More details on HTC Volantis surface, Boomsound speakers 64 GB of storage on board

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More details have surfaced about HTC’s rumored upcoming Nexus tablet. The rumors confirm a few things we’ve already heard, but don’t match up with others. According to @evleaks, we should expect the Volantis to launch with an all-aluminum body and Boomsound speakers, both of which are HTC’s biggest marketing features right now. The screen resolution is also pegged at 2560 x 1600, which is a much more common aspect ratio than what we previously heard. » Read the rest

Here’s what gaming will be like on the Chromecast when mirroring becomes available

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We saw a ton of new stuff last week at Google I/O, but one thing that didn’t get as much press was mirroring for the Chromecast. Mirroring will allow you to cast whatever is on your Android device’s display to your TV. This should open up to more gaming via the Chromecast. You could use your phone as a controller, but what would make it even more interesting is to use your phone as a “motion” controller.

Anuj Tandon from Rolocule Games has posted a demo video of his Motion Tennis game using a Nexus 5 as a motion controller while casing to Chromecast. The biggest question is going to be latency, but Google has stressed that they have cut it down to almost nothing. So far, latency looks pretty minimal in the video.

Motion Tennis is already available on Apple TV and the Miracast, but should be available for Chromecast later this summer. Hit the break for the demo video.

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Samsung can’t catch a break as it’s suppliers are accused of poor work conditions

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Samsung-Even-LogoSome of you may remember that earlier in the year BusinessWeek released a report highlighting the poor work conditions at Samsung’s semiconductor plants. It made such a big stink, that the Korean company came out saying it would improve conditions of its plant by year’s end. However it looks like Samsung’s problems are only getting worse after an annual social responsibility report found a large amount of safety discrepancies. » Read the rest

Amazon Fire Phone isn’t setting the world on ‘fire’

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Seriously!! Was anyone excited about the Amazon Fire Phone after it was announced? I know I wasn’t, and there can’t be too many of you that were.

Based on Amazon’s own best-selling electronics category, it’s not doing too well. It was in fourth-place two days after the announcement of the device, but it has dropped pretty rapidly since then. As of today, the 32 GB model sits at 61, and the 64 GB model isn’t even on the list.

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Microsoft Office for Android tablets is getting very close

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While Google continues to update the Docs and Sheets apps, there is still a lot of you that just can’t get away from Microsoft Office. With it already being available on iOS, it’s only a matter of time till it hits Android right? Based on the fact that Microsoft is looking for testers as part of a closed beta can only mean that we are pretty close.

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The Galaxy F in crystal clear gets a, well, crystal clear press render

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ccgfYeeeaah, Samsung, if you could just go ahead and release the Galaxy F already…. That would be great. As everyone can see, @evleaks gave us, as he puts it, a view of the Galaxy F in crystal clear. As we can see, the press render is pretty crystal clear itself. Similarly set up — in hardware design — to the Galaxy S 5, the brushed back is shown off in all its glory.

As we know from rumors, leaks and whispers the F will have a QHD screen and the latest Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm. It’ll will come with a 16 MP camera with OIS and 3GB of RAM. Of course, that won’t be until the beast of a phone is officially announced. Until then, we’ll just have to drool over the press render.

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Will the NVIDIA Shield successor be a tabet and controller combo?

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Last month we saw what appeared to be the NVIDIA Shield successor (or Shield 2) clear the FCC, but now we are seeing a device hit the Global Certification Forum (GCF) that is being referred to as a notebook / tablet. The speculation is that the Shield 2 would be a combination of a tablet and a controller.

The FCC filing we reported on last month only mentioned the wireless controller, and sported a model number of P2570 (original Shield is P2450). There is also another FCC filing that reveals a tablet with a model number of P1761W, and it appears that this is same tablet that has crossed the GCF. The GCF certification refers to it as the Shield Tablet.

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Google posts Android L preview source code for various Nexus devices

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The preview of Android L can now be tried on additional Nexus devices. Last week at Google I/O, the source code was made available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) while others were left out. Google has added the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 to the Android L preview. Older Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S are obviously being left behind due to age.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 1, 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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Google Docs and Sheets for Android get biggest update since their release

Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

Google Voice integration with Hangouts leaked

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