Google Now adds Field Trip cards

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Here’s something that probably should have been implemented from the get go. Remember Field Trip? Yup, that’s the app from Niantic Labs that was sort of like a virtual tour guide. It tells you when you’re near something interesting, and of course provide more details.

Well it looks like Google Now is implementing Field Trip. You should start seeing cards titled “Nearby Discoveries” with these hidden treats. So now you can learn about the local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun.

If you never tried Field Trip, hit the break for download links.


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Preliminary Note 4 cost outed

Note41As Samsung kicks off its promotions for the new Note 4, the question on the mind of potential buyers, as always, is how much will it cost. Whether it’s the subsidized on contract price or the full retail price, the Note series has always seemed to cost a prettier penny than other smartphones. While we don’t have any information on the former, we do have an idea of what the latter price will be.


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 13, 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

Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

Amazon launches Live App Testing tools for developers

Carriers

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha wallpapers now available for download

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The wallpapers that ship with the new Galaxy Alpha are now available for download. Samsung has bundled its premium handset with nine unique wallpapers. You can put them are your device, but do know that the resolution of each is just 1280×720. The Galaxy Alpha does not have a 1080p or 2560×1440 display, so they may not fulfill your device’s true potential.


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Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

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Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.

The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
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Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active.
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Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

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The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.

The phone, which will have a  5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.


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