TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 13, 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

Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

Amazon launches Live App Testing tools for developers

Carriers

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha wallpapers now available for download

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The wallpapers that ship with the new Galaxy Alpha are now available for download. Samsung has bundled its premium handset with nine unique wallpapers. You can put them are your device, but do know that the resolution of each is just 1280×720. The Galaxy Alpha does not have a 1080p or 2560×1440 display, so they may not fulfill your device’s true potential.


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Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

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Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.

The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
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Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active.
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Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

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The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.

The phone, which will have a  5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.


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Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

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As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.
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Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact slips through the FCC

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Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to be a mini version of the Z3 flagship, and the phone recently passed through the FCC in two separate variants for different carriers: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812.

According to the FCC documents, the device will have a 4.57-inch screen, and overall dimensions of 127 x 64.9 mm. That comes out to be the third highest screen to phone size ratio of any Sony Xperia device — 69.85 percent. The original Xperia Z was 69.83 percent, the ZL was 74.97 percent and the T2 Ultra was 71.69 percent.


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Amazon launches Live App Testing tools for developers

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In an effort to make developing apps for an easier process, Amazon has released a suite of tools for developers to test their application through the Amazon App Store. These tools will allow a developer to push out updates to selected users to make sure the app works well in a consumer environment instead of just the test environment the app was built in. This includes testing in-app purchase APIs and stability to guarantee your app or update is rock solid before it gets pushed out to the masses.
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[Deal] Amazon Fire TV marked down to $84 for limited time

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The Amazon Fire TV device is one of the more expensive solutions for consumers looking for a media device to hook up to their television. The normal $99 price is not entirely unjustified as Amazon does make their Amazon Prime video service available through the platform and the game support is relatively strong compared to other devices. Amazon even makes a dedicated gaming controller available for $40. Amazon also built in voice control capabilities as we have all seen Gary Busey demonstrate.

Now, for a limited time, Amazon is offering the device for only $84 dollars. Hit the source link if you want to take advantage of this deal. There is no indication as to how long it will last.

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T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network

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Data throttling has been a topic lately, and it looks like T-Mobile isn’t excluded. According to an internal memo, the carrier is planning on throttling the data speeds of a specific set of users on its network. Fortunately, they aren’t taking Verizon’s approach to try and force people off of older plans, but depending on what you do with your phone, you might be affected.

T-Mobile is planning on going after users that either engage in high data usage activities, like p2p file sharing, or tethering outside of the terms and conditions of their service. So if you’re downloading movie torrents on T-Mobile’s LTE network or tethering your phone without paying for the hotspot features on your plan, you can expect to start seeing some slower data speeds. The throttling is only going to affect customers on the $70 unlimited or $80 Simple Choice plans, since the newer plans already have throttling caps in place anyway.
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