T-Mobile adds Device Unlock to Google Play

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Consistent with their goal of making things easier for customers, T-Mobile has developed an app that users can run to unlock their devices when their contract is up or to temporarily unlock the device when traveling abroad. The biggest downside at present is that only a few customers can actually use the Device Unlock app – those who have a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Still, it is good to see T-Mobile making this move. Read more

AT&T announces LG G Vista is coming soon

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AT&T has officially announced the LG G Vista will be coming to the network on August 22nd, which is not a surprise given the previously leaked manual for the device. AT&T will join Verizon in offering the LG G Vista. The device gains some screen real estate via a 5.7-inch display versus the 5.5-inch display of the LG G3. In gaining that extra size, LG toned down some of the other specs, like a resolution that is only 720p, an 8 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 400 processor and only 1.5 GB of RAM. Nothing top of the line there, but it should still be a capable smartphone for those looking for a larger device who are not so interested in raw power.

AT&T will offer the LG G Vista for $49.99 on a two-year contract or $14.80 per month on the AT&T Next18 plan. Consumers can also buy it straight out for $354.99. AT&T is also offering a special 99 cents deal on the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE for anyone buying an LG G Vista.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 805 supposedly confirmed

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With the official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 bearing down on us at the beginning of September, information about the specs for Samsung’s latest flagship continue to surface. The latest comes from a ZDNet Korea source that says Samsung has definitely agreed to produce some versions of the Galaxy Note 4 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip. This would be in addition to a version equipped with the Eynos 5433 processor that appears to be the more powerful of the two versions.

Samsung agreeing to produce two versions of a device, one with an in-house chip and one with a third-party sourced chip, is normal for the company. It is unclear whether Samsung had planned to follow their historical precedent all along though as the source indicates Qualcomm had to agree to a steep discount on the chips in order to get Samsung to agree to use them. Reports indicate this move has upset LG which is a big buyer of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips and think they should be able to get a similar discount.

source: SamMobile

Nexus 8 specs revealed

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Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus 8 have been circulating for a while now, but we have some juicy details for you. If these leaked specs are true, this will be the tablet of the year.

The Nexus 8 is codenamed T1, and it’s expected to sport an 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600) display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra chip, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, and optional LTE. How is that for some serious power?

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Dish Anywhere tablet app receives functionality and design updates

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The Dish Anywhere app received a fairly major upgrade this week, adding program recommendations, a watchlist, a recently viewed list, media page, and What’s hot list. Now you can view recommended programs, add them to a watchlist, and see what is popular at the time. Your media page aggregates info from the Guide, DVR, and Video On Demand so you can see all ways to watch a program. Also, if you have your tablet with you, but are already in front of the TV, you can use the new app as a remote control.

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Samsung, Barnes & Noble co-hosting event August 20 to launch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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The next few weeks will not contain just one Samsung event, but rather two of them. As just about everyone knows, the company will host a global event at multiple locations across the world presumably to launch the Galaxy Note 4. That is scheduled for September 3. Just before that, on August 20, Samsung will be co-hosting an event with Barnes & Noble.

What will be at this event? The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The tablet will combine Samsung’s hardware with a good amount of Barnes & Noble’s Nook software. The event will rightfully take place at the bookseller’s Union Square location in New York City. When it was announced, the tablet was slated to arrive sometime in August. With an event taking place at a retail location, there is a very good chance that the tablet is made available on August 20 as well.

Source: CNET

LG G3 users reporting 1440p streaming option within YouTube

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For many devices, the maximum resolution at which YouTube can be streamed is 1080p. This is because there are so many devices available with displays matching that resolution. With devices like the LG G3 achieving 2560×1440, YouTube has answered the call to stream with an even higher resolution. Users of the LG flagship are reporting that YouTube is allowing them to bump the resolution of videos beyond 1080p, topping out at 1440p.

Thanks James

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 7, 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!!

Accessories

uBeam’s working prototype will charge devices via ultrasound across the room

Apps

NFL Now takes the field to provide video highlights and news

Android Device Manager joins the update club

VSCO Cam 3.0 update includes VSCO Grid to showcase your shots

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Fleksy gets Arabic and Chinese support, plus several new premium themes

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Fleksy has received a pretty substantial update that brings in support for two widely requested languages: Arabic and Chinese. By adding in both of these languages, Fleksy opens itself up to be much more competitive in an international market, especially China’s rapidly growing smartphone market.

If you use Fleksy in any other language, these new languages might not be such a big deal, so to make up for it Fleksy has added four new premium themes for the keyboard. The four themes, Key Lime, Sunflower, Sun Kiss, and Blood Red, all look pretty much like what you would expect from the names. But hey, new colors and customization options are always nice. Read more