LG G Flex announced by LG to join the ranks of devices with curved displays

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LG has officially announced the LG G Flex, their version of a smartphone with a curved display. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round that bends around the vertical axis of the device, the LG G Flex curves around the horizontal axis. It should be noted that this means the curvature will be similar to an IMAX screen when the device is held in the horizontal orientation when viewing video. LG also announced the back cover of the G Flex will be made of a material that can self-repair hairline scratches “within minutes” to help keep that new device look. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 21 – October 27, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The Nexus 5 watch continues and this past week appeared to be the calm before the storm. We didn’t see many leaks so the release has to be imminent. Could we go another week without an announcement? By far, the biggest news of the week had to be BBM hitting Android and iOS. Over 10 million people downloaded it in the first 24 hours. T-Mobile continues to threaten big carriers with yet another amazing deal, this time on tablets. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Accessories

Xtorm launches solar power pack accessory for Galaxy S4

Android TV

Main focus of Android 4.4 Kit Kat could be Android TV

Apps – New

BBM for Android to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

Learn how to use BBM with these 6 instructional videos

How to bypass the BBM waiting list and start messaging right now

Aereo television streaming service now available in Play Store, available only in select regions

Switching between active Android apps is a breeze with Switchr

Motorola Spotlight Player Now Available in the Play Store for the Moto X

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 25, 2013

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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

BBM for Android update adds more device compatibility and some bug fixes

Amazon offering six titles for free today as part of promotion

Instagram shares an example of what ads will look like for users

Glympse and Verizon announce new partnership to bring location sharing to text messages

Carriers

Moto X drops to $100 on Moto Maker, Sprint, and US Cellular

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Galaxy S III bests iPhone 5s and 5c’s touchscreen accuracy

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New doesn’t always mean better, right? In a new study done by OptoFidelity, they claim that the touchscreens of the new Apple iPhone 5c and 5s are nowhere near as accurate as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III. The study explored touchscreen responsiveness triggered by a robotic finger.

In the image above, green is showing accuracy within one millimeter and red is showing over that measurement. As you can see, it is quite obvious how much better Samsung’s accuracy is than Apple’s. For Apple, this is strange as these devices just launched. On Samsung’s side, they must be proud of the parts used for their handsets.

Source: OptoFidelity
Via: TechnoBuffalo

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 24, 2013

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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!!

Android TV

Main focus of Android 4.4 Kit Kat could be Android TV

Apps

Contextually aware lockscreen Cover coming soon

Customizable Themer launcher graduates to open beta

Cameras

Polaroid iM1836 Android-powered camera finally available exclusively through Walmart and Amazon

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16 GB Nexus 10 showing out of stock on Google Play

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Well, it looks like Google’s flagship 10-inch tablet is out of stock on the Play Store. This isn’t the first time this has happened, but coming on the heels of those new Nexus 10 renders we saw last night, this might be an indicator of a product announcement in the near future. You can still pick up a 32 GB model, but there’s no telling how long that will last.

The Nexus 5 launch is supposedly right around the corner, so it’s very possible that we’ll see a revamped version of the Nexus 10 make its debut alongside it. Unfortunately, there haven’t been too many leaks about the device, but some rumors suggest it will be an ASUS-manufactured tablet as opposed to Samsung. Hopefully Google doesn’t make us wait too long to find out.

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via: Phone Arena

Polaroid iM1836 Android-powered camera finally available exclusively through Walmart and Amazon

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Polaroid announced their iM1836 Android-powered camera back at CES 2013 in January, and starting now it’s available at Walmart or on Amazon.com. The device features an interchangeable lens, which is a nice addition that keeps it ahead of the Galaxy Camera. Pricing isn’t bad either at $299.99.

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LG ships 12 million smartphones in third quarter, looks forward to strong holiday sales

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LG released their third-quarter financial results and the news is good for the Korean manufacturer. In particular, LG Mobile Communications Company reported their third-quarter revenue increased by 24 percent compared to the same period last year. This was generated off of shipments of 12 million smartphones, although LG did indicate profitability and average selling price were impacted by competition and their marketing investments. LG probably helped their cause with the new LG G2, which may not be the top phone on the market right now, but it certainly provides a viable option for buyers who may be growing increasingly wary of either Samsung or HTC products. LG anticipates they think they will be able to continue to capitalize on sales of the premium LG G2 device and supplement that with mid-tier products like the L II and F series devices during the holiday season.

The company as a whole posted revenues of KRW 13.89 trillion ($12.51 billion USD) and operating profit of KRW 217.80 billion ($196.34 million USD) during the third quarter. This was an increase in operating profit of 27 percent compared to the same period last year. As we have watched HTC continue to fade away over the past couple years, we might be witnessing LG’s rise to a position as Samsung’s main rival in the Android device market.

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Main focus of Android 4.4 Kit Kat could be Android TV

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It was recently reported that Google is dropping the “Google TV” branding in favor of “Android TV.”  How Android TV is going to differ (if at all) from Google TV remains a question, but it’s obvious Google is serious about the living room with the recent launch of the Chromecast. The latest word out of Korea is that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is going to include more enhancements regarding Android TV rather than smartphone UI.

According to etnews, many industry insiders have said “I heard Google say the next OS has greatly improved its utilization in TV. In particular, there will be many changes in the interface between smart devices and the TV.” Two questions come to mind: What does Google have in store for us and how will they get more TV manufacturers to adopt Android TV? The former will probably be answered soon enough, but the latter is more difficult. Other than set-top boxes from Vizio, Hisense, and ASUS, the only TV manufacturer on board is LG. Samsung has no plans to bring Android TV to their sets, and in fact, they are more likely to utilize Tizen instead. We should hopefully no more by the end of the month.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 23, 2013

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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!!

Accessories

Xtorm launches solar power pack accessory for Galaxy S4

Apps

Background audio for YouTube app coming?

YouTube prepping subscription music service, launch could be just months away

Carriers

Sprint Bound HTC One Max Revealed By FCC (Model OP3P700)

T-Mobile announces 200 MB of monthly free data for all tablets

Nexus 7 With LTE and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $0 Down Coming To T-Mobile

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