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Android 4.4 KitKat Leak Indicates ‘Always Listening’ Feature Is Coming To More Phones

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One of the most notable features built into the Moto X is that it is “always listening” for voice commands.  TuttoAndroid got their hands on a leaked screenshot of Android 4.4 KitKat running on a Nexus 5 with the same “always listening” feature.  The function would be activated by saying “Ok Google Now.”  You could also say “Ok Google.”  You will likely be able to turn this feature off in case you are worried about privacy.  Android 4.4 KitKat will be available later this month.

Facebook Hits 1 Million Android Beta Tester Users

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Facebook has announced that they now have 1 million daily active users on the Android beta-testing program.  This program gives developers access to the Facebook Android application before it is released so that they can help find bugs.  These users are in 150 different countries.  These users are also spread across over 50 manufacturers.
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Report: Google To Phase Out Google TV Brand In Favor Of Android TV

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Google TV has not been very popular with consumers and now Google is reportedly going to rebrand the platform.  Google TV is reportedly going to be renamed “Android TV,” according to sources with GigaOM.  GigaOM’s source is an executive working for a consumer electronics manufacturer that builds Google TV devices.

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Specs Of The Nexus 5 Allegedly Leak

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The specs of the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone has been allegedly leaked.  Rumor has it that Google will be launching the Nexus 5 for this holiday season.  As a result, the Motorola Moto X will likely see a major price drop.  A 281-page document on Scribd of the internal Service Manual of the Nexus 5 was allegedly posted.  Here are some of the details:

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Sony Announces PS4 Companion App For iOS And Android

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Sony Corporation has released a companion app for the PlayStation 4.  The app lets you track your friends, achievements, and game updates.  This app will be available on iOS and Android starting this November around the same time that the console arrives.  Gamers can also send and receive voice and text messages through the app.  The app will also work as a second screen depending on the game that you are playing.
[Source: UberGizmo]

Android Device Manager Now Lets You Lock Your Phone Remotely

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Google has added a new feature to the Android Device Manager recently.  The Device Manager now lets users remotely lock their smartphones with a PIN code.  If a smartphone is in airplane mode, it will be locked after it connects to Google servers again.  To access the feature, go into the security settings and revert the password to the lock method that you want.  Also make sure that the Android Device Manager is enabled in your Google settings app.
[Source: Android Police]

Tesco Announces New Hudl Tablet

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Tesco has announced a new budget tablet called the Hudl.  The Hudl is a 7-inch tablet that has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, dual-band WiFi, scratch-resistant HD display screen (243ppi), 16GB memory (can be expanded to 48GB with a microSD), and 9 hour battery life.  Android 4.2.2 is powering the Hudl tablet.
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BlackBerry Delays BBM For Android and iOS

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BlackBerry has released a statement saying that the BBM apps for Android and iOS has been delayed.  An unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online already and it was downloaded by 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours.  The unreleased version caused some issues and they attempted to address them throughout the day.
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