TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for November 03 – November 9, 2014

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In a remarkable turn of events, LG and Motorola are offering the Lollipop update before Google pushes to most Nexus devices. Word is that Google needed to squash a few bugs, but why don’t the other manufacturers need to address it? The DROID Turbo is now available outside the  U.S. under a different name. Amazon Instant Video finally comes to Chromecast. Um, no it hasn’t. Both the LG G Watch R and the ASUS ZenWatch are now available to purchase. With so many smartwatches available, is anyone buying them?  It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world  of Android.

Reviews

LG G Watch R Review: The best Android Wear smartwatch to date

Motorola DROID Turbo review: What the Moto X could have been

Accessories

Gear Circle is Samsung’s new way for instant hands free communication

Google puts two Nexus 6 cases in the Play Store, labeled as “Coming soon”

Powermod releases chargers with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 27 – November 2, 2014

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The Nexus 6 pre-order came and went quicker than a heartbeat. The DROID Turbo was finally unveiled by Verizon making me wonder why the Moto X (2014) wasn’t this good. A slew of Google apps get the Material Design treatment, and Google Fit finally launches. Amazon surprised us with a pretty compelling new Chromecast competitor, and you never know what you will find in Google Street View. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.

Guides

How to stop notification cards from covering your Android Wear watch face

How to bring back the ‘steps today’ card on your Android Wear smartwatch after installing Google Fit

Accessories

OnePlus giving away bamboo StyleSwap covers after discontinuing them

HTC unveils its new Rapid Charger 2.0

Android TV

Pre-orders for Google’s first Gamepad are now live

Nexus Player rumored to arrive in Europe next year


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 20 – October 26, 2014

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Things were a little calmer this week, but there was a lot of cool stuff. Google dropped a huge bomb by releasing “Inbox” which is a new app for reading your Gmail. We’ve had a chance to play around with the Android Lollipop preview, and we love what we see. Sundar Pichai gets another promotion and Amazon’s Fire Phone didn’t set the world on fire. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.

Guides

Copying apps from your old phone or tablet to your new phone or tablet with Android Lollipop

How to make sure your Android phone or tablet is backed up on Google’s servers

How to setup Trusted Devices on Android Lollipop to automatically unlock your phone or tablet

How to lock any app on your phone or tablet for guests and kids in Android Lollipop

How to beam files and photos from one phone to another with the new Android Beam in Android Lollipop


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 13 – October 19, 2014

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Yup, this week was a little crazy, but a good crazy. Google announced the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player (Android TV) and kicked off the “Be together. Not the same.” campaign. That wasn’t it as Android L was officially named Android Lollipop and given 5.0 for the version. The OTA update won’t take place till next month, but the developer preview is already live. We reviewed the Galaxy Note 4 and were quite impressed. Nearby multiplayer hits Google Play Games and more Google apps adopt Material Design. The DROID Turbo gets a launch date, and so much more. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The best Samsung smartphone ever

Accessories

OnePlus announces JBL partnership and E1+ Earphones

Best Buy now stocks official Moto 360 chargers

MHL Adapter Charges your phone and Sends out 4K Video


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 6 – October 12, 2014

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HTC unveiled the selfie-centric Desire Eye and the RE Camera, but are they too gimmicky? Sony is finally bringing a flagship to the U.S., but will consumers take notice? The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 seem primed and ready for a release, which could be as soon as this week. Let’s also not forget about the DROID Turbo, which should launch by the end of the month. MMS messaging finally comes to Google Voice (North America), but Verizon customers were left in the cold. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Guides

Best Android Wear apps for creating, sharing, and finding the coolest watch faces

Reviews

Moto G (2014) review: The best budget Android phone just got better

[App Review] WPS Office is Kingsoft’s beautifully repackaged office suite

Accessories

Here are the accessories for the HTC RE Camera


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 29 – October 5, 2014

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Other than the REcamera, will we see the One (M8 Eye) or the Desire Eye at this week’s HTC event? Sony is also holding a presser this week, which could finally solidify a presence in the United States. Will it be limited to T-Mobile, or will the other carriers follow suit? We continue to see a lot of leaks regarding the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but don’t count out the new DROID Turbo. Google’s new YouTube music service appears to be just about ready for launch, not to mention the latest version of Android. What will it be called? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Reviews

A closer look at the battery life on the Moto 360 [Updated with info after KGW42R update]

Android Auto

Google details the development process for Android Auto

Apps – New

Nokia HERE Maps for Android leaks


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 22 – September 28, 2014

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The Galaxy Note 4 has become available for pre-order on most carriers, but with the iPhone selling like hotcakes, will it be as successful as it’s predecessor? Sony has scheduled an event in New York City. Are they finally going to make an impact here in the U.S.? The Nexus 6 (or Nexus X) and the Nexus 9 continue to generate hype with a rumored unveiling in 2 weeks. Speaking of hype, HTC is starting to get a little attention for their GoPro-style camera. Is this a product that a troubled company should be concentrating on? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Moto X (2014) review: Specs matter this time around

[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

Accessories

Samsung Power Sharing cable transfers a charge between devices

ThinkGeek is selling a miniature Flux Capacitor for charging your devices

OnePlus introduces new $15 Silver Bullet earphones


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 15 – September 21, 2014

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It was a rather slow week, but there were some interesting things. Android One was officially launched for the next 5 billion people. The Galaxy Note 4 goes on pre-order, but does it stand a chance against the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Speaking of pre-orders, the Moto X 2014 is also available. Will it rise above the original? We seem to be getting closer to a new DROID launch on Verizon. Is turbo charging enough to make it successful or does Motorola and Verizon have something else up their sleeves? Oh yeah, Amazon announced new Kindle tablets. That’s right more devices with forked versions of Android. Woo Hoo!! It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Reviews

Galaxy S 5 Sport for Sprint quick review

Accessories

Nexus 9 keyboard shows itself in NCC filing

Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

Android TV

After departure of project lead, Google’s Android@Home may be in trouble

ASUS ‘Nexus Player’ benchmarks surface, could be an Android TV launch device


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 8 – September 14, 2014

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This week was a tad calmer than the previous week which brought a slew of new devices. However, the device onslaught isn’t over yet as HTC has something in store for October 8, not to mention tomorrow’s Android One announcement. The debate regarding the battery life on the Moto 360 continues to get heated. Rejoice, Google Voice isn’t dead as it finally merged with Hangouts. T-Mobile continues to shake the industry up. How many more tricks do they still have? Amazon’s phone is now priced appropriately, but is there a chance in hell that anyone buys it? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.

Editorials

Is there a compelling reason to buy an Android smartphone now that the iPhone 6 is upon us?

Guides

Best Android apps for managing your grocery lists [September 2014]

Moto 360 ‘ambient screen’ and ‘auto brightness’ explained

This is what the pre-installed Moto 360 custom watch faces look like

How to use Motorola Connect to customize the pre-installed Motorola watch faces on the Moto 360

How to setup and use Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014

How to setup and use Moto Assist on the Moto X 2014

How to setup and use Moto Actions on the Moto X 2014

How to setup and use Moto Display on the Moto X 2014


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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for September 1 – September 7, 2014

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There are about 3 or 4 weeks out of the year when it’s absolutely crazy and this past week was one of them. With IFA going on, most manufacturers had something new to announce. We had major announcements from Samsung, Sony, Motorola, ASUS, HTC, and Huawei among others. The Galaxy Note 4 seems to be another killer, but is the real game changer the Galaxy Note Edge? Sony went completely waterproof, but will consumers care? Motorola updated the Moto X and Moto G and they announced the most anticipated device of the year, the Moto 360 smartwatch. Will it live up to the hype? This is just the tip of the iceberg folks. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another busy week in the Android world.

Accessories

HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

Logitech announces new keyboard for tablet and smartphone devices

Montblanc to offer high-end Galaxy Note 4 styluses and cases

Motorola unveils Moto Hint, a new discreet Bluetooth earbud [Hands on Video]


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