Pushbullet releases Material Design treatment for app


Although we are still waiting for the final, official release of Android Lollipop to be unwrapped along with the full implementation of Google’s new Material Design guidelines, we have benefited from Google’s prep work to get several of their own apps ready for the new platform. Now we have a third-party developer releasing an overhaul of their app to take advantage of Material Design. Pushbullet has announced the new version of their app that makes use of all the new design elements to improve the user experience. Read more

Verizon and Motorola officially launch the DROID Turbo


As expected, at a press event this morning Verizon and Motorola have officially launched the DROID Turbo, a Motorola manufactured device exclusively available through Verizon. With all of the rumors and leaks, there may not be much in the way of surprises about the specifications for this newest addition to the DROID line of devices, but we’ll touch on them after the break. Read more

YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions


YouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access. Read more

Google talks screen size of Nexus 6, thinks people want giant phones


When Google announced the Nexus 6, there were two details that raised eyebrows. The biggest shock was definitely the pricing, since most of us have gotten used to the incredibly cheap phones and tablets in Google’s Nexus lineup. However, the size of the phone has also become a hot topic for debate.

The Nexus 6 sports a 5.9-inch screen, which is considerably bigger than the 5-inch screen offered on the Nexus 5 from last year and still slightly bigger than even the largest phablets on the markets today. It’s clear that Google wanted an absolute top-of-the-line device with the Nexus 6, but there are still questions about whether or not customers will want something that big. Google thinks they do. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 27, 2014


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!!


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Android TV

Pre-orders for Google’s first Gamepad are now live

Nexus Player rumored to arrive in Europe next year

Android Wear

Wear apps on the Moto 360 not displayed correctly when language is set to German after 4.4W.2 update

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ZTE partners with Knicks, Rockets, and Warriors as official smartphone sponsor


On Tuesday, the National Basketball League will start its season and one of the teams playing in the evening’s doubleheader has a new sponsor. The Houston Rockets, along with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors, have each partnered with ZTE. The Chinese telecommunications company is the official smartphone sponsor for those three teams. The sponsorship entails involvement in local communities with each team and its charities.

This is just adds to the plethora of NBA sponsors, past and present, from the wireless industry. For the entire league, companies like Samsung and Sprint are sponsors. On a team-by-team basis, just about everyone has a sponsorship somewhere.

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T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network reaches 250 million people in the United States

T-Mobile Nationwide 4G LTE

The pace at which T-Mobile has been moving is incredible. Constantly, the carrier is hitting milestones way ahead of schedule. The latest milestone is the reach of its 4G LTE network. T-Mobile says that it reaches 250 million people in the United States. This is “months ahead of schedule.” And by June of next year, T-Mobile plans to cover 280 million people with 300 million targeted for the end of 2015.

The next step for T-Mobile, though, does not just include increasing the reach of its 4G LTE network. It is continue to work on Voice Over LTE (VoLTE), WiFi Calling, and Wideband LTE. In a company blog post, chief technology officer Neville Ray said this is all part of T-Mobile’s “complete committment to advancing our Data Strong network.”

Source: T-Mobile