TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 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!!

Reviews

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Android TV

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

Plex announces its support for Android TV and the upcoming Nexus Player

AOL jumps on the Android TV bandwagon


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Google posts Android Lollipop Statue Unwrapped video

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Unless you have been living under a rock all day, you are well aware that Google announced that Android 5.0 will officially be called Lollipop. Per tradition, a statue was added at the Googleplex. However things are a little different this year in that the statue is usually erected well before the release of the SDK. Maybe they waited this year because of the leaked Nexus 5 from last year’s KitKat statue video?

Who knows, but Google did release a video of this year’s unwrapping of the Lollipop statue, well after all Nexus devices have been announced. Let us know if you see next year’s Nexus in it.

You can hit the break to see it.


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Messenger application will not replace Hangouts on Nexus 6

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On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
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Android Lollipop features “Factory Reset Protection” to stop thieves from wiping stolen phones

Android-5.0-LollipopSecurity and device encryption are hot topics lately, and Google is staying ahead of the game by building a ton of useful new features into the latest version of Android. We already know that Lollipop will feature device encryption by default, but it looks like Google is taking an extra step towards making sure that a stolen phone can’t be wiped and re-used.
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Androidify update overhauls with new design, GIFs, and new items

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When Google introduces something new, it seems like everything happens at once. One of the lesser known but certainly fun announcements from today’s Nexus extravaganza is the update to Androidify. The app allows users to create themselves (or anyone else) in the form of an Android-like character. Google has brought a ton of exciting new features to Androidify including character animations, GIFs, new items, and additional language support. Of course, you will notice a new user design with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Finally, Google encourages everyone to share characters on the Androidify website for use in a television commercial or YouTube video.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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Google shows us what the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 have to offer in a couple of new promotional videos

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Google took the wraps off its latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet a short while ago, and it’s pretty safe to say that there’s a huge amount of excitement running through the Android community right now.

Unfortunately, we can’t actually get our hands on either of these devices until the end of October, but just to make sure we’re suitably teased for their release, Google has posted a promotional video for each unit on its YouTube channel.

Each short movie explains the design choices for the featured handset, highlights key specs, focuses on dimensions and shows some exclusive previews of Lollipop in an effort to entice us to get our mitts on the device as soon as possible.

Hit the break below to view the two short 45-second videos.


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LG aims to improve camera in next flagship device

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LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.

LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.

source: Naver
via: G for Games

Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

Anyone interested?