Google Play Games features Easter Egg utilizing Konami code

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It appears Google threw a little Easter Egg into Google Play Games. If you played Konami’s classic Contra game, then you have to be familiar with the famous code that gave you 30 lives. The next time you go into the Google Play Games app, swipe Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right. A pop will appear with buttons for A, B, and Start. Now all you have to do is tap B, A, and Start. It’s not the greatest Easter Egg in the world, but it will give you an achievement.

source: Reddit

More Moto X leaks: Dual LTE antennas, Moto Magic Glass, and xWATCH

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Like I said the other day, there probably won’t be much to learn about the Moto X when it’s finally unveiled. The leaks keep coming. Today’s leak comes from Tyler Wimberly, who has a pretty good track record. First up is that the Moto X will feature standalone dual-LTE MIMO antennas as well as a separate antenna for 2G/3G This should give amazing reception based on the fact that most phones only have one antenna for all bands.

Next up is Moto Magic Glass. What is that? Apparently the Moto X will feature Gorilla glass molded to polymer. In other words, you won’t find a gap between the glass and the back.


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Featured Android App Review: Share Where Location Sharing [Travel & Local]

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With Latitude going away, I know a lot of you are looking for alternatives. You might want to try Share Where Location Sharing from Ola Bjuremo. It’s probably the quickest way to share your location with friends and family. Texting or emailing your location isn’t anything new, but Share Where has a lot of extra features that make it a must have tool for your location sharing needs.

If you want to share your location with someone, you can quickly do it from within the app. Just select someone from your contacts or manually type a phone number (for SMS) or an email address. You can send your location to multiple people at the same time as well. You can even add text such as “I am here”, “Meet me here”, or “I need help.” Then simply tap the “Send” button and your chosen contacts will receive a message via SMS or email with your message (if you included one) and a Google Maps link showing your current location.

As I mentioned there are a few apps that do similar things in the Play Store, but Share Where takes things a step further. Lets say you are traveling and you want to give regular updates on your location. You can simply choose a repeated time interval (ie 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc) and your contacts will get a message at each specified interval. Furthermore, if you have Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can see the status and amount of time left until the next message is sent in your notification area. You can even cancel any future sharing through the expanded notification.


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HTC Zara subpar specs leak

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Since it’s rumored to be an all plastic body, we don’t expect the HTC Zara to be anything more than a budget device. Based on these specs, it’s safe to say that the Sprint-bound phone has budget written all over it. The display size is large, at 4.7-inches, but the resolution is only qHD (960 x 540). You can expect a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, a 1.6Mpx UltraPixel camera,  Bluetooth 4.0, Sense 5.0, and Android 4.2.2.

We probably won’t see this puppy until the 4th quarter, but I’m in no rush.

source: Techkiddy

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 24, 2013

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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

Hidden features of the Galaxy S 4 that every owner needs to know

Apps

Riptide GP2 now in the Play Store

Spacetime Games’ Battle Dragons now out of Beta and available in the Play Store

SwiftKey Beta gets updated with SwiftKey Cloud to backup and sync your personal dictionary

Gaming

Google Play Games app now available on Android devices

Google

Google introduces Chromecast device to easily connect your TV to computing devices

Google Play ‘Textbooks’ announced at “breakfast event” with Sundar Pinchai

Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store


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Hidden features of the Galaxy S 4 that every owner needs to know

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So you own a shiny Galaxy S 4, but where do you start? There are so many features on this phone that I’m shocked it can’t make me a cup of coffee. There are a lot of obvious stuff, but TouchWiz has a lot of hidden features that you might not know about. Here are 10 hidden features that every Galaxy S 4 owner should know compliments of Samsung Tomorrow. You can also check out all our Galaxy S 4 guides here.


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Google announces Android 4.3, available today on most Nexus devices

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As expected Google announced Android 4.3, which will be available today on the new Nexus 7, original Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus. The GS4 and HTC One Google Editions will get the update soon. Some of the features include:

  • Multi-user enhancements – Restricted Profiles – Parents can control who gets access to what apps.
  • Bluetooth Smart technology – Allows you to pair to Smart devices such as heart-rate monitors and fitness sensors
  • Bluetooth AVCRP
  • Background WiFi location
  • OpenGLES 3.0
  • DRM APIs – 1080p video support and Netflix already supports it
  • Faster user switching
  • Dial Pad autocomplete
  • Easier text input
  • new languages

 

Google officially announces the new Nexus 7

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Sundar Pichai hosted a media breakfast this morning and Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s made by ASUS, and has a 7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display at 323ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging, and 9 hours of HD video playback (10 hours of web browsing).

It’s pure black on black and it’s 7.62mm thick (2mm thinner than last year’s model)  and 318 grams (50 grams lighter than the original). An LTE version will also be available. The new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3

The 16GB WiFi version and 32GB WiFi version will be available next Tuesday July 30 at many retailers for $229 and $269 respectively. The LTE will have 32GB of storage and will be priced at $349. It will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless and it will be available in the coming weeks.

You can pre-order yours now from Google Play – 16GB WiFi version / 32GB WiFi version