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.
Today isn’t all about HTC news. We’re seeing some for the DROID Turbo with news in a leaked user manual from motofirmware. According to the manual we’re seeing a 5.2-inch qHD display, a 21 MP camera, multiple microphones, capacitive buttons, Qi wireless charging with Motorola’s Turbo charging. But that’s not it.
Earlier this afternoon, HTC finally unwrapped their latest smartphone. The selfie-oriented HTC Desire Eye offers a premium feel in a plastic design that’s both waterproof and colorful. The 5.2-inch HD display is accompanied by BoomSound and a 13MP front and rear camera. As we already know, we’re not sure how much it’ll cost or when it’ll be available but our very own Robert Nazarian had a little hands-on time with the new Desire. Here’s hoping that it’ll keep you satisfied in the mean time. Hit the break to see it in action.
After many, many leaks, HTC has finally taken the wraps off of their latest smartphone,. As expected, the major selling features of the brand new HTC Desire Eye are taking great photos and videos, and there’s quite a bit of emphasis on selfies, as expected.
The Desire Eye doesn’t feature the same sleek aluminum design as the HTC One, but instead opts for a plastic unibody frame. The design still looks slick and a little more “premium” than some other devices, but for those of you that loved the aluminum of the One, you might be a little disappointed here. Fortunately, this new design also includes waterproofing, which is a big plus.
We’ve heard that Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge may not actually end up being a full-scale production device, but instead just a limited run device to gauge consumer reaction to the curved display. Despite that, it’s looking like we’ll see the device launched on at least two US carriers, if new FCC filings are accurate.
The filing for a device with the model number SM-N915A show that it has LTE bands for both AT&T and US Cellular. While that doesn’t mean that we’ll see the Note Edge hit shelves at the same time as the Note 4, at least it will be somewhat available at some point. Since AT&T is the exclusive carrier of the Galaxy Alpha, the carrier seems fairly committed to keeping their portfolio up to date with Samsung’s products.
Since launching in 2013, the Nexus 5 has faced an issue with its camera subsytem. The processor will run more than required and does not return to a low power state. The camera fails and the battery will be drained rapidly. The bug has been acknowledged by Google, but that was way back in March. It is now October and a fix has yet to be issued.
This fall, it seems like Google’s fix is imminent. On the AOSP Issue Tracker, a Google employee noted that all will be fixed “in the next major update for the N5.” What will that update be? Android L. Nexus 5 owners should see the bug fix to be packaged within the Android L update that is expected to arrive within the next month or so.
After all the commotion about Apple’s bending iPhones, companies are making a point to demonstrate how durable their devices are as a selling point for consumers. Samsung was quick to jump on that bandwagon, and they created a “bend test” video to poke at Apple and show how sturdy their phones are. Today, they’re going a bit further by releasing a drop test video.
The video shows off the kinds of tests that the Galaxy Note 4 goes through to ensure that it’s durable enough for consumers. The device gets systematically dropped from several different heights and angles and even gets put in a rotating machine to simulate the effect of being dropped down a flight of stairs. And, believe it or not, the phone comes out in really good shape.
This fall, the Moto X and Moto G (2014) will not be the only handsets Motorola introduces. The company is expected to produce the Nexus 6 for Google and the DROID Turbo for Verizon. Today, a device arriving at the FCC had information attached to it that seems like the DROID Turbo will not be limited to Verizon’s network.
The bands supported by this device point to AT&T. If true, that would mean the DROID Turbo can be used on any GSM network. It just seems a little odd that a DROID device would end up on another network. When last year’s slew of DROID devices launched, Motorola made it clear that the brand was exclusive to Verizon. Has the deal been retracted a bit? We will have to wait and see.
Verizon has today announced that it will be offering HTC’s most recent budget-friendly smartphone, the Desire 612, on its recently-launched XLTE spectrum starting this Thursday, October 9. Customers will be able to grab the handset for free on any new two-year contract.