Microsoft reportedly working on Chromecast competitor

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With Chromecast’s booming popularity, everyone’s trying to come up with a competitor. Count Microsoft in. According to recent FCC filings, there’s a device Microsoft is working on codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. A separate filing at the Wi-Fi Alliance website details that the device will use Microsoft’s Miracast to stream from a Windows Phone or Windows laptop to larger screens. This is obviously still very much in the works, so there’s still a lot to learn about the speculative device.

Source: The Verge

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 22, 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!!

Accessories

Convenient, but is it efficient? Samsung’s upcoming USB cable charges three device at once

Android Wear

MacroDroid update brings Android Wear compatibility

Chromecast

Price of Chromecast in the UK slashed


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Motorola XT1112 shows up in shipping manifest, possibly another “Shamu” contender

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We’ve seen a ton of devices with different model numbers that could end up being a Motorola Nexus 6, and today you can add the Moto XT1112 to that growing list. The XT1112 showed up in Zauba’s database, which is an import/export system that tracks devices coming in and out of India. Interestingly, though, the description for that particular model is “SHAMU PHONES (PROTOTYPE) (FOR DEMO PURPOSE) MOTOROLA XT1112″ which could just mean that particular model is the version that’s going to be sold in India. Or, it could be something else entirely. At this point it’s anyone’s guess.


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Upcoming Nexus tablet manufactured by HTC gets WiFi certification

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It is expected that a Nexus tablet will arrive this fall to coincide with the release of Android L. We have seen it referred to as Flounder, Volantis, and Nexus 9. The tablet, regardless of what you call it, is widely expected to be manufactured by HTC and a tablet matching its profile has received WiFi certification on August 15.

The certification is filed under the “Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)” section rather than WiFi-only. This means that Google is presumably going to carry both a WiFi version and an LTE-ready version. Here, have multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) and that likely confirms the different various; however, it could also indicate a choice of color or storage for this Nexus device.

Source: Wi-Fi Alliance [PDF Download Link]

Alleged Motorola DROID Turbo (XT1254) specifications show eye-opening 640 ppi display

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The latest trend for mobile devices at the end of 2014 seems to be incredible displays. After all, it is the one part of a device that is always being used. Now it seems that Motorola and Verizon will have an upcoming device that will please even the most demanding viewer. A CPU-Z identification test reveals that a Motorola device with the model number XT1254, and codenamed Quark, will have a 4.59-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution. This means that it has a whopping 640 pixels per inch.


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Google Knowledge Vault will be presented next week as a massive information repository

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Google is on the verge of introducing something big. The company will present the Knowledge Vault that Google Research’s Kevin Murphy describes as “the largest repository of automatically extracted structured knowledge on the planet.” The Knowledge Vault, though, has much more depth to answer a question that requires much more depth and detail. It will use machine learning to pull information from across the internet. By being able to reach out for new content, the Knowledge Vault has the ability to remain updated on its own.


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MacroDroid update brings Android Wear compatibility

Macrodroid_wearMacroDroid’s latest update (2.3.8) comes with Android Wear support, which will give users a plethora of new features for customizing your android experience. Using the Android Wear trigger from within the app will allow you to set up certain macros to invoke from within the app. the Trigger can also be set up to start as soon as your device connects to your phone. You can also quick launch the app by swiping down from the top corners of your device when the screen is on.
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Google acquires Gecko Design to integrate with research lab

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The Google X research lab will be getting help with a company experienced in product design. The product design firm is Gecko Design Inc., based in California’s Bay Area, and has worked in the past with companies including HP and FitBit. Gecko Design will be integrated into the research lab at Google to work on future products that are currently unannounced. The Google X research lab has been responsible for Glass, the driverless car, Project Loon, and contact lens that check for glucose levels.

The message above was left on Gecko Design’s site, praising past clients and thanking Google for its new opportunity.

Source: Bloomberg

Moto X+1, Moto G2 details surface on Brazilian retailer site

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A retailer in Brazil, Livraria Logos, has leaked information regarding two upcoming Motorola devices. This is the same retailer that previously leaked accurate information pertaining to the Moto E prior to being released. The two devices that Livraria Logo has prematurely detailed include the Moto X+1 (or Moto X One) and the Moto G2.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha pre-ordering opens August 28 in the U.K.

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Folks in the United Kingdom will not have to wait very long to get their hands on the Galaxy Alpha. On August 28, the Samsung device will be up for pre-ordering. Samsung’s online store and retail partners will take pre-orders. Then customers can go and retrieve their Galaxy Alpha on September 10 with the device’s availability widening on September 12. The color options available to pre-order are Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold, Sleek Silver, and Scuba Blue.

Via: SamMobile