HTC One (M8) for Verizon now receiving software update with Eye Experience, Android 4.4.4

verizon_eye_experience_android-4-4-4_update_htc_one_m8

A software update has arrived for Verizon customers with the HTC One (M8). It brings the Eye Experience software introduced a few weeks ago as well as Android 4.4.4 in a file totaling just over 210MB. The carrier estimates that the update will take six minutes and that is about what I experienced. The device cycles through some restarts with installations once the download is complete and then the device is ready to go. Of course, Android 4.4.4 is primarily unnoticed changes; however, the Eye Experience gives new features to the Camera app.

Update: HTC threw an extra application into this software update. The HTC One (M8) now has a pre-installed flashlight app.

Samsung using Sony’s IMX240 camera sensor for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Back_Camera_Lens_Heart_Rate_Monitor_Closeup_TA

The Galaxy Note 4 is no slouch in any area. The phone is an absolute beast and one of the standout features is the 16-megapixel camera. Much of the time, hardware manufacturers go with components supplied by competitors. That is exactly the case with the Galaxy Note 4′s camera sensor. It is the IMX240 camera sensor from Sony. This is a departure from Samsung’s ISOCELL camera sensor that was used with the Galaxy S 5. It is possible that Samsung wants to leave all of its in-house parts for its true flagship phone.

Source: IT168
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung and Barnes & Noble announce 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_4_Nook_Side_10.1

Last month, Samsung and Barnes & Noble unveiled the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook with a 7-inch screen. Realizing that might not be big enough for some people, they went ahead and announced a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) version. It’s essentially the same device as the smaller version other than the display size, and you get the same Barnes & Noble extras.

It’s available starting today in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide or on their website. The price is $299, and that includes $200 in free content from the Nook Store, which includes bestselling books, popular TV shows, top magazines and apps.

Hit the break for the full presser.


Read more

Verizon pushing Eye Experience update to its HTC One (M8) on Wednesday

HTC_One_M8_BoomSound_Speaker_HTC_Logo_TA

Either the hardware manufacturers are getting things right or the carriers are easing up on the testing phase. Tomorrow, owners of the HTC One (M8) on Verizon will be getting a software update. The update includes the new Eye Experience that was announced alongside the Desire Eye and RE Camera. HTC expects the over-the-air (OTA) update to arrive around noon on Wednesday.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, tweeted the news on Tuesday:

HTC One (M8) Verizon owners! We have technical approval on Eye SW! OTA target for tomorrow at noon! #HTCAdvantage

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

Motorola seeding 4.4W.2 update to Moto 360 with loads of improvements

Moto_360_Main_Rotate_Watch_Face_01_TA

We reported earlier that the LG G Watch is now receiving an update (4.4W.2) so it’s no surprise that the Moto 360 is also receiving the same update. However there are a few things that are specific to the Moto 360 such as that now ambient mode will automatically turn off when your battery hits 15% and a new feature called Mood Lighting. This will adjust how bright the charging screen is based on how bright or dark the room is. The update also includes the same stuff that other Android Wear watches are getting like the ability to connect Bluetooth headsets to the watch itself, store music,  and a new UI tweak allowing you to swipe down on the most recent notification card so you can see your entire watch face.

Hit the break for the full change log.


Read more

Samsung teases Lollipop update for Galaxy Note 4

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Front_Home_Capacitive_Buttons_TA

Samsung recently published a tweet teasing an upcoming Lollipop update for its flagship phablet of 2014, the Note 4. As you’d expect, updating their devices to Android 5.0 is a priority for any manufacturer, but what’s a little strange is that the South Korean company is already publicizing its plans to roll out the upgrade even though Google is still in the process of loading its servers with its final code.

This leaves one question on the tip of our tongues: How close can Samsung really be to rolling out the update?
Read more

You can now pre-order the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for a hefty $499.99

sony_xperia_z3_tablet_compact_water

Sony’s latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now available to pre-order in the United States from both the manufacturer’s online portal and from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.

According to the listing page, the unit will be available for shipping from Sunday, November 2 and will set you back a whopping $499.99, which, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is an awful lot to pay for a 32GB, 8-inch, mid-range device.


Read more

Samsung donating phones to help U.N. combat Ebola

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014

Samsung has announced that they are donating 3,000 Galaxy S3 Neo smartphones to the United Nations to help in the fight against Ebola. The donation of the smartphones is part of an aid package that Samsung is providing to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs and will be used in the Humanitarian Connectivity Project. That project is the U.N.’s initiative to provide humanitarian support through utilization of mobile devices.
Read more