During CES 2014, one of the devices that we checked out was a combination projector and hotspot device from ZTE going by the generic “Projector Hotspot” name. As shown during our hands one review of the ZTE Projector Hotspot, it functions exactly as its name implies. It has a built-in projector that is capable of projecting an image up to 120 x 120 inches. Powered by Android, it functions like any Android device with the additional option of displaying whatever is being displaying on the screen via the projector. The device also comes with a couple ports for physical connections or it can be used to wirelessly mirror a smartphone screen. As an added bonus, the device can function as a mobile hotspot for up to eight devices. Read more
Yesterday, it was reported that their is a bug that is preventing paid Android Wear apps from being installed. Google has responded today with a workaround for developers.
Normally, developers would use the “wearApp” Gradle rule to package wearable apps, but if it’s a paid app, they will have to manually package their app by changing the APK location from the assets/ directory to the res/raw directory.
The Sony Xperia Z1 compact made its debut seven months ago at CES, and it’s finally available in the U.S. No, you won’t find this at a carrier store, you will need to buy it at full retail for $549 direct from Sony (or $429 from Amazon), but it will be contract free.
The ROMing community is small when compared to the entire Android world, but if you part of that group and own the LG G Watch, we have good news for you.
The G Watch has its first custom ROM. It’s called Ghoma and it was created by jakeday. This ROM promises smoother transitions between cards and better battery life. He also said you can expect a few other surprises, but it appears the overall functionality is going to be the same as stock Android Wear.
If you want to give it a go, then hit the source link to get instructions.
Avast, one of the leaders in security software, has what might be bad news for those of you looking to sell or trade in your old Android smartphone. It is always recommended that you run Android’s factory data reset option before getting rid of your phone, which is supposed to wipe all data and settings. Unfortunately that might not be the case.
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!!
Flopsy Droid bounces onto Android Wear devices
Android Wear bug prevents paid apps from being installed
Google Now voice media controls incoming
You can now easily correct a misheard word in Google Now with “no I said” command
Verizon has officially confirmed that they will be offering a test drive program for their network to customers in some states, similar to T-Mobile’s latest Uncarrier move. Apparently, Big Red has been quietly running this program for about a year in Kansas and Missouri. Customers were allowed to test out a smartphone or data device for a week to test if they liked Verizon’s service and network, although very recently that program has been limited to just data devices. Read more
Samsung’s Q2 earnings are in, and once again, they’ve fallen short of analyst expectations. Samsung plans to bring in about 7.2 trillion won, or $7.1 billion, which is quite a bit lower than the expected 8.1 trillion won ($8 billion). That’s a 24% decrease year-over-year for Samsung. Now, making over $7 billion in profit is still great for any company, but it’s still about $1 billion away from what the company was expected to bring in from the quarter. Read more
Has Google Now ever misheard a word you meant to say?
Chances are, it has. Although the service is pretty damn accurate, it’s still a developing technology and has a ways to go before being perfect. Google knows its product isn’t perfect, and in addition to improving voice recognition in Google Search, it has now added a “no I said ___” command for when the app mishears something you said.
While Android Wear and its complementary devices have only been in the hands of the public for a short time, there are unfortunately still some issues that need to be worked out. As of right now, a bug is preventing users from installing paid applications onto their Android Wear devices.