Talk Android Weekly Recap: August 2, August 8

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This week was a bit slow in regards to big stories, but the rumor mill is in full force in anticipation of Samsung’s event in New York City next week. However, this week Verizon announced it’s getting rid of phone contracts and changing up its data plans, probably to better compete with T-Mobile’s rigorous Uncannier marketing campaign.

Furthermore, Costco is getting ready for the Verizon DROID Turbo 2, Google announced that Nexus devices will begin receiving monthly security updates, Google Fiber is getting ready to shake up San Antonio, and the OnePlus Two has begun selling really well in China. Hopefully you didn’t miss any of these exciting stories and more.

If you did, be sure to check out the roundup after the break.

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Kickstarter: The MiStand+ is an Aluminium Tablet Stand

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I’ve using a MiStand Tablet Stand for just over a year now, and I always been mightily impressed by its ease of use, sturdiness, and resistance to life’s bumps and knocks. My only complaint was that charging the tablet on the MiStand was a little messy because the base didn’t have a cable slot to pass a charging cable through. That won’t be a problem for much longer though, because MiStand is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new, improved tablet stand called the MiStand+ that allows a charging cable to be slotted through the base.

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Microsoft Translator brings Android Wear support to users

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Google Translate on Android devices is certainly an impressive app to help users break down the language barrier. Now Google is getting some competition on their own devices from Microsoft which has released their own Microsoft Translate app. Translate brings one feature to Android that will likely be welcomed by users and that is support for Android Wear devices. Users can just speak into their Android Wear device to get a translation either verbally or graphically. Read more

Falcon Pro developer Vergès joins Twitter

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In years past, third-party apps used to access Twitter were a hotbed of development with all sorts of perspectives on what the user experience should be like. The developers also tended to produce lots innovative features being requested by users, frequently at a much faster clip than what Twitter was capable of doing. Eventually Twitter started to take steps to put an end to this, much to the chagrin of the developers of these independent apps. Now, one of those developers, Joaquim Vergès, who developed the hugely popular Falcon Pro app has officially joined the Twitter development team. Read more

ASUS Chromebook Flip review: Solid choice if size is not a big deal

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with an ASUS Chromebook Flip, a new entrant from ASUS to the Chromebook family with a couple interesting twists. The Chromebook Flip comes with a $249 price tag for a 2GB version and $279 for the 4GB version. Stores close to me rarely have Chromebooks actually in stock and the couple that do have tend to be low-end, bulky units that remind me of some cheap netbooks I had purchased for my kids a few years ago. The Chromebook Flip is a far cry from those units despite its small size and may be an enticing buy for consumers looking for a sleek Chromebook. Read more

Using Glovebox with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a perfect match

gloveboxThe Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best smart phones ever made and features two curved edges that set it apart from anything else on the market. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t fully utilized these curves to their full extent. Only a few small features for time, contacts, and notifications are present.

Just because Samsung hasn’t fully embraced the edges doesn’t mean you can’t use them to their true potential. There are a few pretty cool apps out there that maximize the edges’ effectiveness. One that I have been using is called Glovebox.

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[Deal] Select ‘Final Fantasy’ games are 50% off in the Google Play Store

Final Fantasy saleSquare Enix is having a 50% sale on many of their wildly popular Final Fantasy games. The games are a ton of fun, but they come at a fairly high price tag for mobile phone games. However, from August 6, 2015 to August 13, 2015 Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, and Final Fantasy VI will be 50% off making them now $7.99 each. The titles are also compatible with Android TV so you can play them on the big screen.

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