Google’s Nexus Player is Google’s first Android TV device

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We had a chance to see Android TV in action back at Google I/O, and now it’s finally going to be available for all. We also didn’t think Google would brand their own set-top box, but they are. The Nexus Player, made by ASUS, is Google’s first Android TV device, and their first set-top box of any kind.

Going with the round shape, it looks a little different from other streaming devices on the market. It packs a 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, support for 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), and HDMI out. It’s also Google Cast ready. Surprisingly, it doesn’t have an HDMI input like past Google TV boxes.


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Nexus 6 with Android Lollipop officially unveiled, pre-orders start late October for $649

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Well it’s official folks. The Nexus from Motorola and Google has finally been announced. There really isn’t much too surprising with it other than the price.

As far as specs go, the Nexus 6 has a 5.96-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display at 493 ppi, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, Adreno 420 GPU, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 13 MP rear camera with OIS and HDR+, 2 MP front-facing camera, dual front-facing stereo speakers, a 3,220 mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also has Motorola’s Turbo Charging technology, which means you can charge an additional 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.


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The ASUS PadFone X mini is coming to AT&T on Oct. 24, $199 contract free on GoPhone

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ASUS, AT&T, and Intel sent out a presser this morning letting us know that the PadFone X will be available on AT&T GoPhone for $199. That means no contract or commitments.

The PadFone X mini features a 4.5-inch IPS+ 854 x 480 display, a 1.6 GHz 2×2 Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64 GB of extra storage, 5 MP rear camera, 1 MP front-facing camera, an Intell XMM 7160 LTE modem, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

When the phone is docked, you get a 7-inch tablet experience utilizing the 7-inch IPS+ 1280 x 800 display. The phone itself has a 2060 mAh battery and the tablet dock sports 2200 mAh.

We have the full presser after the break.


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Samsung SDI develops new batteries that are both flexible and rollable

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As the smartphone market continues to get saturated, manufacturers will continue to invest in the wearable market. Samsung SDI already offers flexible batteries, but they just unveiled the next generation, which can be rolled in the shape of a paper cup.

Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing these batteries anytime soon since the technology isn’t ready yet. We are probably looking at about three years until the first devices start utilizing them.


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Oppo N3 smart rotating camera gets a demo video

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Just like the Oppo N1, the Oppo N3 is going to feature a rotating camera. However, this time you don’t have to manually move it. It will sport a motor for automatic rotations.

How do we know this? A rather official video was posted showing how it works. It’s referred to a “Smart rotating camera,” which implies that it will automatically move based on what mode or setting the user selects. In other words, if you go into selfie mode, it will simply rotate on its own.

You can check out the video after the break.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The best Samsung smartphone ever

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About 4 years ago, the first Galaxy Note was unveiled, which started a new trend of phones pushing the envelope with display size. The original Note had a 5.3-inch display, which seemed huge at that time. With each edition, Samsung increased the display size by 0.2-inches, topping out at 5.7-inches with last year’s Galaxy Note 3. The Note series has always catered to a niche audience because of its size alone. Fearing that niche could dwindle, Samsung decided to not increase the display size for the Note 4. That is very rare in the Android world where every flagship phone’s display goes up at least 0.1-inches just because. As much as consumers love large phones, there is a limit. It’s the reason why even the most loyal Android fanboys are concerned with the upcoming Nexus 6 and its 5.9-inch display.

So with the display size staying the same, you would think the Note 4 is just a minor upgrade, but nothing could be further from the truth. The display has increased from 1080p (1920 x 1080) to 2K Quad HD (2560 x 1440). The processor has been bumped to the best one available today, and the camera has been upgraded in not only megapixels, but with the addition of optical image stabilization. On top of all this, Samsung finally upgraded the design and materials significantly.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 14, 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

Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

Dropbox usernames and passwords leak online, Denies responsibility and says passwords expired

Carriers

AT&T Hints at Imminent Nexus 6 Release

Verizon to launch Motorola Droid Turbo at an event on October 28th

New image and details for Verizon’s DROID TURBO surface

Verizon soak test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini brings VoLTE


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Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

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Do you remember video streaming service called Qik? Well Skype acquired them a few years ago and closed down the app, but it’s back in a new format. It’s called Skype Qik, and it’s all about video messaging. Basically, it’s just like texting, but with video instead.

You can set up a group of friends and quickly and easily send short videos. If you ever want to delete a video, you can, but the app will automatically delete content after two weeks.


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