Verizon will carry the kid-friendly LG Kizon smartwatch

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When LG announced the child-tracking Kizon smartwatch, we weren’t really sure what carriers would pick the wearable up. Thanks to an FCC filing earlier today, though, we’ve got a pretty strong hint that Verizon will be offering the smartwatch later this year.

The filing lists the device with the model number LG-VC100, and some information from the Kizon PC Reset Tool confirms that it should be a Verizon variant of the watch. Verizon hasn’t made anything official, but I think we can expect an announcement sooner rather than later.

source: My LG Phones

Walmart to launch Chromecast competitor for VUDU video service

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According to leaked FCC documents Walmart is readying its own Chromecast competitor for its own streaming/digital copy retrieval service, VUDU. The VUDU Spark as it looks to be called, resembles the media sticks of its competitors namely the Roku Streaming Stick and Fire TV Stick. The stick will come with an RF remote control (Zigbee based) and will pump the Vudu streaming service straight into your TV. We’re not sure if it’ll do anything other than that, like screen-mirroring, and we’re not sure on how much this will retail for.

source: FCC
via: engadget

Nexus Player supports Ethernet through USB-OTG

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I was seriously disappointed when I found out the Nexus Player lacked an Ethernet port, as well as HDMI pass through, but at the least the Ethernet port is solved. By simply adding a microUSB OTG cable to USB Ethernet adapter, an Ethernet connection will be present in the settings. How easy is that?

Since Android TV also includes Google Cast (Chromecasting), this means that all Chromecasting will also work through the Ethernet. Since the Chromecast itself only works though WiFi, many are suffering with either poor or inconsistent WiFi. By grabbing the Nexus Player, you will essentially be upgrading your Chromecast to a wired connection, as well as gaining all the added benefits of Android TV like gaming, a remote control, and on screen navigation.

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Powermod releases chargers with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology

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There are not many devices on the market that take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 technology, but that is in part due to the chargers are not being available. The only device on the market with a corresponding charger is the Moto X (2014) and DROID Turbo. On its way, though, is one for the HTC One (M8). Due to the limited availability, Powermod has taken the matter into its own hands by releasing two chargers that have Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The in-vehicle chargers costs $19.95 and the wall charger is $29.95. These prices are cheaper than what you would find elsewhere.

You can click here to see the full list of devices compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 chargers.

Source: Powermod
Via: HTC Source

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 6, 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!!

Accessories

Google puts two Nexus 6 cases in the Play Store, labeled as “Coming soon”

Powermod releases chargers with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology

Apps

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app is a powerful sleep tracker for your smartphone

Microsoft offering sign up for Office preview on Android tablets

HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store

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Alleged specifications for Vivo’s upcoming flagship phone surface

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If you are looking for cutting edge specifications, look no further than Chinese hardware manufacturers. They pump out premium devices better than any other region. The upcoming X5 Max (PD1305) from Vivo is lining up to be an absolute beast. A specification sheet surfaced online recently showing what the X5 Max will allegedly have to offer.

Here is a rundown of what the leaked spec sheet lists:

  • 6-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution
  • Snapdragon 805 process with 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot that goes up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual-LED flash, 8MP front camera with 88-degree wide view lens
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat covered by Vivo’s Funtouch 2.0 software

Source: Weibo
Via: G 4 Games

Digital assistant Amazon Echo announced

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Amazon has released a new device that puts a unique twist on the digital assistant market. Rather than existing as a piece of software only on a smartphone or tablet, the Amazon Echo puts that technology on a piece of hardware ready to be deployed around the house. The device is always on and will respond to a wake word to provide information, answer questions, or even fill a room with music. Read more

Samsung to launch new phone series after Galaxy A arrival

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We all know that Samsung has a lot of devices on the market. In the last few months, the company did start to condense its range of tablets. That is not likely to happen with its phones, but Samsung will take a look at how they are named. On the heels of the Galaxy A arrival, Samsung is going to introduce another series with the single letter approach.

The logical series to assume that this is for would be whatever falls under Project Zero, Samsung’s next flagship.

Source: SamMobile

Motorola Solutions making phones for public safety employees

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Just because Motorola Solutions is separate from the Motorola we all know all love doesn’t mean they cannot make phones. In fact, Motorola Solutions makes more than one phone. You likely have not seen any of them because they are not for the consumer electronics crowd. These phones are for public safety employees like police officers, firefighters and EMTs. So it is not surprising that the design is… tough. These phones are no Moto X or DROID Turbo in terms of looks. Durability is what is at stake.

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