TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 26 – September 1, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are getting ready for IFA 2013, so we saw a number of leaks regarding the Xperia Z1, the Galaxy Note III, and the Galaxy Gear. LG’s G Pad was teased as well, but they went ahead and announced it a little early. By far the biggest shock of the week was Hugo Barra’s departure from Google. It’s a major loss for the Android team, but a big gain for Xiaomi. The Moto X finally landed on Verizon, but what’s the deal with T-Mobile and Sprint? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to transfer data from your old phone to your new phone via Wi-Fi using the Migrate feature in My Backup Pro

Reviews

Patriot Fuel+ 9000 mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery review

Accessories

Mophie Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available

Motorola Debuts Official Moto X Desktop and Car Docks

HTC Mini+ shows up on HTC’s site, essentially a phone for your phone

Apps – New

Rovio releases teaser videos of four Angry Birds Star Wars 2 characters

What is Angry Birds Go?

Apps – Updated

Google Hangouts updated, AT&T users can finally make video calls on mobile network

Google+ app now gets auto-awesome notifications

DIRECTV updates app with UI overhaul, new features

Google’s stock keyboard gets minor update in Play Store, adds long-press numbers for tablets and other bug fixes

Twitter updates Android app once again, this time bringing improved conversations, new notification settings, and more

Twitter opens up their Android Beta Program

Hangouts Goes HD in a Move From Google to Go Plugin Free

Waze finally showing some signs that it’s a Google-owned company, new update sets Google as primary search provider

Shazam for Android update brings revamped UI and tablet support

Foursquare CEO thinks location based notifications is the future for the app

Cameras

Pricing for Sony’s upcoming ‘Lens Cameras’ QX10 and QX100 leaked

Samsung Galaxy NX camera to hit market in October for $1,599

Plug-in mobile camera lenses teased by Oppo

Sony lens-camera devices will reportedly be called Smart Shot

Carriers

Aio Wireless rolling out nationwide during September

AT&T 4G LTE now available in 12 new markets

Sprint will release the HTC One in blue on September 10th

T-Mobile Moto X could be offered exclusively through Google Play

[Deal] Grab the Verizon Moto X for $139.99 with promo code

Official: Moto X will be available online at Verizon Wireless on August 29, in stores in the coming weeks

Verizon officially outs Kyocera Hydro Elite, enlists Bear Grylls to market features

Chromecast

Google responds to blocking local video playback from Chromecast apps

Gaming

New MOGA Power Series mobile controllers go up for pre-order

7-inch game-pad from Wikipad to be released to UK on Sept. 27 for £250

Google

Hugo Barra resigns from Google, will join Chinese phone maker Xiaomi

Google TV

Behold— the Sony NSZ-GU1 Google TV + Chromecast unit in all it’s glory

Hardware

Qualcomm aims a little Snapdragon firebreath in MediaTek’s direction

Phones – ASUS

ASUS Padfone Infinity A86 gets pictured alongside current A80 model, could launch in September

Phones – BLU

Low-end, cheap, and trendy smartphone line launched by BLU Products

Phones – Goophone

Goophone to release Android-powered iPhone 5C clone

Phones – HTC

Some more specs for HTC One Max leak, fingerprint scanner may be gone

More HTC One Max images put fingerprint scanner back in play

Sprint will release the HTC One in blue on September 10th

HTC Zara Mini leaks, looks to be a smaller version of previously rumored device

HTC Zara to officially ship as ‘Desire 601′

Phones – Kyocera

Verizon officially outs Kyocera Hydro Elite, enlists Bear Grylls to market features

Phones – LG

LG shows off G2 product features in new introduction video

LG shows off G2′s OIS and low light performance by filming the Earth from the Stratosphere

LG officially announces Optimus L9 II

Phones – Meizu

Meizu MX3 pictured in what looks like official photos

Phones – Motorola

Official: Moto X will be available online at Verizon Wireless on August 29, in stores in the coming weeks

Moto X now available from AT&T through Moto Maker

Moto X costs $23 less than the Galaxy S 4 to build

Can the Moto X survive a hammer and knife scratch test?

[Deal] Grab the Verizon Moto X for $139.99 with promo code

T-Mobile Moto X could be offered exclusively through Google Play

Motorola could possibly offer “swappable” back-covers for lower-cost Moto X

Moto X to have $99 price tag on-contract come Q4, will add ‘at least’ 4 new wood-grained backs

Motorola posts kernel source code for Moto X

Phones – Nexus

Price of all Nexus 4 phones cut $100 in the Play Store

Recent Nexus 4 buyers can claim a $100 refund

Phones – Oppo

Oppo gives us a better idea of what the Rear Touch Panel on the N1 is all about

Phones – Samsung

Galaxy Note III won’t have Optical Image Stabilization after all

Galaxy Note III front panel leaks, shows 5.68-inch display and very thin bezel

Samsung exec confirms what we already knew, Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear on tap for Sept 4

Samsung Galaxy Note III possibly releasing to Taiwanese markets on September 27th

Latest Samsung Galaxy Note III rumor says shooting 4K videos will be possible

Samsung UK hyping Galaxy Gear/Galaxy Note 3 via Facebook contest

Image of Galaxy Note III leaks, rumored to have extremely thin bezel

New, cheaper variant of Samsung Galaxy Note III could be in the works

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Zoom LTE camera officially hits European markets

Report: Samsung readying production for metal housing on the Galaxy S 5

Phones – Sony

Latest Sony Xperia Z1 teaser confirms G Lens

No more pictures, Sony teases Xperia Z1 (Honami) in video

Phones – Xiaomi

New images of Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone surface amid rumors of 8-core processor inside

Security

Android devices receive 79 percent of malware attacks

Smartwatches

Samsung exec confirms what we already knew, Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear on tap for Sept 4

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Gear to come in 6GB and 8GB flavors with poor battery life

Gear Manager Android App for Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Leaks

Patent application filed by Motorola for smartwatch device

Google’s upcoming smartwatch has a secret ingredient; the purchase of WiMM labs

Samsung UK hyping Galaxy Gear/Galaxy Note 3 via Facebook contest

Tablets

ARCHOS announces new line of devices

ASUS Padfone Infinity A86 gets pictured alongside current A80 model, could launch in September

Kobo announces Arc 7, Arc 7 HD, and Arc 10 HD tablets

LG G Pad will sport the same display technology as the iPad mini and upcoming iPad 5

LG releases boring teaser video for G Pad 8.3

LG announces G Pad 8.3 before IFA, set for a global Q4 release

New Nexus 7 now on sale in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Japan

Nexus 7 LTE now available in Germany and Italy

Samsung makes the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet official

Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 leaked ahead of IFA expo

Xiaomi ready to release 7-inch Zimi tablet

Updates

Nexus 7 update apparently did not completely resolve touchscreen issues

Miscellaneous

Vast majority of highest grossing Android apps are free in Google Play

Sign-ups now being taken by Samsung for October Developer Conference

Apple’s Siri tries to get snarky with Google Glass

Amazon introduces Mobile Associates API to help developers further monetize apps

HTC to build smartphone operating system for Chinese markets instead of using Android

Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin talks about phone sales and hiring Hugo Barra

Xiaomi’s app store hits 1 billion downloads in a year, company looks to be on the climb

IDC lowers projected tablet estimates for 2013 due to wearable tech and bigger smartphones

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