TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 24 – March 30, 2014

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 24 – March 30, 2014

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The HTC One (M8) may have leaked like a sieve, but it’s finally official. I think we can all agree that it might be the most beautiful phone ever, but is it as beautiful on the inside? And is that Duo Camera useful or just a gimmick? The Google I/O page is up and registration will be open soon. Google releases a pretty nifty Chromecast app, but was it half baked? Google also brought one of Android’s coolest features to the desktop. We got a few more looks at one of the most anticipated devices of 2014, the Moto 360. Android 4.4.3 could be released very soon. What changes will it bring to the table? 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

Best Android apps for the 2014 Major League Baseball season

How to setup and use Magazine UX on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1, and TabPRO 12.2

How to use the Multi Window feature on the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, TabPRO 10.1, and TabPRO 12.2

Reviews

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and 10.1 review: A stunning display with a lot of power

Apps – New

New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

HTC follows Motorola and releases core apps in the Play Store [Updated – Google Play Edition incoming]

HTC to release BlinkFeed and Zoe in the Play Store this summer for other devices

[New Chromecast app] Colorcast brings Pictionary style drawing game to the big screen

Nostalgic Timehop app finally arrives on Android

HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

[New Chromecast App] Lakitu is a full-featured Twitch.tv app with Chromecast support

Apps – Updates

Roku’s Android app gets updated with a fresh interface and enhanced searching

College student discount for Spotify offered in U.S.

Updated LastPass app now autofills passwords in Android apps and mobile Chrome browsers

Last.fm shuts down radio subscription service after 1 year

Twitter enhances photo features on mobile client

Runtastic 5.0 adds hydration feature and revamps app

Microsoft opens Office Mobile for everyone, viewing and editing no longer restricted

Facebook Messenger update adds in group chat features

Shazam updates iOS app, Android app to follow

PlayOn testing Chromecast support in latest beta

Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

Carriers

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

SK Telecom defies Samsung and releases the Galaxy S 5 early

Sprint announces that HD Voice will be launched across the country in July

Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

T-Mobile to offer HTC One (M8) on April 11

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

Verizon now offering 30% discount on the new HTC One (M8) along with the BOGO deal

LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4

Chromecast

Google updates Cast icon to make it easier to read state

New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

Slingbox working on adding Chromecast support

[New Chromecast app] Colorcast brings Pictionary style drawing game to the big screen

[New Chromecast App] Lakitu is a full-featured Twitch.tv app with Chromecast support

PlayOn testing Chromecast support in latest beta

Deals

Amazon Kindle Fire HD, HDX, and HDX 8.9 all on sale for a limited time

Gaming

Nvidia announces updates and new games for SHIELD, including Valve’s Portal

Amazon launching set-top box at event next week

Gameloft releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the Google Play Store

Cut The Rope 2 swings into the Play Store

Google

Where’s Google Going Next? Watch the recent Larry Page TED interview to find out

Google Now is a go for all Chrome desktop users

Google Now will alert you if there is a traffic incident along your route

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

Google launches I/O 2014 website, registration will open on April 8

Google Drive now allows users to edit images in Slides and Drawings

Google adds in support for uploading music to Play Music through Chrome

Google aims to make Android more lucrative for business users in next firmware upgrade

Android devices using Google Play Services will now use ‘Powered by Android’ branding

Google plans on spending the next 100 years studying its employees

Google is cleaning up the Play Store’s sexually explicit material, naughty apps no longer welcome

Bill reminders and payment links might be coming to Google Now

Google Glass

Google strikes deal with Luxottica to bring Glass to Ray-Ban, Oakley, and more

Google TV

Philips announces a new UHD television powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Hardware

NVIDIA unveils the Jetson TK1 DevKit

Home Automation

Samsung releases Bluetooth-only smart bulb that lasts ten years

Phones – ASUS

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

Phones – HTC

HTC announces the new One for 2014

Hands on with the All New HTC One (M8)

Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8 will go up for preorder later today

HTC One M8 available today from Verizon retail stores, online at major U.S., Canadian carriers

Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

Not so stealthy ad reveals potential HTC One (M8) in Stealth Black and Stealth Red

Verizon now offering 30% discount on the new HTC One (M8) along with the BOGO deal

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) now available for AT&T, Sprint and International variant of the HTC One M8

T-Mobile to offer HTC One (M8) on April 11

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

New HTC One commercials released, feature Gary Oldman

The HTC One (M8) screams high quality but don’t expect to repair it easily

The HTC One (M8) will have a slightly higher clocked processor in Asia

Developer edition of all new HTC One (M8) to be offered in Amber Gold or Gunmetal Grey

HTC One (2013) Google Play edition receives a $ 100 discount, now available for $ 499

HTC Desire 316 official in China

HTC One (M8) Mini and mysterious “M8 Ace” device get name-dropped

HTC One M8 Mini appears on Swedish carriers site

AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

HTC is working on an octa-core smartphone

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

Phones – LG

LG will cut the price of the G2 and G Pro 2 when the Galaxy S 5 releases

LG G2 mini to be available starting in April

LG Optimus Exceed 2 leaks, a prepaid smartphone for Verizon

Phones – Meizu

Meizu teases its upcoming device, the Blue Charm Note featuring an octa-core processor

Phones – Motorola

Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4

Picture of rugged Moto G Forte leaks

Moto G is officially Motorola’s best selling smartphone ever

Motorola launches the Test Drive software program, starts with the DROID RAZR M

Phones – Nexus

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus One to come equipped with Snapdragon 801

OnePlus One gets an official announcement date

Phones – Oppo

International version of the Oppo Find 7a up for pre-order April 7

Phones – Samsung

Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

Samsung may have to move the Galaxy S 5 launch earlier due to South Korean carrier punishment

No early launch for the Galaxy S 5 in South Korea

SK Telecom defies Samsung and releases the Galaxy S 5 early

According to teardown, Samsung Galaxy S5 will be hard to repair

The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will feature a baby monitor

Well that was quick, Chainfire roots the Samsung Galaxy S 5 SM-G900F before its release

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

AT&T, Sprint among the carriers said to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active

Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘Zoom’ specs leak, will feature a slimmer body and 20 MP camera

Phones – Sony

Sony announces the delay of the Xperia Z2 release in the U.K, launch date pushed to May

Sony begins seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 worldwide

Phones – ZTE

ZTE Nubia X6 is official, boasts a 6.44-inch display and the Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM

ZTE Grand S II could sport 4GB of RAM

Smartwatches

Second image of LG G Watch released

Moto 360 explained in further detail through new images

Sony won’t use Google’s Android Wear OS for its smartwatch

Tablets

AT&T confirms Asus PadFone X specs, no word on release date

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

Two press renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 leak

Unknown Samsung Galaxy tablets drop by FCC

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 pictures leak

Updates

HTC to update existing One device customers to Sixth Sense

Sony begins seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 worldwide

AT&T HTC One Mini receives Android 4.4 KitKat

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sprint’s HTC One Max receive Android 4.4 KitKat update

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to receive the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update soon

First details of Android 4.4.3 revealed

Android 4.4.3 changelog (incomplete) leaks

Wearables

Samsung’s Gear Fit won’t run Android or Tizen

Miscellaneous

Is President Obama switching to Android?

Facebook announces acquisition of Oculus VR

HTC looks to double their market share in 2014

HTC president claims Samsung Galaxy S5 is “just a cheap piece of plastic”

Amazon prepping free video streaming service that could launch in a few months [Updated]

Has HTC succumbed to benchmark cheating?

Android 4.4 KitKat found to be the most stable mobile operating system

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