Motorola bounces back in Q2 2014 due to Moto G, Moto E success

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It isn’t its flagship smartphone that is bringing Motorola success. Motorola has experienced a very successful second quarter in 2014 due to the success of its budget handsets. The Moto G was first up and featured quality specifications for a great price without a contract. The Moto E went even further down in both categories and allowed Motorola to capture a market that would otherwise be left for feature phones.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 12, 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!!

Guides

Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

Apps

Madfinger Games working on virtual model builder called Monzo

TapPath attaches custom actions for tapping links one or more times


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Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

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It’s that time of month again: Google revealed the current distribution of Android software on devices around the world. Unlike in the past, where Gingerbread was the king ahead of a lagging Jelly Bean, the latest OS has been sufficiently spreading the love to everyone. According to the pie graph, one out of every five devices is running KitKat, and a little over one half of devices is running Jelly Bean.
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TapPath attaches custom actions for tapping links one or more times

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The process of sharing a link on Android has remained pretty much the same for quite some time. There are outside solutions, though, that improve the way in which users interact with links. TapPath introduces layers to the way in which a link is tapped. Users can assign a certain amount of taps to a particular application.

Right now, tapping a link once will send a user to the device’s browser in most cases. With TapPath, you can switch that to sharing the link to Twitter for example. And the same applies for taps beyond that. Two taps can result in adding the link to an app like Pocket to read later. The same things goes for a triple tap. To make sure everything runs smoothly, TapPath has a delay saying so it can recognize how many taps you actually meant to do.

Hit the break for the introductory video, gallery, and download links.
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OnePlus nixes sexist contest the same day it launches

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Ladies, how would you feel if a company asked you to photograph yourself with its logo on a piece of paper? Perfectly fine, likely. But what if that company also offered an option to do the same, but the logo had to be on some part of your body? Yeah, not great. Though, if you were the most well-liked, you would get the opportunity to purchase a device! Just the opportunity! That is exactly what OnePlus asked women to do earlier today when it launched the Ladies First contest.
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Glide update introduces new social features including Discover People tool

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The very popular video messaging application Glide is getting a major update to bring it up to the same strength as its iOS counterpart. The entire update is primarily geared towards new and improved social features. But the most prominent is its Discover People tool. It provides a way for users to browse other profiles based on different filters. Theses filters include location, demographics, or recent activity. Instead of just limiting yourself to who adds you, Discover People aims to broaden your horizons.

The developer improved the core messaging experience. Much like other messaging apps, Glide will now let you quickly compose a new message first by hitting its new camera button and then selecting which users/groups the content is sent off to. This is something that will greatly improve efficiency. Also, group chats can be renamed; therefore, users can add some personalization and identity to conversations. And, finally, Glide’s update brings the option to mute group chats for a specific amount of time. So if your friends are all sending messages very quickly while you are at work, they cannot distract you.

Hit the break for the gallery, download links, and full press release.
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HTC will make proprietary software available to other Android devices

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HTC tried to knock it out of the park with some of the sexiest phones known to man, but they ended up striking out. Now HTC is going to try something completely different in an effort to increase sales and profits.

The Taiwanese company has set up a separate business unit that will build software for other Android devices from Samsung, LG, and others. It’s called HTC Creative Labs and it employs roughly 260 people in Seattle, San Francisco, and Taipei.


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Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

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With smartphones and tablets so widely available now, it’s easy to replace pens and notebooks with more efficient note-taking apps. From wireless syncing to tagging and discovering older notes, it’s easy to drop paper forever with some of these apps. Several months ago we covered the best available note-taking applications available on Android, but since then, a few of the apps have disappeared and others have adopted new features to make them more competitive with heavyweights like Evernote. Below you’ll find a list of the best apps available on the Play Store to help you take notes faster and more easily.


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Google opens Google Classroom platform today

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Earlier this year Google launched a new platform called Google Classroom that was aimed at educators. When initially launched, Google made it available for beta testing by educators with a projected availability date of September. It appears Google’s testing went better than expected as they have officially announced Google Classroom is now open for any educator to sign up to use.
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