Last week, reports indicated that HTC would be making a high-end Nexus tablet this year, and today we are getting a little more information. According to DigiTimes, HTC will be making the Nexus 10 followup. Now last week’s report indicated that whatever HTC was working on, it would not come until the 3rd quarter. If it’s really the Nexus 10, that is a little surprising since it would be close to 2 years from the original Nexus 10 launch.
Unfortunately DigiTimes didn’t offer a timetable, but they did offer something else quite interesting in that apparently HTC was offered the original Nexus 7, but they turned it down. At that time, HTC had taken themselves out of the tablet market. The HTC Flyer (pictured above) was their last tablet.
With pressure caving in and the desire to live a simple life, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the much popular Flappy Bird game, has decided to pull the game from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. With Flappy Bird making a whopping $50,000 dollars per day just on ads alone, it seemed like the pressure and press got to the developer. According to his personal Twitter account yesterday:
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. I also will not sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
He also mentioned that while he’s humbled that his game has gotten so popular, it comes as a cost as he prefers to live a ‘simple’ life and not be in the limelight. Sometimes other things are more important than money, right? Dong also mentioned that he still has and will develop more games, but the much popular Flappy Bird will be retired, at least for now.
Bring on the clones!! Did you enjoy Flappy Bird?
Yep, more Samsung/Apple patent news. Judge Lucy Koh, who has been the judge over this enormous patent lawsuit since the very beginning, has denied Samsung’s motion for a retrial based on some particularly unsavory comments made by one of Apple’s lawyers. Apple tried to argue that letting Korean-based Samsung continue to “infringe patents” owned by American companies would destroy American companies’ ability to make quality products.
Qualcomm has released a new lockscreen app, Snapdragon Glance (Beta), for devices powered by their Snapdragon chips that will help users access information a little quicker and easier. This is achieved by presenting users with notifications, calendar information, weather updates, and quick access to contacts and apps.
Almost anyone will associate magenta with T-Mobile. The federal court agrees. T-Mobile announced today that a Federal Court in Texas has ordered AT&T and Aio Wireless to stop using the plum color you see in their logo above, as it is “confusingly similar” to T-Mobile’s own trademark magenta. According to court documents, T-Mobile claims the Plum in question, Pantone 676C, is so similar to its own Pantone Process Magenta that it “dilutes its strength and likely causes confusion among consumers.”
AT&T can no longer use magenta, plum, or any other “confusingly similar shades” in advertising, marketing and store design.
As we get closer to MWC 2014 and the likely release of the Sony “Sirius” device as the Sony Xperia Z2, we have some new images that reveal some of the camera functions on the new device. Perhaps of greatest interest to many, even if usefulness may be limited until the market matures, is the presence of 4K video recording. XDA member iRimas, who has the device, grabbed the screenshots showing some of the settings for 4K video and some other features.
We already saw a pretty clear image of the HTC M8 dual camera last week, but now a new image has surfaced. Unfortunately it’s from the blurrycam, but you can see a little more detail from each lens. The same leaker also offered up closer images of the new on-screen buttons, but they are again blurry, not to mention that we already posted much better images here and here. Just hit the source link if you want to see the blurry versions.
We still don’t know if the HTC M8 will be called the HTC One 2, the One+, or something entirely different. Rumors indicate it will be announced after Mobile World Congress.
In a rather odd move, the YouTube for Google TV app has disappeared from the Google Play Store. According to reports, users who already had the app can still see it in Google Play as an installed app. Outside of that, the app no longer shows up. Google has not issued a statement about why the app was seemingly canceled. Potentially Google may be planning to add support for Google TV into the main YouTube app.
source: Android Police
Google made a splash this week with the release of the Google Cast SDK, which should bring a flurry of new Chromecast compatible apps. If that wasn’t enough, they released the Bright Red Nexus 5 causing those that already bought the white or black version to salivate. It looks like Samsung will actually unveil the Galaxy S 5 at Mobile World Congress, but will it sport the specs that everyone is expecting? Rumors continue to swirl regarding HTC’s One successor (codenamed M8), but the M8 mini is looking to grab a little attention as well. The most popular app over the last couple of weeks has to be Flappy Bird, but it’s about to be pulled from both the Play Store and iOS App Store. Why? And when the hell is Google I/O going to be announced? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Google+ has been improving its built-in photo editor piece by piece over the past few months, and just today the social network added HDR Scape and Zoom functionality.
With HDR Scape, you can apply high dynamic range effects to any picture with just one click. It’s extremely simple and adds a really nice touch to your images.
With zoom, you can use the magnifying glass to zoom in and out, without sacrificing resolution.
To test out the new features, just head over to any one of your Google+ photos in Chrome, and click on “Edit.” You may not be able to access the features yet because they are rolling out in cycles, but they should be available to everyone relatively soon.
Source: +Andre Meyer
Fans of mini games and LEGO should be happy to know that there is a new app available for free in the Play Store. LEGO City My City, based on the same set as the popular Wii U game, features seven mini games that take players through a variety of themes. These themes include Police, Fire, and Coast Guard. Being that the app is target at ages 5-12, there are no advertisements or in-app purchases present.
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
AIO wireless customers, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone, you can now get the Moto G. Beginning February 14, the Moto G will be available at a discounted $150 on Aio Wireless. In addition to the Moto G, the ZTE Sonata 4G is available today on AIO for $80.
Aio is also offering customers the opportunity to pick up lower rates on service plans. Customers who sign up for auto-pay will receive a $5 discount on their monthly bills. The rates are as followed:
- Basic Plan: $35 (after auto pay credit) – unlimited voice/text and 500MB of data
- Smart Plan: $45 (after auto pay credit) – unlimited voice/text and 2.5 GB of data
- Pro Plan: $55 (after auto pay credit) – unlimited voice/text and 5 GB of data
Press release after the break.
A few days after the update went live, we are finally starting to see some more additions to the Google Search app. While Google Now currently alerts users when a set event is approaching, it will now notify when the best time to leave to arrive on time. So Google Now will make sure you make it to a doctor’s appointment, dinner reservation, or airport in a timely fashion. Also added to Google Now is the voice command to call or text contacts. Say “Call Justin” and the device will do so. If you have contacts with overlapping names, it will ask you to clarify.
With the Olympics taking over the world for the next few weeks, Google has added cards pertaining to the games. French, German, Japanese, and Korean languages are all supported. So if you are away from a TV or computer, cue Google Now and check out what’s going on in Sochi easily.
With rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5 getting more and more frequent, we keep seeing a number of different variants of the device pop up. This time it seems that two variants, the SM-G900H and the SM-G900R4, have shown up in AnTuTu‘s database, and it seems like the specifications of the devices are very different.
In fact the specs are completely different, and the only thing that is the same is the camera sensors. This could be evidence to prove what an analyst said a couple days ago – that there will in fact be two main models of the Galaxy S5, similar to what Apple are doing with the iPhone 5S and 5C.
HTC isn’t giving up on the compact smartphone market just yet. Over on Twitter, @evleaks posted what would be the specifications for the HTC M8 Mini. Yes, the M8 Mini. Prior to today, we have not heard anything of substance about the device; however, @evleaks has graced us with its specifications.
This Mini will have a 4.5-inch 720p display. On top of it all is Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. Along with 16GB of internal memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0 support is present along with a/b/g/n/ac for WiFi. And thankfully, it will sport on-screen buttons. Interestingly, the camera specs are 13MP/5MP, presumably for the rear and front, respectively. This would be a huge bump from the camera on the HTC One.
HTC may be launching this device alongside the M8 in New York City next month.