The Viper Rom series is the most customizable rom series there is for HTC devices. These roms are mostly based on Sense, but have thousands of customization options built right in. You can find most of these customizations in the VenomHub. One Sense feature that really stands out is the "Sense Home" feature formerly known as Blinkfeed. This gives you a feed from your favorite news outlets plus all your friends social media updates. The latest Sense Home has been ported to Viper Roms. You can grab the widget in the Venom Hub.
The web is always aware of every move we make. Nothing online is secret. If someone wanted to know what to buy you for Christmas they could just boot up your browser and see what Amazon ads are suggesting. What if you could harness all this creepy data collection for good? Enter the Scout Launcher.
The Scout Launcher is a context aware launcher that learns from your habits. It works with Sound Cloud, Uber, Youtube, and Reddit and uses these services to deliver content directly to your homescreen. The launcher also brings contextual apps and notifications to your home screen. Theoretically it should always have exactly what you want and need right in the front. Grab this app from the link below.
In case it went unnoticed by you, Google changed their logo and introduced it yesterday. You will be forgiven if you didn't realize it, because it hasn't changed a ton. It turns out that the Googlers weren't the only folks who wanted a new look for their logo. Apparently Verizon wants to freshen up theirs as well.
What you see above is obviously a minor change. The check mark is now smaller and on the right side, instead of the left. The first pic is the leaked logo change, and the second is the official one. It looks like Verizon just decided to push it out after it leaked.
Did we need this change? Will this minor aesthetic alteration appeal to a new generation of apathetic end users? Will folks even notice or care? At least it makes the marketing execs happy...
Not only can you pre-order the Moto 360 (2015 2nd Gen Model), but the folks at Motorola are also offering the new Moto X Pure Edition for pre-order as well! The base device will set you back $449.99, but that's a pretty good bargain for the remarkable hardware and software innovations that Motorola has packed into this bad boy. Here's the recap:
Apparently following along in the footsteps of the Moto X naming scheme, the new 360 is simply... the 2015 360. It seems Motorola likes this naming scheme instead of putting a 2 on everything.
The "Collection" as they are calling it, starts out at $299 for the 2 smaller versions (a men's and women's) and the larger one comes with a $50 bump in price. It's actually available right now on the Moto Maker website for pre-order. The most expensive version with every option checked is $450.
It's a lot more customizable then its predecessor, has improved better battery life and yes, it still has the flat tire which Moto claims doesn't bother most people.
Oh, and did I mention a Sport version coming soon, too, that rounds out the "Motorola Collection"?
If the new Huawei Watch is a bit too rich for your blood, but you are still in the market for an Android Wear smartwatch, then next month Asus might have your solution. You will be able to buy the new Asus ZenWatch 2 for around $170 to $190 (depending on size and model). Here's a spec-list:
New metal crown
Snapdragon 400 processor
Magnetic charger cable
Dust-and water-resistance ratings of IP67
Three colors, silver, gunmetal and rose gold - including an array of rubber, leather and stainless steel straps
To be clear, here at HQ, we weren't impressed with the first Asus ZenWatch, but perhaps they have improved the device since our review. We included a video in the thread below to show off their "improved" design.
Those leaked pricing details for the Huawei Watch were accurate. The Android Wear smartwatch just went up for pre-order starting at a price of $349.99 and going up from there. The watch will ship September 17th in the US. You can snag your preorder at GetHuawei, the Google Store, Amazon and BestBuy.
Here's a full price breakdown:
Stainless Steel watch body & Black Leather band - $349
Stainless Steel watch body & Steel Link bracelet - $399
Stainless Steel watch body & Stainless Steel Mesh - $399
Black DLC-coated Stainless Steel & Black Link Bracelet - $449
Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Alligator-pressed Brown Leather - $699
Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Rose Gold-plated Link Bracelet - $799
Here is a quick spec breakdown:
1.4-inch 400 x 400 resolution display
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Android Wear with basic support for Apple’s iOS as well as Android
We have to admit, even with these over-inflated prices, the Moto 360 and new Moto 360 2 has some stiff competition now. What do you folks think?
Acer showed off something new at IFA this year. They are hitting the market with a new Android smartphone and tablet that they claim are geared and optimized for gaming. The smartphone is called the Predator 6 and the tablet is called the Predator 8.
Both devices will essentially have the exact same design aesthetics, with one being a bit larger than the other. Here is the spec breakdown for each device and you can see the full press release in the thread below:
Acer Predator 6 Gaming Smartphone - launch date and pricing details unknown for this device at this time
6-inch FullHD display
Deca-core (10-core) MediaTek SoC (probably the Helio X20, although that is unconfirmed at this time)
high-end Mali-T880 GPU
4GB of RAM
21 megapixel rear camera
Quad front facing speakers
Haptic feedback motors for at authentic gaming rumble
Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet - US launch on November 6th at $299 - global launch in October with a €349 price tag in Europe and ¥2499 in China
8-inch 1080p display
Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor - The Atom x7 is a 64-bit quad-core CPU chip with Intel’s Gen8 graphics architecture - this is Intel's most powerful mobile processor to date
2GB of RAM
Lightweight aluminium body
Four front facing speakers with support for virtual surround sound
Tactile feedback for supported games
2×2 MIMO WiFi
32GB or 64GB of internal storage, supported by a microSD card slot
Sony's newest flagship mobile device(s) was announced at IFA 2015 this morning. It turns out that all of the rumors for the Xperia Z5 were true, including the "overkill" 4K display; however, it also turns out that Sony will actually produce three different versions of the Xperia Z5, and the Premium model is the only one with the 4K screen. We will have the following new Xperia devices:
Xperia Z5: 5.2-inch 2K display
Xperia Z5 Compact: 4.6-inch display
Xperia Z5 Premium: 5.5-inch 4k display
Here's a quote and an image (above) from Engadget with some of the details from IFA,
As far as the displays go, the regular Z5 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Z5 Compact will have a 4.6 inch 720p display,...
A new image and some new intel was revealed regarding the previously shared Motorola Bounce. It turns out that will not be the final marketing name for the device. The newest rumored name for the supposedly "shatterproof" device will be the Moto X Force.
While that name sounds like some sort of Japanese anime car combat squad, we must admit it's still a much better name than the Motorola Bounce. Of course, it's possible they might keep both names for different markets across the globe. We will keep you update as always.
In the mean-time, feast your eyes on the leaked pic of the black version in the shot above, and here's a recap of the rumored specs: