Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

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So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.

While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.

source: Engadget

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!!

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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Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

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Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.

Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.

Hit the break for the full features list, screenshots, and download links.

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Project Tango gets the teardown treatment

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With Project Tango prototypes now in the hands of developers, the folks at iFixit were able to get their hands on one to investigate the guts. Although a prototype, they did offer a repairability score of 9 out of 10. The battery can be replaced quite easily, and only seven screws hold the device together. Many of the components are modular so they can also easily be replaced. These include the speakers, all three cameras, IR projector, and display assembly.

It failed to get a 10 out of 10 since a few components, suchs as the USB ports and vibrator, are soldered onto the motherboard, which won’t be as easy to replace.

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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

Google hosts early Mother’s Day sale

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Actually I am not even sure this sale is really all that early since you actually have to buy your Mom a gift before Mother’s Day. Google knows that, so they are already offering 1 year magazine subscriptions for Mom at $5.00 off plus select books at 50% off. The sale will run through May 5th, but I would hit the source link now to get your orders in before you forget. You might want to pick up a Nexus 7 for her as well, but unfortunately they aren’t on sale.

Mother’s Day is May 11, so make a note of it.

source: Google Play

New website is ‘dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung’

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Last month, Samsung teased us about a new website, design.samsung.com, and now they have officially unveiled it. When it comes to mobile, I know Samsung isn’t usually revered for their design, but this website is for all products. However, mobile included, Samsung feels design is more than just the shell. There’s a lot more to it like the product’s characteristics, specifications, materials, colors, local cultures, emotion, uniqueness, eco-friendliness, and more.

This new website is “dedicated to the creative processes that go into design at Samsung.” The design message is “Make It Meaningful,” and the site is broken down into three categories: Product Stories, Meaningful Stories, and About Us.

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Matias Duarte thinks ‘mobile as a concept is actually dead’

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Don’t panic, Google isn’t about to drop support for mobile devices anytime soon. Matias Duarte, Chief Android designer, did say “mobile as a concept is actually dead,” but he didn’t mean mobile devices.

Speaking at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge, Matias meant that apps need to be designed for multiple screens as in developers shouldn’t be creating different apps for each device. I think what he is saying is far deeper than worrying about 5-inch displays and 10-inch displays. I do believe the future mission is to create apps that work on both Chrome and Android, thus the convergence of the two. So for example, an app might work in Chrome OS, and the very same app would work on your phone and tablet. Mobile shouldn’t be thought of as a separate category anymore.

The full 37 minute interview can be seen after the break.

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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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