Amazon announcing new device on June 18, probably its first smartphone

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Ready or not, Amazon has something to announce on June 18 in Seattle. The company posted a video of some people getting hands on time with an unseen device. Simply put, all of the people are floored by whatever it is they are playing around with. One woman says “it moves with me” while some of the other participants move around watching the device. This is what basically makes it a lock that on June 18 (which is right on schedule), Amazon will unveil its first smartphone. The device will allegedly have 3D object recognition and it very much seems that the participants in the video were utilizing that.

Hit the break to watch the video for yourself.

Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3

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Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).

So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.

Hit the break for Schuster’s full explanation.

Angry Birds Stella spin-off coming this fall, Rovio shares gameplay screenshot

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Rovio knows that we all just cannot get enough Angry Birds in our lives. So the developer has announced the spin-off Angry Birds Stella will arrive in September. The image above was shared and shows the titular character beside her friends and foes.

Shortly after the game is available this fall, Rovio has a short television series ready to be released. It will tie-in with the game and be comprised of thirteen episodes that are six minutes each. That segment of Angry Birds Stella should be ready in November along with plenty of other Angry Birds Stella franchise-related items.

Hit the break to see a gameplay screenshot from Angry Birds Stella.

HTC One Remix for Verizon press render shows the device’s front and back

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Here is a pretty clear look at the upcoming HTC One Remix. In case you were unaware, this is just the HTC One Mini 2 with a different name just for Verizon. Everything looks the same as the other device, save for branding. Verizon has stamped its front and back with some logos. The front has replaced HTC’s very own logo with Big Red’s. And the back has the usual Verizon logo and 4G LTE logo. Nothing too surprising here.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Nova Launcher update brings “OK, Google” hotword and slight design fixes from the beta

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One of everyone’s favorite Android launchers is receiving an update that puts it even closer to the stock launcher. Nova Launcher’s latest update adds the “OK, Google” hotword commonly found with the Google Experience Launcher. This feature requires Android 4.1 or higher and a device than can sit in low power consumption while listening (as not all devices can do so). Another addition is the fixes, tweaks, and changes made within the beta version of Nova Launcher. They have all been brought over to the stable release in the Play Store.

Hit the break for download links.

Google Translate now shows definitions, synonyms, usage history, and more

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Next time you need to know how to say “hello” in French, Google Translate may give you more than just that. Google is experimenting with offering much more information than just a straightforward definition. Basically, everything down to the word’s usage history can be found through Google Translate.

I have noticed Google Search doing all of this for a few months, but now it seems that Google Translate is getting the same kind of attention.

Source: Google Translate
Via: Google Operating System

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

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We have read rumors that Verizon was considering adding the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its portfolio of tablet devices available for consumers. That rumor picked up some new steam today thanks to a leaked image posted by Twitter tipster @evleaks. The image is a front and back view of the Xperia Z2 Tablet showing Verizon branding laid down right in the middle of the back of the device. Of course, we still have no idea of when this may happen, but the existence of a pre-release image could be an indication that the wait may not be too much longer.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Chrome Web Store now links to Android apps

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A new update to the Chrome Web Store was recently launched, now showing links to extensions and apps that will also work on Android. The store will have a link that says “Available for Android,” allowing users to link directly to the Google Play Store.

The links are currently only one way, and links to the Chrome Web Store from Google Play are not yet shown. This move might signal that Google is planning on merging the two stores.

Source: Google System

Latest Sony Xperia Z3 rumors say September release, compact version but no Ultra

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Some new rumors have surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3 from Twitter tipster @DooMLoRD_XDA. The latest bits of news appear to confirm some earlier reports, contradict some, and add in some new bits of information. According to the latest information, the Xperia Z3 will be released in September. That is consistent with statements made by Sony earlier this year indicating they thought flagship devices need to be released more often than once a year. Sony’s Kurozumi Yoshiro also said at MWC 2014 that Sony was going to go in a new design direction which @DooMLoRD_XDA seems to confirm by indicating the Xperia Z3 will have a new design with slim bezels and will be only 7 mm thick.

Android, Samsung maintain strong positions in U.S. smartphone market in April

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comScore has released their latest numbers for the U.S. smartphone market from April 2014 showing Samsung and Android continue to grow at the expense of almost everyone else. Samsung saw the number of smartphone subscribers owning one of their devices grow by a full percentage point since January 2014, up to 27.7% of the market. Of the top five manufacturers, Samsung was the only one to see growth during that period with both Apple and LG suffering the biggest losses of 0.2% and 0.4% respectively. Motorola and HTC also saw their market share slip slightly.

Sony releases SmartBand in the U.S. for $99.99

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Sony has officially released their new SmartBand SWR10 in the U.S. for $99.99. The fitness band is available through their online store, or through selected retail stores.

Currently the device is only available in black, but two additional colors are expected to be released later in the month. The SmartBand SWR10 is designed to work with Android devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. Hit the source link to buy the device for yourself!

Source: Sony

Google Play Edition of Samsung Galaxy S 5 may be in the works

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A new image surfaced today allegedly showing a Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 5. The GPE version of the Galaxy S 5 is expected to come with the same hardware as the regular version, but it would be unlocked and would come with a stock Android interface instead of Samsung’s TouchWiz. If released, this would follow in the path of the GPE version of last year’s Samsung Galaxy S 4. The source that grabbed the pic did not get any information on a window for release or pricing.

Google is working on their new Android Silver program for release in early 2015. We may hear about that at Google I/O later this month. Although the Android Silver program has been pegged as the replacement for Google’s line of Nexus devices, it remains to be seen whether it would have any impact on Google Play Edition devices.

source: TK Tech News
via: phoneArena

This could be the Galaxy F (aka Galaxy S 5 Prime), launch now expected to be in September

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Over the last several months, we have heard a flip flopping of sorts regarding the Galaxy S 5 Prime. Some rumors indicate that will be the exact name of the device, while others have indicated that it would fall into a new line called the Galaxy F. Back in March, JK Shin said there wasn’t a higher-end Galaxy S 5 in the works, which probably is a strong indication that it will be the Galaxy F, even though it may look very similar to the Galaxy S 5.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 3, 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!!

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