Reddit user divulges more Nexus 5 details

Nexus_5_Reddit_Leak_01I can guarantee you one thing. The Nexus 5 leaks will continue until Google officially announces the damn thing. Last night, a Reddit user by the name of throwawaynexus5guy hit the popular site with an “Ask Me Anything” campaign and offered pictures of the phone as proof.

Probably the biggest information he offered was the fact that the camera doesn’t appear to be all that great. Of course we really don’t know what kind of testing he did, so I am hopeful that info is wrong. He also mentioned the phone sports an always on microphone similar to the Moto X. Another interesting tidbit is that there is a 100GB Google Drive offer that includes a “complete backup solution” similar to iCloud.

In the not so surprising news, he confirmed SMS messaging within Hangouts and a 2,300mAh battery. He said you could probably get about 6 hours of video playback. I don’t know about you, but that’s a big time fail in my opinion. To learn more, hit up the source link below. Hit the break for more pics.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 30, 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!!

Guides

How to factory reset and wipe your Android device

Apps

Pandora updates app to add tablet optimizations, Chromecast support appears to be forthcoming

Carriers

Buying select Galaxy phones from AT&T gets you a free Galaxy Tab 3

AT&T’s 4G LTE goes live in six new markets

Sprint announces ‘Spark’ technology to surpass competitor speeds

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Photos of new Android tablet, Verizon Ellipsis 7, leaked

Verizon-Ellipsis-7Leaker @evleaks is at it again, showing us images of the Verizon Ellipsis 7, a brand new own-branded Android tablet. According to the leaked image, the Ellipsis 7 has a 7 inch screen, LTE connectivity, two front speakers, a front facing camera, and runs stock Jelly Bean. The image shows a date of November 25 – could that be a release date? A price point is obviously still in the air, but assuming it is manufactured by a Chinese company, it shouldn’t cost too much.

Stay tuned to Talk Android as we hear more about the device.

Source: @evleaks

ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T now available via Amazon

asus_TF701TDuring IFA 2013, ASUS announced a bunch of new upcoming devices. One of those was a new version of their convertible tablet, which we see in fruition today. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T is now available on Amazon, with all the top-of-the-line specs a high-end Android tablet should have. You’ll get an improved screen, processor and battery for $450 with Prime 2-day shipping. You can read the entire specs after the break and purchase your own TF701T via the source link below.

Source: Amazon

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Google Updating 17 Different Apps. A Sign That KitKat is Fast-Approaching?

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While we all know KitKat is around the corner, the question still lingers. How soon around the corner, right? Well, this could be an indication that the search giant is about to bring forth some KitKat goodness or it could just be one heck of a coincidence, that over the past few days 17 different Google applications have either received or will be receiving an update. We’ve seen Vic Gundotra intro some pretty cool stuff with Google + and Hangouts in what we hope to be for Android 4.4 accompanying the Nexus 5. As usual, we’ll have to practice extreme patience for an official word, if Google decides to give one.

At this point there’s some serious speculation that the company may just spring the device upon us with no warning at all. The speculation comes from the fact that Google has yet to release any kind of official invite or announcement of a press release for the new device and OS. And while we’re still in the dark as to when and where Google will make the announcement, the fact remains that 17 different applications have received an update within the span of a few days. I think it’s safe to lean towards the premise that it’s all for the sake of KitKat. Check out the list of apps receiving updates on Google’s roster. And while some of the apps aren’t major players, you’ll find there are few big hitters in the mix. If you haven’t received an update yet for any of these, don’t fret, they tend to roll out in phases. Feel free to add to the speculation in the comments below. At the very least, if all of the speculation is wrong and we’re nowhere near the new OS, you’ll still have a few new updates to play with.   Read more

Google offering Spooky Savings for special Halloween game deals

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If you are looking for something to do to pass the time in between visits from Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween, Google may have a special offer capable of filling the candy bag that is your Android device. Ranging from offers of free games to special discounts and cut-rate in-app purchase promos, the Spooky Savings deal on the Google Play store offers up savings on seventeen different titles including: Read more

Play Store changes up UI on Nexus 7 product page, implements drop-down menus

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It’s all but confirmed that Android 4.4 and the new Nexus 5 phone will be announced tomorrow, on Halloween. A fitting date for the launch of the ‘Kit Kat’ OS.

We’re likely to see some changes on the Google Play website once both are announced, but for now, we’re actually seeing some differences in the Devices section UI of the site.

The site offers a series of drop-downs on the Nexus 7 page which will allow customers to select specifics about the device they’re about to purchase, including internal memory and connectivity.

This marks a pretty good improvement, making it easier for customers to see exactly what they’re buying, and feel more comfortable and confident in their choices.

Girl Receives Ticket For Driving While Wearing Google Glass

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And so it begins. We can’t help but feel this is merely the beginning of what will be a long string of Google Glass hating but we’ll try to remain hopeful. Even before its initial launch, we’ve seen the innovative device pass through  much dissection and scrutiny as bar owner Dave Meinert banned the device from his establishment stating “People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet“.

Well, now it appears the law is looking to put a pinch on the technology as well, alluding to the fact it’s a hindrance and a distraction to the driver. While I’m inclined to agree to an extent, one has to wonder how far will this go and what can be considered a distraction? The point of Glass was to allow the user to operate the device and get the info he or she needs hands-free which most users do with their cell phones anyway. However, even on a mobile device one has to pick it up, press a button, speak and then glance at the device to ensure speach to text was accurate.

As for the back story, Cecilia Abadie, a California resident received a ticket from a police officer for “driving with monitor visible to driver”. Cecilia certainly wasn’t ecstatic about the charge and wound up venting about it over on her G+ page, causing quite a buzz (see what I did there?). And while we’re sure she attempts to fight the fine we’re pretty certain the outcome won’t come out in her favor. This begs the question however, if this gets big enough will Google feel obligated to step in and offer its two-cents? Only time will tell. Our advice for now is to keep glass off the menu while driving from A to B. The fine is simply not worth it. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google+

Amazon phone to feature six sensors to support 3D gesture and eye tracking input

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Sensors, sensors and more sensors…

Amazon’s upcoming smartphone has seemingly hundreds of rumors surrounding its release and what the device itself will be like, and now we’re getting some more information.

Amazon has apparently been working with Asian compact camera module manufacturers to allow for 3D gesture and eye tracking input on their new smartphone. Apparently, HTC will be working on the device with Amazon, and it’s slated for a second quarter release in 2014.

Apparently, the device will feature six compact camera modules, and four of the six will be VGA sensors placed at each corner of the device. The two other camera modules will be for the 13MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera.

The device, currently codenamed “Mr. Smith,” will feature a 4.7-inch display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Amazon is apparently working on an entry-level device as well as this high end phone.

Source: Phone Arena