Beautiful Widgets gets updated to version 5.1 to include new widgets, more functionality

BeatifulWidgets_5_01_Lifestyle_01

 

Beautiful widgets has just gotten updated to version 5.1 and gives it even more options and flexibility for users—making the awesome app even better than ever. In addition to having a few new widgets available (such as Barebone for tablets), the developer has finally removed the geolocation option in the widget— finally allowing users to manually enter their desired home location manually. Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of the Lifestyles widget which in conjunction with AccuWeather, helps users to show different ratings in order to help you plan those fun outdoor activities like going out for a run or finally having that long overdue cookout.

There are more neat improvements and new additions to the app, but you’ll need to hit past the break to get an idea of what each are and grab the updated app from the Play Store as well.

HTC One London launch replay now available online

 

HTC_One_Announcement

 

So you’re feeling a little blue because you missed out on the HTC One smartphone announcement yesterday? Well cheer up as the Taiwanese manufacturer has made its entire London announcement available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Once there, you’ll be able to see Peter Chou and Co. offering HTC’s perspective of what the device is and what it means to the brand and of course, consumers. Of course you won’t be able to get all up and close with the device in the video feed, but at least you have our own hands-on to give you a better idea of how the sexy smartphone looks up close.

You can check out the full announcement once you hit past the break.

HTC announces the One smartphone, gives us more quad-core goodness in a Sense 5 package

HTC_One_Announcement

HTC has finally taken the wraps off of its worst-kept secret— the HTC One smartphone. The smartphone comes fully decked out while featuring some pretty cool enhancements giving users a unique Android experience. For starters, the smartphone features a 4.7-inch full 1080p LCD3 display, quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip, 2 gigs of RAM and Android 4.1.2 topped off with Sense 5— all in one hell of an aluminum package. HTC also aims to give users a topnotch social network and multimedia experience by introducing some neat tools including:

  • Blinkfeed – an updated stream of news and social networks featuring 1,400 content providers including ESPN. Think full-screen wallpaper/widget with a Flipboard layout displaying all sorts of custom content
  • SenseVoice – sound enhancement feature which allows users to optimize call sound when in a noisy environment by chcking the ambient sounds in the background
  • Full IR capabilities which allows the device to control a home theater unit
  • Ultrapixel – giving 300% more light with camera
  • HTC Zoe – captures video and high resolution photos automatically, while also giving you topnotch organization by bringing your gallery together. Also allows for the ability to make a slideshow  highlight with movies as well by implementing automatic transitions between scenes and it can edit on its own. Zoe also allows users to combine multiple images into one and can even eliminate people from photos at a later time

Now for the information you all really want to know— when and where the device will be available. It will be a while before we see the device in our balmy mitts, but HTC has confirmed it will be available in 80 countries by the end of March. Additionally, the smartphone will come in 32GB and 64GB variants and land in AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile stores for those of us here in the States (no Verizon?) and will also be available for customers by the end of March as well— though there’s no word on pricing just yet.

Hit the break to see HTC’s full presser.

EE confirms smartphone activations fall in Q4 2012, 4G LTE to blame?

EE_UK_Slow_4G_LTE_Adoption

 

So we thought that EE’s launch of its super-fast LTE network would be welcome with open arms, but it appears there’s a slower adoption rate than expected. According to the 2012 year-end results from the wireless carrier, there were only 201,000 new subscribers for Q4, which is a mild disappointment to say the least. Fortunately, the wireless carrier was able to utilize its growing LTE network to springboard more of its customers into embracing smartphone use, which falls in line with some studies that we’ve heard before.

It’ll probably be a while before UK mobile users shy away from those HSPA+ networks until carriers like EE come up with a compelling reason for why LTE should be used. EE will certainly have its work cut out for it in the meantime.

source: EE

HTC One press shot leaked… again

HTC_M7_One_Black_White_Leak

 

Our own Rob Nazarian is about to lay his eyes on the upcoming HTC One (aka the M7) smartphone at any moment now, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from giving the rest of us yet another idea of what we should expect to see from HTC’s next great beast of a device. French website NowhereElse has leaked a couple of images pretty much confirming what we’ve already seen before– except this time we see a Beats Audio logo on the back and some sort of shiny band at the bottom and top of the device. So ummm yeah folks— this is pretty much the HTC One that we’re all looking forward to drooling over and have already seen before. Stay tuned with us as we give you all the up-to-date info about the device.

source: NowhereElse
via: Engadget

Marvell announces its PXA1088 SoC, gives Android fans yet another quad-core chip to salivate over

Marvell PXA1088

 

Ladies and gents— we have ourselves yet another quad-core chip that’s on the way, this time courtesy of Marvell. The modest chipset maker its PXA1088 SoC, which is based off ARM’s Cortex-A7 quad-core architecture. The SoC will also utilize a GPU with full OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1.1 as well as OpenVG 1.1 support. Rounding out the chipset’s noteworthy features are WCDMA and TD-SCMA support plus full HSPA+ capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN radios built-in. Of course Marvell highlights the PXA1088 chip will be featured in several upcoming devices— though we won’t know what those devices will be until MWC begins next week.

We know you are itching for more deets, so hit the break to check out the full presser from Marvell.

NVIDIA announces Tegra 4i LTE-based SoC and ‘Phoenix’ reference smartphone

Tegra_4i_Announcement

 

Sure it may be a while before we see the Tegra 4 chip, NVIDIA just made a major announcement introducing a couple of new goodies ahead of MWC next week. The first is the Tegra 4i chip is an ARM Cortex A9-R4-based chip and is NVIDIA’s first Tegra-based SoC with a built-in LTE modem. The chip will “only” feature 60 cores compared to the Tegra 4’s 72 cores, but NVIDIA is promising the same level of efficiency and power for devices based off the Tegra 4i technology. Oh and for those of you that care– the chip is capable of running at operating speeds of up to 2.3GHz.

Complimenting the Tegra 4i chip is the new ‘Phoenix’ reference smartphone. The smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p display, “the latest version of Android” (presumably stock Android 4.2) and Direct Touch technology— all in a 8mm package. The end goal really is the hope that this device will allow manufacturers to essentially build what should be the ideal smartphone should it choose to utilize Tegra 4i technology and all that good stuff.

We know you are all itching for more deets, so hit the break to catch the full presser from NVIDIA.

International Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone gets some Jelly Bean love thanks to new update being pushed out

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Jelly_Bean

Just because the OG Samsung Galaxy Note is considered a little old in the tech world, it doesn’t mean that it still can’t get timely updates in order to keep things fresh and modern on the device, right? That’s why Samsung has gone ahead begun the initial push of its Android 4.1.2 update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note smartphone. The update brings the Android build to version JZO54K and brings with it the following:

(Un)officially confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S IV to be unveiled on March 14th in New York City

Galaxy_S_IV_March_14th_Announcement_Date

 

Sure MWC 2013 is set to begin in just a week from now, but Samsung is out to ensure that delivers what should be the biggest news of the year. We had reported to you before that the world should expect a March 15th announcement date of the Next Big Thing— but we couldn’t provide any legitimacy to those dates because well you know— the supposed date is based off a rumor and all. Well it appears that those rumors weren’t so far-fetched as yet the gang at SamMobile and notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin have confirmed that Sammy will not only showcase the Galaxy S IV on March 14th, but will also showcase the revolutionary device at what will be a TBD location out in America’s largest city.

Unfortunately, there are no further details of the March 14th announcement date for now, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes and ears open for you all. Hopefully all you kids will be able to contain yourselves and be patient in the meantime.

source: SamMobile | Eldar Murtazin Twitter
via: Droid Life

The Weather Channel app gets updated to bring new look to UI and more functionality

Weather_Channel_Update_Play_Store

 

The Weather Channel official app has just gotten an extensive update to give even more functionality and accuracy for those of us needing those precious weather forecasts. Users of the app will be treated to a sleeker and more modern UI, faster and better optimized maps and even the use of custom weather widgets for smartphones and tablets as well. Oh and even more awesome is the fact the app can now give users the exact time of any given weather pattern (i.e. rain starting around 3:15pm). So in other words— the Weather Channel app has moved from being a bland and clunky app to a modern and buttery smooth app that gives users something to look forward to using on a daily basis.

The latest update is available now in the Play Store for all Froyo+ devices, so that means that most of you have no reason to not grab the improved app today.

Weather_Channel_QR_Play_Store

Play Store Download Link

Plume for DashClock officially available in the Play Store now

Plume_DashClock

 

Plume is no doubt one hell of a Twitter client for our Android devices, but the developers have just released one hell of a widget for its users as well. Based of the DashClock Widget extension, the new widget allows for users to have yet another means to check out the date, time and of course, what is happening in that oh-so important Twitter feed and all that good stuff. The great thing about this DashClock Widget extension is that it’s completely open-sourced—- meaning there is all sorts of goodies that’s just waiting to be toyed with.

For now, the new widget extension is available for Android 4.2+ devices only, so if you’re on that version of Jelly Bean— head on down to the Play Store and grab it today— you’ll be glad you did.

 

Play Store Download Link

Plume_DashClock_Widget

 

 

Sony Xperia Z gets put through the underwater test and passes with flying colors

Sony_Xperia_Z_Talk_Android_

 

You already know that the Sony Xperia Z is going to be pretty durable thanks to its dust and waterproof casing, but some casual nonbelievers wanted to take some time and see how the device would hold up in some extreme conditions like a public pool. As you can see in the video below, the Xperia Z’s camera not only holds up well when recording video, but the quality of the video and audio is as astounding as the quality of the device itself. Of course it should be pointed out that while recording the video while being underwater was a cinch, the on-screen buttons are not functional underwater, so users will need to actually hit the record button before actually putting the smartphone through its courses underwater. Still you gotta admit that it’s pretty cool seeing Sony’s claims of the Xperia Z’s durability holding up pretty well.

Still a nonbeliever of the Xperia Z’s potential? Hit the break to check out the video for yourself.

Ubuntu preview (finally) arriving on February 21st

Ubuntu_Developer_Preview_Available_Feb_21st

 

If you’re like me and a lifelong Linux user— then you were probably stoked to hear that Ubuntu was coming to Android devices soon… very soon. As exciting as the news was– many of us were on edge because we didn’t have an exact idea of when the coveted port would arrive on select Android devices. Fortunately— the Ubuntu team has officially come out and given up the details of what we have been eager to hear about: the Ubuntu preview will be available from next week, February 21st. The developers behind the Android port are making all the files which includes the full images and source code available through their internal site— giving select users a chance to dabble and fool around with the cool OS before the masses can. As exciting as this is— the port is only limited to two devices as of this time: the Galaxy Nexus and venerable Nexus 4 smartphones— so if you don’t own either phone, you’re outta luck at this time. Here’s hoping other devices will eventually get to be treated to some of that GUI Linux goodness as well sooner than later.

Hit the break to check out the full press release and try to contain yourselves in the meantime.

eBay listing shows Nexus 7 bundle which includes earbuds and Visa gift card for $259.00

eBay_Nexus_7_bundle_deal

 

Let’s face it— we know that there’s more than a few of you who still haven’t gotten the awesome Nexus 7 tablet— but there’s a deal out there right now that’s really itching to grab your attention. There’s a eBay listing out there from user buydig that highlights a sweet little Nexus 7 bundle which includes the powerhouse tablet, some earphones, a $30 gift card and a $30 Visa gift card— all for $259 bucks. Oh and to top it all off— buydig is even going to toss in free shipping for those of you who want to save an extra buck or two. Pretty sweet, right?

There are limited quantities of the bundle left, so interested parties will want to head on down to the source link and grab one for themselves ASAP.

source: eBay
via: Droid Life

Skype currently testing video voicemail functionality for users

Skype_Android_Video_Voicemail

 

Skype has just gotten updated to include the testing of video voicemail functionality for its users. As it stands now, the new feature formally allows users to create and record video voicemails of up to 3 minutes in length that can be sent to individuals around the world. There is a noteworthy catch to this awesome feature though friends— it’s reported that the video voicemails is seemingly a paid feature because while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app all users are given 20 free video messages to begin, perhaps indicating that users of the premium Skype service will be able to send more video messages as opposed to a limited number.

As mentioned before, the new feature is currently in testing— but should be available for most, if not all users— so all you Skype folk be sure to grab the latest update today in order to try out the cool feature. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

source: Engadget