TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 16, 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!!

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Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio

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Amazon Prime Instant Video might finally come to Android devices

ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

Chrome for Android updated with improved text rendering for non-mobile sites

Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

DirecTV opens NFL Sunday Ticket to users without satellite service, but there is a catch

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DirecTV opens NFL Sunday Ticket to users without satellite service, but there is a catch

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Big news from DirecTV today, but is it? Starting with the 2014 NFL Season, you don’t need a DirecTV subscription to enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket. DirecTV is opening the coveted service to anyone that wants to subscribe to the package, allowing them to stream it to their mobile devices or other media streamers. No satellite required.

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Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video might finally come to Android devices

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Even though Amazon has their own Kindle line of tablets powered by a forked version of Android, they have made the majority of their apps available to other Android devices except for one. That one app is Amazon Prime Instant Video, and as this point in the game, we just assumed they would never release it. However, it looks like the tide might be changing.

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LTE-A Galaxy S 5′s 2k screen gets reviewed, shows improvement over current models

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Last year, we saw Samsung release a slightly tuned-up version of the Galaxy S 4, complete with LTE-A support. The same thing happened this year, with the GS5 Broadband LTE-A getting released in South Korea with a Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, all slightly better than what comes with the standard Galaxy S 5. The most important difference, however, is the 2k screen that comes with the LTE-A version of the device. » Read the rest

LG G3 S (or G3 Mini) receives certification in China, user manual leaks

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Every flagship smartphone gets a miniature sibling to go along with it. All of the cool manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple — do it! The launch these smaller devices usually happens a few months after the flagship’s launch. LG, though, does not seem to be choosing to wait very long to release the watered-down version of the G3. The G3 S believed to be this device and it has received certification in China. » Read the rest

Best Buy now carrying Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch

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There is one more place to purchase an Android Wear device from. Best Buy is now carrying smartwatches from both Samsung and LG. Prior to this, the only places to get such devices from were Google Play and Amazon. Through Best Buy, the G Watch is ready to ship; however, the Gear Live is currently listed as only a pre-order. Both colors of the G Watch are available (Titanium Black and White Gold) and Best Buy has the Gear Live in Black and Wine Red.

Hit any of the links below to order one today.

Source: Best Buy [LG G Watch - Titan Black] [LG G Watch - White Gold] [Samsung Gear Live - Black] [Samsung Gear Live - Wine Red]

ESPN updates its fantasy football app with new push notifications and user interface

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Hockey, basketball and the World Cup are over — you know what that means.

That’s right, football season is fast approaching, and fantasy football sites everywhere are opening their doors for faithful fans to register for this year’s game.

In preparation for this season, ESPN has completely overhauled its fantasy football app.

In addition to an all new design, you’ll also now get push notifications when a trade is proposed, injuries take place and points are scored. You can also now manage your league’s draft right from the app — a useful tool if you’re away from home during the draft.

Hit the break for screenshots as well as the link to the app in the Play Store.

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood brings star’s power to mobile gaming

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Kim Kardashian has built an empire being Kim Kardashian and now that success has extended to mobile gaming. Glu Mobile’s Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was released on June 25th and has already rocketed up the charts to become the third most downloaded game in Apple’s App Store and is in the top ten free games in Google’s Play Store. The game has also garnered near unanimous praise from users ranking five stars. The question now is whether Glu and Kardashian can build on the solid start or will this prove to be another boom/bust for a mobile gaming developer. » Read the rest