Nexus Player supports Ethernet through USB-OTG

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I was seriously disappointed when I found out the Nexus Player lacked an Ethernet port, as well as HDMI pass through, but at the least the Ethernet port is solved. By simply adding a microUSB OTG cable to USB Ethernet adapter, an Ethernet connection will be present in the settings. How easy is that?

Since Android TV also includes Google Cast (Chromecasting), this means that all Chromecasting will also work through the Ethernet. Since the Chromecast itself only works though WiFi, many are suffering with either poor or inconsistent WiFi. By grabbing the Nexus Player, you will essentially be upgrading your Chromecast to a wired connection, as well as gaining all the added benefits of Android TV like gaming, a remote control, and on screen navigation.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 6, 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!!

Accessories

Google puts two Nexus 6 cases in the Play Store, labeled as “Coming soon”

Powermod releases chargers with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology

Apps

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app is a powerful sleep tracker for your smartphone

Microsoft offering sign up for Office preview on Android tablets

HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store


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Samsung to launch new phone series after Galaxy A arrival

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We all know that Samsung has a lot of devices on the market. In the last few months, the company did start to condense its range of tablets. That is not likely to happen with its phones, but Samsung will take a look at how they are named. On the heels of the Galaxy A arrival, Samsung is going to introduce another series with the single letter approach.

The logical series to assume that this is for would be whatever falls under Project Zero, Samsung’s next flagship.

Source: SamMobile

Motorola Solutions making phones for public safety employees

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Just because Motorola Solutions is separate from the Motorola we all know all love doesn’t mean they cannot make phones. In fact, Motorola Solutions makes more than one phone. You likely have not seen any of them because they are not for the consumer electronics crowd. These phones are for public safety employees like police officers, firefighters and EMTs. So it is not surprising that the design is… tough. These phones are no Moto X or DROID Turbo in terms of looks. Durability is what is at stake.


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Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop

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In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.

The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.


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WhatsApp update now shows when messages have been read

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You may recall that Facebook acquired WhatsApp Messenger back in February for an eye-watering $19 billion, and is only now in the process of rolling out its first major update for the service. Don’t get too excited, though, as the added functionality is not welcomed by many.

If you’re either an avid user of WhatsApp or a complete novice, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of its ‘double tick’ delivery system. If not, don’t worry. It’s simple. A grey tick on its own represents that a message has been successfully sent, while two grey ticks mean it has been delivered to the recipient’s phone. However, Facebook has decided to adapt this feature.


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Android sees market share growth in latest Comscore report

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Breaking the trend, Android’s market share has risen from 51.9% to 52.1% in the three months ending September 2014. Apple’s iOS, however, saw a slight dip down to 41.7% from the 42.1% share they saw in the previous three month period. Good new for Microsoft though as they saw another steady increase from 3.4% to 3.6%. Blackberry, however, lost 0.1% of the market, which Symbian somehow managed to pick up, going from 0.1% to 0.2%.


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See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

android-appsApps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.
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HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store

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In an effort to provide quick and easy updates, HTC has been uploading their system apps to the Play Store, and today the HTC Weather app makes its debut on Google’s marketplace. The download is exclusive to HTC devices. No new features or improvements are included, this just allows HTC to update the app without the need for a full system update. Hit the break for a gallery of screenshots and a download link.
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