Google IO 2016 Coverage

SlickLogin, sound-based security alternative, acquired by Google

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SlickLogin, which announced a new sound-based security system a few months ago at the TechCrunch Disrupt event, has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount. The goal of the SlickLogin team is to make logging in “easy instead of frustrating” and that it should not get in the way of a user even when two-factor authentication is used. According to their announcement, SlickLogin says Google agrees. Read more

Google, Apple grounding flappy apps?

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Although the original Flappy Bird app is no longer available through Google Play or Apple’s app store, players hoping to give the title a try have plenty of alternatives to choose from as developers rush in with spin-offs and mock-ups. As some developers have discovered, although the game is history the name lives on as Google and Apple allegedly are trying to police potential copyright issues for games with the word “Flappy” in the title. Read more

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 10 – February 16, 2014

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Things continue to heat up regarding the Galaxy S 5 and the HTC One successor. We are only one week away from the GS5’s unveiling, and we already have a good idea of what the hardware and software will look like, but will there be a version with a 2,560 x 1440 display? LG decided to make a little noise before MWC with the unveiling of the G Pro 2. Will one week really give them any kind of a boost? Flappy Bird is gone for good, but the clones will live on forever. Is Dennis Woodside’s departure from Motorola a good or bad thing? And is Nokia readying a higher-end Android phone? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Accessories

HTC Double Dip lets you customize a case for your HTC One

Apps – New

Bolt, another free VoIP service hits Google Play

Chorus brings ability to play music on multiple Android devices

Creator of DashClock releases Muzei, An artistic daily live wallpaper for your enjoyment

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Verizon’s Nexus 7 LTE update Binaries and Factory Image released

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Earlier this week, the Nexus 7 LTE received an update that allows “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network” . Google has now released a factory image and three binary files for it labeled as Android 4.4.2 build KVT49L .

The software image contains a new edition of the baseband radio, while the binary files bring more complete compatibility with various hardware components such as Audio and Sensors from Asus, NFC from  Broadcom and Graphics, Camera and other components by Qualcomm. The factory image lets you restore your Nexus 7 LTE back to the latest stock Android firmware. The factory image and binaries are most useful to developers who want to create a custom ROM for the Nexus 7. Read more

HTC working on a “music-centric” smartphone, could arrive by summer

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The HTC M8 may not be the only device the company plans on releasing in the near future. According to @evleaks, we should be on the lookout for “a music-centric handset from HTC this half.” This is the first time we have heard of such a device. What could be so special about this device? Right now, no one knows. But if I had to guess, I would say HTC’s BoomSound audio would be a major component. Also, HTC could release special headphones with the device. Or maybe, just maybe, they would create their own music streaming service? I don’t think the latter is very likely.

Let us know in the comments what you think will make this device so special. Read more

Xiaomi announces the Hongmi 1s, a decent handset powered by the Snapdragon 400 chipset

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Today, Chinese handset manufactuer Xiaomi has announced a brand new device. The Hongmi 1s is the successor to the Hongmi and does not feature very many differences. Behind this 4.7-inch 720p IPS display is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Graphically, Adreno 305 is the GPU. Despite having 8GB of internal memory, Xiaomi has included a microSD card slot. Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 sits atop Android 4.3. An 8MP camera is on the rear and a 1.6MP one is up front. Keeping this device going through the day is a 2000mAh battery.

Source: Xiaomi

Samsung SM-T530 and SM-T330 pass through the FCC, 10.1 and 8.0 Galaxy Tab 4 tablets

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (SM-T530) and 8.0 (SM-T330) have successfully passed through the FCC. The 8-inch model has already been spotted in an Indian shipment listing while all three Galaxy Tab 4 models’ specifications leaked a few days ago. Not included in this FCC pass through is the 7-inch model; however, that will likely come in the near future. Above, you see the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and we have an image of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 after the break. Read more

New HTC M8 photos leaked

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There have been a number of rumors about the upcoming HTC M8, as well as some leaked photos. Now some more photos have surfaced, giving away some of the specs of the device.

The photos that have surfaced show that the device will in fact have a dual camera, as well as a dual LED flash. On the front of the device, we can see that there is a lack of hardware buttons, which really comes as no surprise.

The HTC M8 is expected to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as well as a 5″ 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and include Android 4.2.2 out of the box.

Source: No Where Else

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Samsung releases new alarm app that allows you to dedicate processing power to science

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Samsung has decided to take advantage of unused processing power, and allow the user to dedicate it to science. Samsung announced that they were collaborating with Cheil Worldwide, and the result of this collaboration is the new Samsung alarm app, called “Power Sleep.”

The app essentially uses unused CPU cycles to create a “supercloud computer” which is accessible to researchers all over the world. The app only works in the background while the user is asleep, and the cycles are used to compute data that is under 1 MB. The data is then collated by researchers at the University of Vienna, and turned into an open-source protein-calculation database that can be used to find a cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Source: Pocket Droid