TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 17, 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!!

Apps

Pocket Casts now comes with Chromecast support

[New Chromecast App] Cast Store for Chromecast is a storefront… just for Chromecast apps

Carriers

Vodafone offering gold Samsung Galaxy S 5 in the U.K.

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Looking forward to Rovio’s upcoming Angry Birds Epic game? Check out the gameplay trailer

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With Rovio releasing their Angry Birds Epic game (turn-based RPG style) in the near future, the team released its first teaser video that features the game play. I’m sure many of you are curious as to what the game is going to look like, so check out the video below and let us know what you think! Does it make you any more excited for the release?

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Play Store’s Games subcategory reorganization has gone live, oddly includes Live Wallpaper and Widgets still

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We noted back in December that Google would reorganize the Games section of the Play Store with twenty subcategories. That change went live today, one month after it was expected. It was originally believed that Live Wallpaper and Widgets would be shown the door and the new total would be eighteen. Unfortunately, they remain and that is why the subcategory total is twenty. For some odd reason, Google has not axed them just yet.

If you head over to the Play Store on your device or the web (like the image above), you will see the reorganization present.

Google Play Movies expands to 37 new markets

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Looks like Google has finally expanded the availability of their Play Movies feature to 37 new markets across the globe. You can expect Play Movies to hit these following markets:

Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, Sweden, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.

Anyone in these markets excited for it finally being available to you?

source: Google

Big update for Google Play Services rolling out

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With support for Google Play Games being extended to the iOS platform, developers will need tools to enable this throughout their games. That will be coming forthwith as Google prepares to rollout a new SDK for developers in conjunction with the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Laying the groundwork for that, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Play Services that includes new APIs. Read more

Sony halts SIM free Xperia Z2 pre-orders

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We see a lot of crazy things in the world of mobile, but one thing you rarely see is pre-orders for a new flagship phone being halted. That’s exactly what has happened with the Sony Xperia Z2. We are talking about the SIM free version that Sony has listed on their website. Before today, you were able to pre-order the phone, but although Sony hasn’t pulled the phone from the site, you  can no longer place your pre-order.

Now there have been rumors that the Xperia Z2 could suffer a delay. This situation could definitely indicate the rumor is true, or it could be nothing about nothing.We heard earlier today that Samsung is having issues with the production of their camera for the Galaxy S 5, so if the Xperia Z2 joins the party, it can only help the HTC One 2014. Stay tuned.

source: Xperia Blog

[New Chromecast App] Cast Store for Chromecast is a storefront… just for Chromecast apps

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One of the newest apps to make some noise in the Play Store is Cast Store for Chromecast. It can be rather difficult to find applications for the Chromecast, so rather than having to sift through the Play Store, Cast Store for Chromecast is a singular place that is exclusive to Chromecast applications. It provides categories from games to media applications and features a suggestion option in case a user is still lost. Also, users can create their very own list of favorite Chromecast apps. It is a handy little app that seems to be very much worth a download.

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Amazon’s set top device could support full PC game streaming

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When images of a controller linked to Amazon’s rumored set top box device leaked a few days ago, you may have noticed it was very reminiscent of a full blown game controller similar to an Xbox or PlayStation gaming console. That might seem like overkill for Android based games, but it isn’t too much if the games are full game titles like you would find on a gaming console or PC. The latest rumors about Amazon’s device indicate that ability could be part of the package. Read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note gets confirmed by CEO

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After being exposed a few days ago, the Redmi Note has been confirmed by the CEO of Xiaomi. The Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with a 5.5-inch 720p display. Don’t take ‘budget’ to seriously, though. The handset has an octa-core processor (MTK6592) clocked at either 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz. Xiaomi’s chief executive offer, Lei Jun, explained that the Redmi Note’s focus would be on performance and battery life. With an octa-core processor combined with a 720p display, Jun sounds like he is making a pretty accurate statement.

On Wednesday, March 19, the Redmi Note will be available for pre-order. The pre-order process will be done exclusively through Xiaomi’s very own social network, Qzone, in conjunction with Tencent. The official release date is on March 26.

Source: Weibo
Via: The Next Web

Samsung SM-G9098 flip phone gets certified

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Samsung refuses to let the flip phone die. Over in China, a Samsung-made flip phone with the model number SM-G9098 was certified. And with certification in China comes pictures. So above, you are looking at what the actual device looks like.

This flip phone has two displays. The first is the usual one that sits inside and becomes visible when opening the device. The second is on the outside and displays information without having to actually to do anything. Both displays have a 800×480 resolution sized at 3.67 inches. Inside seems to be a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. GSM Insider speculates that this is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 based on the clock speed. This device is running Android 4.3 out of the box.

If history is any indication, the SM-G9098 flip phone will be released in just China and Korea. So consumers outside of those regions, keep looking for a ‘smart flip phone’ to satisfy your needs.

Source: GSM Insider
Via: GSMArena