We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The leaks and rumors regarding the Nexus 5 is in full swing. We should get our hands on it next month along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Apple started a new trend in offering a spec that doesn’t matter, and Samsung decided to match them. More importantly, Samsung’s octa-core will be a true 8 core very soon!! The HTC Max is going to be the next phone with a fingerprint scanner, but will anyone buy it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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We’ve already gone over some of our favorite launcher apps for Android tablets, but there are just as many great home screen replacement apps for phones. If you’re not a fan of the stock interface that came with your phone, like Samsung’s TouchWiz or any version of HTC’s Sense, these launchers do an excellent job of giving you a more customizable experience, including altering icons and widgets and applying some great looking themes. We’re going to go over a few of the top launcher replacements available in the Play Store to get you started. Read more
ASUS is preparing to launch their Padfone Infinity this week and they recently sent out invitations for their special launch event to be held in Taipei. As we stated previously, the device will be very similar to its predecessor but feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a microSD slot, and an all-white version will be available. There will be no resolution upgrade for the screen, according to sources.
For those of you who can’t wait to see the new phablet, launch is September 17th.
Check out the promotional video for the device below.
The OPPO N1 is allegedly coming out in just 10 days, on September 23. There’s a lot of hype for this device, and OPPO is fueling the hype by posting trailer videos. The latest one, Trailer #4, shows short clips of the N1 being built, taking us through the manufacturing process. There’s not much new to take out of it, but it’s still interesting.
In addition, Chinese media sources, along with finding some leaked press shots, have learned that the N1 will be capable of taking long exposure shots, up to 8 seconds long. Also, the price for the N1 will be at around CNY4000, or $650 US. While waiting, check out Teaser #4 after the break.
XDA-Developers user djkinetic has established a one-click root method for the LG G2 which will work on both Verizon and AT&T variants of the device. Full instructions are available, and it will give you all the information you need to fully set up tools like SuperUtility on your device.
This is great news, especially given the exceptional internals in the G2— this phone is a hacker’s dream. Hit the source link if you’re up to the task.
The Sony Xperia “Z” series phones have been making a ton of noise in the smartphone market this year, with their high quality build and impressive specs. Now we have some specs for their next big device, the Sony Xperia Z2, codenamed the “Avatar.”
The device will feature a 5.2-inch IGZO Triluminous Display with a 500ppi pixel density, which would be the best in the industry if it turns out to be true. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor will man the interior of the device, along with a whopping 3GB of RAM.
The rear-facing camera is expected to be 20.7 MP and support 4K video capture, and the battery could be up to 3200mAh. The device is also more than likely to ship with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Expect to see the Sony Xperia Z2 in the limelight at CES 2014.
We now have news that the HTC DROID DNA will be receiving Sense 5 through Verizon soon, but we don’t know whether it will send alongside Android 4.2.2 or 4.3.
We previously believed that HTC would be skipping Android 4.2.2 on most of their devices, as they tweeted that since it was a “minor” update, they would be going straight to 4.3. This might have only been referring to the HTC One Dev Edition, but the tweet was not clear.
Either way, we do know that Sense 5 will be arriving soon, which will bring a series of updates that will improve your device.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Our electronic gadgets have managed to make so many ordinary things obsolete, and in some ways that includes paper and pen note-taking. The mobile apps that have been created for note-taking are brilliant, innovative, and extremely useful. With these apps you can take notes on-the-go, and view them later once they sync with all of your devices. You can check out a few of our favorite note-taking apps for Android after the break, and please let us know if we missed any that you love.
Ingress “Agents” may be interested to know that an update to the app is rolling out to Google Play, and on to users, over the next couple days. The new version 1.35.1 includes a new Agent profile and statistics tab, some Scanner performance improvements, and bug fixes. As part of the rollout of an AGENT tab for viewing statistics and recognitions, the follow achievements can now be part of your dossier thanks to some fancy badges:
Seer: Discover and successfully submit new Portals.
Connector: Link Portals.
Guardian: Maintain control of a Portal for an extended period of time.
Mind Controller: Create Control Fields.
Purifier: Destroy enemy Resonators.
Hacker: Hack Portals.
Builder: Deploy Resonators.
Explorer: Visit and hack distinct Portals.
Users may also notice some Portal notifications have been moved from Faction COMM and the GPS lock will remain on temporarily after a user switches to a different task or app. The Ingress app is still in closed beta.