The Internet is good for a ton of things, but comparing two like (or unlike) devices isn’t usually one of them. If there isn’t a popular news story written about it, you may find yourself looking up spec sheets that look nothing alike, trying to decipher which device is better. There’s a new app called Versus, and it aims to make your experience a [Read More...]
A smartphone that doesn’t last a day in the 21st century isn’t a smartphone worth having, and with devices now including more and more processor intensive features, the battle of functionality versus battery life is hotter than ever.
A great device can be let down entirely by the length of time it lasts between charges and it is important to know that you won’t be [Read More...]
Google’s official camera app has received an update today with a few new things. We’ve got a new background blur effect that has become all the rage with SLR wannabes like the HTC One M8 and a new UI with extra-big capture button. It’s also worth noting that the aspect ratio of the shot is properly reflected in the preview now, a longtime issue with the old stock Camera app. And the much maligned radial menu [Read More...]
Quickly re-open that tab you accidentally closed while reading
Those of you on the beta track of Chrome on Android will be receiving an update today with a small, but useful, set of features. First up is the ability to “undo” an accidental tab closure — something that we’re all used to being able to do on desktop browsers. Next is improvements to the video player, letting your phone or tablet make use of HTML5 full-screen [Read More...]
KitKat doubles its share of active installs in just a month
Google has released its monthly report on active Android devices and their software version, and as you’d expect things are moving towards the latest releases. Android 2.2 is present on just 1.1 percent of devices accessing Google Play, down from 1.2 percent last month, while Honeycomb is still at its lonely 0.1 percent.
Gingerbread is holding down a sizable 17.8 percent, but that’s down from [Read More...]
Fitbit has expanded the sync capabilities of their wearable fitness trackers, and now 44 Android and iOS devices are fully supported. Devices that can wirelessly synchronize with Fitbit products require Bluetooth 4.0 on-board, but in the past even devices with the required hardware we not officially supported, and users were forced to try a reverse-engineering approach to get sync up and running. With today’s news, that should no longer be an issue for folks with recent [Read More...]
Rather unsurprisingly, following the announcement of the new HTC One M8 device yesterday, HTC are planning on opening up their BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android devices.
Included in the press release,HTC highlight their plans for the launcher:
Following its popularity with HTC users, HTC will now make HTC BlinkFeed available to other Android devices, launching on the Google Play store soon.
HTC listed their new Sense 6.0 apps in the Play Store prematurely before the [Read More...]
Following ‘popularity with HTC users’, company will bring its home screen reader to non-HTC phones ‘soon’
Tucked away in a corner of HTC’s new HTC One (M8) press release is a rather interesting nugget — the Taiwanese manufacturer plans to bring its BlinkFeed home screen launcher to other Android phones “soon,” through the Google Play Store.
A footnote from the presser reads —
Ahead of the launch of the next generation HTC One later today, a recent leak for the roadmap of the HTC Sense 6.0 deployment for older devices confirms that a select few will get the updated software.
The new HTC One is set to come with an all-new Sense 6.0 skin bundled over Android 4.4 KitKat, but the update will extend to the first generation HTC One, followed [Read More...]
Sometimes when a smartphone is released, it is very easy to tell what the manufacturer was aiming for. Unlike some popular lines of smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S series or HTC’s One series, Google’s Nexus line has received some interesting feedback over the years. Does the term ‘Nexus’ mean what it did when Google started this line? Which one of these devices was truly iconic for it’s time? Let’s take a look back.
HTC Nexus One