TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 30 – July 6, 2014

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Android Wear apps hit the Play Store this past week, and the first smartwatches started shipping. We continue to get leaks regarding the Galaxy F and Moto X+1, and the LG G3 hasn’t even released in most markets yet. Speaking of the G3, it looks like Verizon Wireless just can’t break the habit of destroying phones. The Nexus 8 continues to show signs of life, but when will it be released? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch

Android Wear walkthrough

How to find Android Wear apps in the Play Store

Android L Developer Preview walkthrough

Android Auto

Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

LG announces that it has joined the Open Automotive Alliance and is committed to Android Auto

Android TV

Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

Android Wear

Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

LG G Watch headed to Verizon and AT&T in U.S.

Here are 18 Android Wear apps that you can download from the Play Store now

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download

Custom watch face apps for Android Wear now appearing in the Play Store

Runtastic and RunKeeper get Android Wear support

Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Developer demos home automation using DroidKC and Android Wear

Apps – New

Microsoft Office for Android tablets is getting very close

Apps – Updates

‘Buy Now’ buttons appear in tweets, suggesting Twitter Shopping is on its way

Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

Google Docs and Sheets for Android get biggest update since their release

Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

Google Voice integration with Hangouts leaked

Google Play Services 5.0 rollout now complete, Android Wear apps should start showing soon

Here are 18 Android Wear apps that you can download from the Play Store now

VLC for Android Beta is finally available in the U.S.

Runtastic and RunKeeper get Android Wear support

‘OK Google’ now works in 9 new languages, dialects, accents

Clear Notification button created for Android L by Koush

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download

GO Weather 5 released to Play Store with special offer to get Premium version free

Carriers

Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

Sprint’s LG G3 model will come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB memory

LG G3 available for pre-order at T-Mobile, arriving July 16

T-Mobile slapped with FTC complaint due to ‘bogus charges’

John Legere responds to the FTC’s complaint

T-Mobile to “double down” to refund customers charged for premium SMS

T-Mobile to get 8-inch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

T-Mobile to start offering equipment installment plans for accessories on July 20

LG G Watch headed to Verizon and AT&T in U.S.

Verizon Prepaid to get 4G LTE on July 17

Chrome

Google allowing users to make app requests for Chrome OS availability

Google announces the end of packaged apps in move to Chrome Apps

Chromecast

Here’s what gaming will be like on the Chromecast when mirroring becomes available

Want to see a new feature come to Chromecast? Just ask

Gaming

Ouya 12-month all access pass goes live, then sells out

Here’s what gaming will be like on the Chromecast when mirroring becomes available

Will the NVIDIA Shield successor be a tabet and controller combo?

Google

Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

Google to improve Voice voicemail transcription, wants users help

Google creates Smarty Pins, a cool trivia game involving Maps

Google acquires curated music streaming powerhouse, Songza

Google to rename Google Play All Access to “Google Play unlimited music subscription”

Google’s DevArt exhibition starts tomorrow with unique code-based pieces

Google preemptively prepares for the Terminator apocalypse with robots.txt Easter egg

Google Glass

U.K. cinema group moves to ban Google Glass in movie theaters

Rochester Optical to design fashionable lenses, frames for Google Glass

Phones – Amazon

Amazon Fire Phone isn’t setting the world on ‘fire’

Phones – Blackphone

Security oriented Blackphone now shipping

Phones – HTC

HTC hits testing phase with selfie phone HTC Eye

HTC’s update schedule leaks, One (M8) to receive Android 4.4.4 by July-August

Google Play Edition HTC One M7 and M8 get Android 4.4.4

Phones – LG

LG G3 Prime may be in the works

Group photo of LG G3 models leaks, Verizon unsurprisingly makes noticeable changes

LG G3 available for pre-order at T-Mobile, arriving July 16

Sprint to release LG G3 on July 18

Sprint’s LG G3 model will come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB memory

LG G3 Beat announced in China, most likely the G3 Mini

New LG device, possibly the LG G3 Mini, shows up in FCC filing with AT&T compatibility

Rumored G Stylus to replace the Vu in LG’s lineup

New render of LG G Vista for Verizon shows back of device

Phones – Motorola

Moto X+1 specs leaked by Brazilian website

Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

Phones – Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S 5 mini is official

The Galaxy F in crystal clear gets a, well, crystal clear press 

First actual photo of Samsung Galaxy F appears online

Alleged Samsung Galaxy F front panel photo surfaces

Samsung Galaxy S5 getting a Google Play Edition variant

Additional Samsung Galaxy S 5 Google Play Edition press render leaks, this time without onscreen buttons

Samsung announces four new low-level smartphones all running KitKat 4.4

European pricing for Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Young 2 revealed

Galaxy Mega 2 gets benchmarked, confirms quad-core CPU and 5.9-inch screen

Galaxy Note 3 (international variant) receives Download Booster, Kids Mode via update

Samsung pokes fun at iPhone owners again with new ‘Wall Huggers’ commercial

Phones – Sony

Images of Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact leaked

Xperia Z3 Compact screenshot leaked

Project Ara

First 100 beta testers for Project Ara announced

ROMs

Android L based theme available for Cyanogenmod 11

Don’t expect a version of CyangenMod based on the Android L Developer Preview

Smartwatches

LG G Watch headed to Verizon and AT&T in U.S.

LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live get the teardown treatment

Moto 360 could be quite expensive compared to other Android Wear devices

Milestone No. 1: Android Wear gets updated to version KMV78V on Gear Live and G Watch

Here are 18 Android Wear apps that you can download from the Play Store now

Here are 27 additional Android Wear apps ready for download

Custom watch face apps for Android Wear now appearing in the Play Store

Tablets

Prototype of a Nexus 8 tablet passes through Indian shipping site

Samsung releases Galaxy Tab S commercials, compares its display to the Apple iPad’s

T-Mobile to get 8-inch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Samsung Scandinavia leaks some tablet information

Updates

HTC’s update schedule leaks, One (M8) to receive Android 4.4.4 by July-August

Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

SuperSU 2.01 update gets support for Android L Developer Preview

Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

Google Play Edition HTC One M7 and M8 get Android 4.4.4

Miscellaneous

Samsung executive feels consumers think beyond just the Apple brand

Samsung can’t catch a break as it’s suppliers are accused of poor work conditions

Check out the most recent market share trends in U.S. smartphone platforms, OEMs and apps

Up, Up and Away: HTC hits earnings estimate for Q2, turns profit


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.