Sprint to include ‘App Pass’ on all Android phones starting August 29

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Earlier today, Sprint announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and the announcement of “App Pass” came along with it.

App Pass gives users access to premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. They will also throw in a $5 credit for each month to spend on in-app purchases. Apps such as OfficeSuite 7 Pro, Camera Zoom FX, and Minuum Keyboard are included as well as games from Gameloft and Oceanhouse Media. If users want to try it out before committing, Sprint is offering a 14-day free trial run.


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Samsung to offer an ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4

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With every new phone comes new accessories, and the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be alone. It appears Samsung is working on an ultrasonic cover that could be utilized for those that have vision-related disabilities.

According to SamMobile, the cover will detect nearby objects from its ultrasonic sensor and provide feedback. Users will also be able to choose between three different levels: short, middle, and long.

An insider with a Note 4 prototype sent in the complete description from the accessory, of which you can see after the break.


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[Deal] Grab the Moto X and get a free wooden back upgrade

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Motorola continues to offer deals on the Moto X. If you grab the phone between now and August 21, you will be able to select a wooden back at no extra charge. That’s a $25 savings, and it works for both off contract and on contract pricing. So hit the source link below and get your order in. Of course, I wouldn’t blame you for waiting to see what the Moto X+1 is all about.

source: Moto Maker

Sprint officially announces the Sharp Aquos Crystal for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 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

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

Apps

Ignore No More lets parents lock a child’s device if they refuse to respond to calls and texts

YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

Newest Mozilla Firefox nightly adds experimental Chromecast support


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Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

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Sometime after Amazon launched their first tablets, the rumors started circulating that they were readying a smartphone. However, it took nearly 3 years until something official was introduced. What took so long? Reports indicated that Amazon went back to the drawing board at least once, possibly more. Amazon knew this was a bold move and they wanted to “get it right.” They decided that the world needed something different, and it would take a little longer. By incorporating multiple camera lenses, the Fire Phone features a user interface with a Dynamic Perspective giving you a somewhat 3D experience. Yes it’s a gimmick, but the Amazon Fire Phone is more about selling Amazon products and services. Gimmicks aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Samsung has made a lot of money with gimmicks, so it’s possible Amazon could find that same success. However, this is no Android phone. Yes, it’s built using Android, but it feels like a completely different operating system. It doesn’t even have any of the same Google services that you will find on the majority of other Android (and Apple) phones. Buying the Fire Phone is like buying into something completely different, so it better offer something very compelling. Does the world need an Amazon phone?


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The Moto G2 display assembly shows up online

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The Moto G2 will probably be unveiled in a couple of weeks on September 4 alongside the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s expected to sport a 5-inch display, which is a huge upgrade from the 4.5-incher that was on the original.

Speaking of the display, it has appeared on a Chinese site called Taobao. In fact, you can even buy is for ¥350.00 or about $57.00, not that you would really want to, but if you’re someone who has to have it all, then you might.


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Huawei schedules event for September 4

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It looks like Motorola won’t be the only ones having a big day on September 4th because Huawei is looking to steal some of the spotlight. Invitations have been sent out for an event that will most likely be the unveiling of the Ascend Mate 7.

As per normal practice, the invitation only reveals just a little bit of info. In this case, it’s a fingerprint, which has to mean a fingerprint scanner will be present on the phone. The Ascend Mate 7 is expected to have a 6-inch display and have two variants for resolution, a QHD (2560 x 1440) and Full HD (1920 x 1080). Expect Huawei’s own Kirin 920 octa-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facer for your selfies.

source: GSMArena

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 11 – August 17, 2014

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We finally have the official launch date for what could be the most anticipated Android device this year. No it’s not a phone, it’s a smartwatch. It’s the Moto 360, and let’s just say September is going to be a great month. Samsung is finally offering a phone sporting metal, but just how much metal is in Samsung’s future? HTC is trying something completely different. Will it yield dividends? Will the DROID make a comeback with the DROID Turbo? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

Accessories

[Deal] Take 40% off all Huawei accessories through August 18

Amazon debuts mobile payment accessory

Android TV

Possible 10.3-inch Android TV box hits benchmark site


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 15, 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

Afterlight, a photography editing app, now available in Play Store following iOS success

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

Google Search will now listen for multiple languages at the same time


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