HTC and Valve ready to release HTC Vive Developer Edition on very limited basis

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With the smartwatch market seemingly reaching a point of maturity, many companies are working on what they hope will be the next big wave in consumer tech hardware, virtual reality headsets. Not to be left out of the mix, HTC is working on their own version called the HTC Vive in partnership with Valve and their SteamVR platform. As the companies work to release their product later this year, they have progressed to the point where they are ready to release the HTC Vive Developer Edition to a select few developers. Read more

Themes can be designed with no prior software development experience using Samsung’s Theme Editor

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Theming your phone is nothing new, but companies like HTC and Samsung are making it easier than ever with their new Theming apps. After spending time with both the One M9 and the Galaxy S6, it’s clear that HTC has an early lead since it’s so easy to create your own themes on the phone itself.

Samsung, on the other hand, is pushing for developers to create themes. However, it appears that you really don’t need any prior development experience to create themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

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Motorola begins rolling out the Android 5.1 update to the Moto X (1st Gen), Changelog below

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If you own a 1st generation Moto X, you will be pleased to find out that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has begun┬árolling out. In Brazil. I know, it isn’t good news if you don’t actually live in Brazil, but hey, at least it’s a start, and a sign that it’s on the way. We have the changelog after the break.

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AT&T’s HTC One M9 gets software update to improve camera

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Between last year’s One (M8) and this year’s One M9, we know an area that HTC has yet to master: the camera. However, the issues experienced with the One M9’s camera seem to be somewhat fixable through a software update. Right now, owners of the device operating through AT&T are receiving a software update that “camera improvements.” No further details were provided aside from the inclusion of thermal improvements and the usual bug fixes and improvements.

Let us know in the comments how you are handling the camera after this software update.

Source: HTC

Sony’s Google Cast for Audio-ready devices coming next month

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Starting next month, Sony will launch some of the hardware introduced at CES 2015 as being compatible with Google Cast for Audio. The company has six devices that will be released between May and July. There are four sound bars ($349-$1,499) and two A/V receivers ($499-$599) for consumers to choose from. Aside from Google Cast support, these devices have Bluetooth and 7.2 channel audio. Both the online Sony store and authorized dealers in the United States will sell the devices.

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Samsung foundries may start churning out Qualcomm Snapdragon chips

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Sources are indicating the Qualcomm and Samsung have reached a deal for the next generation of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 820, to be produced at Samsung’s foundries. In the past, Qualcomm has primarily used Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other smaller chip plants to produce their processors. However, Samsung’s move to develop and deploy a 14-nanometer production process, compared to everyone else’s 20-nanometer production, appears to have been enough to convince Qualcomm to make the move. With a smaller process in place, Samsung’s plant can produce chips that are cheaper, smaller and use less energy. Read more