Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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After several months of rumors regarding a Samsung premium phone, we finally have the best pictures yet of the device. No it’s not the Galaxy S 5 Prime, nor is is the Galaxy F. It’s the Galaxy Alpha. This phone will feature metal, but before you get too excited, it’s only going to be partially metal. It appears they have opted for the faux leather back along with aluminum sides.

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Samsung announces next Developers Conference

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Samsung has been building it’s own ecosystem for a while now, and it can’t continue without developer support. They hosted their first Developers Conference last October, so it’s no surprise they are going to do it all over again this year. With the introduction of the Samsung Mobile SDK and the S Health SDK, how can they not?

It’s going to be in San Francisco again this year and the dates are November 11 – 13th. For more information, check out the source link below.

sources: samsungdevcon / Samsung Tomorrow

 

 

[APK Download] Google updates Play Store app with Material Design

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You don’t need Android L to experience a little Material Design. Google has updated the Play Store to version 4.9.13 and it brings a new look with Material Design. You will notice larger videos, new animations, and a bigger emphasis on +1s. You can also view app descriptions, changelogs, the version number, last update time, and number of downloads in full screen mode.

This is of course a staged roll out so you might not get it for a few days. If you’re the impatient kind, we have the APK download link below.

source: @GooglePlay / APK Download from XDA

Siri and Google Now duke it out, which is better?

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The war between Android and iOS isn’t just about smartphone or tablet market share. How about Google Now vs Siri? Which is better? Well Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted a study that answers the question.

He threw 800 questions at both apps, and half of them were asked indoors, while the other half was outdoors. The questions were about local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS command.

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NVIDIA announces the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller, pre-orders start now

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As expected, NVIDIA took the wraps off of the Shield Tablet and Shield Wireless Controller. Let’s start with the tablet. It sports an 8-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) IPS display, a Tegra K1 processor (with 192 GPU cores), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 128 GB of storage, 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, front-facing stereo speakers, HDMI 1.4a out, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE / HSPA+ (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile). What’s also interesting is that the tablet supports 4K out to your TV, but in order to keep the pricing competitive, they opted for a 1080p display on the actual tablet.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 21, 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!!

Editorials

Why wasn’t the Motorola Moto X commercially successful?

Apps

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

New and improved ‘Explore Nearby feature’ coming to Google Maps

Facebook adds ‘Save’ feature that lets you save stuff to read or watch later

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Facebook adds ‘Save’ feature that lets you save stuff to read or watch later

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So you’re perusing through your Facebook timeline and suddenly you come by a wonderful video of someone’s cat fighting with the neighbor’s dog. Unfortunately, you just won’t have time to watch it, but you don’t want to miss it. What do you do?

Have no fear because Facebook rolled out a new feature today called “Save” that will let you “save” that video to watch later. Now this isn’t a save offline feature like what Pocket or Evernote offers. It’s more of a bookmark because you still have to be logged into Facebook and online to see whatever content you have saved.

It should come in handy for the Facebook faithful that have tons of posts to sift through.

source: re/code

New and improved ‘Explore Nearby feature’ coming to Google Maps

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Google recently updated the Maps app last week with new features, but it looks like a handful of people are getting one additional feature. It’s a new and improved “Explore Nearby.”

Everybody already has the current version of Explore Nearby, which will give you ideas for different types of establishments. This newer version gets its own button at the bottom right, and it’s more powerful. It has more groups along with points of interest. You can even select the time of day to get better suggestions such as a bar for later at night.

We aren’t sure when this will land on an official update, but we are thinking sooner rather than later.

source: Android Police

Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.

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