Google IO 2015 Coverage

Nexus 7 LTE now available in Germany and Italy

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Normally when it comes to Google products, the U.S. usually gets them first while everyone else screams. Well this time the tables are turned as the new Nexus 7 with LTE is available in Germany and Italy. It’s not in the Google Play Store, but it’s available at select retailers such as Media Markt, Saturn, Redcoon, and the ASUS store. The price is €349 ($466). Let us know if you pick one up.

source: Android Authority

Moto X costs $23 less than the Galaxy S 4 to build

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Earlier in the month, Goldman Sachs estimated the Moto X would cost $214 to build, but research firm IHS has it at $221. What’s most interesting is the added cost for the Moto X to be assembled in the U.S. IHS says the overall production cost is $12, but only about $4 or $5 of that is because of U.S. production. Producing a phone in Asia would typically cost about $7 to $8.

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HTC to build smartphone operating system for Chinese markets instead of using Android

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Here’s an odd turn of events for the struggling HTC; the Wall Street Journal is reporting that HTC is helping the Chinese government co-develop a smartphone operating system to be used on handsets in place of Android. Sounds weird, but it seems like every few months China disagrees with something Google is doing, so it makes sense that they would want to try and remove Android from their country as a whole. And considering HTC desperately needs something to anchor themselves back into the smartphone game, that’s a very beneficial relationship for them. Supposedly, the OS will also have deep integration with Chinese services like Weibo.

Now, this “custom OS” could always be a heavily forked version of Android that’s lacking all of Google’s services. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen that happen, so it’s always a possibility. Considering HTC doesn’t have deep pockets like Samsung, I think it’s more likely that this OS will be based off of Android and not anything like Tizen. Regardless of what happens, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

source: Wall Street Journal

Recent Nexus 4 buyers can claim a $100 refund

Nexus_4_TA_Back_Top_Crystalized_Pattern_02Yesterday, Google decided to drop the price of their Nexus 4 by $100. That’s good news for most, but at first glance, not for people who have recently purchased the phone. Google cares and understands, as they have decided to give a $100 refund to those who have purchased a Nexus 4 in the last 15 days, or since August 12.

If you’re one of these people, you have 15 days, or until September 10, to claim your refund. You must manually request a refund, it’s not automatic. Go to the source link to submit your refund request.

Source: Google Support

Kobo announces Arc 7, Arc 7 HD, and Arc 10 HD tablets

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Kobo just announced three new tablets: the Arc 7, Arc 7 HD, and Arc 10 HD. Let’s start with the flagship Arc 10 HD. It will feature a 10-inch (2560 X 1600) display, a 1.8GHz NVIDIA 4 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, front-facing 1.3MP camera, dual stereo speakers, WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast support, and 9.5 hours of battery life. It will be available in black and will retail for £299.99.

The Arc 7 HD, will have a 7-inch (1920 x 1200) display, a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 8 hours of battery life. You will have your choice of 16GB for £159.99 or 32GB for £189.99.

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AT&T 4G LTE now available in 12 new markets

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AT&T has wasted no time in working on fulfilling their promise to add 50 new markets to their 4G LTE footprint before the end of 2013 with the announcements of 12 new markets added. Interestingly, only a small handful of the recently added areas were included in AT&T’s announcement last week. The locations just announced by AT&T include:

  • Tupelo, MS
  • Tyler, TX
  • Marshall, TX
  • Stevens Point, WI
  • Whitewater-Lake Geneva, WI
  • Springfield, OH
  • Moultrie, GA
  • Tifton, GA
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • Mayfield, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Corning, NY

If you are in those areas and have a 4G enabled AT&T smartphone, enjoy uploading photos from your upcoming Labor Day weekend using the new 4G LTE network.

New Nexus 7 now on sale in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Japan

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Those of you in the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, and Japan can now order a shiny new Nexus 7 2013 edition from the Google Play Store or from retailers. Prices will vary. The UK has the 16GB version for £199 ($307), and other parts of Europe has it for €229 ($306), and it’s 27,800 yen ($285) in Japan. It will also become available in Australia, India, and South Korea soon.

sources: Play Store 16GB / Play Store 32GB

HTC Mini+ shows up on HTC’s site, essentially a phone for your phone

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HTC has certainly been unpredictable for basically the past year, with troubling sales figures, angry executives who ditched the manufacturer, rumors of a sale of the company, and more— now we’re seeing some really odd phone accessories.

Today, the HTC Mini+ showed up on HTC’s website, which is essentially a phone accessory that provides added functionality to your device— a “sidekick,” if you will. The Mini+, which comes with built-in NFC capabilities, a laser pointer, and an IR blaster, serves as a Bluetooth handset/remote control for your smartphone meant for taking calls and showing instant notifications for things such as emails, texts, events, etc.

The product is certainly aimed at a small niche market and is only compatible with select HTC devices including the One Mini, Butterfly S, Desire 200, Desire 500, and will eventually work with the international HTC One. Who knows, something like this may eventually catch on, especially with phones becoming bigger and bigger, and with multitasking becoming even more prominent than ever before. We’ll just have to wait and see…

Pricing and release date is still unknown for the HTC Mini+ in the US, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

Source: HTC

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 27, 2013

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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

Mophie Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available

Motorola Debuts Official Moto X Desktop and Car Docks

HTC Mini+ shows up on HTC’s site, essentially a phone for your phone

Apps

What is Angry Birds Go?

Google+ app now gets auto-awesome notifications

Carriers

Verizon officially outs Kyocera Hydro Elite, enlists Bear Grylls to market features

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Google+ app now gets auto-awesome notifications

auto_awesomeAuto-Awesome is a really, well, awesome feature for Google+ Photos that was revealed at the I/O that makes animated, filmstrip, or panoramic versions of your photos automatically once they’ve been uploaded. Today’s update to the Android, iOS and desktop Google+ app enables notifications for whenever your photos are auto-awesome-ified.

The update, which also includes various bug fixes, is rolling out as we post.

Source: +Virgil Dobjanshi