TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 29, 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

Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung in apparent sign of court fatigue

Apps

Swiftkey Keyboard updates with new themes, performance improvements and more

Google Search can now utilize hotel confirmation emails for suggestions

Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

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Android malware can attack devices with “Fake ID” exploit

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any major security exploits in Android, but it looks like another pretty massive security vulnerability has been uncovered by Bluebox Security. The latest exploit takes advantage of Android’s failure to check the authenticity of digital certificates, allowing some apps to gain access to the OS and resources that they otherwise should not have access to. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 28, 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

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: It’s all about the display, and it’s gorgeous

Android Wear

Wear Mini Launcher gets an update and moves from Alpha to Beta

Apps

Creators of WordPress release “Selfies” app to Play Store

Facebook finally moves all messaging over to Facebook Messenger app

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Verizon pushing Android 4.4.4 update to all Moto X users

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Each and every Verizon customer that owns the Moto X should be expecting a software update. Motorola transferred the update over to Verizon and, after being approved, it is being pushed out starting today. The 2013 flagship is getting some fixes and improvements aside from the Android 4.4.4 boost. The camera quality has been improved to handle lighting and range better. And users can now pause video recording. The only other change is the redesigned Dialer app. The Moto X is now running the latest version of Android, proving carriers are getting better at making sure updates are issued as quickly as possible.

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Motorola Nexus likely as Android Silver plans come into question

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Over the weekend, news broke that a Nexus device codenamed Shamu would be coming from Motorola. In addition to the rumor of a massive 5.9-inch display, this opened the eyes of many as the Nexus program has been in limbo and Android Silver is approaching as soon as next year. A new report from The Information confirms that Motorola is indeed working on a Nexus device and that Android Silver is really the one in limbo here. » Read the rest

11.6-inch, Intel i5 hybrid Android Tab Book from LG announced

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Tablet/notebook hybrids seem to be a thing now. Windows devices have been doing this for a little while and it appears that it’s now Android’s turn to do so, although we did see one or two of these make their debut at CES. It’s LG’s turn this time as they announced a new tablet/laptop hybrid that comes with a 11.6-inch IPS (full-HD) touchscreen display with 10-point touch controls. It also comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. You’ll also notice a giant Android home button at the bottom of the tablet.

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[New Android Wear App] Swipify brings useful tools to Google’s wearable platform

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The simplicity of Android Wear has actually made people feel indifferent about the platform. The idea of a basic interface with little control is appealing; however, hardcore Android fans want features that exist on the phone/tablet version of Android. This includes an app launcher, app switcher, deep settings, and a RAM meter. Swipify is a new Android Wear app that delivers each of those features for such devices.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 21 – July 27, 2014

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Things were fairly quiet this week until we got word that Motorola may finally make a Nexus phone. NVIDIA announced the new Shield Tablet, but will anybody care about it? Speaking of who cares….the Amazon Fire Phone is officially available for you to waste your money on. We finally got our best look at the upcoming Moto X+1, but we are still waiting patiently for the Moto 360. And did HTC’s upcoming smartwatch appear in a video? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Why wasn’t the Motorola Moto X commercially successful?

Apps – New

Amazon Wallet is a new digital wallet to compete with Google and Isis

Facetune, a selfie editor, is now available for Android devices

ChoreMonster brings technology and kids together to reward completion of chores

[New Android Wear App] Swipify brings useful tools to Google’s wearable platform

Google Hands-Free app icon appears in company post

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 25, 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!!

Apps

Facetune, a selfie editor, is now available for Android devices

Facetune, a selfie editor, is now available for Android devices

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After finding a ton of success with iOS folks, Facetune is now available for Android devices in the Play Store. Facetune is an application that allows users to tune up and edit selfies. The app can work on your smile, skin, eyes, hair, facial structure, and makeup. Within these features, there are a ton of choices to make improvements or changes. Facetune costs $2.99, but a true selfie extraordinaire will gladly overlook any price.

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