LG G3 scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop by end of year

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Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.

This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.

Via: GSMArena

Samsung releases two Galaxy Note 4 ads focusing on the camera and S Pen

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A new pairing of Galaxy Note 4 advertisements are rolling out now. They highlight two of the biggest selling points for the massive Samsung device. The first aims to prove how powerful the Galaxy Note 4′s camera is while the other is all about the S Pen. A wide range of events and uses are covered by the ads. Both end by asking whether or not you know how to Note.

Hit the break to watch the ads.


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Material Design showing for mobile web searches

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Google has been rolling out changes to many of its apps and services in preparation for the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The latest area to see Material Design is mobile web search. Users of Chrome for Android are reporting that the new Android guidelines are appearing with fresh animations.

Prior to this, Google was said to be running a task through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service testing the changes. Now, those changes are starting to appear. You do not need Android 5.0 for anything to be activated. It will reflect for everyone, but it is just a matter of when.

Let us know in the comments when you start seeing Material Design for your mobile web searches.

Via: Android Police

 

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 20 – October 26, 2014

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Things were a little calmer this week, but there was a lot of cool stuff. Google dropped a huge bomb by releasing “Inbox” which is a new app for reading your Gmail. We’ve had a chance to play around with the Android Lollipop preview, and we love what we see. Sundar Pichai gets another promotion and Amazon’s Fire Phone didn’t set the world on fire. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.

Guides

Copying apps from your old phone or tablet to your new phone or tablet with Android Lollipop

How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

How to setup Trusted Devices on Android Lollipop to automatically unlock your phone or tablet

How to lock any app on your phone or tablet for guests and kids in Android Lollipop

How to beam files and photos from one phone to another with the new Android Beam in Android Lollipop


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TGI Black Friday app gets updated for 2014 deals

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Black Friday is the single biggest shopping day of the year, so of course there are apps dedicated to keeping up with the deals for the year. The TGI Black Friday app does just that, keeping you updated with what deals will be happening on Black Friday, as well as custom shopping lists and PDF scans of store ads. If you like to do any Christmas shopping on that particular day, this app is a must-have. It’s just been recently been updated for the 2014 season, so if you’re interested you can find some screenshots of the app and a download link below.
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Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online

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Verizon’s big DROID unveiling is coming up on Tuesday, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to see the Droid Turbo in its packaging. The device, which has a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 procesor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3900 mAh and either Android 4.4.4 or 5.0 Lollipop. (Conflicting reports on OS version exist.)

Nothing really special or noteworthy to see here, other than the fact that we’re coming closer and closer to the release of a new DROID device. Hit the break for more pictures below.


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Retailers blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet as they build their own service

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A slew of retailers are taking a stand against mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They are blocking the mobile payment services from Apple and Google (and even SoftCard) because one of their own will be launching next year. Companies including Old Navy, Lowes, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sears, Best Buy, Stop & Shop, Walmart, Wendy’s, and a bunch of gas stations are behind the CurrentC mobile payment service scheduled for 2015.

The benefit of using CurrentC will be the lack of processing fees as the credit card companies are not at all involved. CurrentC is designed to work by taking funds from the user’s checking account. With the credit card companies taken out of the equation, retailers behind CurrentC will offer exclusive promotions as an incentive.

Via: The Verge

Googler Alan Eustace breaks parachute jump record from 25 miles up

 

eustace_jump_01A senior vice president with Google, Alan Eustace, parachuted from about 25 miles above Earth to break the world altitude record for a parachute jump, breaking the speed of sound during his descent in the process.  The jump by Eustace differed in many ways from the successful attempt of Felix Baumgartner from 128,100 feet in 2012, not the least of which may be the relative secrecy surrounding Eustace’s attempt.
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Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets

 

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Rogers has broadened its horizons by upgrading and expanding its LTE-A connectivity services to an additional twelve new markets in Canada. The announcement was made in a press release on the carrier’s website, where it lists the benefits that new subscribers of the service are likely to receive, in addition to download speeds of up to fifteen times faster than the standard 3G network.


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