Amazon finally announces Fire TV set-top box and gaming controller

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After months and months of rumors, Amazon finally took the wraps off of their Fire TV set-top box. As one would expect, it’s a Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV competitor, but priced at $99, will it be compelling enough?

Fire TV is based on Android and will include a number of apps. The top of the list is Amazon Instant Video, which will probably never ever be officially available to the Chromecast. It will also offer a slew of other apps, most of them coming soon. These include Pandora, MLB.tv, NBA, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and Crackle. The interface seems basic enough. The home screen shows your watchlist, movies, and TV shows along with search. It can also predict what you want to watch and an ASAP feature will start playing your selection instantly once you click on the Play button.

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Here are the new features Google is working on for Gmail

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Gmail just turned 10, and it has evolved a lot over the years. That evolution isn’t going to stop, so what new things can we expect? A few screenshots leaked that show more tabs, a new pin system, and a new snooze feature.

Last year, Google introduced tabs, which include Social, Promotions, Forums, and Updates. A future update is likely to include additional tabs such as Travel, Purchases, and Finance. I’m not a big fan of the tabs, so we will have to see how this works out.

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Here’s why Samsung thinks the Galaxy S 5 is more superior than the HTC One (M8)

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It’s not surprising that Samsung thinks their flagship, the Galaxy S 5, is more superior than the HTC One (M8). We haven’t completed our review of either phone, but there is a pretty good chance that the media is going to side with HTC on this. The Galaxy S 5 will launch globally next week and training materials have leaked showing why the Galaxy S 5 is a better phone, at least according to Samsung.

HTC’s claim to fame has been the metal design, but as I always say, beauty is only skin deep. Whether you are a Samsung fan or an HTC fan, Samsung does make a decent case as to why consumers should choose the GS5.

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Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 1, 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!!

April Fools’ Day jokes

Google April Fools’ Day jokes for 2014

Breaking: Google buys Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock

SwiftKey brings their Flow gesture-input to the desktop with ‘Flow Hard’

Accessories

Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

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Android distribution numbers for April proudly display KitKat breaking 5%

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The latest version of Android is on the rise. Last month, Android 4.4 KitKat sat around 2.5% and that number has doubled since to 5.3%! As more flagship devices running KitKat have yet to be released, May and June will likely see rather large increases. Also, some older devices are going to be getting KitKat as well. Its predecessor, Jelly Bean, saw just a minor drop in percentage points.

Thankfully, older versions of Android are seeing declines. Gingerbread dropped 1.2% and somehow Honeycomb is clinging on for dear life. At some point this year, I do expect Honeycomb to let go. A version like Ice Cream Sandwich can stick around a little bit longer since its core does resemble more recent versions; however, updates to Jelly Bean are still expected.

Source: Android Developers

Play Store shares ‘My Play activity’ as an activity feed for everyone

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Ever wonder exactly what you have rated or +1′d in the Play Store? Now you can check what you and everyone else has had to say about applications in the Play Store with ‘My Play activity.’ In the image above, you can see how it resembles an activity feed. The page will also be accessible through Google+. My Play activity and additional features will be rolled out to more users over time.

Hit the source link to get an idea of what to expect.

Source: My Play Activity (example)

Nexus 10 listed as “coming soon” on Google Play

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Details about the new version of the Nexus 10 have been a little cloudy of late, and there have been a number of rumors about who would make the new device. The Nexus 10 has been listed as out of stock since the new Nexus 5 was released, and not much has been detailed about the Nexus 10 since then. Today, however, the device was listed as “coming soon” on Google Play.

This really doesn’t give away too much about the device, and we still don’t know who the manufacturer of the device is, but we should find out more information soon!

Source: Google Play

Google giving away cases for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HP Chromebook 11 at 25% off

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Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.

Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.

Source: Google Play

HTC One (M8) available in all colors in the UK, shipping tomorrow

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The HTC One (M8) is going to be available in the UK slightly earlier than expected, and you’ll even be able to pick up all three colors, too. Carphone Warehouse is shipping the device tomorrow, in gold, grey, and silver, a few days earlier than the originally anticipated April 7th date. Phones4U is shipping on the 3rd, and Amazon UK is releasing on the 4th, but neither is offering the gold shade of the device just yet. Clove is shipping the grey device this week, with the silver model to follow in April and the gold model coming in sometime around May.

For your contract options, EE and Vodafone are offering the grey and silver, but they don’t even mention the gold color, so that may or may not become available in the coming months.

What color HTC One are you planning on picking up this year?

source: GSM Arena