HTC Desire 816 gets more than 1 million pre-orders…kind of

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Today it was announced that HTC‘s new midrange device, the HTC Desire 816, received more than 1 million pre-orders. This news comes after the upcoming Nokia X also reached a similar number of pre-orders.

While that may seem like huge news, there is a rather big catch to it. Pre-ordering the device doesn’t actually commit you to anything. While it is great for generating interest in the device, the number of people who actually buy the device will be far lower than 1 million.

Source: Weibo
Via: GforGames

HTC’s newest technical translation video explains Zoes

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HTC’s fourth “technical translation” video explains Zoes. Zoes are a feature that allows your camera to snap up to 20 pictures and a 3 second video at the same time, including images occurring one second before you even press the shutter. After the pictures are taken, you can stitch the images together to create a video highlight reel.

Enough words though, check out how it works in the video past the break.

Video showing HTC Sense 6 leaks, shows a slew of “Motion Launch” gestures

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The All New HTC One (or the HTC One 2014) is coming on March 25. While we have gotten plenty of looks at the hardware, the software has remained out of the spotlight… until now. Over on YouTube, someone posted a look at what Sense 6, HTC’s software skin, will look like. The video did not go too far into things; however, we now know that HTC will certainly be utilizing motion gestures.

Like the LG G2, the user can wake the device by double tapping the display. Also, swiping to the left will bring up the widgets panel and swiping to the left activates HTC’s BlinkFeed. Swiping up will bypass the lockscreen (if you do not have a password).

Hit the break for a re-posted version of the video as the original has been pulled.

Phones 4U starts advertising The All New HTC One

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The All New HTC One has garnered a lot of attention with all the leaks it has faced recently, and as if we haven’t had enough, an ad poster for the The All New HTC One was placed outside one of the Phones 4U store, a British phone retailer.

The poster displays a pixelated photo of the device with a large banner on it hinting at the announcement date , March 25th. The poster also confirms that the new device might be called “The All New HTC One”.

The only thing that’s left to be known now is of course the pricing and the availability date. Considering the rate of leaks of this device, this information might be leaked soon.

Source: Android Central

Nokia X’s Chinese pre-order total may not have actually been one million

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Slow down there, Nokia. Over in China, it was announced that more than one million pre-orders were made for the upcoming Nokia X. But now it looks like that it was all a sham. Reportedly, retailer JD.com in China did not require any money to be laid out when pre-ordering because it was actually a contest being held. Hitting ‘pre-order’ was an entry into the contest; therefore, it looks like the Nokia X was not an automatic pre-release hit in China just yet.

Source: LiveSide
Via: WMPoweruser

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 10 – March 16, 2014

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Things continue to heat up regarding the HTC One 2014. Does HTC have a chance to wow us on March 25, based on the fact that we know so much about the phone before its unveiling? On top of that, ZTE plans on trying to steal the spotlight by making a big announcement on the very same day. We continue to see new Chromecast apps, but most of the major music and video apps are non-existent. We continue to hear rumors about an Amazon phone. Will they ever come out with one? and will anybody buy an updated Galaxy Beam? Could Flappy Bird make an encore appearance? and what the hell is the OnePlus One phone all about? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week in the world of Android.

Guides

Best Android SMS text messaging replacement apps [March 2014]

Best Android apps for managing your contacts / Address book [March 2014]

Accessories

Samsung launches “Specialized Usability Accessories” for the Galaxy Core Advance customers

Apps – New

Samsung unveils Samsung Cloud Print and NFC Printers for small and medium-sized businesses

Smart Alarm Clock gets comfy and takes a snooze in the Play Store

LG G Pro 2 to be available in red color as well

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LG G Pro 2 was announced last month in Korea in three colors : black, white and titanium. The company is now planning to release the red color version of the device as well.

LG Electronics Singapore announced that the G Pro 2 will be available in red color when the device will be up for sale in the land of Merlion on March 29 though there’s no information if the red model will be available in global markets as well. Those interested to get the G Pro 2 can buy it from Telcos on a 2 year contract or purchase the SIM-free model for $654.

Google files patent application for a new radial menu feature in Android

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The radial menu gesture was first introduced in Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which made it easier for users to perform various browser tasks quickly. A similar concept was introduced in the Galaxy Note 3 known as the Air Command.

According to a new report, Google has patented a new radial menu concept with a sub-menu feature. The radial menu consists of a circular menu, each corresponding to various commands that is initiated upon a user’s selection. Instead of making use of a one finger gesture, this new radial menu implementation requires two fingers, the thumb which acts as the first anchor point, and your second finger which opens up a sub-menu with a circular list of options to choose from.

Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Beam device

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According to a new information from the Chinese website, Tenaa, Samsung is working on a mid-range device similar to the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which was released in early 2012, and featured a built-in nHD projector.

The new device carries the model number SM-G3858 and will be the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Beam . The phone was certified by Tenaa and is said to sport a 4.66-inch LCD display with WVGA resolution, 5MP camera, 3G connectivity, expandable microSD slot and powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android 4.2.2 out of the box.

LG G3 confirmed to have QHD display, adaptive software

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The LG G3 has not been shy of any leaks and today is no different. According to a source at LG who spoke with Phone Arena, LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone is confirmed to feature a Quad HD display with a 2560×1440 resolution (falling into the 2K category). Also, the source confirmed that the device would have a 5.5-inch display. This means that the pixels per inch measurement would come in at a whopping 538. Many of the current 1080p flagships have a PPI in the 400 range.

The bigger piece of information from this source comes on the software side. The exact description for it was “advanced personalization.” What this means is that the LG G3 will deliver information like reminders (location or calendar-based), alerts, and news in a way similar to Google Now. But that is not all LG is setting out to do. Apparently the software will adapt to your trends in order to create a custom interface. The source told Phone Arena that the device would give “helpful ideas” to improve a user’s productivity.

Source: Phone Arena

LG Lucid 3 (VS876) for Verizon leaks, nothing left to hide

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Say hello to the brand new LG Lucid 3 (VS876). Earlier today, @evleaks posted the above press render of the device (which has come a very long way). The device, which is likely going to remain in the mid-range field, actually looks rather respectable. LG has ditched the capacitive buttons in favor of a Samsung-like setup with a physical home button. Like the LG G2, the Lucid 3 looks like it has slim bezels.

The white icons in the notification bar suggest that the device will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat already installed. Unfortunately, Verizon’s branding strikes again and their logo and LG’s are crammed up top while the backside has logos spread throughout. There is no word on a release date just yet; however, if the Lucid series’ past is any indication, April would be the most likely candidate.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 14, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

Best Android apps for managing your contacts / Address book [March 2014]

Accessories

Samsung launches “Specialized Usability Accessories” for the Galaxy Core Advance customers

Apps

DrawCast updated with multi-device support

Google URL Shortener undergoes simplifying name change

U.S. panel rules that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate FlashPoint patents

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A U.S. panel ruled today that HTC, ZTE and Huawei did not violate digital camera patents made by FlashPoint, an Apple spinoff. FlashPoint originally filed the complaint in 2012, and accused all three of the companies of infringing four patents related to phone cameras. One of those patents was dropped as the case moved forward.

In September 2013, a judge found in a preliminary decision that the HTC Vivid and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE infringed upon one of the patents, while both ZTE and Huawei were cleared. The panel ruled in a final decision that none of the companies infringed on any patents made by FlashPoint.

Source: Reuters