Wearables aren’t just for humans, check out Whistle for dogs

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We have the Fitbit, Nike FuelBand, and even the new Samsung Gear Fit for all our fitness needs, but what about your dog? Well there is an app for that, and an accessory as well. Whistle, which has already been available on iOS, just launched on Android in the Google Play Store. The Whistle app will track your canine’s day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends. Data is uploaded via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and will track activities such as walking, playing, and rest.

Of course you will need the Whistle Activity Monitor in order to track all these activities. The monitor attaches to your dog’s existing collar. Availability was fairly limited, but they just announced that PetSmart will be carrying the device, which makes things a lot easier. However, it costs $129, so you are really going to have to be a health nut for this one. Or someone that just has to own every gadget. We’ve got app screenshots, a video, and the full presser after the break.

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Samsung confirms that they’re working on 64-bit processors for this year

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Samsung has confirmed that they are working on 64-bit processors, with a goal of releasing them this year. Samsung will build these processors under their Exynos name, which appears in many of Samsung’s devices. Samsung has been lagging behind many it its rivals when it comes to 64-bit processing.

64-bit processors are able to handle much more data than 32-bit processors that are found in many mobile devices today.

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Google Glass team focusing on updating to KitKat

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If you own Google Glass or are simply interested in it and its updates, you may have noticed that Glass didn’t get any usual major monthly updates in the months of January and February. Well according to a post on the Google Glass community Glass Almanac, monthly updates stopped after XE12 was released last year.

This isn’t necessarily bad though, as it means that the team behind Glass is focusing more heavily on bigger updates, such as updating from Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.4 (KitKat). The goal behind updating to KitKat is to make things “smoother and better”, according to Glass team member Teresa Zazenski.

Source: Glass Almanac
Via: Engadget

Samsung Chromebook 2 leaks, faux leather spans across the lid

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Yesterday, @evleaks posted an image of a mysterious Chrome-branded device that featured the same faux leather back found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And now, just a short time ago, he posted what the actual device is called and what it will look like. The Chomebook 2 is its name and it features all of that faux leather goodness on its lid. Do consumers want a massive amount of faux leather on a Chromebook? I beg to differ. But other than that, this actually looks like an attractive, slim Chromebook. Read more

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 24 – March 2, 2014

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This week was dominated by Mobile World Congress, which brought us a slew of new phones, tablets, and wearables. The most hyped announcement was the Galaxy S 5. Did it deliver as promised? Will Sony finally become a contender with the Xperia Z2? Samsung is hoping the Gear 2 will be more popular than the original Galaxy Gear, but the Gear Fit just might be what the doctor ordered. HTC decided to hold back their greatness until later this month. Will it pay off? And what does Motorola have in the cooker for this year? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Are in-app purchases for free-to-play games effective?

Guides

Here’s how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet

Accessories

Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013

Apps – New

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store

RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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Close-up of a Chrome-branded device leaks, features Samsung’s faux leather

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Another unexpected leak has arrived on this Saturday afternoon. What we are looking at, courtesy of @evleaks, is a Chrome-branded device that features the same faux leather back featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Along with supplying the image, @evleaks says “Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on…” So what exactly is this unidentified device? More likely than not it is a Chromebook. It features Chrome’s logo alongside the Chrome name. Read more

The all new HTC One for Verizon leaks in gray

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Shortly after leaking the AT&T model of HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone, @evleaks posted Verizon’s. And this time around, the device is in gray. Verizon opted to put its logo on the back of the device like AT&T; however, Big Red also threw in its 4G LTE logo. Also, Verizon’s 4G LTE icon is present in the status bar. Nothing else has changed between this device and the one from the AT&T leak from before. Just stay tuned because there is a very good chance that we see the Sprint or T-Mobile models leak in gold.

The all new HTC One will be announced on March 25 in New York City. Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 28, 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!!

Editorials

Are in-app purchases for free-to-play games effective?

Guides

Here’s how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet

Apps

Motorola Active Display app gets buzzy with latest update

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Drew Bamford from HTC hints at features on new HTC One and new HTC smartwatch

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We’ve been getting a couple hints from HTC about upcoming devices, and now Drew Bamford, who’s the lead software designer at HTC, has given a few hints of his own at Mobile World Congress this week.

When Drew was asked about what’s to come in the next few years, Bamford had this to say about HTC’s plans for their upcoming March 25th announcement:

“I think the great thing is that you won’t have to wait three years or even a year. On March 25th, we’re going to have a lot more to talk about with some new experiences that you’ll be very excited about. And really, what we’re doing there is capitalizing on the experiences that have been successful in HTC Sense 5 and 5.5 and really taking them to the next level. faster Access to the information that’s important to you, a more responsive experience that understand you and anticipates your needs and more ways to express yourself with your phone.”

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Moto X’s Windy Day leads to Buggy Night, coming soon (but without notice)

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Remember the interactive film Windy Day that graced Moto X displays around the world? The next interactive film heading to Motorola’s flagship is Buggy Night. While we have no idea what the storyline is based on the trailer (which you can watch after the break), it clearly looks like it will be as entertaining and intuitive as Windy Day. Buggy Night is listed as coming soon; however, expect it to surface without warning just as Windy Day did.

Hit the break for the Buggy Night trailer. Read more