Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2′s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. Speaking of KitKat, thanks to Cyanogen, more users can now get a taste of it with CM11 Nightlies. Google is readying a new Nexus TV box that we hope is a lot more successful than Google TV. Will Chrome apps take over Android and what the hell has been keeping Andy Rubin so busy. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Verizon has announced today that they are expanding the amount of out-of-home streaming channels available through the FiOS Mobile app. Previously there were twenty-five channels and the addition of sixteen new ones brings the total to forty-one channels. Showtime, Cooking Channel, and STARZ are a few of the new channels being added.
Also being added for New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. FiOS subscribers is the ability to stream local CBS and FOX affiliate stations to their devices. Spanish language channels UniMas and Univision have been added, too. Just head on over to the app to start viewing them instantly.
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Sony has released a new update for their Smartwatch 2 that includes a handful of new features and fixes a few quirks of the device. You’ll find several new watch faces, an increased font size, automatic light sensing and a built-in stopwatch app. On top of that, Sony has built in a fast-scroll option for notifications and an option to mark all notifications as read. That seems like something simple enough that it should have been included from the beginning, but take what you can get.
You can launch the update through the Smartwatch’s Play Store app below.
A new report from International Data Corporation and App Annie has revealed some interesting things about mobile gaming for Q3 of 2013. Intriguingly, Android gamers favor playing games on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets rather than an Android tablet using the Play Store. This isn’t too surprising as Kindle Fire sales are excellent and an emphasized selling point is gaming. The app store for the Kindle Fire has a huge selection of games and Amazon always includes games in their press images and demonstrations.
So many people enjoy the gaming experience on mobile devices that they actually have passed Nintendo’s 3DS/DS line and Sony’s PlayStation Vita in popularity. That’s also unsurprising because mobile gaming has shifted towards phones and tabs while handheld consoles are experiencing a slump.
Apple stumped Android in app store revenue while also defeating it in popularity. To be exact, Apple’s App Store generated almost three times as much revenue as the Play Store in the United States. The Play Store, however, seems to be on the climb with more quality apps be released and devices being able to handle intense graphics and physics.
Source: App Annie
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. This week was highlighted by a lot of deals for Black Friday, but probably the best deal is the Moto X for $350 off contract. That one will take place tomorrow, on Cyber Monday. A new camera API means Android might finally compete with iOS in camera quality. The latest smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq, became available for pre-order and will start shipping tomorrow. Will it disappear in the night just like all it’s predecessors? Google Play Editions got a taste of KitKat and what on earth is the LG D830? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Blackberry has announced another step in their move to see BBM deployed as a communication platform outside of the Blackberry ecosystem. After a successful launch of the BBM app for Android and iOS during October, Blackberry is back with news that they have struck deals with several Android smartphone OEMs to have the app pre-installed on new devices.
The companies that are named by Blackberry include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCROSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. These companies will make the devices available in markets in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East staring some time in December. You might note that the major manufacturers you may be used to seeing, like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony or some of the up and coming Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi are not on the list. Of course, users with devices from other companies or other regions can still download and install the BBM app from Google Play.
source: Cult of Android
Sony has seen yet another image leak of a forthcoming device, but as more images leak the mystery as to just where it fits in the portfolio continues to deepen. We have previously reported on a device named the Xperia Z1s appearing briefly on the Sony web site, followed by leaked images of a Sony device apparently headed to international markets and another purportedly showing an Xperia Mini that was thought to be the Z1s. However, sources now think the Xperia Z1s may be a completely different version than the Xperia Mini and may be an updated version of the Xperia Z1.
As hinted at in previous leaked images, the new image clearly reveals the headphone jack relocated to being just off center in the top edge of the device instead of being over close to the side. Based on the angle and relationship of the devices, it appears this new Z1s device is slightly larger than the current Xperia Z1 as well. Meanwhile, we will have to continue the hunt for news about the Xperia Mini as well. Hopefully all of these new devices are ready to be revealed soon by Sony, perhaps at CES 2014.
source: Xperia Blog
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Motorola had a banner week as they brought the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Moto Xs to KitKat, less then a month after the official announcement. HBO GO became the next app to be Chromecast compatible and the upcoming hackathon could mean a lot more apps to come. Is Samsung’s Galaxy Gear a flop and will they ditch fingerprint scanning in favor of eye scanning? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.