TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for December 16 – December 22, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. In what was a pretty significant milestone, the Vivo Xplay 3S was officially unveiled with a 2K display. Unfortunately, it won’t get nearly as much press as the upcoming Galaxy S 5. Another major milestone has to be the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod edition that will be available this week, not to mention that CyanogenMod hit the 10 million installs mark. Motorola continues their dominance with KitKat updates while other manufacturers push 4.3. Meizu plans on entering the U.S., but is there room for another manufacturer? Speaking of other manufacturers, when the hell will Amazon release their phone? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

Best Android apps for running, working out, biking, and hiking [December 2013]

Reviews

Featured Android App Review: Why you should consider Action Launcher to be your launcher of choice

Featured Android Game Review: Strategy & Tactics: Medieval Wars

Accessories

Official CyanogenMod cases available for Nexus 5

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CyanogenMod hits 10 million installs in time for launch of CM-powered Oppo N1

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The folks over at CyanogenMod have a little celebrating to do tonight. The popular Android ROM just hit 10 million installs as of 3:44 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, and the team expects the growth to continue.

It took nearly four years for CyanogenMod to become a cornerstone of the Android rooting world, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with the Oppo N1 coming on the 24th of this month. Congrats to the CM team and best of luck in the future!

Via: XDA-Developers
Source: CM Stats

Updated Apex Launcher comes to Play Store with new KitKat details

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Each time stock Android gets a new look, launcher developers usually adjust their designs to match the much sought-after “vanilla Android” experience. Apex Launcher has done the same, and today, version 2.2 has hit the Play Store with a transparent notification bar as well as other KitKat details.

Also included is the quick search bar, folder icons, an icon font-selector, and some key bug fixes.

Get the updated application for free from the Play Store or buy the Pro version for only $4. Hit the break for the link to the app.

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Rom Manager Returns to the Play Store After Brief Hiatus

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News broke the other day that Koush’s extremely popular ROM management app, ROM Manager, was pulled from the Play Store. Cited as violating Google’s IAP standards, Koush was given six weeks to rectify said violation but it was pulled two weeks short of that deadline. That hiatus however, was short lived as ROM Manager appears to be back in the Play Store.

With the reinstatement, there is an update for ROM Manager. Besides bug fixes we can assume the IAP violation has been removed. It’s good to see that issues such as these can be rectified by both parties so quickly. For those of you who are rooted and have yet to check out a standard in ROM management, we have the download link and QR code after the break.

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Samsung releases new Galaxy Note 3 video, showcases holiday spirit

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Samsung just released a nice video called “Galaxy Note 3 – Holiday Reflections,” which surprisingly doesn’t call out competitors, tell jokes, showcase major features of the device, or any other conventional marketing tactics Samsung normally uses.

Instead, the video shows Galaxy Note 3’s in a “winter wonderland” of sorts, reflecting familiar holiday images on their screens. The video can also be watched in full HD 3D inside YouTube if you have any 3D devices.

Hit the break to check out the video in action.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 20, 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!!

Guides

Best Android apps for running, working out, biking, and hiking [December 2013]

Apps

New App: PPLCONNECT offers virtual connectivity to your phone for calls and SMS for free

Google Play Books Update Removes In-App PDF Uploading

Carriers

John Legere, dressed as Santa Claus, gives the other carriers coal for Christmas

Could Uncarrier 4 cover ETF for users switching to T-Mobile?

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Google adds several products from Play Store to Shopping Express service, guarantees Christmas delivery

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If you’ve accidentally put off your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you’ll be happy to know Google is trying to lend a hand to the late shoppers. Thanks to Google’s Shopping Express service, you’ll be able to get a handful of Google Play products delivered before Christmas. In fact, anything ordered up until 5 PM on Christmas Eve is guaranteed to make it to your home in time for Santa to stop by.

There are a few catches here, obviously. First off, Google only offers the service in a select few areas, namely in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Anywhere else in the US, and you can’t take advantage of the service. Secondly, Google isn’t offering everything in the Play Store. You’ll be able to pick up a few things like a Chromecast or a Nexus 7 tablet, but selection is pretty limited based on stock availability. Right now, the Chromecast, 16 GB Nexus 7, 32 GB Nexus 10, and white Nexus 7 folio case are available, but that will likely fluctuate a bit until Christmas.

source: Google Commerce Blog

[Deal] First 5,000 to use code from Ellen DeGeneres can get the Moto X 50% off with contract, 30% off without

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The Today Show isn’t alone in offering a deal for the Moto X. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is doing something similar, just not as good as the other one. This deal will give you a coupon code for 50% off an on-contract Moto X and 30% off without a contract. But the catch is that you have to be among the first 5,000 to request the a code. I’m not too sure that many Ellen fans are yearning for a Moto X, so you should be in the clear to get a code. Hit the break for instructions (they’re the same as before).

To take advantage of the deal, you have to:

  1. Fill out this form and put “ellen50″ in the top box that asks for the registration code.
  2. Put the rest of your information in the form.
  3. Select which deal you would like and hit “Submit”
  4. Wait for your code to arrive and start designing!

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Never worry about dropping your device again with Gresso’s all-titanium Android phone

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Gresso is famous for designing elaborate iPhones, dressing them in diamonds or gold. You can get them for around $30,000 a pop, but now the company has an Android phone, and you’ll only have to pay $1,800 to get it!

As part of its LE Radical series, the manufacturer has created the Radical R1, which is made of grade 5 solid titanium. A $2,300 version has a logo plate with white or yellow 18K gold, but the phone still has its titanium design.

The specs aren’t really that nice considering the price— Android 4.1.2, a 4.5-inch qHD screen, dual SIM, an 8MP rear shooter, 36GB internal storage, and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

There are less than 1000 devices available, so if you have the money to spend, don’t wait too long! 

Source: Engadget

New App: PPLCONNECT offers virtual connectivity to your phone for calls and SMS for free

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A new app is now available on the Play Store called PPLCONNECT. What’s so cool about it? PPLCONNECT lets you virtually connect to your cell phone for calls and SMS for free from your computer, tablet, or even your friend’s device— and it’s all for free!

Although the app is currently in beta, you’ll still be able to take part in most of the important features the app will eventually offer in its full release. This includes sending and receiving SMS from your computer, tablet, or even another phone. All of the SMS are synced between devices and even your own phone’s inbox, so you don’t need to worry about missing any messages if you’re on a different device.

You can even make calls from any device as well, and access all of your contacts on any device (as long as it’s connected to the web in some way, of course).

It seems like a pretty neat tool. Hit the break for screens and the link to the app in the Play Store!

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