Two weeks with the Chromecast


The Nexus Q successor that debuted at one tenth of the price of its predecessor has certainly been a hit. It’s completely sold out almost everywhere. For those of you who were lucky enough to get one you’ve probably been enjoying it immensely. Even with its early boom in sales it’s not without its shortcomings. However the question is, are these shortcomings big enough to consider looking elsewhere for your internet TV connection? In short, no but you’ll have to find out in detail as to why I feel this way after the break.

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How to setup and use Motorola Connect on the Moto X


Another really cool feature on the Moto X is Motorola Connect. It will allow you to see incoming text messages and calls coming into your Moto X via your desktop or notebook’s Chrome browser. You can even respond to texts, which is more efficient and will extend the life of your battery. For incoming calls, you will be able to see exactly who is calling you so you can decide if you need to take the call or click ignore to deal with it later. It’s easy to setup so hit the break to get started.

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Press images of the clamshell Samsung Galaxy Hennessy SCH-W789 leak


I know you have been secretly desiring a clamshell phone with Android haven’t you? We have already seen a few leaks of an upcoming Samsung clamshell phone with a model number of SCH-W789. It has been referred to as the Hennessy and the Golden. Now we have a couple of clean press shots to show you. It actually looks like a cool phone, but I am not sure I would want it to be my only device for two solid years. It’s going to have two 3.3-inch HVGA (480 x 320) displays, a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.1

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first clamshell Android phone Samsung has offered. They had the SCH-W999 about a year and half ago. That one never made it to the U.S. and I suspect the same result for the SCH-W789. One more pic after the break.

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ActiveNotifications gets updated with support for Android 4.1.2+ and non-AMOLED displays


Last week we told you about ActiveNotifications, which brings the Moto X Active Display to other phones. It was created by XDA developer niko001, and is pretty slick. However, it was only compatible with Android 4.3, since this latest version includes a “Notification Listener.” The other issue was that it only worked on AMOLED displays.

Good news!! The app as just been updated and it now supports 4.1.2+ devices as well as non-AMOLED displays. This is still very experimental so don’t expect everything to go smoothly. Devices that don’t have AMOLED displays could suffer the biggest issues, which include faster battery drain. The Moto X Active Display uses minimal power from its AMOLED screen.

I should also mention that niko001 has an Alpha build that can run on Android 4.0+ devices. Hit the break for all download links.

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LG VU III rumored to have a 5.2-inch 4:3 display and a Snapdragon 800


Ah yes, the phone that just won’t go away. Sometimes you have to wonder why companies insist on producing products that no one wants. Take the LG Optimus Vu for instance.  It was the only phone to feature a 4:3 display. LG thought it was great for magazines and Web browsing, but the phone was too big. Nobody was interested in it, but that didn’t stop them from making a second edition, which again, nobody bought. Will the third time be a charm? Most likely not. The only real difference this time will be better specs and the “Optimus” name is dropped.

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New study shows Google Play revenue steadily catching up to iOS App Store

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A new report has some interesting details on the growth of Google’s Play Store compared to Apple’s App Store. The report compares the growth of the two stores in revenue and shows that the Play Store is growing quite a bit faster than the App Store. From February to July of this month, Google’s store saw 67% growth while the App Store only grew about 15%. Now, all things considered, the App Store still brings in more total revenue, but if this trend continues, it won’t take much longer for the Play Store to surpass the App Store in total revenue.

The report also details a few other things about both app stores broken down by several countries, so if you’re interested you can read the full article below.

source: Distimo

via: Techno Buffalo

HTC possibly gearing up for a Q4 2013 launch for the One Max


Excited to finally get your hands on an HTC One Max? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer, as the latest rumors suggest HTC will be releasing their first phablet in Q4 of this year. HTC Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho said the company was going to release a variant of their latest flagship One series in the fourth quarter, according to Focus Taiwan. Since we’ve already seen the One Mini, the One Max is the only device left that he could’ve been referring to.

He also said that the company has released too many devices in the past, so they’re now going to focus on just a handful of quality devices. The One Max will be their only flagship for this part of the year alongside just two or three midrange devices. We’re close to the fourth quarter of this year, so the wait is almost over, folks.

source: Focus Taiwan

via: Unwired View

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 12, 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!!


Best Android apps for medical emergencies, patient care, and First Aid information [August 2013]


Images of upcoming Sony ‘Lens Camera’ smartphone accessories leaks along with Honami i1


Root Explorer application updated by Koush, adds SuperUser compatibility, multi-file handling


Verizon posts Moto X signup page, phone will be available ‘in the coming weeks’

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile show growth while Sprint declines

Verizon training materials reveal marketing strategy for DROID vs. Moto X question

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Root Explorer application updated by Koush, adds SuperUser compatibility, multi-file handling


Koush, from CyanogenMod, has updated his Root Explorer app to version 3.1, which adds ACCESS_SUPERUSER permission for compatibility with latest Superuser version. (Users of Superuser will no longer be warned that Root Explorer has not declared this permission.) Koush also added the ability to change permissions and owners of multiple files at once. All the user has to do is select each file using the check-boxes, and use the action overflow/menu button to change the owner. This certainly makes in-app use more time-efficient for users.

Check out the link to the application in the Play Store after the break.

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