Google looking into letting users trial apps without a full app download

Google_Play_Services_LogoSometimes it can be tough to decide if an app is worth spending any time or data on, especially if it’s a bigger app that takes awhile to download and consumes lots of space on your device. Google is apparently looking into technology that would let potential customers test drive an app without having to do any of that, which would save time and could potentially lead to more app sales and downloads.

This idea is really focused more on developing markets where data is more expensive, and that’s been one of Google’s heavy focuses as of late. The tech would very likely be used in countries like the US, but since WiFi networks with untiered data connections are more readily available, it’s not quite as useful. 
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Watch a Galaxy Note 4 get thrown around in Samsung’s drop test video

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1After all the commotion about Apple’s bending iPhones, companies are making a point to demonstrate how durable their devices are as a selling point for consumers. Samsung was quick to jump on that bandwagon, and they created a “bend test” video to poke at Apple and show how sturdy their phones are. Today, they’re going a bit further by releasing a drop test video.

The video shows off the kinds of tests that the Galaxy Note 4 goes through to ensure that it’s durable enough for consumers. The device gets systematically dropped from several different heights and angles and even gets put in a rotating machine to simulate the effect of being dropped down a flight of stairs. And, believe it or not, the phone comes out in really good shape.
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You can now pre-order big-screen hits on Google Play

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Google has today announced that pre-order movies have now landed on the Play Store. Residents in the United States can now reserve their copy of a blockbuster hit movie before its digitally released.

These are the titles currently up for grabs: Gone Girl, The Maze Runner, Lucy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


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Plastc Card is the card that stores your cards digitally

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Plastc wants to make sure its Card is the only item in your wallet. The Plastc Card takes every piece of plastic in your wallet and ports it into a single digital card. It does not stop at credit and debit cards, though. Plastc Card also carries loyalty cards, gift cards, access cards, and coupons. In all, Plastc Card stores up to twenty cards. It all works with an integrated chip/PIN and NFC technology. Plastc is focused on making sure its digital card is accepted everywhere and will do so by over-the-air updates.

The design of the Plastc Card is impressive. It has a touchscreen display that shows the owner’s name, card, barcodes, and other information. It can change quickly between cards. The rewritable magnetic strip disables prior to selecting a card to prevent any potential fraud. The RFID technology only releases signals when a card is selected. In the event that you lose your Plastc Card or it is stolen, there are remote wipe and return settings. If the card is lost or out of reach for a preset time, it will reset so nothing is compromised. The return mode puts a message on the card for when it is out of reach.

Plastc Card pre-ordering is open for $155 and the digital card will ship next summer. It includes a wireless charging mat for when the estimated thirty days of battery life runs out.

Hit the break for the press release.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 7, 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

Best Android Wear apps for creating, sharing, and finding the coolest watch faces

Reviews

Moto G (2014) review: The best budget Android phone just got better

Apps

Amazon will offer a new Washington Post application for Kindle tablets and other devices

Carriers

ZTE launches the jumbo-sized Grand X Max on Cricket Wireless

HTC Desire 612 to land on Verizon’s XLTE spectrum Thursday, October 9


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Google updates stable build of Chrome OS to include Media Transfer Protocol

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Earlier today Google updated their lesser-known operating system Chrome OS to include native support for Media Transfer Protocol, allowing users to hypothetically transfer files between their Chromebook and any relatively modern Android-powered device with just a USB cable. I say hypothetically since for now write operations are not supported, which means you can’t create folders, add media or rename files. The feature has been in beta since earlier this year but has now been rolled into the stable version of Chrome OS.
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Samsung officially announces ruggedized, business-oriented Galaxy Tab Active

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Roughly a month ago we reported that Samsung had announced a new ruggedized tablet geared specifically for business appropriately called the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active. Today they have officially announced the tablet with a very detailed press release, revealing more information about Samsung’s upcoming device. As we knew before, the Tab Active features a shock-resistant body that is said to hold up after being dropped from as high as 1.2 meters and will be water and dust-resistant. It will also have a removable 4450 mAh battery that lasts up to 10 hours and will feature a ton of enhancements and apps geared towards business. The Galaxy Tab Active should be released by the end of the month and will come in WiFi and LTE-capable models.

You can pre-order this bad boy for $699 directly from Samsung.

Hit the break for the full press release.
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