TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 25, 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!!

Accessories

OnePlus introduces new $15 Silver Bullet earphones

Cameras

HTC’s GoPro style camera shows off interesting design

Carriers

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Chrome

Chrome APK Packager creates Chrome-friendly packages directly from your Android device

Chromebooks

Chromebook sales rise during 2014 back-to-school period while Windows PC sales dip

Deals

Over $135 of Android apps now free on Amazon AppStore

Gaming

Finland and New Zealand are the first to get Rovio’s new Angry Birds Transformers game

Niantic Labs’ Ingress gets major update today allowing user-generated missions

NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

Google

Eric Schmidt: Samsung had iPhone 6 level products a year ago

Updated Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement enforces quicker response times

Phones

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow

White Moto X front plates are back ordered due to unexpected demand

The Nexus 6 dwarfs the LG G3 in latest leaked image

Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

Smartwatches

Best Buy hooks up with Motorola to launch new variant of Moto 360

Updates

HTC Elevate members getting “HTC Preview” program to soak test updates

NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

Miscellaneous

LG takes a shot at Apple’s #bendgate

The iPhone 6 #Bendgate repair kit is now available

Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet

DROID DNA on Verizon getting update

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Verizon is rolling out an update for the DROID DNA device built by HTC that includes a couple security related items. One of the fixes included in the update is a collection of patches addressing OpenSSL security. The other security fix addresses a “device root vulnerability.”

Besides the security issues addressed, Verizon includes improvements to their implementation of Softcard and Miracast functionality. Verizon also threw in some updates for the WiFi connection status indicator and the battery indicator.

If you have a DROID DNA, head over to www.vzw.com/droiddnasupport for more information on downloading and installing the update.

source: Verizon

HTC Elevate members getting “HTC Preview” program to soak test updates

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One of the tools manufacturers can use to get updates ready for their devices is the soak test wherein the update is distributed to a small group of end users to see if they can break it or otherwise find issues. One company that does this frequently is Motorola. HTC has announced to members of their HTC Elevate private community that they will offer a similar program called “HTC Preview.”
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NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.

If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.

source: NVIDIA

Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

sony xperia z3 inviteSony has sent out invites for an upcoming event to be held in New York on October 9th. The tagline for the event is #DemandGreat, so we’ll probably see something related to the Xperia Z3 availability on US carriers. T-Mobile is a guaranteed carrier, but there’s always a chance that some other carriers will pick it up. There were rumors not too long ago about Verizon carrying an Xperia phone, so maybe that deal will finally happen.

Regardless, we’re just a few weeks away from knowing for sure. What are you hoping for from this event?

Chromebook sales rise during 2014 back-to-school period while Windows PC sales dip

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Android is arguably Google’s bread and butter, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t want their other products to succeed. We’ve seen a big push from Chromebooks recently, especially in the low end market, and during the back-to-school shopping months it looks like that push paid off for Google.

Chromebooks made up 4.5% of all PC sales during the back-to-school period, which is up from 3.3% in 2013. It still holds a small chunk of the sales compared to Apple’s nearly 27% and Microsoft’s 68%, but the future for Chromebooks looks bright when you notice that Windows laptop sales were down from 72% and have been falling for a couple of years now. 
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White Moto X front plates are back ordered due to unexpected demand

motorola_moto_x_2014_verizonWant a new Moto X with a white front plate? Bad news. According to the Moto Maker website, any phone with a white front can expect about a 4 week delay. The back order is bad enough that it’s affecting device orders that have already been processed, too.

With the original Moto X, the black model was significantly more popular. This time around, Motorola shifted their focus to the black models to try to keep up with what customers would want, but apparently they guessed wrong and some people are just going to have to wait for their device. Fortunately it looks like the black front devices should ship without any issue, so if you don’t mind what color the front of your new Moto X is, you should grab the black just to speed things up.
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Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet

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For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”

Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.

Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)

Verizon selling the Motorola Moto X (2014) starting tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Verizon customers will be able to purchase the Moto X (2014) for their network. The Motorola flagship can be purchased through Big Red’s retail stores or online. Moto Maker, the company’s customization service for the Moto X, will be up and running tomorrow as well.

The Moto X (2014) will cost $99/$149 depending upon storage size with a new two-year contract. The carrier is offering a promotion for customers wanting the bamboo white back panel version with a white front. The promotion brings this unique version to the $99 price. Motorola is continuing to focus on price with its latest round of devices.

Source: Verizon Wireless