Google employee encourages Android Wear app developers to reach out for support

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Louis Gray, head of Google Developers Live, has made a post on his Google+ page directed toward developers of Android Wear.

Here’s what he had to say:

Developers, have you created an app you would like to get in the hands of the first wave of Android Wear users? If you have, we’d like to see what you’ve built.

Early participants can gain direct design and product feedback from our team, and possibly, higher visibility from exposure at I/O, our collections and in the Google Play store. Send us an email with a link to your APK and, optionally, open source code to wear-apps@android.com.

$100 HP 7 Plus tablet makes its way to the US

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The HP 7 Plus is a budget tablet in every sense, and it’s finally going to be available in the US. Originally available only in Europe, the 7 Plus is only $100 and comes with a quad-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, and up to 5.5 hours of battery life. Other specs include a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel IPS display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage + microSD card slot, a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3Mp front-facing camera.

In addition, HP throws in n 25GB of free lifetime storage with Box and Kingsoft Office software. It’s definitely an amazing deal for such a tablet. You can purchase the tablet via the source link below.

Source: HP

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 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!!

Guides

Best Android educational apps and games for kids [May 2014]

Apps

Google+ updates UI on Android, adds Stories and Movies feature

Chrome for Android updated with undo tab close and Chromecast support

Box for Android receives major update, partners with LG

Galaxy S 5 Active finally revealed in leaked images and video

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The Galaxy S 5 Active is definitely in the works and should be released soon. It will be a more rugged version of the Galaxy S 5, and these images reveal that it will resemble last year’s Galaxy S 4 Active. The Galaxy S 5 is already water and dust resistant, but the Active will be for those people that are constantly around harsh conditions such as construction sites.

We aren’t sure if this is the final production unit, but we don’t expect the final product to look all that different. Rumors indicate it will be available on AT&T and Sprint.

Hit the break for more images and the hands on video.

Chrome for Android updated with undo tab close and Chromecast support

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Chrome for Android has been updated with some of the features that have been available in the beta version. The first notable feature is the ability to undo when you close a tab. It also brings full screen HTML5 videos as well as subtitles, which also means that you will be able to cast some of these videos to your Chromecast.

The build is 35.0.1916.122, and will be rolled out in stages. We have the Play Store links below, but if the update doesn’t show up for you, we have the APK download link as well.

Italian Antitrust Authority investigating Google, Apple, Gameloft, and Amazon over in-app purchases

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Everybody deals with those pesky in-app purchases from time to time, especially in mobile games. The in-app purchases help developers make money by luring potential customers in with a free (and often very limited) game, then hitting them with a paywall a few hours in. Sometimes levels are locked if you don’t pay for them, and sometimes leveling up your character is incredibly tedious if you don’t spend real money on in-game currency.

Oppo N1 Mini confirmed by FCC filing photos

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The FCC has inspected and approved a device going by the Oppo N5116, and judging from the released pictures and specs, it looks like it’s going to be a mini version of the Oppo N1. We knew this device was coming, but thanks to this filing we’re getting a much better look at how the device is going to look. The Mini keeps the design of its bigger brother and looks nearly identical, except for the slimmed down screen.

Box for Android receives major update, partners with LG

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Box, one of the top cloud storage services, has received a major update to version 3.0. The update is being hailed as “one of the biggest updates ever” for the company, and introduces a brand new user interface, a new image gallery, fully native OneCloud, two new languages, and new security options.

That’s not all for Box. They are announcing a partnership with LG, which will provide 50GB of free storage for a year to anyone who owns an LG-G Series device. All you need to do to receive the storage is login to the Box app from your LG G-series device.

The update is live in the Play Store. You can view a full change log past the break.

Google+ updates UI on Android, adds Stories and Movies feature

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Google has a lot of apps for lots of different platforms, so it may not be surprising that updates take more than one week a month. Even though several apps were updated last week, Google has continued this week with the release of an updated Google+ app for Android devices. Probably the biggest feature added to the new version is the new auto awesome Stories and Movies features that was announced earlier this week. Probably the biggest change users will notice though is a refreshed user interface.

Leaked press render shows all 360° of the HTC One (M8) Prime

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This is one of the more interesting ways that a mobile device can leak. Right above, you are looking at a full 360° press render of the HTC One (M8) Prime. Just a few hours ago, we gained a close look at the rear of the M8 Prime. Now we can see it all. The press render shows just how large the 5.5-inch display will be. And here you can really get a feel for what the aluminum and liquid silicone composite will look like.

Source: @evleaks (official site)

Details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display released

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New details about the display of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other upcoming Samsung devices have emerged, along with the expected model number for the device, N910.

The information confirms that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a QHD resolution screen (1,440 x 2,560), but it looks like the screen will be the same size as the Galaxy Note 3, which is 5.7″.

Other rumors about the device include it having a Snapdragon 801 processor and a 20.1MP camera.

Source: GSMArena

HTC One (M8) Ace render with ‘beautiful curves’ leaks

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Yesterday, HTC teased something with beautiful curves, but is it a tablet, a phone, a smartwatch, or something entirely different? HTC hasn’t officially told us yet, but today’s leak might just indicate that it’s the HTC One (M8) Ace.

The picture above is the One (M8) Ace and you will notice that it not only curves horizontally like the One (M8), but it also has a vertical curve to it as well. So, yes, it does have some extra curves to it, but we don’t know for sure if this is indeed the device that HTC was referring to, but my money is on it.

Google+ Stories and Movies coming later this week

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It appears Google+ isn’t the walking dead, at least for today. Google just announced Google+ Stories and Movies, which will be launching on the desktop and Android this week (iOS coming soon).

Stories is the bigger news of the day, and is perfect for vacations. After your vacation, you are likely to have hundreds of photos and videos to sift through, but Google is going to make it a little easier by gifting you a Story, which is a travelogue or diary. In a nutshell, it’s a slide show with notes describing the things that you were doing or places you were visiting on your trip. We can only assume that you will be able to modify the gifted Story, just like you can with Movies.