WatchESPN, MLS Matchday, Google+ Photos, and Crunchyroll support Chromecast

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Today, four new applications have added Chromecast support to their feature set. The WatchESPN app and Google+ Photos app are the two that users were demanding the most. WatchESPN lets users stream content from the ESPN family of networks. Live sports programming, such as the upcoming World Cup or NBA Finals, and studio programming like SportsCenter can all be watched through the WatchESPN app and casted over to the television. As for Google+ Photos, users can cast photographs from the Photos view of Google+. That easy.

Another sports app adding Chromecast support is MLS Matchday. Unsurprisingly, users can watch games with Major League Soccer teams and even the United States Men’s National Team. And a video app added Chromecast support as well. Crunchyroll is taking its 25,000+ videos to the big screen (of your home) with Chromecast. No need for streaming on your laptop, just use Chromecast.

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HTC officially takes the wraps off the HTC One (E8)

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We already knew HTC has a plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8) ready to hit the market thanks to some information that went live on the HTC Chinese site late last week. In addition to the change in body material, the new HTC One (E8) comes with a regular, 13MP camera instead of HTC’s duo camera system. Some markets will also see a dual-SIM version of the device, including India and Hong Kong. It is unclear whether the HTC One (E8) will make it to the U.S. market. HTC has now issued an official press release to welcome the device to their portfolio. Read more

2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 2, 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!!

Apps

Acer reimagines “Extend” app

You can now save all your Spotify tracks for offline playback with just one tap

Pushbullet launches Google Play beta program

Redesigned dialer app introduced in Android 4.4.3

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According to design lead, a metal LG G3 would cost $300 more

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The much anticipated LG G3 was officially unveiled last week, but despite rumors suggesting that the device would feature a metal body the device ended up being made of plastic.

LG‘s Vice President of Mobile Design, Chul Bae Lee, recently spoke on the subject, saying there were a number of reasons for using plastic instead of the metal. The first of those reasons being that the device would cost $300 more.

While we still don’t know the official price of the device, it has popped up on a number of pre-order sites with a price of £499.

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Redesigned dialer app introduced in Android 4.4.3

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The factory images of Android 4.4.3 were posted earlier today, and there are a few changes in the new operating system. One of those changes is the new, refreshed dialer app.

The interface of the new app now features some of the lighter colors and qualities that we’ve seen in other recent Google app updates. The color scheme is now blue, black, grey and white, and the action bar at the top of the app is now blue rather than grey. Google itself has said that this year they would be shifting their focus to design, and some major changes are expected to be revealed at this years Google I/O.

Source: 9to5Google

Android 4.4.3 factory images released for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10

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T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages. You can hit the source link to download it for yourself, or you can wait for the over the air update.

Source: Google (Factory Images), Google (Binaries)

New LG G Watch leaks include possible boot animation, cellular option

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As we witnessed during the month of May leading up to LG’s unveiling of the LG G3, the company does not seem to mind an increasing cacophony of leaks and rumors about their devices. We are definitely starting to see that trend take shape with regard to the LG G Watch, slated to be the first Android Wear device to hit the market, possibly by July in some parts of the world. The latest bits of info to surface on the rumor mill involve a possible USIM-equipped version and some graphics, including a boot animation, for the device. Read more