TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 7, 2013

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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

STARZ Play, MOVIEPLEX Play, and ENCORE Play now in the Play Store

RunKeeper releases app for Pebble Smart Watch

Rovio Accounts lets users sync game progress across devices

Auralux gets updated to include new level pack, controller support and oh— support for non-Tegra devices

Monkey Boxing takes a shot at Google Play Store

Spotify update adds new features, trousers option

Carriers

AOL announces content distribution partnership with Verizon, taking over browsers everywhere

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Monkey Boxing takes a shot at Google Play Store

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Ready for a different spin, at least visually, on a boxing game? If so, you might want to check out Monkey Boxing from Crescent Moon Games, which was released in the Google Play Store today. The title is no play on words or anything like that. Gameplay is monkeys boxing against each other. Crescent Moon claims there are 269 billion combinations of monkeys, colors and props available to the player to choose from when customizing your monkey boxer. Read more

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 also receiving minor update

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T-Mobile recieved its first update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 earlier today and AT&T seems to be following suit. The update is arriving as build number I337UCUAMDL. Neither AT&T nor Samsung have released a changelog, but at a small 21.39 MB, minor performance related improvements and basic tweaks are probably all that’s included.

AT&T S 4 users, you can update your phone by going to Settings > More > About device > Software update.  Once you have the latest build, let us know in the comments if you notice anything different. We will update you with more information once the official changelog arrives.

Source: Droidlife

Sony’s new mid-range CX190 leaked specs and camera sample surface

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Sony’s new mid-range offering the CX190 (not to be confused with the recently leaked Sony C3) has found its way online in the form of a Picasa sample shown above. Currently codenamed the Xperia C, the modest device is rumored to pack a dual-core Qualcomm processor (either the MSM8627 or the MSM8230), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card. It is also expected to have a 4″ display with a 480 x 854 resolution.

The device will run Android 4.1.2 and house a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video in 720p HD. With these specs its safe to assume that the CX190 will be available for a fairly low price point. While nothing has been officially announced, rumor has it that Sony will announce it at the IFA electronics expo in Berlin at the end of August.

 

More pictures of the razor thin Huawei P6-UO6 leak in black

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Last week we showed you pictures of Huawei’s new ultra-thin phone, the P6-UO6. Today we bring you more photos of the Chinese manufacturer’s newest offering, this time in a sleek black variation. While Huawei hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the P6-UO6, the phone will reportedly come in black, pink and white variations and will be available in Asian markets, with no word on whether or not we’ll see it stateside.

Thanks to the photos, we now know that the device has what appears to be a microSIM and microSD slots on the right side of the device, with the 3.5mm audio jack awkwardly placed on the left. As reported before, the device is powered by a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Hit the break for more photos. Read more

Rovio Accounts lets users sync game progress across devices

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Rovio’s games, including Angry Birds, have been an enormous hit in the mobile games market, but one inconvenience had been that game progress didn’t sync across devices. Rovio Accounts have been rolled out to fix this annoyance.  Requiring only an email address, the new feature allows users to sync game progress on one device and continue playing where they left off on another device.

Rovio Accounts are currently extremely limited. They are available globally for The Croods and Angry Birds for iOS in only Finland and Poland. Rovio will continue rolling this feature out to other apps and regions, but for now, you’re going to have to wait if you want to sync your Angry Birds game in North America.

If you play The Croods, or Angry Birds in Finland or Poland, how is the new feature is working for you? Let us know below.

Source: Rovio

T-Mobile ships out first update to Galaxy S 4 with minor improvements

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4 will be receiving its first update today via OTA and over Samsung’s desktop application, Kies. The newly updated version, M919UVUAMDL, includes improvements to both visual-voicemail and the ISIS application, a Google Wallet competitor. There also may be some unannounced hidden bug-fixes as well.  If you received the update, let us know how it went!

Source: T-Mobile

 

RunKeeper releases app for Pebble Smart Watch

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You may have noticed a big trend lately that involves pushing mobile computing onto wearable devices like Google Glass. RunKeeper is hoping to cash in on the growing popularity of wearable devices by releasing an app that runs on Pebble’s Smart Watch devices. The new app will let users control RunKeeper from their Pebble device instead of having to fish their smartphone out of their pocket during a workout. Users can access pace, mileage, workout start and workout stop functions via the Pebble Smart Watch and RunKeeper says other functions will be available.

RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs says, “Pebble is such an exciting partner for RunKeeper; it is a great device and a powerful showcase of how your runs, walks and bike rides with RunKeeper can be enhanced by wearable device integration. We look forward to integrating with more wearable devices in the future.” RunKeeper indicates they will be announcing more partnerships in the coming months to help users with their fitness tracking.

The Pebble Smart Watch is currently shipping to Kickstarter backers and pre-orders are now being accepted at getpebble.com. Check out the full press release after the break. Read more

HTC One to Big Red unlikely, plans to make big deal out of next Verizon phone

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There’s been a whole lot of speculation on whether the HTC One will ever come to Verizon lately. Back in March, we reported on a device coming to Verizon that had some leaked specs which were similar to the One. Since then, it seems more plausible that this phone is more likely a follow up to Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA, possibly the DNA+.

HTC’s Twitter account also caused some controversy when it deleted a tweet announcing that the One would not be released to Verizon. HTC’s director of public relations, Tom Harlin, mentioned on a Q&A session on Yahoo! this morning that when they announce their next phone coming to Verizon, they’ll be sure to make a big deal out of it. Here’s how Harlin responded to the question at hand:

“There are tons of rumors online but we haven’t made any official announcement about HTC One coming to Verizon. The DROID DNA continues to be the HTC hero smartphone at Verizon. It launched in late 2012, it’s features still compete with products in 2013. When we announce our next product with Verizon, we’ll make a big deal about it so you’re all aware”.

So there you have it everyone. There is no HTC One coming to Verizon.

via: Droid Life
Source: Yahoo! News