HTC has had it woes over the last couple of years and the hope is that the beginning of the end will be the HTC One. That could be the case, but it seems that either HTC is cleaning themselves of some employees or they are leaving on their own. Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera, communications chief Jason Gordon, global retail marketing manager Rebecca Rowland, director of digital marketing John Starkweather, and product strategy manager Eric Lin have all recently departed. In the case of Eric Lin, he tweeted, “To all my friends still at @HTC - just quit. leave now. it’s tough to do, but you’ll be so much happier, I swear.”
Is HTC finally hitting bottom? Unfortunately until they figure out that consumers buy products based on features, not quality, things won’t change too much. HTC has been making great phones, and yours truly bought one, but unfortunately I’m not the demographic. Mainstream consumers are and HTC needs to take care of them in order to succeed.
sources: AllThingsD, @ericL
So you already own the Galaxy S 4, but want a wireless charging solution. Samsung still hasn’t released their version yet, but Mobile Fun in the UK has a solution for you that is available for pre-order now. The charging pad goes for $53.99 and is already available now. It will actually work out of the box with other Qi compatible phones such as the Nexus 4 and the DROID DNA.
If you own a Galaxy S 4, you will need to also buy their wireless charging cover that will replace your current back battery cover. This goes for $37.99 and is available in both black and white. The good news is that these covers will work with any Qi charging pad, so if you already own one, you will only need to buy a cover. Unfortunately they aren’t in stock yet, but if you pre-order now, it should arrive at your doorstep in about 4 to 6 weeks. Hit the break for a short demo video and links to get your order in.
Update – As of 6/10/13 – Now utilizing Google Play Game Services and 3 special effects balls added to Free version.
There certainly is no shortage of bowling games in the Google Play Store. We recently reviewed Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge, which is a cool game, but if you are looking for something a little more mellow, you might want to check out Bowling Paradise from InnoLab. You won’t find any tournaments or power-ups in this one, it’s just pure bowling in a zen-like atmosphere.
Bowling Paradise gives you eight locations to choose from: Beach (peaceful and relaxing), Garden (fresh and relaxing), Slope (exciting – ball rolling down a wavy path), Camping (quiet camping night), Dome (classic, luxury), Space (high impact – ball can fly in the air), Mushroom (imaginary land), Lights (special light effects). As you can see, each area gives you not only a completely different look, but can also impact gameplay.
If you thought Google’s 15GB of combined free storage for Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos was a good deal, check out Flickr. They not only released a new app, but to entice you to start using the service, they are offering 1-terabyte of free space for both photos and videos. They certainly aren’t fooling around since 1-terabyte is more than enough for a small city of people, let alone an individual person. Of course videos can eat that up pretty quickly, and thankfully they are included.
To give you a perspective, you could take one photo every hour for 40 years and still not fill it up. That’s over 350,000 photos. To further compare things, it would cost you $50 per month for the same 1-terabyte of storage with Google.
As to the app, it’s now at version 2.0 which is on par with the iOS version. Hit the break for the list of features and download links.
We knew that Google I/O was going to be concentrated on development, but we were still surprised that the updated Nexus 7 was missing in action. Turns out the new tab might have made an appearance, but we just didn’t know it at the time. The image above is a slide that was shown during a session on high performance audio. You can clearly see the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, and right smack in the middle is what appears to be a Nexus 7, but it doesn’t look like the current model. The bezel looks smaller and the top and bottom edges are curved.
The first assumption is that it could be a placeholder, but why would they bother with a placeholder? They could just insert the current Nexus 7 in that spot. Just in case you think the image could be fake, we provided the video of the presentation after the break. The slide shows up at the 38:27 mark. Let us know what you think.
The Society for Information Display’s annual show is taking place this week in Vancouver, Canada and LG something special to unveil. For the first time in public, they will show off a 5-inch unbreakable and flexible OLED panel for mobile devices. The flexible part is cool, but the unbreakable part might actually be more meaningful right now. Replacing panels on phones and tablets can be pretty costly.
We have been hearing about similar products from Samsung as well, but LG is expected to trump Samsung by bringing this new technology to market quicker. Many people were hoping that the Galaxy Note III would sport something flexible, but Samsung just isn’t in a position to make that happen yet. Depending on the jumpstart, LG could put a dent into Samsung’s mobile market share.
Hit the break for the full press release.