Humble Bundle with Android 7 adds four new games

humblebundleWe’ve discussed Humble Bundle, a great pay-as-you-want bundle of games, on numerous occasions here at Talk Android. They keep adding new features, and today they’ve added four new games: Anomaly Korea, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and the Ticket to Ride Europe DLC. The old bundle featured four games: Ticket to Ride and the USA 1910 DLC) Greed Corp, Incredipede and Anodyne, in addition to the soundtracks for Ticket to Ride, Greed Corp, and Anodyne.

Remember, with Humble Bundle you can pay whatever you want and decide where your money is allocated, whether it’s to charity or the HB team. Paying over the average will get you The Bard’s Tale and Worms Reloaded, in addition to the new additions mentioned above.

Source: Humble Bundle

How to bypass the BBM waiting list and start messaging right now

BBM-BlackBerry-Messenger-for-Older-Devices-Now-Supports-BBM-VoiceThe journey to getting BBM for your Android device has been a long one. It’s been more than a month since the original announced release date, and still everyone doesn’t have the ability to use the messaging client. Blackberry has a wait list for those interested in signing up for a BBM account, but those who registered on BlackBerry’s Web site earlier this month won’t need to wait in line, and can begin using the app immediately.

If you haven’t preregistered, there is a quicker way to start using BBM. Just open the app, enter your email address, click next, and force close the app by going to Settings, Apps, BBM, and click Force Close. After relaunching, you should be able to create an account and get a unique PIN. It’s a trick that works for now, but probably won’t for long when Blackberry catches on.

Source: CNET

Google brings handwriting input to Gmail and Docs

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Have you ever wanted to utilize handwriting in Gmail or in a Google Doc? Google just implemented the feature. All you have to do is enable input tools in Gmail or Docs, select what languages you want to utilize, and select handwriting input (pencil icon). You can use your mouse or trackpad to write out your words in over 20 languages using Gmail or over 50 languages using Gmail.

So far this isn’t available on Android, but I suspect it will be implemented very soon.

sources: Google / How to enable input tools in Gmail

Samsung may be forcing consumers to only use official accessories with their devices

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Samsung may be planning on forcing consumers to only use officially licensed Samsung products with their Samsung devices in the future, according to a recent rumor. Things like batteries, chargers, and likely S-View cases would need to be authorized with an ID chip that only Samsung would manufacture, completely cutting out most of the third-party market for those accessories. The bright side of that situation would be that we would hear less about people’s batteries exploding because they used a knock-off battery or USB cable. The extreme downside is that the price for Samsung accessories is already extremely high ($60 for a flip case with a plastic screen in it, seriously?) and lack of much third-party competition would keep those prices high.

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Google acquires Android performance optimizer FlexyCore in $23 Million deal

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Google has acquired FlexyCore in a deal valued at $23 Million in a move to accelerate efforts to optimize the Android platform to not only run smoother, but better as well. FlexyCore produced an Android accelerator called droidBooster that claimed to improve performance by a factor of ten. This was achieved by optimizing ARM binaries at build-time. Apparently the results were impressive enough that Google decided they wanted that knowledge base in house noting that FlexyCore’s “strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance” would fit in nicely at Google.

According to reports, the deal was struck a year ago, but was just now completed this month. Google has been touting the new Android 4.4 as making “an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” It is possible some of FlexyCore’s work has already made its way into the Android ecosystem, which is why Google thinks they can bring KitKat’s improvements to more devices compared to previous releases.

source: Droid Life

AT&T LTE compatible device shows up in FCC filing, looks like HTC One Max

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A couple days ago we reported on a leaked image that suggested the HTC One Max might be on its way to AT&T, joining Sprint and Verizon as carriers with the super-sized smartphone in their portfolio. Now a new filing at the FCC has surfaced that seems to make that much more likely. An HTC handset with model number OP3P500 is in the FCC database with information indicating support for LTE band 17, which would make it compatible with AT&T. Although a model name is not provided, the number listed is very close to the international version’s model number of OP3P510.

We still do not have any kind of pricing or availability information, although the leaked render mentioned earlier had a date of Nov. 1st on the screen. Screen image dates have been used in the past to determine possible release dates, but HTC has stated in the past they were going to start being a little more sneaky to throw off rumors. Seeing the device surface at the FCC and knowing HTC would probably like to have the device available for the holiday shopping season makes it seem likely the release is imminent.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

UK Getting “Glamour Red” HTC One Mini via Phones 4U Beginning in Nov

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If you’ve really got your heart set on a Red HTC One Mini you’re in luck. The folks over at Phones 4U in the UK, who already have a red HTC One, have just announced they’ll be offering the flashy mini variant starting in November.  The offer, for now, is exclusive for Phones 4U customers only so you’ll just have to be patient if they’re not your carrier. However, if flashy colors aren’t your thing, you can pick up the One Mini in silver and black over at EE, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone for free on contract at just £26/mo ($41.94/mo).

If you’d like to pick up a SIM free device you’ll be looking in the price range of around £389.95 ($629.07). If you’re feeling froggy and want to jump on the Red One Mini, check out the link below to Phones 4U and don’t forget to check out the press release for the more granular details.   

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More details emerge about HTC’s plan to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon

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Everyone is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, so it was not a big surprise when we learned HTC had plans to enter the market. Despite working with Microsoft in the past on a wearable device, new details indicate HTC is planning to produce an Android powered device that will include camera hardware. This news came from Chairwoman Cher Wang during a town hall style meeting where she was trying to rally the troops. According to sources, HTC will not have a device ready until the second half of 2014. This will make HTC one of the later entrants into the market, although analysts anticipate wearable devices will blossom into a $19 billion industry by 2018 so there should be plenty of room for HTC to capitalize on the opportunity. Analysts and traders seem to think the move will be a good one for HTC as their stock rose by 6.9 percent on the Taipei market.

We anticipate more details about possible price points, marketing strategies, functions of the device, and hardware specs will continue to slowly reveal themselves over the coming months.

source: Bloomberg

Learn how to use BBM with these 6 instructional videos

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I don’t remember a more anticipated app since Instagram hit the Android scene last year. BlackBerry Messenger has been promised for a long time, and many wondered if it would ever arrive, but it’s here. I know not everyone can get their hands on it just yet, and at the same time, many of you are new to BBM. That’s why BlackBerry released six instructional videos to get you started. You will learn how to add a contact by PIN, share pictures & more, get updates from your contacts, start multiple person chats, know when your messages have been delivered, and create & manage groups. So hit the break to seem them all and get more comfortable with BBM.

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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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