Google Now voice media controls incoming

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It looks like some people are enjoying voice controls for media that is currently playing as part of Google Now. So far the only commands available are “Next Song” and “Stop”, but we can only assume more options like “pause” will be added when it’s officially released. It appears that only a a few people have it now which means the full rollout could happen within the next few weeks.

You can easily check to see if you have it. Just say “OK Google,  Next Song” and you will see the screenshot at the top left if the update has been pushed to your device. If not, you will see the top right screenshot and you will hear, “Media controls are not supported on this device.” It’s also weird that you need to tap your device in order to play the next song. Hopefully that will change.

You can see a video of this in action by jumping past the break.

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ZTE unveils the nubia Z7, nubia Z7 max, and nubia Z7 mini

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Sony wasn’t the only one to introduce a new phone today as ZTE also had a few tricks up their sleeve. They just unveiled the nubia Z7, the nubia Z7 max, and the nubia Z7 mini.

The nubia Z7 (pictured above) is clearly the flagship here with its 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display, quad-core Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP rear camera with OIS, 5 MP front-facing camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000 mAh battery. It will sell for €410 ($550)

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 7, 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

How to get the Android L look on your phone without rooting or installing ROMs

Reviews

[App Review] Take control of your mobile data with the redesigned My Data Manager 4.0

Apps

Google adds ‘Occasionally’ reminder option to Google Now

Gmail adds support for 13 new languages, covering 94% of the internet’s languages

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LG releases and details G Pad 10.1, including specs and new software features

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LG had detailed their recently announced G Pad 10.1, including what software features it’s going to borrow from the G3 and the hardware that powers the 10-inch tablet. Unfortunately, the hardware doesn’t match what you’ll find in the G3, but many of the best software features are present.

The tablet will come preloaded with “the best of the G Series premium UX,” including Touch and Shoot camera and selfie gestures, the G3′s smart keyboard, and dual-window mode for taking advantage of the larger 10-inch screen. We’ll also see the new QPair 2.0, which can sync up the G Pad with your phone and see all of your calls and texts on your tablet without ever touching your phone, and KnockOn, which is one of the coolest security features on LG’s products. » Read the rest

Google and MAKE launch 3rd annual virtual summer camp for fun DIY projects

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Google and MAKE have teamed up once again to organize their third annual “Maker Camp” through Google+.

The online summer camp is entirely free and open to anyone, and provides interested participants with fun, summer DIY projects, such as soda bottle rocket fireworks, glowing bikes and LED shoe clips. There are also weekly virtual field trips to places like NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Google [x] and Lego Education.

Those without Internet connection can gather at one of 500 local “campsites” hosted by libraries and community centers  around the world. To get started, just follow +Make on Google+. Hit the break for a promotional video of the camp.

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Android distribution for July shows KitKat coming up on 20%

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When the Android distribution numbers are published each month, a great debate begins. Many point out the fragmentation (that does still exist) while others defend what Android is all about and how Google is fixing its problem. But as of late, the numbers keep getting better and better for Android. In fact, KitKat is approaching 20% after sitting below 15% last month. And everything behind KitKat has actually seen a decline. This includes Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread, and Froyo.

So let the hate roll in, even if Android is improving more and more each month. Let us know in the comments what you think about Android’s distribution for July.

Source: Android Developers