New Halloween images show low light capabilities of Nexus 6


As Google prepares to unleash the Nexus 6 on the world, one of the changes we will see with this device is Google’s move to position it against competitor’s flagship devices. Along with more of an effort to load the device up with top of the line hardware, buyers will also pay a higher cost to get the Nexus 6. This means users will be expecting better performance from the smartphone including one feature that has not been a strong suit for the Nexus line, the camera. When Google’s own Matias Duarte decided to post some Halloween jack-o-lantern pics taken with the Nexus 6, we definitely wanted to check them out. Read more

Amazon exec admits Fire Phone pricing was too high, but it was more than that


The Amazon Fire Phone was a dud based on the fact that company took a $170 million hit because of it. Pricing was probably the biggest complaint of the phone, which was $199 (32 GB) on a two year contract. Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp told Fortune, “We didn’t get the price right. I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we’re also willing to say, ‘we missed.’ And so we corrected.” That correction came in September, when the price came down to 0.99 cents on the same two year contract.

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OnePlus One dressed in Kevlar pictured


Pictured above appears to be a OnePlus One with a StyleSwap cover made of Kevlar. In fact, it looks a lot like the DROID Turbo’s ballistic nylon that features Kevlar underneath.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we will ever see this option since OnePlus put the kibosh on StyleSwap covers until probably the next  generation phone. However, this cover isn’t all that surprising since they did say they would offer a variety of StyleSwap textures such as silk, sandstone, denim, and yes, Kevlar. So this is likely a prototype cover that will never get released, at least for the OnePlus One.

One more pic after the break.

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HTC ekes out a small 3rd quarter profit


HTC made a profit for the second straight quarter, which is something we haven’t seen in a while. They just reported 3rd quarter results which showed NT 0.6 billion ($19 million) in net profit after taxes. Interestingly enough this small profit is lower than the last quarter, which came in at NT 2.3 billion ($75 million). So I am not sure the trend is all that great, but a profit is a profit right? Revenues were also down from the previous quarter, NT 41.9 billion ($1.38 billion) vs NT 65.1 ($2.17 billion).

HTC said that the One (M8) did well “despite stiff competition,” and they expect revenues to go up slightly in the 4th quarter.

Is HTC back or is this going to be short-lived?

source: HTC (PDF)

Rovio’s Angry Birds Transformers is in the Play Store


The Angry Birds franchise will never fade away. Why? Because just when there seem to be no ideas left, Rovio shows that there is more. The latest game is done with the Transformers franchise. Angry Birds Transformers unleashes Autobirds onto your device to protect Piggy Island from the EggBots. Fortunately, the Deceptihogs join forces with players to fight the EggBots. The game is full of animated chaos. And for the first time ever, the arms and legs are featured because it is necessary when transforming.

So Angry Birds meets Transformers. Are you excited? It is certainly an entertaining combination.

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

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 30, 2014


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!!

Android Wear

Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear


djay 2 app spins up for Android app gets major update focused on collaboration

Google Play Books gets an update to help users skip around

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Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google to start a technology incubator


Sad news today. Andy Rubin, who co founded Android is leaving Google to start an incubator for startups. Rubin was in charge of the Android division until March of last year, when he shifted to the lead of the nascent robotics effort.

Google acquired Android back in 2005, and Rubin was instrumental in building it to be the most widely used mobile operating system in the world.

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