Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

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9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


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Amazon offering Moto 360 in several new colors and options

moto_360_stone_gray_strap_compare_regular_grayWhen the Moto 360 first launched, it was only available in a few colors. If you didn’t want anything flashy, the stainless steel and black finishes were okay, but I’m sure many of you have been waiting on something that sticks out a bit more. It looks like Amazon has finally listed a few new color options and bands for the Moto 360, so the wait is almost over.
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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 29, 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!!

Apps

Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

[APK Download] Material Design heads to Google Wallet in overhaul

Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

Google Drive for Android gets improved search, share, and view tools

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all Receive Updates


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Microsoft Band goes on sale tomorrow for $199, companion Microsoft Health app already released

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The Microsoft Band leaked earlier when the company posted details about its companion apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It’s a complete fitness band that’s similar to the Samsung Fit.

It has 10 sensors, which include heart-rate, UV, and even a galvanic skin response for detecting stress. Microsoft will also offer Microsoft Health, which is a cloud-based service for tracking and analyzing the data from the band as well as other devices. Companion apps are available for Android (screenshots below), iOS, and Windows Phone.


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Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

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We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression.

Examples of such searches might be Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.” Imagine the possibilities.


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Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

xiaomi-pageXiaomi has been aggressively selling phones since the company was founded just three years ago, and according to the latest shipment metrics, they’ve finally got something to show for it. The company moved about 19 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2014, which officially makes them the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. That puts it above other large companies like Lenovo and LG.
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