Google completes rollout of Google Play Services 4.2, Chromecast compatible apps can now be released

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Last week, Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, but developers weren’t allowed to release their Chromecast compatible apps until Google Play Services 4.2 was completely rolled out. If you remember, cloud.tv released an updated version of Dayframe with Chromecast compatibility, but had to pull it later in the day since Google didn’t want new apps to be released just yet. For whatever reason, they allowed AllCast to stay in the Play Store.

Google just announced that the rollout is complete, thus the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK is now available. This new version of Google Play Services includes Google Cast APIs as well as updated Google Drive APIs. and more. This means that apps like Dayframe, and hopefully a slew of others, can now be released with Chromecast compatibility. Let the floodgates open.

source: +Android Developers More info: Google Play Services 4.2

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 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!!

Accessories

HTC Double Dip lets you customize a case for your HTC One

Apps

Creator of DashClock releases Muzei, An artistic daily live wallpaper for your enjoyment

Google Play Music updated to 5.4, brings a host of fixes and features

Aviate update brings “Listening Space”

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T-Mobile 4.4.2 update for Moto X ready to be pushed to devices

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T-Mobile has approved the latest KitKat update for their version of the Moto X, bringing the device up to Android 4.4.2. It’s an incremental update from 4.4, but it brings a few extra features including better wireless printing options, improved battery life, and a fix for delayed emails.

It makes sense that this model of the Moto X was the first to see this update, as T-Mobile’s variant of the Moto X is just an unlocked Moto X, so it doesn’t have to go through the carrier for any approval. Motorola handles pushing the updates directly to the device. You should begin seeing the update notification on your device soon, but you can manually go into settings and check for the update to speed the process along. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 10, 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!!

Apps

Bolt, another free VoIP service hits Google Play

Forgot to download Flappy Bird? Just play it through your web browser

Apple is at it again, Themer gets pulled from the Play Store for copyright infringement for 1 (out of 200+) theme

Carriers

T-Mobile 4.4.2 update for Moto X ready to be pushed to devices

Nexus 7 LTE to finally and officially land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday

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Google may require OEMs to ship with the latest version of Android for Google Apps access

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A few weeks ago, Google met with Samsung suggesting that they relax with the software overlay used. This was in part due to Samsung’s new Magazine UX going overboard. It is Google’s way of getting a better handle on their open ecosystem. Today, a leaked document obtained by Android Police shows Google’s next step. They would like all OEMs to launch new devices with the latest version of Android. To gain access to Google Mobile Services, which includes Google Apps and Google Play services, the manufacturer must comply with that ultimatum. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 3 – February 9, 2014

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Google made a splash this week with the release of the Google Cast SDK, which should bring a flurry of new Chromecast compatible apps. If that wasn’t enough, they released the Bright Red Nexus 5 causing those that already bought the white or black version to salivate. It looks like Samsung will actually unveil the Galaxy S 5 at Mobile World Congress, but will it sport the specs that everyone is expecting? Rumors continue to swirl regarding HTC’s One successor (codenamed M8), but the M8 mini is looking to grab a little attention as well. The most popular app over the last couple of weeks has to be Flappy Bird, but it’s about to be pulled from both the Play Store and iOS App Store. Why? And when the hell is Google I/O going to be announced? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

7 top lock screen replacement apps for Android [February 2014]

Reviews

[App Review] Quixey, the search engine for finding the best Android apps

Seven Days with the new Beats Music app

Apps – New

Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app

EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 6, 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!!

Apps

Dayframe update brings support for the Chromecast

cloud.tv temporarily pulls Chromecast support from Dayframe

Carriers

Verizon HTC One receiving Android 4.4 KitKit update starting today

Chromeboxes

Google announces a new $999 conference call system centered around a Chromebox

HP announces its own Chromebox, arriving this spring in the U.S.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for February 4, 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

Seven Days with the new Beats Music app

Apps

Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app

EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play

Holification Nation releases beautiful new Instagram app

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Could HTC offer a more stock Android experience in the near future?

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Well here’s something interesting. Turns out the upcoming HTC Desire 310, that was accidently unveiled on HTC’s website, might sport a stock Android experience along with BlinkFeed. The above screenshots were posted by miyachiki on Weibo, and HTC Source is saying this will be the norm for all HTC devices with MediaTek processors moving forward.

Nothing was mentioned about HTC’s upcoming flagship, the M8 or HTC One 2. Obviously that device won’t sport a MediaTek, but one has to wonder why HTC would go with two different UI’s moving forward? It could be because of hardware limitations, but I have to also point out that the upcoming Desire 310 will sport on screen buttons, which is what the HTC One successor will also sport. Could HTC go in this same direction with the HTC One successor?

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for January 27 – February 2, 2014

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We were expecting an ordinary week in the land of Android, but let’s just say that things were very interesting. It all started with rumors that the Nexus line will end soon. Then Google dropped a pretty big surprise bomb by announcing they have sold Motorola to Lenovo. Throw in the news that Google and Samsung now have a cross-licensing patent agreement, and you really have to wonder what exactly is going on? The Nexus 5 in red seems to be ready for a release this week, and we continue to get a leaks regarding the upcoming Galaxy S 5 and HTC One successor (M8). We also got a little more information on the Nokia X, but is anyone excited for it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

Why did the Google-Motorola marriage end so quickly?

Reviews

Combat Creatures Stealth Stryder App-Attacknid review

Apps – New

THX releases tune-up app for Android to help get TVs just right for the Games

Microsoft brings Bing Rewards to Android and iOS with support for Windows Phone devices in the works

Apps – Updates

Twitter updates app with better photo editing, news feed features

Waze isn’t going anywhere, starts a new beta program to test new features

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