Google Play Edition Moto G receiving Android 4.4.4 update

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Android 4.4.4 wasn’t a major update, but there were some decently-sized bug fixes involved. Nonetheless, users are wondering when their devices will finally receive the update — those with the Google Play Edition Moto G can now stop wondering.

The 4.4.4 update is now pushing out to the phone, so if you have one, you can either wait for it to hit your device or flash it yourself. The download mirror to the software’s file is in the source link.

Source: XDA

LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live get the teardown treatment

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It’s a tradition to teardown every new device, and smartwatches are no exception. Last week, the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live were introduced as the first Android Wear watches, and AnAndTech has opened up both devices.

Both watches are held together by screws, but the Gear Live is a little more difficult to take apart. Both watches reveal the Qualcomm 400, which is a quad-core processor, but it’s likely that only one core is in use. This is based on benchmark tests conducted by Arstechnica. This seems likely since a quad-core does seem like overkill for such devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 mini is official

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Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy S 5 mini earlier today, and as expected, the specs are toned down, not the software.

It includes a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p (1280 x 720) display with Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 64 GB of storage, 8 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.4. Just like it’s bigger brother, it sports I67 certification.

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Galaxy Mega 2 gets benchmarked, confirms quad-core CPU and 5.9-inch screen

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Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2 has broken cover a few times, so everyone knows that the sequel to that enormous Galaxy Mega is definitely happening. However, thanks to the latest benchmark scores from a rumored Galaxy Mega 2, we know what kind of hardware the phablet will have whenever it does launch.

The benchmark says the Mega 2 will have a 5.9-inch, 720p screen, down from the 6.3-inch screen on the Galaxy Mega that we saw in the US last year. Other specs include a quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal space, an 8 megapixel rear camera and an impressive 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Nothing to brag about, but it’s shaping up to be a solid device.

The original Galaxy Mega is starting to show its age, so it shouldn’t be too much longer until Samsung officially takes the wraps off of this year’s iteration.

source: GFXBench

via: GSM Arena

Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

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Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 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!!

Guides

How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch

Android Wear walkthrough

Android Auto

Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

LG announces that it has joined the Open Automotive Alliance and is committed to Android Auto

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‘Buy Now’ buttons appear in tweets, suggesting Twitter Shopping is on its way

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It looks as though Twitter Shopping is finally about to make an appearance. Some users have been reporting that they’ve seen “Buy Now” buttons in tweets, mostly in the Twitter mobile app.

The products that are being shared with the “Buy Now” buttons come from a shopping app called Fancy. Fancy originally pitched the idea to Twitter back in January, but Twitter didn’t do anything about it. Until now, it seems.

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Moto X+1 specs leaked by Brazilian website

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We’ve seen a couple leaks related to the Motorola Moto X+1, but nothing too substantial. Until now, that is. A Brazilian website may have just leaked the specs of the upcoming device. The Logos bookstore is in the process of creating a pre-order page for the device.

This is the same bookstore that leaked the Moto E two days before it was officially launched, so that gives this site a little more credibility. According to the website, the Moto X+1 will include a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot for those who want to expand. Furthermore, the device will include a 12MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing one.

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Via: PhoneArena

Images of Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact leaked

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Sony has been releasing a new flagship device every six months now, and it seems as though an image has been leaked of their next flagship device. The leaked images show what is allegedly the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

According to the images, there will be some similarities between the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia T, but it seems that the Z3 will have a metal frame. Rumors suggest that Sony will be using the Snapdragon 801 for both the Z3 and the Z3 Compact, and they will be waiting for Xperia Z4 to use the Snapdragon 810.

Source: Esato
Via: PhoneArena