Toshiba shows off Chromebook 2 with 13.3-inch full HD display


Chromebooks continue to gain in popularity, and Toshiba has no interest being left at the alter. They just announced the Chromebook 2 which appears to be pretty solid for the price.

There will be two versions. The economical version will sport a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display, a  2.16 GHz dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip (Celeron N2840), and 2 GB of RAM, HDMI out, headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11ac. This one will go for $249.99.

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ASUS ZenWatch officially unveiled


As expected, ASUS took the wraps off of the the ZenWatch today. It’s An Android Wear watch that centers around security, remote control, and wellness.

Although Android Wear is the main software, ASUS does bring some of its ZenUI and a few applications to the table. Watch Unlock allows you to unlock your phone or tablet by touching the watch’s face. Tap Tap lets you pick an app that will open automatically when you double tap on the watch. You will also find a wellness manager for tracking your step count, heart rate, and relaxation levels. It even offers tips to help you achieve certain goals. Finally, there is also Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera, and Presentation Control. To use all of these features you will need a ZenWatch Manager app on your phone (or tablet) along with a Remote Camera app, and the ASUS Remote Link app.

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Fleksy partners with Samsung to bring its keyboard to the new Gear S


Today, Fleksy is announcing its first ever OEM partnership. The company is bringing its very speedy and equally popular keyboard to the new Gear S smartwatch. Samsung announced the Gear S as part of its Unpacked event for IFA 2014 and Fleksy was right there beside them. This makes Fleksy the first and only third-party keyboard compatible with the Gear S upon launching.

The Fleksy Messenger application is currently available for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and Fleksy says to keep an eye out for a major update coming to those devices soon. Kosta Eleftheriou, Fleksy founder and CEO, says that “we are already publishing one of the Top 3 selling apps of the Gear ecosystem” with Fleksy Messenger being downloaded thousands of times daily.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to be unveiled alongside Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy_Note_4_Edge_Galaxy_Note_4_Leaked_01Well what do we have here? We have heard rumors that the Note 4 could sport a curved display that wraps around the edges. However, we kind of new that production would probably be an issue, so it wouldn’t be a shocker if Samsung released two devices. Well the proof is in the pudding, and the picture above shows us that Samsung will unveil two phones today. You can clearly see the Note Edge’s display wraps around the right side revealing notifications, but we aren’t sure about the left side.

I would expect the Note Edge to be similar to the Galaxy Round in that it will be very, and I mean very, limited. Just a few more hours until we find out everything for sure.

source: Android Police

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 2, 2014


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!!

Android Wear

Google engineers lay out ambitious future for Android Wear

[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support


Google Play shows off best designed apps that use Material Design elements

[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

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HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One, Max, and Remix


If you’re trying to choose between this year’s powerful options for your latest device, perhaps HTC can sway you with its latest addition to its HTC Advantage program. Now, whenever you purchase an HTC One M8, Max, or Remix, you will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free. Upon activating the device, simply open the preloaded Google Drive app and press redeem. Google has said that the Desire 826 and 610 will also be eligible for the extra large storage. For those of you that have already activated your free 50 GB of storage, you are still able to get your next 50 GB free. Howeverm if you still have last year’s HTC One or Mini, you’ll unfortunately be stuck with 25 GB of Drive storage still.

Source: HTC
Via: Android Police

Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event


Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.

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Press image of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and SmartBand Talk leaks


Two devices from Sony are exposed in the image above. The smartphone in the woman’s is the Xperia Z3 and the wearable on her wrist is the SmartBand Talk. The Xperia Z3 is shown in copper and the handset will also be available in black, white, and mint green. An image showing the color options can be seen after the break. The SmartBand Talk on the model’s wrist has an interface that does resemble something from Android Wear. And the image above confirms the curved e-ink display for this fitness tracker.

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Samsung SM-A500 makes another appearance online


A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.

The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.

Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena