Google has acquired FlexyCore in a deal valued at $23 Million in a move to accelerate efforts to optimize the Android platform to not only run smoother, but better as well. FlexyCore produced an Android accelerator called droidBooster that claimed to improve performance by a factor of ten. This was achieved by optimizing ARM binaries at build-time. Apparently the results were impressive enough that Google decided they wanted that knowledge base in house noting that FlexyCore’s “strong expertise in building software to optimize Android device performance” would fit in nicely at Google.
According to reports, the deal was struck a year ago, but was just now completed this month. Google has been touting the new Android 4.4 as making “an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” It is possible some of FlexyCore’s work has already made its way into the Android ecosystem, which is why Google thinks they can bring KitKat’s improvements to more devices compared to previous releases.
source: Droid Life
A couple days ago we reported on a leaked image that suggested the HTC One Max might be on its way to AT&T, joining Sprint and Verizon as carriers with the super-sized smartphone in their portfolio. Now a new filing at the FCC has surfaced that seems to make that much more likely. An HTC handset with model number OP3P500 is in the FCC database with information indicating support for LTE band 17, which would make it compatible with AT&T. Although a model name is not provided, the number listed is very close to the international version’s model number of OP3P510.
We still do not have any kind of pricing or availability information, although the leaked render mentioned earlier had a date of Nov. 1st on the screen. Screen image dates have been used in the past to determine possible release dates, but HTC has stated in the past they were going to start being a little more sneaky to throw off rumors. Seeing the device surface at the FCC and knowing HTC would probably like to have the device available for the holiday shopping season makes it seem likely the release is imminent.
If you’ve really got your heart set on a Red HTC One Mini you’re in luck. The folks over at Phones 4U in the UK, who already have a red HTC One, have just announced they’ll be offering the flashy mini variant starting in November. The offer, for now, is exclusive for Phones 4U customers only so you’ll just have to be patient if they’re not your carrier. However, if flashy colors aren’t your thing, you can pick up the One Mini in silver and black over at EE, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone for free on contract at just £26/mo ($41.94/mo).
If you’d like to pick up a SIM free device you’ll be looking in the price range of around £389.95 ($629.07). If you’re feeling froggy and want to jump on the Red One Mini, check out the link below to Phones 4U and don’t forget to check out the press release for the more granular details.
Everyone is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, so it was not a big surprise when we learned HTC had plans to enter the market. Despite working with Microsoft in the past on a wearable device, new details indicate HTC is planning to produce an Android powered device that will include camera hardware. This news came from Chairwoman Cher Wang during a town hall style meeting where she was trying to rally the troops. According to sources, HTC will not have a device ready until the second half of 2014. This will make HTC one of the later entrants into the market, although analysts anticipate wearable devices will blossom into a $19 billion industry by 2018 so there should be plenty of room for HTC to capitalize on the opportunity. Analysts and traders seem to think the move will be a good one for HTC as their stock rose by 6.9 percent on the Taipei market.
We anticipate more details about possible price points, marketing strategies, functions of the device, and hardware specs will continue to slowly reveal themselves over the coming months.
I don’t remember a more anticipated app since Instagram hit the Android scene last year. BlackBerry Messenger has been promised for a long time, and many wondered if it would ever arrive, but it’s here. I know not everyone can get their hands on it just yet, and at the same time, many of you are new to BBM. That’s why BlackBerry released six instructional videos to get you started. You will learn how to add a contact by PIN, share pictures & more, get updates from your contacts, start multiple person chats, know when your messages have been delivered, and create & manage groups. So hit the break to seem them all and get more comfortable with BBM.
In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been slowly but surely reworking its Maps products into something that both Google and businesses can better monetize. Today Google announced another step in that process will the release of what they describe as a “professional mapping tool,” Google Maps Engine Pro. The primary piece of this new service is the ability to import data from a variety of sources and geolocate that data on a map. Google thinks this will make the creation of maps using their tools as easy as creating a word processing document or a spreadsheet. Businesses can capitalize on this new tool by building information tools to help internal decision-makers or creating tools that face their customers. Read more
Last week we showed a few leaks of the new Play Store app, version 4.4.21, which features a new slide-out navigation menu. As a refresher, the slide-out menu will have the following options: Store home, My apps, My wishlist, and Redeem, in addition to “Shop” at certain times. Today, Android Police has the update for us to download. There’s no card based layout as we originally thought this update might bring, as the slide-out menu seems to be the only addition in this update.
Download Links: mirror #1 / mirror #2
source: Android Police
About a week ago, we saw evidence for a refreshed version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Today, we’ve got another leak in the form of an AnTuTu benchmark that’s in line with what we’ve heard previously; a bumped up 2.5 GHz clock speed, slightly faster Adreno 420 GPU, and the same APQ8084 model number. No word on if Qualcomm will market this is an upgraded Snapdragon 800 processor or as something completely different (Snapdragon 1000?) but I’m sure we’ll hear about it before any official announcement.
This is probably one of the first of many leaks we’ll see about this processor before Qualcomm makes anything official, but since we haven’t seen any mention of this processor powering any holiday devices, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see it until next year.
source: My Drivers
In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.
Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.