[Deal] Spooktacular sale at Amazon offers $115 of apps and games for free

Amazon_Sooktacular_Sale_October_2014

To celebrate Halloween, the Amazon App Store is hosting a Spooktacular sale that offers 40 apps and games for free. That’s a $115 value. Some notables include Plex, Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO, World of Goo, and Plants vs Zombies. They also have a few Halloween themed offerings like V for Vampire, Amelia and Terror of the Night, and Zombie Gunship.

You have until Saturday to grab these. Hit the break for the full list of games and apps, and hit the link at the bottom to start downloading.


Read more

Samsung planning smartphone overhaul after profits plunge in 3rd quarter, but is it too late?

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Sport_Back_Samsung_Logo_TA

With the smartphone market shrinking, Samsung has been feeling the pinch. Profits for the 3rd quarter were the worst in three years (49% drop), and it can only continue to deteriorate unless drastic changes are made. Apple introduced iPhones with bigger displays, which was probably the biggest differentiating factor for the past couple of years. That, and the fact that cheaper phones were being launched in India and China, have made it difficult for the Korean tech giant.

During an earnings conference call, Samsung investor relations head Robert Yi said they were “not quick enough” to the changing market conditions. Now they seek more efficiency in their product portfolio, which can be translated to a lower number of handsets. Samsung has always offered more handsets than any company, but that needs to be changed immediately.


Read more

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

Motorola_A_Lenovo_Company

9 months ago, Google shocked the world by announcing they had sold Motorola to Lenovo for just under $3 billion. As per all deals like this, it takes time to pass through all the regulatory approvals, and today the deal is final. We can now officially refer to Motorola as a Lenovo company.

The plan is still to keep Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, and their headquarters will remain in Chicago. Whether all 2,800 employees out of that headquarters are safe remains to be seen though. And if you remember, Google retained Motorola’s deep collection of patents.


Read more

Amazon offering Moto 360 in several new colors and options

moto_360_stone_gray_strap_compare_regular_grayWhen the Moto 360 first launched, it was only available in a few colors. If you didn’t want anything flashy, the stainless steel and black finishes were okay, but I’m sure many of you have been waiting on something that sticks out a bit more. It looks like Amazon has finally listed a few new color options and bands for the Moto 360, so the wait is almost over.
Read more

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 29, 2014

TalkAndroid_Daily_Dose

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

Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

[APK Download] Material Design heads to Google Wallet in overhaul

Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

Google Drive for Android gets improved search, share, and view tools

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all Receive Updates


Read more

Microsoft Band goes on sale tomorrow for $199, companion Microsoft Health app already released

microsoft-band_official_01

The Microsoft Band leaked earlier when the company posted details about its companion apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It’s a complete fitness band that’s similar to the Samsung Fit.

It has 10 sensors, which include heart-rate, UV, and even a galvanic skin response for detecting stress. Microsoft will also offer Microsoft Health, which is a cloud-based service for tracking and analyzing the data from the band as well as other devices. Companion apps are available for Android (screenshots below), iOS, and Windows Phone.


Read more