White version of Meizu MX4 Pro surfaces on Chinese site

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An image of a smartphone alleged to be a Meizu MX4 Pro has surfaced on the Chinese site Weibo showing the device in white. The device has a large rectangular button on the front that is consistent with previously leaked images suggesting this could be the actual design of the Meizu MX4 Pro. The large button is supposedly needed to house a fingerprint scanner that Meizu plans to include in the device. Read more

Google Play Music ‘Chrome App’ coming soon

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According to a report published earlier today, Google is preparing to launch an all-in-one Play Music ‘Chrome App’ it anticipates will challenge iTunes. The service will be able to run anywhere the Chrome browser is capable of functioning and will provide users with the facility to play, edit, access local files, stream music from the cloud and purchase content via its built-in music store.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 6 – October 12, 2014

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HTC unveiled the selfie-centric Desire Eye and the RE Camera, but are they too gimmicky? Sony is finally bringing a flagship to the U.S., but will consumers take notice? The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 seem primed and ready for a release, which could be as soon as this week. Let’s also not forget about the DROID Turbo, which should launch by the end of the month. MMS messaging finally comes to Google Voice (North America), but Verizon customers were left in the cold. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Guides

Best Android Wear apps for creating, sharing, and finding the coolest watch faces

Reviews

Moto G (2014) review: The best budget Android phone just got better

[App Review] WPS Office is Kingsoft’s beautifully repackaged office suite

Accessories

Here are the accessories for the HTC RE Camera

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[Deal] LG G Watch price knocked down to $159 at Best Buy

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One of the launch devices for Android Wear is available at Best Buy with a very attractive price tag. The G Watch, normally $229, is on sale for just $159 with free shipping. There are only three Android Wear devices on the market right now and this one from LG is still perfectly suitable for many people. Both Titan Black and White Gold models are reflecting the discount.

Are you interested in the LG G Watch at this price? Let us know in the comments if you are picking one up.

Source: Best Buy [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link]

Microsoft develops Android Wear keyboard with drawing as input method

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Microsoft is not shying away from supporting platforms from its competitors. The company is developing an Android Wear keyboard that is already available as a prototype. The Analog Keyboard works with input coming from letters being drawn on the smartwatch’s display. It works with messaging and Google Search while being able to recognize numbers and special characters.

Microsoft is supporting devices all of the current Android Wear smartwatches, including the Moto 360.

Hit the break to watch the demo video.

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Makers of the secure Blackphone are launching a tablet

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The Blackphone, developed by Geeksphone and Silent Circle, is the most secure phone on the market today. To go along with it, SGP Technologies is launching a high-end tablet running PrivatOS. The company is aware that mastering distribution is a must. It is still expected to be rather expensive considering the tight security.

Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, confirmed the tablet’s existence and explained it will “have the features people who use it every day will demand from it.” You can give people as much security as you want, but at some point applications are going to be a necessity. The Blackphone does not have Google Play; the only way to get apps are through something like Amazon’s Appstore, but that is particularly limited.

Source: CNBC

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 10, 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!!

Apps

Snowball tries to pack messaging platforms into single app

Snapchat images may have been breached through third-party service

Carriers

Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

Verizon tweets image of DROID Turbo, but pulls it shortly after

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Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

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Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.

Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.

Does the Sharp Aquos Crystal’s unique design catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.