Feb 20, 2014 - 10:55 AM - by dgstorm
The renowned leaker @evleaks is "on a tear" lately with HTC leaks. He originally brought us the gold 2014 Edition HTC One leak, with HTC's new campaign slogan along for the ride. Today he let slip another couple of "New" HTC One leaks, which each include a rumored Dark Grey/Gun Metal version and the Silver version. You can see both in the pics we have included above and below.
Despite HTC's marketshare steadily fading over the past couple of years, they are not going to go down without a fight! The new HTC flagships are great looking devices. Will it be enough to pull them back into relevancy?
Source: @evleaks - (1) & (2)
Feb 20, 2014 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
The latest Galaxy S5 rumor to hit the interweb is simply a re-confirmation of the actual physical launch date of the device. This newer intel purports that the next Samsung flagship will hit retail store shelves three weeks from now (or about two weeks after its launch at Mobile World Congress on Monday the 24th). This would put the launch sometime between March 10th and March 16th.
If true (and it probably is) this would put the squeeze on HTC because it would mean the Galaxy S5 will be hitting store shelves just before HTC even unveils the "All New HTC One." This would give consumers time to gobble up Samsung's flagship and possibly lose their appetite for the next big thing from HTC.
This intel supposedly comes from two different sources, which suggests it is practically confirmed. This also would not surprise us, considering that Samsung has made moves like this before. Furthermore, it simply makes more sense for Sammy to hit the store shelves as soon as possible and avoid a long delay between announcement and launch.
Feb 20, 2014 - 10:27 AM - by dgstorm
The Android 4.4.2 Android KitKat update has begun rolling out to the Sprint and U.S. Cellular versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's already started hitting some devices and should reach everyone within a week or two with each successive wave/batch. It's a little over 503 megabytes, so you might want to download it over WiFi.
Here are the main changes you should see with this update:
- OS upgrade to 4.4.2 - with all that entails over Jelly Bean
- Music album art now displayed on lock screen while playing music
- Camera shortcut now on the lock screen
- New launcher settings menu added for switching home screens and SMS apps
- Improved UI and stability/bug fixes
Sound off in the forums if you already received this update and let us know what you think of it.
Feb 20, 2014 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a hot story we didn't quite get from yesterday. This looks like some very solid intel, but to be on the safe side, we will label it a rumor for now. The following are supposedly the full features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera.
First up we have the hardware -
- 16 megapixel sensor - can take different sizes of pics from 2.4MP up to 16MP
- Possibly Samsung's new ISOCELL technology, but that is unconfirmed
- Ability to shoot 4K resolution video at 30fps - can capture 1080p video at 60fps
- Physical camera button may be replaced with new "side touch" tech - (small sensor at the bottom right hand - activated by a simple touch tap)
Next we have the software & camera modes -
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- 3D Tour Shot: Create interactive virtual tours of your surroundings.
- Sports: Take clearer pictures of fast-moving subjects.
- Focus Select: Make your subjects stand out against the background by adjusting the depth of field.
- Dual Camera: You can take pictures and record videos using the front and rear cameras at the same time.
- Aqua: Appropriate for taking pictures underwater. (is the waterproofing rumor true afterall?)
- Animated Photo: Create a picture containing moving objects by animating parts of the picture.
- 3D Panorama: Create a spherical panorama of your surroundings.
- Sound & Shot: Enrich your pictures by adding a few seconds of background sound.
- Drama: Takes multiple exposure pictures of a moving subject and merges them into one dramatic picture.
- Golf: Take pictures of a golf swing. You can then play the pictures forwards or backwards.
- Auto Portrait: Take self-portrait with the rear camera.
- Rich Tone (HDR): Take pictures with softer or richer colours by merging pictures taken in various exposures.
- Auto: Automatically adjusts the exposure to optimise the colour and brightness of pictures. You can take single or burst shots.
- Eraser: Save the best picture after erasing moving objects from consecutive pictures.
- Night: Take brighter, clearer pictures in low light without the flash.
- Best Face: Select the best picture of each person from 5 consecutive pictures to get the best merged group picture.
- Best Photo: Take a series of pictures, and then select the best to save.
- Continues Shot: Take pictures continuously.
- Panorama: Create
Feb 20, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
The latest intel from HTC isn't the usual HTC One rumor-mill fodder. This new info suggests HTC might be ready to triple-down on their future in wearable tech. According to this latest report, HTC is working on two smartwatches and another wearable device. The first smartwatch we have heard of is HTC's own version of the Qualcomm Toq (which is what we have pictured above). This device will supposedly also feature Qualcomm’s Mirasol display technology which drastically improves battery life for a wearable device.
The second smartwatch which HTC may be developing is a Google Now focused voice-activated smartwatch. This would be a remarkable coup for HTC to beat anyone else to market with. Supposedly, either or possibly both of these devices will be unveiled at MWC next week by the Taiwanese company. One might actually show up in physical form, while the other might just get an announcement. Of course, it's possible HTC might surprise us all and show off both (or neither if these rumors turn out to be false).
Finally, the third wearable device HTC is working on is a smart wrist-band/bracelet which can play music and includes an activity-tracking feature. This one may not be ready to show off at MWC either. We will keep you updated next week when all of the final reveals come pouring out.
Feb 20, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest scuttlebutt, Facebook's $16-19 Billion dollar buyout of WhatsApp wasn't the little developers first gigantic offer. Supposedly, Google was the first to offer to buyout WhatsApp for an exorbitant amount, to the tune of $10 Billion. As we can see from the results, WhatsApp had the guts to turn down that offer, and instead ended up with Facebook's much bigger offer.
The report indicates that there were two main reasons why the WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum, turned down Google's offer. One was that Google was offering less cash than Facebook. The other was because Google didn't offer Koum a seat on its board of directors as Facebook did.
There's even more intrigue to this interesting drama. Supposedly, Google offered to pay WhatsApp millions of dollars just to have the company let Google know when it entered into talks with other companies. This offer was also rejected by Koum.
Here's a quote with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reflecting on the purchase,
Apparently, this little app is such a hot commodity because it is great at connecting people in emerging markets. Still, you have to wonder if the folks in Silicon Valley have gone crazy spending these ridiculous amounts of money to get these small startups...
In explaining its decision to buy WhatsApp on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that WhatsApp now has 450 million regular monthly users and added that it “is on a path to connect 1 billion people.”
Feb 20, 2014 - 9:16 AM - by dgstorm
Google officially unveiled the details on their next Google I/O Developer's Conference. It's only a two-day event this time, and they will be holding it on June 25th - June 26th. We aren't sure what big news Google will have for us this summer, but as usual we are enthusiastic to find out what it is. Here's a quote from Sundar Pichai's Google+ page announcing the event:
Let us know if you plan on attending the event this year.
Only 126 days until the 7th annual Google I/O, when we come together with amazing developers like you to talk about what's next. On June 25-26, 2014, we’ll be broadcasting live from Moscone West. You can join us in person in San Francisco or remotely, via a live stream and through I/O Extended community events around the world.
More details to come next month, including registration info. In the meantime, you can check out highlights from last year at https://developers.google.com/events/io/
Also, quick note for those who want to join in person: this year we’re making some changes to registration, so you won’t need to scramble the second registration opens. We'll be implementing a new system, where you can submit your interest to attend Google I/O 2014. Successful applicants will then be randomly selected and notified shortly thereafter. We’ll be following up with more details from +GoogleDevelopers, so stay tuned.
Feb 20, 2014 - 9:07 AM - by dgstorm
This has to be one of those instances when you wonder why they hadn't done it already, but apparently Google does things in their own time. They just created a dedicated forum for their Chromecast. It's obviously designed to give folks a place to get tech support, info and other help regarding the streaming super-device. There are already FAQ videos and tutorials up and ready for your perusal.
Here's a link for you to check it out: https://productforums.google.com/for...rum/chromecast
Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!
There are plenty of self destructing message apps in the Play Store. The most popular of these is probably Snap Chat. The latest self destructing message app to make its way to the Play Store is an app that has become pretty popular on IOS. Blink is different from Snap Chat and other self destructing message apps in that it is highly secure. It uses encryption to make sure that your message really does self destruct. You can send images, videos, text, sketches, and voice messages all self destructable. If you are looking for an alternative to Snap Chat due to recent safety and security concerns this could be the app for you. Head to the Play Link below for the download.
Via Play Store
There is nothing more annoying than when your favorite song cuts out during a notification. This can be especially annoying when you receive multiple notification at once. I can remember times when my email blew up and I couldn't listen to a podcast because it was stopping every several minutes for the notifications. It made me mad enough to turn off my notifications for my email! XDA member "tpierce89" has developed an app to solve this problem out of necessity. He could not find any app on the Play Store that resolved this issue so he decided to create the app on his own. We reap the benefits. You won't need to configure this app in any way it will automatically silence notifications when you are listening to music. Don't pause runs in the background, it places your phone in vibrate mode while music is playing and then turns the volume back up after music is turned off. Head to the source link below for the download!
When the Moto G was announced a few months back it was basically a steal. It housed basically all of the Moto X internals with a smaller shell and screen, but at half the price! I had to grab an unlocked version at that price point. The Moto G is by far one of the best bargain phones ever, and now it has its very own official build of Cyanogen Mod 11. Motorola has done an amazing job of keeping their devices, even the Moto G, up to date with the latest versions of Android. While you may already be able to get official Kit Kat on your Moto G it is still fun to flash roms if for nothing more than adding a bit of variety to your life. Dhacker made his announcement late last night that the Moto G Kit Kat build was in the pipeline and would be showing up shortly. This morning the official build was added to get.cm. Official builds generally mean that most of the bugs that would keep the rom from being a daily driver IE camera, bluetooth, wifi, gps ect are all in working order. It should still be noted that these are just nightly builds and there will still be bugs here and there until a stable build is released. Head to the source link below for the download.
The market has been flooded with copy after copy of the widely popular flappy bird game. Some game developers are just carbon copying the game and hoping to cash in on its success. It is nice to see DroidForums member "Jal9000" has released a fresh new unique game to the Play Store! This game uses pixel art and resembles vintage 8 bit arcade games. The graphics actually are very reminiscent of Tamagotchi from the 90's. In this game the Wolf Is Coming! The objective is to save the sheep placing them in a safe zone before the wolf gobbles them up. You must save as many sheep as you can before night fall. If you haven't already destroyed your phone from the frustrations of Flappy Bird you will want to hit up the link below to download this fresh new time waster game.
Feb 19, 2014 - 5:39 PM - by dgstorm
Here's a large news piece for this late Wednesday afternoon. This was first reported on one of our sister-sites by Phil.
Continue Reading @ Facebook Buying WhatsApp Messenger for $16 Billion
It looks like today is a big day for Facebook and the popular app WhatsApp Messenger. The popular messaging application is about to be bought out by Facebook, for a whopping $16 billion.
According to the SEC report, the social network mogul is paying WhatsApp $4 billion in cash, $12 billion is Facebook shares and possibly $3 billion in employee stock payouts.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app, that can message cross-platform, along with sending files, photos, and video.
In April 2013, Google offered to...
Feb 19, 2014 - 3:26 PM - by dgstorm
We have word from a trusted source that Verizon will be launching the new editions of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and 10.1 Android tablets next Thursday, February 27th. Of course, the two tablets mentioned in our intel will be the 4G LTE variety, which is the whole purpose of launching them on a cellular network. We don't yet have confirmation on pricing or if there are any specific features or software which are different about these tablets compared to the ones directly from Samsung. We can bet it will have some of Verizon's software and their logo on the back.
You can probably also surmise that Big Red will sell them at or above the MSRP, but will offer a "subsidized" price for those who sign up for a VZW two-year contract. For now we will categorize this as a rumor until we can reach out to more sources for additional corroboration. We will keep you apprised as more details emerge.
Thanks for the tip, anonymous!
Feb 19, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm
Some smartphone manufacturers race each other to get the most powerful specs, while some race each other to offer the most innovative software features. Still others race each other to make a more aesthetically attractive device, since for many people their smartphone is as much a personal or fashion statement as it is a device.
A few manufacturers apparently believe that when you are vying to win an award for "best looking device" you must necessarily make it much thinner than the average bulky phone. Such is probably the case with the Elife S5.5 from Gionee. Don't worry... we hadn't heard of them either and had to Google them too. Feel free to do so now, we'll wait... Alternatively, here's a link to their global website: Gionee Mobile Global
Now that you have had a brief glimpse, Gionee is a little known smartphone OEM in China (it seems like there are a dozen of these around today). They seem to focus on creating "premium-looking" devices with a heavy emphasis on thinness. Their newest device makes the claim that it is the thinnest smartphone in the world, and it is probably true. The Gionee Elife S5.5 owes part of its name to the measurements of the device. The phone is 5.5mm thick. It is an elegant looking device, as you can see in the pic above.
Oh, it also has some decent specs to go along with the minuscule look:
- 5-inch display of unknown resolution
- 2300mAh battery
- Gionee's custom "Amigo" Android-based OS
- Unspecified 1.7GHz quad-core CPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel back/5-megapixel front cameras
The 3G model is available for pre-order in China for around $370 USD equivalent. There will be an LTE version arriving in June. The company plans to release the device to 40 countries this year, although it is currently tight-lipped as to which countries that will be. Let us know what you think of this and whether you would like to see it come to your neck of the woods.
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