TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 26, 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!!

Apps

‘CallHeads’ app released, allows for less interruption of app activity during incoming calls

Give the new Motorola X camera app a spin with this apk

Google

Google has another set-top TV box in the works

Hardware

Overkill, much? LG announces partnership with MediaTek to develop triple-SIM phones

Phones

Galaxy Note III specs confirmed: 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.3

Sony ‘Honami’ pictured alongside the Xperia Z

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Sony ‘Honami’ pictured alongside the Xperia Z

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We have some more pictures of the Sony ‘Honami’, this time alongside the Xperia Z. You can clearly see the ‘Honami’ is a little longer, but it has a similar design. We also get a another glimpse of the new camera interface.

The ‘Honami’ is looking like a beast, but you know all the competitors will have an answer. Can Sony finally make a dent in the U.S. market? More images after the break.

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Galaxy Note III specs confirmed: 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.3

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There has been a lot of speculation about the Galaxy Note III specs, mostly regarding the display size. We have heard everything from 5.7-inches to 6.3-inches. Apparently the plan was for 5.99-inches, but they scrapped those plans to go with 5.7-inches after market response from the Galaxy Mega series.

The rest of the specs indicate a Snapdragon 800, but I would suspect that is more region oriented. I fully expect an Exynos version to be available internationally. We can also expect 3GB of RAM, which we already reported on. Last but not least, it will come with Android 4.3 out of the box. This isn’t surprising because last year’s Galaxy Note II had the newly announced Android 4.1 out of the box. As far as design, it will most likely be just like the Galaxy S 4.

source: Techkiddy

Google has another set-top TV box in the works

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We heard reports that Google was working on a new set-top box, but when the Chromecast was announced, the early assumption was that this was the device. Apparently there is another device in the pipeline, but unfortunately we don’t know if it will ever come out. It was actually referred to as an “over-the-top” set-top box a couple of months ago. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Google actually showed the prototype in private back at CES 2013.

It was powered by Android and demoed by Andy Rubin. It even had a video camera and motion sensor for Hangouts. The original plan was to launch this device at Google I/O, but obviously that didn’t happen. Did Google scrap plans for the device in favor of the Chromecast or is there room for the two devices. As expected Google didn’t make a comment on this topic, but one thing they did say was that Google TV isn’t dead. In fact, the plan is to bring the Chromecast feature to Google TVs soon.

The Chromecast seems like an amazing device, but to me it’s not the holy grail. It doesn’t have local media streaming and it doesn’t have HDMI pass through like Google TV boxes. However, at $35 it is a very compelling product for most people. I still think Google is going to come out with yet another product that has more features to satisfy the power hungry users.

source: Wall Street Journal

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 25, 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!!

Reviews

Share Where Location Sharing [Travel & Local]

Apps

Chromecast app now available in the Play Store

Get Ready for Football Season with Yahoo’s Fantasy Football Sports App

Chromecast

Google ends Netflix promotion connected to Chromecast

Google

Watch Google’s Nexus 7, Chromecast, and Android 4.3 event here

Google Play Games features Easter Egg utilizing Konami code

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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