Apex Launcher v2.0 available, new features for both free and pro versions, integrates Apex Notifier


Developer Android Does recently released Apex Launcher v2.0, bringing a whole bunch of new features to both the free and pro versions of the popular app.  There are some interface upgrades, new translations, and the option to set the duration of vibrations.  The pro version has a new feature that allows users to place folders in the app drawer, but the main feature is the integration with the new Apex Notifier app.

The Apex Notifier is actually a separate app and is an extension that works with both Apex Launcher and Dashclock Widget.  With Apex Notifier, notification counts appear above other applications, providing an aesthetically pleasing effect as well as a useful feature.  A list of applications that the extension works with can be found after the break, as well as the links to all three apps in the Play Store. Read more

Flipboard updates app to enable user created magazines, interaction with desktop web version


With the demise of Google’s Reader bearing down on news readers, Flipboard has released a new update to their app that adds some interesting new features. Foremost among the changes is the ability to create your own “magazine” on Flipboard with the simple press of a big “+” button in the app and naming the magazine. This essentially gives users the ability to create their own curated sources of news with the option to make the “magazine” public or private. Along with adding content to a magazine as you read within the Flipboard app, users can also add items from their Android device like photos or they can add an article directly from the Flipboard widget or even from social networks. Read more

New Google Translate update allows users to take Phrasebook on the go and brings camera-to-translate function to 16 new languages



Google certainly pulls no stops when it comes to making life easier for those of us that happen to travel abroad and that’s why it has announced the next great additions to its Translate app— Phrasebook on the go the addition of 16 new languages for the translate by camera function. The latest addition to the app allows users to save common phrases such as “Where can I find a museum?” and automatically sync the phrases in your Phrasebook to your various Android devices using the Google Translate mobile app— allowing you to carry the more useful phrases on the go. All that’s need are literally a few simple taps, sign into your Gmail account and bam— you’re in business.

Also, users will now be able to utilize camera-input to find translations in 16 additional languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Swedish. You can check out more details when you hit up the source link.

source: Google Translate Blog

ASUS releases “We Transform” teaser video in preparation for Computex 2013, more to come


As Computex 2013 approaches, ASUS prepares to make a pretty big splash at the trade show.  The company recently released a teaser video showing their newest, sleekest innovations and how they impact daily life.  Using the tagline, “We Transform,” ASUS hopes to attract plenty of attention at Computex this year.  On ASUS’ site for the event there are spaces for other future videos and we’ll be sure to keep you updated when they add anything new.

Check out the video after the break. Read more

Recent Samsung patent filings reveal how flexible displays will work


We were hopeful that we would see Samsung’s flexible display by the end of the year, but 2014 seems more likely. In the meantime, we can get a little taste of what is coming from a couple of patent filings. The first one is based on the overall design and interaction from the controller that detects how much the display is bent. The above image shows a controller that controls the image displayed based on bending information received by the sensor. The display can be bent concavely or convexly and the display will zoom in or zoom out accordingly. You can even roll the display. The touch screen is capacitive and includes a top film, a first layer, and second layer. The bottom includes the “bending detection part”.

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Ouya gets $15 million in new funding and delays launch by 3 weeks


We have good news and bad news regarding the Ouya gaming console. The good is that they secured an additional $15 million in new funding to help meet increased demand. Now with the bad: Remember that June 4th launch that we reported about? Unfortunately that has been delayed, but thankfully not too much. They are now looking at launching June 25, which ironically is just after the E3 Gaming show. I guess there is one other piece of good news in that they were able to fix an issue they had with the controller’s buttons getting stuck under the faceplate. All units will have the updated controller.

At this point there doesn’t seem to be a delay for those that were Kickstarter backers, which should be fulfilled by the end of May. Full press release after the break.

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Samsung, LG and HTC rumored to have flagships in the works primed for Fall launch



Despite the existence of the topnotch flagships Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro smartphones for the first half of this year, it’s looking like the smartphone battle is going to heat up even further for the second half of 2013 by introducing a new wave of big heavy-duty devices. According to DigiTimes, the 3 manufacturers are keen on going head-on against the upcoming iPhone (iPhone 5S?) that’s due for arrival later in the year. Here’s a quick rundown of the expected devices and their alleged features:

Much of this we’ve already heard before, but it’s always exciting to get added follow-up confirmation from additional sources. All that’s left to do now for the masses is to simply play the waiting game and wait for inevitably more deets to leak out…

source: DigiTimes

5-inch Sony Xperia A drops by the FCC with a removable battery


2013 is shaping up to be a great year for Sony’s mobile division. The Xperia A has slid through the FCC, and it appears to be a cousin of the Xperia Z, except for one key difference; a removable battery. Aside from that, the rest of the device looks the same, including the five inch screen and the sturdy power button, as well as most of the internal specs, including the 13 megapixel shooter and 16 GB internal storage. It’s obviously a bit thicker to allow that removable battery, but close enough. One thing that wasn’t mentioned, however, was the processor. I’d be a little surprised to see Sony launch a flagship variant like this with the Xperia Z’s S4 Pro, especially if they’re trying to compete with Samsung, HTC, and LG. Regardless, as soon as anything shows up on the radar, we’ll be sure to let you know.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for May 8, 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!!


Boulder Dash XL [Brain & Puzzle]


Rovio updates Bad Piggies with 15 new levels, 2 new items

WeatherBug gets a new update that brings redesigned user interface, hourly forecasts, and more

Google Earth for Android receives update, adds Street View

Google I/O Android app updated with new features for 2013


AT&T adds more LTE markets, on pace to reach 250 million Americans by end of year

T-Mobile revenues dip, but customer base growing

Verizon offering “Red Hot Deal Days” until May 12 on select devices for Mother’s Day

Google Glass

Google Glass sensors revealed, expect a lot of augmented reality apps soon


AT&T offers the HTC First smartphone for under a buck

ImaGination Begins on May 30 at LG event

New color of the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD on the way to Verizon stores

Release dates for Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S 4 Mini, Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and Galaxy S 4 Activ Leaked

Sharp unveils AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH with 5-inch 1080p CG-Silicon display and two-days of battery life

5-inch Sony Xperia A drops by the FCC with a removable battery

Vivo announces high-end, pricey phablet coming in late May


Release candidates for CyanogenMod 10.1.0 start making their way to select devices


New build of Sense 5.1 surfaces for HTC Butterfly smartphone, tries to give a little taste of Android 4.2.2 in the process


Ouya console gets high ratings from iFixit, easily disassembled and repaired

Apple wants source code records in Samsung trial and looks in Google’s direction in the process

Samsung sitting on over $28 billion in cash at the end of March

Google I/O Android app updated with new features for 2013


Google I/O season is upon us, and to celebrate, Google has updated their I/O app for 2013. The app’s aesthetics have been made Google Now-esque, with cards and swiping abundant. Once you install the app and input your Google+ credentials, you are asked whether or not you are attending the event. If you are, the app sets up your WiFi access for the Moscone Center, and lets you schedule your events.

We’ll be at I/O next week, so keep your browser at TalkAndroid for all the coverage you need. The full changelog and download link for the app is after the break. Read more