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[APK Teardown + Download] Google Play Services 4.2 Refines Play Games, Adds Cast API, Signs Of Auth Enhancements

Today, Google finally opened the Chromecast up to developers in a meaningful way, releasing the Google Cast SDK and integrating the relevant Android API into Google Play Services, the ever-growing backbone of Google's Android-based offerings. The update has already begun its rollout. Of course, that means we're going to look inside and see what's new, and we've also got a download for those who just can't wait for Play Services 4.2 to hit their device.

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Samsung Sets Its Mobile World Congress 2014 Unpacked Event For Monday, February 24th

It feels like we just got done with CES, but Mobile World Congress is looming heavy on the horizon. As usual, Samsung will be there with bells on, but it will shun the show floor in favor of a dedicated Unpacked event. The first Unpacked venue of the year has been set for Monday, February 24th, according to Samsung Tomorrow. It will start at 8:00 PM local time (2:00 PM Eastern), putting it right at the end of the show's first day.

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T-Mobile Moto X 4.4.2 Soak Test Rolling Out Now (Version 161.44.25.en.us)

T-Mobile has begun its soak test of the Moto X running Android 4.4.2. An update has rolled out to a limited number of users under version number 161.44.25.en.us. A look at the About phone screen below confirms that this is indeed the latest edition of KitKat.

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64GB Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Up For Pre-Order In The US At Office Depot For A Whopping $850, Available Feb 13th

The Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is two inches larger than your typical beefy tablet, and it's priced to match. The device will soon hit store shelves in the US for a whopping $849.99, over three hundred dollars more than Samsung's own 10-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Anyone who wants to call dibs on this expensive piece of hardware can do so now at Office Depot. It will become available February 13th.

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Google Finally Opens Up The Chromecast To Developers With Release Of Google Cast SDK, Now Part Of Google Play Services 4.2

The Chromecast is cheap, affordable, and easy-to-use. Great. That's almost all you need to have a stellar product. Unfortunately, it's been held up by a lack of content. If you want to cast something that hasn't been made by a handful of providers, you've been largely out of luck. But this situation is hopefully about to change. Today Google has released the Google Cast SDK. This way additional developers can finally build Chromecast support into their apps and websites.

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Sprint Expands Direct Connect Push-To-Talk Functionality To The Galaxy S4, Note 3, LG G2, G Flex, And More

Sprint has been marketing push-to-talk functionality (a walkie-talkie style function that's popular with business users) since long before Android came into being. Though the feature isn't nearly as common as it once was, Sprint seems ready to keep it going with an update to the official Android app. The Direct Connect service is now compatible with a handful of new phones, most notably headliners like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and LG G2.

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Linus Torvalds Applauds NVIDIA For Posting Early Tegra K1 Open Source Drivers To The Nouveau Project

If the Internet had a pantheon of deities, Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds would surely be among them, with a big white beard and a laurel wreath. Torvalds has been a vocal detractor of corporations that don't offer support for Linux, including an especially expressive denouncement of NVIDIA back in 2012. But yesterday, Torvalds gave NVIDIA a thumbs-up - which is two whole fingers away from his previous gesture - for posting an early open-source driver for the Tegra K1.

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[Weekend Poll] Has The Motorola-Lenovo Buyout Made You Less Likely To Buy A Motorola Phone In The Future?

As you've doubtless heard by now, Lenovo is buying Motorola. Which means Google is selling Motorola. Which means some people are, understandably, upset. The future is uncertain for Moto - the company lost nearly $400 million last quarter, and that number is the worst yet under Google's leadership, despite slashing 80% of the Motorola workforce since Google acquired the company in 2011.

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Undoubtedly, Lenovo's leadership will bring some changes at Motorola.

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Ask And You Shall Receive: Sprint's HTC One KitKat Update Is Live For Manual Requests, Wide Rollout Starts 2-11

Here's a refreshing change of pace for Android users eager to get their over-the-air updates. According to this Sprint support page, the Android 4.4 update for the HTC One is available for customers right now. But strangely, it's not going out in the usual method - users will need to initiate a manual update request in order to pull it down. If you're an Android regular, you know how this goes: check the About Phone section of the Settings menu to see if there's an update available.

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Leaked Red Nexus 5 Press Shot Makes An Appearance, Courtesy Of @evleaks

The Red Nexus 5 began as a rumor, but things started to appear concrete when our eyes landed on a pic of Sprint's internal documentation informing workers that the device was going to land on Google Play February 4th. Now @evleaks has shared what looks like a pretty believable press shot.

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