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October 26, 2014

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 20 – October 26, 2014

by John_A

TalkAndroid_Weekly_Recap

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

Accessories

Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock now in stock and ready to ship from Google Play

Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

Android TV

Nexus Player now available on the Play Store for $99

Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

Android Wear

[New Android Wear App] Tempo-Motion is another great option for watch faces

Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

Microsoft wants you to use Bing Torque instead of saying “OK Google” on your Android Wear smartwatch

Android Wear now has GPS and offline music support

Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

Apps – New

[New Android Wear App] Tempo-Motion is another great option for watch faces

Google Fit app gets exposed prior to official launch

[APK Download] Android 5.0 Messenger app can be installed on Android 4.4, no root required

PPLNOTIFY sends Android notifications straight to your web browser on another device

Google introduces ‘Inbox’, an alternative to Gmail that works for you

Microsoft Garage launches two Android apps for your lock screen and travels

Apps – Updates

Spotify announces new family plans starting at $14.99 a month

Play Music gets a Material Design makeover in Nexus 4 port

Gmail 5.0 update will support Outlook and Yahoo accounts

Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root

Gmail 5.0 will make the stock Email app obsolete by including Exchange support

Google Play Music gets Material Design, benefits from Songza

Shots of Google Calendar material design overhaul surface

Nokia’s HERE Maps now available on all Android devices

Google adds Material Design to Google Drive App

Google Earth for Android gets updated 3D rendering engine

Nova Launcher update brings more Lollipop flavor to your homescreen

Solar eclipse and police activity cards now showing up in Google Now

SwiftKey introduces two new Material Design keyboard skins

Get in the fall spirit with Google Calendar’s new seasonal wallpapers

Google Inbox users can now invite three friends to use the service

Amazon launches App Store in main Android app

Latest Google Maps update brings better Android Wear navigation notifications

Retailers blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet as they build their own service

TGI Black Friday app gets updated for 2014 deals

Carriers

AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

Famigo coming pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 through AT&T

AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

Rogers activates its LTE-A service in 12 new markets

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Sprint doubles data on their low-end shared data plans

T-Mobile launches annual Postseason sale

T-Mobile’s 10GB/$100 Deal Set to End on the 29th

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

Samsung to Release Note 4 Developer Edition on Verizon

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

Chrome

Users of Chrome OS and Android 5.0 reporting Easy Unlock feature is operable

Inbox by Gmail shows up in Chrome Web Store

Chromecast

Chromecast users Cast 650 million times and its successor is on the way

Gaming

Rovio takes flight with new RETRY game

Humble Bundle’s spooky Halloween deal is now live

NHL 2K15 hits the Play Store

Google

Were OEMs to blame for Android Silver never coming to fruition?

You can now filter apps in the Play Store by ratings

Google adds USB Security Key support to make their 2-Step Verification more robust

Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Google introduces ‘Inbox’, an alternative to Gmail that works for you

Firebase, a cloud database company, joins Google’s Cloud Platform team

Google reassigns Sundar Pichai to oversee all of its products

Googler Alan Eustace breaks parachute jump record from 25 miles up

Retailers blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet as they build their own service

Hardware

LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

Home Automation

Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

Phones – Amazon

Amazon takes $170 million hit “primarily related” to the Fire Phone

Phones – HTC

HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

Phones – Huawei

Huawei hosting contest to launch the Honor 6 in Europe

Phones – LG

LG debuts NUCLUN processor in the G3 Screen, a Korean exclusive with a 5.9-inch screen

LG Liger shows up in benchmarks with mid-range hardware

LG teases a new concept phone that has mood swings

LG G3 now receiving major stability update

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

Phones – Motorola

Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online

Phones – Nexus

“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display

Google’s Nexus 6 gets compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

Just how big is the Nexus 6?

Did the Nexus 6 already visit the FCC?

Phones – Oppo

New OPPO teaser hints at second device

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus pre-order system will go live for 24 hours on October 27th

Phones – Samsung

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 Plus in the Netherlands with Snapdragon 805

Samsung launches budget-friendly Galaxy Core Max in China

Samsung confirms the Galaxy A7 will ship with a Full HD display and 64-bit processor

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 now available in India

Samsung using Sony’s IMX240 camera sensor for the Galaxy Note 4

Why did Samsung “ditch the stitch” and other design questions answered

Samsung to Release Note 4 Developer Edition on Verizon

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 destined to be Samsung’s best-selling smartphone yet

Montblanc introduces premium accessories for the Note 4

Galaxy Note Edge to be Launched Thursday in Japan

AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 October 24th

Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Phones – ZTE

ZTE officially launches the budget-minded ZTE V5 Max

Project Ara

Google may sell Project Ara modules in a Play Store type marketplace

ROMs

TWRP custom recovery gets support for unlocked 2014 Moto X

Security

Google adds USB Security Key support to make their 2-Step Verification more robust

Set-top boxes

Amazon Fire TV now available in the UK

Smartwatches

LG G Watch gets update that brings new music features

LG G Watch R will be available in the UK starting tomorrow

LG finally announces global release plans for the G Watch R, but still murky

Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock now in stock and ready to ship from Google Play

Microsoft wants you to use Bing Torque instead of saying “OK Google” on your Android Wear smartwatch

Next Pebble smartwatch aims to be “more everything,” might feature modular components

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

Tablets

MetroPCS offering entry-level Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet

AT&T to offer Kindle Fire HDX 7″ for just $49.99 with every Fire Phone purchase

Samsung and Barnes & Noble announce 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Pre-orders for Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio hit Amazon

You can now pre-order the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a hefty $499.99

Sony reportedly launching 12-inch tablet in 2015

Updates

HTC’s Android 5.0 update roadmap leaks

Sprint now rolling out LG G2 stability update

LG G Watch gets update that brings new music features

Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

T-Mobile’s HTC One (M8) now receiving Eye Experience update

HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

LG G3 now receiving major stability update

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy S 5 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in December

Miscellaneous

Motorola video invites people to join company

Deezer acquires Stitcher to broaden streaming content

Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

Online Companies Using Discriminatory Online Pricing

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