I am still very skeptical on if these new Nexus or Google Edition phones will receive updates as timely as pure Nexus devices, but the very reliable @LlabTooFeR is reporting that the HTC One Nexus Edition will get Android 4.3 within a few weeks after it is released. I would say that it pretty good, but I really wonder if Google, HTC, and most likely Samsung worked together to time this first update to wow people. Google could have introduced 4.3 at Google I/O, but they didn’t. It is very possible they held off to allow HTC and Samsung to get ready. On the other hand, the lack of needing carrier approvals plays a big role for all updates, so if anything else, these devices should get faster updates overall regardless. The real test is going to be the next major update, which is probably Key Lime Pie. Will the Nexus Editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One get those updates within a few weeks? Time will tell.
A couple of days ago an HTC device, or shall I say phablet, going under the codename T6 leaked. The full specs have leaked and it doesn’t appear HTC is leaving anything on the table. For starters, the display size is going to be 5.9-inches of 1080p beauty. We are assuming it’s LCD 3, but it’s unknown at this time. Expect the latest and greatest from Qualcomm in the Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) with a clock speed of 2.3GHz. Surprisingly RAM is going to be 2GB as opposed to 3GB, but we will take it. An UltraPixel rear camera will be onboard, but the megapixels weren’t mentioned. We can only assume it will be the same 4MP lens found on the One, but who knows, maybe HTC is able to bump that up a bit. The front lens will come in a 2.1MP. Considering the size of this phone, it isn’t a shocker that the battery is 3,300mAh.
Another interesting tidbit is that it will come with a fingerprint scanner, but not like what the Atrix had. This one will be on the back of the phone and it will unlock the device when you “grip it naturally’.
Lastly, it is rumored to come with Key Lime Pie, which I am doubting will be the case. As to when we will see this bad boy, I wouldn’t expect it until the 4th quarter of this year, especially if it is indeed going to have Key Lime Pie. The next question is what will they call this thing?
Artflow Studio just released Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw for Android tablets, which will bring out your creative side. Of course if you’re already a creative person, you will love it too. Artflow is easy enough for the novice, but offers features for the pro as well. It has all the standard stuff like 50 different brushes/tools and color selections, but it also offers layers and advanced controls like smudging and brush flow. It even supports pressure sensitive pens like Samsung’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Note 8.0.
What I like most about Artflow is that the Holo-inspired layout and controls are very simple. Drawing and sketching apps can be a little intimidating for the casual user, but not with Artflow. Upon opening the app, you are given a completely white slate for your next sketch. You will find two menus, one at the right edge and the other at the left edge. Just tap on the “less than sign” at the middle right edge or the “greater than sign” at the middle left edge to open the respective menus.
Privacy is a major buzzword these days and sometimes you want to be able to keep and/or do things on your phone that you don’t want others to know about. You will find plenty of apps that help you in this regard, but most of them only do one thing. What makes a great app is one that is not only simple to use, but also offers a lot of features, and Privacy Manager offers both. Privacy manager will do some of the simple stuff like keep certain pictures, apps, and contacts private, but it offers so much more. Privacy manager will also block certain numbers from calling you, disguise calls or SMS messages when you don’t want others to know exactly who is calling you, Ring your phone with a fake call when you need to be “interrupted” in a meeting. It even offers a password manager and let’s not forget the ability to record from your phone’s handsfree microphone. Privacy Manager has pretty much everything you could ever want, and then some.
If a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with only WiFi isn’t good enough for you, the opportunity to buy an LTE version could be coming soon. The FCC just put their blessing on a version that is packing an 850 / 1900 GSM radio along with LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17. These should work on AT&T’s network.
Now FCC certification doesn’t mean that it will definitely be released or that AT&T will announce a carrier version, but if you’re wishing for an LTE version, there is reason to hope.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini will be unveiled officially on June 20 in London, but we will probably know just everything there is to know by then. Take for instance, the leaked screenshot above that gives us the complete spec rundown. There really isn’t anything that is surprising since we already knew it’s a budget-version of the flagship S4.
The 4.3-inch display will be Super AMOLED and have a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. Remember, this resolution debuted with the DROID Bionic!! Other major specs include a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP camera, and Android 4.2.2. Put this one in Easy Mode folks, and you will have the perfect phone for Grandma!!
Apple head Tim Cook was interviewed yesterday at the D11 Conference and he had some interesting things to say about their main competition. The explosive growth of Android came up, and he doesn’t seem worried. He said, “Winning has never been about making the most” which if you’re reading between the lines, that means quality is more important than quantity. To further clarify, he said, “Arguably, we make the best PC, but we don’t make the most.” On the other hand, he said that they made the best music player and did make the most, but it wasn’t that way from the start.
Cook went on to explain that things aren’t always the way they seem. For example, tablet market share might be fairly close, but when it comes to the web market share there’s no contest, at least for North America. The iPad controls 80% of the web traffic and if you look at worldwide data from both smartphones and tablets, iOS controls nearly 60% of the market.