TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 21, 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!!

Apps

BBM for Android to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

Switching between active Android apps is a breeze with Switchr

To help businesses, Google introduces Google Maps Engine Pro and companion Android app

AT&T launches U-Verse app on Android, allows you to watch clips and schedule DVR recordings on the go

Google Play Store 4.4.21 with slide-out navigation menu now available

Carriers

T-Mobile’s HTC One receiving Android 4.3 starting today

Chrome

LG to begin working on Chrome OS projects, files for ‘ChromeOne,’ ‘ChromeDesk,’ and ‘ChromeStation’ trademarks

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To help businesses, Google introduces Google Maps Engine Pro and companion Android app

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In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been slowly but surely reworking its Maps products into something that both Google and businesses can better monetize. Today Google announced another step in that process will the release of what they describe as a “professional mapping tool,” Google Maps Engine Pro. The primary piece of this new service is the ability to import data from a variety of sources and geolocate that data on a map. Google thinks this will make the creation of maps using their tools as easy as creating a word processing document or a spreadsheet. Businesses can capitalize on this new tool by building information tools to help internal decision-makers or creating tools that face their customers. Read more

Google Play Store 4.4.21 with slide-out navigation menu now available

Play_Store_4.4_slide-out_menus_03Last week we showed a few leaks of the new Play Store app, version 4.4.21, which features a new slide-out navigation menu. As a refresher, the slide-out menu will have the following options: Store home, My apps, My wishlist, and Redeem, in addition to  “Shop” at certain times. Today, Android Police has the update for us to download. There’s no card based layout as we originally thought this update might bring, as the slide-out menu seems to be the only addition in this update.

Download Links: mirror #1 / mirror #2

source: Android Police

More evidence of an updated Snapdragon 800 CPU appears in benchmarks

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About a week ago, we saw evidence for a refreshed version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Today, we’ve got another leak in the form of an AnTuTu benchmark that’s in line with what we’ve heard previously; a bumped up 2.5 GHz clock speed, slightly faster Adreno 420 GPU, and the same APQ8084 model number. No word on if Qualcomm will market this is an upgraded Snapdragon 800 processor or as something completely different (Snapdragon 1000?) but I’m sure we’ll hear about it before any official announcement.

This is probably one of the first of many leaks we’ll see about this processor before Qualcomm makes anything official, but since we haven’t seen any mention of this processor powering any holiday devices, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see it until next year.

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via: PocketNow

NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood

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In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget

Switching between active Android apps is a breeze with Switchr

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If you frequent XDA, you may have heard of Switchr. It just hit the Play Store, and as the developer Mohammad Adib says, it’s a “well polished, feature packed and simple, yet practical application that allows switching between running tasks with impeccable elegance and flawless perfection.”

Switchr gives you two ways to switch between running apps: Switchr Flow gives you a coverflow animation and Switchr Slide is inspired by Windows 8 swipe gestures. You can grab the app for free, but Mohammad also offers a paid version for $2.00 that allows you to take advantage of all gestures, customize all visual aspects, configure blacklists/whitelists to your liking, show unlimited running tasks, and much more.

Hit the break for a demo video, screenshots, and download links. Let us know what you think.

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AT&T launches U-Verse app on Android, allows you to watch clips and schedule DVR recordings on the go

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AT&T is now offering an Android companion app for their U-Verse TV service. Users will be able to watch over 100 live channels on a phone or tablet, plus manage scheduled DVR recordings. You can also browse channel listings to check out what’s going to be on later when you’re home.

Unfortunately, watching and streaming shows isn’t available on all devices because of restrictions with licensing agreements, but if you’re a U-Verse subscriber and have one of the few supported devices, this is an app you should check out. Read more

BBM for Android to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

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Blackberry has announced they are “resuming” their rollout of the BBM for Android app. According to a post on their blog, the official app should start to appear in the Google Play store and some Samsung App Stores in the next few hours. Just grabbing the free app from Google Play will not get you where you want to be if you are planning to use BBM for Android as they are deploying it in phases. In order to actually use the app, you have to open it and enter your email address to hold a spot in a virtual line that Blackberry is creating. Once your name hits the top of the list, you’ll be notified that you can start using the app. However, if you had already signed up at BBM.com in the past, you will be able to start using the app right away.

According to Blackberry, about six million people already signed up for information about BBM clients and one million Android users grabbed the unreleased version of BBM in just seven hours when it was briefly available earlier this year. It seems there is certainly some demand for the messaging platform on non-BBM devices despite continued advances by others like Google with their own ecosystems.

Let us know if you are able to get the app and start using the service.

source: Blackberry

Qualcomm invites you down the rabbit hole with slow-mo demo using HTC One devices

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Qualcomm may be producing one of the most advanced chips for mobile devices on the market today, but that doesn’t mean they can’t combine modern technology with some old school videography to produce a unique way to show off the power of their chips. Their most recent example is a slow motion rig that utilizes 130 HTC One smarphones mounted on a circular track dubbed “The Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth” to produce a “bullet time” slow-mo effect. Read more

T-Mobile’s HTC One receiving Android 4.3 starting today

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Owners of the HTC One on T-Mobile, Jason Mackenzie held true to his word! After unexpectedly having to bump the update a few days, users of the T-Mobile HTC One can now get their hands on the latest version of Android. The software update also brings software enhancements to HTC’s Sense skin. The actual size of today’s update is massive. Make sure you’re connected to WiFi because you’ve got 560.18GB to download. As usual there is the option to install now or later, but we’re pretty sure you would want to do that… now!

Source: HTC