TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 21, 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 to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

Switching between active Android apps is a breeze with Switchr

To help businesses, Google introduces Google Maps Engine Pro and companion Android app

AT&T launches U-Verse app on Android, allows you to watch clips and schedule DVR recordings on the go

Google Play Store 4.4.21 with slide-out navigation menu now available

Carriers

T-Mobile’s HTC One receiving Android 4.3 starting today

Chrome

LG to begin working on Chrome OS projects, files for ‘ChromeOne,’ ‘ChromeDesk,’ and ‘ChromeStation’ trademarks

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BBM for Android to hit Google Play today in phased rollout

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Blackberry has announced they are “resuming” their rollout of the BBM for Android app. According to a post on their blog, the official app should start to appear in the Google Play store and some Samsung App Stores in the next few hours. Just grabbing the free app from Google Play will not get you where you want to be if you are planning to use BBM for Android as they are deploying it in phases. In order to actually use the app, you have to open it and enter your email address to hold a spot in a virtual line that Blackberry is creating. Once your name hits the top of the list, you’ll be notified that you can start using the app. However, if you had already signed up at BBM.com in the past, you will be able to start using the app right away.

According to Blackberry, about six million people already signed up for information about BBM clients and one million Android users grabbed the unreleased version of BBM in just seven hours when it was briefly available earlier this year. It seems there is certainly some demand for the messaging platform on non-BBM devices despite continued advances by others like Google with their own ecosystems.

Let us know if you are able to get the app and start using the service.

source: Blackberry

LG to begin working on Chrome OS projects, files for ‘ChromeOne,’ ‘ChromeDesk,’ and ‘ChromeStation’ trademarks

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A lot of tech manufacturing giants see some potential in the Chrome OS brand— LG has been tied solely to Android on the Google front thus far, but new trademark filings suggest the company may be working on some Chrome OS projects in the future.

The company has filed trademarks for “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk,” and “ChromeStation.” Could we see three new pieces of hardware running the OS?

It’s not that far-fetched, as LG has been working with Google for quite a while now— they made the Nexus 4, and are the manufacturers for the upcoming Nexus 5. They’ll look to add to the competition in the market for Chrome OS devices with HP, Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo.

Source:  Engadget

Nexus 5 could have an embargo that lifts on October 25

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Well here’s something interesting to start the new week. An Amazon user review for the RINGKE SLIM Nexus 5 Case had something very interesting to say. Other than saying that the case “works well” with the Nexus 5, S. Power also stated, “I have 6 more days of embargo before I can say anything about the next Nexus phone.” In case you’re not familiar with an embargo, it’s an agreement between a media outlet and the source in which the media outlet is granted access to a product or information, but cannot divulge anything until a specified date. In this case, the product would be the Nexus 5, the source would be Google (or LG), and the specified date would be October 25, since the review was posted on October 19.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 14 – October 20, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. There was a lot of Nexus and Kit Kat news this week as we inch closer to the release. We still don’t know exactly when either will be unveiled, but some sleuthing points to October 28. Meanwhile, HTC finally unveiled their One Max, which will probably be another unsuccessful offering from the struggling company. Google is giving iOS users lots of love by providing a major update to Hangouts, but have no fear, it’s coming to Android soon. At least they gave some international love with the Chromecast app. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

Top 4 Android password manager apps [October 2013]

Accessories

HTC One Max will have a power flip case to extend battery even longer

Samsung exploring magnetic resonance wireless charging

Apps – New

Samsung releases OLED World app to showcase AMOLED displays on newer devices

Google “Mobile Meter” app will allegedly reward users for allowing usage tracking

BBM should be available in the Play Store “within days”

Innovative new home screen Aviate enters private beta

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Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition to cost £499 for 16GB in the U.K.

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According to a tipster over at Android Central, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will cost £499 for the 16GB version with WiFi in the United Kingdom. The tablet launched last week in the United States and now retailers in the U.K. are getting them as well. The tispster snapped a photo of the device on display at Currys/PC World. Although the Galaxy Note 10.1 is on display, they aren’t expected to start being sold in the U.K. until next week. Also, note that it says there is a “quad core processor” rather than the octa-core one in the United States. This is likely just a typo.

Source: Android Central

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 18, 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

Google updates Hangouts to add in support for voice calls and Google Voice integration… but only on iOS

Carriers

T-Mobile’s HTC One getting Android 4.3 on Monday

Verizon and AT&T rank highest for iPhone users, but Samsung users prefer Sprint and T-Mobile

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini and Snapdragon 800-powered flip phone pass through FCC

Deals

[Deal] Get $50 Amazon gift card for purchase of 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Gaming

NVIDIA to consolidate game streaming technology as GameStream brand, includes NVIDIA Shield and GRID streaming

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T-Mobile’s HTC One getting Android 4.3 on Monday

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Remember when HTC America president Jason Mackenzie said T-Mobile’s One would be updated to 4.3 this week? Well, unfortunately there was a setback and Mackenzie clarified on Twitter that the update is “coming out Monday.” There it is folks. Get your HTC Ones ready for Monday, unless there’s another setback.

Source: @JasonMacHTC

Android 4.3 now rolling for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9500)

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Yesterday, Samsung started rolling the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S 4 (GT-I9505) and today they have released it for the GT-I9500. It’s already available in Russia, but more countries will follow quickly. Those of you with carrier versions of the Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a bit. Hopefully it won’t be too long, but I suspect it will take at least a couple of months. The changelog is the same as the GT-I9505, but we have it again for you after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 17, 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

Play Store update to bring slide-out navigation

Twitter plans to redesign and push its direct messaging system to compete with other instant messaging services

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Android/iOS alongside Windows 8.1 release

SwiftKey Beta update merges the phone and tablet, brings new layouts

Google Play Music Update 5.2.1233L Now Available, Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky Radio” Feature

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