HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.
We’re getting a better look at Oppo’s anticipated Find 7 phone, including the full profile of the device. It looks extremely sleek and slim enough to be an excellent follow-up to the Find 5, although there’s no confirmation in the press render about whether or not the device will actually sport a 50 megapixel camera.
Design aside, the Find 7 will have a 5.5 inch 2k screen, a Snapdragon CPU and a fantastic 4,000 mAh battery on board. We’ll know for certain whether the 50 megapixel camera makes it into the final device when Oppo officially announced it later this month.
comScore has released their numbers for smartphone market share in the US for January 2014, and the numbers are fairly predictable. Android commanded a majority of the market, accounting for 51.7% of all US smartphones, dipping half a percent from October last year. BlackBerry also fell half a percent point, while Apple pulled up 1% due to Android and BB’s small decline. Android still sat a full 10% ahead of Apple as of January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone claimed a small 3.2% in third place.
Samsung announced today the release of a new “radio” service for their devices. Powered by Slacker, the new Milk Music service offers free and ad-free radio service for consumers spanning 200 “stations.” Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters says the new service “introduces a fresh approach to music” and is part of a “focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences.” The Milk Music app is available in Google Play for owners of the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note II. When the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is released in April, the Milk Music app will be available on that device as well. » Read the rest
The hype leading up to the announcement of the Galaxy S 5 had the device pegged as the next innovative step in an industry where innovation is slowing down. Rumors had the device sporting a metal frame and fingerprint scanner with a 64-bit processor pushing a 2k display. However when the announcement came and went, the only thing that graduated from rumor to reality was a fingerprint scanner.
According to industry rumors, the reason that the Galaxy S 5 was announced sooner than normal is that a lack of innovative features coupled with the success of the iPhone 5s in Europe. For the first time in three generations Samsung didn’t have a dedicated event for the launch of the new flagship, but rather, piggybacked off MWC this year. It’s suggested that the reason behind this is because Samsung felt that the GS5 didn’t have enough new features to warrant an event of its own.
Moto Maker has added some pretty sweet options since its unveiling last summer, including bamboo backings for devices.
Today, Motorola announced that in the spirit of March Madness, the company would be adding nine new back colors and three new accents after studying the colors that many colleges use in their logos. Starting today, you’ll be able to fully customize your device with up to 40 college names and logos— Motorola will add more as time goes on.
Here’s the info on pricing from Motorola:
A custom Moto X from the College Collection is now available starting at the everyday price of $399 off-contract or $49 with a new two year contract. Currently in college? We’d like to sweeten the deal with a student discount. Register at motorola.com/college with a valid .edu address and you can get an off-contract Moto X for the discounted price of $339.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me— jump in if you’re feeling some school pride.
Before the Galaxy S 5 was announced, we let you guys know about the “Kids Mode” that would be featured on the device.
The owner of the device will create a PIN to control Kids Mode, and from there, settings can be customized— some of these settings include which apps your child can use and who your child can contact. A timer can also be set to limit how much time your child is playing with your device.
We also had some information regarding a Kids Store which will feature applications in different categories which can be downloaded, including both paid and free apps. (PINs have to be entered before buying an app.)
Now, we have some screenshots of the Kids Store for you to check out. Hit the break below for more pictures.
If you didn’t know already, the Nexus 5 actually has a low-power audio processor for “always-on” listening (OK, Google) functionality. However, due to the limited functionality of the feature and its closed-source nature, it only works on the home screen and not when the device is asleep.
However, developer Guillaume Lesniak from the OmniROM team has managed to access the dedicated low-power audio core on the Snapdragon 800 chip to make use of this feature. The functionality is only a proof of concept for now, and although we could see it in later ROMs, it is unlikely because of Qualcomm’s re-distribution licensing issues. Hit the break for a video of the feature.
Goophone is famous for releasing knock-off clones of high end devices, sometimes before the actual devices are available to the public. Looks like that’s going to be the case again, as Goophone has officially started selling a clone of HTC’s unreleased M8 for just $229.99.
Unfortunately, this one doesn’t look to be one of Goophone’s best copycat devices, as the back of the device is missing some of the styling we’re expecting on the All New One, and it only has one camera, not two. The specs aren’t completely awful, and for $229.99 you’ll get a 1080p 5-inch screen, 1 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and an octa-core MediaTek CPU. The Goophone M8 does have a microSD card slot which we may not actually see in HTC’s flagship, so there’s always that.
I’m not sure how many of these imitations Goophone actually sells, but apparently someone is buying them or they wouldn’t continue to be made. Would any of you carry a phone like this around as your daily driver?
HTC’s very own Peter Chou was apparently running late to Mobile World Congress because of a major traffic jam, but thanks to a friendly biker on the road, he managed to avoid a bulk of the traffic and get there right on time. Apparently the biker, Obdulio Herrera, willingly helped Chou out of the traffic jam and got him to the doors of his MWC appointment in barely 10 minutes. Pretty friendly, right?
After getting in touch with Obdulio to verify some of the information, including finding out that he had just dropped his daughter off at school, what color his motorcycle was, and that he didn’t have to speed to get to MWC on time, HTC is looking to repay the favor to Mr. Herrera by inviting him to London when HTC will unveil their All New One for 2014. Talk about returning a favor. » Read the rest