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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for May 5 – May 11, 2014

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The LG G3 continues to dominate the news, but Motorola is making a lot of noise with several leaked devices. The Moto E should be the center of attention this Tuesday, but they certainly have a few tricks up their sleeve. LG announced the Isai FL for Japan, but is it or is it not a preview of the G3? It appears Android could get a lot of UI changes, and what on earth is the “Flounder” and “Molly?” 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 apps for drawing and sketching

The 5 Best Android launcher applications [May 2014]

How to use Private Mode on the Galaxy S 5

How to save precious battery life with Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S 5

How to use (or remove) My Magazine on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use Kids Mode on the Galaxy S 5

How to setup and use WatchON or Smart Remote on the Galaxy S 5

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S 5 review: Sticking with what already works

Apple vs Samsung

Jury weighs Google’s influence after Apple-Samsung trial

Samsung attorney says Apple will get nothing in patent wars, sees end coming soon

Apps – New

Pananoid Android’s Peek function now available as standalone APK

Send files from your mobile device via WiFi with IPCast

[New Chromecast App] Spoticast brings unofficial Spotify casting to Chromecast

Yahoo News Digest released to the Play Store adding Canadian and International editions

Apps – Updates

Google Now aims to make your shopping life a little easier

Dropbox issues patch to avoid any abuse of shared links security flaw

Google Maps 8 is out and brings forth lane guidance, offline maps and several other new features

Todoist gets Google Drive and Dropbox integration as well as native file support

Motorola Connect updated to version 1.5 with support for MMS

TuneIn updates app, seeks to build social radio platform

Google Play Services 4.4 brings Street View embed, running/walking detectors, more

Google Play Services 4.4 teardown reveals much more waiting in the wings

Netflix prices staying put for two years for current U.S. customers, $8.99 thereafter

Google Wallet update adds multi-account support

Google Camera 2.1 to add ability to take photos while recording video

Amazon app updated with new icon, single sign on, bug fixes

Swarm, Foursquare’s spinoff coming next week, is watering down the mayorship feature

Facebook app update allows you to compose posts offline

Google Search adds NBA video recaps, more leagues to join in the future

Carriers

Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO, has some things to say about a T-Mobile merger and more

Kyocera Hydro Vibe headed to Sprint and Virgin Mobile

Sprint’s HTC One Max receiving Sense 6 software update

Sprint is slowing down the top 5% data users in congested locations

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

Verizon dubs the LG L70 as the LG Optimus Exceed 2

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.4.2

Copper Gold variant of Samsung Galaxy S 5 coming to Verizon

Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 evidence appears again

Verizon said to be getting the HTC Desire 610

Chromebooks

Lenovo announces new N20 and N20p Chromebooks, arriving this summer starting at $279

Google and Intel unveil over 20 new Chromebooks

LG Chromebase pre-orders to start May 12th, sales to commence May 26th

Chrome OS to get offline playback of Google Play Movies

Chromecast

[New Chromecast App] Spoticast brings unofficial Spotify casting to Chromecast

Gaming

R.B.I. Baseball 14 released to the Play Store

Godzilla: Strike Zone emerges in the Play Store for free

Rovio announces Retry, a new mobile game that very much resembles Flappy Bird

Google

More information about Google Stars comes to light showing new bookmarks in action

Google expands Google Shopping Express service to NYC, LA areas

Google Play Music finally available in Canada

Google Docs now allows users to crop and add borders to images

Google launches ‘Classroom’ for teachers in conjunction with their services

Google’s Project Loon pops up during Astro Teller presentation

Jury weighs Google’s influence after Apple-Samsung trial

Google acquires Appetas, a restaurant website builder

Google Play Services 4.4 brings Street View embed, running/walking detectors, more

Oracle wins Java copyright ruling against Google’s Android

Latest rumor suggests Google Now launcher changes could be tied to stock Android interface

Google’s “Flounder” codename surfaces in Android 4.4.3 changelog

Gmail changes appear to be headed to desktop along with mobile interface

Google Glass

Google Wallet is reportedly on its way to Google Glass

Google pushes XE17 update to Google Glass to solve boot loop bug

Google posts Google Glass filmed “Seeds” video for Mother’s Day

CNN brings iReport to Google Glass, allows you to be a ‘citizen journalist’

Hardware

New 5.5-inch Quad HD LCD display from LG get announced, safe bet it’ll be on the G3

Phones – HTC

Here are the rumored specs for the HTC One (M8) Prime

HTC is teasing a new device that is fashionable, but not luxurious

HTC J Butterfly sequel confirmed, specs still a mystery

Alleged HTC B2 press image leaks

Verizon said to be getting the HTC Desire 610

HTC reveals limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D. HTC One (M8)

Here’s what the Pink HTC One (M8) looks like

Gold, rose gold, and platinum plated HTC One M8 available for purchase

Sprint’s HTC One Max receiving Sense 6 software update

Phones – Huawei

Huawei unveils the Ascend P7 in Paris

Huawei releases “behind the scenes” videos for the new Ascend P7

Huawei smartphone images leak, reveal Samsung “inspiration”

Phones – Kyocera

Kyocera Hydro Vibe headed to Sprint and Virgin Mobile

Kyocera Hydro Icon headed to Sprint this year

Phones – LG

LG releases its first QuadHD phone and no, it’s not the G3

LG Isai officially released in Japan but not an LG G3 preview

LG G3 stars in yet another photo shoot, this time in gold

New leak suggests the LG G3 will be a beast

LG G3 backside leak shows that plastic will be dropped in favor of brushed aluminum

Press render of the LG G3 in a case leaks once again

New LG G3 image reveals a bit more of that brushed metal look

Verizon dubs the LG L70 as the LG Optimus Exceed 2

LG Volt for Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile press renders leak

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

Phones – Motorola

White Moto E listed on Indian import and export site Zauba

Image of Moto E leaks in Facebook post

Press render of the Moto E in turquoise, lemon, and black leak

Motorola Moto E specifications and images leak in Brazil

Online Indian retailer pegs release date for the Motorola Moto E

Moto X+1 for AT&T shows up on Motorola’s web site

Moto X+1 back panel details emerge, new Moto 4G news also

Mysterious Moto G Cinema appears on Motorola website

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus details their production schedule, announcing they will prioritize the 64 GB Black Sandstone One

Phones – Pantech

Pantech officially announces the Vega Iron 2

Phones – Samsung

Galaxy S 5 Prime (project KQ) to be very limited

Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 with a 2560×1440 display and Snapdragon 805 could be released only in Korea

Details leak about upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 5 Prime, Galaxy S 5 Mini, and next-gen Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy S 5 mini to sport a 4.47-inch display

Galaxy S 5 Mini could be called Galaxy S 5 Dx

Galaxy S 5 Mini leaks with a not-so-mini 4.8 inch screen

Samsung SM-G870A slides through the FCC, possibly AT&T’s Galaxy S 5 Active

Samsung announces Swarovski partnership — now you can truly ‘bedazzle’ your device

10 million Samsung Galaxy S 5 units shipped in less than 30 days

Samsung Galaxy S 5 Developer Edition available now for Verizon

Virgin Mobile getting Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 on May 19

Pink and red versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo coming soon

Copper Gold variant of Samsung Galaxy S 5 coming to Verizon

Samsung Knox 2.0 update rolling out today to the Galaxy S5

List of Samsung devices getting Android 4.4 update leaked

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.4.2

Phones – Sony

Sony Xperia XL2 announced in Japan

Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 evidence appears again

Phones – Vivo

Vivo announces Xshot including 13MP camera with f/1.8 aperture

Project Ara

Phonebloks releases new video highlighting modular thinking

Security

Samsung Knox 2.0 update rolling out today to the Galaxy S5

Smartwatches

Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch receives voice-to-text feature

Pandora for the Pebble Smartwatch now available for Android users

Pebble rolling out new firmware, Android app update

Samsung Gear 2 Solo (SM-R710) gets sent to India for testing

Sony officially releases Instagram extension app for Smartwatch 2

Tablets

Amazon’s 2014 Kindle Fire line to be powered by MediaTek processors

New press render of upcoming HP tablet leaked

Possible Nexus tablet from Google spotted online

Samsung releasing yet another tablet, may come with an AMOLED screen and Fingerprint scanner

Here’s the first good look at the upcoming AMOLED Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Updates

List of Samsung devices getting Android 4.4 update leaked

T-Mobile LG G Flex receiving update today; It may or may not be KitKat

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.4.2

Sprint’s HTC One Max receiving Sense 6 software update

Wearables

Epson is now shipping the Moverio BT-200 Advanced Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

Miscellaneous

HTC outsourcing some of its smartphone production aspects

Amazon introduces #AmazonCart to add items to shopping cart from Twitter

HTC stocks surge overnight to a 10 month high

New report paints unflattering picture of Samsung as patent warrior

According to survey, Android users are more promiscuous

Samsung replaces mobile design head

Budget waterproof smartphones said to be the target for 2015

Snapchat settles with FTC after lying to users about privacy

Samsung won’t use the May 28 health care tech event to launch a new product

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Android

Android Central 184: Londoners in Paris

We’ve got the new Huawei Ascend P7 in the house. Andrew’s still giving the OnePlus One the what-for. And we’re chomping at the bit to see new stuff from LG and, eventually, Motorola.

Thing 1: New Nexus inbound

Thing 2: Google Play Services gives a peek at what’s ahead

Thing 3: Huawei in Paris

Other stuff

Android

Android Central 176: Android Wear and other things you can’t buy

Phil takes a well-deserved day off, but the rest of the gang is here to talk about all the great Android goodies that should soon be hitting the shelves

Thing 1: All things Android Wear

Thing 2: Phones we all want but can’t buy yet

Thing 3: Other stuff

Android

Android Central 175: Android Wear

Google has announced Android Wear — it’s software platform for wearables — and along with it we saw a couple new smartwatches announced. So Phil from Android Central, Adam from SmartwatchFans.com, CrackBerry Kevin and Mobile Nations Design Director David Lundblad got together to hash it all out.

(Warning: There’s a little bit of NSFW language in this one.)

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Samsung Galaxy security flaw discovered that provides remote access to data

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Security has always been an interesting topic on Android and that discussion just got another reason to exist with a development team discovering a security flaw affecting the Samsung Galaxy series that could enable remote access to data on your device.

The development team behind an open-source operating system based on Android called Replicant OS, discovered that this ‘backdoor’ affects not only the version of Android running on Samsung Galaxy devices, but also those custom firmwares based on stock Android images such as Cyanogenmod.

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Android

Android Central 173: Hung up on Hangouts

Thing 1: Journey to the Samsung Galaxy

Thing 2: Great things not made by Samsung

Thing 3: Even more stuff

Download all the Mobile Nations Android apps!

Android

How to Transfer iPhone iCloud Contacts to Android Easily

transfer contact android iosMoving from your iPhone to an Android phone has been a daunting task in the past although there is an easy way to get this accomplished. The most important set of data that every user wants to move from one phone to another is contacts. This tutorial will show you how to easily transfer contacts from an iPhone to Android.

Apple has iCloud for backup and Android devices backup to your Google Contacts so essentially you just need to backup the contacts from iCloud and import them into your Google account. This being said there is a process that makes this easy and the steps are outlined below.

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Android

Carbon for Android falls victim to Twitter token limits

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The man behind the Carbon for Android Twitter client, M.Saleh Esmaeili, has announced the client has hit the wall in terms of Twitter API tokens. This was not an entirely unexpected move for Twitter which continues to limit access to its platform by developers of alternative clients. The news comes only days after new updates were released for the Carbon.

Esmaeili indicates in a post on his Google+ page that he is ready to move on from Carbon and has been working on some new paths to take. That does not mean he is abandoning Carbon entirely as he will keep working on some planned updates. He also indicates that he will not come up with a way to create custom API keys to get around Twitter like some other clients.

source: +MSalehEsmaili

Come comment on this article: Carbon for Android falls victim to Twitter token limits

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Install AOKP Android 4.4.2 on Galaxy S3 (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and International models)

The AOKP team had finally released the official Android 4.4.2 platform and now more and more Android based devices can be installed with the same firmware. If you own the Samsung Galaxy S3 (International or US variants of the smartphone) phone and want to update to latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS ahead of official OTA […]

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(UPDATE) @evleaks leaks more Android on Nokia, release imminent?

This morning @evleaks posted a photo with that caption “Android on Nokia ( -virtual buttons)” that could perhaps be further suggesting a Nokia device running Android is in the works.

The device pictured also appears to be a dual-sim smartphone.

Rumors began in November when @evleaks  leaked a photo of a device codenamed ”Normandy” that was said to be a low-end Android device.

This Lumia-style device, according to a report by The Verge, has “no apparent capacitive buttons for navigation” and ”supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular top apps.”

Comparing the above image to smartphones running Windows Phone, the navigation bar is nearly identical as far as the layout of the status bar icons.

This may be a heavily skinned version of Android, much like Amazon does with its Kindle tablets. If you ask me, while it was reported to have no capacitive buttons, the caption might mean “minus virtual buttons” and it appears to have one capacitive button, which is a back button. That dialer also looks like the KitKat dialer.

While @evleaks has proved accurate nearly every single time out, this one has our radar up.

UPDATE: GSMArena noted another leak of an AnTuTu test that the device, “Nokia RM-980 A110,” features a 4-inch FWVGA display (480×854 pixels), Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5 MP rear camera and runs Android 4.4.1 KitKat.

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via @evleaks, GSMArena

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