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

 

 

 

 

 

3GB LPDDR3 mobile DRAM for smartphones coming soon from Samsung

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You guys didn’t think we were going stay at 2GB of RAM forever did you? In the no shocker news of the day, Samsung announced they are now producing 3GB LPDDR DRAM for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It uses six 20-nanometer (nm) class four gigabit LPDDR3 chips that are stacked in two sets of three chips at 0.8 millimeters high. Other than more memory, it will also allow for thinner smartphone designs and more space for larger batteries. Seems like a win win to me.

Manufacturers should start utilizing the upgraded memory during the second half of the year. Hmmm, I wonder if it will find its way into the Galaxy Note III?

source: Samsung Tomorrow

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

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I don’t know about you, but SwiftKey is definitely my keyboard of choice. The only complaint I have ever had with it is the fact that there was no option for backing up the dictionary. Who wants to start over when you get another phone or more important, wouldn’t it be cool if you could work with one dictionary across multiple devices? Well a lot of customers felt the same way I did, and SwiftKey listened. The latest Beta update for both smartphones and tablets now has what they are calling SwiftKey Cloud. It will backup all your words, phrases, and habits that SwiftKey has learned from you. It will sync across devices and if you buy a new device, it will still be right there. Hit the break for a demo video and download links for SwiftKey Beta 4.2 and let us know what you think.

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

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If you’re any kind of a gamer, then you are familiar with Spacetime Games. Pocket Legends, Arcane Legends, Dark Legends, and Star Legends are some of the best games available on Android. They just released their latest creation, Battle Dragons, which is guaranteed to be another hit. In this game you get to command a dragon army battling hundreds of thousands of other dragon tribes. It’s a battle and build game and won’t cost you a dime. Full list of features, gamer trailer, and download links after the break.

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Riptide GP2 now in the Play Store

Riptide_GP2_Icon_LargeThe newest edition of the Riptide series, Riptide GP2, is now available in the Play Store. I have already played it a little bit and it’s appears to be a winner. Whether you are a fan of the original or just new to the series, you will sure to be impressed with GP2. The graphics are improved and there is an all-new career mode. Let’s not forget about online multi-player races and dozens of new stunts. The game is available to all, but Tegra 4 (not many of you) owners will enjoy extra special effects. The game costs $2.99, which is chump change for such a high quality game. Hit the break for the full list of features, trailer video, and download links.

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Wallpapers from new Nexus 7 now available for download [Updated]

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With each new Nexus comes at least one new Wallpaper. The image above is the new default on the new Nexus 7 that will be announced later today. There also seems to be two other new ones as well (pictured below). You can download either one of these separately, by clicking or tapping on either image to get the full size. Then, if you’re on a desktop, right click and click save as. Or, if you’re on your phone or tablet, long press, and tap “save as”. We also have the link below for the full zip file that includes all the wallpapers on the new Nexus 7.

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