First joint Motorola / Lenovo phone could be released in October / November

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Now that Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo, the big question is when will we see the first phone from this new partnership? According to China Mobile Alliance, it will be in October or November of this year.

This information comes from an interview with Zhang Hui of Lenovo / MBG (Mobile Business Group), and he also said this phone would be developed by both Lenovo and Motorola from the “ground up.”

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 21, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Expert witness claims Apple’s damage calculations are wrong

Apps

Domino’s Pizza now allows you to pay with Google Wallet

Google updates Hangouts app to version 2.1

Google leaks new Dialer screenshot via Twitter

Beats Music subscriber count is real low, not everyone is feeling the beat

Korean Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets Android 4.4 KitKat

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At the time of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo launch, the device did not come with Android 4.4 KitKat, which was a little disappointing for some users. Not only that, but because of the fact that the device was not a flagship, users were worried it wouldn’t get the Android 4.4 update for a while. Well, it seems that users didn’t need to fear after all, as Samsung has started pushing out the update.

So far the update is only being pushed out in Korea, but it should be available in other countries soon. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will feature many of the same upgrades that were present on the Galaxy Note 3, including white status bar icons, improved battery life, full screen album art, and so on.

Source: SamMobile

Beats Music subscriber count is real low, not everyone is feeling the beat

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This cannot be sitting well with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine over at Beats. According to Billboard, the Beats Music streaming service is not performing anywhere near to what was expected after the first 100 days. And it does not look like things will be getting any easier as Spotify will be partnering with Sprint with its Framily plan. Beats Music’s partnership with AT&T has not seemed to pay off.

Google leaks new Dialer screenshot via Twitter

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It appears that Google may have inadvertently leaked a screenshot of an updated Dialer application. The official Nexus twitter account posted a screenshot in response to a user’s question asking how to access a call’s duration.

Pictured above, the new look for the dialer application is on the left while the current version is on the right. While this may be an extremely subtle change, it is just the latest in Google’s push to add color to its stock applications.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes up for pre-order starting at $499 for 16GB

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In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.

While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.

Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?

Source: Sony

Netflix set to raise prices for new members by a dollar or two in some countries

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Don’t worry, this will not be anywhere near as outrageous as Netflix’s infamous price hike in 2011. But yes, Netflix does plan on imposing a one or two dollar price hike in some countries in order to cover the cost of new content and improving technology. For current Netflix members, everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. However, new members will feel the wrath of the price hike.

Here is the quote from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings:

Upcoming LG G Watch will offer Champagne Gold and Stealth Black color options

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Today on Facebook, LG made it official that Stealth Black will not be the only color option for the upcoming LG G Watch. In addition the the industry standard black option, LG will offer its smartwatch, running Android Wear, in Champagne Gold. The face of the G Watch, however, will remain black.

Information is still scarce about the LG G Watch, but we do know that it will be one of the initial Android Wear smartwatches available.

Source: LG (Facebook)

AT&T offering off-contract, certified like new Galaxy S 4 for $179

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If you don’t have to have the latest and greatest smartphones, you may want to take advantage of AT&T’s latest deal on Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. The carrier is offering the device completely off-contract for $179 bucks, which is significantly cheaper than its typical $500 – $600 retail price. The catch is that the device is a certified like-new refurbished model, but at less than $200, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

The Galaxy S 4 sports a 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 600 processor, so it’s still a pretty competitive phone in 2014. Hit the link below to check out the deal.

Source: AT&T

Motorola Solutions signs licensing agreement with Microsoft

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Motorola Solutions has today signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft. It is important to remember that Motorola Solutions is NOT Motorola Mobility, which is the company that has released the Moto X and Moto G. Motorola Solutions is essentially the half of Motorola that Google left behind when they bought the smartphone half of the company.

According to the agreement it seems that Microsoft and Motorola Solutions have set their eyes on the mobile market, including devices both Android and Chrome OS. Hit the break for more info and the press release.

Google Glass update brings SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware

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Google announced today that it is now rolling out a new update for the Google Glass that brings two new features,  namely SMS for iPhone and Calendar Glassware.

The SMS feature now allows iOS users to receive text messages on their Google Glass, just like their Android counterparts. To get started, all you have to do is go to the Bluetooth settings of your device and turn on “Show Notifications” for your paired Glass. However, you won’t be able to reply back due to certain limitations with iOS.

Google is working on a stronger encryption level in Gmail

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According to a new report by VentureBeat, Google is working to implement strong encryption tools in Gmail in response to mass surveillance leaks by Edward Snowden.

Citing its source close to the matter, the report says that Google admitted that end-to-end encryption is the best defense for message protection, though it comes at considerable cost in functionality.” As part of a move to stronger user privacy, the company is working to improve PGP, which is a strong encryption tool that has been “difficult to break” in the past.

Google updates Hangouts app to version 2.1

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Google is now rolling out a new update of its Hangouts app which brings quite a few acceptable changes and performance improvements.

Some of the few notable changes is that the update now combines your SMS and Hangouts conversations into a single conversation and adds the ability to switch between either SMS or Hangouts as well as either merge or unmerge the conversations. In addition, you can add the Hangouts widget to your home screen to gain a faster access to conversations.

Here’s the full changelog:

Apple and Google provide promotional offers to developers to get exclusive games first

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According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google have been offering promotional packages to developers in order to be the first to feature various games on their respective platforms. This promotional perk includes placing apps on hot spots on the app store page and features list.

The same report indicates that Apple previously offered Electronic Arts to promote its highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2 on its App Store and in return, EA launched the popular title on the iOS platform 2 months before releasing it for Android. However, Gameloft, developer of Asphalt, refused to accept the deal offered by Apple, instead, it chose to launch the game on both Android and iOS at the same time.

Expert witness claims Apple’s damage calculations wrong

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In the Apple v. Samsung trial currently underway, one of the issues Samsung is arguing is that Apple has grossly over-exaggerated their damages claim. Apple is asking for more than $2 billion in damages based on the alleged violation of five patents. New York University professor Tulin Erdem was brought in late last week as an expert witness on Samsung’s behalf to counter Apple’s own expert regarding the amount of damages.