Motorola to release updated Skip as keychain fob

Motorola_Skip_Keychain_Fob_FCC_DocsRemember the Motorola Skip accessory that was released last year around the same time as the Moto X? It was a little accessory that allowed you to unlock your phone with ease. You would attach it to your belt and Motorola also offered Dots (stickers) to place in different parts of your house. It wasn’t a bad accessory, but it was limited in that it was only NFC and you had to place the phone right next to the Skip for it to work. As with all technology, Motorola is looking to improve Skip, and FCC documents just outed it.


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 18 – August 24, 2014

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The Galaxy Note 4 is shaping up to be a fantastic phone, but don’t count out the Moto X+1. Speaking of Motorola, is there a lack of concentration with so many phones in the pipeline? The Nexus 8 seems ready to drop, but when? Asus is teasing a smartwatch. Will anybody care with the Moto 360 looming? Sprint is playing copycat with another carrier, but are they too late? And what is Android L going to be called? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Reviews

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

Accessories

Samsung to offer an ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung announces stylish Level Box mini wireless speaker with 25 hours of playback

LG announces Music Flow, a multi-room music streaming system

Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 22, 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

Convenient, but is it efficient? Samsung’s upcoming USB cable charges three device at once

Android Wear

MacroDroid update brings Android Wear compatibility

Chromecast

Price of Chromecast in the UK slashed


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Judge Lucy Koh sides with Samsung, says Apple won’t be reimbursed for $16 million in legal fees

Accessories

Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products

Mophie battery case for the Galaxy S 5 shipping on September 8

Apps

New App: WeTransfer hits the Play Store, allows file transfers of up to 10GB at once

Yahoo app gets updated with access to digital magazines


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Hello Moto X+1

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In 2 weeks we will see the Moto X-1 in real life, but this just might be the next best thing. Thanks to a little retirement gift from @evleaks, we have the press images of the wooden and leather versions of the phone.

The first thing you might have noticed is the Verizon logo signifying their version. Other than the logo, we don’t expect there to be any differences between the carrier versions. As far as hardware goes, the front of the device shows what could be front-facing stereo speakers. However, since the top one appears to be bigger, I am not convinced just yet. The power and volume rocker appears to be lower on the right side, probably because of the larger footprint.


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There are a lot of Android devices, seriously

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If I told you there were a lot of Android devices in the wild, that wouldn’t shock you. Just about every day there is a new device launched, but just how many are in existence?

According to OpenSignal, a company that gathers crowdsourced data for mobile phone networks, there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, up from 11,868 last year. I would never had guessed that high.


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Galaxy Note 4 camera features leaked

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We are just under 2 weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 4, and we have some info regarding the camera. First of all, Samsung is finally going to implement optical image stabilization (OIS) as part of a 16 MP Sony IMX240 sensor. This same sensor appeared on the Korean Galaxy S 5 LTE-A, but it did lack OIS. This sensor will also be able to shoot UHD video (3840 x 2160) at 30 FPS. Samsung will also upgrade the front-facing camera to 3.7 MP, which is still lower than many flagships.


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Yahoo app gets updated with access to digital magazines

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YAHOO! continues to kill it in terms of design and content in their apps, and the Yahoo app just got better with the addition of digital magazines. You can now read Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies,Yahoo Beauty, and Yahoo Health all from within the app.

These digital mags feature elegant design and visual storytelling with distinct editorial voices from Bobbi Brown, Paula Froelich, and David Pogue. The Yahoo app has to be one of the go-to apps for one place stops for the latest news and weather. Are you using it? Hit the break for an animated GIF and download links.


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Chrome Remote Desktop to get a recording option

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It looks like we will be getting a recording option very soon within the Chrome Remote Desktop for PCs and laptops. François Beaufort took to Google+ to announce that the Chromium team is adding it “as we speak.”

This could be very useful for those that want to create how to videos for friends and family, or even broadcasting to the world through YouTube.

How long till the update actually hits is anyone’s guess, but I can’t imagine it will be too long.

source: +François Beaufort

Sony Xperia Z3 specs divulged in China certification

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has been certified in China by TENAA, which is similar to the FCC here in the U.S. This in itself isn’t anything major, but the fact that the specs are confirmed is.

This beast is going to have a 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC), an Adreno 330 GPU, 20.7 MP rear camera, and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera.


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