TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 15 – September 21, 2014

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It was a rather slow week, but there were some interesting things. Android One was officially launched for the next 5 billion people. The Galaxy Note 4 goes on pre-order, but does it stand a chance against the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Speaking of pre-orders, the Moto X 2014 is also available. Will it rise above the original? We seem to be getting closer to a new DROID launch on Verizon. Is turbo charging enough to make it successful or does Motorola and Verizon have something else up their sleeves? Oh yeah, Amazon announced new Kindle tablets. That’s right more devices with forked versions of Android. Woo Hoo!! It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Galaxy S 5 Sport for Sprint quick review

Accessories

Nexus 9 keyboard shows itself in NCC filing

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

Android TV

After departure of project lead, Google’s Android@Home may be in trouble

ASUS ‘Nexus Player’ benchmarks surface, could be an Android TV launch device


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Verizon launching the Motorola Moto X (2014) on September 26

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On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.

To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.

Source: Phandroid

Motorola Moto 360 owners reporting image persistence on display

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Across the web, there are reports that Moto 360 owners are experiencing something called image persistence. It is similar to burn-in on an AMOLED displays, but this round Android Wear smartwatch features an LCD. The problem is identifiable when an image is basically imprinted onto the display. Displaying the same image for a lengthy period of time without moving is to blame. Many of the reports supporting that this is a widespread issue show that the charging screen is a big contributor.

Have you experienced this issue with your Moto 360? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Reddit
Via: Android Police

Samsung SM-A300 shows up in UAProf file

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After the Samsung Galaxy Alpha was released earlier this year, word got out that Samsung was working on a whole series of smartphones based on the metal chassis design. Despite the apparent “premium” design, the devices appear to be decidedly mid-range in nature. We have already seen several bits of information surface about the Samsung SM-A500 like a render that surfaced a few days ago. Now we have the first bits of info about the Samsung SM-A300 thanks to a UAProf file that was discovered.

Similar to the other “A series” smartphone, the SM-A300 comes with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor and seems to run as slow as its sibling. In a GFX Bench entry for the device, it was listed as running at 1.2GHz while the UAProf file lists it at 1.4GHz. The SM-A300 gets 1GB of RAM and appears to come installed with 8GB of storage. The screen measures 4.8-inches and runs at 960 x 540 resolution. As far as cameras, the SM-A300 gets an 8MP and a 5MP camera, rear and front respectively, both capable of recording 1080p video. The good news is the device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

source: GSMArena

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 19, 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!!

Chrome

Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux can now Run Android Apps

Gaming

Real time strategy game Star Wars: Commander now available for Android

Google

The Play Store could start listing in-app purchase price ranges later this month


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