Droid Zap updated to work on all Android devices running 4.0 and higher

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Motorola’s picture and video sharing application originally only supported the company’s recent line of DROID-branded devices, and now a recent update changes availability options.

The update makes the application available to all Android devices running 4.0 and higher, as well as a newer user interface which looks less “Droid-looking.”

The app hasn’t really taken off as Motorola probably thought it would when it was released, but this is definitely a step towards making it more popular in the Android realm.

Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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HTC and Nokia sign a patent and technology collaboration agreement

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Nokia and HTC have decided to bring an end to the long patent war that they were having for quite some time now. Both the companies have settled all pending patent litigation and signed an agreement to licence each other’s technology. HTC will be paying Nokia to license its patent portfolio and they will also collaborate for future opportunities. The details of the agreement were kept confidential and will not be released

“We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. “This agreement validates Nokia’s implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities.” Read more

Verizon to close Vodafone deal on February 21, ‘One Verizon’ will be formed as a result of the takeover

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Last year, Verizon agreed to buy Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130 billion which will give Verizon full control over its wireless operations. According to FierceWirelessVerizon will finally close the deal on February 21. Verizon Wireless’ long successes in the U.S wireless market has attracted Verizon to acquire them. It might also be due to the pressure from its rivals in the market. T-Mobile is offering to pay customers early termination fees if they switch to T-Mobile, AT&T is providing discounts on its Mobile Share family plan, and Sprint recently started offering the cheaper “Framily” plan. As a result, Verizon is also hoping to profit from its acquisition of Verizon Communications and compete efficiently in the market. Read more

cloud.tv is offering a refund to customers who bought the Dayframe Prime feature last Thursday

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A few days ago, cloud.tv updated its Dayframe app bringing support for Chromechast. However, an update was pushed out later in the afternoon that removed Chromecast support upon Google’s request. The reason behind this is that Google would not release the Cast SDK until the updated version of Google Play Services app has been released. This means that developers are not yet allowed to release any Chrome Cast compatible apps in the Play Store.

We also heard that cloud.tv will be offering refunds to customers regarding this issue. Read more

Tim Cook calls out Google on Motorola and Android’s “crappy” tablet experience

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Apple CEO Tim Cook typically has nothing nice to say about Android. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s head honcho gave his opinion on Google letting go of Motorola. He calls the deal “a logical transaction” because Google was not “committed to” doing anything with Motorola. Cook then said “it’s really hard to do hardware, software and services” as a single company; however, he claims this is “what makes Apple so special.” Cook fails to mention products like the Chromebook Pixel or Google Chromecast. And I’m quite sure Google has a decent amount of influence on the design of Nexus devices.

Then came the harshest of Cook’s comments. On the subject of the Android experience on tablets, Cook feels it “is so crappy because the app is nothing more than a stretched out smartphone app.” Had Tim Cook said this a few years ago, he would be right. But now with devices like the Nexus 7 (2013) becoming more mainstream and accessible, developers have definitely noticed Android tablets.

So there you have it. Tim Cook throwing some more fire at Google and Android. But hey, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Digits

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 7, 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

7 top lock screen replacement apps for Android [February 2014]

Apps

DO Launcher brings Sense 5′s launcher to any device

Carriers

Boost Mobile offering $35 plan with unlimited data for 6 months after buying an LTE device

U.S. Cellular expected to offer the Motorola Moto G on February 10 [update – now official]

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Gameloft offering massive selection of games for only $0.99

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Gameloft is at it again— the game-developing company is now offering a handful of games on the Play Store for only $0.99. There are 7 games on sale in total— each game usually goes for $6.99 a piece, so you can think of it as a 7 for the price of 1 kind of deal if by chance you want to grab them all.

Hit the break for the full list of titles and links to the apps in the Play Store.

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DO Launcher brings Sense 5’s launcher to any device

HTC_BlinkFeed_on_HTC_OneHTC’s Sense UI is one of the most popular UIs out there, and for good reason. Sense 5’s launcher is pretty cool, and if you want to try it out on your own non-Sense 5 device, you now can, thanks to XDA Recognized Developer doga.ozkaraca’s new app, DO Launcher. The launcher supports basic BlinkFeed-like functionality, which shows the most important news from RSS feeds like CNN Top, Yahoo, CNET, 5 diffrent themes, and a nifty weather widget.

DO launcher is still in very early stages of development, and many features may not even work, but if you love Sense 5, definitely check out XDA for more information. You can also find a Play Store link past the break.

Source: XDA

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Qualcomm looks to dominate internals of smartphones with new RF components

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.

The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.

The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.

This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.

Source: Gigaom