Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

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Apex is a top of the line home-screen launcher, and includes a ton of great features that can instantly upgrade your device. It’s new update adds to the list of features, including the ability to sort apps in the app drawer, and some notifications tweaks. Unfortunately, the app sorting feature is only included for Pro users.

Hit the break for the full change-log and a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Pebble releases beta version of app store for Android users

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Earlier today Pebble released an app store for their smartwatches for users mating them with iOS devices. Not wanting to leave out Android users, Pebble’s developers have released a beta version of the Pebble Android mobile app that includes code for the app store for the first time on the Android platform. The app is intended for developers, so access to the app store even on a beta basis means having to register as a developer. You will also have to know how to sideload apk files to get it installed.

As a beta release, Pebble’s development team is aware of problems. The good news is the beta works, along with the app store component, albeit it runs slow. Users do have to contend with Pebble’s limitation of 8 apps installed at any one time as well. Hopefully Pebble will be able to attract enough testers to provide some solid feedback so the app can move out of beta and to an official release for all users in a short period of time.

source: @PebbleDev

California state officials call for Google to move mystery barge

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Here’s an interesting development from the Google Barge in the San Francisco Bay— according to a recent ABC report, state officials are requiring Google to remove its barge from the construction site because the permits are not in order.

An investigation revealed that the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco had applied for permits for work to be done on the barge.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 3, 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!!

Reviews

[App Review] Quixey, the search engine for finding the best Android apps

Apps

Apex Launcher gets updated, features app sorting, updated notifications

Carriers

SoftBank/Sprint to meet with FCC today, T-Mobile may be on slate

Sprint adds Push-To-Talk support for six new devices

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Get Android themed Valentine’s cards, wallpaper from Android Foundry

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Android Foundry, producer of goods based on Google’s Android mascot, is helping fans feel some love for Valentine’s Day with a couple freebies. First, they have released a special holiday themed wallpaper featuring the the green droid in sizes suitable for all manner of mobile devices as well as desktop computers. They also released a series of printable Valentine’s Day cards that will help you express your undying love to the recipient. The cards are in pdf format and can be printed out and a couple folds later you have a card ready for delivery.

Hit the links below if you want to check out the wallpaper or card templates.

source: Android Foundry Wallpaper, Android Foundry Cards

T-Mobile continues Tebow fun with bloopers and behind the scenes videos

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As the Super Bowl hoopla dies down, T-Mobile took the opportunity today to continue to capitalize on their Tebow themed ads with the release online of a couple videos showing how the athlete fared as an actor. In case you didn’t watch the Super Bowl or bailed before the end, T-Mobile was running some ads playing off of Tebow’s lack of a contract this past season and the company’s own no-contract strategy. Read more

Samsung schedules Unpacked 2014, Episode 1 event at MWC, most likely Galaxy S 5

samsung_unpacked_5Samsung just sent out invitations for Samsung Unpacked 2014, Episode 1. You will also notice that it says Unpacked 5. If you are any kind of a gambler, you might want to put a lot of money down that the Galaxy S 5 will be at the event. Previous rumors indicated that Samsung would unveil their flagship phone at MWC, and it looks to be coming true.

Samsung Unpacked events are generally reserved for the flagship devices, and we don’t expect this one to be any different. So start the countdown folks, it’s 21 days till the Galaxy S 5. Are you ready?

Lenovo attempted to buy Motorola in 2011, mistakenly spoke with Motorola Solutions execs

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Last week, after the purchase of Motorola was announced, Lenovo’s CEO spoke about the acquisition. He explained that he approached Google’s Eric Schmidt in 2012 after missing out on Motorola in 2011 (when Google bought the company). Today, we have learned why Lenovo failed to buy Motorola in 2011.

It was because they were talking to the wrong Motorola. You may recall that Motorola was split into two companies in early 2011. One was Motorola Solutions and the other being Motorola Mobility. Rather than speaking with then-CEO Sanjay Jha of Motorola Mobility, Lenovo met with Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown. Of course, Motorola Solutions had nothing of value for Lenovo. And because of this, Lenovo had no idea that Google was about to buy Motorola Mobility for more than $12 billion.

Source: Sina Tech
Via: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 US pricing revealed

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Samsung had a big year at CES this year, showing off a number of great new tablets, including the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 and the Galaxy TabPRO 12.2. The NotePRO 12.2 has a very impressive spec-sheet, featuring a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, as well as a high resolution display. With specs like that, we knew the device wasn’t going to be cheap, but we didn’t know just how expensive it would be. Today we found out.

Office Depot opened up pre-orders for the NotePRO 12.2 today, as well as for the TabPRO 12.2. It looks like that 64GB version of the NotePRO 12.2 will retail for $850, which is relatively cheap.

The TabPRO 12.2 will retail for $650, and that’s for the 32GB version. That means that the addition of the extra 32GB as well as the S Pen costs $200.

Both the NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 will be available from Office Depot on February 13. In the meantime, check out our hands on videos with the NotePRO 12.2 and the TabPRO 12.2.

Source: Office Depot NotePRO 12.2, Office Depot TabPRO 12.2