T-mobile announced today that they would be ditching plans to host their June 18th Uncarrier 5.0 event in Los Angeles, and instead moving it to Seattle.
While we still do not know exactly what will be announced at the event, rumors have been floating around. T-Mobile’s Uncarrier plans tend to be permanent and industry changing, so announcements about plans and payment are expected.
After Samsung and HTC had big flagship device reveals earlier this year that included quick, if not immediate, availability of their devices, smartphone buyers hoping to get an LG G3 continue to wait for word on when the device will actually be available. Perhaps to appease the masses, LG has released a whole series of videos highlighting some of the features they are bringing to the market with the LG G3. Read more
HTC has updated their HTC Gallery app to add user adjustability for the UFocus Blur effect. Owners of the HTC One (M8) with HTC’s new Duo Camera know they can just tap on an image to change the focal point. By changing that focal point, the rest of the image is blurred to create a bokeh effect. The new feature adds a slider so that users can customize not only the location of the focal point, but the level of blur that is applied to the rest of the image. Users can now increase the level of blur even more than what the HTC thinks the default should be or decrease it so no additional digital blur is added. Read more
Some people just don’t want or need that expensive smartphone. Sometimes they just want durability. So Boost Mobile customers can now take a look at the Hydro Icon. This Kyocera device, carrying a differently branded name, brings mid-range specifications to Boost Mobile customers for $149.99 without a contract. To protect it, Kyocera made sure it had IP57 certification. This means it can be submerged in up to 1m of water for 30 minutes. The Hydro Icon can absorb shock from drops and falls thanks to its Military Standard 810G design. Interestingly enough, the device supports wireless charging right out of the box (PMA standard).
The 4.5-inch display has a qHD resolution and the glass panel itself is touted as being very durable, too. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. If the 8GB of internal storage worried you, there is a microSD card slot to add 32GB. On the back is an 8MP camera and a 2MP one sits on the front. To keep the Hydro Icon going through the day, the 2000mAh battery has some battery saving modes.
Since a European Union court ruled last month that people in their jurisdiction have a “right to be forgotten” everyone has been watching how Google will respond to the court’s requirement that history be censored. Other search engines are impacted by the same ruling, but thus far Google is the only one that has made any move publicly with regard to the ruling. At the end of May Google launched a new online form for people to submit their requests to have results suppressed. Now it appears Google is considering adding language to their search results page to alert users to the fact that the results have been censored in accordance with the European Court’s ruling. The language is expected to be similar to what Google does now when material has been taken down in response to a complaint about copyright infringement. Read more
Google Glass purchases were recently opened up to anyone in the U.S., but the big question has always been…When will it actually be available at the retail level? Well that day might be coming real soon, and AT&T is likely to one such place that you will be able to go and grab one. Unfortunately no other retailers were mentioned, but what we do know is that AT&T will be “one of the first locations,” which implies that they won’t be the only place. However, they could get exclusivity for a limited time.
Have you ever just wanted to turn on your screen without having to hit the power button? Well now you can. A new app in the Play Store by XDA senior member cb56, known as WakeUp allows you to do just that. The app recognizes when you pick up your phone and tilt it toward you and the screen comes on.
You’ll be greeted with a fair amount of customization options such as haptic feedback, tilt sensitivity, and app timeout periods. I haven’t used the app so I can’t say if it has any negative effect on the battery but the app does come with this little warning:
Over the weekend, a report surfaced about someone using Microsoft’s upcoming smartwatch in the wild. Fortunately for us, that means we get to know a little more about the details of the watch and whether or not it’ll still be available for our Android devices.
While many folks use the nightly builds of CyanogenMod there are a select few who prefer a more stable release, myself included. Those few will be happy to know that CyanogenMod has released M7 build of CM 11. The monthly snapshot — said to be more stable than the nightly builds — is derived from the May 22 nightly branch as opposed to the newer May 31 branch. This snapshot includes the following fixes:
The premium version of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy F, has made an appearance much akin to a celebrity baby sighting. Today we’re seeing a leak over at phoneArena regarding the potential premium device showing it in the outside world. The phone in question is a preproduction model of the device sporting a Snapdragon 801 although it’s said that this will change to the 805 when it reaches full production. According to the tipster, the phone is slightly smaller than the S5 and will have thinner bezels as well. It will come with the IP 67 certification meaning that it will have the same protection against dust and water as the Galaxy S 5 has.