TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 21, 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!!

Guides

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

Accessories

Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

Apps

PPLNOTIFY sends Android notifications straight to your web browser on another device

Gmail 5.0 will make the stock Email app obsolete by including Exchange support

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Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

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We reported earlier that the LG G Watch is now receiving an update (4.4W.2) so it’s no surprise that the Moto 360 is also receiving the same update. However there are a few things that are specific to the Moto 360 such as that now ambient mode will automatically turn off when your battery hits 15% and a new feature called Mood Lighting. This will adjust how bright the charging screen is based on how bright or dark the room is. The update also includes the same stuff that other Android Wear watches are getting like the ability to connect Bluetooth headsets to the watch itself, store music,  and a new UI tweak allowing you to swipe down on the most recent notification card so you can see your entire watch face.

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Nokia’s HERE Maps now available on all Android devices

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Well that exclusive was short lived. About 2 weeks ago, Nokia’s HERE maps made its debut on Android, but only for Samsung devices through the Samsung Apps Store. I’m not sure I ever understood the exclusive, but I definitely don’t understand the fact that it only lasted 2 weeks.

Nokia has made the HERE Beta app available to the rest of Android. Unfortunately it’s not in the Play Store. You will have to hit the source link below to grab the APK and manually install it yourself.

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Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

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The calendar app on a smartphone may not be the most interesting app users access, but it is typically one of the core functions of our mobile devices. Although they may not be “sexy,” calendars play an important role and people are interested in attempts to make the data contained within their calendars easy to access. With the updates rolling out for a host of Google apps to implement their new material design guidelines and appear as part of Android Lollipop, the calendar app is on the list. Some new screenshots of the updated app have been obtained that reveal some of the work Google has done to refresh the calendar. Read more

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update? Read more

PPLNOTIFY sends Android notifications straight to your web browser on another device

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Sometimes there can be too many devices in front of you. You are working on your computer and then have to check your phone for a notification. It is just way too messy and, more importantly, distracting. With PPLNOTIFY, it all goes to one place. The app, from PPLCONNECT, sends Android notifications to the user’s browser without the need for a desktop extension or plug-in.

With the PPLNOTIFY app installed on an Android device, you just need to login to the app’s website on a browser. Then, in real-time, notifications will be forwarded to you. A pop-up window appears with anything from SMS to incoming calls and battery updates. PPLNOTIFY works with both computer and tablet browsers.

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You can now pre-order the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a hefty $499.99

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Sony’s latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now available to pre-order in the United States from both the manufacturer’s online portal and from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.

According to the listing page, the unit will be available for shipping from Sunday, November 2 and will set you back a whopping $499.99, which, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is an awful lot to pay for a 32GB, 8-inch, mid-range device.

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

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I can’t stress enough how important it is to use a security lock screen on your mobile devices. If you ever misplace your phone or tablet, no one will be able to get into the device. However, constantly entering a code to unlock your device is a royal pain in the you know what.

Finally, Finally, Finally Google has implemented Trusted Devices in Android. With Android Lollipop and a new feature called Smart Lock, you will be able to set any Bluetooth device, NFC tag, or even your face as a way to automatically unlock your device so you won’t have to constantly enter your PIN code or swipe a pattern over 100 times per day.

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Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

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Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza. Read more