Sony Xperia Z1S shows up at the FCC with ‘Amami’ name

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The Xperia Z1S, the mini version of the Xperia Z1, showed up at the FCC with the name “Amami.” This is the same phone as the Z1F that already launched in Asia. Now we aren’t sure if the Amami name will stick or if it’s a codename, but I suspect the latter.

The Xperia Z1S is going to be a unique mini phone in that Sony isn’t going to skimp on the specs because it will still include a Snapdragon 800 and the same 20MP camera found on the Xperia Z1.

I would expect to see the Xperia Z1S debut at CES so stay tuned.

source: FCC
via: Pocket-Lint

Google launches Google Tips to help you use Google products more efficiently

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Google just launched Google Tips, which will help you use Google products more effectively. The site sports the Google card layout and covers 13 different Google products, which include Search, Gmail, Chrome, Android, YouTube, Maps, Docs, Drive, Play, Calendar, Keep, News, and Google+. Each card includes a tip that you can flip over to find out more. You can also share them to Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Some example tips are, “View the world’s greatest art in your pajamas,” “Watch videos without watching them load,” and “Unsend the email you’re having second thoughts about.” You can even make suggestions as to what tips you think should be included. Hit the source link below to check it out.

source: Google Tips

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 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!!

Apps

Contextually aware Cover lock screen replacement now in the Play Store

Instagram debuts ‘Direct’ allowing you to share photos and videos with select friends

SwiftKey 4.5 Beta brings Emoji and dedicated number row

Google adds blue theme option into Google Keyboard update

Google Maps update includes Gmail integration for reservations

Carriers

FCC and U.S. Carriers reach a deal to allow consumers to unlock their mobile phones and tablets

Sprint rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update to Moto X

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Estonian LG Optimus G receives Android 4.4 update [Updated]

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Back in October, France announced that their LG Optimus G would receive Android 4.4 as early as October. Considering KitKat’s release date was only October 31, that was preposterous. Still, it seems like the Optimus G will still be one of the first devices to receive the 4.4 update – at least in Estonia. LG’s Facebook page in Estonia announced that Optimus G customers of Elisa, the second largest carrier in the country, will begin receiving Android 4.4 today.

No word on when Optimus G owners outside of Estonia will receive KitKat, or when the higher-end LG G2 will receive 4.4.

Update: Unfortunately the information on LG’s Facebook page was untrue and LG reached out to us with the following statement…..

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HTC One Max shows up in black on HTC Hong Kong site

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When originally released, the HTC One Max was like a Ford Model T in that you could get it in any color you wanted as long as that color was silver. That appears to be slowly changing as a new image on the HTC Hong Kong official site reveals a new black version of the super-sized smartphone. This comes almost two weeks after a red version of the HTC One Max was revealed in some marketing collateral for the Taiwanese market.

Similar to the situation with the red HTC One Max, there is no information for this black version about how widely it will be distributed around the globe. However, the HTC One Mini is available in black, silver and blue while the original HTC One can be purchased in silver, black, red, blue and gold. With the HTC One Max now available in silver, red, and black, albeit in limited markets for now, it may yet shed its relation to Henry Ford.

source: Unwired View

HTC now able to sell all phones in UK again

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After HTC was ordered to stop selling a couple of their phones in the UK, the Court of Appeals has granted a stay of injunction to the Taiwanese company this afternoon. This means that they will be able to resume selling the HTC One mini and other devices, effective immediately.

HTC has issued a statement saying that they’re “delighted” that the Court of Appeals has granted the stay of injunction, and that they’ll “immediately resume shipping of all of their devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family.”

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Google Maps update includes Gmail integration for reservations

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When Google updated their Maps app to version 7.5 last night, there was nothing new to be seen on the surface. However, thanks to Android Police, we now know that the biggest addition is Gmail integration. Hotel, restaurant, and flight reservations now appear when you open up their relevant locations in the Maps app. For example, if you have an upcoming flight, its info will appear when you search for the airport on Maps, if you have a hotel reservation, its info will show up when you search for the hotel, etc.

Gmail integration for Maps is currently available only for English users in the United States. You can find a few APK download links below.

Source: Android Police / Download Link #1 / Download Link #2

Contextually aware Cover lock screen replacement now in the Play Store

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Remember Cover, that contextually aware lock screen replacement that launched in October as a private beta? Well it’s still in beta, but Cover was able make enough improvements to the app making it ready for entry into the Play Store.They were able to improve battery life, car detection, and device compatibility. Users can also share their setup to social sites.

Cover changes with you, and will provide quick access to the “right apps at the right time” via your lock screen. Hit the break for a video of it in action along with download links. It’s free, so it’s worth checking out.

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Native Chromecast support comes to Play Movies and Play Music from the web

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Folks who have Chromecast devices know well that there are two types of casting from the desktop. First there are those applications or sites that support Chromecast directly. This includes services like YouTube or Netflix where the cast button can be found in the video player area and allow you to use the Chromecast as intended, with the content delivered directly to the Chromecast. The other type are those sites that require the user to just cast the entire web page from their browser tab. This is rather slow and requires the content to be delivered from the computer to the Chromecast. Surprisingly, Google did not include the first type of casting for Play Movies and Play Music from the web when using a laptop or desktop. That oversight has now changed.

According to Google, if the Google Cast extension is installed for your browser, you can look for the cast button in the video player area when you fire up your favorite title. This will then cause the movie, TV show, or song to be streamed directly to the Chromecast, just as it would if you had launched the title using a smartphone or tablet.

source: +Google Play

Google adds blue theme option into Google Keyboard update

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Remember the theme engine that’s baked in (but hidden away) in Google’s stock keyboard? Looks like Google might be taking advantage of it in their latest keyboard update.

The new version of the stock Android keyboard gives you two options for themes; the new white theme that matches with the color palette that’s been introduced in KitKat, or a theme that matches the more traditional Holo blue we’ve gotten used to ever since Ice Cream Sandwich was released. They aren’t exactly the most varied themes that we’ve ever seen, but it’s a good start. You never know, Google may start regularly rolling out new themes, or they might even open up that theme engine for third-party developers on the Play Store to take advantage of, similar to how Cyanogenmod does things. Read more