The One has been a pretty big deal for HTC in 2013, selling millions of units, spawning miniature and mega-sized variants and getting re-released in several colors. Because of the One’s flagship status, it’s fairly likely that we’ll see Peter Chou and Co. churn out a follow-up at some point in the future. No one knows for sure yet when that’ll be, but today a U.K. judge may have given us a possible timeframe to look forward to.
In his ruling of the HTC One mini ban that we told you about earlier today, Judge Richard Arnold says that “HTC is close to launching the successor flagship model to the HTC One.” The judge goes on to explain that as part of its evidence against HTC, Nokia said that the Taiwanese firm is planning to launch its One follow-up in early 2014, possibly as early as February. HTC did nothing to argue against this claim.
Many manufacturers in the mobile space have adopted a yearly refresh cycle for their flagship products, and because the HTC One originally debuted back in February, it wouldn’t be a shock to see its follow-up emerge early in 2014. While the details provided by today’s ruling don’t guarantee that HTC is eyeing a February or March debut for its next flagship, they do seem to add a bit of support to the theory that the next One will debut in that timeframe.
What features do you hope to see included with the next version of the HTC One?
Rumors surrounding the followup to the HTC One have circling the net these past weeks. With the future of HTC on somewhat shaky ground, some have been wondering on the timing of such a sequel — could HTC be planning to release a full fledged sequel sooner than the usual 12 month time frame? Or might a sequel get pushed back down the calendar in order to give the HTC One Max and One Mini a better chance to gain additional market share?
Revealed in the aftermath of HTC’s legal battle with Nokia (over, what else, but patents), some newly discovered court documents are giving us a better idea on what HTC could have planned. According to a ruling published by High Court Judge Richard Arnold, a followup to the HTC One could be released in the UK as early as February or March of next year.
While the 1 year anniversary of the original HTC One (March) sounds like a no brainer, you may remember that the device was actually delayed in most parts of the globe due to supply constraints. If HTC could manage to churn out a sequel as early as February — getting the jump on the Samsung Galaxy S5 — it might put them in a better spot than last year’s fiasco.
It should be noted that this information still isn’t 100% solid and like most things corporate, is subject to change. But given this judge was presented with evidence not disputed by HTC, that ultimately lead to his ruling, he’d know better than anyone. For those sitting on an upgrade and are looking for a new smartphone this holiday season, you now have a new date worth considering.
We all know that HTC is in a bit of trouble. The company used to be the king of Android back in the day, and now it’s struggling with finances and the recent departure of some staff. However, things seem to be getting better, even if the progress is incredibly slow.
HTC has released its financial details, and the numbers show that the company had $522 million in revenue, which is actually 3.2% higher than what it had in October. We’re glad to see some sort of improvement, even if it is tiny.
However, year over year, things aren’t looking so great. Compared to November of last year, HTC’s revenue is down 27.1%. That’s a big drop for a company that rose so quickly, though it’s obvious that HTC is trying very hard to get back to the top.
Are you a fan of HTC? Do you think they have a chance at getting back to where they were? Or does this seem like the final nail in the coffin (I had to!)? Tell us what you think and your hopes for the future of HTC!
Samsung’s biggest issue, according to tech enthusiasts around the world, is the plastic it uses to build all of its devices. Many say that it feels cheap and slimy, lacking any sort of substance. Those claims definitely make sense, especially the slimy one. One the other hand, the plastic made for a durable and lightweight phone, which Samsung could very easily mass produce to satisfy crazy sales.
Samsung’s latest devices, including the Galaxy Note 3, feature a faux leather back. It’s plastic, but feels like leather and even has stitching around the edges. It may be tacky to some, but it greatly improves the build quality of the device to not have slimy plastic on the back. However, the latest trend started by HTC is metal, and it looks like Samsung is planning to adopt it.
According to a report by Taiwanese media, Samsung has found a supplier for the metal housings that the company will use for the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone. This company, Catcher, will begin supplying a rumored 10 to 30 million housings this month. The rest will reportedly be supplied by BYD and Ju Teng.
This is all still rumor, but it looks like there is a good chance that Samsung will actually build their next flagship phone out of metal, at least to an extent. Now they just need to confirm optical image stabilization in the Galaxy S5′s camera. What do you think of Samsung switching to metal construction? Are you more likely to buy one of their phones, or do you like the plastic they use now? Leave your thoughts in a comment!
VSCO Cam sample after using a picture taken with my Sony NEX 5R
We gave you guys the quick spiel about VSCO Cam yesterday. A powerful set of photo editing tools, VSCO Cam looks to take your Android photography to that next level. Using a sleek minimal interface (more akin to Windows Phone than Android) users can take photos from within the app, apply professional grade filters (not that kiddie Instagram stuff), or further tweak photos using the usual exposure/saturation/contrast/sharpen/etc..
It’s in VSCO Cam’s filters or “Presets”, where the app really shines. Off the bat, VSCO Cam makes available 10 of the more popular filters and for most shooters, this will be enough. Those who really enjoy taking photos and tweaking them will probably look to purchasing their Preset packs, categorized by their different effects (desaturated, instant, portrait, vivid, etc.). Right now, all 16 packs with 38 Presets can be purchased for only $6 (about 50% off and a no-brainer for Android photogs).
Images snapped can be shared to Twitter, Facebook and more directly through the app. Images taken with stock camera found on your Android device can also be imported into the VSCO Cam library using the normal Android share function inside the Gallery app.
VSCO Grid — where users can upload their VSCO photo collection and share their photos with others — is said to be coming to mobile in the future. Different from the usual social networks, Grid is simply meant for sharing beautiful photos, not getting trapped in the commenting system featured in social networks like Instagram. My own personal VSCO Grid can be found here.
There is still a key feature missing from VSCO Cam on some Android devices compared to its iOS counterpart. Right now, only a few devices can 2-finger tap when using the camera to separate focus and exposure. This is apparently due to hardware limitations, and not an oversight on VSCO’s part.
Overall, we though the app performed great, although the UI — while nice and clean — was a bit too minimal, with no text or hints as to what the icons represented. Also, it wouldn’t have killed VSCO Cam to feature a swipable side menu (which would follow Android’s design guidelines), instead of having to tap the icon to access other settings.
Ready to get started on your photo journey? You can download VSCO Cam for free right now via the Google Play link below, just in time for the Holidays.
Download on Google Play: VSCO Cam for Android
Last year, PowerA tried to change the game (quite literally) with its MOGA (later changed to MOGA Pocket) and MOGA Pro controllers. While the idea was great and execution was decent, there was still a lot of room for improvement with both. This year's models – the Hero Power and Pro Power – not only look to improve the overall form factor and experience over last year's models, but also bring more juice and the ability to charge your device while you play using the internal battery.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
MOGA Hero And Pro Power Review: This Is Exactly How To Make A Better Mobile Controller was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Let’s face it, Android isn’t perfect. It has issues, it has flaws. And sometimes, you just get the urge to change the software that you’re running. The beauty of Android is that you can do that. You can do everything from a simple launcher tweak to a full-blown ROM change. Now, it’s becoming possible to even change the operating system you’re running on.
We first saw this with the ASUS Transformer Book Trio, which ran both Android and Windows 8. On the go, you had an Android and light Windows tablet. But when you plugged it into its keyboard dock, it really came to life with a full blown Intel Core i7 processor, expanded hard drive and larger battery, which turned it into a fully fledged Windows 8 laptop. A unique device, to say the least.
Unfortunately, the Transformer Book Trio was a niche device that never really blossomed. It was struck with a high price that effectively killed the deal for many potential buyers. But the execution of the Transformer Book Trio isn’t the only way to release a dual-OS device.
Just in the last couple of days, we’ve seen the CEO of Jolla, creator of Sailfish OS, come out and say that Jolla is working to allow Sailfish to run on Android hardware. Within just a couple of months, you could run an entirely new operating system on your existing Android device. No need to go out and buy a new high-priced device, just simply do a little bit of work and get it right there on your Android phone. Can we get a round of applause for Jolla for working to make this reality?
I’ll be completely honest; I think Sailfish looks quite nice. And since it’s compatible with Android apps, I’d be perfectly happy with, at the very least, trying it. If it’s as simple as flashing a new ROM onto my phone, I would be entirely up for using it. The UI looks beautiful, and I’m leaning towards optimism that apps designed for Sailfish will look just as nice.
Now here’s a thought. What if we didn’t need to flash it onto our Android phones? What if our phones came pre-installed with Android and Sailfish? Dual-booting Android and Sailfish phones? It’s entirely possible. Both operating systems are rooted in Linux, and because we can flash Sailfish onto Android phones, they must be able to run on the same hardware. With full Android app compatibility, the idea of a phone running both Sailfish and Android sounds quite appealing.
Dual-booting phones could, in fact, be the future of Android. When you press the power button on your phone to boot it up, you could simply have an option asking which OS you wanted to boot into. Let’s be honest, a lot of us certainly wouldn’t say no to that. If you’re really a die-hard Android fan then you can simply boot into Android and run your favorite li’l OS. But if you prefer to shake things up a bit, then you could boot into a different OS such as Sailfish, or even something like Ubuntu for Mobile. Any of the other open source operating systems that also have a Linux core could easily be an option for dual-booting phones.
In the end, it comes down to what you think. Could dual-booting phones be part of Android’s future? Would you want a dual-booting Android phone? Any thoughts you have can be deposited into the comments section below.
The Moto X is undeniably one of the most important Android devices of 2013, and it's probably also one of the best. This phone can be had for a pittance on-contract, but many prospective buyers were disappointed the off-contract cost was so high. If $500 for this phone seems like too much, Republic Wireless is offering an alternative. The Moto X on this Sprint MVNO is just $299 and you can walk away at any time.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
Republic Wireless Moto X Review: A Great Deal With Very Few Compromises was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Showtime Anytime is how people with an appropriate cable subscription can peruse the channel's content on their phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work on just any internet connection. Your provider has to make the list, and starting today a couple more have joined the ranks. Now people who rely on Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks to get online can take advantage of Showtime's Android app.
Showtime Anytime Update Adds Support For Time Warner Cable And Bright House Networks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
HTC has launched several devices in past, like the HTC One series – that includes the flagship One, One Mini, and the latest One Max. All these devices are great, and critics ranked them high in their books, especially the HTC One. But at the end of the day, what really matters for a company is its ‘sales’ and we all know that HTC had seen some dark times in past few months. HTC started the year with the worst quarter in their history, but it seems they are finally getting back on track. HTC’s revenue report for November is out – its better than the previous month, although a 27.1% decrease year-over-year. Well its better than a decrease of 83% year-over-year, right?
It seems November is a lucky month for HTC, because last year was better for the Taiwanese manufacturer as well. HTC recorded a revenue of $522 million (NT$15.47 billion), that’s up 3.2% compared to last month.
According to analysts, the reason for HTC’s financial dismay is the company’s sliding market share in the US and Europe. The company hasn’t been able to lure any new customers this Holiday season with its new offering being only the HTC One Max.
Will HTC be able to stand up again? The HTC One was a great device, and still is – but still they have to come up with something which is as good as the One. Question is, can HTC do better than this? Tell us what do you think in the comment box below.
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Google Glass is subject to constant updates, making it better and more useful every time. With the latest update, Google Glass gets a new Google Play Music app. It’s simple to use. Just say “Ok Glass, listen to” a song or artist and it starts playing. It’s an MP3 player that is already on your face, so why not use it for music?
To go along with this new app, Google has released a set of stereo earphones for Google Glass. They retail for $85, so they should be pretty decent quality, though we can’t be sure until we give them a listen. Either way, they should satisfy the general population’s need for music. Of course, you can also use a mono earphone, but we can’t imagine why you’d do so.
This is a pretty useful feature, considering you have an audio and internet capable device on your face. There is no need for a cord running to your pocket to be caught on things, because we’ve all experienced that pain. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many Google Glass users to tell us how they like this new feature. Do you have Google Glass? Are you going to pick up a set of these earphones? Leave a comment!
All the fairly modern Nexus devices have had their KitKat updates released already. According to the latest numbers, Android 4.4 KitKat is already at 1.1% on the Android distribution charts. Considering that Nexus devices don’t sell very well at all compared to giants like Samsung devices, this is a decent number. But with some devices left buggy, as the first new version of Android tends to cause, Google looks to be planning a new update for its Nexus devices.
According to 9to5Google, they have noticed some devices running Android 4.4.1 visiting the site, specifically from Santa Clara, California (which is Silicon Valley). The devices spotted were the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, along with an unknown device with no name. But what could this update include?
To be realistic, it’s most likely just a big fixing update. Every time Google releases a new version of Android, there are bug fixing updates right after launch. However, it might be a little more than that. The new camera API that Google is developing with burst mode and RAW support might be thrown in for the Nexus 5, but that’s a bit of a long shot. Still, we can dream. It could also be the distribution of the Google Experience Launcher, which is also possible but unlikely.
HTC One GE will get 4.4.1 (KOT49E) in near future…
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) December 2, 2013
This isn’t the first time 4.4.1 has been mentioned. LlabTooFeR, an HTC developer, claims that the HTC One Google Play edition will be getting the software version in the near future. Looks like it isn’t so far out. Expect an update sometime soon; we’ll tell you when to start checking. Do you have any issues with KitKat you’d like to see resolved? Leave a comment!
HTC and Nokia are in the middle of a patent spat right now, with the former being accused of violating the latter’s EP 0 998 024 patent in the UK. The patent details a “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station,” which specifically ties into the HAAC microphones HTC has been using in many of their latest phones.
The High Courts of England have found that HTC has infringed on the patent, and has such granted Nokia with a temporary injunction on sales in the UK for devices which violate the documents. HTC was able to get a stay of injunction on their 4.7-inch flagship HTC One while they go through the appeals process, but they weren’t so lucky with other phones caught in the crossfire.
The HTC One Mini has suffered an immediate ban, putting HTC in a tough spot as they await a potentially lengthy appeals process to be carried out. HTC won’t just sit on their hands while they wait for the courts to make a decision, though — they’re looking to address the issue with the help of their chipset vendors as soon as possible.
We’re not sure how long it would take for them to go from research and development on a new component to full production of new models of these smartphones, but it’s going to have to be something that is prioritized if they want to make sure unit sales for all their latest products aren’t affected. We’re still in the early days of this thing, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it to see which path HTC is forced to take from here. Read on for HTC’s full statement to the press on the matter.
HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement of Nokia’s EP 0 998 024 patent. Whilst the Court also granted an injunction that affects other third party chipsets, we have filed urgent application to appeal. In the meantime, we are working with our chip suppliers to explore alternative solutions . As always, HTC’s primary focus is on supporting our customers and ensuring minimal disruption to them and our business. Rest assured that our award winning HTC One handset will be available as usual.
Trying to figure out when Samsung would be ballsy enough to make the switch to a metal chassis for their phones hasn’t been the easiest of tasks. The company has been rumored to do it for the past two renditions of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and we’ve been disappointed each time. We saw them give it a go inside the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, but that particular device wasn’t sold as widely as the original Galaxy S4.
According to new reports, Samsung could finally be ready to make the jump to metal. No, seriously this time… I think. The report comes out of Korean outlet EMSOne, who claims that a Taiwanese company named “Catcher” has been tapped as the provider of the metal for this undertaking. They will be the faucet for the first 10 to 30 million units, according to the report. BYD out of China and Ju Teng out of Taiwan are said to provide the remaining units.
It’s no secret Samsung has been a bit hesitant to move away from the plastic they know and love, because it’s been working for them for quite some time (to the tune of them being the world’s top Android smartphone manufacturer by a long shot). It’s understandable that they’ve been taking an “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” approach all these years, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t ready for something new.
The company tried their hand at something a little different with the Galaxy Note 3, a phone that features a faux leather backplate. It makes for a nice, different look, but it still isn’t the metal piece of wonder we’ve all been dreaming of. Recent rumors say we should be seeing Samsung starting mass production as early as January, so it shouldn’t be long before we find out if they really are ready to move on from the fantastic plastic train.
Amazon has announced a neat little promotion that should make the philanthropist in you happy. For every Kindle Fire HDX you buy through AmazonSmile, you can have them donate $20 to one of your favorite charities. The cheapest Kindle Fire HDX model is the 7-inch 16GB WiFi model with offers, which comes in at about $230.
AmazonSmile is the company’s alternative point-of-sale where the goal is to shop knowing you are helping someone out in the process, thus putting a “smile” on your face and those you’re helping around the world. They support tens of thousands of charities, so if you really have your heart set on a specific cause you can help them out and shop ’til you drop at the same time.
Be sure to keep AmazonSmile in mind for your next purchase if this sounds like something you want to take part in. If you want to take advantage of the $20 donation opportunity, Amazon’s giving you until Sunday. Go forth, charitable ones!
Getting your hands (eyes?) on HBO programming isn't the easiest task in the world. The shows traditionally come served as an update to your monthly cable package, aren't available on Netflix, and are slow to come to DVD. Yet here in the US, some of the programming is conveniently available straight from Google Play. You just have to be willing, in the case of Game of Thrones, to part with $2.99 per episode or $28.99 a season.Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:
HBO Shows Are Now Available On Google Play In The UK, Including Game Of Thrones, True Blood, And Other Hits was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Rumors continue to heat up for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 successor, presumed to be called the Galaxy S5. The last few weeks have given way to multiple reports about potential design features for the flagship device. One such rumor was that the Galaxy S5 would be offered in two versions, a premium metal model and a traditional classic form factor.
According to Japanese website EMS One, the Galaxy S5 will employ a unibody metal design unlike anything used in the series thus far. Reportedly, Taiwanese parts supplier Catcher will ship metal casings for the handset to Samsung later this month (December). With somewhere between 10 million and 30 million cases coming from Catcher, China’s BYD and Taiwan’s Ju Teng are expected to supply the additional units.
Earlier rumors for the Galaxy S5 suggest that the device will be an outright beast. Specifications tossed in the mix over the last few months include Samsung’s new 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor, a 16-megapixel camera, 3GB RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Expected to run Android 4.4 KitKat, the device should also boast Samsung’s latest custom UI.
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Love to snap photos with your Android smartphone? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that you’ve now got a new tool to add to your photography app arsenal. VSCO Cam for Android officially launched in the Google Play Store today, bringing with it a number of filters and tools to help users tweak their images. The app features a similar look and feel to its iOS counterpart, complete with a minimalist design and button set.
VSCO Cam for Android is a free app that comes with a limited number of preset filters and photo-editing tools. Additional filters are available as in-app purchases. In addition to the app’s capturing and editing capabilities, VSCO Cam for Android includes support for VSCO Grid, a network that gives users a place to share their images with the rest of the VSCO Cam community. VSCO Cam for Android is available now as a 14MB download that’s compatible with “most” devices running Android 4.0 or higher.
Obviously not every Android user is big into taking and editing photos on the go, and even among those that are, VSCO Cam for Android and its minimalist user interface may not be able to replace some existing apps. Still, it’s good to see another high-profile iOS app making the jump to Android, especially since this version appears to be pretty similar to the app that’s available to the Apple camp. If you’re at all interested in taking photos with your phone and then tweaking them with filters and tools, you may want to mosey on down to the link below and give VSCO Cam for Android a go.
Do you find that Instagram, Hipstamatic, and all the other me-too photography apps out there just aren't doing it for you? Then why not try VSCO Cam, the most anticipated iOS camera app port among Pabst Blue Ribbon drinkers and fedora enthusiasts! Here, let's check out this promotional video so we can get a quick look at all the impressive features offered in this exciting new app.
[New App] iOS Favorite VSCO Cam Lands On Android, Because Hipsters Don't Have Enough Camera Filters was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Many useful products have gone on sale this past weekend, including tablets, phones, chargers, batteries, earbuds, speakers, and more or less anything you could possibly want to pair with a mobile handset. But we've had enough of useful - now it's time for cool. Brookstone's Rover 2.0 wireless spy tank is now available for $50 off. You can get it from Amazon for just $99.99.
[Deal Alert] Rover 2.0 App-Controlled Wireless Spy Tank On Sale For Just $120 ($30 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.