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November 9, 2014

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for November 03 – November 9, 2014

by John_A

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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

Android TV

Bringing an app to Android TV is pretty simple, Google shows how

Gameloft Releases Ten Games for Nexus Player

YouTube for Android TV listed in Google Play Store

Nexus Player factory image and binaries now available

NBA Game Time and MLB.TV launch Android TV apps

Nexus Player supports Ethernet through USB-OTG

Apps – New

Disney Movies Anywhere is your one stop cross-platform shop for Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies

HTC publishes companion app for its RE Camera

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app is a powerful sleep tracker for your smartphone

Microsoft offering sign up for Office preview on Android tablets

HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store

Apps – Updates

Starbucks planning to deliver coffee through updated mobile app

Update to Google Calendar app heralds a new day for users

PayPal Plans to Work with Burger King, GoDaddy, Authorize.net, and More

Microsoft and Dropbox team up to provide seamless integration across services

Amazon offering free unlimited cloud photo storage for Prime members

Pocket for Android gets Material Design update and Google Now integration

Google expands Play Movies and TV app to eight new countries

MMS messages through Google Voice finally working on Verizon

Material Design rolling out to Google Maps in coming days

Pushbullet update allows you to send texts from your computer

You can now make international voice calls with Google Hangouts in India

WhatsApp update now shows when messages have been read

Google rolls out Material Design update for Japanese Input application

Facebook is giving you better News Feed controls

Google Offers Free Books on Google Play Books app

Google opening Motorola’s Spotlight Story animated shorts for all Android devices

Cameras

The Desire Eye and the RE will join AT&T’s network Nov. 7

Carriers

AT&T to have the Note Edge on Nov. 7

The Desire Eye and the RE will join AT&T’s network Nov. 7

AT&T offers the Moto 360 for $199 with the purchase of a Moto X (2014)

LG G Watch R to hit AT&T’s online portal this Wednesday, November 5

Go long with new AT&T Next 24 program

AT&T announces deal to acquire Mexico provider Iusacell

MMS messages through Google Voice finally working on Verizon

Verizon launches its own Motorola DROID Turbo Employee Edition

Verizon will play the price-cutting wars conservatively

Verizon will carry the kid-friendly LG Kizon smartwatch

Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

Verizon Offers Football Leather Moto X

Chrome

Google Drive can launch desktop programs from Chrome

ShadowCrypt is a Chrome extension that encrypts tweets, status updates and emails

Chromeboxes

Dell selling Chromebox bundled with keyboard and mouse for only $199

Chromebooks

Acer Chromebook 13 on Sale at Amazon

Chromecast

Primecast app puts Amazon Prime Instant Video content on Chromecast

Primecast enjoys 36 hours of service before shutting down

Gaming

Gameloft Releases Ten Games for Nexus Player

Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet getting update for PS4 Remote Play

NVIDIA Shield Portable update brings latest Hub App, battery improvements and more!

Google

According to Strategy Analytics, Android’s global market share has peaked

KitKat now powers over 30% of all Android devices

Android Lollipop delayed until November 12 for most Nexus devices

Google and LG enter long-term patent cross-licensing agreement

Google bringing SD card support back to Android in 5.0 Lollipop

Google has a guide on how to achieve success with the Play Store

Google adds 7 additional countries to its list of supported Play Store Merchants

Google’s Barges Project Undone by Fire Concerns

Google Fit

RunKeeper gets Google Fit compatibility with latest update

Google Fit support sprints to Nike+ Running app

Google Glass

Google Glass being used in hospitals to treat stroke victims

Google Wallet

Google Wallet usage doubles on heels of Apple Pay arrival

Hardware

Rolling display could be portable large screen

Home Automation

Nest Thermostats getting software update this week

Phones – Amazon

Amazon commits to Fire Phone after acknowledging failure

Phones – HTC

HTC Desire 820s is now official

The Desire Eye and the RE will join AT&T’s network Nov. 7

Let the countdown begin for Lollipop on the HTC One (M8) and (M7)

Phones – LG

LG announces the G Prime and G2 Lite for Brazil

LG working on a G Flex Mini

LG ‘H Series’ with Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming

LG trademarks multiple names for possible future smart phones

Here’s what Lollipop will look like on the LG G3

Phones – Motorola

Motorola Solutions making phones for public safety employees

Motorola announces the Moto Maxx (aka DROID Turbo) for Brazil, Mexico, and other Latin American countries

Unannounced Motorola smartphone shows up in benchmark test with surprising specifications

Verizon launches its own Motorola DROID Turbo Employee Edition

AT&T offers the Moto 360 for $199 with the purchase of a Moto X (2014)

Verizon Offers Football Leather Moto X

Moto X 2014 gets Limited Lollipop Soak Test

Android 5.0 Lollipop shows up on a Moto X 2014

Phones – Nexus

Nexus 6 will be back in stock tomorrow and every Wednesday thereafter

Nexus 6 now listed on Flipkart, marks its entrance in India

Google’s Nexus 6 prepping for release in more countries

Phones – Nokia

Nokia rumored to be designing an Android-powered flagship

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus One update now live with Wi-Fi fixes and more

Phones – Samsung

Samsung working on a 5.9-inch 4K Super AMOLED display for next year’s Galaxy Note 5

Galaxy S 6 could sport a curved dual-edged display

Samsung to launch new phone series after Galaxy A arrival

‘Project Zero’ is allegedly the codename for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6

Galaxy Grand 3 specs leaked in benchmarks

AT&T to have the Note Edge on Nov. 7

Samsung kicks off its Galaxy Gifts package for the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Samsung confirms Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Galaxy S4

Test build of Android 5.0 leaks for the Galaxy S 4

Phones – Sony

Unlocked Xperia Z3 hits the Sony online store, ships Nov. 10 for $679.99

Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop

Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet getting update for PS4 Remote Play

Phones – Vivo

Alleged specifications for Vivo’s upcoming flagship phone surface

Project Ara

Vsenn enters the modular smartphone market

Set-top boxes

Amazon Fire TV software update ports tablet games

Smartwatches

ASUS Zenwatch to launch in the United States this Sunday, November 9

Verizon will carry the kid-friendly LG Kizon smartwatch

LG G Watch R to hit AT&T’s online portal this Wednesday, November 5

LG G Watch R now available through the Play Store

Motorola announces Champagne Gold Moto 360, new slim bands, new watch faces, Moto Body, and more

AT&T offers the Moto 360 for $199 with the purchase of a Moto X (2014)

Samsung will offer watch straps and bangle options for the Gear S

Sharp shows off extremely battery-friendly smartwatch

Streaming Sticks

Walmart to launch Chromecast competitor for VUDU video service

Tablets

HTC is planning their own line of premium tablets to launch in 2015

Get the Nexus 9 in your hands today through Best Buy

Nexus 9 teardown reveals that it won’t be easy to repair

Legendary developer Chainfire roots Nexus 9 mere hours after the source code is made public

LTE version of Nexus 9 shows up in FCC filing

[Deal] Staples has the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi and 4G for $129

NVIDIA Shield Tablet set to receive Lollipop update before the end of November

Samsung to launch a 13-inch tablet by year’s end

Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet getting update for PS4 Remote Play

Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

Updates

Google adds Android 5.0 Lollipop to the AOSP

Amazon Fire TV software update ports tablet games

Let the countdown begin for Lollipop on the HTC One (M8) and (M7)

KitKat to Lollipop full changelog posted

NVIDIA Shield Tablet set to receive Lollipop update before the end of November

Nexus 9 factory image is now available with LRX21L build

Android Lollipop delayed until November 12 for most Nexus devices

Google bringing SD card support back to Android in 5.0 Lollipop

Binaries for the Nexus 9 are being included in factory image build

Nexus Player factory image and binaries now available

NVIDIA Shield Portable update brings latest Hub App, battery improvements and more!

No root needed for screen recordings in Android Lollipop

Test build of Android 5.0 leaks for the Galaxy S 4

Moto X 2014 gets Limited Lollipop Soak Test

Motorola Posts Release Notes about the Lollipop Update

OnePlus One update now live with Wi-Fi fixes and more

Wearables

Huawei TalkBand B1 coming to U.S. retailers on Nov. 14th

Miscellaneous

A phone and tablet in one? It’s not far off, with foldable displays

HTC issues apology for Hot Deal snags

See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

Android sees market share growth in latest Comscore report

Digital assistant Amazon Echo announced

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