Verizon Casio Commando render leaks

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If you are one of those smartphone buyers that has to look at devices other than top of the line devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One due to a need for a rugged device, Verizon may have a smartphone on its way to help you enjoy the benefits of their 4G LTE network. A new render posted by @evleaks shows the new Casio Commando smartphone with support for 4G. The device is believed to be coming to Verizon in July if the on-screen image is an accurate indicator. The device is thought to be water and dust resistant and capable of surviving drops and other mishaps, although other specifications are not known.

source: @evleaks

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 11, 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!!

Accessories

Power By Gen running Father’s Day promotion on Andru chargers, $19.99 with free shipping

Dead Zebra announces 10-piece set of rainbow Android figurines, on sale today for $69

Nyko announces product accessories for NVIDIA Shield

Apps

Floating Notifications recieves big update in the Play Store

Verizon’s FiOS Mobile TV and VOD comes to Android

Verizon’s FiOS Mobile TV and VOD comes to Android

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Verizon took to its web site today to announce that it would be bringing an Android app to its FiOS customers. The app will allow you to stream 75 different TV channels, access Video On Demand, and manage your DVR programs. You’ll also be able to view your Flex content as well as have access to over 40,000 different titles. You can even use the app as a remote for your FiOS box when you’re relaxing at home.

From what we can see and from what Verizon says most Android devices are supported. Those include the Droid RAZR M, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 10.1. The Moto Droid X and Galaxy 10 (don’t worry we’ve never heard of it either but one can assume that they mean the Tab 10.1) are even supported. So if you’re an owner of any of these devices and use the service you should hit the break for your download link and QR codes.

Huawei Ascent P6 specs and pictures of new “Emotion UI” leaked

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Once again, thanks to evleaks Huawei’s Ascend P6’s specs and screen shots of its new Emotion UI have been leaked. According to evleaks, the Huawei Ascend P6 will come with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with macro capabilities starting at 4 cm, and a 5 MP front-facing camera with “face enhance.” Nothing out of the ordinary as the specs are just about aligned with current other flagship device specs. The most interesting part was the leaked shots of its Emotion UI.

As you can see the shots kind of reminds you of a “wooden” like theme. At least it does for me. Certainly not my taste, but I’m sure it will interest other people. Hopefully Huawei just keeps their device currently updated with each Android update.

source: evleaks

Nyko announces product accessories for NVIDIA Shield

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Today Nyko has announces several couple of products for the upcoming

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Next up we have two cases, the Travel and Shell case. The Travel case will feature a softer type of material while the Shell case offers more protection with a harder material. Lastly we have a Power Kit that will provide all the necessary things for travel such as cables and charging kits. For more information on these products you can check out the full press release after the break!

Google announces acquisition of ‘Waze,’ plans to use it to enhance Google Maps

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Google announced on their blog today that they recently closed a deal to acquire ‘Waze,’ a popular social media-integrated maps application. The decision to purchase the Israeli-based product development team will result in improvements for both Google Maps and Waze itself, while each app feeds off each other to get better over time.

Hit the break for the full post on Google’s blog by VP Brian McClendon.

AT&T announces new 4G LTE markets

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AT&T issued a series of press releases today announcing new and expanded 4G LTE markets. The new or expanded locations include:

  • Cortland, NY
  • Seneca Falls, NY
  • Auburn, NY
  • Berwick, PA
  • Madison County, NY to cover parts of Oneida City, Canastota, Lenox, Chittenango, and the New York State Thruway in the area
  • Oswego County, NY including parts of Fulton and Phoenix

AT&T says the new areas will enjoy faster speeds, cool new devices, lower latency, and more efficient use of the wireless spectrum with the addition or upgrades to the 4G LTE network. AT&T claims their 4G network now covers more than 292 million people in the U.S.

New Google Glass video highlights voice search interface

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Google released a new video yesterday showing some examples of real life uses for their Glass devices. Many people have been focusing on issues related to the cameras built into the devices and how those can be used to record life events. However, if Google wants to see the devices adopted widely, a key piece will be the ability of the voice search functionality to perform well since that will be the primary interface between Glass and the user for input purposes. To demonstrate how well voice search works, a couple Google Glass testers posed a series of questions to see what the results would be.

Dead Zebra announces 10-piece set of rainbow Android figurines, on sale today for $69

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Dead Zebra frequently makes small sets of Android figurines, and the next project in their lineup is this rainbow set of 10. The figures are slated to go on sale for at 11AM eastern time later today for $69. Needless to say, this set probably won’t last long, so if you’re interested, you’re going to want to try to place an order as quickly as possible.

The figures cover all the basic rainbow colors and have a nice translucent body. It’s definitely one of the cooler sets Dead Zebra has done in recent memory, and with each figure only running about $7 apiece, it’s reasonably priced to boot. The box they come in doubles as a protective case to display them if you’re the type of collector that likes to keep everything pristine, or you can set these little guys up on your desk chasing some apples around. There’s plenty of ideas.

So if you’ve got $70 to spare and this set has caught your eye, hit the link below later today to try to snag an order.

source: Dead Zebra

LG rumored to drop Optimus name from its high-end lineup of smartphones

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In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.

Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.

source: Chosun.Biz
via: Phone Arena

Apple officially dumps Google in Siri… wants Bing and Siri to be cozy instead

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’re probably well-aware that Apple currently has its always-exciting WWDC event underway. While most folks out there walked away largely impressed (or for some of you, thankful that Apple has finally decided to catch up to the Android platform in some regards), there is something noteworthy that no doubt an eye-opener: Apple’s decision to roll with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine, instead of Google for the forthcoming iOS 7 update. Despite the public’s overwhelming preference for Google as a search engine (it holds a stunning 66.5% share in the U.S. according to comScore), Bing will be integrated into Siri searches instead… despite its ho-hum 17.3% share web search share. There is a minor workaround to this as Siri users also can still utilize Google for search results by asking Siri to “search Google” for a unique request. But yes friends, Apple is just about finished with Anything that can be perceived as a threat to its brand (Samsung, Apple, etc.)…

… Yet despite Bing being the default search engine when used with Siri, Apple hasn’t quite lost its senses just yet as Google will remain the default web search engine in the Safari Web browser for iOS devices. So at least all is not quite lost for the minority of Apple + Android users out there.

source: Wall Street Journal Blog

Power By Gen running Father’s Day promotion on Andru chargers, $19.99 with free shipping

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Need a gift idea for Dad or maybe even for yourself? Power By Gen is running a Father’s Day sale. Just use coupon code 4DAD and get any Andru charger for $19.99 with Free shipping. You can select from their basic Andru, Andru Dark, or Andru Chill.

Also, in case you weren’t aware, those of you in Europe and the UK will be happy to know they are offering SHUTL adapters as well. Right now you can grab them for 25% off the normal price of $6.99 when purchased with Andru.

Hit up the source link to get your order in.

source: Power By Gen

Get the “Parallex Effect” iOS feature on Android with 3D Image Live Wallpaper

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A lot of iOS 7’s features that they unveiled today at the WWDC include capabilities that Android has already had. One of those is “Parallex Effect,” which gives iPhone homescreens an illusion of the icons moving around depending on the angle at which you tilt the screen. An Android app called 3D Image Live Wallpaper does the same thing that the iOS feature does, and has actually been around for a while.  The gyroscope-controlled effect that the app provides lays over any wallpaper you choose, and it’s actually pretty cool.

The wallpaper costs $1.60 and you can download it from the Play Store via the link after the break. Try it out and let us know what you think.

source: Android Guys

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 10, 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!!

Apps

EA announces unique twist for cross-platform gameplay in Need for Speed: Rivals

Get the “Parallex Effect” iOS feature on Android with 3D Image Live Wallpaper

Carriers

AT&T extends upgrade period to 24 months

Gaming Hardware

MOGA Power Series Pro to feature rumble tactile effects from Immersion

Mad Catz Project M.O.J.O. gaming console revealed at E3