TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 2, 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!!

Android Wear

Google engineers lay out ambitious future for Android Wear

[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

Apps

Google Play shows off best designed apps that use Material Design elements

[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

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HTC doubles Google Drive storage for One, Max, and Remix

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If you’re trying to choose between this year’s powerful options for your latest device, perhaps HTC can sway you with its latest addition to its HTC Advantage program. Now, whenever you purchase an HTC One M8, Max, or Remix, you will get 100 GB of Google Drive storage for free. Upon activating the device, simply open the preloaded Google Drive app and press redeem. Google has said that the Desire 826 and 610 will also be eligible for the extra large storage. For those of you that have already activated your free 50 GB of storage, you are still able to get your next 50 GB free. Howeverm if you still have last year’s HTC One or Mini, you’ll unfortunately be stuck with 25 GB of Drive storage still.

Source: HTC
Via: Android Police

Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event

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Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.

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Press image of Sony’s Xperia Z3 and SmartBand Talk leaks

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Two devices from Sony are exposed in the image above. The smartphone in the woman’s is the Xperia Z3 and the wearable on her wrist is the SmartBand Talk. The Xperia Z3 is shown in copper and the handset will also be available in black, white, and mint green. An image showing the color options can be seen after the break. The SmartBand Talk on the model’s wrist has an interface that does resemble something from Android Wear. And the image above confirms the curved e-ink display for this fitness tracker.

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Samsung SM-A500 makes another appearance online

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A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.

The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.

Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

Google for Work is the company’s repackaged enterprise suite

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Starting today, Google’s enterprise solutions will fall under a new name. The company has announced that Google for Work is replacing Google Enterprise. The rebranding is to better align itself with small businesses rather than large companies alone. Google, as stated by chairman Eric Schmidt, wants small businesses to feel empowered by the tools available. Google for Work includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, and much more. On the hardware end of things, Google is making sure that Google for Work is an extremely useful tool on Android and Chromebook devices.

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YouTube launches Fan Funding, a virtual tip jar for video makers

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Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.

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[New Wear App] Bring! Shopping List adds Android Wear support

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There are a slew of apps for managing your grocery lists, but Bring! Shopping List turned it up a notch with the introduction of Android Wear support. In fact, the developer is touting this as the first grocery list app to do it.

Bring! was introduced late last year and it’s one of the lesser known options. However it includes most of the same features that made the others so popular such as syncing between family members, sharing, and push notifications. What separates Bring! Shopping List from others is that it’s image driven rather than just a list of text. They offer over 350 hand drawn images for various grocery items and they appear in red when you need to buy them.

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