TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 31, 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 bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

Accessories

HTC unveils its new Rapid Charger 2.0

Cameras

RE Camera in orange gets delayed, HTC offers 10% discount


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How to bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

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Google released the Fit app a few days ago, which keeps track of all our fitness activities. If you own an Android Wear smartwatch and installed the Fit app, you might have noticed that you’re no longer getting the “XXXX steps today” card. Instead, you might be seeing a card for “X min today” as in how many minutes you were active. It’s pretty easy to get your “Steps” card back. Hit the break to get started.


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Amazon exec admits Fire Phone pricing was too high, but it was more than that

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The Amazon Fire Phone was a dud based on the fact that company took a $170 million hit because of it. Pricing was probably the biggest complaint of the phone, which was $199 (32 GB) on a two year contract. Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp told Fortune, “We didn’t get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say, ‘we missed.’ And so we corrected.” That correction came in September, when the price came down to 0.99 cents on the same two year contract.


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OnePlus One dressed in Kevlar pictured

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Pictured above appears to be a OnePlus One with a StyleSwap cover made of Kevlar. In fact, it looks a lot like the DROID Turbo’s ballistic nylon that features Kevlar underneath.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we will ever see this option since OnePlus put the kibosh on StyleSwap covers until probably the next  generation phone. However, this cover isn’t all that surprising since they did say they would offer a variety of StyleSwap textures such as silk, sandstone, denim, and yes, Kevlar. So this is likely a prototype cover that will never get released, at least for the OnePlus One.

One more pic after the break.


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HTC ekes out a small 3rd quarter profit

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HTC made a profit for the second straight quarter, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. They just reported 3rd quarter results which showed NT 0.6 billion ($19 million) in net profit after taxes. Interestingly enough this small profit is lower than the last quarter, which came in at NT 2.3 billion ($75 million). So I am not sure the trend is all that great, but a profit is a profit right? Revenues were also down from the previous quarter, NT 41.9 billion ($1.38 billion) vs NT 65.1 ($2.17 billion).

HTC said that the One (M8) did well “despite stiff competition,” and they expect revenues to go up slightly in the 4th quarter.

Is HTC back or is this going to be short-lived?

source: HTC (PDF)

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 30, 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!!

Android Wear

Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

Apps

djay 2 app spins up for Android

Any.do app gets major update focused on collaboration

Google Play Books gets an update to help users skip around


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Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google to start a technology incubator

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Sad news today. Andy Rubin, who co founded Android is leaving Google to start an incubator for startups. Rubin was in charge of the Android division until March of last year, when he shifted to the lead of the nascent robotics effort.

Google acquired Android back in 2005, and Rubin was instrumental in building it to be the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.


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Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

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Samsung just announced that the Gear S will be available in the U.S. starting next week. What separates this smartwatch from others is the curved AMOLED display as well as its 3G cellular connectivity. You will be able to find it Best Buy, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, And Verizon Wireless. Sprint and T-Mobile already reached out to let us know they will offer the device on November 7 and November 9 respectively.

Sprint will offer it for $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $16 ($384 excluding taxes). There is also a $10 monthly charge when adding it to the Sprint Family Share Pack. However, they will waive the fee if it’s added to any plan of 20 GB or more.


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ES File Explorer gets Chromecast support through plugin

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The ES App Group, makers of the popular ES File Explorer Manager, released the ES Chromecast Plugin app a couple of days ago. It works in conjunction with ES File Explorer, and it allows you to cast your videos and photos from your device, network shares, or even from other cloud services to your Chromecast.

This is strictly Beta so expect some choppiness and a few bugs. They are looking for feedback, but I am not sure this one will offer any more than the other like apps that are already available. However, if you are a heavy user of ES File Explorer, you might want to give it a try. And if you never tried the ES File Explorer Manager app itself, give it a shot. It’s a full featured app for exploring all the files on your device. We have download links for both apps below the break.


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[Deal] Spooktacular sale at Amazon offers $115 of apps and games for free

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To celebrate Halloween, the Amazon App Store is hosting a Spooktacular sale that offers 40 apps and games for free. That’s a $115 value. Some notables include Plex, Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO, World of Goo, and Plants vs Zombies. They also have a few Halloween themed offerings like V for Vampire, Amelia and Terror of the Night, and Zombie Gunship.

You have until Saturday to grab these. Hit the break for the full list of games and apps, and hit the link at the bottom to start downloading.


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