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HTC 'Volantis' could possibly be the next Nexus tablet

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 02:41 PM PDT

The rumors of HTC working on the next Nexus tablet have been around for a while now but they've been rather all over the place. On some occasions the device was going by the name Flounder and on others it was dubbed the Nexus 8, and now there's Volantis. To go along with the names, there are now some specs, which are sure to raise some eyebrows and certainly some questions along the way. Have a look at what HTC could showing up to the party with.

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HTC UK hosting contest to give away a real 24 carat gold HTC One M7

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 12:13 PM PDT

If you've been lusting over the real 24 carat gold HTC One M7 since we went hands on with back in October, we have some potentially good news for you. HTC UK is hosting a contest and one lucky individual will be able to collect one of the sought after devices by simply following @HTC_UK on Twitter and retweeting their contest posts.

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Google's developed arm bands that can translate sign language in real time

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 12:13 PM PDT

Google Translate has been around for some time, but the latest development has Google translating sign language with a pair of arm bands. The bands, developed by students at Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm in coordination with Google, are able to track the motions and gestures of the wearer and translate those instantly into spoken language. They're calling it Google Gesture.

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Google adding native “help page” interface on its Android apps

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 11:03 AM PDT


If you've ever needed to go to the "help" section in an Android app by Google, your usual course of action would be to head to the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen, and click on the "Help" tab. Once you tap on it, you are directed to a web page.

It's a bit old-fashioned to be directed to a web page from an app, and it's especially old-fashioned if Google is the company that developed the app. In an effort to update things, Google will soon direct users to a native help page within both the Google Wallet and YouTube applications.

How do we know this? There are some relevant strings found in the APK files of the apps:

<string name="gh_help_suggestions_title">Suggestions</string>

<string name="gh_help_browse_all_articles_title">Browse all articles</string>

<string name="gh_help_recent_articles_title">Recent Articles</string>

<string name="gh_help_search_title">Search results</string>

<string name="gh_help_topics_all">Help Topics</string>

<string name="gh_menu_phone">Call support</string>

<string name="gh_menu_click_to_call">Request a call</string>

<string name="gh_menu_email">Email support</string>

<string name="gh_menu_help">Help</string>

<string name="gh_menu_feedback">Feedback</string>

<string name="gh_menu_play_store">View in Google Play Store</string>

<string name="gh_menu_print">Print…</string>

<string name="gh_menu_clear_history">Clear help history</string>

<string name="gh_search_on_web">Search the web</string>

<string name="gh_cuf_rating_selection_prefix">Your rating: </string>

<string name="gh_cuf_required_field_description">* Required field</string>

<string name="gh_cuf_add_additional">Add Additional</string>

<string name="gh_cuf_confirmation_message">Your message was received. Thanks for contacting Google!</string>

We don't know when the functionality will be added, but you can expect it to come soon, and also expect similar functionality to come to all Google apps. It's not a major change but it's nice nonetheless.

Source: Android Police

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Samsung set to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 07:27 AM PDT

Things just got interesting in the wearables world. According to a new report from CNET, Samsung is planning to show off a new smartwatch powered by Android Wear at next week's Google I/O conference. For nearly a year, Samsung has been creating its own smartwatches, initially powered by Android, but then switching to Tizen. With Android Wear specifically designed for devices like smartwatches, it seems that Samsung is willing to go back and test the Android waters.

Samsung is said to be creating two versions of the smartwatch. One model would contain a Samsung processor while the other would contain a Qualcomm chip. It wasn't specified which one would be shown off at Google I/O, but both should perform well.

If the rumors shape up to be true, then we should see smartwatches from LG, Samsung, and Motorola all hitting at the same time, making for some stiff competition in the wearable market. As we don't know everything about the devices yet, we'll hold off judgement until all three are officially revealed. We can't deny, though, that the circular Moto 360 is tempting.

Which smartwatch are you most looking forward to?

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Pushing buttons with tnkgrl

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 07:11 AM PDT

Google uses Nest to purchase Dropcam for $555 million

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 07:07 AM PDT

The money is flowing in the tech world. Following Google's acquisition of Nest earlier this year, Nest (Google in disguise) has announced its purchase of Dropcam for $555 million. If you're not familiar with Dropcam, it's a cloud-based WiFi video streaming service. That sounds like an entertainment service, but it's actually used for security, allowing homeowners to easily monitor and track what goes on in their homes via Dropcam cameras.

What intrigues us is that this is Google's second large purchase of a company that makes goods to improve the home. Rumors have been swirling that Google is planning a push toward smart homes, and if its latest purchases are any indicator, then that rumor would appear true. While a home connected by Google Now would have hundreds of benefits, it would also raise security risks tenfold. We sincerely hope that Google takes their time to make sure that everything is ironed out before trying a smart home concept.

Mum is the word for Nest on what Dropcam will be used for, but the founder of Nest did say this:

Once the deal closes, we'll incorporate Dropcam into how we do business at Nest. That includes how we handle everything from customer support to customer privacy. Like Nest customer data, Dropcam will come under Nest's privacy policy, which explains that data won't be shared with anyone (including Google) without a customer's permission. Nest has a paid-for business model and ads are not part of our strategy. In acquiring Dropcam, we'll apply that same policy to Dropcam too.Matt RogersNest

What are your predictions for how Google will use Nest and Dropcam?

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Palo Alto, California — June 20, 2014 — Nest Labs, Inc. (nest.com) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Dropcam for $555 million in cash, subject to adjustments.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the US. For more information, visit the Nest blog.

About Nest

Nest reinvents unloved but important home products, like the thermostat and smoke and CO alarm. The company focuses on delighting customers with simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware, software and services. The Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services offerings address home energy consumption, and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ helps keep people safe. Nest products are sold in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and are installed in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit www.nest.com.

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You weekend deals on apps, accessories and devices

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 06:42 AM PDT

A weekend roundup of deals on all the things?!?!? Why not! Check back over the next couple of days and see what's been added. And if you've spotted something on your own, fire it off in the comments!

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Deal of the Day: LLOYD Flex Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 05:22 AM PDT

Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the Galaxy S4 from day to day use and drops. The back of each case features a large portrait of Lloyd surrounded by a glossy and easy to grip exterior.

The LLOYD Flex Case is available for just $3.95, 80% off today only. Colors include black, clear, smoke and green.

Find other great deals on Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories at ShopAndroid.com!

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How to root the Sony Xperia Z2

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 04:10 AM PDT

xperia_z2_f Sony's latest flagship — the Xperia Z2 — ships with an unlockable bootloader except if you end up buying a carrier variant, which might ship with a locked down bootloader. An unlockable bootloader means that the Xperia Z2 is an extremely easy device to root and the process is very similar to how one can

The post How to root the Sony Xperia Z2 appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Benchmarked, Reveals Specs

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 10:14 PM PDT


We all know Samsung has yet to announce the successor to its Galaxy Note phablet lineup for this year, but that doesn't stop anyone from leaking information.

We all know by now that the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to ship with a 5.7-inch QHD display, but something I was still "iffy" about was the SoC.

Samsung doesn't disappoint when it comes to the Note series so according to the specs pulled from the Antutu benchmark results, the Galaxy Note 4 is going to come with a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC with 3GB of RAM and at least 32GB of internal storage, while the international version is getting a supposed 64-bit, 8-core Exynos 5433 SoC.

As for the cameras, the rear camera is 16MP, while the front is an interesting 3.68MP (this could be rounded up to 4MP).

The phone is expected to be unveiled during IFA 2014 in September.

[Antutu / GSMArena]

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 20, 2014

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 09:51 PM PDT


With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That's why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day's hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!


Yo app dealing with hacks

Google Play Movies now supports 21 new countries

UpTo gets new widgets and an improved interface with latest update


Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X

Un-carrier 5.0 and 6.0 off to great starts

Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks


Chrome OS adds support for "supervised users," allows for stronger control over alternate user accounts


NVIDIA-powered Chromebook by Acer appears online


[New Chromecast App] Cast photos, weather, call/sms notifications, and album art with HomeCast


Several Sonic titles from Sega on sale for Android devices


Nest to acquire Dropcam for $555 million

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Archos selling full total smart home package starter kit for $250


Updated rumors on the Nexus 8 and HTC One (M8) Prime

New Moto X+1 video leaks — it's blurry, but it's something

Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X

Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks

Nokia's next Android smartphone could be revealed on June 24

Design choice delays OnePlus One in Europe

Here's the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs based on AnTuTu benchmark

Samsung Galaxy F press render leaked in 'glowing gold'

Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini


Yo app dealing with hacks


Updated rumors on the Nexus 8 and HTC One (M8) Prime


Verizon rolls out Android 4.4.2 for Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.3 to the Moto X

Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks


Amazon dangles carrot worth $15,000 of Amazon Coins in front of developers to optimize apps for Fire Phone

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Samsung allegedly launching an Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 06:40 PM PDT

Samsung is apparently set to launch an Android Wear smartwatch this upcoming week at Google I/O. CNET is reporting that the upcoming wearable is one of several new devices to run Android Wear. LG and Motorola are expected to show off new watches as well.

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Nest to acquire Dropcam for $555 million

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 06:19 PM PDT


Today Nest announced that they would be purchasing IP camera company Dropcam for a whopping $555 million. The purchase of Dropcam is apparently happening without the assistance of Nest's parent company, Google, and Dropcam will be incorporated into the Nest brand.

Dropcam has become known for creating WiFi surveillance cameras, and released a Pro version of their camera last year for $199. Dropcam also provides a service to allow users to see what their camera is seeing via the web or a mobile app. We don't know just yet how the cameras will be incorporated into Nest, but it will surely be interesting!

Source: Nest and Dropcam

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