Category: Android News

HTC ‘B2’ could be next Butterfly handset for Asian markets

HTC may be preparing another “Butterfly” handset for Asian markets, if Twitter leaks from a usually reliable source are to be believed. @LlabTooFeR writes that a device codenamed “B2” will be the next phone in the Butterfly series, sporting similar hardware specs to the company’s flagship One M8. Like previous Butterfly devices, it’s said to have a glossy (likely plastic) chassis, and should be aimed primarily at Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Bricks’ winners!

We put out the request last week for all of your best “bricks” photos, and just as we’ve come to expect, you all delivered. We saw five whole pages of entries come into the forums for another successful photo contest, showing off a variety of styles and devices while still following the prompt.

R.B.I. Baseball 14 swings onto Android

The 2014 MLB season is well underway. Teams like the Brewers, Athletics and Giants are out on top right now. If your team isn’t doing so hot you can change that with R.B.I. Baseball 14 for Android. You can’t actually help your team in real life, but you can take your team to the World Series in this virtual world.

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The business logic behind building an Amazon phone

An Amazon phone might make more sense than you think

Over the last month or so there have been enough informative leaks to say, almost with certainty, that Amazon will be releasing a phone. I say “almost” to leave the door open to a change in plans, however small that chance may be.

I recently learned that Amazon has hired several former BlackBerry designers. It sounds like they’ve brought smart people on board, and I can  [Read More…]

Moto X+1 pops up on Motorola’s site again

The Moto X+1 hasn’t exactly been the shiest smartphone around. The first time we picked up on the Moto X+1 was in early April when the branding leaked online. Later some rumors suggested we’d be seeing leather and wood backplates as option for the upcoming handset, among many others. And finally, the Moto X+1 now appeared on Motorola’s own website before quickly being removed. Time for a little bit of déjà vu as the Moto X+1  [Read More…]

LG unveils new QHD panel, going into mass production “shortly”

LG has sent out a press release detailing their upcoming QHD (that’s 2K, or 2560 x 1440 pixels) display panel. The panel has received certification by NEMKO, a Norwegian testing and certification organization for electrical products. Now that the certification, which says the panel meets the 100 percent RGB color reproduction standard, is complete LG can begin mass-producing the displays. Just in time for the G3, which is all but confirmed to use a QHD panel.

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Samsung to offer Swarovski crystal accessories for Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit

In a trend to up the ante on personalization and marry fashion with wearables, Samsung has announced that it is launching a new Swarovski for Samsung series. Partnering with the famed crystal brand, Samsung is essentially bejeweling the rear perforated faux leather back battery cover of the Galaxy S5 with Swarovski crystals. Additionally, with the Gear Fit wearable exercise band, Samsung is adding clips that you can attach to the strap, essentially giving wearers their choice  [Read More…]

Would you implant an NFC chip into your hand?

Game developer Zoe Quinn recently implanted an NFC chip in the space between her thumb and index finger. Appropriately enough, she’s since programmed the chip to send a link to her Humble Bundle page for Deus Ex, a popular shooter game about cyborgs. So, if you bump into her, you can tap your phone against the base of her thumb and get a free video game about human/robot hybrids. Here’s a video of the operation, which  [Read More…]

KitKat details leaked for multiple Samsung smartphones


Samsung expects to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat updates to around eight smartphones before June is out, says SamMobile. According to the blog’s sources, a number of devices have already been cleared to roll with a handful of others still in “testing”. Between May and June we should see models such as the Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and Galaxy S4 Mini picking up  [Read More…]