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November 2, 2014

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for October 27 – November 2, 2014

by John_A

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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

Android Wear

Wear apps on the Moto 360 not displayed correctly when language is set to German after 4.4W.2 update

Google Camera update adds ability to take photo from Android Wear

Apps – New

Nextbit aims to sync Android app data across all devices with Baton

Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

Taco Bell accepting orders sent from its new app

djay 2 app spins up for Android

Latest Play Services APK findings show new “Copresence” app is on the way

Apps – Updated

Microsoft giving unlimited OneDrive cloud storage to Office365 subscribers

Facebook Improves Mobile Photo Upload

YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

Pushbullet releases Material Design treatment for app

MovieTickets.com making theaters paperless with mobile tickets

MapMyFitness gets Google Fit integration and an Activity Feed in update

Microsoft Office coming to Android in early November

Google Play Movies & TV update brings Info Cards & Material Design makeover

[APK Download] Material Design heads to Google Wallet in overhaul

Developers only need a few lines of code to add their apps to Google Voice Search

Google Drive for Android gets improved search, share, and view tools

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all Receive Updates

Any.do app gets major update focused on collaboration

Google Play Books gets an update to help users skip around

Runtastic gets updated with Google Fit integration and new “advanced statistics” service

Flipboard version 3.0 gets over 30,000 topics to follow

Gmail 5.0 with Material Design and Exchange support now available to download

Cameras

RE Camera in orange gets delayed, HTC offers 10% discount

Carriers

AT&T will carry the LG G Watch R

FTC suing AT&T over deceptive throttling, AT&T responds

AT&T adjusts Mobile Share Value plans with increased data

Sprint expands its super-fast network to 17 new locations

Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience update

T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network reaches 250 million people in the United States

Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

Verizon paying $64.3 million in Family SharePlan settlement

Verizon and Motorola officially launch the DROID Turbo

LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon

James Franco Uses Droid Turbo in Confusing YouTube Ad

Samsung launches Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for $699

Verizon Releases two new ads for the Droid Turbo

Verizon gives more data to the More Everything plan

Chrome

Google launches Bookmark Manager in Chrome Web Store, formerly ‘Google Stars’

Chromecast

ES File Explorer gets Chromecast support through plugin

Cast Screen support added to Sony Xperia Z3v, Z3 Tablet Compact, and more

Gaming

PS4 Remote Play app now live on Google Play with support for Xperia Z3 devices

[APK Download] Google Play Games gets Visual Update

Star Wars: Galactic Defense officially released on Android

Rovio’s Angry Birds Transformers is in the Play Store

Google

Google details more new security features in Android Lollipop

Google files trademark application for “ARA”

Google X team’s latest project aims to detect cancer and other diseases early

Google now lets you use your Play balance to pay for subscriptions

YouTube WatchMe for Android project brings YouTube live streaming to Android apps

Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google to start a technology incubator

Gmail Updates Web Calendar

Google fined $2,250 for exposing Canadian woman’s cleavage on Street View

Google+

Google+ Photos will Halloweenify uploads with spooky or fun looks

Google Fit

Google Fit launches in the Play Store with seamless device syncing

Google releases Google Fit SDK for developers

MapMyFitness gets Google Fit integration and an Activity Feed in update

Runtastic gets updated with Google Fit integration and new “advanced statistics” service

Google Glass

Google Glass is now banned from movie theaters

Google gets Patent for Projector on Google Glass

Hardware

LG announces 5.3-inch HD smartphone screen with incredibly small bezel

Phones – Amazon

Amazon exec admits Fire Phone pricing was too high, but it was more than that

Phones – HTC

Alleged HTC Sense 7 screenshots highlight Material Design

HTC may abandon M* naming convention for flagship in 2015

HTC’s unannounced Desire 816h passes through TENAA

Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience updat

Phones – LG

LG to update Japan-exclusive Isai with three new colors and 3GB of RAM

LG G3 Dual-LTE set to launch in Russia within the next couple of weeks

Phones – Motorola

Verizon and Motorola officially launch the DROID Turbo

Hands on with the DROID Turbo

Motorola releases several videos showing off the Droid Turbo’s best features

James Franco Uses Droid Turbo in Confusing YouTube Ad

A global version of the DROID Turbo is on the way

Verizon Releases two new ads for the Droid Turbo

Motorola smartphone users can now track the status of their Android 5.0 upgrade

Residents in the UK can customize a Moto X for £359.99 to celebrate Moto 360 launch

Phones – Nexus

Google talks screen size of Nexus 6, thinks people want giant phones

Nexus 6 pre-order window closes just as fast as it opens, another one could open soon

Nexus 6 will run $199 on contract with major carriers

New Halloween images show low light capabilities of Nexus 6

Nexus 6 from Google Play working with Verizon SIM cards

Phones – OnePlus

Pre-order system for OnePlus experiences issues, company once again apologizes

OnePlus One dressed in Kevlar pictured

Phones – Oppo

Oppo unveils the N3 smartphone with motorized swivel camera

The world’s thinnest smartphone is here, the Oppo R5

Phones – Samsung

Samsung introduces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 for social-focused consumers

Samsung Galaxy A7 makes appearance on benchmark site

Samsung likely to launch A Series in China to compete with mid-range competitors

Samsung launches Verizon-exclusive Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition for $699

New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge touches down in South Korea

Phones – Sony

Cast Screen support added to Sony Xperia Z3v, Z3 Tablet Compact, and more

Phones – Vivo

New contender for world’s thinnest smartphone surfaces from Vivo

Phones – ZTE

ZTE partners with Knicks, Rockets, and Warriors as official smartphone sponsor

Project Ara

Google files trademark application for “ARA”

New Project Ara prototype shown off along with dates for upcoming conferences

ROMs

Nextbit aims to sync Android app data across all devices with Baton

Security

Security expert finds vulnerability in Samsung’s Find My Mobile service

Set-top boxes

Google Play Movies & TV arrives in Roku’s Channel Store

Smartwatches

AT&T will carry the LG G Watch R

Wear apps on the Moto 360 not displayed correctly when language is set to German after 4.4W.2 update

Does wearing a Moto 360 give you a better chance at getting laid than other smartwatches?

Amazon offering Moto 360 in several new colors and options

Amazon jumps the gun and offers Moto 360 in new colors and options before they’re officially unveiled

Samsung Gear S coming to the U.S. next week, Sprint November 7 and T-Mobile November 9

Streaming Devices

Amazon goes after Chromecast and Roku with Fire TV Stick

Tablets

Tablets see 11.5% growth in third quarter of 2014, Samsung still top Android tablet manufacturer

ASUS MeMO Pad 10 officially released

LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon

Samsung website hints at Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet refresh for 2015

Updates

Alleged HTC Sense 7 screenshots highlight Material Design

Google details more new security features in Android Lollipop

Sprint-branded HTC One now receiving Eye Experience update

New video shows Android 5.0 running on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Wearables

Microsoft Band goes on sale tomorrow for $199, companion Microsoft Health app already released

Miscellaneous

ZTE partners with Knicks, Rockets, and Warriors as official smartphone sponsor

Plastc Card pre-orders surpass $5.2 million worldwide

LG shipped a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones during the 3rd quarter

Camera quality is improved with Android 5.0 Lollipop on all devices

Despite iOS sales success, Android continues to expand lead in U.S.

Xiaomi takes 3rd place for world’s largest smartphone manufacturer

Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola is finally complete

Samsung planning smartphone overhaul after profits plunge in 3rd quarter, but is it too late?

HTC ekes out a small 3rd quarter profit

Sony reorganizes mobile division with new leader

HTC Dot View trick shows up just in time for Halloween

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