Latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download manually

 

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Have nothing to do and dislike waiting for updates? Good news. The latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download. What is included in v4.6.16? First off, you can now install a ton of applications all at once; however, mass removal of apps has been removed. Why Google added one side and got rid of the other is rather odd. Also, due to the recent in-app purchases lawsuit, the Play Store now has a diverse set of three required password options: always, every thirty minutes, or never.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 13, 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!!

Guides

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

Apps

Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone

Facebook Android app updated, bringing photos in comments, ability to delete albums, and more

Chromecast app sees update to version 1.5.3 with new language support and improved Samsung device optimization

Latest version of the Google Play Store is now available to download manually

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Specs for Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom surface on GFXBench

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Chromecast app sees update to version 1.5.3 with new language support and improved Samsung device optimization

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In the latest round of Google app updates, the Chromecast app has seen a jump from version 1.3 to version 1.5.3. The update brings a few small changes, including making the app available in over 50 languages, improved stability on Samsung devices, and some additional settings and fixes for Chromecast in general.

It isn’t a major update, but it’s worth grabbing anyway, especially if you own a lot of Samsung devices. Hit the link below to grab the download.

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Screenshot taken on LG’s G3 pops up online, hinting at a quad HD screen resolution

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We’ve been hearing plenty of rumors that LG’s 2014 flagship will sport a quad HD screen, but this latest leak is the best evidence you’ll see for a quad HD that you’ll see outside of an official announcement. A Dutch site reportedly took two screenshots on a G3, showing the lock screen and part of the settings screen. Want to guess what the resolution of those screenshots is? Yep, a 2560 x 1440 screenshot, or the resolution of a quad HD screen.

Even though Samsung disappointed the hopeful by launching the Galaxy S 5 with just a 1080p screen, it’s looking very, very likely that LG is going to bring an uber-high-resolution to the market this year. Is that going to be enough to knock off Samsung as the top Android vendor this year? Who knows. Either way, it’s going to be great to watch LG give Samsung some serious competition.

source: LG G3 kopen

via: Phone Arena

MedicAR for Google Glass uses augmented reality to teach future surgeons

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Applications for Google Glass, otherwise known as “Glassware,” are becoming more and more innovative each day.

MedicAR, developed by Droiders, is only one of the latest apps for Google Glass that will surely make a difference in the lives of many.

Although not the most realistic simulation application, MedicAR uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. The app will guide users through specific procedures and show them where to cut, which tools to use, different steps to take, and how to clean it all up after the “operation.”

Hit the break to see the app in action in a video.

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Straight Talk now offering nano SIM cards for compatible phones

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Straight Talk is now officially offering nano SIM cards for devices to be used on its network, which is great news for those of you that wanted to give the service a try but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of cutting down a larger SIM card to work in your phone. Theses nano SIM cards run $6.99, which is the same price as their other two size options.

There’s not a whole lot of devices that use this incredibly small card, but if you have a Moto X or newer Motorola Droid device you’ll be able to use one of these. We’ll probably start seeing this SIM card become the standard as phones get thinner and smaller, too, so this is a good move to prepare for that.

If you need one, hit the link below to place an order.

source: Straight Talk

US Cellular tweaks their plans to add more data

uscellularFollowing Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, US Cellular is the latest carrier to tweak their plans to add more data allowances. Beginning March 13, the carrier’s $40 plan with 300MB of data will become 1GB, the $50 plan jumps from 1GB to 2GB, and the $60 plan goes from 2GB to 3GB. They will also add a new $15/300MB plan and a $60 single line plan with 1GB of data.

If you’re currently a US Cellular customer, your plan will automatically be changed to the new data amount.

Source: Fierce Wireless

 

Republic Wireless getting the Moto G

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There have been rumors suggesting that Republic Wireless would get the Moto G since before the Moto G was even official. Well now those rumors have become a reality, with Republic Wireless announcing today that they will be selling the Moto G in April for $149, down from $179 for the normal unlocked version of the phone.

If you want to use the Moto G with Republic Wireless you’ll have to buy it straight from them as it needs their firmware installed to work. Like other Republic Wireless phones it will use WiFi for calling, texting and data when WiFi is available. When it’s not, you’ll be using Sprint’s network. Plans on Republic Wireless start at $5 per month for text only, $10 for talk and text, and $25 for talk, text and data.

Source: Republic Wireless

Verizon offering low price, contract encumbered Nexus 7 for $49.99

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Verizon is making the Nexus 7 tablet from Google available for only $49.99 to users willing to sign-up for a 2-year agreement. That may be a good deal for users short on cash, although it is unclear just how much savings, if any, the deal represents. Verizon is also offering the Nexus 7 for $349.99 off contract, the same price that the device can be purchased from Google Play.

If you really want to go through Verizon or want to take advantage of purchasing a Nexus 7 over time via a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Facebook Android app updated, bringing photos in comments, ability to delete albums, and more

facebook_screenshot_1 facebook_screenshot_2The Facebook app for Android was updated today, bringing a number of new features to the app, especially surrounding photos. The app now allows users to be able to post photos in the comments sections of posts, which has been doable in the desktop version of Facebook for a while now.

The app also now allows users to be able to delete and edit photo albums from their device. You can also untag yourself in photos, as well as upload more than one image at a time. Last but not least, it’s now easier for users to pin and unpin posts to groups.

Facebook seems to be getting closer to rolling out the flat UI to everyone, and some users have reported to already having the new UI. Hit the break for the download link to the updated version of the app!

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