Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

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About a month ago, we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact when it posed alongside the Xperia Z3. Today, more images have leaked, but this time they are solo shots from Mr. Blurrycam.

It’s also possible that the previous leak isn’t the same phone as this one since the front-facing camera is in a different spot. However, we know manufacturers have various prototypes. The source indicates it will feature a 4.6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, and stereo speakers.

Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

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The Kids Store, a Kids Mode storefront available with Samsung devices, has hit a milestone. The company has announced there are 900 applications available meant just for children. With such a large pool of content, Samsung has introduced two categories to find apps easily. Users can find apps grouped by age or subject. The age grouping includes 0-4, 5-6, 7 and older. The subject grouping includes learning, play, and story. The Kids Store also includes a premium content section from featured providers. Samsung has $50 available to users to take advantage in this section.

Parents do not have to be worried as a password is required for children to make purchases in Kids Store through Kids Mode.

Hit the break for the press release.

Google Search can now utilize hotel confirmation emails for suggestions

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One of the best features of Google Search is its ability to reach into Gmail and utilize information to tailor a personal experience for a user. For example, this means that the service can track packages for you by using shipping confirmation details. The latest addition to Google Search takes advantage of hotel confirmation emails. With hotel confirmation sitting in Gmail, Google Search can help you navigate the surrounding area. It can show you places to eat and then quickly provide directions back to the hotel. So instead of searching and narrowing down details to receive optimal content, Google is serving users directly with data that already exists.

Source: +Google

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for July 29, 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!!

Apple vs Samsung

Apple drops cross-appeal against Samsung in apparent sign of court fatigue

Apps

Swiftkey Keyboard updates with new themes, performance improvements and more

Google Search can now utilize hotel confirmation emails for suggestions

Samsung’s Kid Store reaches 900 apps

Xiaomi sells through batches of phones in China and India in under a minute

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Xiaomi is known for selling through batches of devices in record time, breaking sales records just about every time it has a sale on devices. This time around, Xiaomi released its first batch of Mi 4 smartphones, selling through them in just 37 seconds in China. Unfortunately, Xiaomi didn’t disclose how many devices were in that batch, but it at least shows there’s a healthy demand for their well-priced smartphones.

Verizon’s LG G Vista will officially be available July 31st

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We’ve heard a lot about the LG G Vista, and it looks like it’s almost time for the device to be released to the public. The G Vista will finally go on sale (on Verizon, at least) this Thursday, July 31st. The specs match up with what we’ve heard, including a Snapdragon 400 CPU, a 5.7-inch 720p screen, an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, plus an SD card slot. It can’t stand up to the bigger LG G3, but as a budget option, it’s not bad.

Google Play Developer Publishing API now open to all developers

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Google has opened up their Google Play Developer Publishing API to all developers on the Play Store, which is great news for anyone looking to add some extra functionality to managing their apps. The new API makes it easier to manage in-app purchases and subscriptions, upload new APKs for beta testing or staged rollouts, and create and modify Play Store listings.

Overall, this Publishing API will make it significantly easier for developers to handle the management of their apps and listing, which should, in turn, create a better end user experience. If you’re interested, you can check out the full details of what the new API can do below.

source: Google Play Developers

Facebook files patent for unibody phone design, could be new Facebook Phone

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Despite the original Facebook phone and the HTC First both being complete failures, Facebook isn’t giving up on the mobile hardware business. The latest patent shows Facebook has ideas in mind for a unibody, slim device that involves “co-molding the display with the body of a device.” It sounds like something HTC would do, but this Facebook’s patent, not HTC.

Android malware can attack devices with “Fake ID” exploit

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any major security exploits in Android, but it looks like another pretty massive security vulnerability has been uncovered by Bluebox Security. The latest exploit takes advantage of Android’s failure to check the authenticity of digital certificates, allowing some apps to gain access to the OS and resources that they otherwise should not have access to.

Google Drive updated with new Material Design-inspired “home screens” for the web

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Google has updated Drive with brand new “home screens,” which feature an updated view to find your most relevant and recently edited documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

The new look is clearly inspired by Material Design, which we expect to continue its rollout to other Google products in the coming months. There’s also some nice drag and drop functionality that has been added, allowing users to quickly place documents into created folders. You’ll be able to view your most recent activity on a right sidebar as well — this feature is especially useful if you’re sharing the account with others.

Samsung files for another Gear related trademark – Gear S

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We have already seen Samsung apply for a few Gear related trademarks, like the Samsung Gear VR mark and another for the Samsung Gear Store. Samsung is clearly interested in building out a complete ecosystem based on Gear devices. The latest trademark to be added to the mix is the “Samsung Gear S”. Like the previous applications, the description regarding application of the mark is very general and casts a wide net over most any wearable device or related accessory.

Although the description may not be much help in figuring out what device this latest trademark may be meant for there could be a clue in the name. There are some who think the S is a reference to “Solo” which would be a variant of the Samsung Gear 2 that has an onboard SIM card and cellular connectivity instead of relying on a connection to a user’s smartphone.

source: USPTO
via: SamMobile

LG says additional LG G3 colors to be available starting in August

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From the beginning, LG has planned to have at least five colors available for their newest flagship, the LG G3. The standard Metallic Black and Silk White have been available through AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile while the Shine Gold color has thus far been an exclusive to Sprint, which also has black available. However, there have been no signs of Moon Violet or Burgundy Red being available internationally or with any of the U.S. carriers. LG has issued a statement indicating these additional colors will start to hit the market in August:

Sony Movie Creator app shows up for Sony Xperia Z2

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z2 may notice a new application available in their Update Centre, the Sony Movie Creator app. The app is similar to some features that Google+ offers for automatically generating movies. Movie Creator auto-creates short films of about 30 seconds in length using photos and videos taken with the phone. The films that are produced are called “Highlight Movies” and Sony’s system will notify you when a new one is generated.