TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 13, 2013

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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

Android 4.4 KitKat Google Experience Launcher walkthrough on the Nexus 5

Apps

New PlayStation app released in the Play Store to coincide with launch of PS4

Google updates Google+ app for Android focusing on photos, but has to temporarily halt rollout

‘Pocket’ application to receive 5.0 update, will automatically categorize articles based on length, topic, and more

Dropbox for Business allows connecting personal and business files in one account

Facebook Messenger update with refreshed UI now rolling out to all

Huge Google Search update (3.1.8) rolling out, brings Google Experience Launcher to Android 4.1+ [Download]

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AT&T’s Galaxy S 4 receiving update to Android 4.3

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Right on queue with the leaked projected date, the AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is now receiving the Android 4.3 update. While it may not be Android 4.4 KitKat, it’s still an update. Make sure you’re connected to WiFi when downloading the file because it is a hefty 719MB. Isn’t it interesting that the AT&T model has been updated after Verizon and Sprint? Maybe all of the carriers are finally understanding that consumers want updates in a timely fashion.

Via: Android Central

Huge Google Search update (3.1.8) rolling out, brings Google Experience Launcher to Android 4.1+ [Download]

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Today, an absolutely huge Google Search update started rolling out to all Android devices running Android 4.1 and above. The update is version 3.1.8 and is big for a number of reasons.

First of all, the update brings Google Search version 3 (or 3.1.8) to all devices running Android 4.1 and above. This is the version of Search that comes with KitKat, and brings a new UI, as well as a new refreshed animation. The update also allows the Google Experience Launcher APK to work properly when installed. Hit the break for more information on Search 3.1.8.

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Second-hand Nexus 5 owner discovers test build of Key Lime Pie running on device

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We often hear the classic story of people ending up with a prototype of a device after a night at the bar. This time, it was literally given straight to the customer.

When a brand new Nexus 5 owner turned on his device, he discovered it was actually running a test build of Key Lime Pie instead of 4.4 KitKat.

He got the device second-hand, and after trying it out a bit, he found that the build was not stable was continuously crashing. After some investigating, he found the screen above.

Nothing too exciting was on the device or too different from the regular build other than a few hidden menus.

This happens every once in a while, but the devices are updated to the most recent version of Android when they’re turned on. However, such as with this case, test builds don’t get OTA updates, so the customer had to flash KitKat.

Source: AndroidAndMe

 

Russian dual-screen YotaPhone will see an international launch before Christmas

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Russian based Yota Devices has been planning a very unique device for quite some time, and it looks like we’ll see the device launch before Christmas this year. The YotaPhone features two screens; the first is a traditional LCD touch screen that we’re used to on all of our smartphones, but the back screen is a less power-hungry eInk display screen. It’s a pretty weird design decision, and I’m not actually sure what all that back screen can do. Obviously it would make a great option for reading books without draining your battery, but I don’t think it would see much use beyond that.

The specs are pretty standard, including a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 720p (front) screen. The battery is pretty small at just 1800 mAh, but maybe if you use that back screen, it’ll last a bit longer.

Would any of you be interested in this device if it was available?

source: TechCrunch

Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for mantaray Nexus 10 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your Nexus 10 (mantaray), we have the download link and instructions to manually install it.

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file (linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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Android 4.4 (KRT16O) for nakasi WiFi-only 2012 Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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If you can’t wait for the OTA update for Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16O) to hit your 2012 Wi-Fi only Nexus 7 (nakasi), we have the download link and instructions to manually install

If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then hit the break and follow the instructions.

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HBO Go prematurely appears on Chromecast support page

chromecast_hbo_goPandora recently recently received Chromecast support, as did Hulu Plus, leaving HBO Go as the lone man out. According to the Google support page for Chromecast, support could be coming very soon, however. HBO Go is shown next to Pandora and Hulu Plus as a “new” app to Chromecast in the compatible apps and services section.

Someone probably slipped up and put this on the site prematurely, as there’s no description for HBO Go like there is for the other supported services. It’s still exciting to know that we should see support for the streaming service any day for Google’s insanely enticing $35 streaming dongle.

Source: 9to5Google

Facebook Messenger update with refreshed UI now rolling out to all

facebook_messenger_updateRemember that Facebook Messenger overhall that was announced around two weeks ago? It’s finally rolling out to all users via the Play Store. It was previously only available to a limited number of people, but now that the bugs have presumably been caught, the update with an all-new design and new features is available for everyone.

As a refresher, the updated app has a blue and white iOS7 feel now, along with new chat features, like the ability to message someone with just their phone number, in addition the removal of SMS support. Head past the break for a download link.

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Dropbox for Business allows connecting personal and business files in one account

dropbox_businessDropbox for Business was introduced as a way to separate business files from personal files. The company quickly learned, however, that people want to access their personal files while at work, but IT admins still want to keep personal and professional files separate. In response, Dropbox announced today that you can now connect your personal Dropbox account to your Business account for easier access.

The new feature will allow you to view all of your files, separated into two business and personal folders, without having to switch accounts.This feature is rolling out to Dropbox for Business customers this month, so be on the lookout for it.

Source: The Dropbox Blog