Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 developer tablet will be available later this month

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Qualcomm has unveiled their Snapdragon 805 developer tablet, and it’s probably some of the most advanced hardware ever put in an Android tablet. The tablet, which runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has Qualcomm’s unreleased Snapdragon 805 processor on board, which looks to be a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz. You’ll also get 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 2560 x 1440 display, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera, and a slew of standard radios and ports, including 802.11ac WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, and a USB port.  » Read the rest

Google removed the SMS feature from Gmail Chat

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Google‘s experimental SMS feature which was released for Gmail Chat back in 2008 has now been removed. This means that users can no longer send an SMS to their mobile contacts via Gmail Chat. Google said users can switch to Hangouts and choose to receive messages in SMS settings.

However, US and Canada users can send an SMS through Google Voice or switch to Hangouts and “continue receiving SMS messages as follow-me (i.e. if you’re offline and receive a Hangout message, you’ll get an SMS message).” The company said that “by streamlining our services, we’re able to focus on creating the best possible products for our users”. » Read the rest

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

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What comes to mind when you think of the HTC One (M8)? Certainly the high quality build and BoomSound, but the camera is right up there as well. Ever since the HTC One (M7), HTC has put a heavy emphasis on their UltraPixel camera, Zoes, and Video Highlights. The HTC One (M8) brings another additional feature: the Duo Camera.

Sense 6 also brings a new Camera app along with a few changes to the Gallery. The Camera app now features a slew of manual settings for the more advanced users, and the Gallery is more flexible. In this video, I will walk you through the Camera app and all its settings as well as show you how to get the most out of the Gallery.

If you want to dive deeper into the different effects, I will be uploading more videos soon. Hit the break to learn more about the different Camera and Gallery options.

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Google is struggling with the trademark for the word “Glass”

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GlassTopGoogle is working on trademarking the word “Glass” for it’s wearable computer but the U.S. trademark office isn’t to keen on the idea at the moment. Google was successful in trademarking “Google Glass,” but the company, that happened to file an application for “Glass” last year, is struggling to get the trademark office on board. A letter from a trademark examiner last fall raised two concerns regarding the trademark.

The first concern was that the trademark is too similar to other pending or existing computer software trades with the word glass in it. This could potentially create a risk of consumer confusion. The second concern suggested that “Glass” — even with its futuristic font — is “merely” descriptive. The reason that this is an issue is that the federal law doesn’t protect generic terms.

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Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends

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Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S 5 at Verizon Wireless now and get another phone for free

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Verizon finally started pre-orders for the Galaxy S 5. If you’re buying on contract, you will pay $249 and you will get a $50 mail-in-rebate, which is a Visa Debit card. The other plus to buying on contract is they are running a Buy One Get One free deal, which means your total cost for two phones is $199. What’s also interesting is that if you want an HTC One (M8) or a Samsung ATIV SE for your free phone, they give you that option as well.

For those of you buying off contract, your price is $599, and of course, there is no BOGO deal with that option.

Verizon is only offering the 16GB version, which will only yield about 9GB of usable storage. The good news is that you can increase your storage (up to an aditional 128GB) with the microSD slot. You will have your choice of Black or White.

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Amazon tablet app updated with Fresh grocery delivery service and several other features

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Amazon has updated their tablet-specific app with a few useful new features. Users will now be able to access Amazon’s Fresh grocery delivery service through the app, which is awesome if you live in an area where that’s supported. Unfortunately, a vast majority of users won’t be affected by that addition, but Amazon has added enough other new features to make the update worthwhile.

You’ll now be able to pin items in search results to the bottom of the app, done by dragging and dropping an item in the search view, which makes comparison shopping extremely easy. Think something similar to YouTube’s pinned video functionality. There’s also a new pop-up filter in the search results, which makes narrowing down items much easier than it was before. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 3, 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!!

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Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android to arrive soon

FireChat is a bold new take on messaging as it does not require any internet connection

KISSIFY your photos with the new KISS Photobomb app featuring the legendary rock band KISS

Spotify launching a brand new look and new features with update

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Nest halts sales, disables feature on Nest Protect alarm units

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Nest, the company recently acquired by Google for their home automation hardware – thermostats and alarms – announced the discovery of a problem with their Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm product. The alarm unit has a feature called Wave that lets users wave a hand in front of the unit to silence the alarm should it go off. Not a bad feature when the alternative may involve climbing up on a chair or something to push a reset button or even pull a battery. During internal testing, the Nest team discovered the units could incorrectly interpret certain actions in a specific set of circumstances as a wave and silence the alarm even though the user may not have intended to do so. Nest’s CEO, Tony Fadell, indicated they had received no reports of this occurring with units in the hands of customers, only in their own lab testing.

In response to this discovery, Nest is pushing out an update to units already deployed to turn off the Wave feature. They have also taken the step of halting sales of the Nest Protect alarms to ensure the malfunctioning units don’t end up in the hands of consumers before a fix can be issued. The Nest team is already working on a solution and will send an update out to existing units once they are satisfied it addresses the issue. Hit the source link below to read the full statement issued by Tony Fadell.

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