Sony unveils Bravia Smart Stick with Google services

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Remember that Sony Google TV dongle (NSZ-GU1) that hit the FCC last month? Well Sony officially took the wraps off of it today. They aren’t calling it a Google TV device, but it does offer Google services such as Google Search and the Play Store. However, there is one major drawback, and it’s the fact that it appears to be only compatible with 2013 Sony Bravia TVs. It connects to the MHL port on the back of the TV, with a USB cable for power, so I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work any other branded TV or AV receiver that has an MHL port. Sony only mentioned 2013 Bravia TVs in the press release.

It has 8GB of internal storage, HDMI passthrough and an IR blaster. The remote control features a keyboard and a pad for pinch-to-zoom as well as a microphone for voice commands. It will come with Netflix, Pandora, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, YouTube, the Chrome Browser and more pre-installed. Of course, users can add more apps via the Google Play Store. Chromecast functionality wasn’t mentioned in the presser.

The Bravia Smart Stick is priced at $149 and is already available at Sony Stores and select retailers nationwide. Hit the break for one more image and the full presser.

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Kindle Fire press render leaks

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Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.

It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 9 – September 15, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The leaks and rumors regarding the Nexus 5 is in full swing. We should get our hands on it next month along with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Apple started a new trend in offering a spec that doesn’t matter, and Samsung decided to match them. More importantly, Samsung’s octa-core will be a true 8 core very soon!! The HTC Max is going to be the next phone with a fingerprint scanner, but will anyone buy it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

Breathe new life into that old android phone by turning it into an personal media player

Everything you need to know about Sense 5 with Android 4.2.2

Apps – New

Madfinger releases new screenshots for Dead Trigger 2

ESPN Sync web app brings second-screen experience during live sport events

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GetGlue gets major update bringing new look and features for the Fall TV season

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If you love watching TV shows and movies, then you might already know about GetGlue. It’s probably the most popular app for “checking in” to TV shows and movies and discovering new stuff. They just updated the Android app to 5.0 bringing a new look and new features for the upcoming Fall TV season.

For starters the Watch section has been redesigned and will help you find out what to watch right now on TV, on streaming, and in theaters. Streaming services include On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, HBO GO, CBS, FOX, FX, AMC, and a dozen more. They also added a new Search & Discover that lets you search by genres or from “Fun Lists” created by the editorial team. You will even get reminders for new episodes, seasons on steaming and theatrical releases for those that you selected as “Want to Watch.” Show pages are now updated with more information.

Of course watching a TV show or movie is just part of it. Commenting on it is where things get interesting and GetGlue now allows you to add memes, gifs, videos or news articles to any of your posts.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 11, 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 Drive app gets updated with lighter Holo UI and several new features

Chromebooks

New Haswell based Chromebooks announced by Google today

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Google brings Snapseed editing tools to Google+

Hardware

Processor race continues to heat up with Exynos 5420 Octa shown running all eight cores at once

Intel unveils Bay Trail Z3000 series processors

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 2 – September 8, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. With IFA 2013 kicking off this weekend, we had a ton of announcements. Samsung led the way with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch followed by Sony’s Xperia Z1 and QX10 and QX100 lens cameras. However, the biggest news of the week might have been the announcement of the next version of Android. The name isn’t what you thought it was going to be and it led to the unofficial unveiling of the Nexus 5. Chrome OS is getting better thanks to native apps and we are still trying to figure out what HTC’s marketing plan is. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

Best Android podcast manager apps [September 2013]

Accessories

HTC announces the Desire 300, Desire 601, Vivid Blue HTC One, and BoomBass Bluetooth Subwoofer

Apps – New

Stay sleeping by filtering your calls through the night

Thor: The Dark World game from Gameloft gets a new gameplay trailer

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Pre-orders for Sony Xperia Z1 now available in Europe

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Sony has made their upcoming Xperia Z1 flagship available for pre-order via the Sony Mobile Store.

Here’s a list of where it’s available and for how much:

  • UK: £599 + free express delivery
  • Digital Phone Company (UK): £549.99
  • Germany: €679 (Same price as Z Ultra, which is odd because the official Z1 press release for Germany listed the price at €649)
  • Amazon.de: €649
  • France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain:  €699
  • Sweden: SEK 5,995

That’s all we have for now, but as availability widens, we’ll be sure to let you know of any updates.

Source: Xperia Blog

Security solution Samsung KNOX opened up for consumers

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Samsung_Knox_Galaxy_S_IVSamsung KNOX, which adds another security level to your phone, is going to become public. KNOX, which is integrated into the device’s hardware,  allows you to separate your data and apps into containers to make it harder for intruders to access your files. The software has been available for enterprises for some time, and the US Department of Defense even uses it, so it’s got to be good enough for ordinary consumers.

KNOX will be available on the new Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 when it launches. Other already released devices like the Galaxy S III, S4, and Note II will also be able to get KNOX on their device. You can see more info in the official press release after the break. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 26 – September 1, 2013

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We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are getting ready for IFA 2013, so we saw a number of leaks regarding the Xperia Z1, the Galaxy Note III, and the Galaxy Gear. LG’s G Pad was teased as well, but they went ahead and announced it a little early. By far the biggest shock of the week was Hugo Barra’s departure from Google. It’s a major loss for the Android team, but a big gain for Xiaomi. The Moto X finally landed on Verizon, but what’s the deal with T-Mobile and Sprint? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

How to transfer data from your old phone to your new phone via Wi-Fi using the Migrate feature in My Backup Pro

Reviews

Patriot Fuel+ 9000 mAh Mobile Rechargeable Battery review

Accessories

Mophie Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available

Motorola Debuts Official Moto X Desktop and Car Docks

HTC Mini+ shows up on HTC’s site, essentially a phone for your phone

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