Carbon for Android Twitter client gets big update, promises of more in the near future

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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.

Apple rubbing off a bit on Samsung? Samsung fights LG over use of the word “unpack”

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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.

Source: ETNews

Qualcomm releases video imagining world without mobile

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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.

LG G2 comparison pictures leak, device alongside Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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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.

Verizon Moto X pictured for the first time

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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.

Source: Android Central

True Apple fanboy at heart, man steals a bunch of iPhones, leaves Samsung Galaxy at scene of crime

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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.

Source: Washington Post

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 12, 2013

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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!!

Reviews

AT&T Optimus G Pro quick review: A fantastic phone at a fantastic price

Apps

Rovio gives a tease of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear, tells us to look out for July 15th date in the process

Carriers

Verizon releases ‘FamilyBase,’ gives nearly complete control over kids’ phones to parents

Phones

Eric Schmidt reveals Moto X while talking about Google’s relationship with Apple [Updated]

Entry level Toshiba tablet shows up in benchmarks

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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.

source: Android Authority

Grab a 16 GB Nexus 7 for $149 through Staples or 32 GB for $169

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I know what you’re thinking. Another Nexus 7 deal? Yep, these things are hitting are hitting the sale rack just about every week as we wait for Google to announce something to replace it. If you don’t mind not having the latest and greatest, though, Staples is selling the Nexus 7 for as little as $149 for the 16 GB, or $169 for the 32 GB with a coupon code. This is one of the lowest prices the tablet has dipped to, so if you’ve been meaning to pick one up, jump on this deal. These are also brand new, so no refurbished devices. Hit the links below to check it out if you want, and remember to use the code 20098 for the lowest possible price.

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source: Slickdeals

Benchmark on upcoming Acer tablet reveals a beast in the making

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A recent benchmark out of Italy has leaked onto the internet, and if it’s to be believed, then we can tell you that Acer has something pretty big in the works. Apparently, this mystery device has a Tegra 4 chipset, a display of 2560 x 1344 pixels, and a full 2GB RAM.

If this is to be the Nexus 7 successor, it’s definitely going to be pretty impressive. This device is about twice as fast, and the display is almost as good as a Chromebook Pixel. The specs are definitely a bit too impressive for a $200 tablet, so that’s where we think it’s not the next big Nexus device.

None of this is official, so just take it all with a grain of salt. More to come as we get more info on this mysterious device. Picture of the benchmark after the break—

AT&T Optimus G Pro quick review: A fantastic phone at a fantastic price

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In a mobile world that has been dominated by Apple and Samsung, LG has been quietly making some noise. LG finally made a name for themselves last year with the Optimus G and the Nexus 4, but if you want to compete with the likes of Samsung, you better have something that competes with the Note as well. LG already tried this route with the Optimus Vu, which was a total flop. For whatever reason, they thought a 4:3 display would attract consumers, but all it did was detract them. After the success of the Optimus G, they won’t make that same mistake again. Using the “G” theme they designed a phone that has all the hardware and tools to go head to head with Samsung. Is it good enough? Hit the break to find out.

Verizon releases ‘FamilyBase,’ gives nearly complete control over kids’ phones to parents

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It looks like the NSA is  about to have a rival in the spying business— good old Mom and Pops.

Got a feeling your kids are up to no good? Want to monitor your kids’ data usage? Need to lock your son out of his phone because he won’t do his homework?

Good news for you— Verizon has announced “FamilyBase,” which will let parents (or account administrators) monitor and limit calling, texting, app usage, app purchases, as well as set time restrictions and review contact lists. The feature to remotely lock their devices on demand is also available.

Big Red is making the service available for $5/month for up to 10 lines— it’s only for Android devices running 2.1 or higher. (So pretty much all of you can use it.) To set it up, parents can visit familybase.vzw.com, or by calling SAFE, or by texting SAFE to #7233. The apps are also available in the Play store.

Check out the press release after the break for more info.

Rovio gives a tease of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear, tells us to look out for July 15th date in the process

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Well would you look at that? Rovio went ahead and started teasing all of you Angry Birds stans out there with a clear, yet simple image of an Angry Bird in Star Wars gear. So if we deduce correctly– then Rovio clearly has an Angry Birds Star Wars follow-up in the making. Unfortunately, there’s no additional detail about what to expect from this new game, except that it will have a July 15th unveil date (peep the #July15 hashtag)— meaning we’re just days away from seeing this new game. Hopefully you folks can try to contain your excitement in the meantime.

source: Droid Gamers

Moto X customers will be able to pick back plate material, source says

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The Moto X is preparing to be one of the most customizable gadgets we’ve ever seen. Android and Me founder Taylor Wimbley tells us that even the material that the back plate is made of will be customizable. Via his Google+ profile, Wimbley posted saying that the X “features a curved design engineered from ground up for personalization.” Pastic, wood, ceramic, fabric, you name it, it might be an option.

At first, only wood and plastic will be available, and the other options will roll out gradually after the August 23 launch. Wimbley also mentioned in his post that AT&T has an exclusive “thing” for the Moto X launch, which could possibly be an exclusive material or color, but he’s not sure.

Source: +Taylor Wimbley

Video showcases MoDaCo.SWITCH’s ability to easily switch between Sense and Stock

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News of the MoDaCo.SWITCH caused a lot of excitement last week. The tool will essentially allow HTC One users to switch between their carrier’s operating system and stock Android, creating a best of both words experience.Developer Paul O’Brien has released a video to show exactly how it will work – and it’s pretty cool. The video explains that both ROMs will use the same data directory, meaning all of your files, apps, and settings will be usable on both operating systems.

Currently, to switch operating systems, it’s necessary to reboot the device, but O’Brien wants the switch to be possible without a reboot. Also, after finishing the functionality for the HTC One, he says that he might work on a Samsung Galaxy S 4 version.

TMoDaCo.SWITCH is currently in beta, but O’Brien believes it will be stable pretty soon. You can view the video yourself after the break.