TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 20, 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!!

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Copying apps from your old phone or tablet to your new phone or tablet with Android Lollipop

How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

Android TV

Nexus Player now available on the Play Store for $99


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Nexus 6 pre-ordering starts October 29 on Google Play

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Head over to your calendar and make a note for October 29. While the Nexus 9 is already available in the Play Store, the Nexus 6 and Nexus Player have remained on hold. The Nexus 6, though, will be ready to go in the Play Store next week. The pricing is steep even with the base 32GB storage option at $649. Relying upon Google for excellent pricing is not an option. This year, it seems that going with a carrier to get a Nexus device is the way to go.

Here is a breakdown of the choices:

  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Midnight Blue) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (32GB, Cloud White) — $649
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Midnight Blue) — $699
  • Nexus 6 (64GB, Cloud White) — $699

[Nexus 6 Play Store Link]

Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

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This fall, two massive devices will be on the market and consumers will have a very difficult choice to make. Should they go with Google and the Nexus 6 or Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4? Fortunately, you can take a look at a video comparing the two. Carphone Warehouse has both devices on hand for a really good breakdown. Unsurprisgly, the Nexus 6 is a lot bigger than the Galaxy Note 4. After all, the Google device does have a 5.96-inch display compared to its foe’s 5.7 inches.

There is a common ground for the two. The resolution of the displays both equal 2560×1440 and are AMOLED. Inside, Google and Samsung opted for a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 3220mAh batteries. They also have 32GB of internal storage; however, Samsung follows its tradition by including a microSD card slot.

Hit the break for the video.


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Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

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The next version of Android will include the brand new Google Fit application. Not much of the app has been seen; however, Android Police was able to take it for a spin through a leaked Nexus 6 dump. Even though nothing is at this point, the current state of the Google Fit app shows things are pretty smooth with Material Design being present. The design makes Google Fit unique because otherwise it just acts as any other fitness tracking app would.


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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

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When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.
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Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

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Sprint has today published details of an update it’s now rolling out to all its carrier-branded variants of the LG G2 currently situated in the United States. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of new features, but it does include a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

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Android phones and tablets have had the “Back up my data” option for some time now, but it’s actually a lot more useful now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us.

Upon setting up a new device with Lollipop, you are given the opportunity to install apps from an older device. You can do it with Tap & Go, which uses NFC to pair the older device with the newer one, but you won’t have a choice as to which apps you want to install on the new device. It’s all or nothing. The second option allows you to select from one of your existing devices, and you can hand pick the apps you want to be restored. The caveat is that the older device needs to be set to back up to Google Servers, which is the “Back up my data” option.


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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

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If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.


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