AT&T has just published a press release on its official website confirming that it will be the only carrier in the US to offer HTC’s Desire Eye smartphone this holiday season. It will also carry the manufacturer’s brand new Re Camera later this year, but no dates or pricing for either product have been given, as of yet.
Not to be confused with the Desire EYE, the HTC One (M8 Eye) was just quietly launched in China. The One (M8 EYE) is more like the original One (M8), with the major difference being that it doesn’t feature the 4MP UltraPixel lens as part of the Duo Camera setup. Instead, the main lens loses the UltraPixel moniker, but it does jump to 13 mexapixels. However, selfie fans won’t be too excited because it doesn’t sport a 13MP front-facing lens (and dual LED flash) like the Desire Eye, but you get the full metal design of the One (M8).
I am sorry to ruin the upcoming weekend for many of you in the UK, but I am just the messenger folks. The Galaxy Note 4 was supposed to launch in the UK tomorrow, but it has been pushed 1 week to October 17. According to Samsung, the reason is because of “amazing interest and demand.”
Samsung has today announced its brand new extended warranty program designed exclusively for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and soon-to-be Galaxy Note 4 users who reside in the United States.
HTC had a big day for hardware today, specifically related to cameras. However, software has not been forgotten, so HTC will be releasing the EYE Experience camera experience in the coming months to the One (M8), One (M7), One Mini, Mini 2, One Max, and more. The new camera experience application will have features that range from useful to silly, like split capture functions and Face Fusion. The press release below offers more information:
About a month ago, we reported that NVIDIA was taking Qualcomm and Samsung to court over GPU patent infringement. Well we have a little update that could prove to be a crack in Samsung’s spine. That’s something they don’t need right now considering their financial situation.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to investigate whether any of Samsung’s smartphones and/or tablets should be blocked from entering the U.S. The devices in question utilize either the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801, or 805. This means the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge could literally be blocked from entering into the U.S. Other devices in the complaint include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and Galaxy Tab 2.
In what seems to be an ongoing trend, Android has lost a small piece of their market share to Windows Phone and iOS, according to comScore’s latest report. It is quite a small change, however, and still sees Android having over half of the market, still a whole ten percent ahead of Apple’s iOS. In equally unsurprising news, Samsung and Apple still dominate the market with slight increases for both manufacturers as well as a slight increase for LG. HTC and Motorola both saw slight drops in their market share.
Another not so surprising bit of information is which smartphone apps have the farthest reach, with Facebook and Youtube still holding the top two spots. The only app to see a significant increase is Facebook’s Messenger app, which makes since considering for most users its the only way to access messages from a mobile device.
HTC’s rumored portable camera has been made official at their Double Exposure event today, and it’s a weird little device. The camera looks like a long tube that bends into a camera lens, and there is no viewfinder or anything aside from the handle and camera.
The RE camera features a 16 megapixel lens that can shoot full HD video, and to get around not having any type of viewfinder or screen, it shoots extremely wide angle videos to make sure that it captures everything you’re pointing it at. You won’t miss anything in the video this way, but it also means you won’t be able to keep the subject perfectly centered, either. However, the device can be used in conjunction with an Android or iOS device so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting. It doesn’t sound convenient, but it’s certainly functional.
Alongside the Desire Eye, HTC announced some improvements to Zoe, the automatic photo-and-video-mashup app that ships on Sense devices. Today, Zoe is finally ditching its beta tag and moving up to version 1.0, and that’s bringing a few new features and some wider device compatibility.
Zoes can be made shorter now, which was something that was apparently highly requested while Zoe was in beta earlier this year. HTC has also added in social sharing into the app where users can share and collaborate with their photos and videos. Perhaps the biggest new addition, though, is that multiple devices can install the app, so it isn’t just limited to HTC’s own devices anymore.
The update won’t show up for everyone immediately, but keep an eye out for it if you’ve wanted to test out HTC’s software without buying one of their devices.
HTC already has one of the most feature-packed camera suites on the market, but today they are bringing it to new heights with a new camera software suite they’re calling the “Eye Experience”. Among new features include the ability to shoot photos from the front and rear cameras at the same time, an “auto-selfie” feature that takes the photo once the phone is held steady for a couple seconds and voice commands that allow you to start shooting automatically.