OnePlus pre-order system will go live for 24 hours on October 27th

oneplus_pre-order_systemEarlier this month, OnePlus tested out a pre-order system instead of the extremely difficult invite system that they’ve used to sell the OnePlus One so far. The pre-orders were also sent out as “invitations,” however, so not everyone had a chance to put an order in. Fortunately, the company is opening up their pre-0rder system again next week, but this time it will be open to anyone that wants to put an order in.

Starting today, you can add a OnePlus One and accessories to your shopping cart and get everything ready to be ordered. Then, for 24 hours on October 27th, those orders will process and you’ll immediately get a date for when your device will ship. It’s not clear on just how far back those shipping dates will be, but I guess we’ll know next week. 
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You can now filter apps in the Play Store by ratings

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Google has finally added a much needed option to finding apps in the Play Store: filtering apps by ratings.

Normally if you’re looking for a new app, you’d have to scroll through every app on the Play Store. If any of you have done that for more than five minutes, you probably know there’s just as much junk and spam as actual apps. Fortunately, most of those apps get poor ratings and it’s easy to see bad apps from a distance, but with this new filter, you won’t even have to see those apps. 
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LG teases a new concept phone that has mood swings

LG AKALG has teased a new phone they’re going to announce at the World IT Show in a few days, and it’s a pretty crazy concept. The device, currently going by the name LG AKA, is a smartphone that has different moods. It also has a large pair of staring eyes. Definitely not creepy at all.

The AKA is customizable and you’ll be able to swap out the back panels for a few different colors. The eyes on the device, however, act all on their own. The eyes have different emotions and moods and will change depending on how you use the phone and the kinds of apps and music you keep on it.
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Were OEMs to blame for Android Silver never coming to fruition?

Nexus-6-splashBack in May, we saw news leak from the now retired evleaks that suggested that Google was working on a program for premium Android devices known as Android Silver. The program would offer a pure Google designed Android experience on next-gen hardware and all for a premium price. The program would have been something offered on all the majors carriers, however, about a month before the release of the Nexus 6, word spread that the unconfirmed program was scrapped and it’s possible that the major carriers were to blame.


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Spotify announces new family plans starting at $14.99 a month

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Good news for those of you sharing your Spotify subscription with your family, the popular streaming service has finally launched a discounted plan for families. This means no more of your weird son’s dubstep playlists mixed in with your Marvin Gaye collections. The plan allows you to have up to five people on the same account, while keeping playlists, libraries and recommendations completely separate. 
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[New Android Wear App] Tempo-Motion is another great option for watch faces

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The developers for Tempo-Motion have been teasing their app for a couple of months now, and they finally released it over the weekend. It’s another app in which you can download and store various watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch.

The one difference with Tempo-Motion as opposed to apps like Facer is that there is no customizing and other users cannot share any creations. That’s a bit of a downer, but they do offer a lot of watch faces that are both free and paid. Some of them are very cool in that they include really nice looking sweeping second hands. It’s just another example that one app can’t suit all your needs and it’s good to have a few installed for more choices.


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Sony accidentally confirms PS4 Remote Play is en route to Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

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Back in September, Sony announced PS4 Remote Play — a revolutionary new feature which equips users with the facility to take a PlayStation 4 controller and stream games from their console to an Xperia smartphone or tablet that supports the service.

At the time, the Japanese company revealed that the application would be an exclusive to the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact. But now, thanks to a blunder on the ‘Xperia Lounge’ app, it appears that Remote Play will be coming to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet after all, when the app launches next month.

Hit the break below to see the slip-up in all its glory.


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 13 – October 19, 2014

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Yup, this week was a little crazy, but a good crazy. Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player (Android TV) and kicked off the “Be together. Not the same.” campaign. That wasn’t it as Android L was officially named Android Lollipop and given 5.0 for the version. The OTA update won’t take place till next month, but the developer preview is already live. We reviewed the Galaxy Note 4 and were quite impressed. Nearby multiplayer hits Google Play Games and more Google apps adopt Material Design. The DROID Turbo gets a launch date, and so much more. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The best Samsung smartphone ever

Accessories

OnePlus announces JBL partnership and E1+ Earphones

Best Buy now stocks official Moto 360 chargers

MHL Adapter Charges your phone and Sends out 4K Video


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