TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 2 – June 8, 2014

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Computex took place this past week so we had some new devices from ASUS. We also got the official announcement of the HTC One (E8) and the Samsung Galaxy W. This coming week we have Samsung’s unveiling of their new AMOLED tablets. Is Samsung overdoing it in the tablet segment? The Amazon phone is no urban legend folks. It will finally be unveiled in mid-June. Google finally released Android 4.4.3 to Nexus / GPE devices, and Motorola wasn’t far behind in releasing the same update to the Moto G and Moto X. Finally, could the “Android” logo get changed? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Contests

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014

Reviews

Moto E Review: A cheap smartphone worth buying

Accessories

Motorola announces Moto Stream, makes a speaker wireless for $50

Apps – New

Acer reimagines “Extend” app

Microsoft Office Touch will likely be released on Android before Windows 8

Apps – Updates

You can now save all your Spotify tracks for offline playback with just one tap

Pushbullet launches Google Play beta program

Redesigned dialer app introduced in Android 4.4.3

Instagram 6.0 update brings new editing tools

Nova Launcher update brings “OK, Google” hotword and slight design fixes from the beta

Motorola Assist updated to improve driving detection

SmartGlass app can now control TV through Xbox One

Hangouts update fixes bugs, adds custom ringtones and gives you access to your blocked list

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android gets updated with immersive mode [APK Download]

YouTube for Android updated with better stream quality selections

theScore updated with a focus on the FIFA World Cup

Tinder will let you share photos with matches, but they disappear

Netflix update brings Post-Play once a TV episode or movie ends

Google releases call reminder feature on Google Now

Don’t miss your stop with new Google Now alarm

Motorola Alert now available for Moto X and Moto G

Carriers

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup

AT&T offering $50 of Google Play credit after purchasing new phone or tablet with new contract

AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0

New information ratchets down size of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan

Cricket to offer mid-range LG L70 for $49.99 after rebate

Sprint offering open enrollment for device protection packages all throughout June

Sprint and T-Mobile merger finally a reality

John Legere to remain CEO if T-Mobile successfully merges with Sprint

T-Mobile introduces Underground for limited stock devices

T-Mobile Moto X gets Android 4.4.3 update

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5

[Deal] Prepaid Moto G on Verizon Wireless now $49.99 off contract

Chrome

New Chrome add-on helps secure users emails

Chrome Web Store now links to Android apps

New Chrome OS app allows Play Movie watchers to store movies offline

Chromebooks

Google expanding Chromebook availability to nine more nations

Chromecast

WatchESPN, MLS Matchday, Google+ Photos, and Crunchyroll support Chromecast

Aereo gains Chromecast support in beta form

VLC and TuneIn getting Chromecast support

Gaming

Angry Birds Stella spin-off coming this fall, Rovio shares gameplay screenshot

New FCC filing appears to be NVIDIA Shield 2

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. adds support for OnLive

Google

Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today

Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10

Google adds permissions shortcut to Play Store listings

Could this be Android’s new logo?

Google Translate now shows definitions, synonyms, usage history, and more

Latest Android distribution numbers show KitKat approaching 15%

Google Maps gets support for viewing 12 World Cup stadiums in Street View

Ingredients can be displayed and sorted when using Google Search for recipes

New Hangouts feature allows sketch-messaging through your browser

Google to possibly buy music streaming company Songza

Google will soon introduce “Nearby” to send you notifications when you’re around certain people or places

Google releases call reminder feature on Google Now

Don’t miss your stop with new Google Now alarm

Google Glass

Google expands frame offerings for Glass with selections from Diane von Furstenberg

Hardware

According to Intel, 130 tablets will ship with their processors this year

Huawei claims that their first octa-core chip will deliver faster LTE

Laptops

The ASUS Transformer Book V is the first 5-in-1 Android / Windows device

Phones – Amazon

Amazon announcing new device on June 18, probably its first smartphone

Amazon’s new smartphone to use Omron’s OKAO Vision technology

Phones – ASUS

Asus debuts Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8

Phones – HTC

Look out for HTC “Eye” coming later this year

HTC officially takes the wraps off the HTC One (E8)

Verizon adding Glamour Red and Amber Gold HTC One (M8) on June 5

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0

Phones – LG

LG G3 Mini (LGD722) appears on Indian shipping site

LG G3 outselling Samsung Galaxy S 5 in Korea by three times

According to design lead, a metal LG G3 would cost $300 more

LG’s G3 does indeed contain metal — some metal, at least

Cricket to offer mid-range LG L70 for $49.99 after rebate

Phones – Motorola

New Motorola codenames surface along with the Moto X+1, Moto 360

Motorola running a Moto X ‘Try Then Buy’ promo on June 9

64GB Moto X coming to Motomaker on Sunday

[Deal] Prepaid Moto G on Verizon Wireless now $49.99 off contract

Motorola releases information about Android 4.4.3 on Moto X, Moto G and Moto E

T-Mobile Moto X gets Android 4.4.3 update

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

Phones – OnePlus

First invitations to purchase a OnePlus One finally get sent out

Phones – Samsung

New certifications point to Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime release in near future

This could be the Galaxy F (aka Galaxy S 5 Prime), launch now expected to be in September

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime spotted at FCC

Google Play Edition of Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be in the works

New information ratchets down size of Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

7-inch Galaxy W makes debut in Korea

Samsung dips supply chain orders on Galaxy S5 for Q3 by 25 percent

Phones – Sony

Sony teases a “next big thing” of its own, likely Xperia Z Ultra successor

Latest Sony Xperia Z3 rumors say September release, compact version but no Ultra

Sony Xperia T3 officially announced

Phones – Vertu

Vertu unveils newest luxury device for over $11,000 — packs titanium, sapphire and leather

Phones – ZTE

First image of high-end ZTE Nubia Z7 released

Project Tango

Google announces Project Tango Tablet Developers’ Kit with NVIDIA Tegra K1

Smartwatches

Turn your watch into a smartwatch with the Glance attachment

LG G Watch may have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 inside

New LG G Watch leaks include possible boot animation, cellular option

Picture of Moto 360 appear in Google development post, appears to be massive

Moto 360 makes appearance on The Tonight Show

New Motorola codenames surface along with the Moto X+1, Moto 360

Samsung could include fingerprint scanners on wearable devices as early as Q2 2014, Synaptics CEO says

Tablets

Asus debuts Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8

The ASUS Transformer Book V is the first 5-in-1 Android / Windows device

Fuhu and DreamWorks finally launch the nabi DreamTab HD8

Leaked pictures of an aborted Motorola Xoom 3 project appear online

Images and specs of supposed Nexus 8 leak

2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

Samsung prepping 4K tablets for end of 2014, already has an impressive prototype

AT&T adds Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to its lineup

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 specs leaked

New images reveal additional details about Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Samsung releases countdown teaser for next week’s Tab Into Color event

Samsung, Barnes & Noble announce Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

Updates

Android 4.4.3 could start rolling today

Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10

2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

Motorola releases information about Android 4.4.3 on Moto X, Moto G and Moto E

Google Play Edition devices receiving Android 4.4.3 update

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

AT&T HTC One M7 getting HTC Sense 6.0

T-Mobile Moto X gets Android 4.4.3 update

Wearables

Sony releases SmartBand in the U.S. for $99.99

Samsung could include fingerprint scanners on wearable devices as early as Q2 2014, Synaptics CEO says

‘Smart Hoodie’ responds to different gestures

Miscellaneous

Tech-friendly cities prefer iOS over Android devices

HTC experiences sales dip in May, looks ahead to June for rebound

Android, Samsung maintain strong positions in U.S. smartphone market in April

Samsung partners with Vogue to glamorize products in upcoming spread


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.