Dot View case for the HTC One M8 is seriously cool, and keeps getting better. The Dot View app has recently seen an update that among other additions allows you to use themes as wallpaper. You can choose one of the 18... [more]

Twitch 3.0 for Android brings much needed redesign

Jul 22, 2014 8:58 am

For Twitch to be exploding in popularity in the last few years, their Android app sure did suck. Not anymore, though, because they've finally introduced the redesign we've all been waiting for. [more]

Top app, device and accessory sales for July 22, 2014

Jul 22, 2014 8:54 am

Looking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in... [more]

Google uploads part of the Android Wear source code to AOSP

Jul 22, 2014 8:50 am

Google has uploaded version 4.4w_r1 of the Android Wear source code to the AOSP repository, but a full release won't arrive until Android L.Source: Android Police [more]

NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller, pre-orders start now

Jul 22, 2014 8:39 am

As expected, NVIDIA took the wraps off of the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller. Let’s start with the tablet. It sports an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) IPS display, a Tegra K1 processor (with 192 GPU cores), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up... [more]

5,000 OnePlus One invites up for grabs in the 'Blizzard of Invites' giveaway

Jul 22, 2014 8:15 am

The OnePlus team have announced another batch of invites (5,000 in total) will be handed out for the flagship killer that is the OnePlus One. The Android smartphone has had an unconventional launch with invites being sent out to those who wish to purchase a unit. If you're still waiting for your... [more]

Apple vs Google in the enterprise: sizing up Android’s prospects

Jul 22, 2014 7:46 am

What does Apple’s deal with IBM mean for the enterprise? Can Android for Work make a splash? We take a look at the battle for business affections driven by the BYOD trend and size up Android’s prospects of victory. [more]

Verizon launches “Smart Rewards” program nationwide to reward customers for doing mundane Verizon tasks

Jul 22, 2014 7:22 am

Yesterday, Verizon announced a nationwide launch of its new initiative called “Verizon Smart Rewards” in order to keep customers latched on to the service happy. The program, which had been previously available in just a few states, will offer customers rewards in exchange for points... [more]

Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

Jul 22, 2014 7:02 am

Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25. It’s a bit better than the international G3′s hardware, with an improved chipset. You’ll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU.... [more]

NVIDIA Shield Tablet hands-on

Jul 22, 2014 7:00 am

There's something for everyone here, but gamers get the absolute best features out of this tablet NVIDIA has unveiled its second Shield-branded device and spiritual successor to the Tegra Note 7, the Shield Tablet, and it's shaping up to a be a pretty interesting player in the Android tablet... [more]

NVIDIA Shield Tablet specs

Jul 22, 2014 7:00 am

The Shield Tablet has just been officially unveiled, and while it's all about the complete package, we know it's important to have all of the specs of a device like this available. The Tegra K1 processor steals the show here, but it's also backed up by some other top-notch specs that you'd expect... [more]

NVIDIA announces gaming-capable Shield Tablet

Jul 22, 2014 7:00 am

Pre-orders open today at $299, launching in the U.S. and Canada on July 29th NVIDIA is expanding its Android-powered device portfolio today with the Shield Tablet, a gaming-focused Android tablet with some seriously impressive specs and features. The Shield Tablet comes in as a spiritual... [more]

Deal of the Day: Amzer Hybrid Case w/ Kickstand for Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Jul 22, 2014 6:59 am

This Galaxy Note 3 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies in landscape position. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior. The... [more]

Xiaomi announces what it’s calling the ‘fastest smartphone in the world,’ the Mi4

Jul 22, 2014 6:54 am

Xiaomi might not be the most well-known Android OEM in the western hemisphere, but in Asia, it’s huge. The company sells its devices off shelves like it’s nothing — and its next phone should have no problem attracting customers either. The Mi4, announced today in Beijing, China,... [more]

Garmin Pilot lets aviators wirelessly tap into avionics with mobile devices

Jul 22, 2014 6:32 am

Garmin today announced an update for its GTN touchscreen avionics to further empower pilots with easy access to important data. The company will be adding wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and its Pilot app on iOS and Android hardware. When everything is set up and ready to go,... [more]

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