TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 14 – April 20, 2014

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Now that the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) have officially launched globally, all eyes are focused on the upcoming OnePlus One, which will debut this week. Not to mention, things are starting to heat up regarding the LG G3. Will Google offer an extremely low-priced Nexus? Speaking of low-priced, we found out that Motorola has something else in the cooker. The Project Developer’s Conference was this week, and we got our best look at how these modular phones will work. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android keyboard replacement apps [April 2014]

How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

Reviews

HTC One (M8) Review: The Rolex of smartphones

Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 18, 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

How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

Apps

Samsung’s Milk Music will soon implement ads, $3.99 monthly to remove them

Amazon Appstore holding an Easter egg hunt full of deals and rewards

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 17, 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!!

Reviews

HTC One (M8) Review: The Rolex of smartphones

Apps

Location suggestions and autocomplete now a thing in latest Google Calendar update

Flickr update introduces complete redesign

MLB.TV knocks it out of the park with Chromecast support

Facebook introduces new Nearby Friends feature for location sharing

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Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)

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An update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) has started to roll out to owners of the devices. The update that is rolling out is for the WiFi-only version although updates for the 3G and 4G LTE models should be following soon. Like other devices, the update primarily brings the improvements that are part of Android 4.4.2 to the devices and is light on Samsung specific updates. One item we are waiting to get reports about is whether Samsung included their Magazine UX. The Magazine UX was introduced this year when Samsung rolled out some newer tablet devices, although Samsung has since backed off that UX and indicated it will work more closely with Google on being more consistent with Android design concepts.

If you have the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), you can check for the update by going to Settings -> General -> About phone -> Software updates. It may be a few days before it shows up for your device though.

source: SamMobile

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 16, 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!!

Reviews

Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

Apps

Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta and can now be used by anyone

Casting live streams to Chromecast added to YouTube app

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Featured Android Game Review: Neon Commander [Arcade]

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Do you like retro style arcade games? Well then you need to check out HeroCraft’s latest effort, Neon Commander. This game is kind of like Space Invaders meets Breakout.

In this game, you will need to stop alien spaceships from taking down your city. In order to do that you will draw on the screen to bounce their shots back and hopefully hitting those enemies. This is called PlasmaShield technology. At the beginning of the game, you will draw simple lines that bounce the laserballs in the direction of the angle drawn. As you progress, you will find other shapes, like circles that force the laserballs to go in different directions.

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Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active

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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog

 

An Android Wear smartwatch might be in Samsung’s future

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With Samsung all in with Tizen and their Gear line of watches, I wondered if they would offer a watch based on Android Wear. Well hidden deep in a Reuters article about the success of the Galaxy S 5 was a little tidbit worth noting.

Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team said that Samsung plans to introduce an Android-based smartwatch later this year. Android Wear wasn’t mentioned specifically, but what else could it be other than a forked version of it? Will they drop Tizen? Probably not since they plan on introducing Tizen phones later this year.

Yoon also said that they would like their Gear smartwatches to be compatible with all Android phones, but they keep saying that. Just make it happen already.

source: Reuters

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 15, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Google exec claims they didn’t copy iPhone software features

Carriers

Download Booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 hidden but can be activated

Galaxy S 5 available for pre-order on Ting for less than $600

Gaming

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 launched with 6 games

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