Google IO 2015 Coverage

Moto X wooden backs leak again, reminds us they’re coming

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New images of the Moto X‘s wooden back option have been leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The timing of this leak coincides with a report that the wooden backs will be available just in time for the holiday season. In the image above, you can see two variants of wood. The left seems more natural like a tree while the other has more of a refined look. These specific ones are stamped with Verizon’s logo, but the option will be available to all through the Moto Maker site. Who knows, maybe it will arrive Monday for the next Moto X sale? Read more

Android 4.4.1 is more than just camera fixes for the Nexus 5

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Android director of engineering David Burke announced just the other day that the team was working on Android 4.4.1, an update largely filled with bug fixes involving the Nexus 5 camera.

“All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus 5,” Burke said. “It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.”

However, the 4.4.1 update is more than just camera fixes since it’s going out to other Nexus devices (post Galaxy Nexus). Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Patches for Android mirroring via Chromecast found in Android 4.4.1, API not available to public

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Developer-wiz Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMod has made a bit of a discovery in the Android 4.4.1 patches.

It looks like Google is preparing to add Android mirroring to Chromecast in the near future. However, Dutta pointed out that the API isn’t available to anybody except Google and the OEM. This essentially means that developers won’t be able to tool around to come up with new ways to integrate the feature. Similar solutions like Android mirroring on Chromecast won’t be able to be built into things such as Apple TV.

The API could become available to everyone in the future, but for now we’re pretty much left in the dark.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

 

 

LG G Flex 2 to come in 2014, could bend fully to 90 degrees

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The first two “flexible” display devices on the market were really just to show off new technology— they have been more marketing-based than actually usable and interesting.

However, this doesn’t mean that the future of curved displays will be dull as well.

According to new rumors, LG’s G Flex 2 may have a display that can bend up to a full 90 degrees. This means that device will be nearly indestructible (from normal use), and it could be the first fully functional touch-screen clamshell device. If the display is possible, we’re sure manufacturers will be able to build a nice form factor around it to make it all come together.

The device will hit the market at some point in 2014, and you can bet LG will aim to have it hit stores before Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Round is released.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: ZDNet

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for December 6, 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

Collaborative word processing client Quip arrives for Android

New version of the Google Play Store app (4.5.10) now available for download

Verizon FiOS Mobile adds 16 new channels for out-of-home streaming

Carriers

T-Mobile to get LG Optimus F3Q with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

DROID DNA to get Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 very soon

Gaming

Prepare your inner game designer for Createrria in 2014

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Samsung considering Android 4.4 for low cost devices

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While Android 4.4 is still rolling out to many devices and many other users are still unsure of whether their phone will receive the update or not, it seems that Samsung is considering rolling out the update to a number of their lower cost phones.

One of the main goals of Android 4.4 was to bring the operating system to devices that might have a lower memory and will likely be lower cost. Because of this, owners of a wide range of devices are hoping that Android 4.4 will come to their phones. This list of devices that Samsung is considering to update will surely make a number of people very happy.

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Android 4.4.1 update (KOT49E) for Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi now available to download, instructions included

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The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi-only version started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.

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HTC One now available through company with interest-free financing (U.S. only)

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The HTC One is now available directly through HTC with interest-free financing. The special promotion, which ends on December 29, allows consumers to get their hands on the One (32GB) for $0 down and monthly payments of $25 for two years. Keep in mind, however, that this payment plan will vary based on a credit check. The $25 monthly price will net $600 once once you are finished paying it off. As you’re paying, you can take the device to either AT&T or T-Mobile. If you’re interested, hit the source link to apply for the interest-free financing plan now.

Source: HTC

Verizon FiOS Mobile adds 16 new channels for out-of-home streaming

Verizon has announced today that they are expanding the amount of out-of-home streaming channels available through the FiOS Mobile app. Previously there were twenty-five channels and the addition of sixteen new ones brings the total to forty-one channels. Showtime, Cooking Channel, and STARZ are a few of the new channels being added.

Also being added for New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. FiOS subscribers is the ability to stream local CBS and FOX affiliate stations to their devices. Spanish language channels UniMas and Univision have been added, too. Just head on over to the app to start viewing them instantly.

Hit the break for the full list of new channels and download links. Read more

Google set to launch set-top box in 2014 with Nexus branding

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Google TV may be dead as a brand but Google isn’t leaving your living room just yet. Coinciding with a previous rumor, The Information is reporting that the company has plans to release a set-top box of its own in 2014. The device, which is being dubbed as ‘Nexus TV’ for now, will go head-to-head with Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon’s set-top box that was delayed to next year.

It would unsurprisingly be able to stream services like Netflix, Hulu, WatchESPN, and more while also running Android games. It is believed that games are controlled via a touchscreen controller; however, it is likely that this means Android phones and tablets can be used as a controller. Not on board is live TV, which isn’t too much of a surprise since it was a feature that failed to gain traction with Google TV. The gaming aspect is what could differentiate ‘Nexus TV’ from Chromecast because the $35 dongle has yet to, and likely couldn’t handle, gaming. ‘Nexus TV’ is rumored to stay true to the Nexus brand and deliver respected specifications at an aggressive price.

What would ‘Nexus TV’ need to make you choose it over the current crop of set-top boxes?

Source: The Information
Via: Engadget