Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G now available to purchase in the U.S.

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We had a chance to see the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G in action at CES, and today it becomes the first Huawei phone to be available for purchase in the U.S. If you’re looking for a large and in charge phone, this one might be for you. This 6.1-inch (1280 x 720) beast is priced at $299 unlocked and contract free and can only be purchased directly from Huawei.

Other specs include a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, an Adreno 305 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 64GB of storage, 13MP rear camera BSI with 2.0 aperture (1080p video capture), 5MP front-facing camera, 3,900mAh battery, LTE, GSM, UMTS, HTPA+, Gorilla Glass 3, and Android 4.3. It has one of the largest screen-to-body ratios (79%) and is only 9.5mm thick.

Facebook app now lets you untag yourself from photos, perform more functions while offline

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If you were ever tagged in an unsightly selfie or just wish to keep your tagged photos clean, the latest Facebook application update will help you out. In addition to just removing tags from your own photos, you can untag yourself from any other photo. This will save people from some embarrassment for sure.

Another part of this update builds upon a new feature that arrived in May. A lot more can be done while offline. Previously, users could only compose posts while disconnected from an internet connection. Posts would then be published once a connection was found and restored. Now users can hit Like on posts, photos, and pages while without an internet connection. Again, upon returning, the action will be pushed through once back to normal.

Two other smaller updates included are post notifications (toggling on and off) and speed/performance improvements. All welcome additions to the Facebook app.

Hit the break for download links.

Pebble, Samsung smartwatches dominate the United States with more than 90% revenue since October

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Whenever there is smartwatch chatter, two companies are brought up most often: Pebble and Samsung. Pebble started the smartwatch craze with its insanely successfully Kickstarter campaign and has continued to pump out smartwatches to solidify its presence. Samsung, on the other hand, has been the first major hardware manufacturer to release a smartwatch and others have quickly decided to follow. According to a new study conducted by NPD Group shows that the two companies have absolutely dominated the smartwatch space in the United States since October 2013.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 11, 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!!

Guides

Best Android Weather Apps and Widgets [June 2014]

Apps

Google releases Google I/O 2014 app

Microsoft releases Outlook Web App for Android devices

Amazon’s music streaming service could launch as soon as June 12

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You read that title correct. Tomorrow, Amazon could be entering into a new field. Back in February, Amazon started to have negotiations with music companies. These negotiations would have to do with a music streaming service. We then heard in March that Amazon’s music streaming service would be more akin to iTunes Radio in that it would not offer unlimited access to music. Instead, it would be focused on user preferences. Earlier today, The New York Times confirmed that it would be a limited music streaming service that may be introduced and launched tomorrow. And as previously reported, Amazon will be limiting the service to Prime subscribers.

Google to implement Quantum Paper, a new way to have uniform design across all platforms

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For years, people have been wanting a consistent design across Android. While Google and popular developers have done a pretty good job, many third-party developers have failed to follow Google’s recommended design language. It looks like the company will unveil Quantum Paper alongside the next version of Android. Quantum Paper will provide uniform design across all platforms. This information comes from Android Police, saying that “Quantum Paper is a hugely ambitious project, looking to unify and codify paradigms for visual, motion, and interaction design across all platforms, including web, Android, and iOS.” This is not related to Project Hera; however, Quantum Paper’s design does appear in Project Hera.

Android 4.4 KitKat finally arrives on the Galaxy Note II for Verizon

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It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7

You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Pebble Steel will come to Best Buy on June 15th for $229

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Pebble’s latest smartwatch, the Pebble Steel, will be going on sale in all Best Buys on June 15th. The watch features a waterproof design, a week-long battery life, and rich notifications, as well as continued updates and access to Pebble’s app store, so it’s definitely a worthy upgrade to the original Pebble Smartwatch.

The watch will be launching in two colors: Brushed Stainless and Matte Black. Both versions come with a leather watch strap, and Best Buy is going to offer matching Brushed Stainless and Matte Black straps later in the year. The Pebble Steel will run $229 when it releases.

For non-stop World Cup coverage, Google’s got your back

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Google has become better and better at providing contextual cards at the top of search results based on queries made by users. If you don’t know what I mean, just search “What’s the weather?” and you’ll find a nice-looking card with the current temperature, precipitation, humidity levels, wind speed as well as the week’s forecast.

Similar cards appear for various queries, including sports data.

Now, Google has added some really great looking cards for World Cup information, including team lineups before matches, schedules/brackets, standings, stats, and even a timeline of plays from the game. Just search “World Cup” or “World Cup USA” and you’ll see what I mean.

Google releases Hangouts plug-in for Microsoft Outlook users

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Google has released a new plug-in for Microsoft Outlook that will allow Outlook users to jump in and out of Hangouts calls, as long as they have a Google Apps account. They can join existing Hangouts as well as start new Hangouts from a newly added button in Outlook’s menu.

Pretty handy for users that run into cross-platform issues. You can check out the plug-in at the link below.

source: Google

Microsoft releases Outlook Web App for Android devices

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We knew Microsoft was gearing up to release their Outlook Web App onto the Play Store, and today it’s finally been made publicly available. The app has all of the features that were previously seen on the iOS version and will allow you to manage your Outlook inbox, calendar, and contacts. You’ll get also the useful clutter feature that Microsoft talked up, which separates the unimportant emails from your inbox and sticks them in a “clutter” folder. Pretty handy if you have a lot of junk coming into your inbox.

Hit the link below to grab the app for yourself.

Glass firmware updated bringing Glass photos straight to your phone

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Google just launched a new firmware update for Glass, which requires an update for both the eyewear and an update to the MyGlass app. The update allows users to instantly see photos captured with Glass on their phones, where they can share them to their favorite social media platforms.

The updates will also allow users to track their favorite world cup teams, and get updates on scores straight to their phones. Furthermore, the update will allow users to see their parking location, as well as track packages that the user has ordered.

Source: Glass-Community

Pushbullet and EvolveSMS team up to bring PC SMS connectivity to Android devices

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Pushbullet and EvolveSMS are teaming up to give users Motorola Connect-like features on their devices. The software will allow users to view and reply to SMS messages on their Android phone from their computers.

The software is currently in beta, so there might still be a few bugs, but the idea is that the partnership will deliver similar results to what Motorola did with the Moto X and Motorola Connectivity suite. Instead of having to reach for their phone to see and respond to messages, users can simply reply on their computer.

T-Mobile to add Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 to portfolio

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A couple leaked press images reveal some new Alcatel devices are on their way to T-Mobile. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 are successors to a pair of budget smartphones that T-Mobile released last fall. No pricing or availability information leaked with the images, but the original OneTouch Fierce and OneTouch Evolve sold for only a few dollars per month.

Samsung Galaxy Avant with LTE coming to T-Mobile

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T-Mobile may be preparing to release a new LTE capable device made by Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Avant. The device has a model number of SM-G386, and appears to be T-Mobile’s variant of the Galaxy Core LTE.

Right now, only a picture of the device has been leaked, and we don’t yet have specs. However, assuming that the device is similar to the Galaxy Core LTE, it should have a 4.4-inch display, a 5MP camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 8GB of expandable memory. We don’t have a release date for the device yet, but it may be July 28, which is the date shown on the devices screen.

Source: evleaks