TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 14 – July 20, 2014

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The G3 just became available and LG already announced a new device, the G3 Beat. The Galaxy Note 4 is shaping up to be the most powerful phone in the universe, but will it keep Samsung’s profits from declining? NVIDIA is going to give it another go with the Shield. This time it’s going to be a tablet, but will consumers actually buy this one? Google and Samsung try to unify home automation, but is that even possible? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Reviews

LG G Watch and Android Wear review: The smartwatch revolution has begun

Accessories

Samsung gets into mobile audio market with new Level portfolio

Android Wear

Minuum shows off early beta of Android Wear keyboard

Google will release a custom watch face API for Android Wear soon, current watch faces may not work with it

[New Android Wear App] Pay for your next Starbucks drink with Coffee Time

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for July 7 – July 13, 2014

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The LG G3 is finally starting to hit carrier stores, will it be the phone that gets LG over the hump? One of the Chromecast’s sought after features has finally arrived. You can now mirror your smartphone or tablet to your TV, but unfortunately the number of devices is limited. Motorola continues to tease the Moto 360, but we just want them to release it already. Speaking of “releasing it already,” when the hell is Samsung going to release the Galaxy F? At this rate, the Galaxy Note 4 will be out sooner. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to get the Android L look on your phone without rooting or installing ROMs

Reviews

[App Review] Take control of your mobile data with the redesigned My Data Manager 4.0

Accessories

HTC Dot View app becomes manageable with themes and settings

HTC Dot View case seemingly heading to additional devices

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 30 – July 6, 2014

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Android Wear apps hit the Play Store this past week, and the first smartwatches started shipping. We continue to get leaks regarding the Galaxy F and Moto X+1, and the LG G3 hasn’t even released in most markets yet. Speaking of the G3, it looks like Verizon Wireless just can’t break the habit of destroying phones. The Nexus 8 continues to show signs of life, but when will it be released? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to set up your Android Wear smartwatch

Android Wear walkthrough

How to find Android Wear apps in the Play Store

Android L Developer Preview walkthrough

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 23 – June 29, 2014

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To say this past week was epic would be an understatement. Google I/O was only two days, but it was jam packed with a ton of stuff. Google introduced the Android L Preview, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV, and that was only the tip of the iceberg. We even got to see Project Ara and Project Tango in public for the first time. Oh yea, let’s not forget what a cardboard box can do. There were of course a lot of other things happening, including Microsoft’s first Android phone, the Nokia X2. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another great week in the world of Android.

Google I/O Coverage

Watch Google’s I/O 2014 keynote right here

Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 16 – June 22, 2014

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Google I/O is only a few days way, kicking off this Wednesday. What exactly will we see? One thing we probably won’t see is the upcoming Nexus 8 (or 9), but we finally know more information about it. Amazon unveiled the Fire Phone. Is this just another flop or is it a game changer? The Moto X+1 continues to leak on video, but the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be the next big thing. Google continues to bring stock apps to the Play Store, this time the email app. Speaking of apps, why on earth did Nike bring the Nike+ FuelBand app to Android now? A little too late don’t you think? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be an epic week in the world of Android.

Guides

How to update the Google Play Store app on your Android device the easy way, no APK download necessary

Reviews

[App Review] UberConference is a conference calling service with a focus on efficiency

Apps – New

Garmin launches new premium navigation app called víago

Terrain Home, backed by Samsung Accelerator, aims to simplify your Android device

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 9 – June 15, 2014

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We are only a little over a week away from Google I/O, and the rumors are flying. Google might just unveil an answer to Apple’s Healthkit, but expect a heavy dose of Android Wear. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S. A very nice display, but did Samsung release too many tablets this year? Amazon will finally announce a smartphone this week. Will it make an impact? Can T-Mobile continue to shake things up with Un-carrier 5.0? 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

Best Android Weather Apps and Widgets [June 2014]

How to change or clear default app settings in Android

Reviews

Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G review: Extra large and light on the wallet

Accessories

Logitech announces Type-S keyboard accessory for recently unveiled Galaxy Tab S

Check out the all new Galaxy Tab S series accessories

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 2 – June 8, 2014

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Computex took place this past week so we had some new devices from ASUS. We also got the official announcement of the HTC One (E8) and the Samsung Galaxy W. This coming week we have Samsung’s unveiling of their new AMOLED tablets. Is Samsung overdoing it in the tablet segment? The Amazon phone is no urban legend folks. It will finally be unveiled in mid-June. Google finally released Android 4.4.3 to Nexus / GPE devices, and Motorola wasn’t far behind in releasing the same update to the Moto G and Moto X. Finally, could the “Android” logo get changed? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

Contests

Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014

Reviews

Moto E Review: A cheap smartphone worth buying

Accessories

Motorola announces Moto Stream, makes a speaker wireless for $50

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 26 – June 1, 2014

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Well the LG G3 dominated the news once again, but this time it was actually unveiled for real. It sure seems like an awesome phone, but does it have a chance to steal some of Samsung’s customers? HTC is said to be dropping development on the HTC One (M8) Prime, but it appears they still have a few more variants in the pipeline. What will the next flagship phone be? It appears Motorola is next in line with the Moto X+1. Android TV is oh so close, but will the failure of Google TV taint it in anyway? 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

OnePlus shows off several accessories for the OnePlus One

Sony launches wireless charging plate and cover case for Xperia Z2

Android In The Car

Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface

Android TV

Android TV will be showcased at Google I/O, packs a secret weapon

Apps – New

Sunrise Calendar app now available for Android

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 19 – May 25, 2014

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Once again, The LG G3 dominated the news, but the leaks are just about done since it will officially get unveiled in two days. Will it be the device that finally makes LG a household name for mobile? We finally got a good look at the HTC One (M8) Prime and yes, we are drooling. Will HTC One (M8) owners feel jaded when this bad boy gets released? We are now exactly one month away from Google I/O, and everyone who thought Google+ was dead, think again because a bunch of cool new features were added this past week. Speaking of Google I/O, what else is in store for this year? 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

Best Android educational apps and games for kids [May 2014]

How to setup Google Drive on your desktop for syncing

Accessories

LG unveils new QuickCircle case prior to the G3′s announcement

Refreshed Fitbit Force may have leaked, plenty of displayable info included

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 12 – May 18, 2014

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Finally a smartphone that is affordable to all, the Moto E was announced by Motorola earlier this week. HTC also announced the HTC One Mini 2, which is almost as small, but won’t be as affordable. LG is inching closer to making a big splash with the G3. Will it make an impact? The Google Silver program might be launching sooner than we thought. Will we ever see a Nexus 6? Google has announced the schedule for next month’s Google I/O. Does it indicate a pending doom for Google+? Samsung is just about to announce another set of tablets, but does anyone care? 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

The 5 Best Android music player apps [May 2014]

How to setup and use Motorola Alert

Accessories

Nexus 5 snap case now available on Google Play

Samsung and Seagate partner to create $179 1.5 TB WiFi hard drive and battery

Samsung external battery pack raises the design bar for accessories

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