TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 24 – June 30, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Sony made a splash this week with the announcement of the Xperia Z Ultra and a much improved SmartWatch 2. Gamers rejoiced and cried at the same time. The OUYA hit retail stores, but the NVIDIA SHIELD was delayed. All reports indicate the DROID brand isn’t dead just yet as we might see another edition of the DROID RAZR line by year’s end. The HTC First is officially dead and can someone please tell me what the screen size of the Galaxy Note III will really be? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to share Google Calendars with family or co-workers


Tiny Token Empires [Casual]

30 Days with Google Play Music All Access

My thoughts on HTC Zoe and Video Highlights after seven days of heavy use on vacation

3CX Mobile Device Manager [Business & Tools]

Snap Camera HDR [Photography]

Volume Butler [Tools]


Accessories for the Moto X already on sale

FingerQ case is designed to protect your device and the information inside using fingerprint-scanning technology

Android-powered Sound Bar 2.1 speaker system by Sceptre released

Apps – New

Manage all your cloud storage services with CloudCube

Samsung launches Magna Carta app to allow Galaxy users to download Jay Z’s new album early for free

Boomerang Gmail client released for Android

New Google Play Edition devices have a new camera app, drawer, and wallpaper

Google Play Edition device boot animation and live wallpaper available for download

Stock camera application from Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Editions leaks

Vector Unit shows off upcoming game; Ripide GP2

New Cover Algorithm app enables sensor-based lock/unlock actions

Apps – Updates

Rdio updates pricing plans, adds five person tier for $32.99

Check-in friends with latest update to Foursquare

Symantec releases new version of Norton Mobile Security

Google Search update adds TV cards, offers, music to Google Now

Modern Combat 4 Meltdown update now available for download

Google Play Movies & TV gets new interface

Vine update with front facing camera support arrives

Google releases update for Gmail, brings back ‘delete’ button by default

DirecTV Android App updated to version 2.5, enables voice search


AT&T sale: half off on smartphones, free activation w/ new two-year contract

AT&T fires up 4G LTE service in 7 new markets, more to come soon

T-Mobile UNcarrier plan phase 2 on tap for July 14th, Sony Xperia Z for July 17th

Parkersburg, West Virginia is Verizon’s 500th LTE market


Buzz Launcher design competition to award up to $10,000 in prizes for homescreens


Update for Humble Bundle 6 adds three new games

Gaming Hardware

NVIDIA Shield now delayed until July due to a ‘mechanical issue that relates to a third party component’

OUYA officially released to retailers for $100, flying off shelves

OUYA quickly becoming a big hit for retailers

BlueStacks announces GamePop Mini, second Android game console from company


Google bringing Google Now cards to Chrome browser, Chrome OS

WSJ confirms Google is working on a videogame console, smartwatch, and Nexus Q followup

Google adds more Android device management features

Google trying to get a bigger slice in app revenue from its Play Store

Editing Microsoft Office documents in Chrome OS in the works

Roboto font in Android 4.3 gets subtle improvements and changes

Google Glass

Watch life through the eyes of a tennis player at Wimbledon thanks to Google Glass

Phones – HTC

Gold plated HTC One now available for the bargain price of $2,900

The ‘glamor red’ HTC One is real and coming to the UK

AT&T sold out of HTC First phones

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android now available on Play Store

Phones – Huawei

Huawei plans to join ‘Google Edition party’ with Ascend P6

Huawei plans to be third-best smartphone manufacturer in the world, throws jabs at Apple and Samsung in the process

Huawei Prism II for T-Mobile and Honor 3 smartphones are on the way

Phones – LG

Reports indicate LG’s upcoming G2 smartphone will arrive by July and feature a Snapdragon 800 processor

Photos of LG Optimus G2 leak, volume buttons appear to be on back of phone

Phones – Motorola

Motorola XT1056 smartphone appears in the wild, all but confirms the true identity of the “X” phone

Verizon to launch Motorola Droid RAZR Ultra and RAZR M Ultra, according to rumor

Google DVX is possibly a low-cost Motorola device for emerging markets

Phones – Nexus

Yup… some Nexus 4 models have slightly different screens and no, it’s not an easy fix

Phones – Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S 4 named ‘fastest smartphone’ by Which? magazine, iPhone 5 the slowest

Verizon Galaxy S 4 32GB version to be available starting tomorrow

Samsung formally launches the Galaxy S 4 smartphone featuring LTE-A radio

HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 with stock Android now available on Play Store

Images leak of possible Samsung ‘Memo’ device with specs

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.7-inch display

Galaxy Note III could sport an LCD panel in some markets

Galaxy Note III rumored to have 5.99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom gets July 8 UK release date and price

Phones – Sony

Sony quietly working on refreshed Sony Xperia Z smartphone with Snapdragon 800 processor

Sony announces its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, comes jam-packed with Android 4.2.2, Snapdragon 800 chip and 6.44-inch display

Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra passes through FCC on same day as official announcement

Sony’s Product Design Director describes the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s design

Images of Sony device leaked, possibly upcoming ‘Honami’ flagship

The Sony Honami rumored to be announced during July 4th event in Paris

Leaked “official” images of Sony Honami discovered

Phones – Umeox

Chinese Umeox X5 unveiled as world’s thinnest smartphone, slated for European launch


CyanogenMod 10.1 rolls out to devices with stable builds

CyanogenMod developer starts work on Secure Device-to-Device Messaging

Custom ROM built from Google Play Edition HTC One arrives


Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 coming in September with better design, display, and battery

Google Hangouts support added in latest Pebble update


Samsung press release highlights the features of the 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3′s

Samsung SM-T315 tablet tip-toes past FCC doors, shows us another LTE variant of the Galaxy Note 8.0 that won’t be headed to the States

Huawei launching MediaPad 7 Vogue tablet this month with ability to make phone calls/send SMS


Chinese dual-SIM HTC One receives Android 4.2.2 update, six additional themes for Video Highlights and much more

Android 4.3 firmware for Google Play Edition Galaxy S 4 leaks— for developers only!

Android 4.3 firmware for standard, non-Google Edition Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) leaked


Samsung could utilize Carbon Fiber in future devices

Garmin announces Monterra, an Android-powered handheld GPS

German Court to rule that seven Samsung devices copied Apple

Motorola Mobility has a new, colorful logo

Norton discovers privacy leak in Facebook application

Apple’s bid to include Galaxy S 4 in lawsuit against Samsung rejected

Facebook introduces Beta Program for their Android app

Big Android BBQ 2013 tickets go on sale

PSA: 4th of July is the weekend phones are most likely to be damaged

Samsung found to have higher device subsidies than Apple, HTC


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.