HTC One Developer Edition in U.S. expected to get Android 4.3 this week


Owners of the HTC One Developer Edition in the U.S. will be happy to know that Android 4.3 is finally here! You’ll get all of the obvious 4.3 additions, including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, updated photo DayDream and some other great features.

HTC hasn’t added too much to the device on their end, other than some bug fixes, faster system performance and a new battery charging animation while the phone is powered off.

It isn’t an enormous update but the changes that are being made are certainly welcome.

Remember, this is just for the U.S. edition, so if you’re international, you’ll have to wait a bit more. Those in Canada are expected to get it some time next month, along with those in Europe.

New pictures of the HTC One Max to feast your eyes on thanks to Chinese certification


The HTC One Max just passed through the TENAA in China, which is the equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S. There really isn’t much info to add about the phone other than this Chinese version definitely has dual-SIM capability. However, we have some official photos, which gives us a very good look of the phone. As you can see, the fingerprint scanner is present, which proves that earlier leaks aren’t photoshopped.

I’m still not clear on the translations, but it looks like the CPU of choice is the Snapdragon 600. We have heard rumors for both the Snapdragon S4 Pro and the 800, so there could also be variants with different processors for all we know. What we do know for sure is that it will come with a 5.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 4MP UltraPixel rear camera, and 3,300 mAh battery. Hit the break for more pics.

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Graphics benchmark scores reveal Nexus 5 graphics might


New benchmark scores have surfaced on the GFXBench site showing the Nexus 5 is ready to jump into the fray against the top performing smartphones in terms of graphics capability. Currently only two scores have been posted, one for the T-Rex HD offscreen test and one for the Egypt HD offscreen test. These tests are designed to to determine how the device will perform under a heavy load, with the T-Rex test being the more intensive of the two. The score for the Nexus 5 on the T-Rex test was 23.1 frames per second. On the less intensive Egypt HD  test, the unit scored 59.2 frames per second.

The scores put the Nexus 5 on par with the PowerVR chipped iPhone 5S and either on par with or slightly edging out leading Android units. The Nexus 5 is shown as being equipped with the Adreno 330 gpu for the tests. Hopefully it will not be long before we can get some results for the onscreen tests.

source: GFXBench
via: phoneArena

Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II expected to receive Android 4.3 soon


Right on the heels of the HTC One receiving Android 4.3, Samsung is preparing to push the latest version of Android to their own devices. This morning SamMobile tweeted (below) that testing has begun on last year’s Galaxy Note II. According to the Samsung-only site, the Korean company is concluding testing on other devices. They speculate that Android 4.3 will head to the Galaxy S 4 in October and the Galaxy S III near the end of October or early November. And since Samsung has just started testing on the Galaxy Note II, it isn’t expected to be lifted to Android 4.3 until the end of November or December.

Source: SamMobile

Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ could be announced tomorrow by Amazon, improved internals/externals expected

Kindle Fire HDX

Some late night news here, as Amazon will reportedly be unveiling their brand-new Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ as soon as tomorrow. The device is rumored to have a completely new design, both internally and externally. This means we’ll be seeing a faster processor, better graphics performance, and a higher resolution display. The name, ‘HDX,’ is more of a move to make it sound sexier, slapping the ‘X’ at the end of the quite obvious ‘HD.’

The Kindle Fire HDX is also expected to come in the same two sizes that the current model comes in, 7-inches and 8.9-inches. The 7-inch model should be priced at $230, with the 8.9-incher with a $380 price tag.

It’s also expected that the current 7-inch Kindle Fire will remain available and will see a drastic price cut. We should see the new Kindle Fire HDX start shipping sometime between October and November, with the 7-incher coming first.

Improved software will be included as well, as the @evleaks photo suggests above.

Source: 9to5 Google

Leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One appears

HTC One 4.3

Well would you look at that! It seems as though HTC has made good on their promise of getting the latest versions of Android to their top-line devices as fast as they can. A leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One has appeared, and has been tested by Android Central’s Kevin O’Quinn— so far so good, they let us know. He hasn’t found any bugs, and fluidity is great.

If you want to test it out for yourself, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is required to flash it, of course, head on over to the source link.

Hopefully it won’t be long after that other carriers will start to have their own versions nearing release. Of course we’re all thinking Verizon here, but I guess I wouldn’t expect them to have it for a while considering it wasn’t too long ago that they actually started offering the HTC One to customers.

Source: Android Central

Archos GamePad 2 unveiled online, quad-core processor built in with a sexier display

Archos Gamepad 2

Archos’ GamePad 2 has been outed online on a retailer’s website, including press images and specs. The page and its information has since been removed…

The original GamePad’s successor will feature a sexier screen of 1,280 x 800, 7-inch IPS display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, and options for a 8/16 GB model. A microSD slot will also be available. Pricing and availability remains a mystery, so we’ll just have to wait until Archos announces the device officially.

Source: Engadget 

Privacy Guard to update to version 2.0 in CM 10.2, will give you true control over your apps

Privacy GuardCyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.

Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.

Source: +CyanogenMod

Next generation Samsung phones to be designed under Project Team F


It is widely believed that Samsung will adopt a metal chassis with the Galaxy S 5, and presumably the Note 3. ETNews is reporting that they are being designed under a Project Team called F. The first such device is scheduled for March, which would indicate the Galaxy S 5, followed by the Note 4 later in the year. Of course there will be likely variants of the Galaxy S 5 just like there was with the Galaxy S 4.

A metal housing will be adopted and they will push the camera to 16MP. As to flexible displays, they are saying some of the devices will adopt it, which would make the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4 safe bets.

Next year is going to be very interesting for Samsung as it appears they are adopting the Apple way in that they are redesigning every two years.

source: etnews
via: rbmen

More DROID tablet clues via Verizon’s @DROIDLanding Twitter account


As we continue to wait to see what Motorola may be planning as far as a new tablet device, our latest clue comes from their exclusive partner for DROID devices, Verizon, and the @DROIDLanding account on Twitter. Verizon has used the account in the past as a way to build up buzz for forthcoming device releases. Over the course of the past week Verizon has been tweeting using the account, asking fans to submit their #DROIDtheory in response to a video that is linked in the tweet. As an inducement, Verizon is offering those responding a chance to attend their next commercial shoot in October.
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