Google brightens things up with yellow Nexus 5

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Over at the Google web site for all things Android, in the Phones & Tablets section you may notice a new option for the Nexus 5. According to the description, the device is available in four colors. Black, white and red have all been available, but a new choice – yellow – is now listed in the block of text. If you are interested in a yellow Nexus 5, it looks like you will need to be patient for a while longer though. Following the link to the Google Play store to place an order shows yellow missing from the choices offered to buyers. Read more

Galaxy Note 4 may have 12 megapixel OIS camera

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We’ve heard a ton of rumors about what type of camera Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will have, including some speculation about a 20 megapixel shooter and benchmarks that seem to confirm a 16 megapixel camera similar to the Galaxy S 5. It looks like both of those may be inaccurate, however, and Samsung will be going with a 12 megapixel camera with OIS implemented.

Samsung has been struggling to get an OIS camera on one of their smartphones for a while now, originally trying to ship the Galaxy Note 3 with an OIS camera before supply constraints made it too difficult. This time around, Samsung has partnered with several other companies to guarantee that they’ll be able to produce at least 5 million sensors in time to ship the Note 3 whenever it arrives later this year. Read more

Here are the first third-party apps for Android Wear

android_wear_introduction_video_screenshotWith Android Wear going up for pre-order yesterday, after Google announced the platform officially — did you buy one yet — it was only a matter of time before we started seeing third-party apps make their way to the wearable. It was a short wait indeed, as we have six new apps available for the watch — despite the fact that the SDK was only released yesterday. The six new apps are as follows:

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Check out a visual comparison of Android L versus Android KitKat

android material design 2I don’t know about anyone else, but I needed a moment after the amount of stuff Google dropped on developers, bloggers and the rest of the world, yesterday. One of the most prominent debuts to come out of Google I/O, day one was Android L. The completely overhauled next version of Android is both enticing and beautiful, but how does it stack up visually with Android in its current form — KitKat? Well the folks at phoneArena put together a nice side-by-side comparison for the world to see.

We have the gallery for you after the break. One thing’s for sure, the attention to detail is extreme. Even so, it’s the most visually appealing Android to date. What do you guys think? As always, keep it locked here for more Android and Google I/O 2014 news.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 25, 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!!

Google I/O

Watch Google’s I/O 2014 keynote right here

Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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Mobile check-in and keyless entry for Android introduced to Hotel Tonight

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A few new features have been announced by Hotel Tonight, and added to their app. These features allow for mobile check-in and keyless entry for users of Android devices. Hotel Tonight is a popular travel app that is used for last minute travel.

Express check-in allows users to essentially bypass checking in to their hotel like they normally would, and check-in through two taps on the app. Users are notified when their room is ready, and can then pick up their keys and go to their room. Keyless entry is done through a mobile devices NFC capabilities, and all users have to do is hold their device up to the lock for a few seconds. Hit the break for the Play Store download link as well as a gallery!

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Moto 360 face design competition winner announced

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After receiving 3000 submissions, the winner of the Moto 360 design competition has finally been announced. 10 finalists were chosen from the submissions, taking aesthetics, originality and feasibility into consideration, and people were given the chance to vote on their favorite through Google+.

The winner, David Pascual, was determined through his design getting the most +1’s, and he has won one of the first Moto 360’s.

Source: Motorola

Runtastic will integrate with Android Wear, Google Glass, and Google Fit

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Runtastic has officially announced that they’ll be fully supporting all of Google’s upcoming wearable tech, including Android Wear, Google Glass, and the upcoming Google Fit service. Since the wearable market focuses very heavily on fitness tracking, it’s good to see one of the top fitness tracking services commit to the platform so early.

For Android Wear, you’ll be able to download Runtastic apps to do the traditional step counting, heart rate monitoring, etc. There will also be full integration of Android Wear’s voice features. On the backend of things, Runtastic will be one of the first developers to use Google Fit’s APIs to store user data. Read more