Google quietly added extra security features to all Android devices in Google Play services


Security wasn’t really a big part of Google’s Android 4.3 announcement, which might sound odd considering how big of a deal device security has been in these past few weeks. However, that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t done anything to target malicious apps; instead of loading up Android 4.3 with beefy security features, they took those security features and implemented them into Google’s Play services application that’s updated separately from Android versions.

Apple loses claims to “pinch to zoom” patent with USPTO, could impact Samsung case


Apple continued to see erosion of its previously successful claims of patent infringement against Samsung after the US Patent Office rejected Apple patent claims included in the “pinch to zoom” patent. U.S. Patent No. 7,844,915 (the 915 patent) was one of the patents included in Apple’s big lawsuit against Samsung last year in which Apple was initially awarded $1.05 Billion in damages. The 915 patent included 21 claims, all of which were rejected by the USPTO which determined the claims were anticipated by previous patents or unpatentable.

Google Babel project is a real-time translation service


Remember when Google Hangouts was named Babel? It turns out, Babel is actually something completely different now – a Google based universal language translation service of sorts. Android VP Hugo Barra spoke to The UK Times, explaining that Google is trying to create a translator that works so that when you speak into your phone’s microphone in one language, it can automatically translate into another language to the person on the other end of a coll. It’s genius, complicated, and like something you see in the movies.

Barra says that the project is still in its early stages, and the biggest issue seems to be background noise that is affecting audio input for translation. Without background noise, real time translation accuracy is reportedly 100%.

Source: Slash Gear



Moto X variant XT1053 passes through FCC, T-Mobile compatible


As the Moto X launch draws nearer and nearer, there was some rising speculation on whether the device would be available for T-Mobile. We now have evidence that suggests that, indeed, the Moto X will come to the UnCarrier. While nothing is confirmed, a Moto X variant known as the XT1053 has recently made its way through the FCC’s approval process, including all of T-Mobile’s standard bands (AWS HSPA+, LTE, bands 2 and 17). This theoretically could be compatible on AT&T’s network as well, but since we’ve already seen a variant for AT&T, we assume that this one’s built for T-Mobile. Check out the source link below for the documents and other information.

Via: Engadget 
Source: FCC

New Nexus 7 teardown shows it’s fairly easy to fix


I know, the first thing you thought of when Google announced the new Nexus 7 was what is it like inside? That inner geek in you just can’t stop. Well surprisingly the Nexus 7 has processors, cables, a display, and all the things you would find on any other tablet. Don’t believe me? Just check out iFixit’s teardown and see for yourself. Of course, if you ever find that you need to conduct a repair on your coveted second generation Nexus 7, then you will definitely want to check it out.

All you will need is Phillips #0 screwdriver, plastic opening tools, and a spudger. It scored a 7 out of 10 for ease of repairability, but I’m not too good with that stuff, so I would probably just spend the the mula to get it fixed. Hit the break for some more pics and the source link for more information.

Lack of “multi-user” support on Android phones explained by Dan Morrill of Google


There has been some speculation that a Nokia patent has been blocking Google from adding “multi-user” support on Android phones— however, Dan Morrill of Google has taken to Reddit to explain the decision publicly.

Apparently, the problem stems from the phones themselves and the nature that we use them. While tablets receive emails and instant messages, something like a phone call may be too important to just “hold off” or send directly to voicemail while another user is logged in. What does Android do when a phone call comes in for another user? What about a text?

These kinds of questions are what’s keeping Google from adding “multi-user” support. Do any of you have an idea of how this could work? Personally, I always thought that multi-user support on phones would always be a luxury, but not a necessity. I, for one, would never use it, but bragging to my iFriends about the feature would always be nice…

Source: Android Reddit

LG G2 expected to launch on 100 carriers within the next 2 to 3 months


LG wants to play with the Samsung and Apple, and if you want to have any chance of competing, you’d better get your device on a lot of carriers. That seems to be the plan for the LG G2. As you know, they will unveil this bad boy next week, on August 7. Reports out of Korea say that the G2 will hit 100 carriers over the next 2 to 3 months. Unfortunately getting carrier deals, is just part of the battle. The next phase is marketing, and I am sure LG has put together a really nice budget.

So what do you guys think? Does LG have a chance to put a dent into Samsung and Apple? Samsung already has a head start with the Galaxy S 4, and the Galaxy Note III will be announced in about a month. Apple will unveil their offering shortly after that. Let’s not forget about the Moto X because Google and Motorola plan on spending a lot of dollars marketing that one. It’s shaping up to be a very interesting fall.

source: MK News
via: UnwiredView

“My device slowed down with age” may no longer be in our vocabulary with Android 4.3


It’s an amazing feeling when you open up that great looking box, break out your new device, install your favorite apps and get going. The performance is just as snappy as you expected, the graphics move smoothly, and there are absolutely no problems in sight.

However, a few months down the road, all traces of your brand new device are lost forever, as a sluggish, laggy and bug-filled one replace it.

Android 4.3 has an answer for that, with TRIM support— “garbage collection.” Supposedly, it had been included in Android 4.2, but was not yet enabled. While everyone looks forward to all the great new features in upcoming versions of Android, all of this “under the hood” work is especially awesome to hear as well.

Source: AnAndTech

Rumors of Moto X shipping to carriers on 29th lead to speculation about consumer availability


On his Google+ page, Taylor Wimberly posted some unverified information indicating Moto X smartphones will be shipping out to U.S. carriers on Monday, July 29th. Motorola has a press event scheduled for Thursday in New York to officially unveil the device. Putting two and two together, some people are wondering whether the device may be available for purchase later this week.

We have already seen information leak indicating US Cellular will start selling the device on August 26th while Verizon is scheduled to release the Moto X on August 23rd. Considering that same roadmap for Verizon indicated the HTC One will go on sale on the network on August 1st, it seems unlikely they would have a second buzz-generating device launch at the same time. There is some conjecture that AT&T may have struck an exclusivity deal and will be ready to start offering the Moto X shortly after the announcement ala Google’s release of the Chromecast.

Be sure to check back for further developments as we close in on the official announcement of the Moto X.

source: +Taylor Wimberly


Chromecast Remote Root Access Exploit Found


You’ve read that title right folks. Only a few days after the device went on sale do we have an exploit that gives root access to the little HDMI dongle. The folks over at GTVHacker found this exploit.  As you know the Chromecast is supposed to be running a simplified version of the ChromeOS however the folks at GTVHacker believe it to be more of a modified Google TV Release. It appears that the bootloader, binaries, init scripts and kernel are from Google TV. This allowed GTVHackers their access.

They’ve been able to build an exploit that allows people to gain a root shell through port 23 via telnet of the device. While this is interesting in itself, Google could send out an update to the dongle and close this loop hole. The team explains the loop hole:

“By holding down the single button, while powering the device, the Chromecast boots into USB boot mode. USB boot mode looks for a signed image at 0×1000 on the USB drive. When found, the image is passed to the internal crypto hardware to be verified, but after this process the return code is never checked! Therefore, we can execute any code at will.”

The GTVHacker’s Wiki page hosts the file and if you feel like tinkering with it you can download it from there. While this news doesn’t mean much for the average person, it was only a matter of time before someone would attempt to exploit the Chromecast. Hit the source link below for a full detailed explanation of how the exploit works. If you’re interested in seeing it in action you can check out the YouTube video after the break. Enjoy!

Galaxy Watch, high-res tablets on the way from Samsung


Samsung may have heard some of the rumblings about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 being just an incremental step from the Galaxy S III based on news leaking out about some new devices in the pipeline. The one item that seems to be closest to reality is a new Samsung item with model number SM-V700, otherwise known as the Galaxy Watch, which is scheduled to be revealed at IFA 2013. Unfortunately, few details are available about the device, including whether it will be a standalone Android device or whether it has to be mated to another Android device.

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 22 – July 28, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Things started to heat up early in the week with the announcement of the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX. Then things boiled over with the introduction of the Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and the Chromecast. Priced at $35, the Chromecast is taking center stage. The Moto X continues to make a lot of noise and we are looking forward to getting our hands on it this week. Lets not forget the LG G2 is on tap for the following week. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


Hidden features of the Galaxy S 4 that every owner needs to know


Share Where Location Sharing [Travel & Local]

Apps – New

‘The Walking Dead: Assault’ now available on Google Play for $2.99

Gameloft shows off trailer for Thor: The Dark World

Riptide GP2 now in the Play Store

Spacetime Games’ Battle Dragons now out of Beta and available in the Play Store

Chromecast app now available in the Play Store

‘CallHeads’ app released, allows for less interruption of app activity during incoming calls

Give the new Motorola X camera app a spin with this apk

MediaTek announces world’s first true octa-core processor for mobile devices

mediatek octa core

We’d recently caught wind that MediaTek might be unveiling the world’s first true octa-core CPU for mobile phones, and that dream has now become a reality. They announced today that they were officially going to begin producing the 8-core beast for manufacturers to begin using later this year.

Now, you may be thinking that Samsung’s already beat them to the punch with octa-core processors, but it’s important to remember that because of Samsung’s big.LITTLE implementation of their CPU architecture, only 4 cores are ever active at once, essentially making them act like two separate quad-core CPUs. This MediaTek processor does not work like that, offering a full 8-core CPU all the time, along with all the advantages that may bring. The CPU bangs out around 30,000 on an AnTuTu benchmark and varies in clock speed from 1.7 GHz to 2.0 GHz. It can decode 1080p video at 30 FPS.

Samples are currently being sent out to manufacturers with mass production slated for November. Hopefully we’ll this CPU start making appearances in more devices this time next year.

source: MediaTek

Sony Honami shows up in FCC filing


Sony’s Honami device showed up in an FCC filing submitted on July 23rd, including a confidentiality request to be effective through September 30, 2013. Considering all of the images that have leaked of the device, it is not surprising the device is apparently on track to be released before the end of the third quarter.

According to the information in the FCC filing, the Honami is capable of handling GSM, UMTS, LTE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wifi, Bluetooth(EDR and Bluetooth 4.0), and a Wifi Hotspot Function with Auto RF Power back-Off and RFID mode capabilities.

source: FCC
via: Tech Kiddy