HTC Butterfly Android 4.4 KitKat update gets the “coming soon” label

htc-butterfly

 

Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.

In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.

Source: HTC (Facebook)

Sprint pushes out KitKat update for the LG G2

LG g2 Pic

Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.

If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.

source: Sprint

Pebble smartwatch takes aim at Target shoppers

pebble_target_image

Expanding the network of retailers offering the Pebble smart watch, Pebble has announced Target will be carrying the devices for $149.99. As part of a special promotion, Target will be the exclusive retailer for the Arctic White version of the smart watch for a limited time. Jet Black and Cherry Red versions of the device will also be available.

In making their announcement about availability at Target, Pebble highlights some ways the smart watch can be used to help “Pebblers” stay fit. These include apps like the Couch to 5K running app or the 7-Minute Workout app.

If you are interested in a Pebble, you can head on down to the closest Target location or visit them online at target.com to place an order.

source: Pebble

Moto Maker finally available for Republic Wireless customers

Moto_X_Wood_Backing_TA

The Moto X has been out for the better part of a year now, but Republic Wireless is finally adding  Moto Maker customization options to their variant of the phone. Beginning at 9AM PT on Tuesday, Republic Wireless customers will have access to all of the colors and finishes that other carriers have had.

In addition, Motorola is including free wood or bamboo backing to the first 2,000 customers who order from Republic Wireless’s website. As a last addition, Republic Wireless is now offering a 32GB Moto X, which was not an option previously.

Source: Republic Wireless

Google likely to play key role in latest Apple patent trial with Samsung

Apple_Samsung_Ruling

Apple and Samsung were scheduled to return to the courtroom today in the latest round of legal disputes between the two smartphone giants. Unlike the first trial that focused heavily on hardware issues, this new round will emphasize software, especially features found in the Android and iOS operating systems. That focus on software features found in Android means Google will play a much larger role this time around.

HTC One M8 Mini may launch in May

HTC_One_M8_Back_HTC_Logo_TA_01

The HTC One M8 was just released last week, and rumors of an HTC One M8 Mini are going strong. According to 3G.co.uk, HTC intends to start selling the One M8 mini in May. No word yet on how much the device will cost, its availability, or detailed specs. Previous rumors have suggested a 4.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 13MP rear camera, Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the HTC One M8 Mini will come, and it now seems like it will arrive relatively soon, so keep checking Talk Android for the latest updates.

source: 3G.co.uk

via: PhoneArena

 

Google+ adds view counts to user profiles

talkandroid_plus

Google+ has added another metric to user profiles. You can now see how many views a profile’s posts and pictures have received. The number is visible in the header of the profile, right next to the number of followers. If that’s not really your style, you can hide the number from your profile in the settings, the same way you can hide the number of circles you are a part of.

While you’re checking out the new feature, go ahead and put +Talk Android in your circles.

Source: +Eddie Kessler

 

Galaxy S 5 sports the ‘best performing smartphone display’ ever tested

Galaxy-S5-Black

Other than the extra 0.1-inches, you might think the Samsung Galaxy S 5 features the same exact display as the Galaxy S 4 since they are both 1080p, but think again. There is a lot more going on than the display resolution. DisplayMate Technologies knows a thing or two about displays, and they just posted the results of their extensive tests with the GS5.

They found this year’s model to be 22 percent brighter than last year’s Galaxy S 4 and 13 percent brighter than the Galaxy Note 3. As far as power efficiency, the GS5 has a 27 percent improvement over the GS4. If you set the GS5 and the Gs4 at the same screen brightness, the Galaxy S 5 will use 18 percent less power, which will obviously increase the battery life. Viewing angles are also improved. Typical LCD displays will show a 55 percent or greater decrease in brightness when viewed at a 30 degree angle, but the Galaxy S 5 shows only a 22 percent decrease.

Google April Fools’ Day jokes for 2014

Foogle_Logo_2013

[We will update this post as more jokes come in]

To check out last year’s antics, click here.

Google seeking the best Pokémon Master to bring Google Maps to the next dimension

Using Maps on their Android or iOS device, applicants need to find each and every one of the wild Pokémon. All applicants that are able to collect every Pokémon will be invited to the Googleplex for the final round of hiring. The winner will be deemed, Pokémon Master, and will start employment at Google on September 1, 2014. Now, yes, this is a joke, but the best part of it is that if you go into Google Maps now on your Android phone or iPhone, tap the search bar and press on the “Press Start” link, you will start seeing Pokémon now. I kid you not. You have until April 2 at 2:00pm PST to capture all of them. Good luck and check out the video below…..

Verizon’s HTC One M8 and last year’s HTC One rooted with WeakSauce

weaksauce-root

The All New HTC One (M8) was announced just last week and now, XDA Senior Recognized Developer jcase and Recognized Developer beaups have already rooted Verizon’s variant.

The root uses a new exploit which they call HTC WeakSauce which is a pre-packaged vulnerability version developed by jcase. Since both the developers don’t own a Verizon HTC One M8 yet, the exploit just allows you to gain root access to the device though we can expect jcase and beaups to release a complete hack once they get to own the device.

Themer will now let you switch icon packs

themer_app_icon

Themer, the app that adds a theme to your device, is taking things a step further by adding support for icon packs. This means that users are no longer bound to a themes icons. By downloading an icon pack, users can swap out the old ones with whatever they would like to represent an app. This starts with the latest update, version 1.38. And do be aware that Themer is still in the public beta phase.

Hit the break for directions and download links!

Rdio app updated with support for Chromecast

Rdio

Crackle and Vudu recently updated their app to support Chromecast, but these aren’t the only apps as Rdio’s latest update also brings Chromecast support to its users as well.

Rdio, a subscription-based music streaming service with over 20 million tracks to play, now allows users to stream tracks, albums, stations and playlists from their smartphone or tablet to any TV via Google’s Chromecast. This means that users can also control the playback of contents streamed to the TV via Chromecast using their device. In addition, users can also stream content to their TV via Chromecast with Google’s Chrome web browser.

Crackle app now supports Google’s Chromecast

crackle-app

Google has now added the Crackle app to its list of Chromecast supported app which means you no longer have to watch Crackle movies and shows on just your smartphone or tablet if you own a Chromecast device. Now, you can stream all Crackle movies and TV shows right to your TV via Chromecast.

The Crackle app, a Sony-owned free video on demand service, just received an update today with support for Google’s Chromecast. The app allows you to view a number of TV shows and movies for free and includes “new movies and series created by Crackle such as Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Chosen, Extraction, Cleaners and more.” The app currently works in US, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil and Latin America.

Motorola’s Moto G, LG’s G2 keep manufacturers in play

kantar_smartphones_image

Ever since HTC started to slide from the top of the Android mountain, the company has been trying to pin its future success on different versions of the HTC One with little to show for the effort. However, two companies are showing how a solid product that appeals to customers can have an impact on the market for smartphones according to Kanta Worldpanel ComTech’s latest sales figures for the three months ending February 2014. According to their analysis, the Motorola Moto G has boosted the manufacturer from owning virtually none of the market to topping 6% of sales in the U.K. in just six months. Dominic Sunnebo notes that the success of the Moto G “highlights the speed at which a quality budget phone can disrupt a market.”