OnePlus ‘OneWatch’ leaks in unpublished product page on OnePlus’ website

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OnePlus’ ‘One’ phone hit a few (okay, more than a few) bumps in the road since its initial launch. Production was an issue initially, then there were some OS/software issues, and now the company is looking to possibly drop its native CyanogenMod altogether.

But that doesn’t mean the company will stop forging ahead.

A new leak shows the “OneWatch” on an unpublished page of OnePlus’ website. Of course, you should take this with a grain of salt, as a previous leak from OnePlus regarding an upcoming tablet turned out to be false.

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Samsung talks strategy to address financial slide

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It should be no surprise to anyone now that Samsung, despite being on the top of the smartphone hill, finds itself slipping as competitors struggle to knock them off. We already know Samsung’s Q2 profits slipped, marking the first year-over-year slide in almost three years. During an earnings call to discuss the financial results, Kim Hyun-Joon, a senior vice president with the company, shared a little bit about what Samsung plans to do to try to regain the confidence of investors and re-assert itself. » Read the rest

LG G Vista now available on Verizon

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As expected, Verizon has added the LG G Vista to their portfolio and it is now available to order. The LG G Vista is a relatively downscaled version of the LG G3 with one exception – the screen is actually larger at 5.7-inches. However, the resolution is only 940 x 560 which is rather low for such a large screen. The G Vista also comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP camera, a 3200mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded. Considering the size of the battery and the hardware being driven, users should be able to get some excellent battery life out of the device. » Read the rest

VIVO could be the first to have a Sapphire display

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VivoSapphire2Much of the news and excitement for the new iPhone 6 has circled around the larger Sapphire display it will be packing. However, it looks like Apple won’t be first out of the gate with the new scratch resistant glass if VIVO has anything to do about it. According to a new report and information on the social media web site Weibo, the company is looking to put out a flagship device sporting a Sapphire display.  » Read the rest

The new HTC J Butterfly launched by KDDI

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ButterflyKDDIThe all-new HTC J Butterfly — that’s based on the One M8 — is being released in Japan on KDDI and Okinawa Cellular. While it’s based on the 2014 flagship, it comes with a few caveats the all-metal phone doesn’t have. The phone is waterproof so dropping it in the sink or the toilet (if you’re one of those who can’t do their business without phone in hand) won’t cause any issues. However the kicker is, in order for you to have this waterproofing you’re not going to get the BoomSound speakers. However the Taiwanese company is throwing in a JBL in-ear headset.

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Samsung’s Milk Music gets $3.99 subscription option [Updated]

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This Spring, Samsung launched Milk Music for their phones and soon added the feature to their tablets to replace Music Hub. Although the radio app was released free, it was hinted that it would not be for long. A new update to Milk has added a premium, add-free option for $3.99/month, which puts it $1 below Pandora’s new pricing.

In order to purchase the premium subscription, you’ll need a Samsung account and input credit card details, meaning the subscription won’t go through the Google Play Store. After purchasing the upgrade, you gain access to offline stations, unlimited song skips, toggling DJ commentary, and Sleep Timer functions.

Download links after the break.

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OnePlus could be dropping CyanogenMod for Home-grown ROM

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The OnePlus One has been a huge hit amongst Android fans since it was launched in May. With powerful specs, a manageable price, and the CyanogenMod ROM, it caters to every request the average Android user has. However, recently OnePlus has come up with some changes to this smash-hit formula: it will be replacing Cyanogen with it’s own ROM.

While the details are fuzzy, it seems that OnePlus is planning to cut ties with CyanogenMod in the future in favor of their own Chinese-oriented software. While most of OnePlus’ subscribers in America and Europe have an appreciation of CM, their Chinese-based fans will no doubt enjoy a ROM targeted more towards their tastes.

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Motorola announces change of leadership

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Motorola-a-Lenovo-CompanyAs Motorola inches towards the closing of the Lenovo deal, the company has announced a change in their leadership team. Charlie Tritschler has been promoted to Senior Vice Present of Product Management, overseeing product development on all the company’s products. Tritschler joined Motorola in March of last year from Amazon’s Kindle team and has made a key impact on the Moto E and Moto G.

In addition, Motorola announced it’s adding regional sales heads as three new members of its senior leadership team and also making Adrienne Hayes the SVP of Marketing and Communications of a new marketing and communications team responsible for the company’s brand and advertising worldwide.

Source: Official Motorola Blog

 

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 30, 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!!

Apps

Yahoo Finance gets redesigned with new interactive graphs and real-time quotes

Carriers

U.S. Senate reports that companies are cramming customer bills with obscene charges

FreedomPop to offer LTE-enabled tablets with free voice, text and data

Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Avant on T-Mobile

The FCC isn’t pleased with Verizon’s new policy to throttle unlimited data customers

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