TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 15 – July 21, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We finally got word on when we will finally be able to get our hands on the Moto X and press render images were finally leaked. As to Motorola’s other flagship, the DROID RAZR Ultra line, we will get to see those this Tuesday in NYC. On top of that, we will most likely see the unveiling of Android 4.3 along with the Nexus 7 the very next day. The carriers seem to really want to help their customers to get faster upgrades, but are they just ripping them off? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


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How to enable, move, hide, and edit the Multi Window app tray on the Galaxy S 4


Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones

Apps – New

Floating Touch allows users to access settings anywhere with literally a simple touch

Angry Birds Star Wars II is coming on September 19 along with TELEPODS figures

ReKey gives Master Key vulnernability patch for rooted Android users

Tinder app finally launches after 1 million users request it, met with mediocre reviews

Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded slinks on in to the Google Play Store

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Press shots of Moto X leak, full device revealed


Although these are the best pictures to date that we’ve received of the Moto X, they’re certainly not revealing anything groundbreaking to us that we didn’t already know about it. (It feels as though we’ve seen hundreds of photos of the device throughout the past few weeks.) The device will be announced on August 1st and is expected to ship later in the month. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.

Check out the second image (profile) of the device after the break. Read more

Motorola Mobility stepping up efforts in wearable tech


Motorola Mobility recently posted a job listing for a senior director of industrial design for wearables, indicating the Google-owned unit is looking to ramp up their efforts in the wearable device market space. This should not be that big a surprise when one considers Google’s efforts with their Glass project and all of the smartwatch devices coming out from several vendors. The position listing indicates the person will “provide strategic leadership, champion innovation and institute best practices to create a new world class wearable’s (sic) design group within Motorola.” Read more

Another Android 4.3 leak surfaces for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone



The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.

source: XDA

Motorola X specs confirmed: device will feature 4.5-inch screen, dual-core processor and an always-on listening mode



Boy, we sure can’t wait for that rapidly approaching August 1st holiday, but in the meantime, the minor wait for the Motorola X’s unveiling won’t stop us from getting important deets on the intriguing new smartphone. According to sources with The Verge, the CDMA version of the smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.2.2 (for now), the super-cool “always-on” listening mode and a wrist-flicking gesture which opens the camera app for good measure. While the confirmed specs are based off the CDMA version, it’s probably a safe bet the GSM version will likely have the same specs as well. I mean sure, we still don’t know other important details such as what specific battery will be used, but hey— at least the phone will probably be easy on our wallets and pocketbooks, right?

source: The Verge

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 19, 2013


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!!


Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones


Riptide GP2 coming July 23rd to Android

Locket app pays you to swipe away advertisements on your device lock screen

Rovio brings Rovio Accounts to Android, allows syncing game data for Angry Birds and The Croods


Chrome Remote Desktop for Android from Chromium team in the works

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android from Chromium team in the works

Chromium_Sync_ProjectThere are plenty of ways to access your desktop browser from your mobile device, but most don’t even get to that point because the thought of setting up a server and get it running on your desktop is too overwhelming of a procedure. Although it isn’t too hard, many don’t want to mess around with it either because it’s too confusing or for whatever other reason they may have.

However, the Chromium team is working on an Android version of their already popular “Chrome Remote Desktop” for desktop Chrome browsers, using your Google account and Chrome browser’s ability to sync. (This will give you the ability to access your desktop directly through your Android device’s Chrome browser.) Although it may be a while before it’s available and fully functional, it’s certainly a great start to something that can be an extremely powerful tool for Android.

Via: Android Central
Source: Chromium Code Reviews

Locket app pays you to swipe away advertisements on your device lock screen


Locket is a new application that takes a unique approach to advertisements and payment. The app is essentially a lock screen that displays an advertisement, but it pays you to swipe the ads away. Unfortunately, you get one penny per ad swipe and you’re limited to three swipes per hour, so it’s definitely not going to replace your day job, but if you just want a few extra bucks every month to pay for some gift cards or coffee, it’s worth a look.

Locket will pay your earned money in either cash, gift cards, or as a donation to charity, and they claim to be strict on what ad partners they pick so you aren’t bombarded with junk ads. Still, though, with such a small payout, it may not be worth the hassle. What do you think? Let us know in the comments, and hit the link below if you want to give it a spin.

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Rovio brings Rovio Accounts to Android, allows syncing game data for Angry Birds and The Croods


Rovio has finally debuted their game data-syncing solution on Android, called Rovio Accounts. The premise is simple; you create a Rovio account, and it backs up and restores your data across devices for some Rovio games. Unfortunately, there are some limitations in place. Rovio Accounts, as of right now, only supports syncing two games, including The Croods and the original Angry Birds game. Rovio’s other 7 mobile games don’t qualify yet. Hopefully we’ll see them in the future, but as of right now, you’re going to be limited just a bit.

Still, it’s a step in the right direction for cross-platform cloud syncing, which seems to be much more popular now than it used to be.

source: Rovio