TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 4, 2013

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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!!

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Cameras

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses for smartphones announced at IFA 2013

Carriers

Moto X finally available on US Cellular

Google

Larry Page unveils a special KitKat bar

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Android distribution numbers released once again, Jelly Bean shows steady growth, ICS decreases

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Here we are again, checking out the latest distribution charts for Android— we certainly have some interesting developments for this month’s numbers. First, you’ll notice that the prehistoric versions of Android OS (Donut and Eclair) are no longer on the chart! Why is this? Not because nobody has them running on their devices anymore, but because data for the chart is now gathered from the Google Play Store app, which only runs on devices with Android 2.2 or greater. Either way, devices running the older versions of Android only account for around 1%.

Now, for this month’s improvements in Android fragmentation— combined, Jelly Bean is currently loaded up on 45.1% of all Android-powered devices, up from 40.5% from last month.  For the first time ever, Ice Cream Sandwich actually showed a decrease, going from 22.5% to 21.7%. Sure, it’s not a lot, but the decrease certainly shows that OEMs are doing a better job upgrading their devices to Jelly Bean.

Gingerbread shrunk a bit as well, going from 33.1% to 30.7%, and Froyo followed suit, coming down to 2.4% from 2.5%.  We’ll be back next month with the latest Android distribution numbers. Hopefully we’ll get to see a new KitKat section on the chart!

Source: Android Developers

NVIDIA’s 7″ Tegra Note appears in photos online, shipping to China to begin soon

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ChinaDIY recently got their hands on NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra Note, and took a series of photos with the device. We know that the tablet will be a white label product, meaning that NVIDIA partners around the world will be re-branding the Tegra Note as their own— expect to see it for a very attractive price.

We also have some confirmed specs: a 7″ 1280 x 768 HD display, a quad-core Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, a 5 MP rear camera, a front camera of unknown resolution, micro-USB/HDMI support, and a stylus.

To see more images of the Tegra Note, head on over to the source link below.

Source: ChinaDIY

Sony announces pricing and availability for the SmartWatch 2

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Back in June, Sony introduced the SmartWatch 2 for September, but didn’t specify pricing. Today, they reiterated that it would be available at the end of this month and let us know how much it will cost.

They will offer a black silicone strap model for €179 (~$236) and a stainless steel strap model for €199 (~$263). Replacement color silicone straps will go for €19 (~$25).

So far it looks like it will only be available in Europe for the time being since Sony hasn’t announced any intentions for North America. We can only assume that we will see a release stateside by the holidays.

source: Phone Arena

Google Glass app store to come in 2014

ap_google_glasses_kb_120627_wgEarlier this summer, it was leaked that Google Glass app store was in the works, and now it’s official. According to the New York Times, a Glass-optimized app store will debut at some point in 2014. A Google representative confirmed that with Marketing Land. The store was reportedly going to be called “Boutique,” but we’ll have to see if that name stuck.

There are still only limited details, but as we get closer and closer to a public Glass release, we’ll keep hearing more info.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 will receive Android 4.3 in October

Samsung_Galaxy_S_III_LockscreenMost of today’s big news revolved around new devices, but there was some good news for those with the Samsung Galaxy S III and S4. Samsung announced that Android 4.3 will arrive for both phones in October. In addition, Galaxy Gear functionality will be added to the S4 with the update, which is scheduled to come out around the same time as the Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Of course, this also depends on when your carrier wants to give you the update.

Source: Engadget

Qualcomm Enters Wearables Market with Toq Smartwatch

 

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Samsung isn’t the only company today to announce a wearable smartwatch today. Qualcomm announced today that they will be jumping in the wearables market with their own smartwatch. The Toq (“talk”) as its called will work with devices running Android 4.0.3 or newer. The device boasts a better battery life than Samsung’s smartwatch variant because of the Mirasol display, which will allow for multiple days of use on a single charge.

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ASUS announces Fonepads, MeMO Pads, Transformers at IFA 2013

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ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion. Read more

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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Following the Galaxy Note 3 announcement, Samsung pulled the wraps off the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. It looks like a very cool device, but the bad news is that it’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3. Eventually, the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II will be added, but no plans for other Android devices.

It connects via Bluetooth using the Samsung Galaxy Gear app. They didn’t specifically say, but it appears to use the new Bluetooth LE standard as part of Android 4.3, which is probably the reason why the Note 3 is the only compatible device.

It features a 1.63-inch (320 x 320) display, a 1.9MP camera, and battery that promises to last a full day. You can even answer your calls with it.

Hit the break to see it in action.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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After many months of leaks, we finally got to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in all its glory. Samsung held events in both Berlin and New York City to celebrate with their typical pomp and circumstance. They say if you grab the device it will grab you back.

Thanks to the very thin bezel, the width of the Note 3 has a larger display (5.7-inches vs 5.5-inches) despite the phone being the same width as the Note II.

Although Samsung is known for giving you the best specs available, it’s always more about the features. The Note 3 sports an improved S Pen and the newest features revolve around a dot, circle, and box.

By hovering the S Pen over the screen until a dot appears, you can access Air Command by pressing the button on the S Pen. It’s a quick menu to such features like Action Note and Scrapbook. With Scrapbook, you can draw a circle around anything you want to save to your personal scrapbook. Next up is the Pen Window, which adds to Samsung’s Multi Window feature. Just draw a box on your display and you will be able to open certain apps from within this box for enhanced multitasking.

Hit the break for a look at these features in our hands on video from NYC. Read more