TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 27, 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!!

Accessories

Samsung announces the Gear Circle Bluetooth earbuds

Apple vs Samsung

Apple loses bid for injunction of Samsung products

Apps

TeamViewer QuickSupport update brings in compatibility for HTC, LG, and Huawei devices

Dropbox Pro gets price cut, storage increase and new features

Pushbullet now works with all texting apps for replying from a computer

Latest Nova Launcher Beta features hit the main app on the Play Store


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Samsung announces the Gear Circle Bluetooth earbuds

Samsung_Circle_White_1Samsung announced the Gear S smartwatch earlier, but they also announced the Gear Circle earphones accessory. It can be paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands. It also features a magnetic lock, allowing you to lock the earbuds around your neck when not in use. Last but not least, it features a vibrating feature to let you know when someone is calling your or when you have received new notifications.


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LG takes the wraps off of the G Watch R with full circle P-OLED display

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Did Samsung and LG plan their pressers together or what? Samsung unveiled the Gear S and LG officially unveiled the G Watch R. The G Watch R differs in that it’s Android Wear and it features a full circle Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, which utilizes 100% of the display. This is very important because the Moto 360, which has been revered by many, doesn’t.

LG says the 1.3-inch circle (320 x 320) display “produces stunning image clarity even under bright sunlight and superb clarity when viewed from any angle.” It also features a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and 410 mAh battery. It’s also IP67 certified so it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes with no issues.


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Samsung makes the Gear S official with curved display and 3G connectivity

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We knew Samsung would unveil a new smartwatch at IFA, but they decided to pull the curtain a little early. The Gear S will sport 3G connectivity and a curved Super AMOLED display. Samsung feels the 3G connectivity will give consumers the “freedom to live their life on the go,” but we’re not really sure why it’s necessary.

The curved display is probably the more important feature as it’s 2-inches (360 x 480) and features a conversation view and condensed font. According to Samsung, it will fit your wrist more comfortably than a traditional non-curved smartwatch. It’s also paired with a flexible wrist strap for more comfort.


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Download the Galaxy Note 4 default wallpaper now

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Who wants a nice new wallpaper? The Galaxy Note 4 will be officially unveiled in a little less than a week, but the default wallpaper is already available for your downloading pleasure. Since the display on the Note 4 is going to be Quad HD, it’s pretty big, 2560 x 2560. The JPG version is above. Just click on it to open the full resolution version, then right click on that and click “save image as.” However, if you want  the full blown PNG version, we have that download link below. Enjoy!!

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source: Sam Mobile

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

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Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.

Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.


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T-Mobile nearly doubles the amount of music streaming options on Music Freedom

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T-Mobile announced Music Freedom in June, which allows you to stream from your choice of 8 music apps with no penalty against your data cap. Today, they are nearly doubling that effort by adding AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.  You already had the ability to stream iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker and Spotify through the service bringing the total to 13.

It appears one major service is missing and that is Google’s Play Music. If you remember, shortly after the announcement of Music Freedom, T-Mobile asked customers what service they wanted most. Play Music killed it, but for whatever reason, it didn’t make this cut. However, T-Mobile did say they are “on track to add” the service later this year.

Is there anything else that you use that T-Mobile is missing?

source: T-Mobile

Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

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It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?

It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.


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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

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Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 26, 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

Samsung Announces open registration for Developer Conference

Google News & Weather app gets redesigned for first time since Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Carriers

ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $179.99 off-contract

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’


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