TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 10, 2013


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!!


Where’s My Water? 2 splashes down in the Google Play store

Tablet version of Twitter for Android launched, only for Samsung devices at first

Instagram Update Allows Android Users to Straighten Photos


Carrier Battle: Fight for coverage becomes race for speed

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini for Sprint leaks in Black Mist and White Frost

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Instagram Update Allows Android Users to Straighten Photos


Good news for all of you folks on Instagram. Those of you jealous that iPhone users have had the ability to straighten their photos for months now, don’t have to be. With today’s update, Android users have the ability to do the same. Other features include the ability to control sound and data usage in regards to the video portion of Instagram. The update isn’t available just yet, but should be here sometime today. We have the download link and QR code after the break. Enjoy!

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini for Sprint leaks in Black Mist and White Frost [Update: AT&T in pink too]


It looks like Samsung is sticking with the “mini” trend, despite manufacturers having poor sales with smaller devices. Courtesy of Twitter’s favorite leaker, @evleaks, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Mini is heading towards Sprint. In the image attached to his tweet, the device is wearing the Black Mist and White Frost colors found on its larger sibling. Other than that, there’s no information on when the S 4 Mini could reach Sprint; however, we can assume this is the same device that passed through the FCC last month.

Update: It looks like AT&T is also jump right in as well. They will offer a pink version. Hit the break for the image.

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MotoMaker possibly heading to a Best Buy store near you


Motorola may now have even more places to distribute the Moto X. According to Phone Arena, Motorola is shipping displays to Best Buy stores across the country to promote the use of MotoMaker.  The displays should start appearing over the course of the next several weeks. Upon customizing a Moto X at Best Buy, “customers will be able to buy the voucher for a Moto X and complete their purchase on the MotoMaker website at home.” A benefit of having MotoMaker in Best Buy stores would be the amount of people coming into the store to look around, especially with the holiday season approaching.

The timing of the Best Buy displays could lead us to believe that Verizon will join MotoMaker in-store as well. Last week we learned that Verizon could receive MotoMaker on November 11. Until it becomes official, AT&T’s variant of Motorola’s flagship is the only one that can be customized at this time.

Source: Phone Arena

Carrier Battle: Fight for coverage becomes race for speed


Mobile carriers’ commercials used to feature big bright maps showing how many regions were covered by that carrier’s cell towers. Cheesy spokesmen would show the maps side by side, making it easy to see that their respective company covered the most area in the country. Verizon was the clear winner of that battle, but as time went on, there was only so much room to improve, and the fight is almost evening out. It’s almost over.

However, the carriers have something new to argue over. Who’s network is the fastest?

Expect T-Mobile to be making that case very soon. The company is about to kill global data roaming rates in over 100 countries, and it’s currently seeing speeds between 6Mbps and 20Mbps on its LTE network.

This information led CEO John Legere to tell the media at a recent NYC event that its network is currently faster than AT&T’s. But is it the fastest?

In an interview with AllThingsD, Legere said, “I’m not announcing we’re the fastest,” Legere said.  “I’m announcing we will be announcing that.”

Expect it to come soon, as T-Mobile will try to make a huge push for holiday sales. Showing potential customers that it’s time to switch is only step one.

Source: FierceWireless

Acer announces C720 Chromebook, pre-orders starting today

Acer Chromebook

Chromebooks everywhere! Following the announcement of HP’s new Chromebook comes Acer’s new 11.6-inch Haswell-powered C720 Chromebook. The notebook will run for $249.99, and you can pre-order it now on either Amazon or Best Buy online. It should launch by the holidays…

The new Chromebook has a speedy Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell processor and a nice design. The display is 11.6-inches, is 1366 x 768 pixels and is anti-glare. The battery will keep you up and running for about 8.5 hours, and it has 4GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16 GB SSD storage. Unlike previous Chromebooks, free Google Drive storage is not included. I’m sure this wasn’t a major selling point for most consumers anyway.

The C720 has all of the essentials as well, including both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, HDMI, and an SD card reader. It’s WiFi only and has no 3G/4G option- there are no plans to bring cellular connectivity to it in the future.

Source: TechnoBuffalo


Tablet version of Twitter for Android launched, only for Samsung devices at first

twitter_tabletA tablet-optimized version of a Twitter app has been long requested by tablet owners, and Twitter has come through…kind of. Twitter for Android Tablet has been launched, but only for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, for now. Support for other Samsung devices will come soon, and then support for other manufacturers’ tablets will follow by the end of the year.

The app takes advantage of a tablet’s larger screen to display tweets, conversations and more in full landscape view. Tapping a tweet expands it to the right side of the screen, revealing previews of any photos, videos, or other links embedded in the tweet.

Source: All Things D

Where’s My Water? 2 splashes down in the Google Play store


After capitalizing on their popular Where’s My Water? game with a series of spin-offs like Where’s My Mickey?, Disney has finally released an official sequel to the puzzle challenge game. Where’s My Water? 2 let’s players pick up again with Swampy, Allie and Cranky as they work their way through a series of physics-based puzzles. New locations like the Sewer, the Soap Factory, and the Beach have been added, giving users over 100 levels of fun. The available levels could be even more than that as a new challenge mode has been added that lets players replay a level in a new way, like upside down. Read more

HTC One Max with huge screen surfaced again in new leaked photo

htc_one_maxAs we get closer and closer to an official HTC One Max announcement, we continue to see leaks. Today, we’re seeing a real-life photo of the One Max in all of its glory, which you can see above. From the photo, you can see the close-to-six-inch body with HTC’s signature BoomSound top and bottom mounted speakers.

The HTC One Max is expected to have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage options (expandable via microSD), 5.9-inch Full HD screen, and Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5.

Source: Weibo
Via: PocketNow

Samsung preparing Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Hello Kitty Edition


You know you’ve always wanted a Hello Kitty Edition Samsung Galaxy Tab. No? Well, Samsung is prepping just that, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Hello Kitty Edition. It’s the exact same hardware as the Galaxy Tab we’ve grown to love, but with a Hello Kitty logo on the back and on the home button. Also, the device comes preloaded with Hello Kitty wallpapers, content, and launcher theme.

As a refresher, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 features  a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600) display, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 8GB on built-in storage, a microSD slot, 4,000mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Hello Kitty variant is expected to launch in Japan about three weeks from now for €229, or around $310.

Source: SammyHub