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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 23, 2014

Oct 23, 2014 9:02 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!! Android Wear Android Wear now... [more]

LG G3 Screen sports a 5.9-inch display and LG's own application processor

Oct 23, 2014 8:15 pm

LG tonight took the wraps off LG G3 Screen (as previously expected), marking the first smartphone to be powered by LG's own processor. The NUCLUN is an 8-core ARM-based big.LITTLE processor pushing four Cortex-A15 processors at 1.5GHa and (that's the high-power, lowercase "big") and four... [more]

Samsung Netherlands confirms Galaxy S5 Plus pricing at €599

Oct 23, 2014 8:02 pm

Remember that Galaxy S5 Plus that's launching in the Netherlands? It looks like we can now confirm official pricing on the handset. According to a press release issued by Samsung's Netherlands branch, the device will land in the country in late October for €599. [more]

Starbucks app updated to support Android 5.0, QHD screens

Oct 23, 2014 7:25 pm

The Starbucks app has just been updated to work on even more devices with the inclusion of official support for Android 5.0 Lollipop and phones with QHD displays. While it's nice to see Android 5.0 support this early in the game as people are mere days away from getting their pre-ordered Nexus... [more]

Not so exclusive: Google sends out a truckload of Inbox invites

Oct 23, 2014 5:39 pm

Well, that didn't last all that long. It seems most people who requested an invite to the new Inbox app from Google are receiving notifications indicating that they're into the cool kids club. As the wave of invites rolled out, the @inboxbygmail Twitter account confirmed that they have "left the... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 5:06 pm

Starting tomorrow, October 24 until November 20, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the latest Kindle Fire HDX 7” tablet for just $49.99 when purchasing an Amazon Fire Phone. However, if you’re perfectly happy with your current smartphone, you could always grab the slate... [more]

Android customization – Gmail and SMS message counts on your Homescreen with Zooper Widget

Oct 23, 2014 5:00 pm

Add custom message counters for Gmail and SMS to your Homescreen using Zooper Widget in this weeks Android customization post. Just say "No" to that old red dot counter on your app icons. [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 4:58 pm

This year, Samsung and Famigo have built a strong partnership. The hardware manufacturer has pre-loaded Famigo software on its tablets already. And Famigo has pretty useful software for educational purposes. Now, the two companies are back at it again with the Galaxy Note 4. Only through the... [more]

Chainfire’s Sideload Launcher makes it easier to launch sideloaded apps

Oct 23, 2014 4:51 pm

Chainfre has now released a new Sideload Launcher for Android TV, which makes it easier to launch sideloaded apps on Google's latest TV platform. [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 4:44 pm

There is no surprise that the Fire Phone has not performed well for Amazon. It locked customers into the company’s services and the specifications did not match the price. Also, availability was exclusive to AT&T. Just how bad has the Fire Phone performed? Like $170 million bad. It was... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 4:42 pm

We don’t know what Pebble has up their sleeve for their next smartwatch, but the company says the new watch (which should be out early next year) is going to be “more everything.” While that’s an incredibly vague PR statement that tells us absolutely nothing about the... [more]

Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

Oct 23, 2014 4:22 pm

The Ouya gaming console, or microconsole, is a device suitable for casual gamers. Some, though, find it a little limited and boring. One developer has been able to bring Google’s Android TV platform to Ouya, bringing some excitement back to the device. Not everything is operable, but that... [more]

SwiftKey introduces two new Material Design keyboard skins

Oct 23, 2014 4:16 pm

SwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. The app recently went completely free and is now selling themes to support itself instead of having customers pay several bucks for the keyboard up front. The good part about that model is that SwiftKey occasionally adds new... [more]

Accessibility features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Oct 23, 2014 4:12 pm

Having a solid set of proper accessibility features on a phone is incredibly important for the small set of people who need them, and Samsung has done a good job of keeping its recent phones accessible for all. The new version of TouchWiz introduced on the Galaxy S5 brought new options and... [more]

Amazon posts $544 million operating loss in Q3, takes $170 million write-down on Fire Phone

Oct 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Amazon just announced its Q3 2014 earnings, showing the largest operating loss in company history of $544 million for the quarter. That's dramatically higher than the $25 million operating loss of Q3 2013, despite the fact that net sales were up 20 percent to $20.58 billion this quarter.... [more]

LG Liger shows up in benchmarks with mid-range hardware

Oct 23, 2014 3:12 pm

It looks like LG is planning on launching a new device in the G3 family called the LG Liger. The oddly named smartphone looks extremely similar to the G3, but LG has lowered the specs a bit, so this one effectively falls in the mid-range category of smartphones. The device features LG’s... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 2:22 pm

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally available for pre-order, but from only one place. And that place is quite surprising. If you want to be the first to get your hands on Sony’s first Android Wear smartwatch, you will have to order it through Verizon Wireless. They are taking pre-orders for it... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 2:10 pm

LG released the G Watch R in South Korea last week, and it will be available in the UK starting tomorrow, but what about the rest of the world? LG sent out a presser with a little information, but unfortunately it’s still a little cloudy. According to the presser, the full round smartwatch... [more]

Nexus 9 hands-on and first impressions

Oct 23, 2014 2:06 pm

HTC splits the previous Nexus tablets with an 8.9-incher, while adding a premium feel and internals It's been 15 months since the Nexus 7 (2013) was unveiled, and now we have our hands on its successor the Nexus 9. Built by HTC rather than ASUS, the Nexus 9 takes the sleek and modern design we... [more]

Popular Japanese physics RPG Monster Strike now available in English

Oct 23, 2014 2:05 pm

Monster Strike has enjoyed over 5 million downloads on the Japanese Google Play Store alone, and now players in North America and elsewhere can see what all the fuss is about. Monster Strike is effectively a marble-flicking game about hitting and eliminating targets that incorporates a lot of RPG... [more]

T-Mobile wants better coverage inside your home and it's asking the FCC for help

Oct 23, 2014 1:53 pm

T-Mobile wants its phones, tablets, and devices to work better in your homes and buildings, and to do so it is petitioning the FCC to make that happen. The Un-carrier wants to be able to buy more low-band spectrum to improve in-building coverage in the next FCC auction, and T-Mobile wants the FCC... [more]

Ingress celebrates two year birthday with new monthly event "First Saturdays"

Oct 23, 2014 1:42 pm

Real-world adventure game Ingress will be celebrating its second birthday this year, and it's doing so in style. Google's Niantic Labs, which runs the game, will be kicking off the celebration with a new monthly event series called "First Saturdays" which will serve to bring new Ingress "agents"... [more]

The spookiest Halloween apps & games

Oct 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Android and Halloween go hand-in-hand, from its candy-themed operating systems fit for trick-or-treating to a great selection of apps and games filled with gore-y good fun. Whether you are looking for a last-minute costume idea, carving your pumpkin, or looking for a few scares, here are our top... [more]

Leaked LG F490L Liger could launch as LG G3 Screen in South Korea

Oct 23, 2014 1:20 pm

It looks like we have some leaked photos of the LG F490L smartphone in the wild, a device that also goes by its code name of Liger. With similar styling to LG's flagship G3 smartphone, the Liger is said to sport a 5.9-inch display with a resolution of 1080p rather than the G3's pixel-popping QHD. [more]

Lag on the Moto 360 appears to be all but gone after update

Oct 23, 2014 1:12 pm

We're still messing around with the new features found in the most recent update to the Moto 360, but this one deserves a brief mention on its own. The animation lag we'd experienced since we first got the smartwatch is all but gone. We're still seeing the occasional hiccup, but overall the... [more]

Android Wear now has GPS and offline music support

Oct 23, 2014 12:43 pm

Google has today published details of a major update it’s currently pushing out to all International variants of the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Moto 360 located in the US. The upgrade primarily focuses on implementing some new fitness functionality into Android Wear by taking full... [more]

18 best Android retro games

Oct 23, 2014 12:38 pm

Retro games have an undeniable charm that just makes you want to play them. Here are the best Android retro games available right now! [more]

The Verizon Xperia Z3v review!

Oct 23, 2014 12:36 pm

Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market. That ends today, with the availability of the Xperia Z3 on Verizon. Actually, it's... [more]

Race into the future with Anki Drive

Oct 23, 2014 12:12 pm

It's something you may have seen during your travels on the internet or a trip to the mall. Anki Drive is one of the coolest connected toys on the market today. It takes the classic action of slot cars and brings it into the future with power-ups, weapons, battle mode and more. [more]

NHL 2K15 hits the Play Store

Oct 23, 2014 11:24 am

Following its official announcement last month, NHL 2K15 is now available to download for $7.99 through the Play Store. This latest title in the extremely popular series of hockey games brings an ‘all new’ multiplayer experience, in addition to a ‘visually remastered... [more]

Android Wear update brings support for offline GPS and Music; Verizon beings Sony SmartWatch 3 pre-sales

Oct 23, 2014 10:56 am

Android Wear just got a whole lot better today for those who don't fancy having their smart watches hooked up to their phones 24/7 -- offline GPS and music support. Verizon is also taking pre-orders for the Sony SmartWatch 3 starting today. [more]

Republique review - avoid big brother in this gorgeous stealth game

Oct 23, 2014 10:33 am

A dystopian thriller with powerful story and great graphics Republique is a fantastic stealth adventure game that was borne of a Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. The Android port was officially released this week, and there's a lot to say about it. The core gameplay of avoiding guards,... [more]

ZTE officially launches the budget-minded ZTE V5 Max

Oct 23, 2014 10:32 am

ZTE has officially launched the ZTE V5 Max which is part of its line of V5 series, budget-oriented smartphones. Although not a top-tier phone, we can see how the whole market is rising by taking a look at some of the specs for this new device. The ZTE V5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch display... [more]

LG G Watch R hits Europe in early November

Oct 23, 2014 10:22 am

LG has announced that their G Watch R will be available in several European countries at the beginning of November. France, Italy, Spain, and the UK will all be included in the initial rollout. The G Watch R will come to North America, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States shortly... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 10:19 am

Samsung has posted a new video and a FAQ-type write-up describing the thinking behind several of the design decisions made when developing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge devices. Samsung explains the devices meld both digital and analog qualities, so designing the devices so they... [more]

Sony Smartwatch 3 (with GPS and Android Wear) on sale now at Verizon

Oct 23, 2014 10:01 am

Preorders ship by Oct. 30, watch costs $249 It's been more than a month since we got our first look at the Sony Smartwatch 3 — the company's first try at Android Wear — and today the wearable is available for preorder, but perhaps not from the place you'd expect. Verizon's got first dibs on... [more]

Google now shows developers app stats based on tablet size

Oct 23, 2014 9:51 am

Here's a fun little addition to the Android Developer Console. Devs can now view statistics based on tablet sizes — 7 inches to 9 inches, and for tablets 10 inches and larger. For what it's worth, we're seeing slightly more 7- to 10-inch tablets than 10 inches and above for the Android Central... [more]

SwiftKey Android app joins the Material Design trend with two new themes

Oct 23, 2014 9:36 am

The Android version of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard now has two more themes to purchase that are inspired by the Material Design guidelines set up by Google for its new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. [more]

LG G Watch R: In pictures

Oct 23, 2014 9:15 am

Almost two months after we first laid eyes on it at IFA 2013, the LG G Watch R is finally ready to go on sale. LG's second-generation smartwatch sports the look of a more traditional timepiece, along with an improved, brighter P-OLED display and a greater focus on design. This thing actually... [more]

We're answering your Verizon Xperia Z3v questions in the forums!

Oct 23, 2014 8:58 am

Today's Sony's big day on Verizon, with our Xperia Z3v review going live. (Verizon's started selling the phone today, which we suppose is also a big thing. But seriously. Read our review.) Anyhoo. Folks have questions. We have answers. And I'll be hanging out in this forum thread today, spilling... [more]

AT&T to sell Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet starting on Friday

Oct 23, 2014 8:38 am

AT&T will begin selling the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet in its 32GB version on Friday, October 24 in its retail stores and online. [more]

Amazon Fire TV now available in the UK

Oct 23, 2014 8:18 am

Those of you patiently waiting in the UK for the Fire TV can sit back and relax. It’s now available for £79. The good news is that you will have access to many UK providers such as BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Demand 5, and Sky News. You will of course get access to Amazon Instant Prime,... [more]

Top Android device, accessory, and app deals for October 23

Oct 23, 2014 8:11 am

Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the... [more]

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

Oct 23, 2014 7:59 am

The LG G Watch might not look as elegant as the Moto 360, but it packs more power, better battery life, and a proper Always-on display. I didn’t even mention the fact that it’s the only fully round smartwatch. We have great news for those of you in the UK because it’s going to... [more]

Don't freak out, but HTC One M8 Dot View Cases are 50% off today!

Oct 23, 2014 7:11 am

This custom HTC One (M8) flip case has an interactive front panel that allows you to respond to calls, access your calendar, alarms and even view notifications without even opening the case! This makes the Dot View Case significantly safer against scratches since your display is protected more... [more]

Verizon starts selling Sony Xperia Z3v

Oct 23, 2014 7:04 am

Sony announced a bevy of new phones at CES and then again in New York, and while they're beautiful... Sony phones don't frequent American stores as often as we'd like. So, when Sony and Verizon announced a variant of the Z3 for Big Red, we were a little surprised but nonetheless happy to hear... [more]

Samsung explains design choices behind Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Oct 23, 2014 7:02 am

Samsung has published a new blog post to explain why the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge look the way they do. In case you have wondered why the company made the design choices it did or what exactly is new in these latest handsets compared to previous generation hardware, Samsung has shed light on... [more]

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review

Oct 23, 2014 7:01 am

Sony's latest high-ender finally hits the states, but in a different form on Verizon Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market.... [more]

Hit the ice with NHL 2K for Android

Oct 23, 2014 6:44 am

2K has refreshed their hockey game for the upcoming season, and it's looking solid. NHL 2K for mobile offers a My Career mode, where you focus on one player and shape their performance over multiple seasons. You can also enjoy online multiplayer with turn-based shootouts, and if you only have a... [more]

Xperia Z3v now on Verizon, Note 4 Developer Edition coming soon

Oct 23, 2014 6:29 am

Good news for clients of America’s largest carrier. Two hot new Android smartphones are coming to Verizon – Xperia Z3v and Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition. [more]

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