TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 24, 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!!

Guides

How to use S Health on the Galaxy S 5

Accessories

Here’s a good look at the OnePlus One StyleSwap replaceable back covers

Apps

IFTTT finally makes an Android version available

New image surfaces of revamped Dialer for Android

Hulu Plus adds remote control feature for gaming consoles

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Google+ might be killed off after Vic Gundotra’s departure

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Earlier today, Vic Gundotra left Google. Gundotra’s primary responsibility within the company was their (in)famous social network, Google+. Now that he’s leaving the company, many are wondering what’s going to happen to G+ in the coming months, and while no one has a crystal clear answer, sources are confirming that the social network is going to see some drastic changes and cutbacks.

The biggest change is that Google will stop considering G+ as a product, but instead as a platform. This means Google won’t be trying to compete with networks like Twitter, but will instead use the social network as a launching point for other products. A Google spokesperson denied those claims, but according to some other sources, Google is shuffling around teams away from Google+, so that denial may not hold much water. » Read the rest

Google testing a mobile UI redesign called LEGO

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Google is apparently testing a mobile UI redesign called LEGO, which is essentially a sandbox for mobile search. The UI looks a little different than it does now, but what really stands out is the new super smooth animations.

It’s possible to access the redesign here on mobile, but Google may or may not block it soon. Also, since this is an experiment there’s debug data in the image searches , and it’s suggested that you append “bacon” to your searches. It’s also a little buggy, so keep that in mind. Hit the break for a video showing the new UI!

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Next generation of LG tablets surface at FCC

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Perhaps riding the coattails of success they experienced with the LG G Pad 8.3, two new tablets from LG have surfaced at the FCC suggesting a public release is not too far off. The devices are listed with model numbers LG V700 and LG V400. The V700 is shown in the filings with a landscape orientation, suggesting it may be a larger tablet possibly in the 10-inch range. The V400 on the other hand is shown with a portrait orientation which would be more consistent with a 7- or 8-inch size tablet. » Read the rest

Big Android BBQ 2014 taking place October 16-18

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The Big Android BBQ is a popular Android conference geared towards developers and enthusiasts alike. This year is expected to be the biggest year yet with additional sessions and exhibits. It will be taking place at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas from October 16-18.

This year’s speakers include developers Matt Kranzler and Matt Runo from Zappos and Steve Kondik, founder of the CyanogenMod project. In addition, Google Play Games engineer Nicolas Klein will be in attendance. While there are plenty of other speakers, it is always good to see indie developers in addition to Google employees sharing the stage at a conference.

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Huawei Ascend P7 specs leak, confirming quad-core CPU, 13 megapixel camera and extremely thin design

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We’ve been hearing leaks about the Huawei Ascend P7′s specs since as far back as December, but @evleaks has kindly confirmed what we were already assuming. The P7 will sport a quad-core Kirin processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, and a 13 megapixel camera with an 8 megapixel front shooter. Pretty solid device for 2014. The design is supposedly less than 7 mm thin and it “basically looks like the P6.” If you liked the P6, you’re in luck, but if you were hoping Huawei would shake up the design, you may want to wait for the next model.

source: @evleaks

IFTTT finally makes an Android version available

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IFTTT (IF This Then That) is a fantastic automation and task engine application that was previously only available on iOS, but today it’s finally jumped onto the Play Store, completely free. All you’ll need is an Android tablet or smartphone running 4.0 and up, which should cover just about everyone.

The app showcases a few examples of how you can automate your device, including setting your latest Instagram upload as your device background or uploading to cloud storage of your choice, or upload any screenshots you take to Google Drive. Outside of backing up your photos, you can also set up alerts for sports games or create emails to be sent out once you reach a certain location. Pretty powerful stuff.

If you’re a fan of apps like Tasker, you’ll definitely want to give IFTTT a spin. Hit the break for the download link and some screenshots. » Read the rest

Next generation Motorola smartphone (XT912A) shows up in benchmark

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We know Motorola is readying the next generation Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1, but they are also readying new DROIDs for Verizon Wireless. A new device with the model number of XT912A showed up in GFXBench that is most likely one of these phones.

The specs of the said device include a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (presumably a new version of Moto’s Mobile Computing System), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 4.4.3, which isn’t even out yet.

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PlayOn to bring over 100 channels to Chromecast

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A couple weeks ago we reported about a service called PlayOn, which would allow users to add channels on a server on their computer, and then watch those channels via their Chromecast. At that time, the service was still in beta, which it seems is no longer true.

Using PlayOn, users can stream over 100 channels to their Chromecast, include ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, and so on. To use the with Chromecast, users will need to install PlayOn on both their computer and their mobile device. The subscription costs $29.99 per year, or $59.99 for life. Hit the break for the press release!

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[Breaking] Vic Gundotra is leaving Google

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After almost 8 years with Google, Vic Gundotra is leaving the company. Vic’s position was Senior Vice President for Social at Google ,and he led the creation and rise of Google+.

In a Google+ post, Vic said……

Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else.

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