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
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.
If you own a 1st generation Moto X, you will be pleased to find out that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update has begun rolling 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.
We’ve heard rumours for a while that LG was going to release another handset with a built-in stylus, and here it is. It’s called the LG G Stylo and it should become available from May 5th in major overseas regions. We have the specifications after the break.
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.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from AT&T is now getting the Android 5.0 update, after the Galaxy S4 started receiving the update not too long ago.
With Android Wear 5.1 expected to bring the WiFi feature to smartwatches, there has been much speculation about which devices will get the feature. Bad news awaits early adopters of the Android Wear platform as LG has confirmed that its G Watch will not get the WiFi feature when the new update is rolled out over the coming weeks. Read more
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
Here we have the Cloud M6, Intex’s latest mid-range smartphone that will be exclusively available from the Indian retailer, Flipkart. Priced at Rs. 5,699 ($90) it’s set to do battle with the hordes of other mid-range smartphones that are available in India.