Promo picture, specs revealed for upcoming Sony Z3 Tablet Compact

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We fully expect the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact to be unveiled at IFA 2014 next week in Berlin, but it looks like we have some more information for you earlier than launch, as usual.

In addition to a leaked photo (above) of the tablet paired with Sony’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, we have some specs for you. (Also of note: the devices above are next to a pool. This could be hinting at water-proofing on both of the devices.)

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“Ready to note?” Samsung teases upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and S Pen in new video

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The Galaxy Note 4 is set for launch on September 3 and Samsung is busy preparing its marketing campaign for the masses.

A new video shows off the S Pen, which will come with the Galaxy Note 4 — nothing really new or exciting in the video, but for those who haven’t laid their eyes on a Galaxy Note before, it may be of some interest.

Stay tuned this week for more information on the device, and be sure to hit the break to watch the video.

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Moto Luge product page leaks on Best Buy’s site, will be geared toward Verizon pre-paid customers

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We’ve seen multiple new DROID devices and now a stretchy Nexus X leak — but the Moto Luge? That’s new.

Apparently this device will be a Verizon exclusive, and will be targeted to prepaid customers — the service recently received 4G LTE support, so this adds to the carrier’s offering for those consumers.

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Upcoming Nexus may be called Nexus X

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Leaker TKTechNews has some interesting information regarding the upcoming Nexus device, including its name (the Nexus X) and some possible features. However, be warned that there are some inconsistencies between what TK is reporting, and what we’ve heard in the past (specifically regarding display size), so take all of this with a grain of salt. Hit the break for the juicy details.

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Chrome ADB server released for Nexus 5

ChromeADBIf you’re interested in tinkering with your phone, you know how using ADB requires installing the SDK or using a toolkit (my personal method of action). However, thanks to Koushik Dutta, a prolific Android developer and creator of many apps, there is a public version of an ADB server for Chrome, released today. Unfortunately, it only works with the Nexus 5 at the moment, but we can expect him to add more devices in the future, most likely starting with the rest of the current Nexus devices. Read more

Sony teases what is likely the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and new smartwatch

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Everyone is teasing soon to be released products in the run up to IFA 2014. Sony is getting in on the action and the image above, obtained by Xperia Blog, is showcasing two devices that have yet to be announced by the company. If the location of this image is any indication, Sony will stay true to its design language and keep everything water resistant.

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LG G Watch R teaser video shows the round smartwatch coming at IFA 2014

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Last week, a report claimed that LG would be launching a G Watch successor in at IFA 2014 for a release this fall. A teaser for the said device has surfaced and it is going by the name G Watch R. The extra letter is the only difference in name, but the design will certainly be different. The “R” is representing the round, circular display featured on the smartwatch. The device does have button on the side, just like the Moto 360.

The smartwatch industry is going to be very crowded this fall. The Moto 360 from Motorola is (eventually) going to be here, ASUS is going to announce something next month, and this could be the year Apple gets involved with smartwatches. There were also grumblings that HTC has a smartwatch incoming.

Hit the break for the teaser video.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 18 – August 24, 2014

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The Galaxy Note 4 is shaping up to be a fantastic phone, but don’t count out the Moto X+1. Speaking of Motorola, is there a lack of concentration with so many phones in the pipeline? The Nexus 8 seems ready to drop, but when? Asus is teasing a smartwatch. Will anybody care with the Moto 360 looming? Sprint is playing copycat with another carrier, but are they too late? And what is Android L going to be called? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Reviews

Amazon Fire Phone review: The smartphone that shouldn’t exist

Accessories

Samsung to offer an ultrasonic cover for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung announces stylish Level Box mini wireless speaker with 25 hours of playback

LG announces Music Flow, a multi-room music streaming system

Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products

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Google Chromecast regains Rootability

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Google had all but locked down its media-streaming device, the Google Chromecast, soon after its release, but if you’ve been waiting for root access to your device since then, your time has officially come. According to the XDA developers forum, developers GTVHacker, Team-Eureka, and fail0verflow have exploited a new vulnerability which allows root access to the current software build and new models. Read more