It is no secret that HTC is preparing a “selfie-phone” called the HTC Eye for users who really like pictures of their own face. Up until today, very little was known about the Eye, but thanks to renowned leaker @upleaks, that is no longer the case. Much like the recently released HTC One M8 for Windows, the Eye will allegedly look and feel identical to HTC’s flagship, the HTC One M8.
Motorola just announced the Moto X (2014) last week with availability through all the major U.S. carriers some time later this month. When revealed, Motorola also noted that they would make a fully unlocked and bootloader unlockable version available. Some new information has surfaced with regard to that particular variant of the Moto X. Reports indicate Motorola is planning to call the device the Moto X Pure Edition when it ships. This is apparently a nod to the many people who like to call stock Android “pure.” Despite the moniker, Motorola does not appear to be planning on loading the device with stock Android, although it will be close, as it will get some of their tweaks. However, it will not be encumbered with bloat or crapware and it should be on a slightly faster update schedule since the updates will not have to go through the carrier process for certification. Some buyers may also be interested in the fact that this “Pure Edition” of the Moto X will not come with any carrier branding emblazoned on it.
source: The Verge
Looking to add another revenue stream to combat the losses its faced, HTC appears to be working on a waterproof sports camera that will rival those of GoPro. According to an inside source, the camera will feature a 16MP ultra wide-angle lens and it will also connect directly to Android and iOS devices. The camera is said to be tube-shaped and will feature Bluetooth and WiFi. HTC is also said to be toying with the idea of releasing an Android and iOS app to support the camera.
The inside source pegs the Oct. 8 “double exposure” event as the likely place that this and a selfie-oriented smartphone will be announced. While some hopefuls are looking for the yes-it-is, no-it’s-not HTC smartwatch to make an appearance, that won’t likely happen until sometime in 2015.
Contrary to what had been previously reported, HTC is still planning to launch an Android Wear-powered device sometime in early 2015. According to sources, they are planning something that will stand out from the competition. HTC is known for their design elements, so the device should at the very least be quite attractive. Read more
If you have the time, you can always find something interesting combing through legal documents. The Bright Side of News did just that and found something interesting in documents pertaining to NVIDIA’s lawsuit with Qualcomm and Samsung regarding its GPU technology patents.
The document states, “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” Yes, we knew all of this, but it’s always nice to get further confirmation.
Source: @DroidLanding (Twitter)
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
A new image of a device running what appears to be a new build of Android L reveals some minor tweaks to the user interface. The photo is of a Nexus 5 running a version of Android with build number LRW66E which appears to have been created on September 4th. Along with the information gleaned from the shot of the screen on the Nexus 5, information in Google’s bug tracker shows the name of the phone including this bit – “LMP.” Could that be a reference to “Lemon Meringue Pie” suggesting the “Lion” information that has surfaced is just to throw people off the scent? Read more
According to Samsung’s website, the Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint will be soon receiving Android 4.4.4 in an OTA update.
With the update comes HD voice Icon support, international wi-fi calling support, Google Security Patches, Knox 2.0 and Kids Mode.
This is all pretty basic stuff by now — you can check the software updates section on your device to see if the update has hit your phone yet. If not, just sit tight.
EMT Leaks revealed a specs list that claims to be for the 2014 iteration of the Google Nexus 5. Originally thought to be a Nexus 6 or Nexus X, it could very well keep the same name as last year’s model. Although this is purely a rumor and should be treated as such, the list raises some questions. Read more