TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 15, 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!!

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The best Samsung smartphone ever

Android TV

Google’s Nexus Player is Google’s first Android TV device

Plex announces its support for Android TV and the upcoming Nexus Player

AOL jumps on the Android TV bandwagon


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Standalone streaming service from HBO coming in 2015

HBO_LogoHBO is set to launch a standalone streaming service in 2015, at least according to Richard Plepler, HBO CEO. What this means is that instead of having to pay for a HBO package through our cable or satellite provider, we’ll be soon be able to stream HBO much like we do via Netflix. What this also means is that we can watch Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire or True Detective without a.) illegally doing so or b.) “stealing” your friend’s HBO Go password. Of course, HBO is wading into an already somewhat filled pool of streaming services. No word on when in 2015 exactly, we’ll see this but either way, it’s coming.

source: NBC News

AOL jumps on the Android TV bandwagon

Android_TV_Apps_01AOL announced earlier today that it would make its library of premium content available for Android TV. Original programming includes short-films like “Park Bench with Steve Buscemi,” movies from Miramax, and HuffPost and TechCrunch clips. With barely a glance at the platform since it was debuted in June, Google’s opened the flood gates this afternoon.


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Google posts Android Lollipop Statue Unwrapped video

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Unless you have been living under a rock all day, you are well aware that Google announced that Android 5.0 will officially be called Lollipop. Per tradition, a statue was added at the Googleplex. However things are a little different this year in that the statue is usually erected well before the release of the SDK. Maybe they waited this year because of the leaked Nexus 5 from last year’s KitKat statue video?

Who knows, but Google did release a video of this year’s unwrapping of the Lollipop statue, well after all Nexus devices have been announced. Let us know if you see next year’s Nexus in it.

You can hit the break to see it.


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Messenger application will not replace Hangouts on Nexus 6

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On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
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Android Lollipop features “Factory Reset Protection” to stop thieves from wiping stolen phones

Android-5.0-LollipopSecurity and device encryption are hot topics lately, and Google is staying ahead of the game by building a ton of useful new features into the latest version of Android. We already know that Lollipop will feature device encryption by default, but it looks like Google is taking an extra step towards making sure that a stolen phone can’t be wiped and re-used.
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HTC Dot View app gets third-party notifications, music controls, and holiday surprises

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Today, HTC brings some of the most-requested features to its companion application for the Dot View case. The Dot View case will now show third-party notifications from any app. Previously, developers had to take advantage of the technology and do it themselves. In addition to having a third-party app icon appear on the display with the case closed, a user can swipe up for quick launch. Then the app will appear when opening the case. HTC also brought music controls so you do not have to open the case and hop around just to pause or skip a song.

In the changelog for the app, HTC says that it has included “new secret features.” It seems that the company is going to celebrate some holidays starting with Halloween. The app’s Google Play page shows a screenshot of a carved pumpkin. We expect that more holidays and seasons will be included over time.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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