TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 13, 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!!

Guides

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

Apps

Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone

Facebook Android app updated, bringing photos in comments, ability to delete albums, and more

Chromecast app sees update to version 1.5.3 with new language support and improved Samsung device optimization

Latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download manually

Cameras

Specs for Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom surface on GFXBench

Carriers

Republic Wireless getting the Moto G

Straight Talk now offering nano SIM cards for compatible phones

T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of its 4G LTE with network upgrades and a Verizon attack ad

US Cellular tweaks their plans to add more data

Verizon offering low price, contract encumbered Nexus 7 for $49.99

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is up for sale

Chromecast

Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone

Chromecast app sees update to version 1.5.3 with new language support and improved Samsung device optimization

Google

Google lowers cost for Google Drive storage

Google Glass

MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

Phones

Amazon expected to release “Project Aria” smartphone this year

Huawei’s Dual OS smartphone will be available in Q2

LG D850 (G3) model spotted on LG’s website hints at Quad HD screen

Screenshot taken on LG’s G3 pops up online, hinting at a quad HD screen resolution

Republic Wireless getting the Moto G

New and updated Galaxy S 5 TouchWiz apps now available for download

Lebron James not happy over how his Galaxy Note 3 wiped off all the data on it

Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 2 hits South Korea

International Galaxy S 3, Note 2, and Grand 2 Duos may actually get KitKat

Xiaomi kicks the budget phone game up a notch with a larger screen and octa-core processor

Security

Developer claims Samsung is using a backdoor to access user data, but security expert disagrees

Smartwatches

Specs of LG made Google smartwatch leak

Tablets

Verizon offering low price, contract encumbered Nexus 7 for $49.99

Samsung working on new tablet with AMOLED 2560×1600 display

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is up for sale

Updates

International Galaxy S 3, Note 2, and Grand 2 Duos may actually get KitKat

Miscellaneous

Analysts project Lenovo to become 2nd largest Android manufacturer

Amazon Prime increases price $20 to $99 per year


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.