Could HTC offer a more stock Android experience in the near future?

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Well here’s something interesting. Turns out the upcoming HTC Desire 310, that was accidently unveiled on HTC’s website, might sport a stock Android experience along with BlinkFeed. The above screenshots were posted by miyachiki on Weibo, and HTC Source is saying this will be the norm for all HTC devices with MediaTek processors moving forward.

Nothing was mentioned about HTC’s upcoming flagship, the M8 or HTC One 2. Obviously that device won’t sport a MediaTek, but one has to wonder why HTC would go with two different UI’s moving forward? It could be because of hardware limitations, but I have to also point out that the upcoming Desire 310 will sport on screen buttons, which is what the HTC One successor will also sport. Could HTC go in this same direction with the HTC One successor?

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Another Korean securities firm offers up Galaxy S 5 specs

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Last week, KGI Research predicted specs of the Galaxy S 5, and today KDB Daewoo Securities Research offered what they believe are the specs of the upcoming Samsung flagship (as well as the iPhone 6). The main difference is that KDB Daewoo only mentions one model, whereas KGI said there will be a Prime and Standard model.

KDB says the Galaxy S 5 will have a 5.2 or 5.25-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (561 ppi). Just like past Samsung phones, we can expect different processors for different regions. Most of the world will get a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805, while other parts will get a 2GHz octa-core 64-bit Exynos 6. RAM will be 3GB, and we can expect internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. The rear camera will come in at 16MP, while the front will sport a 3.2MP lens. The battery will be 3.200mAh, and last but not least, the phone will have Android KitKat.

These specs are on par with KGI’s predictions of the Prime model, but there are a few difference such as KGI thinks the Exynos processor will be 32-bit, the front-facing camera will only be 2MP, and the battery will only be 2,850mAh.

You will also notice in the image above that KDB Daewoo also offered what they believe are the specs of the iPhone 6.

source: KDB Daewoo
via: PhoneArena

Updated S Health app shows Samsung is choosing a flatter interface

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It is becoming increasingly likely that Samsung will be utilizing a flatter interface on its upcoming devices. Courtesy of SamMobile, we now know what the updated version of S Health will look like. Samsung has definitely dialed back their Android overlay, which could have to do with their recent agreement. From a features standpoint, there does not seem to be any major editions; however, that should come when there is an official announcement. There is one intriguing addition, however. While running or jogging, users can view a map while also controlling their music.

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Nokia X (Normandy) to be released in India this March under Asha lineup

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As we get closer to the release of Nokia X (Normandy), more information is getting leaked about the Android-based handset. A Senior Nokia Executive in India, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that Nokia X will be joining the Asha lineup in March, though the exact release date is not known yet.

Previous rumors about the Nokia X indicate that the device will be powered with a 4-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and a Dual-SIM option.

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HTC M8 could launch next month in New York City

HTC_DROID_DNA_TA_Back_Close_Up_Of_Logo_02_01We’ve recently been hearing a lot about the HTC M8, and we now might have a date we’ll actually be seeing the device. Our favorite leaker, @evleaks, has announced on Twitter that it’s looking like a late March launch for the M8 at an event in New York City.

There’s still a lot to learn about this device, including what HTC will be doing with the back camera and the screen resolution on the new flagship phone, but it will definitely be exciting to see the final device.

source: @evleaks

 

HTC M8 on-screen buttons leak, almost identical to stock Android

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There it is, folks. The image above is said to be what HTC’s on-screen buttons will look like with the upcoming M8 smartphone. A few days ago, @evleaks confirmed that the device would be the company’s first with on-screen buttons. And courtesy of an unidentified source, the world now knows what to expect. The order matches exactly that of stock Android. From left to right are the back, home, and multitasking buttons.

This is a departure from the capacitive buttons on the HTC One. Also, the One featured only a back and home button. The HTC One X from 2012, however, features the exact layout as the image above although it had capactive buttons. It’ll be interesting to see the design of the HTC M8 since the large bezel of the One, likely caused by the capacitive buttons, was one of the few complaints.

Source: Weibo
Via: HTC Source

HTC One 2 and One 2 Dual Sim listed on a French government website

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HTC released the One model last year in February and this year, the company is expected to announce the HTC One successor at a press event in Barcelona. The phone is named HTC M8, but it appears that the company might announce it as HTC One 2 as it’s the successor of last year’s HTC One.

The HTC One 2 name was mentioned in a listing found on New Caledonia’s Office of Posts and Telecommunications website, OPT.nc. The site lists an HTC One 2 along with an HTC One 2 Dual Sim, and both of them show 3G connectivity (900 / 2100 MHz).

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Android KitKat now available for Sprint’s HTC One [Updated]

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Earlier this week, Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, announced that the Android KitKat version for the US Carrier-branded models of HTC One would be available within a week or two. Just yesterday, we saw HTC One updated to Android 4.4 KitKat on select Canadian carriers. However things may have changed as Sprint rolled out a notice on their community website that Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for Sprint’s HTC One via “customer initiated request”.

This means that everyone who wants to update their Sprint HTC One device to Android KitKat version can do so by manually updating from the Settings menu. To manually check for an update, just go to Settings/System Updates/HTC Software Update/Update Over Wi-Fi Only.

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AOSP commit could point to next version of Android using ART over Dalvik

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One of the big changes in Android 4.4 was the addition of ART, a new runtime compiler for apps that was set to replace the aging Dalvik. ART was introduced as an experimental feature in Android’s developer options, and it came with its own set of problems. Even though ART was quite a bit faster than Dalvik, many apps didn’t play nice with the new compiler, and even though several apps have been updated to be able to function with it, it’s still not the norm for most apps. Of course, since ART was an experimental feature, it wasn’t a big deal that some apps didn’t work with it. Considering that not too many devices even have access to Android 4.4, it’s really not much of an issue at all. Read more

What does “Unlimited” even mean anymore? US Cellular offers new plan, but read the small print

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The word “unlimited” is pretty good for marketing purposes— the world definitely has a certain buzz to it, and sounds almost as if you’re getting some kind of good deal (as if those even existed anymore).

US Cellular is now offering a new “No Contract Unlimited Data, Talk & Text” for $50. It’s the same price as the company’s 1GB plan, but there’s a catch. With the new “unlimited” plan, after you go over a cap of 500MB of data, your data speeds will be shot down all the way to 1X (2G) speeds. Ouch.

Hit the break for the fine print.

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