There’s a lot that we already know about the all new HTC One, but a newly leaked brochure gives us a little more insight into the dual-camera setup on the back of the phone along with a few HTC Sense 6 details and the phone’s price.
The leaked brochure reveals that the camera setup on the back of the phone will be referred to as the Duo Camera, offering improved low light performance, refocusing after the image is snapped, background softening and 3D effects. None of these features will be unique to the all new HTC One, but the Duo Camera should offer
improvements over what the competition has to offer, because the device will be able to measure depth perception and snap two pictures simultaneously.
HTC Sense 6 will be a simpler experience, introducing double tap to wake and swipe gestures to access favorite apps or social media feeds. The brochure also reveals Telstra’s $840 AUD (roughly $760 USD) off-contract price for the all new HTC One – roughly 6% less than the $899 AUD price tag expected for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2.
Do you think the unibody aluminum chassis, unique Duo Camera capabilities and simplified user experience on the all new HTC One enough to get HTC back in the game?
With many of the great Twitter clients from the past year or so already suffering from Twitter’s token limits, Talon has quickly become one of the best options for those 140 character affairs we’re all addicted to. A new upgrade for the app has hit the Google Play Store featuring a smorgasbord of new features that makes us wonder what sort of ungodly energy drink the developer has been indulging in.
So what’s new? Some of the highlights (because the list is pretty long) include a newly redesigned widget, new animations, a floating compose button, new filter options, custom Light Flow support (after a forthcoming Light Flow update), and more.
And when I say more, I mean a lot more. So much so, in fact, that I don’t even feel comfortable listing it all here (and the developer couldn’t even fit it all in the Google Play Store’s “What’s New” section). Here’s everything that’s new, though, just in case you’re only interested in those shiny bits:
- Talon Pull will automatically shut down to preserve battery when no data connection is active, then restart and check your timeline for missed tweets when data becomes available again.
- Compose button can now float over the main timelines instead of being in the action bar
- New Discover tab in the drawer for trends, suggested users, and nearby tweets
- Pictures page on a users profile
- Custom Light Flow support (In future Light Flow update)
- Favorite users timeline is now an option for the extra pages
- Animations for opening new pages and windows
- Post tweets from different accounts in the compose window
- Notifications button in the action bar for Talon Pull iteractions
- Unread “bar” widget
- Separated the DashClock settings from the notification settings
- Widget themed differently
- Two new transparent widget themes
- Added time ago to the widget items
- Mute expressions and keywords on tweets
- View up to 100 retweeters of a status (API limit)
- View users mentions and favorites on their profiles
- Favorite user tweet notifications will now open directly to the tweet
- Added option to manually select location for local trends
- Saved Searches drawer item
- Save and destroy saved searches
- Added picture filter to searches
- Added retweet filter to searches
- Auto-complete users from the tweet reply
- RTL support for Android 4.2 and above
- Themers can now theme the action bar
- Themers can now change the background for the windows
- Live streaming should now preform a background refresh to avoid missing tweets if your data connection changes
- DashClock updates immediately after closing the app
- Better organization of settings
- Some support for ow.ly images in-line
- Option to automatically open the keyboard when you open the tweet viewer
The rest of the improvements and bug fixes can be found in this handy Google+ post here, and if you’re satisfied with everything you’re seeing then be sure to head to the Google Play Store for the upgrade (it should run you about 3.4MB).
Attention, parents: if you've used your Google account to buy apps, books, videos, or music on Google Play, your credit card information is stored. If you give your phone or tablet to your kids, they might be able to buy stuff that you don't necessarily want. That's a lesson that Ilana Imber-Gluck learned after her 5-year-old son spent $65.95 on Marvel Run Jump Smash. Unsurprisingly, she chafed at the experience, suing Google in a northern California court on behalf of herself and "all others similarly situated."
Mother Sues Google After Child Buys $66 Worth Of In-App Purchases In Marvel Running Game was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Ever since we found out the secondary hole on the rear of the all new HTC One was for a secondary camera and not a fingerprint scanner, we’ve been wondering what made HTC go with this odd configuration. Early rumors suggested the dynamic duo was to facilitate post-snap focusing, but was that really the case?
Thankfully, we have an answer ahead of the device’s official March 25th reveal. According to a leaked Telstra ad (click to enlarge on the right) obtained by GSMArena, the all new HTC One’s “Duo Camera” will allow you to do the following:Create vivid images even in low light and professionally edit memories after you’ve taken the shot. Choose where to focus, highlight what you love, soften backgrounds and add 3D effects.
It sounds like this configuration will be working overtime during each snap to provide you all these options, though it’s tough to say how it’s able to do all this without any technical explanations. We’ll likely have to wait until HTC spills the beans themselves before gaining deeper knowledge about the technology, but it’s nice to know what its purpose is ahead of time.
Beyond that, though, the ad does give us a couple more details about the device, including new HTC Sense 6 features and changes to BoomSound. For the former, users will have an LG KnockOn-esque feature that allows you to turn your display on by double tapping it. LG G2 users regularly gush and rave about this feature’s usefulness, so it’s nice to see it coming to more phones. We also learn that the two front-facing BoomSound speakers have dedicated amplifiers.
All this is very interesting, and while we don’t have reason to doubt Telstra’s knowledge of the device this early on, we’re still opting to wait on HTC’s official word before putting stock into anything. Let us know how you feel about all of this in the comments below!
WhatsApp, the incredibly popular messaging service recently acquired by Facebook for 19 Instagrams dropped an update for Android users today, bringing the app up to version 2.11.186. The update brings to the Play Store features beta users have enjoyed since version 2.11.181 earlier this month.
Users who grab the update will enjoy new privacy settings for "last seen," profile photo, and status (allowing users to limit who can see each), a camera shortcut (a 1x1 widget for quick photo capture), and several other UI improvements.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
WhatsApp 2.11.186 Update Offers New Privacy Settings, 'Pay For A Friend,' And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
A post on Google+ blew up after the developer of a popular custom ROM showed off a proof of concept where his Nexus 5 effectively mimicked the always listening “Touchless Control” function found in the Motorola Moto X. How exactly was this done, you ask? No witchcraft, just a little Android knowledge.
Still in its early state, Guillaume Lesniak was able to tap into Qualcomm’s QDSP6V5 low-power DSP core found in the Snapdragon 800 processor. Because this is separate from the cores used for handling applications, in theory, this would have a minimal impact on battery life, keeping the main CPU in a sleep state as usual.
Although Qualcomm has yet to release any of the Snapdragon 800′s always listening APIs to developers (we could never figure out exactly why), they sure had no problem boasting about this specific feature of their SoC. It’s a shame we haven’t really seen it in action, until now.
Because this is still very much “unofficial,” and the developer is attempting to avoid drama with Qualcomm’s legal department, he’s holding back from releasing any details on how it was done. For now, we can find solace in knowing that it has been accomplished (however buggy), and that there’s still a glimmer of hope this feature may find itself in a future version of the OmniROM custom Android software.
Who knows, maybe Qualcomm is keeping their cards close to their chest for a future Nexus device, or even Android release. Why should the Moto X have all the fun?
Typically, AP refrains from covering crowd-funding projects that have not yet reached their funding goal. Sometimes, though, there comes a campaign that is just too good to pass up. These campaigns usually fall into one of two categories - either the yet-unfunded campaign is unbelievably awesome, or it's really weird and kind of ridiculous. We'll let you decide which bucket the HeadWatch falls into.
[Umm] Indiegogo Campaign Seeks Backers For HeadWatch - A Smartwatch That Also Fits On Your Ear was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Not sure if unexpected (or just refreshing?), but Microsoft has released an open source Office 365 SDK for Android. What does this mean? Well, now developers can start building Android apps using the SDK to pull data from Offiice 365. Everything from Exchange contacts, emails and calendar entries, to SharePoint lists, folders, and files, will be accessible from other apps, should the developer bake Office 365 compatibility into their apps.
Right now, the SDK is available in developer preview, but interested devs can get a jump by heading over to github to learn more. Cheers.
Readers may remember Archos' suite of connected home "objects" announced last December and officially detailed at CES. The suite includes a motion-sensitive camera, lights, a weather station, and a Smart Tracker.
The objects aren't actually available for sale just yet, but the manufacturer has added a couple of new apps to the Play Store to eventually assist in managing the network of smart objects - one that will allow you to connect to the devices from any Android device, and one specifically meant for the 7" Smart Home Tablet.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Archos Releases Two New Apps For Suite Of Connected Home Objects was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The Motorola X8 chip isn’t the only one with always listening capabilities. Qualcomm decided to include a similar “core” in the Snapdragon 800, touting its always listening capabilities before its release. However, we haven’t heard anything about it since. Either Qualcomm has not given permission to manufacturers to use this core, or manufacturers have just had no interest.
However, there’s no way for a feature to go untapped in the developer community. A developer by the name of Guillaume Lesniak has figured out how to enable this core and use it to wake a Nexus 5 without using the main processor. All he has to do to wake the device is say “Hey Snapdragon.”this is indeed using the dedicated audio processing chip of the S800 - that's the whole point of this PoC. The CPU is indeed turned off and isn't used at all for the audio processing.Guillaume Lesniak
However, he won’t be releasing this modification. He states that it is unreleasable for various reasons. It’s “far from being stable,” and I can assume that Qualcomm wouldn’t be happy with someone releasing this as well. For now, it’s just a proof of concept. And as a proof of concept, it’s awesome. I wish all Snapdragon 800 features could adopt Motorola’s Touchless Control, but considering that the CPU has now been replaced, it’s very unlikely.
If there was any question that T-Mobile was entertaining the idea of a Sprint merger, a recent statement by T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter hints that it could be all but inevitable. Speaking openly during a telecom conference today, Carter said that in regard to his company’s future prospects for consolidation, it wasn’t a question of “if” but “when.” This echoes a similar statement Carter made last year, after T-Mobile purchased MetroPCS. And while the words “Sprint” never actually left his mouth, investors are now anticipating a Sprint merger is likely. You know, should US regulators give it the green light.
Last week Deutsche Telekom — T-Mobile’s parent company — said it would be open to potential consolidation in the U.S. mobile market, but also mentioned that they were in no hurry to make such deal (they’ve always been open to merger talks in the past). According to them, T-Mobile has performing well enough to continue running by itself. But as Carter points out, “To take a third-scale national player that has the scale benefits with the right business model could be very competitively enhancing in the U.S..” In other words, AT&T and Verizon should probably be watching their backs.
Something tells us they aren’t too worried. It was back in 2011 that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission shot down AT&T’s proposed buyout of T-Mobile for a cool $39 billion, leaving AT&T walking away bruised and broken. Sounds they wouldn’t be too receptive of a Sprint/T-Mobile merger either.
Carter goes onto say that the government can’t simply have its cake and eat it too. “If they think there really needs to be four players in this market on a nationwide basis, they are going to have to put some structural protections to ensure an adequate distribution of spectrum.”
Sprint has been gunning for T-Mobile for years now. In 2010, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse went on the record about merger talks with T-Mobile. In 2011, talks of a merger once again began rearing their head, followed by a recent report last December saying Sprint would offer upwards of $20 billion to buy T-Mobile this year, but was still feeling things out. Like that persistent dude in the movie theater, Sprint really wants T-Mobile’s number.
I guess John Legere never received the memo, T-Mobile’s off-the-wall CEO who continued blasting away at rival carriers on Twitter. In a recent tweet, Legere specifically calls out Sprint saying, “Remember when people actually liked @sprint? Yeah, me either.” It’s clear Sprint is going to need more than just Carly in tight leather to drawn in new customers. Upgrading their slow as molasses network would be a good start.
Adobe has crammed more features into Photoshop on the desktop than most people will ever use, but you can make use of at least one of the features you're (probably) overlooking with Pixl Preview. This app plugs into Photoshop's remote connection system to act as a second-screen preview of your designs.
[New App] Pixl Preview Allows Real-Time Previews Of Photoshop Designs And Pushes Images Directly To Photoshop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.Featured App DigiCal Calendar & Widgets
24 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (2/25/14 - 3/10/14) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
XY is a project on Kickstarter that promises to keep track of everything important to you, and it just flew past its funding goal. Introduced with some calculations that’s sure to make you think, XY states that the average person spends 10 minutes a day trying to find lost things.
XY promises to eliminate this as the Bluetooth LE powered tag can be attached to anything you hold important to you and the tag then syncs to your smartphone to help keep track of its whereabouts.
The XY app listens to nearby Bluetooth LE signals. When the app finds a new tag, it checks our servers see what information about the tag is available to you. If you are not permitted to see the tag, it will not show up on your list.
XY uses Bluetooth LE so is compatible with any Android device running version 4.3 or above. The project was looking to get $45,000 of backing to make it a possibility and at the time of this post is sitting at $74,029. For just $17 you can back XY and get yourself your very own tag to keep track of your belongings. Check out the Kickstarter page here.
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From my time interacting with our commenters, I have seen the great divide between those who want capacitive buttons underneath the display of their device and those that love on-screen buttons. I can go for either if done right, but some people are extremely against one or the other. And while we, the opinionated tech geeks, are a minority, it’s hard for a device manufacturer to please us all.
However, it seems that OnePlus is on track to do just that. According to famous leak artist @evleaks, the company will be offering a choice between on-screen or capacitive buttons on the OnePlus One flagship. This will give everyone the phone they really want. Plus with CyanogenMod powering the device, it will be easy to change the software to conform around the on-screen buttons.
If this ends up being legit, it’ll be awesome to see a company offering such options for those who care. Hopefully OnePlus succeeds in its latest ventures, because we could use a good company like that in the tech industry. So tell us, lovely commenters, which option would you choose?
With the recent release of the Pebble App Store on Android, Pebble is celebrating by rewarding the best app developers with some pretty nice prizes
The top 16 developers receive their very own Pebble Steel, and the grand prize winner receives $5,000. The apps that are eligible for entrance can be new or existing apps, and is open to watchapps, watchfaces, and companion apps.
Here’s how it works:
Good luck to anyone who joins the competition!
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The Amazon Appstore doesn't have the available selection that Google Play has, but it's hard to complain when it's willing to give away a different free app each day. Actually, no it isn't, not when the time comes to update said app and the process won't initiate because it's over 50MB and you're on a mobile data connection. Any higher than that, since version 2.3 hit (though the limitation was even lower before then), has been a job for WiFi.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Amazon Appstore v8 Finally Removes The Aggravating 50MB Update Limit When Not On Wi-Fi was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google have just announced a special offer for select Chromebook owners which enables them to try Google’s All Access music streaming service for free for 60 days.
The Google Play All Access provides instant streaming to over 20 million tracks and usually costs £9.99 a month. Google Music recently got updated to provide playlist-based radio stations to aid in music discovery, bringing it in line with offerings from competitors such as Spotify. If you qualify for this offer then it is a fantastic way to sample Google’s music streaming service to see if it complements your new Chromebook.
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Not long ago, we wrote that Talon was taking a huge step in the right direction. From the theme customizations to the great use of Immersive Mode, Talon was a force to be reckoned with. It was. Soon after writing the piece, the bugs became too much to handle, causing us to switch Twitter apps.
All of the qualms we had with Talon are now solved in the update to version 2.0. Higher quality images, uploading pictures, and Talon Pull fixes, and new widgets, just to name a few.
Here’s a list of the featured changes in Google Play:
The list of new features and updates is way too long to post, so here’s the link to the full changelog.Talon for Twitter (Playboard) | Talon for Twitter (Play Store)
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You've probably used a CyberLink product at some point in your life. Its PowerDVD software has long been one of the most common ways to get a DVD up and running on Windows, and, as counterintuitive as it sounds, an app of the same name made its way over to Android years ago. The company also produces a photo editor known as PhotoDirector, and now it's releasing an Android version designed specifically for tablets.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
[New App] PowerDVD Developer CyberLink Releases PhotoDirector Photo Editing App For Android Tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.