TalkAndroid Daily Dose for November 26, 2013


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!!


Samsung adds SMS/MMS support to ChatON because they don’t want you to use Hangouts

Blackberry lands deals to put BBM on Android smartphones “out of the box”


C720P Chromebook by Acer announced, touchscreen notebook for affordable price


[Deal] Buy a Chromecast and get a free Google Play movie

CheapCast update brings free Chrome tab beaming

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Samsung’s Galaxy Round sales are meager, said to be around 10,000


It doesn’t seem that its curved display is attracting consumers. Sales figures for Samsung’s Galaxy Round are said to be just under 10,000 units. As we know already, their Galaxy Gear smartwatch isn’t doing so hot either. For one, availability for the Galaxy Round is nowhere near that of a flagship like the Galaxy S 4. Also, a curved display is not going to automatically convert attention into sales. And as always, cost is driving away consumers. If Samsung actually makes the Galaxy Round compelling at a reasonable price with worldwide availability, they would likely see much better numbers. Perhaps adding a self-healing back plate like the LG G Flex would help?

Source: Daum
Via: SamMobile

C720P Chromebook by Acer announced, touchscreen notebook for affordable price

New Chromebook

If you were planning on purchasing a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you previously only really had one option: at $1,299, Google’s Chromebook Pixel was the only laptop running Chrome OS with a touchscreen.

However, for only $299, you’ll soon be able to get Acer’s C720P Chromebook which features a touchscreen. It’ll be available on Amazon and in Best Buy, and on Acer’s online store.

Startup is still only 7 seconds, and features 7.5 hour battery life. The processor is also a Haswell-based Intel Celeron CPU— all very nice.

You’ll get 32GB of flash storage, more than the 16GB offered by the other model’s in Acer’s C720 line. (This Chromebook is essentially the same as the $199 version, but includes the touchscreen.)

If you’re looking for a device to get some lightweight work done on the go, then this Chromebook is certainly an awesome option.

‘Ok Google’ hotword heads to Chrome, just in time for your Thanksgiving cooking


If you head over to the Chrome Web Store now, you can add an extension that activates voice search by using the ‘Ok Google’ hotword. On their Google+ page, Google unveiled the new desktop extension with a GIF showing just how effective this new feature can be. While prepping your Thanksgiving dinner, Google exclaims that “rather than stopping midway through to wash your hands and type in a search, you can just speak to your laptop” by simply using the hotword. If you have a Moto X or Nexus 5, then this feature should be very familiar to you.

Hit the break to see the ‘Ok Google’ hotword in action, a video, and a link to the Chrome Web Store. Read more

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 adds 3 new games for users who paid above the average price


If you purchased Humble Mobile Bundle 3 last week when it came out (or later) for higher than the average price, you’re in luck.

The team has added three new games today including Hundreds, Desert Bus, and Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor.

Hundreds is a puzzle game where you have to tap on circles to make them grow, and the numeric values of the circles has to add up to 100. In Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, you play as a spider trying to catch food in an abandoned mansion to discover secrets. Desert Bus is essentially a simulation of the 8-hour drive from LA to Las Vegas…

(Traditionally, if you purchase the Humble Bundle game package for above the average price— it’s a name your price system— then you’ll get additional games as they’re released.)

As of now, if you want all the games, you’ll have to pay $5.26.

Source: Humble Bundle




‘Project Svelte’ to end Android fragmentation issues once and for all


We first saw Project Butter in Android 4.1, which had the goal to make Android’s system processes “buttery smooth”  by making the operating system faster, more reliable, and less prone to crashes.

However, Project Butter didn’t do much on the memory footprint reduction front for Android. So, with the goal to make the newest features and design elements of Android work on almost any device, Android introduced Project Svelte in 4.4 KitKat.

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Wood-Backed Moto X to miss Thanksgiving but will arrive in ‘the coming weeks’


According to a recent tweet, the wood-backed Moto X will miss Thanksgiving but will be available “in the coming weeks in time for holiday shopping.” This is disappointing news for the people that were hoping to get their hands on theirs sooner than later, but at least it’s still on the way.

Will you be ordering one?

source: Twitter
via: 9to5Google

[Deal] Buy a Chromecast and get a free Google Play movie


Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. Read more

[Deal] Get a $25 Google Play credit with Nexus 7 order from Google Play store


Buyers considering a Google Nexus 7 may want to grab one from the Google Play store thanks to a new offer Google is offering. For a limited time, Google is offering a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Nexus. The credit will be emailed to buyers once their device ships.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, just hit the source link.

source: Google Play Store

T-Mobile pushing out Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4


T-Mobile has started the process of rolling out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4 devices on their network. The update is available via an over-the-air update if a user is on a WiFi connection or it can be downloaded and installed using Samsung Kies.

According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update brings Android 4.3’s updates along with KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. To grab the update OTA, just go to Settings –> More –> About device –> Software update. You can hit the source link for more details and information.

source: T-Mobile