TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 2013


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!!


How to share Google Calendars with family or co-workers


Snap Camera HDR [Photography]


FingerQ case is designed to protect your device and the information inside using fingerprint-scanning technology


Stock camera application from Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Editions leaks

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T-Mobile UNcarrier plan phase 2 on tap for July 14th, Sony Xperia Z for July 17th


T-Mobile has a little event in New York City on July 1oth, which will probably cover phase 2 of their UNcarrier plan and the Sony Xperia Z. According to a leaked T-Moble roadmap, a “Major EIT Release” is scheduled for July 14, and a few days later, on the 17th is “Device Launch Day”. The devices in question include the Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, and the T-Mobile 768, which will probably be a low-end device from Huawei or ZTE.

source: TmoNews

WSJ confirms Google is working on a videogame console, smartwatch, and Nexus Q followup


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is working on a videogame console, a smartwatch and a followup to the Nexus Q. None of this is surprising as we have heard tidbits about all three. The big question is when we will actually get to see these devices? According to WSJ, one of them will be launched this fall. The gaming console is probably the most intriguing and one has to wonder why Google would get into this game? One big reason might be that Apple is rumored to be doing the same thing as part of its next Apple TV release. The Nexus Q followup is clearly a TV box of some kind and will most likely be the next generation Google TV that everyone is waiting for.

We heard reports of Android-powered laptops back in April, and WSJ confirmed that HP is working on them with the next version of Android. Speaking of the next version of Android, it is known internally as “K release”, or shall we say Key Lime Pie? As we reported earlier, it might be compatible with lower end devices as in ones with as little as 512MB of RAM.

source: WSJ

Google bringing Google Now cards to Chrome browser, Chrome OS


If you are one of those users that really likes the Google Now app on your smartphone or tablet, you will probably be happy to know that Google is bringing the technology to their Chrome browser and Chrome OS. The two pieces of software have had a flag for several weeks to enable Google Now in the developer editions, but there were no servers available for a connection. Google apparently is making progress on turning on the feature and has lit up some servers as users now get a notification that asks whether they want to enable Google Now Cards. The feature is present in the Chrome browser on OS X 10.8 and Windows 8. By incorporating Google Now cards into the Chrome browser, Google may be able to expand awareness of the technology to users beyond those with the most recent Android devices.

In addition to the presence of Google Now cards, it looks like Google has improved the control panel for setting notification preferences for web apps and extensions a user may have installed. Joining Google Now in these settings are Google+ Photos, Google Documents, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, HootSuite, NYTimes, Scratchpad, Seesmic, and TweetDeck among others.

What do you think? Are Google Now Cards something you would welcome on your desktop or will it be too much information?

source: CNET

Apple’s bid to include Galaxy S 4 in lawsuit against Samsung rejected


Apple had submitted a bid to include the Galaxy S 4 in their current lawsuit with Samsung, and it seems as though U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has since turned it down. The argument to include Samsung’s newest flagship was apparently not persuasive enough, and would create “undue prejudice” for Samsung.

Here’s what Grewal had to say:

Throughout the hearing, Apple warned that excluding the Galaxy S4 would result in yet another case with more claims of infringement and would require Apple to continue to play, in counsel’s words, ‘whack-a-mole’ with Samsung. Apple presented the exact same argument to Judge Koh during an April 23, 2013 hearing during which she required them to set a schedule to drop products and patents. Judge Koh was not persuaded by this argument and neither is the undersigned.

Apple already needs to dismiss without prejudice several products from this case and so a new trial would be likely regardless. Given the likely undue prejudice to Samsung and Judge Koh’s directives regarding the management and progression of this case, the court DENIES Apple’s request to add the Galaxy S4 to its contentions.

This news comes in the wake of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh requesting that Apple reduce the number of devices on their list of infringing devices. She later decided that the Galaxy S 4 should not be included in the list because it was too new to the market and Samsung shouldn’t be expected to deliver all of the required information in time for upcoming hearings.

Source: CNET

Norton discovers privacy leak in Facebook application


Norton is famous for privacy and security protection, including some work done on Android. Yesterday, they released a new version of their latest Android application that contains their new Mobile Insight technology, which analyzes different aspects of Android applications to see where major security breaches may be coming from.

One particularly surprising security leak was Facebook. Everyone’s always been pretty aware that Facebook isn’t exactly delicate with user data, but Norton found something even more alarming than a not-so-great privacy policy; actually, the Facebook application leaks phone numbers, regardless of whether or not you’ve put your phone number anywhere in the app or on your Facebook account. As soon as you start the application, your device phone number is sent to Facebook servers, with or without your permission. This even happens if you’ve just run the application and don’t actually have a Facebook account.

Norton says Facebook was made aware of the issue and is working to fix the vulnerability, which should be pushed out in their next app update. Facebook has also deleted those numbers from their servers, so fortunately it wasn’t a malicious security breach. Still, though, those privacy features in Cyanogenmod are looking better and better.

Featured Android App Review: Snap Camera HDR [Photography]


If you’re looking for the stock Android camera experience, you might want to check out Snap Camera HDR. It’s based on the stock Android 4.2 camera with some added features and it was created by XDA forum member dzo. The goal of Snap Camera was to bring the 4.2 interface to Android 2.3+ devices. If you’re not familiar with the stock Android 4.2 camera, it’s a very simple interface, but Snap Camera is slightly different. The main screen has only three buttons, one for pictures, one for videos, and the other for settings.

The UI works much like the stock Android interface in that you can touch to focus, pinch to zoom, swipe to review, and long press to adjust photo settings. Speaking of settings, you will find more settings than the stock version and it’s set up a little differently. You will still find all the options in the circular fashion, but with more selections. You will now have eight choices: HDR, flash mode, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, camera settings, and a submenu for items such as changing to burst mode, fast mode, front/back camera toggle, silent shutter, stable shot, panorama, self timer, and toggling the grids. Fast mode allows you to take pictures very “fast” but only at the resolution of your display. The camera settings have a slew of options for you to choose from for both the camera and videos. It should be noted that dzo added an option in the settings to use what was thought to be an updated UI for Android 4.3. As it turns out, that newer interface wasn’t part of Android 4.3, but is on the Google Edition Galaxy S 4 and HTC One devices that were just released.

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Parkersburg, West Virginia is Verizon’s 500th LTE market


Verizon’s LTE market has officially hit its 500th stop in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Parkersburg is the third largest city in West Virginia with a population of 31,000 people.

Parkersburg marks a milestone that Verizon’s 4G LTE network build out is basically complete, with their LTE network covering over 99% of their 3G network. Available to 298 million people nationwide, more than 95% of the population has access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

To celebrate the milestone, Verizon held a city-wide scavenger hunt and donated $50,000 in grants to local domestic violence prevention agencies. Afterwards guests at the event were treated to a seminar on what 4G LTE means to residents, hosted by Verizon Region President Mark Frazier and local elected official Sen. David Nohe.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Stock camera application from Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Google Play Editions leaks


It looks as though the Google Editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One will have an updated camera interface to that of the current stock Android phones on the market. The application features quick access to HDR when you press and hold on the screen, and the volume rocker can be used as a shutter key. “More options” presents all of the advanced options in the same semi-circle (seen above).

Good news is that if you’d like to try out the new camera for yourself, (complete with panorama features if your device doesn’t have it) the APK is available from the source link below. Just remember to disable your default camera first.

Download: APK File / Mirror