TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 18, 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!!

Editorials

Does the Samsung Galaxy S 5 need a metal body?

Apps

VH1 launches Android app with full show streaming, music videos, and watching companion

TuneIn Radio Pro updated, includes recording to SD card, redesign for car mode

Collectibles

Dead Zebra announces 10-inch MEGA Android figurines

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Galaxy Note 3 on US Cellular will get KitKat tomorrow

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 isn’t the only US Cellular device that’s going to be getting Android 4.4. According to documents, the Galaxy Note 3 will also be getting its KitKat update February 19. It’s going to be a staged roll out that will be 100% complete in ten days. Also like the S4,  preloaded apps Daily Perks and MobiTiles are getting pulled from of the operating system, but will be available for download from Google Play.

To be sure you get the update, make sure you’re on the latest stock firmware, have a Google account, and you’re able to connect to Samsung’s FOTA update server.

Source: Android Central

International models of LG G2 set to receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

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Korea’s LG G2 was updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat just a few weeks ago, and we know that the international variant, the D802, is set to receive the update before US models.

But it doesn’t seem like it’ll be long before the update hits the international market— 4.4.2 will begin rolling out to those phones during MWC 2014.

None of this is confirmed yet, but we do know that LG plans to have the device updated before the end of Q1 2014.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: TechManiacs

Successor to HTC One may be called “The All New One”

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Rumors are flying in for HTC One’s successor, and it looks like we might have a name. According to famed leaker @evleaks, the device will be known as “The All New One”. We’ve known it by its codename, M8, for the past few months, which makes the name, if true, quite disappointing.

Also according to @evleaks, the device will come three colors – Silver, Grey, and Gold.

Source: @evleaks

VH1 launches Android app with full show streaming, music videos, and watching companion

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VH1 is joining many of their network competitors and launching an Android app, after the iOS version of the app was launched in October of last year. Once you sign in with your cable provider’s credentials, you can stream full episodes of many of VH1’s hit shows. In addition to streaming, the app allows will provide special content for  users, like the re-release of their movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.”

In addition, the app doubles as a viewing companion, which makes your device a second screen for information while the show is running on your TV. You can chat with friends, cast members and other people around the world from inside the app while you watch on your TV.

Check out a download link and screenshots past the break.

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Samsung rumored to drop Android in favor of Tizen for Galaxy Gear refresh

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According to recent rumors cited by USA TodaySamsung will be dropping Android for their upcoming refresh of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The sources state that the refresh is going to be introduced at the Mobile World Congress later this month, and that it will instead feature Tizen as the operating system.

According to many, the move to Tizen is a good one by Samsung. Android is a great operating system for mobile devices, but perhaps not as suited for smaller scale devices like smartwatches. Tizen can also be used without any problems with the Open Handset Alliance. Not only that, but Samsung is a development partner of Tizen, and because of that they would be able to build a customizable version of it for things like the Galaxy Gear.

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Compatibility fix comes in Galaxy Note 3 update for third-party accessories

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The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.

Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.

Source: SamMobile

Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

Source: Amazon