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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 11 – August 17, 2014
August 17, 2014TalkAndroid_Weekly_Recap

We finally have the official launch date for what could be the most anticipated Android device this year. No it’s not a phone, it’s a smartwatch. It’s the Moto 360, and let’s just say September is going to be a great month. Samsung is finally offering a phone sporting metal, but just how much metal is in Samsung’s future? HTC is trying something completely different. Will it yield dividends? Will the DROID make a comeback with the DROID Turbo? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another big week in the world of Android.


Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]


[Deal] Take 40% off all Huawei accessories through August 18

Amazon debuts mobile payment accessory

Android TV

Possible 10.3-inch Android TV box hits benchmark site

Apps – New

Madfinger Games working on virtual model builder called Monzo

TapPath attaches custom actions for tapping links one or more times

HTC’s Zoe (Beta) hits the Play Store, works with all Android 4.4 devices

Afterlight, a photography editing app, now available in Play Store following iOS success

Apps – Updates

HTC Sense TV update supports three new sports including the NFL and college football

Dropbox update includes document previews, improved search

HTC will make proprietary software available to other Android devices

Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

Glide update introduces new social features including Discover People tool

Box Notes arrives for devices running at least Android 4.4, does not require a standalone app

Amazon Kindle app update includes full-screen viewing for KitKat devices and a few other goodies for everyone else

Google Now adds alternate flights after delays and cancellations

Amazon launches Live App Testing tools for developers

Google Now adds Field Trip cards

The Weather Channel app gets design overhaul in latest update

Humble Bundle app on Android gets a major overhaul

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

Google Search will now listen for multiple languages at the same time


AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

Sprint adds the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with support for Sprint Spark to catalog

Leaked video suggest HTC One (E8) coming to Sprint

Sprint’s new CEO Claure ready to stir things up

T-Mobile bringing low-cost Pay As You Go plans to consumers starting at $3 per month

T-Mobile to begin throttling heavy p2p and file sharing users on its LTE network

John Legere partakes in Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges other carrier CEOs to do the same

Verizon introduces new $60 single-line plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB data


Acer and Nvidia announce new 13-inch Chromebook with Tegra K1 and 13 hours of battery life

Chromebook demand to shift to consumers, increase 79% during 2014


[Deal] Amazon Fire TV marked down to $84 for limited time


Humble Mobile Bundle 6 gets three new titles added to the mix


Google Stars continues to improve, but still not ready for release

Google backing an underwater cable between Japan and the United States

Google’s underwater data cables are now shark bite victims

Google opens Google Classroom platform today

Google announces Android distribution numbers for August

Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

Google Sheets gets trendlines and allows users to move charts to other spreadsheets

Google rolls out new UI for YouTube’s TV app

Google’s Brin and Page get dunked for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Google Glass

Doctor in Kansas City uses Google Glass to aid in operations


NVIDIA unveils the first 64-bit ARM processor the Android, the Tegra K1 ‘Denver’

Samsung Exynos 5430, world’s first HKMG 20nm chip, powers new Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Snapdragon 810 results surface in AnTuTu Benchmark

Home Automation

Samsung purchases smart home company SmartThings for $200 million

Phones – HTC

Information for upcoming HTC One M8 Prime suggests a new name and flagship specs

Leaked video suggest HTC One (E8) coming to Sprint

HTC Butterfly 2 could be heading towards an international release

HTC brings the Desire 610 and Desire 816 to the U.S.

HTC releases limited edition PHUNK M8

Phones – Meizu

Here’s another look at the upcoming Meizu MX4

Phones – Motorola

Specs for an alleged Verizon DROID Turbo leaked

Images of the Moto X+1 front panel, new DROID leak

Alleged Moto X+1 benchmark test shows older Snapdragon 800 inside

Motorola Moto G2 release date said to be September 10

Motorola bounces back in Q2 2014 due to Moto G, Moto E success

AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

Phones – Nexus

Motorola Shamu shows up on GFX bench, could be Nexus 6

Here are the specs for the upcoming Motorola ‘Shamu’ Nexus 6

Making Sense of Shamu: Motorola’s next flagship is the Moto S, and could be the first Android Silver device

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus nixes sexist contest the same day it launches

OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

Phones – Samsung

Detailed Galaxy Note 4 photos leak over the weekend

Samsung has already kicked off a promotional campaign for the Note 4

Preliminary Note 4 cost outed

Samsung files for rights to “Galaxy Note Edge” name

Samsung finally unveils the Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha wallpapers now available for download

Now that they broke the seal, how much metal is in Samsung’s future?

Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

Galaxy Grand 2 in gold gets outed on Samsung’s India site

Phones – Sony

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact slips through the FCC


Android Wear device from ASUS to debut at IFA next month

Google promotes Android Wear with four new videos

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

LG allegedly working on G Watch successor for this fall

Moto 360, Moto X+1, and Moto G incoming: Motorola hosting event on September 4

Moto 360 page appears on Best Buy’s site priced at $249, features detailed

Sony Smartwatch 3 could be revealed at IFA 2014


LG announces LTE version of the LG G Pad 8.0

Virgin America crew members now equipped with Nexus 7s

Sprint adds the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with support for Sprint Spark to catalog

Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser video

Sony’s Xperia Z2 receives European tablet of the year award


OnePlus One receives Android 4.4.4 update

AT&T’s Moto X now receiving Android 4.4.4

Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 is flatter and sharper with a big focus on usability

Virtual Reality

Samsung VR headset caught on film


Samsung Galaxy Alpha wallpapers now available for download


Samsung feeling the pinch, will cut costs

Xiaomi apologizes for uploading Address data without permission

Samsung’s partnership with Olympics extended through 2020


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