You can now preorder the 2nd gen Moto X in Black Resin, Black Leather or Bamboo at AT&T

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Motorola is opening pre-orders today for the 2nd gen Moto X on their site today, and AT&T is following suit. What’s cool about AT&T’s offering is that they are offering your chance to grab the phone in either Black Resin, Black Leather, or Bamboo. Last year’s Moto X was very limited at the carrier level in that you could only get a plain white or black version. So it’s nice to see added options. Just remember, you won’t be able to further customize these bad boys unless you hit up Moto Maker.


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Another day another Samsung commercial, this time Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard get the lead

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After last week’s Galaxy Note 4 commercials mocking the iPhone 6, Samsung is turning their attention to the Galaxy Tab S. This one features both Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard, and it shows you just how much they love their Samsung tabs. In other words……they just can’t live without them. Check it out after the break, and you can also read our review here.


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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime leaks with a serious focus on selfies

samsung galaxy grand primeThe latest in Samsung’s Galaxy Grand lineup looks like it’s going to try to tackle the selfie-crazed market. The recently leaked Galaxy Grand Prime features a 5 megapixel front facing camera, which is one of the highest resolution shooters we’ve seen Samsung put in any of their devices. Previous devices in the Grand series have only had 2 megapixel cameras, so this looks like it will be a noticeable bump in image quality.

Other specs on the device look fairly mid-range, which is in line with the previous Galaxy Grand models. There’s a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1 GB of RAM on board, plus an 8 megapixel, 1080p shooting rear camera. You’ll get a qHD 5-inch display, Android 4.4, and dual SIM card slots. The focus of the device is clearly on the selfie-shooting front camera, but since other manufacturers are pursuing the same market, there’s clearly some demand there.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 15, 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!!

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Nexus 9 keyboard shows itself in NCC filing

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After departure of project lead, Google’s Android@Home may be in trouble

ASUS ‘Nexus Player’ benchmarks surface, could be an Android TV launch device


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Google looking into utilizing drones to provide internet access in remote areas

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As 2014 nears its end and the new year approaches, it is very clear that 2015 will be filled with headlines involving drones. Everyone from the government to technology companies are utilizing them (for different reasons). According to a request for permission sent to the FCC, Google would like to use drones to bring internet access to remote areas that would not otherwise have a connection.

The request submitted by Google is specifically to start testing its drones on October 6, 2014. The location for the testing would be outside of Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico in an unincorporated community. It will be transmitting at 910MHz to 927MHz and 2.4GHz to 2.414GHz. Some of this is to be used by a more sophisticated 911 location service, but Google is noting that that service is not yet live.

And, like Amazon, Google is working with drones for a future delivery service.

Source: FCC [PDF Download Link]
Via: Ars Technica

Shazam links to Google Play for listening and buying

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Simplicity is a beautiful thing. And with Shazam updating its Android app, it gets even simpler to listen and buy a song. Shazam now links to Google Play to sample a track and then download it. Also, the app can redirect users to Google Play Music All Access in the event that they want to forgo an individual purchase and have endless streaming. This is in addition to the app already linking to Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify.

Hit the break for download links to update your Shazam app.


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Get answers to your questions much faster in Chrome for Android with hidden experimental feature

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By now you have noticed that whenever you start typing a query in Google, auto-suggestions appear below. If you’re using the Chrome app on Android (and you should be), you will also get answers in this auto-suggestion area meaning that you don’t even need to complete the search. You will have to enable a flag within your app since it’s not set by default, but trust me, it’s easy.


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You can make your own Google Cardboard headset for less than $4

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One of the biggest surprises of Google I/O 2014 was the company’s cardboard virtual reality headset. Google Cardboard is a very inexpensive, do-it-yourself option to have a virtual reality experience. The device was given away to I/O attendees and has not been put into Google Play for availability to everyone. Luckily, there is a kit on TinyDeal that has everything you need to have your own Google Cardboard headset. The cost? A whopping $2.99 with free shipping.

This kit is compatible with the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy S 4, Moto X, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus.

Source: TinyDeal
Via: Android Authority