TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 31, 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 bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

Accessories

HTC unveils its new Rapid Charger 2.0

Cameras

RE Camera in orange gets delayed, HTC offers 10% discount


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New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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If you cast your mind back to September, you may remember that the folks over at SamMobile managed to get their mitts on an exclusive preview of Lollipop running on a Galaxy S5, but as Samsung was still working on a strategy to make TouchWiz compatible with Google’s Material Design guidelines, the firmware was rather buggy and a number of inconsistencies could be spotted throughout the user interface.

Now, however, the online publication is in possession of a new internal Android Lollipop preview. This time it’s the latest build of Android 5.0 (LRX02E) and at first glance it looks to be miles better than the version previously demoed. It’s a lot smoother for starters, and there’s a truckload of additional features. Us naming the changes is all well and good, but wouldn’t you rather see them in action?

If your answer to the question is yes — hit the break to watch the new leaked Android 5.0 firmware running on a Galaxy S5.


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Amazon exec admits Fire Phone pricing was too high, but it was more than that

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The Amazon Fire Phone was a dud based on the fact that company took a $170 million hit because of it. Pricing was probably the biggest complaint of the phone, which was $199 (32 GB) on a two year contract. Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp told Fortune, “We didn’t get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say, ‘we missed.’ And so we corrected.” That correction came in September, when the price came down to 0.99 cents on the same two year contract.


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OnePlus One dressed in Kevlar pictured

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Pictured above appears to be a OnePlus One with a StyleSwap cover made of Kevlar. In fact, it looks a lot like the DROID Turbo’s ballistic nylon that features Kevlar underneath.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we will ever see this option since OnePlus put the kibosh on StyleSwap covers until probably the next  generation phone. However, this cover isn’t all that surprising since they did say they would offer a variety of StyleSwap textures such as silk, sandstone, denim, and yes, Kevlar. So this is likely a prototype cover that will never get released, at least for the OnePlus One.

One more pic after the break.


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HTC ekes out a small 3rd quarter profit

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HTC made a profit for the second straight quarter, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. They just reported 3rd quarter results which showed NT 0.6 billion ($19 million) in net profit after taxes. Interestingly enough this small profit is lower than the last quarter, which came in at NT 2.3 billion ($75 million). So I am not sure the trend is all that great, but a profit is a profit right? Revenues were also down from the previous quarter, NT 41.9 billion ($1.38 billion) vs NT 65.1 ($2.17 billion).

HTC said that the One (M8) did well “despite stiff competition,” and they expect revenues to go up slightly in the 4th quarter.

Is HTC back or is this going to be short-lived?

source: HTC (PDF)

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 30, 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!!

Android Wear

Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

Apps

djay 2 app spins up for Android

Any.do app gets major update focused on collaboration

Google Play Books gets an update to help users skip around


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