Floating apps are nothing new to the Android world— but more and more crafty individuals out there are working tirelessly to not only bring cool and innovative features, but also make them more seamless and simple to use, such as what is seen in the new Floating Touch app. Based off of the popular StandOut libraries, XDA user dasi1241 and Boat Browser Design developed Floating Touch to allow users to access the most frequent settings toggles. Like other floating apps, Floating Touch basically acts as a large widget/button over a running application and shows a pie grid, complete with various settings toggles and quick actions— all at the press of a button. While the app is simple to use, it’s completely open to customization and includes the ability to set navigation buttons— though you’ll need root access in order to achieve that feature.
The app is available for all Android 2.3+ users, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t grab it today. Go on… you know you want to.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Was it National Moto X week or something? Things have changed a little from a few months ago when the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One were making all the headlines. Well now it’s Motorola’s turn. Motorola is definitely stealing the thunder with the Moto X, but the DROID Ultra is also making headlines. Google made a major update to Maps and T-Mobile proved once again why they are the UN-Carrier. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Still on the fence about picking up an NVIDIA Shield? Would getting one in your hands and actually trying it out change your mind? NVIDIA is setting up a few locations where you can scratch that itch and calling them SHIELD Movie Theater Experience Centers. You’ll be able to pick up and play with the devices, as well as talk to some experts about what makes the device so great. There are only four locations, and you’ll have to go either on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but the locations are going to be set up all throughout the month of August, so if you live in one of these areas, you’ll have a few opportunities to test one out. You can check out the locations below.
We have a new picture of a Butterfly S variant, courtesy of @leakschina. This particular variant appears to have a dual-sim slot, which pretty much guarantees it won’t see a US release. Regardless, if you need to pick up a dual-sim phone for travelling, the dual-sim Butterfly S sports all the great specs of the traditional variant, including a 1080p screen, UltraPixel camera, and quad-core Snapdragon processor.
Anybody planning on trying to get their hands on one of these?
Motorola tweeted something curious today. They posted some blurry shots of a kid on Twitter, saying today’s cameras were a bit too slow. After that video demonstrating some awesome new camera tricks the Moto X will supposedly have, I think it’s safe to say that Motorola is betting big on their new camera tech. Either that, or they’re just really disappointed in how slow smartphone cameras are and they’d really appreciate it if someone else could fix it. Guess we’ll find out soon. Check out the tweet below.
A video for the fabled Moto X device popped up on Google+ from Canadian carrier Rogers, and it shows off some pretty unique aspects of the device. The X Phone will supposedly feature always-on voice commands, so you can wake the device, hands-free, and issue commands to it. A user simply says “Okay Google Now,” then issues a command, and the device takes it from there. Google Now is awesome, and totally touchless Google Now integration is even more awesome, although the always listening part might cause a few people bust out the tinfoil hats.
Tinder is the hottest new social dating service. Since launching last October for iOS, they claim to have generated 75 million matches, and 50 engagements. Yet, they still don’t have an app for the most popular mobile operating system on the market. It seems they have already developed an Android app, but they are just waiting for enough people to want it before they release it to the public.
After 1 million people pledge that they want Tinder on Android through posting on their Twitter or Facebook profile, the app will be released. Currently, a little over a week in, progress sits at 45.1% complete. It’s an interesting move by a company who has yet to monetize the popular app.
You can make your request for Tinder: Android by visiting the source link below.
Although Twitter is making it tough for developers to produce clients for the social media platform, the problems for Falcon Pro being a prime example, there is still interest out there in producing a better way to access the world’s tweets. Earlier today the developers of Carbon for Android, Dots and Lines, announced a major update to the app. Probably foremost amongst the new features is the inclusion of a widget, although the addition of an in-app browser and the YouTube API enabling in app video playback may be even more popular.
Throughout all of the intense court battles that Samsung has had (are still having, and will continue to have) with Apple, it looks like Samsung’s learned a thing or two from their competitor.
In what might be the most ridiculous “patent” battle of any mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung has recently filed an objection with the Intellectual Property Office against LG to prevent them from using the phrase “Unpack event” in their marketing materials.
Apparently Samsung thinks they were the first company to ever use the word “unpack,” and they deservedly so should be the only company to use it. The Intellectual Property Office has since ruled that “unpack” is a common verb and can’t be registered as a trademark, something a fifth grader probably could have told Samsung.
In response, LG explained that they weren’t even planning on using the term in their actual media event, only in the invitations.
The two companies have clashed many times in the past, but the fact that they are clashing over something so trivial goes to show just how serious competition is in the mobile industry these days.
Qualcomm’s got a wacky way of doing things lately, and their new advertisement certainly adds to it all. The CPU maker imagines the world without mobile, but if we still had access to mobile apps such as email, Twitter, Angry Birds, and more. After you watch it you’ll probably be just as confused as I am, as it doesn’t make much sense at all, but I pretty sure it’s not supposed to make sense.
They do certainly have a point though, as they definitely get across the fact that we rely on our devices nowadays. Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about.
YET AGAIN pictures have leaked of the highly anticipated, upcoming LG G2, and in the photos, it’s being compared alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Why they couldn’t find a Galaxy Note 3 and compare them alongside one another is beyond me (kidding), but this is still pretty cool. Check out all the leaked photos (the one above is not one of them) and all that we’ve found below after the break.
Above is the first photograph we have seen of the Moto X on Verizon, thanks to Android Central. We don’t get to see the back, but what we do see is a few interesting items. First, we see Big Red’s “4G LTE” in the status bar. Second, we see a version of stock Android that is very similar to Android 4.2.2, but has one little difference. The background behind the soft keys is semi-transparent. Could it be Android 4.3, or maybe a Moto UI overlay? Third, the screen takes up most of the phone’s space horizontally, but vertically, there is quite a bit of bezel.
We’re very excited to see what the Moto X will officially look like when it is released in August. Supposedly, the only Motorola mark it will have is an indentation on the back. The “M” you see in the top left will probably disappear when we see the official device.
There are internet trolls that will swear by the Apple brand for their entire lives, there are people that own literally nothing but Apple products in their homes, and then there are the fanboys like 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snider.
Mr. Snider is not only guilty of being an Apple fanboy, but of being a disguised Apple fanboy. The gentleman stands accused of a smash and grab robbery, breaking the display case of a Springfield, VA wireless retailer, and running off with a bunch of brand spankin’ new iPhones. But here’s the kicker— it looks like the device he was sporting around before, his Samsung Galaxy phone, was left at the crime scene. After he successfully pulled off the exchange, it’s clear that his “Android-loving” days were all a hoax. Disappointing…
Whether it’s his uncontrollable desire for iPhones or the fact that he left pretty obvious evidence at the scene of the crime, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Snider is a darn fool. The authorities have since tracked him down (duh!) and arrested him on Monday.
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!!
A new Toshiba tablet has popped up in benchmarks recently, and while it isn’t a high-spec’ed tablet, it could definitely make some waves in the 7-inch category. The benchmarks show the tablet sporting a mediocre 1024 x 600 resolution screen powered by a 1.6 GHz processor with an undisclosed amount of cores and a Mali-400 GPU. It’s going to be a 7-inch tablet, so uber-high resolutions aren’t necessarily a given, but it looks like Toshiba has put just enough processing power to make that type of screen work. It’s going to be running Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but no word on if that will be stock Android or a skinned version.
AnTuTu benchmarks give the device a score of 17,639, which is respectable for an entry level device. If Toshiba can price this right, they might just have a hit on their hands, especially as we get closer to the holiday season. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything else becomes official.