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+OPPO Find 7a mini update

Here's a few mid week thoughts to tide you over while I work on my review for +Android News by Phandroid.

The Find 7a is a heck of a device. It's been my daily for a few days now, I like it a lot. My only gripe is the OS itself. I just don't like ColorOS. That's my personal opinion. The hardware is near perfect though.
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+Derek Ross its elegant...!!
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Google Glass OTA Rolling out

The first update will be XE12.1. After rebooting, you'll get a second update for XE16. The end result will be Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Enjoy Glass Explorers!
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+Emanuele Ricci  I am also
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Project Ara DevCon Day 1 Live Stream!

Today kicks off day one of Google’s Project Ara Developer Conference. The conference is set to begin at 11:30 am Eastern Time (about 20 minutes ago). Tune in below. The conference is aimed at developers and Ara enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. Google hopes to fuel innovation and generate excitement in this entirely new mobile space.
 
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Today kicks off day one of Google’s Project Ara Developer Conference. The conference is set to begin at 11:30 am Eastern Time. Tune in below. The conference is aimed at developers and Ara enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. Google hopes to fuel innovation and generate excitement in this entirely new mobile space.
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+Derek Ross hope they edit all the umms out. 
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Another reason why being a Glass Explorer rocks for a parent. You can capture moments like these that you can share and relive for a lifetime.
 
Not so random thought for those considering whether or not Glass is for them today. Being a dad #throughglass  means I don't have to stop what I am doing to grab a funny picture. I don't have to stop teaching, playing, or enjoying what is happening right in front of me. I couldn't have taken these photos with anything else I own, because I was too busy holding frozen yogurt, fighting with my son, being a mountain for my daughter to climb, or being that jerk who says "quit hitting yourself" over and over again. 
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Good evening Derek Ross. Gr Maria
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At long last Glass is getting an OTA - it's KitKat

It's been a long dry spell when it comes to Glass updates. The last one was in December. XE16 aims to bring about a lot of changes such as photo replies in Hangouts, Photo bundles (awesome), Video chat has been removed (GASP!), and of course - Android KitKat.

The OTA is slated for sometime this week. I can't wait to see what the Glass Team has in store for us. It's been a while and I'm hungry.
Google Glass is finally seeing updates again. This time, it's receiving KitKat along with other software features like photo bundling, and the removal of video calling in Hangouts. Exciting stuff!
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+Derek Ross That's what I was thinking. Leave it until it's improved or another app replaces it..
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Damn. Samsung's official support will now be using Helpouts. That speaks volumes for the Helpouts platform.
 
Samsung has taken the customer experience to the next level to now offer live customer support on Helpouts by Google. 

Samsung SPOT is Smart Personal Online Training. With Samsung SPOT on Helpouts by Google, you’re able to interact real-time with Samsung product experts to receive important how-to information and troubleshooting assistance, all over live video. 

SPOT support on Helpouts by Google is available for select Samsung products:  refrigerators and TVs. SPOT support on Helpouts by Google is a free service for Samsung customers. 

Once the reps are able to make the connection, just sit back and point the screen of your laptop or tablet to the Samsung product you’re having issues with and the rep will guide you through the solution. Learn more about it here: https://helpouts.google.com/+SamsungUSA #Samsungtips  
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Its a great news for samsung users like me.
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Amazon smartphone to 3D all the things with 4 front facing infrared cameras

According to sources, Amazon’s killer feature for the phone will be in its UI, taking advantage of several cameras on the front of the device to track eye placement, moving the 3D user interface accordingly. Sounds nuts, especially coming from a newcomer like Amazon looking to break into the crowded smartphone market.

At this point, it makes sense for Amazon to put out a smartphone. They have cloud infrastructure and content system. They have a tablet and a living room device to consume their content. All that's left is a smartphone to complete the triangle.
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I am a prime member but own a nexus7 tablet because owning a tablet that doesn't have the play store isn't satisfying. Why would I want a phone that gives me less options and as for 3d I don't even get the point
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Porting my Verizon Wireless number of over a decade to Google Voice.

Straight Talk on AT&T's network is good enough. More on this later.
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+Derek Ross like you, I've only used gv for voicemail. When I got my n4, I ported my number over to straight talk at&t. I prefer that over sending it to Google voice. However, I may just be paranoid because I don't know what Google is going to do with voice. I've had my number longer than Google has been around.

By forwarding, my phone can do sms/mms natively. Plus with mightytext, I can receive my text messages on the pc as well.
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Go get'em future Glass Explorers!
 
Today’s the day to become a Glass Explorer

We let the cat out of the bag, you marked your calendars, and the time has finally arrived. If you're a US resident who is 18+, you can purchase Glass and join the Explorer Program at glass.google.com/getglass

The Explorer bundle costs $1500+tax and includes your favorite shade or frame, a charger, pouch, hard case and mono earbud. As an Explorer, your feedback will help to shape how Glass evolves over time. 

We’ve got a limited number of spots available, so don’t wait too long – we can't wait to meet you and hear about your first adventures with Glass. 
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and all of them had 1500 bucks to blow on  it
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Google IO registration starts tomorrow morning!

Registration for Google’s annual developer conference starts tomorrow on April 15th and extends through April 18th. Registration was supposed to begin last week, but Google needed a little more time to prepare for this years’ registration process. Unlike the mad frenzy and rage inducing server crashes of the past, Google I/O registration is being handled a bit different this year. Instead of first come first serve, potential attendees can sign up over the course of a few days and then are randomly selected, getting their proverbial golden ticket.

With Android Wear, Google Glass, and Android TV (guessing), the 2014 conference is going to be mind blowing. This just could be the biggest IO for Android to date. I'm excited. I hope that I get an invite either as a press member or through the random number generation process so that I can keep all of you informed. Wish me luck and good luck to all of you that wish to attend the +Google Developers conference too!
If you're the developer type, registration for Google's annual developer conference starts tomorrow on April 15th and extends through April 18th. Registration was supposed to begin last week, but Google needed a little more time to prepare for this years' registration process.
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If they announce Android TV and don't mention current Google TV, I am hopeful that the question "what happens to the GTV devices?" is asked.
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I am an Android Enthusiast. I’m on the pulse of the latest Android news and write content about Android daily. I’m constantly scouring the Internet for the latest Android news, apps, games, Android ROMs, hacks, security, tips, tutorials and mobile devices. I’m a large supporter of our beloved Android Community and am always willing to help with anything Android related, just ask. Looking for Android phone or tablet cases? I love and use Cruzerlite on all of my devices.

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I use social networking to meet new exciting people, make new friends, stay up to day with old friends, express myself and engage in some great conversations that I wouldn't have normally had the opportunity. Over the past 17 years of my online life, I've made numerous online friends through various social communities and continue to talk to them, even the oldest ones, all of the time. I look forward to meeting you :)

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Watch Google’s Project Ara Developer Conference Live
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Today kicks off day one of Google’s Project Ara Developer Conference. The conference is set to begin at 11:30 am Eastern Time. Tune in below

Reminder: Registration for Google I/O 2014 starts tomorrow April 15th
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If you're the developer type, registration for Google's annual developer conference starts tomorrow on April 15th and extends through April

Google Glass receiving KitKat this week, introduces photo bundles and lo...
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Google Glass is finally seeing updates again. This time, it's receiving KitKat along with other software features like photo bundling, and t

PSA: US residents can buy Google Glass tomorrow
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Tomorrow at 6am Pacific, Google will open the flood gates for one day only and allow any US resident 18 and older to buy Google Glass for $1

Alleged photo samples from the OnePlus One leak, and they look great
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There's little doubt that the Sony-crafted camera inside the OnePlus One will be up to the task of taking some beautiful photos. We can't sa

First Look at Lenovo’s New Chromebook Convertible
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XFINITY WiFi
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Google planning to let anyone in the US purchase Google Glass for a limi...
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Google Glass: saving lives on and off the battlefield
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While us everyday consumers are biting at the nip for a chance to buy Google Glass whenever it launches, some firms are already putting it t

LG G Watch leaks in the wild, pricing and availability allegedly reveale...
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If you were hoping to get a closer look at the LG G Watch, the upcoming smartwatch has just been leaked in the wild. There's even details on

Flixster gets Chromecast support, gives UltraViolet users a well designe...
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As time goes on, our favorite $35 HDMI dongle from Google continues to gain usefulness. In just the past week, we've seen Vudu, Rdio, and Cr

Samsung working on Gear Solo, a standalone SIM enabled smartwatch [RUMOR]
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According to rumors, Samsung is working on a SIM-enabled smartwatch dubbed the

Twitter buys Cover, the folks behind the contextually aware lockscreen app
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Remember that contextually aware lockscreen called Cover that launched late last year? Well, it looks like they've just been officially acqu

IP Webcam
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IFTTT announces Android beta sign-up, deletes post
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Popular web service IFTTT (If this, then that) announced an upcoming beta program for Android earlier today. Shortly after the beta program

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Excellent frozen yogurt and equally awesome toppings. Great place to take your family for a treat.
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Most amazing breakfast sandwiches.
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Typical Chinese buffet.
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