TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 23, 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!!

Reviews

[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

Accessories

Samsung Power Sharing cable transfers a charge between devices

Carriers

Details and images of the Motorola DROID Turbo leak along with Moto S back plate

Chrome

Chrome Apps for Mobile gets updated with a faster workflow, cloud messaging, and rich notifications

Chromebooks

Samsung pulls out of laptop business, including Chromebooks, in Europe

Gaming

Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

Humble Bundle: PC and Android 11 for games at home and on the go

Anomaly Defenders constructs in the Play Store, final game in 11 bit studios’ series

Hardware

MediaTek Labs launched to support development of wearables and other devices

Phones

Meizu MX4 Pro could launch as early as October 26th

Details and images of the Motorola DROID Turbo leak along with Moto S back plate

SunShine BootLoader Unlock tool launches for Motorola and HTC smartphones

Upcoming Nexus devices launching next month, Android L arriving November 1

Upcoming Oppo N3 to sport an aerospace grade metal body

Samsung speeds up launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to compete with massive iPhone demand

Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Smartwatches

Gear S to Come to America this Fall

Tablets

Upcoming Nexus devices launching next month, Android L arriving November 1

Updates

Upcoming Nexus devices launching next month, Android L arriving November 1

Miscellaneous

Samsung shares dip to 2-year low, profit estimates cut

Sony Mobile is now set to only manufacture high-end smartphones

HTC’s former Product Manager Snatched up by Cyanogen

Samsung pulls out of laptop business, including Chromebooks, in Europe

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People in Europe looking to purchase a Chromebook will be without one major manufacturer’s devices to choose from. Samsung is pulling out of the the laptop business in Europe and Chromebooks are included in the company’s definition of a laptop. They did clarify that this is strictly for Europe and other markets are not going to be affected.

With the introduction of tablets, laptop sales have taken a sizable hit. Many companies are figuring that the laptop business is just not worth staying in. Sony is a company that has left the business entirely. Its former VAIO brand is now a standalone company operating in solely Japan.

Source: TechAdvisor (PCAdvisor)

Samsung Power Sharing cable transfers a charge between devices

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Does your smartwatch need to be charged? Is your phone ready to get involved? Samsung is going to let you use one to help the other with its new Power Sharing cable. To work, a Galaxy device is required on one end along with any micro USB compatible device. Right now, the listed devices compatible to send out a charge are the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, and Galaxy Avant.

An app will be available in the Play Store and through Samsung to control the Power Sharing cable. Users can set a limit for how much charge they want their device to give up for the other. This app will monitor the charging process as well.

The Power Sharing cable costs $19 and is available directly through Samsung.

Source: Samsung

Anomaly Defenders constructs in the Play Store, final game in 11 bit studios’ series

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The folks at 11 bit studios have spawned the final game in the Anomaly series. The series made its name with a special tower offense genre. Today, Anomaly Defenders is available for $3.99 in the Play Store. Now, players control the aliens attacking the humans unlike previous games. There are eight upgradeable towers that each have their own abilities. And these towers can also be repaired and boosted with powerups.

New to the series? The developer has difficulty levels ranging for different players.

Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links.

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Humble Bundle: PC and Android 11 for games at home and on the go

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Humble Bundle has a new package of titles ready to be scooped up by interested buyers that includes titles for both computers and and Android mobile devices. Humble Bundle: PC and Android 11 already includes ten games capable of running on several platforms including Windows, OS X and Linux. Users who use Steam can also access some of the titles through that platform. Read more

Sony Mobile is now set to only manufacture high-end smartphones

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The past few months have been somewhat difficult for Sony, to say the least. Following a successful launch of not one, but three Xperia-branded smartphones in 2013, the Japanese company is now facing a serious loss in profit.

As a result, the firm has cut the amount of skilled workers it employs by 15% and adjusted operational strategies to primarily focus on the development of high-end smartphones, in order to seek financial gain rather than the global market share.

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[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

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The competition between music streaming services is fierce. Everyone from tech giants to smaller, individual services are going at it to get ahold of you for some listening time. In June, Amazon entered the arena with an extension to its Prime subscription that costs $99. The company introduced Prime Music, an unlimited music streaming service that has absolutely no advertisements. Prime Music offers more than one million songs by thousands of artists to be streamed endlessly. It is built into the Amazon Music app that brings together your existing library, a traditional store, and Prime Music.

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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device. Read more