TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 8, 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

Best Android apps to help you plan the perfect party or get together [August 2013]

How to setup and use Motorola Assist on the Moto X

Apps

PlayStation All-Stars Island game headed to Google Play Store

Google’s My Tracks application updated with improved accuracy, better details, and other features

Carriers

Straight Talk now offering AT&T compatible SIM cards again

Google Glass

Latest word on the street is that Google will set $300 as the price point for Google Glass

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How to setup and use Motorola Assist on the Moto X

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If you’re familiar with the DROID RAZR line, then you are familiar with Smart Actions. Smart Actions allowed you to automate actions based on certain specifications such as silence the phone between midnight and 7:00 am everyday. Well Motorola simplified things with the Moto X and renamed it Assist. Motorola probably found that consumers had a hard time with Smart Actions since there were so many settings, so you will only find the essentials in Assist: Driving, Meeting, and Sleeping. The Driving section lets you customize certain settings to help you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Meeting and Sleeping will eliminate interruptions unless it’s an emergency. Motorola Assist is quite easy to set up, so hit the break and lets get started.

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Don’t expect a Google Play Edition LG G2

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Back in May, LG Europe Vice President Won Kim said that they had no interest in releasing Google Play Edition’s of any of their devices. With yesterday’s announcement of the G2, you might be wondering if things have changed. Unfortunately, the answer is no. According to Ken Hong from LG PR…

“As of right now, LG doesn’t have any plans for a Google Play Edition. The focus for the G2 is penetration through carriers. That however could change down the road.”

We all know things can change, but this is probably a smart move by LG. Google Play Edition devices are only for a very small segment of the population, so why bother with the “me too” approach.

source: Android Community

LG utilizes Graphic RAM (GRAM) on the G2 smartphone, what on earth is it?

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One of the things that LG mentioned during their G2 press event was that the display utilizes Graphic RAM (GRAM), which aids in battery life. What exactly is it? Well first of all, it refers to the Panel Self Refresh (PSR) of the display. With a 60Hz panel, the GPU needs to present the display with the contents of the frame buffer 60 times per second. For fast moving video, this is important. However, when static content such as the home screen or an email is on the display, it’s wasteful. The PSR addresses this.

Interestingly enough, this new optimization isn’t really reducing the display power, it’s actually reducing the System on a Chip (SoC) power. If the display is static, the frame buffer will be copied to a small chunk of memory tied to the display. This is probably around 8MB (1080p @ 32bpp). The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is tied to the SoC and will operate at a lower power state since the refreshes will come from the panel’s memory.

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Straight Talk now offering AT&T compatible SIM cards again

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Back in January, we reported that Straight Talk stopped offering AT&T compatible SIM cards. At that time, they said they would come back, but it has been 8 months now. Well patience is a virtue because they are back. If you’re looking to utilize Straight Talk’s amazing unlimited deal on AT&T, now is the time to head over to their site and grab one. They cost $14.99. Hit the source link to get started.

source: Straight Talk
via: Slickdeals

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 7, 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!!

Hands on with the LG G2

Apps

Moto X Active Display now available on any Android 4.3 device

Android Device Manager begins rolling out, allows you to find your lost phone

Voice messaging arrives on WhatsApp

Instagram updates to 4.1, adds ICS support, ability to import video

Google expands Google Play Music All Access service to nine European countries

Netflix update fixes “sleep of death” issue on 4.3 devices

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Hands on with the LG G2

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LG finally took the wraps off the G2 today in New York City. Due to a plethora of leaks, there wasn’t much to learn about the G2 other than a few UX features. The 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display is absolutely gorgeous and the device appears to be pretty snappy thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC. Specs aside, the G2 is about “Learning from you” with many customization features such as slide-to-slide to making things really quick and easy with Text Link.

The 5.2-inch display is very big, so one handed use is always a concern. LG has your back. With the backside volume and power buttons, it will be easy for you to use this massive phone with one hand. LG found that most people keep set their index finger at the back of the phone when using it so it seemed natural to put the controls there. Of course the .10-inch bezel helps keep the overall size at bay.

Other new features include KnockOn, which allows you to turn on your display with a knock knock on the display. Answer Me will turn down your ringer and answer your phone automatically as you bring it closer to your ear. You will also find some of the familiar stuff like QSlide and QRemote (on G Pro). It’s time to stop the talking and see what this beast is all about. Hit the break for the complete hands on.

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LG G2 poses with the Galaxy S 4 and looks awfully familiar

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Now that the full press image of the LG G2 leaked, why not a shot alongside the Galaxy S 4? That’s exactly what we have here. LG isn’t pulling any punches as to what fan base they are going after because they look awfully familiar don’t they? Other than the screen size and the main home button on the GS4, I’m not sure the average person would know the difference.

I have never been a big fan of LG, but I am looking forward to the event and playing with the G2. Stay tuned for more coverage. One more pic of their backsides after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 6, 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

How to setup and use Touchless Control on the Moto X

How to setup and use Active Display notifications on the Moto X

Accessories

HTC Fetch will keep track of your valuables

Apps

Latest Play Store update 4.3.10 available for download, new recently updated section and more

Twitter app gets an update with two-factor authentication and a new gallery view for search results photos

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How to setup and use Active Display notifications on the Moto X

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The Moto X features Active Display, which gets rid of the archaic notification light found on most phones today. I never cared for the light concept because there wasn’t enough information and no way to tell what types of notifications were pending. Why no other manufacturer didn’t implement something like Active Display before is beyond me, but thankfully Motorola took the bulls by the horns and added another solid feature found on the Moto X.

Motorola found that people turn on their smartphone over 60 times per day on average. What they also found was the majority of those times were for either checking the time or looking for notifications. I don’t have to tell you how much battery that wastes over the course of the day. With Active Display, only part of your screen displays the time and any notifications pending. This information will flash every few seconds like the notification lights found on other phones. In a sense, it probably consumes more battery for the notification aspect of things, but since you won’t need to turn on your display as often, it will take less of a toll on your battery as opposed to traditional notification lights along with turning on the display. I think of it as a secondary lock screen since you can unlock your device from the Active Display as well. The best part of it all is Active Display is so easy to setup and use. Hit the break to get started.

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