Is Key Lime Pie powered Nexus 10 next device in Google’s pipeline?

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With the new Nexus 7 tablet and Google’s Chromecast device dominating much of the buzz coming out of Sundar Pichai’s “breakfast” event today, some people are already wondering what may be next from Google in terms of hardware. Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati managed to follow up with Pichai after the event and squeeze a few extra bits of info out of him. One of those items may be a new Nexus 10 tablet to be manufactured by Samsung running Key Lime Pie.

Based on previous product announcements, it is expected a new Google Nexus smartphone will be announced sometime in October or November. Even though Google just officially announced Android 4.3 today, Google’s next device is expected to launch with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. If Google does release a new smartphone during that period, the launch of a new Nexus 10 tablet at the same time makes some sense as both would be on a yearly release cycle then.

Pichai also indicated new Google TV devices were on their way to market, despite the interest in the Chromecast device. This could put Google hardware buyers in the position of choosing between similar devices, whether it is Chromecast versus Google TV or Nexus 7 versus Nexus 10.

What do you think about a new Nexus 10 tablet? Is it worth waiting for or does the new Nexus 7 meet your tablet needs now?

source: Android and Me

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 24, 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

Hidden features of the Galaxy S 4 that every owner needs to know

Apps

Riptide GP2 now in the Play Store

Spacetime Games’ Battle Dragons now out of Beta and available in the Play Store

SwiftKey Beta gets updated with SwiftKey Cloud to backup and sync your personal dictionary

Gaming

Google Play Games app now available on Android devices

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Google introduces Chromecast device to easily connect your TV to computing devices

Google Play ‘Textbooks’ announced at “breakfast event” with Sundar Pinchai

Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store


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Google incorporates Fraunhofer Cingo tech to produce surround sound on new Nexus 7

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Although not a household name, Fraunhofer IIS hopes to ride the wave of Android popularity, especially that related to Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, to raise awareness of their Fraunhofer Cingo surround sound system. The technology is built into the new tablet device and will be available for the Nexus 10 through a software update. Fraunhofer IIS says Cingo will deliver a dramatically improved entertainment experience on mobile devices.
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Google reports 70 million Android tablets activated, 1 million apps in Play Store

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At Google’s “breakfast” event this morning with Sundar Pichai, it was proudly announced that to this day, 70 million Android tablets have been activated. It’s an impressive feat, especially when considering the tablet market only recently exploded in the past few years. Pichai also announced that there are now 1 million applications available for download in the Play Store— developers have certainly been doing their part as well.

All of this was in preparation to remove the veil over the brand new Nexus 7

 

Hidden features of the Galaxy S 4 that every owner needs to know

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So you own a shiny Galaxy S 4, but where do you start? There are so many features on this phone that I’m shocked it can’t make me a cup of coffee. There are a lot of obvious stuff, but TouchWiz has a lot of hidden features that you might not know about. Here are 10 hidden features that every Galaxy S 4 owner should know compliments of Samsung Tomorrow. You can also check out all our Galaxy S 4 guides here.


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Google Play ‘Textbooks’ announced at “breakfast event” with Sundar Pinchai

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At their “breakfast event” this morning in San Francisco, Google announced a multitude of new things including Android 4.3, the improved Nexus 7, ChromeCast, a Google Play Games application, as well as something that’s really going to help out students— Google Play Textbooks. In what will be a new category in Google Play Books, Textbooks will feature ebook versions of textbooks for students across the world.

Not only will this make buying textbooks easier, but it will be more affordable, and of course more lightweight. Google announced that they have partnered with many popular textbook publishers already, and will roll out the new service in August, with different pricing structures available to students depending on the publisher and book. Google Play Textbooks will be available across Android, iOS, and the web— great news for everyone!

Google introduces Chromecast device to easily connect your TV to computing devices

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At their Google Breakfast event this morning, Google introduced a new hardware device, the Chromecast. The device is a dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI slot, connects to your WiFi network, and then lets you stream online content to the TV. Control of the content comes from your computers or mobile devices, whether Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, or ChromeOS. Google indicated the goal was to produce a device that will let users bring online media to their TV, that was fast and easy to setup, didn’t require anything new for users to learn as far as an interface or how to control things, and that was available across platforms and devices. Best of all, these capabilities have been achieved in a piece of hardware that will only set users back $35.
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Android 4.3 factory images available for most modern Nexus devices

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The best part about owning a Nexus device is the almost immediate ability to upgrade to a new version of Android when it’s announced. Shortly after announcing Android 4.3, Google has put up factory images of the software for Nexus users to download and install. The factory images are available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and GSM variants of the Galaxy Nexus, (sorry Verizon Nexus owners!) on Google’s developer site and can be flashed with ADB. If you’re interested, hit the source to check them out.

source: Google

Smartphone sales boom in past quarter, Samsung leading the way

Samsung_Galaxy_S_4_Back_Camera_Samsung_Logo_Version_4_TAWe all know that smartphones have been taking the world by storm, especially since the birth of the Android operating system. This past quarter alone, a total of 221 million units were shipped.

Now that manufacturers have started building devices from low to mid-range, they’re certainly becoming popularized over the high-end devices because of their affordability.

Samsung led the way this past quarter, as they shipped 1/3 of all smartphones in the world, recording a new record of 71 million shipped phones. From the most recent numbers, Samsung has shipped 23.4 million Galaxy S 4 phones— not quite what they expected, but certainly good enough.

Source: DigiTimes