New and improved ‘Explore Nearby feature’ coming to Google Maps

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Google recently updated the Maps app last week with new features, but it looks like a handful of people are getting one additional feature. It’s a new and improved “Explore Nearby.”

Everybody already has the current version of Explore Nearby, which will give you ideas for different types of establishments. This newer version gets its own button at the bottom right, and it’s more powerful. It has more groups along with points of interest. You can even select the time of day to get better suggestions such as a bar for later at night.

We aren’t sure when this will land on an official update, but we are thinking sooner rather than later.

source: Android Police

Samsung doesn’t think iPhone fans should wait 2 more months for a bigger iPhone

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When it comes to the iPhone, Samsung has never beaten around the bush. They think they have a superior product and they have mocked iPhone users for a while now. In their latest commercial, it’s all about the display size.

Apple has always been behind the times when it comes to the display. It was only about two years ago, when they finally bumped up the iPhone to 4-inches from 3.5-inches. Apple is expected to finally release something that is closer to the norm in September. The iPhone 6 will mostly likely sport a 4.7-inch display. Samsung thinks that iPhone fans should stop the waiting and just go and buy a Galaxy S 5.

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Samsung Galaxy Avant comes to T-Mobile on July 30, remote device unlocking in tow

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If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.

It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.

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Gameloft releases Modern Combat 5 trailer, pirates release the full game a little early

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Modern Combat 5 will be available on July 24th, and Gameloft released an exciting trailer to wet your appetite. Interestingly enough, the game is already available thanks to underground pirating.

I am not condoning the pirating, but it appears Gameloft released the game a little early to a few people as part of a contest they ran on Facebook. How could you not think something like this would happen? One of the winners started the leak and now 1,000′s of players are enjoying the game a few days before it officially hits Android, iOS, and Windows 8 devices for $6.99

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T-Mobile is testing a phablet from ZTE

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About a week ago, we heard that a new device from ZTE, called the Olympia, could be headed to T-Mobile soon. Now today we are hearing that T-Mobile is testing a ZTE phablet. Is it the same phone? We don’t know, but it seems likely.

Unfortunately we don’t know too much more. The picture above doesn’t reveal too much other than it looks like it’s running stock Android. ZTE announced over the weekend that they would be adopting the Google Now Launcher on future devices, and this one could be among the first ones.

We will keep you posted.

source: evleaks

Upcoming DROID MAXX and DROID Mini will each sport the Snapdragon 801

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It looks like Verizon will continue to push the DROID branded handsets. Last year’s models featured mostly the same specs as the Moto X other than display sizes and storage options. Motorola will probably unveil the Moto X+1 in about a month so that means the new DROIDs will probably get announced around the same time.

A lot of people were disappointed when they heard the Moto X and DROIDs sported the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as part of the Mobile X8 Computing System. This year, things are a little different. It looks like the DROID MAXX and DROID Mini are confirmed to sport the Snapdragon 801, which is found on all the flagships so far this year. Assuming there will be a DROID Ultra again, I think it’s safe to assume it will also sport the same processor, as well as the Moto X+1.

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Here’s our first look at the Moto G sequel

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Motorola is prepping the Moto X+1 for a possible release in the fall, but let’s not forget about the Moto G. The Moto G is Motorola’s best selling phone ever, so it can’t be a shock that a sequel is in the works.

This one might be called the Moto G 2, but we don’t know for sure. This device sports the model number of XT1068 and does look similar to the Moto E. However, the speaker grill at the top is a little longer.

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[New Android Wear App] Pay for your next Starbucks drink with Coffee Time

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If you frequent Starbucks and own an Android Wear smartwatch, you need to download Coffee Time right now. It was one of my favorite apps for the Sony SmartWatch 2, and the developer, Not Just 4 Time, has made it available for Android Wear.

Once you have downloaded the app, just open it on your phone and enter your Starbucks card number, then tap the arrow at the bottom of the screen to send the card number to your watch.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 14 – July 20, 2014

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The G3 just became available and LG already announced a new device, the G3 Beat. The Galaxy Note 4 is shaping up to be the most powerful phone in the universe, but will it keep Samsung’s profits from declining? NVIDIA is going to give it another go with the Shield. This time it’s going to be a tablet, but will consumers actually buy this one? Google and Samsung try to unify home automation, but is that even possible? 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

LG G Watch and Android Wear review: The smartwatch revolution has begun

Accessories

Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio

Android Wear

Minuum shows off early beta of Android Wear keyboard

Google will release a custom watch face API for Android Wear soon, current watch faces may not work with it

[New Android Wear App] Pay for your next Starbucks drink with Coffee Time

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 18, 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!!

Reviews

LG G Watch and Android Wear review: The smartwatch revolution has begun

Apps

Amazon announces Kindle Unlimited subscription service

Facebook testing new Buy Button for purchases within the social platform

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