Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.4.2

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Good news for you if you’re on Verizon and have a Samsung Galaxy S 4. You’re getting KitKat. That’s right, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to devices as we post. The update also includes bug fixes, the addition of more apps to the Multi-Window tray, a whole updated set of Emoji icons to the Samsung QWERTY keyboard, and a number of new apps including Isis Wallet, VZ Protect (version 2.0.0), Verizon Cloud and Audible app.

Verizon says it will take a total of 18 minutes to update the phone from start to finish, and that you should be connected to a Wi-Fi network at the time of the download, and make sure that your battery is at least 50% charged.

Source: Verizon

 

HTC reveals limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D. HTC One (M8)

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HTC today revealed another limited edition HTC One, except this one won’t be available for purchase. On the HTC website the company revealed a limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the device, and users will be able to enter to win the device through HTC’s Facebook and Twitter.

To enter you simply have to send a picture of yourself as a superhero with the #superselfie hashtag. The device will have a custom logo on the back, and there’s 10 being made. If you don’t happen to win the device, you can instead download the custom wallpapers that HTC has published on its website.

Source: HTC

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 6, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Jury weighs Google’s influence after Apple-Samsung trial

Apps

Dropbox issues patch to avoid any abuse of shared links security flaw

Google Maps 8 is out and brings forth lane guidance, offline maps and several other new features

Todoist gets Google Drive and Dropbox integration as well as native file support

Motorola Connect updated to version 1.5 with support for MMS

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Motorola Connect updated to version 1.5 with support for MMS

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The desktop software and Android app for Motorola Connect got a rather large update today, adding support for a number of MMS features that weren’t available before. This features include the ability to display MMS messages, both picture messages and group messages. Users can also now respond to these messages, but only in SMS form.

Other new features include better contact matching and phone number format. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Jury weighs Google’s influence after Apple-Samsung trial

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According to the jury foreman in the Apple-Samsung trial, the introduction of Google into the trial has raised questions about Apple’s true motivations.

The trial ended with Apple being awarded $119.6 million due to Samsung infringing in 3 patents. Despite having to pay Apple, this was considered a victory for Samsung, mostly because this number was far less than the $2.2 billion that Apple was seeking. Not only that, but the jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung‘s patents, and Samsung was awarded $158,400.

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White Moto E listed on Indian import and export site Zauba

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Motorola has an event planned for May 13th in London, but they also happen to be holding an event in India on the same day. There has been a lot of speculation that Motorola would be unveiling the Moto E, and if the device appearing on an Indian import/export site is any confirmation, it looks like we’ll see it unveiled in both locations in May.

The site, Zauba, keeps a track of what comes in and out of India. Zauba lists the XT1022 with a price of right around $105, after currency conversion. Considering Motorola’s tagline for the event is a device “priced for all,” it certainly makes sense that they could be taking the wraps off of a device that hits the price point between the Moto G and Moto X.

Fortunately, May 13th is exactly one week away from today, so we won’t have to ponder this one for too much longer.

source: Zauba

via: Phone Arena

Google pushes XE17 update to Google Glass to solve boot loop bug

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Google Glass updates are always welcome, but like any other electronic device, sometimes those updates bring problems in addition to features. The KitKat update for Glass, for example, brought along some great new features, but it also happened to create some nasty bugs that would cause Glass to get caught in a boot loop. While Google has tried to address the issue before, they haven’t had much luck, but today’s update labelled XE17 promises to finally cure that boot looping bug once and for all.

XE17 is otherwise a pretty small update from the last version, bringing only “reliability improvements” and no new features. Still, fixing bugs and bringing stability to a beta product doesn’t hurt. Glass owners, keep an eye out for this update.

source: 9to5 Google

Sony officially releases Instagram extension app for Smartwatch 2

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Sony has released an Instagram extension app for the Smartwatch 2 that allows you to check Instagram notifications and comments without touching your phone. It isn’t a complete replacement for the app on your phone, but it’s a useful extension that will help you keep up on any notifications you’re getting. You can adjust how often the app syncs, and it alerts you with a soft vibration on your wrist. Pretty quiet and not intrusive.

The app is freely available in the Play Store, if you happen to own a Smartwatch 2.

source: Xperia Blog

Pandora for the Pebble Smartwatch now available for Android users

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If you frequently listen to Pandora on your Android smartphone and also happen to own a Pebble smartwatch, you’re in luck. Pebble has made a new app for their smartwatch available that pairs with Pandora to enhance your listening experience. Unfortunately, you can’t listen to music through the smartwatch by itself, but the companion app will allow you to change stations, play, pause, and skip songs, and thumbs up or thumbs down whatever you’re listening to. Definitely handy to have to keep you from having to take your phone out of your pocket whenever you want to skip a song.

The app is available to download now, and you can grab it from the Pebble’s settings page.

Any Pebble users planning on testing this app out?

source: Pebble