Google says Glass store opening is only temporary

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Since users discovered earlier today that orders for Google Glass could be placed at the Glass store without an invite, similar to the one-day sale they had last week, folks have been scrambling to figure out whether this was an official move by Google to open sales up to the general public instead of a limited program for approved invitees. Google has now issued a statement indicating:

Big Android BBQ 2014 taking place October 16-18

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The Big Android BBQ is a popular Android conference geared towards developers and enthusiasts alike. This year is expected to be the biggest year yet with additional sessions and exhibits. It will be taking place at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas from October 16-18.

This year’s speakers include developers Matt Kranzler and Matt Runo from Zappos and Steve Kondik, founder of the CyanogenMod project. In addition, Google Play Games engineer Nicolas Klein will be in attendance. While there are plenty of other speakers, it is always good to see indie developers in addition to Google employees sharing the stage at a conference.

How to use S Health on the Galaxy S 5

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Samsung introduced S Health last year on the Galaxy S 4. so it’s no surprise that it showed up on the Galaxy S 5. The difference this year isn’t so much the app, but the marketing behind it. This year, health and fitness is a big part of the Galaxy S 5 since it also works in conjunction with the Gear devices. However, you don’t need those devices to use S Health.

Just like last year, S Health can track diet and workouts pretty easily. You can use it as a simple pedometer to track all your steps throughout the day and/or track specific workouts. New for this year is a “coach” to help you achieve your goals. The “coach” isn’t limited to just diets and workouts, it will also assist you in controlling your stress and getting a better night’s sleep.

In this video, I will walk you through the basics of S Health and how to get the most out of it, so hit the break to get started. Also be sure to check out our other Galaxy S 5 guides.

Huawei Ascend P7 specs leak, confirming quad-core CPU, 13 megapixel camera and extremely thin design

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We’ve been hearing leaks about the Huawei Ascend P7’s specs since as far back as December, but @evleaks has kindly confirmed what we were already assuming. The P7 will sport a quad-core Kirin processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, and a 13 megapixel camera with an 8 megapixel front shooter. Pretty solid device for 2014. The design is supposedly less than 7 mm thin and it “basically looks like the P6.” If you liked the P6, you’re in luck, but if you were hoping Huawei would shake up the design, you may want to wait for the next model.

source: @evleaks

IFTTT finally makes an Android version available

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IFTTT (IF This Then That) is a fantastic automation and task engine application that was previously only available on iOS, but today it’s finally jumped onto the Play Store, completely free. All you’ll need is an Android tablet or smartphone running 4.0 and up, which should cover just about everyone.

The app showcases a few examples of how you can automate your device, including setting your latest Instagram upload as your device background or uploading to cloud storage of your choice, or upload any screenshots you take to Google Drive. Outside of backing up your photos, you can also set up alerts for sports games or create emails to be sent out once you reach a certain location. Pretty powerful stuff.

If you’re a fan of apps like Tasker, you’ll definitely want to give IFTTT a spin. Hit the break for the download link and some screenshots.

Next generation Motorola smartphone (XT912A) shows up in benchmark

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We know Motorola is readying the next generation Moto X, dubbed the Moto X+1, but they are also readying new DROIDs for Verizon Wireless. A new device with the model number of XT912A showed up in GFXBench that is most likely one of these phones.

The specs of the said device include a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (presumably a new version of Moto’s Mobile Computing System), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 4.4.3, which isn’t even out yet.

PlayOn to bring over 100 channels to Chromecast

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A couple weeks ago we reported about a service called PlayOn, which would allow users to add channels on a server on their computer, and then watch those channels via their Chromecast. At that time, the service was still in beta, which it seems is no longer true.

Using PlayOn, users can stream over 100 channels to their Chromecast, include ABC, NBC, Comedy Central, and so on. To use the with Chromecast, users will need to install PlayOn on both their computer and their mobile device. The subscription costs $29.99 per year, or $59.99 for life. Hit the break for the press release!

New image surfaces of revamped Dialer for Android

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A few days ago it appeared that someone at Google leaked a couple screenshots of a new dialer for Android 4.4.3. Now, a user on the XDA forums has posted another screenshot purporting to show another view of the Dialer app. This new screenshot uses a tiled display of contacts using the contact picture for those with one or a colored block with first initial ala the Gmail app for those with no picture. Judging by the search bar at the top, this could be the contacts screen as opposed to something like the call log screen. It is also unclear whether this would be the only view of the contact list or just one option for users.

source: XDA forums

[Breaking] Vic Gundotra is leaving Google

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After almost 8 years with Google, Vic Gundotra is leaving the company. Vic’s position was Senior Vice President for Social at Google ,and he led the creation and rise of Google+.

In a Google+ post, Vic said……

Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else.

Google opens Glass orders to the public, price remains at $1500 [Updated]

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Only a few days after their one-day public sale of Google Glass, Google has now opened the Glass store for public orders of the Explorer Edition without an invite being necessary. Like the one day sale, Glass is available in a choice of five colors, including the Cotton color that appeared to sell out during the one-day event. In addition, buyers can still get a lightweight titanium frame or a set of shades thrown for free with their order. The other thing that has not changed is the price which remains at $1500.

If you missed the one day sale and have not been able to get an invite and you are ready to place your order to join the Explorer program, just hit the source link below. You may note though that Google has not released any word as to whether this is an official move on their part to open the program up to the public or if it is some glitch in their system. So you may not want to hesitate.

Samsung ramping up flexible display production capability

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According to Chinese web site LED Wealth Network, Samsung has started work to scale up capacity at their A3 plant producing flexible displays. Samsung appears to be investing at least 2 Trillion won ($1.9B USD) in the current phase with a possible expansion to a total 6 Trillion won ($5.7B USD) investment on additional phases. According to the reports, Samsung hopes to have the plant operating at new capacity before the end of 2014, pointing the way toward flexible displays possibly being incorporated into the Galaxy S 6 or Galaxy Note 5 during 2015.

4K tablets on the horizon

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We’re at a point where we’re going to 4K all the things. We are seeing 4K televisions, laptops and with smartphone manufacturers also toying with the idea of making 2K and 4K smartphones it would only be a matter of time before we’d see tablets make the same leap. If Japan Display, Inc. is any indicator, tablets may be making that leap sooner rather than later. The company just announced a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. That’s a whopping 438 ppi for a tablet — something that hasn’t been done on a tablet yet. Currently the GalaxyPRO 8.4 holds the most pixels per inch with 359.

The Kyocera Brigadier coming to Verizon sometime soon

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There’s a trade off to having a rugged phone. Usually that trade off consists of having a phone that’s ugly as hell. Sadly, if evleaks is correct — and the famous leaker usually is — Kyocera is continuing that trend with its Brigadier phone. Slated for Verizon, the device is an unknown entity at the moment. We just know the name and where it’s going. We can see from the leaked images that it will come with LTE and will have physical buttons. Other than that, it’s a real mystery.

source: evleaks

Xiaomi plans to enter 10 new countries in the coming year

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Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands around right now, and they’re looking to expand their reach, by announcing that they will be entering 10 new countries for business. No, this doesn’t include the United States, or even most of Europe yet, but it’s a good start for the company. The Chinese manufacturer will expand to Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam over the coming year.

Xiaomi already outsells Apple and their iPhones in China, and even shipped 11 million smartphones in the first three months of this year, which is more than Motorola, for a comparison.

Source: Bloomberg

Samsung launches “Gear App Challenge” for Gear 2 apps

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With Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatch now on the market, Samsung is scurrying to have as many apps as possible available for users. They have launched an “app challenge” for developers. Beginning May 8, Galaxy Gear 2 app developers can register their creations on Samsung Apps to participate in the challenge, with a prize pool of $1.25 million and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.

In addition, Samsung is planning on hosting various events globally to help developers better understand the SDK for the Samsung Gear 2. The company will meet developers around the world through the Samsung Gear Hackathon and Developer Day.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow