Microsoft develops Android Wear keyboard with drawing as input method

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Microsoft is not shying away from supporting platforms from its competitors. The company is developing an Android Wear keyboard that is already available as a prototype. The Analog Keyboard works with input coming from letters being drawn on the smartwatch’s display. It works with messaging and Google Search while being able to recognize numbers and special characters.

Microsoft is supporting devices all of the current Android Wear smartwatches, including the Moto 360.

Hit the break to watch the demo video.

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Makers of the secure Blackphone are launching a tablet

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The Blackphone, developed by Geeksphone and Silent Circle, is the most secure phone on the market today. To go along with it, SGP Technologies is launching a high-end tablet running PrivatOS. The company is aware that mastering distribution is a must. It is still expected to be rather expensive considering the tight security.

Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, confirmed the tablet’s existence and explained it will “have the features people who use it every day will demand from it.” You can give people as much security as you want, but at some point applications are going to be a necessity. The Blackphone does not have Google Play; the only way to get apps are through something like Amazon’s Appstore, but that is particularly limited.

Source: CNBC

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 10, 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!!

Apps

Snowball tries to pack messaging platforms into single app

Snapchat images may have been breached through third-party service

Carriers

Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

Verizon tweets image of DROID Turbo, but pulls it shortly after

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Sharp Aquos Crystal heading to Sprint on October 17, Boost Mobile carrying it today

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Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.

Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.

Does the Sharp Aquos Crystal’s unique design catch your eye? Let us know in the comments.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 4 available through Amazon

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This fall, Samsung will be launching one of the most anticipated devices of the year. The Galaxy Note 4 will have a spot on each of the nation’s four major carriers. However, some consumers want an unlocked device. For those people, we have good news. Amazon is carrying the Galaxy Note 4 unlocked in black ($859), white ($869), and gold ($904). The only catch here is that there is no warranty included since the devices are unlocked.

These are all international models, so prospective buyers on Verizon or Sprint networks are unable to use this unlocked Galaxy Note 4.

Source: Amazon [Black Model Product Link] [White Model Product Link] [Gold Model Product Link]

Google testing doctor video chats with Search

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Need a medical condition explained to you a little bit better? Or do you have a question? Google can help with that by providing professional help. A trial feature being discovered by some users of Google Search shows that Google is offering video chats with doctors. The button to engage in a video chat appears when looking up a medical condition. During the trial period, Google is covering all costs to video chat with a doctor. This is all connected to the Helpouts by Google service that connects curious people with professionals and experts.

Does being directed to a doctor for a video chat appeal to you? Let us know in the comments.

Source: /r/Google
Via: Phandroid

Google X boss acknowledges that “wearables are tough”

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Nothing is easy in the tech business, but apparently wearables are even more difficult. When sitting down with Vanity Fair, Google X’s Astro Teller explained what he and the company has learned. The toughest part is getting people to change their habits in order to put on a wearable. Teller said that wearables will “eventually be a part our lives, but there’s this mantra that there’s no point wearing something on your body—because that’s a big ask.” It is just taking quite some time to get there.

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