TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 10 – March 16, 2014

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Things continue to heat up regarding the HTC One 2014. Does HTC have a chance to wow us on March 25, based on the fact that we know so much about the phone before its unveiling? On top of that, ZTE plans on trying to steal the spotlight by making a big announcement on the very same day. We continue to see new Chromecast apps, but most of the major music and video apps are non-existent. We continue to hear rumors about an Amazon phone. Will they ever come out with one? and will anybody buy an updated Galaxy Beam? Could Flappy Bird make an encore appearance? and what the hell is the OnePlus One phone all about? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

Best Android apps for managing your contacts / Address book [March 2014]

Accessories

Samsung launches “Specialized Usability Accessories” for the Galaxy Core Advance customers

Apps – New

Samsung unveils Samsung Cloud Print and NFC Printers for small and medium-sized businesses

Smart Alarm Clock gets comfy and takes a snooze in the Play Store

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LG G Pro 2 to be available in red color as well

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LG G Pro 2 was announced last month in Korea in three colors : black, white and titanium. The company is now planning to release the red color version of the device as well.

LG Electronics Singapore announced that the G Pro 2 will be available in red color when the device will be up for sale in the land of Merlion on March 29 though there’s no information if the red model will be available in global markets as well. Those interested to get the G Pro 2 can buy it from Telcos on a 2 year contract or purchase the SIM-free model for $654. Read more

Google files patent application for a new radial menu feature in Android

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The radial menu gesture was first introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which made it easier for users to perform various browser tasks quickly. A similar concept was introduced in the Galaxy Note 3 known as the Air Command.

According to a new report, Google has patented a new radial menu concept with a sub-menu feature. The radial menu consists of a circular menu, each corresponding to various commands that is initiated upon a user’s selection. Instead of making use of a one finger gesture, this new radial menu implementation requires two fingers, the thumb which acts as the first anchor point, and your second finger which opens up a sub-menu with a circular list of options to choose from. Read more

Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Beam device

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According to a new information from the Chinese website, Tenaa, Samsung is working on a mid-range device similar to the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which was released in early 2012, and featured a built-in nHD projector.

The new device carries the model number SM-G3858 and will be the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Beam . The phone was certified by Tenaa and is said to sport a 4.66-inch LCD display with WVGA resolution, 5MP camera, 3G connectivity, expandable microSD slot and powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android 4.2.2 out of the box. Read more

LG G3 confirmed to have QHD display, adaptive software

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The LG G3 has not been shy of any leaks and today is no different. According to a source at LG who spoke with Phone Arena, LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone is confirmed to feature a Quad HD display with a 2560×1440 resolution (falling into the 2K category). Also, the source confirmed that the device would have a 5.5-inch display. This means that the pixels per inch measurement would come in at a whopping 538. Many of the current 1080p flagships have a PPI in the 400 range.

The bigger piece of information from this source comes on the software side. The exact description for it was “advanced personalization.” What this means is that the LG G3 will deliver information like reminders (location or calendar-based), alerts, and news in a way similar to Google Now. But that is not all LG is setting out to do. Apparently the software will adapt to your trends in order to create a custom interface. The source told Phone Arena that the device would give “helpful ideas” to improve a user’s productivity.

Source: Phone Arena

LG Lucid 3 (VS876) for Verizon leaks, nothing left to hide

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Say hello to the brand new LG Lucid 3 (VS876). Earlier today, @evleaks posted the above press render of the device (which has come a very long way). The device, which is likely going to remain in the mid-range field, actually looks rather respectable. LG has ditched the capacitive buttons in favor of a Samsung-like setup with a physical home button. Like the LG G2, the Lucid 3 looks like it has slim bezels.

The white icons in the notification bar suggest that the device will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat already installed. Unfortunately, Verizon’s branding strikes again and their logo and LG’s are crammed up top while the backside has logos spread throughout. There is no word on a release date just yet; however, if the Lucid series’ past is any indication, April would be the most likely candidate. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 14, 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!!

Guides

Best Android apps for managing your contacts / Address book [March 2014]

Accessories

Samsung launches “Specialized Usability Accessories” for the Galaxy Core Advance customers

Apps

DrawCast updated with multi-device support

Google URL Shortener undergoes simplifying name change

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U.S. panel rules that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate FlashPoint patents

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A U.S. panel ruled today that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate digital camera patents made by FlashPoint, an Apple spinoff. FlashPoint originally filed the complaint in 2012, and accused all three of the companies of infringing four patents related to phone cameras. One of those patents was dropped as the case moved forward.

In September 2013, a judge found in a preliminary decision that the HTC Vivid and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE infringed upon one of the patents, while both ZTE and Huawei were cleared. The panel ruled in a final decision that none of the companies infringed on any patents made by FlashPoint.

Source: Reuters