TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for April 7 – April 13, 2014

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The battle is on! Both the Galaxy S 5 and HTC One (M8) are now available globally. There is no question that Samsung will win the war, but can HTC put a dent into Samsung’s market share? Samsung also has another battle, but this one is in the court. It’s that same ongoing struggle with Apple, but shouldn’t Apple be going after Google? T-Mobile continues to shake the carrier industry up forcing the other carriers to respond. Google I/O registration entries got pushed back one week, and everyone will have an opportunity to buy Google Glass for one day. Are you buying? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to apply slow motion effects to your videos on the HTC One (M8)

How to create perfect Video Highlights on the HTC One (M8)

Apple vs Samsung

Samsung document shows personalities of big tech firms

Apple raises its damages claim to more than $2 billion against Samsung

Top Android lieutenant comes to Samsung’s defense in trial against Apple

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 31 – April 6, 2014

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This week’s biggest news wasn’t about a phone or tablet, it was about the TV. Specifically, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV set-top box. Will it be compelling enough to sway fans from the Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV? We are also hearing that Google is readying their next generation set-top box, dubbed Android TV. Can both Android TV and the Chromecast coexist? The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will finally launch globally this week. Will it live up to the hype or will the HTC One (M8) keep it in check? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Everything you need to know about Sense 6 on the HTC One (M8)

How to setup and use BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)

Sense 6 Camera and Gallery walkthrough on the HTC One (M8)

How to apply Duo Camera effects on the HTC One (M8)

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 17 – March 23, 2014

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By far the biggest story of the week had to be Google unveiling Android Wear, a modified version of Android for wearables. Shortly after, LG and Motorola announced upcoming smartwatches, but Motorola clearly stole the thunder. It can’t come out soon enough. Sick of reading about all the leaks of the All New HTC One? Well the unveiling is finally here. We will finally get our paws on it this Tuesday, and who knows, it just might be available for purchase the very same day. The Game Developers Conference was this week and Google announced Google Play Games will place nicely with iOS. Speaking of iOS, could iTunes come to Android? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Accessories

Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349

Apps – New

[New Chromecast App] Cast Store for Chromecast is a storefront… just for Chromecast apps

Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship

Link Bubble offers chat heads for links

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 10 – March 16, 2014

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Things continue to heat up regarding the HTC One 2014. Does HTC have a chance to wow us on March 25, based on the fact that we know so much about the phone before its unveiling? On top of that, ZTE plans on trying to steal the spotlight by making a big announcement on the very same day. We continue to see new Chromecast apps, but most of the major music and video apps are non-existent. We continue to hear rumors about an Amazon phone. Will they ever come out with one? and will anybody buy an updated Galaxy Beam? Could Flappy Bird make an encore appearance? and what the hell is the OnePlus One phone all about? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

Best Android apps for managing your contacts / Address book [March 2014]

Accessories

Samsung launches “Specialized Usability Accessories” for the Galaxy Core Advance customers

Apps – New

Samsung unveils Samsung Cloud Print and NFC Printers for small and medium-sized businesses

Smart Alarm Clock gets comfy and takes a snooze in the Play Store

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 3 – March 9, 2014

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Things were a little calmer this week now that Mobile World Congress is out of the way, but the world of Android never stops. The news and leaks regarding the All New One is starting to boil over, and we still have a couple of weeks until the official unveiling. However, there is always another phone waiting in the shadows. The LG G3 could be released in the early summer, and the leaks are just starting to heat up. Speaking of the G3, the Nexus 6 will mostly likely be based on it, which isn’t surprising. Motorola unveils more color options for the Moto X and continues to improve their Touchless Control. The U.S. carriers continue to drop prices on their monthly plans thanks to T-Mobile, but will the price for off contract flagship devices ever drop? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

9 top Twitter apps for Android [March 2014]

Accessories

Images of the Galaxy S 5 accessories appear online

Plenty of accessories for The All New HTC One has leaked online

The All New HTC One with a special flip cover leaks, GPE variant also on the way

The All New HTC One’s flip cover leaks again in three additional colors

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 24 – March 2, 2014

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This week was dominated by Mobile World Congress, which brought us a slew of new phones, tablets, and wearables. The most hyped announcement was the Galaxy S 5. Did it deliver as promised? Will Sony finally become a contender with the Xperia Z2? Samsung is hoping the Gear 2 will be more popular than the original Galaxy Gear, but the Gear Fit just might be what the doctor ordered. HTC decided to hold back their greatness until later this month. Will it pay off? And what does Motorola have in the cooker for this year? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Are in-app purchases for free-to-play games effective?

Guides

Here’s how to get the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone or tablet

Accessories

Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013

Apps – New

WinZip launches ZipShare, a way to zip and manage your cloud-based files

Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store

RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 17 – February 23, 2014

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The Galaxy S 5 and the All New One keep making headlines, but Google dropped a big surprise bomb announcing Project Tango, which is making us rethink what the Next Big Thing really is. We got a few pre-MWC announcements such as the LG G2 Mini, and a few Huawei devices. Samsung even unveiled followups to the Galaxy Gear, but what software is it running? There is still a ton more coming this week, including the Galaxy S 5. Will there be a “Prime” version or will is just be a “Standard” version? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what will be an epic week in the world of Android.

Editorials

Does the Samsung Galaxy S 5 need a metal body?

Guides

How to use Chromecast ‘Ready to Cast’ wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or desktop

Reviews

LG G Flex review: the birth of a new era

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 10 – February 16, 2014

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Things continue to heat up regarding the Galaxy S 5 and the HTC One successor. We are only one week away from the GS5′s unveiling, and we already have a good idea of what the hardware and software will look like, but will there be a version with a 2,560 x 1440 display? LG decided to make a little noise before MWC with the unveiling of the G Pro 2. Will one week really give them any kind of a boost? Flappy Bird is gone for good, but the clones will live on forever. Is Dennis Woodside’s departure from Motorola a good or bad thing? And is Nokia readying a higher-end Android phone? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Accessories

HTC Double Dip lets you customize a case for your HTC One

Apps – New

Bolt, another free VoIP service hits Google Play

Chorus brings ability to play music on multiple Android devices

Creator of DashClock releases Muzei, An artistic daily live wallpaper for your enjoyment

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for February 3 – February 9, 2014

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Google made a splash this week with the release of the Google Cast SDK, which should bring a flurry of new Chromecast compatible apps. If that wasn’t enough, they released the Bright Red Nexus 5 causing those that already bought the white or black version to salivate. It looks like Samsung will actually unveil the Galaxy S 5 at Mobile World Congress, but will it sport the specs that everyone is expecting? Rumors continue to swirl regarding HTC’s One successor (codenamed M8), but the M8 mini is looking to grab a little attention as well. The most popular app over the last couple of weeks has to be Flappy Bird, but it’s about to be pulled from both the Play Store and iOS App Store. Why? And when the hell is Google I/O going to be announced? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Guides

7 top lock screen replacement apps for Android [February 2014]

Reviews

[App Review] Quixey, the search engine for finding the best Android apps

Seven Days with the new Beats Music app

Apps – New

Get your fill of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with the official NBC Olympics app

EverythingMe Launcher goes official in Google Play

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for January 27 – February 2, 2014

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We were expecting an ordinary week in the land of Android, but let’s just say that things were very interesting. It all started with rumors that the Nexus line will end soon. Then Google dropped a pretty big surprise bomb by announcing they have sold Motorola to Lenovo. Throw in the news that Google and Samsung now have a cross-licensing patent agreement, and you really have to wonder what exactly is going on? The Nexus 5 in red seems to be ready for a release this week, and we continue to get a leaks regarding the upcoming Galaxy S 5 and HTC One successor (M8). We also got a little more information on the Nokia X, but is anyone excited for it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.

Editorials

Why did the Google-Motorola marriage end so quickly?

Reviews

Combat Creatures Stealth Stryder App-Attacknid review

Apps – New

THX releases tune-up app for Android to help get TVs just right for the Games

Microsoft brings Bing Rewards to Android and iOS with support for Windows Phone devices in the works

Apps – Updates

Twitter updates app with better photo editing, news feed features

Waze isn’t going anywhere, starts a new beta program to test new features

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