TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 26, 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!!


Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013


Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store

RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store At Bat app updated, includes two new features

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AT&T turns on 12 new 4G LTE markets


AT&T has put a few more markets under their LTE umbrella, adding to their growing list of cities covered by their speedy 4G network. They didn’t add any huge new cities to the list, but hey, more coverage is never a bad thing. A total of 12 new markets got the green light, including the following markets below:

  • Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
  • Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Deridder, Louisiana
  • Lebanon, Missouri
  • Gainsville, Texas
  • Anderson, Indiana
  • Midland, Michigan
  • Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Bismark, North Dakota

RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store


RealNetworks’ RealPlayer Cloud service has gone live and the app is now available over in the Google Play Store. Formerly known as just RealPlayer, RealPlayer Cloud will allow users to store and play videos from — you guessed it — the cloud. The company says it already has more than 500,000 users in the United States and Canada combined. And aside from being able to use RealPlayer Cloud with televisions and web browsers, Chromecast support is included.

Hit the break for screenshots and download links. Read more

Boeing announces security-focused Boeing Black smartphone

Boeing Black

Boeing, the company that primarily makes fighter jets and all kinds of airplanes and aviation equipment, is stepping into the Android smartphone market with the Boeing Black. What makes the Black stand out in the crowd is its laser-focus on security; the device features top of the line security software and hardware based on Boeing’s own PureSecure architecture. The device is going to be aimed squarely at government agencies who need that type of insane security on a device.

If the ridiculous encryption and secure elements in the phone weren’t enough for you, the Black solidifies itself as the most secure phone ever with a self-destruct feature. If you try to physically break open the phone, the sensors will detect the tampering and quickly erase all information on the phone, James Bond style. Read more

Oppo says the Find 7 will be ‘greater than’ Samsung’s Galaxy S 5


HTC isn’t the only company getting a kick out of taking shots at Samsung. Above, you are looking at a teaser that Oppo is using to hype its upcoming Find 7 handset. On the left is probably a shadowed corner of the Find 7 that resembles the number itself. On the right is Samsung’s Galaxy S logo tilted to represent the number five which is for this year’s Galaxy S 5.

Hit the break for a video and another teaser image from Oppo. Read more

New Google+ Android app update adds new photo features


Android’s Google+ app is seeing a big update today that adds in a few new features, all focused on photo editing. It’s a gradual update that will slowly roll out to devices over the next week or so.

One of the new features is a non-destructive editing mode, which now lets users continue editing photos on a device other than the original device that started the editing. A full resolution can be backed up on a desktop, touched up on a tablet, then finished up on a smartphone, and all of the changes can be completely reverted at any time. Before now, if you began editing a photo on a phone, you wouldn’t be able to get the original photo back if you finished editing the photo on a different device like a laptop or tablet. On top of the editing feature is a whole new set of filters and creative tools that borrow heavily from Snapseed. Read more

Google holding Project Ara conference this April


Despite selling Motorola to Lenovo, Google decided to keep the Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) department and Project Ara in Mountain View. Today, Google has announced that the inaugural Ara Developers’ Conference will be held on April 15-16. The focus of this first event will be the Ara Developers’ Module Kit since it will enable developers to create components compatible with Project Ara. With Google now holding a conference for Project Ara, it looks like it is starting to gain even more steam.

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Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013


The 2013 model of the Google Nexus 7 was released way back in July, but Asus has just released both wired and wireless docks for the device. Although there are already a number of third party docks on the market, many people have likely been waiting for the official Asus ones.

Both docks can be purchased from a number of different retailers, including Amazon. While they both certainly look pretty nice, they come at a price, with the wired one costing $50 and the wireless one coming in at $90.

This may seem like a lot of money, especially when you consider the fact that many third part docks come in at around half that price, however a lot can be said about the quality and reliability of official accessories.

Source: Amazon (Wireless) and Amazon (Wired)

Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store


We knew it was only a matter to time until the Google Now Launcher (aka Google Experience Launcher) landed in the Play Store, and that time is now. However there is one caveat: It’s only for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running KitKat. If you think about it, that is really not that limited since the launcher does require KitKat and there really isn’t that many devices with KitKat other than the Moto X, Moto G, and a few Samsung devices. I would expect it to be expanded to more devices in the near future.

There are some really cool things about the Google Now Launcher that I like such as that Google Now is all the way to the left most home screen, it’s easier to install widgets, add an unlimited amount of home screens, and the always listening “Okay Google” command. However, I am not a fan of the default home screen being all the way to the left (just right of the Google Now page). I do know that a lot of you do like it, so if you have one of the compatible devices, give it a try.

If you want to see more of how the launcher works, check out our guide here. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.

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HTC teases the All New One’s improved BoomSound speakers in latest trailer


We’ve already pretty much figured out most of the important aspects of HTC’s upcoming One successor, but that’s not going to stop them from building hype for the device. The latest video from HTC’s YouTube channel looks like it’s going to be the first of many videos showing off their new device, and they’re even confirming a few things we weren’t sure of about the device.

The teaser trailer refers to HTC’s upcoming flagship as the All New HTC One, confirming the rumors about what the phone would be called. It’s also confirmed that we can expect to see the dual front-facing speakers with an improved BoomSound to make a return on the All New One, but that’s hardly a surprise. It was one of HTC’s biggest selling points on the original One, and with good reason.

Unfortunately, we can’t get get a good look at the New One thanks to a new pixelation “feature” that HTC is testing on the device for the trailer. Either way, this looks like it could shape up to be a pretty entertaining marketing campaign leading up to the launch of the device in March. Read more