TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 25 – August 31, 2014

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This past week seemed to be the appetizer for what will be the main course for the coming week. We did have some pre-announcements such as the Samsung Gear S and the first and only full circle smartwatch, the LG G Watch R. In the win some lose some category, Amazon stole Twitch from Google, but the Fire Phone is an absolute flop. Google updated an app we forgot existed, and Dropbox finally gets more competitive. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be a crazy and busy week in the Android world.

Accessories

Motorola to release updated Skip as keychain fob

Samsung announces the Gear Circle Bluetooth earbuds

Apple vs Samsung

Apple loses bid for injunction of Samsung products

Apps – New

Samsung Announces open registration for Developer Conference

Apps – Updated

Google News & Weather app gets redesigned for first time since Android 2.3 Gingerbread

TeamViewer QuickSupport update brings in compatibility for HTC, LG, and Huawei devices

Dropbox Pro gets price cut, storage increase and new features

Pushbullet now works with all texting apps for replying from a computer

Latest Nova Launcher Beta features hit the main app on the Play Store

Microsoft OneDrive app brings together personal and work accounts

SportsCenter app’s new On-Air feature redirects to WatchESPN and ESPN Radio

Snapchat’s “Our Story” sharing service live

Yahoo Mail adds filter option to App

Carriers

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

New and current customers will receive $ 100 bill credit for activating a line on AT&T Next

ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $ 179.99 off-contract

Cricket offers new customers $ 100 for switching from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $ 99

T-Mobile ups the ante with four times more data for Simple Starter plans

T-Mobile to double your data when you add a tablet

T-Mobile raising family plan lines maximum from 5 to 10 starting tomorrow

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

T-Mobile nearly doubles the amount of music streaming options on Music Freedom

T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrying new Alcatel OneTouch handsets this fall

T-Mobile Un-carrier 7.0 event being held on September 10

Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’

Verizon resurrects DROID RAZR M as Luge by Motorola for prepaid accounts

Chrome

Google updates Chrome for Windows with a 64-bit version and support for high-dpi displays

Chromebooks

You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebook

Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV is destroying the Chromecast

NPR One and WatchABC add Chromecast support

Gaming

New ‘Swing Copters’ update makes gameplay easier, less frustrating for users

Humble SEGA Mobile Bundle adds three new titles

The big balls are back, Activision unloads Wipeout 2 into the Play Store

Google

Sorry Google, Amazon purchases Twitch for $ 1 billion

Google checking out former Los Angeles airplane hangar for new office

Online statuses now appear in Hangouts on Gmail

YouTube can now import videos from Google+

Google to Add Campus in Seoul

Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

Google Glass

Google Glass gets access to Pandora

Hardware

Qualcomm teases multi-core device with 64-bit processing for next week

Phones – Alcatel

T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrying new Alcatel OneTouch handsets this fall

Phones – Amazon

New analysis suggest Amazon’s phone not setting the world on fire

Phones – Android One

Android One set to debut next month in India, L coming the following month

Phones – Archos

Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

Phones – Gionee

Gionee ready to push for an even thinner world’s thinnest smartphone

Phones – HTC

HTC Desire 510 announced as a low-end device with 64-bit processing

HTC’s Desire 820 will be the first 64-bit phone

HTC One (E8) available through Sprint for $ 99

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

Phones – Huawei

Huawei confirms sapphire display Huawei Ascend P7 on the way to market

Images of Huawei Ascend Mate 7 show up

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 gets photographed again

Phones – Lenovo

Lenovo Vibe X2 leaked images reveal metal chassis

Lenovo handset, likely the Vibe X2, receives WiFi certification

Lenovo takes a dig at Apple, possibly hints at Android L with September 4 invite

Phones – LG

LG G3 Stylus edition Dubuting at IFA Berlin

AT&T LG G3 Vigor user guide leaks online

New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

Phones – Motorola

Moto Maker for the MotoX+1 to feature leather and possibly even more

Leaked image shows Motorola Moto X+1 lacking flash next to camera

Moto S or the Nexus X just passed through the FCC [Updated]

Here’s another look at the Moto G2, specs confirmed as well

Moto Luge product page leaks on Best Buy’s site, will be geared toward Verizon pre-paid customers

Verizon resurrects DROID RAZR M as Luge by Motorola for prepaid accounts

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

Phones – Nexus

Upcoming Nexus may be called Nexus X

Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

Moto S or the Nexus X just passed through the FCC

Phones – OnePlus

OnePlus is ditching their invite system for a more traditional pre-order

Phones – Samsung

“Ready to note?” Samsung teases upcoming Galaxy Note 4 and S Pen in new video

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to feature updated fingerprint technology

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appears in brief new video, shows just the display

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows itself again in an odd box

Note 4 cases surface hinting at a design different from what has been leaked

4 new “love notes” videos for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 released

Are you ready to Note? Samsung wants to know with latest Galaxy Note 4 teaser

Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video

Download the Galaxy Note 4 default wallpaper now

The Galaxy Alpha is just the first in a line called the ‘A Series’

In Depth explanation of Galaxy Alpha’s Design

Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini to be exclusive to only one retailer in India

File indicates Samsung SM-G530F to come with Snapdragon 61x 64-bit processor

Preview of the Galaxy Mega 2 shows what Samsung’s massive device is like

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

Phones – Sony

Leaked Xperia Z3 photos show the device dismantled

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

Sony teases dimensions in vague tweet ahead of IFA 2014

Softbank takes aim at US market with Sony smartphone deal

Sony to make waterproofing a gold standard among its 2015 midrange devices

Phones – ZTE

ZTE’s Warp Sync comes to Boost Mobile for only $ 179.99 off-contract

ZTE holding event on September 16 in New York City for “the next hot thing”

ROMs

Cyanogen and Nextbit cooking up something ‘groundbreaking’

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

Smartwatches

ASUS teases its smartwatch, shows a seemingly curved display

Upcoming Asus smartwatch will be called the ZenWatch

Smartwatch and fitness tracker from HTC could arrive sometime next month

LG takes the wraps off of the G Watch R with full circle P-OLED display

Ridiculous petition started after LG announces G Watch R and buyer’s remorse sets in

LG G Watch R pricing revealed

Motorola letting select people buy the Moto 360 before anyone else

Samsung makes the Gear S official with curved display and 3G connectivity

Samsung may launch a SIM-enabled Gear with the Galaxy Note 4, circular Gear watch to follow

Samsung shows how much their Tizen-powered Gear watches can do with huge infographic

Nike+ running app to come pre-loaded on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch

Tablets

Archos announces new phones and tablets just days before IFA

Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

HTC T1 tablet will have a slew of accessories upon being available, LTE variant on the way as well

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Samsung highlights thinness, weight and screen resolution in new Galaxy Tab S promotional video

Promo picture, specs revealed for upcoming Sony Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

Updates

Android 4.4.4 update goes out to Sprint’s Moto X

T-Mobile Galaxy S 5 gets a small software update

AT&T HTC One receiving 4.4.3 update

Update pushed to Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Sprint Spark includes international WiFi calling

NVIDIA Shield Tablet getting software update with a slew of improvements

Wallpapers

Download the Galaxy Note 4 default wallpaper now

Miscellaneous

Sony officially releases perfume-esque selfie camera

Pick up a free smartphone with your next Burger King meal

Samsung and Apple will face challenges with high-end phones in China

Original shows from Amazon will stream in 4K starting this October

Qualcomm teases multi-core device with 64-bit processing for next week

Nokia’s HERE Maps coming to Android, exclusive to Samsung devices for now

Android comes up on iOS in the US in latest Kantar report

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