Details and images of the Motorola DROID Turbo leak along with Moto S back plate

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It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.

Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 22, 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!!

Apps

Microsoft offers 30GB to OneDrive users that use auto upload feature

Google Now brings in flight price monitoring card

Apple will not shutdown Beats Music, it will be retooled instead

Plex Plans Price Increase for new Plex Pass Subscribers


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 15 – September 21, 2014

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It was a rather slow week, but there were some interesting things. Android One was officially launched for the next 5 billion people. The Galaxy Note 4 goes on pre-order, but does it stand a chance against the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Speaking of pre-orders, the Moto X 2014 is also available. Will it rise above the original? We seem to be getting closer to a new DROID launch on Verizon. Is turbo charging enough to make it successful or does Motorola and Verizon have something else up their sleeves? Oh yeah, Amazon announced new Kindle tablets. That’s right more devices with forked versions of Android. Woo Hoo!! It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Galaxy S 5 Sport for Sprint quick review

Accessories

Nexus 9 keyboard shows itself in NCC filing

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

Android TV

After departure of project lead, Google’s Android@Home may be in trouble

ASUS ‘Nexus Player’ benchmarks surface, could be an Android TV launch device


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 19, 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!!

Chrome

Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps

Gaming

Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android

Google

The Play Store could start listing in-app purchase price ranges later this month


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Sony announces SmartEyeglass and software development kit preview

Sony_SmartEyeglass_01Sony isn’t interested in sitting back and watching other manufacturers get into the smart glass game. They just announced SmartEyeglass which is another version of Google Glass.

The image above doesn’t look all that appealing, but Sony says it’s a prototype. It will do most of the same things that Google Glass does such as superimposing images, videos, and text. It also includes a 3 MP camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness sensor, and a compass. Battery life is one of the biggest complaints with Google Glass, so Sony has added a bulky battery pack that is wired to the glasses. I’m not sure that is the answer. The prototype will connect to smartphones running Android 4.1 and higher.


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Samsung to implement a fingerprint scanner on their next smartwatch, but do they need to?

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It seems as though both Apple and Samsung are at a war to figure out who can jam as much junk into their smartwatches. After the Apple Watch was announced with a slew of features, including paying for purchases at retailers (a useful one), Samsung is looking to one-up their favorite fruit company.

Apparently they are working on implementing a fingerprint scanner for what could be their next smartwatch. They are also working with PayPal for a new payment solution. In fact, users might even be able to purchase things before entering the store.


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The Play Store could start listing in-app purchase price ranges later this month

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You probably have noticed that many apps in the Play Store have “offers in-app purchases” listed near the install icon. The only problem with that is you really don’t know if it’s one small purchase to get rid of ads or if there is a slew of options. Well it looks like Google will start listing in-app purchase price ranges soon.

This information came from Google support when they contacted the developer of GoneMad Music Player regarding Google’s new policy that all developers of paid and in-app purchase apps must provide their publicly visible address. Hit the break for the full text.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 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!!

Apps

Findery, an app full of location stories and notes, launches for Android

Google testing optional Home button for Chrome’s Android app

Carriers

AT&T to start taking Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders on September 19th

Motorola Moto X (2014) will not be available with Sprint

Motorola to bring new fast-charging Droid to Verizon in October


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Qualcomm’s Vuforia empowers developers to build augmented reality apps for digital eyewear devices

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Qualcomm already has a product called Vuforia that empowers developers to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices. With over 100,000 registered developers across 130 countries, we now have roughly 10,000 apps available today on Android and iOS. Today at Uplinq, Qualcomm is taking it one stop further by announcing the Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear.

This SDK will give developers the necessary tools to make augmented reality apps for digital eyewear devices such as the Moverio BT-200 and the upcoming Samsung Gear VR. Maybe even Google Glass. With advanced computer vision functionality, these devices will be able to recognize images and objects in the user’s field of view. With this SDK, Vuforia applications will be able to dynamically adapt to a wearer’s facial geometry thanks to an easy-to-use calibration method.


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Dropbox, Google, Open Technology Fund, Security Researchers to simplify security tools

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There seems to be a lot of talk about security and privacy today. First Apple took shots at Google in their statement about privacy. Then it was revealed that Google would enable device encryption by default in Android L. Now Google is collaborating with Dropbox, the Open Technology Fund, and leading security researchers for Simply Secure, a new organization that will make open source security tools simpler and easier for people to use.

Many of the security tools that are in place are just too complicated for the average consumer. Take two-factor authentication for instance. It’s widely used in many services, including Gmail and Dropbox, but so few people utilize it. Most people don’t even lock their smartphones.


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