MediaTek processors are starting to be used more and more in not only the Asian market, but also in the western hemisphere. Recent rumors suggest that Google is working on a budget Nexus smartphone that will feature a MediaTek 64-bit processor. Now there are rumors suggesting that Amazon will be using a MediaTek MT8135 in their upcoming refresh of the entry-level Kindle Fire tablets.
MediaTek initially dismissed the idea that they would be working with Amazon, but also said that they would try and close a deal with any potential clients. Reports today came in saying that Amazon would indeed use MediaTek to process some of their tablets, but we do not yet know if MediaTek chipsets will power the entire Kindle Fire line or just the entry-level devices.
Spotify users looking for a way to cast content from the service to their Chromecast device have a new option available, the Spoticast app just released by NOP Developments. Running on an Android device, Spoticast will send Spotify music directly to a Chromecast device. Hit the break for some specifics about using the app and to check out some video and screenshots.
TuneIn has released an update to their TuneIn Radio Android app that not only overhauls the look and feel, it introduces some changes to the way the service works. These changes are part of an effort by the company to become more of a standalone social network platform focused on the online radio shows and stations that users access. Users will find that old methods like “favorite” stations have now been converted to “follows” and users now have access to a personalized feed full of updates. TuneIn will also use your history and the content you are following to suggest stations, shows and categories. TuneIn has also added a feature called “TuneIn Echo” that will let groups access content together.
We already know HTC has a couple of new phones in the pipeline, the One (M8) Ace and the One (M8) Prime. One of these devices is most likely being teased by HTC in these latest ads posted on Weibo.
They are obviously centered around fashion, but one subtitle might give us a clue as to what phone. In one ad it says “Fashion does not mean luxury” which suggests something that looks good, but doesn’t cost a lot. That would seem to indicate the HTC One (M8) Ace since it’s expected to have high-end specs in a plastic body. Also since the fact that the One (M8) Prime isn’t expected to be available until September, means it’s more likely to be the Ace. HTC wouldn’t already have ads drawn up for a device that is several months from launch. More images after the break.
A Samsung UK listing is showing a phone called the Galaxy S 5 Dx, and it very well could be the mini version of the Galaxy S 5. If this is the case, this isn’t surprising since they went with a different naming convention for this year’s Zoom, calling it the Galaxy K Zoom. However, this phone still has the “Galaxy S 5” as part of the name. Yup, this is Android folks, and the device names don’t always make sense.
Last week, the specs of the LG G3 were leaked, but the processor wasn’t mentioned. Today we get a new leak that confirms most of what we saw last week , but the processor is revealed.
Let’s start with what specs were already leaked – a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, 2GB (16GB model) or 3GB of RAM (32GB model), microSD for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with OIS+, 3,000 mAh battery, and a rear speaker that delivers 1W of power.
Huawei just held a nice little event in Paris, and as expected, the star of the show was the Ascend P7. It comes in at only 6.5mm thick and weighs a mere 124 grams. Those of you that like to take selfies will love the 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture and five-element aspherical lens. It also includes IMAGESmart 2.0, which includes 10 levels of auto-facial enhancement as well as some wide-angle functions. There is even a panoramic group selfie mode, which Huawei is referring to “groufies.”
The phone comes with Android 4.4 along with Huawei’s own UI called Emotion (version 2.3). This new version of Emotion includes an updated version of Do Not Disturb as well as a new permission manager.
Hit the break for the full specs
Good news for you if you’re on Verizon and have a Samsung Galaxy S 4. You’re getting KitKat. That’s right, Android 4.4.2 is being pushed out to devices as we post. The update also includes bug fixes, the addition of more apps to the Multi-Window tray, a whole updated set of Emoji icons to the Samsung QWERTY keyboard, and a number of new apps including Isis Wallet, VZ Protect (version 2.0.0), Verizon Cloud and Audible app.
Verizon says it will take a total of 18 minutes to update the phone from start to finish, and that you should be connected to a Wi-Fi network at the time of the download, and make sure that your battery is at least 50% charged.
HTC today revealed another limited edition HTC One, except this one won’t be available for purchase. On the HTC website the company revealed a limited edition S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the device, and users will be able to enter to win the device through HTC’s Facebook and Twitter.
To enter you simply have to send a picture of yourself as a superhero with the #superselfie hashtag. The device will have a custom logo on the back, and there’s 10 being made. If you don’t happen to win the device, you can instead download the custom wallpapers that HTC has published on its website.
The desktop software and Android app for Motorola Connect got a rather large update today, adding support for a number of MMS features that weren’t available before. This features include the ability to display MMS messages, both picture messages and group messages. Users can also now respond to these messages, but only in SMS form.
Other new features include better contact matching and phone number format. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!
While the LG L90 is heading to T-Mobile and MetroPCS without any special name, it looks like it will carry a different name on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. With those two carriers, the handset will be known as the LG Volt. The image above was leaked by @evleaks and shows the Boost Mobile variant in black and the Virgin Mobile in white.
According to the jury foreman in the Apple-Samsung trial, the introduction of Google into the trial has raised questions about Apple’s true motivations.
The trial ended with Apple being awarded $119.6 million due to Samsung infringing in 3 patents. Despite having to pay Apple, this was considered a victory for Samsung, mostly because this number was far less than the $2.2 billion that Apple was seeking. Not only that, but the jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung‘s patents, and Samsung was awarded $158,400.
Motorola has an event planned for May 13th in London, but they also happen to be holding an event in India on the same day. There has been a lot of speculation that Motorola would be unveiling the Moto E, and if the device appearing on an Indian import/export site is any confirmation, it looks like we’ll see it unveiled in both locations in May.
The site, Zauba, keeps a track of what comes in and out of India. Zauba lists the XT1022 with a price of right around $105, after currency conversion. Considering Motorola’s tagline for the event is a device “priced for all,” it certainly makes sense that they could be taking the wraps off of a device that hits the price point between the Moto G and Moto X.
Fortunately, May 13th is exactly one week away from today, so we won’t have to ponder this one for too much longer.
via: Phone Arena
Google Glass updates are always welcome, but like any other electronic device, sometimes those updates bring problems in addition to features. The KitKat update for Glass, for example, brought along some great new features, but it also happened to create some nasty bugs that would cause Glass to get caught in a boot loop. While Google has tried to address the issue before, they haven’t had much luck, but today’s update labelled XE17 promises to finally cure that boot looping bug once and for all.
XE17 is otherwise a pretty small update from the last version, bringing only “reliability improvements” and no new features. Still, fixing bugs and bringing stability to a beta product doesn’t hurt. Glass owners, keep an eye out for this update.
source: 9to5 Google