The folks overseas in Asia always have it better when it comes to smartphones. While the United States offers quad-core smartphones, Asian markets have devices with eight cores! While the new HTC One (M8) does not have an octa-core processor, Asia does still have an advantage with the device. In the United States, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) will be clocked at 2.3GHz; however, Asian markets will get the same processor (MSM8974AC) set slightly higher at 2.5GHz.
Just 200MHz separates the two (as well as the end of their IDs). Will the difference between the two devices exist? Yes. Will it be noticeable? I highly doubt it. Regardless, owners of the new HTC One (M8) are getting one hell of a device.
Google I/O is a developer conference which is held annually by Google in San Francisco, California. Last month, the company announced that the Google I/O is scheduled for June 25-26 and that it would give the details in March on how to register for the event.
Just as promised, the company launched the Google I/O website today and announced that the registration will be open between April 8 at 5:00am PDT and April 10 at 5:00pm PDT. During that time, those interested can register to attend the event. Once the registration is closed, Google will select random participants who will get the chance to attend the event. Each ticket costs $900 for general admission and $300 for an academic ticket. To be eligible for an academic ticket, you must be either a “full-time student, professor, faculty, or staff at a high school or higher education institution.”
HTC does not plan on keeping BlinkFeed and the Zoe camera application restricted to just HTC-made devices like the new One (M8). In the press release announcing the new flagship, HTC points out that those two services will be heading to the Google Play Store in the future.
Yesterday, we found out that BlinkFeed was destined for the Play Store; however, today we are learning about the Zoe camera app being released there as well. Why? HTC wants to give everyone a taste of what they are offering. And, hopefully, owners of a non-HTC device like these two services, they will look further into buying an HTC smartphone.
We knew Google was working on adding the ability to upload music files to Play Music directly through Google Chrome, and it looks like that update has finally gone live. It’s still considered a beta lab experiment, so you’ll have to enable it at this link, but once that’s done, you can simply drag music files onto Chrome to upload them to your Play Music library. There are also configurations for uploading tons of music in iTunes, as well as setting up music to upload automatically.
In addition to those changes, Google has also added a pop-out mini player to Play Music, as well as the option to download tracks right from the browser. Looks like Google’s download manager program is all but obsolete at this point.
source: Google Plus
The Slingbox is one of the best personal media streaming devices available, but unfortunately, it doesn’t integrate at all with Google’s Chromecast. The two devices seem like they would work extremely well together, so it’s more than a little disappointing.
According to an answers page on Slingbox’s forums, though, it appears that the developers at Sling Media are hard at work on adding Chromecast support to their device. Unfortunately, the answer didn’t give anything in the way of how close they are to officially adding support or any kind of timeframe, but rest assured, they are working on it. Whenever it does happen, I’m sure it’s going to please many cordcutters that use the Chromecast as their primary streaming tool for their television.
source: Slingbox Answers
HTC is not going to stop with just the brand new HTC One (M8). According to @evleaks over on Twitter, there are two more devices that will join the M8 family. One of them, we have already heard about from him. That would be the HTC One (M8) Mini. Last month, @evleaks provided some specifications for the device including the Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.5-inch display, and a on-screen buttons like its bigger sibling.
The other device mentioned today is the “M8 Ace.” What is this device? It can be one of two things. A phablet, like the HTC One Max or a tablet, something that HTC has moved away from. But remember, there was a report that HTC would be manufacturing a Nexus tablet due for release later this year. And this could be the tablet that the Nexus tablet will be based on (as are all Nexus devices).
In need of a smartwatch at a good price? Best Buy has Samsung’s first generation Galaxy Gear available in all colors for just $99. The catch is that the device has been refurbished. All colors are eligible and the deal will save you $200 and free shipping.
Hit the source link for the full range of Galaxy Gear colors being offered at a steep discount.
Source: Best Buy
Multi Window isn’t anything new for Samsung. They were the first manufacturers to truly embrace real multitasking. Over the years, Samsung has made changes to how it works along with how many apps that it’s compatible with, and the new Galaxy TabPRO tablets are no exception. So if you’re someone who is in constant need to have two or more apps open at the same time, then head on past the break to see how to truly multitask.
Samsung debuted My Magazine on last year’s Galaxy Note 3, but this year it is more a part of the UI and dubbed Magazine UX. The good news is that it doesn’t completely take over the UI, but the bad news is there is no way to get rid of it. So I guess it behooves you to give it a shot since you’re stuck with it.
Magazine UX is basically flipboard rebranded, and it’s great for those people that don’t already have an RSS feed setup or some other news app. What I mean is that it’s great for the casual user, which is where Samsung gets most of their sales from anyway. It does look pretty good and it’s fairly functional. So head on past the break to find out how it works.
LastPass, a fantastic password manager, has updated their Android application to create a much better experience across the Android OS. The new app will now autofill passwords in on your mobile applications, as well as the mobile Chrome browser. Autofilling passwords are already handled by Chrome, but if you use LastPass, you already know that it’s a slightly more secure, easier to manage option.
The biggest advantage now is the autofill option in applications. As long as you’re on Android 4.1 and up, whenever you open an app that has a username and password field, a pop up will appear that will let LastPass fill in your information. Since very few apps offer the ability to save passwords, this will definitely save you a lot of typing.
HTC’s announcement of the HTC One (M8) yesterday came with news about an update to their UI overlay for their devices. One of the biggest components of HTC Sense 6, or Sixth Sense, is the BlinkFeed app. The app is a feed aggregator that collects information from social networks, your calendar, news sources, and other content and puts it all in one single stream. Currently, BlinkFeed is only available on the HTC One (M8).
Samsung has flip flopped on operating systems for their wearable tech, starting with Android for the original Galaxy Gear and switching to Tizen for the Gear 2. However, the Gear Fit that will be launching alongside the Gear 2 doesn’t look like it’ll use Android or Tizen.
Samsung is tablet crazy this year. After releasing the TabPRO line and NotePRO, they are readying the Galaxy Tab 4. The Tab 4 line could include 3 sizes (7-inches to 10.1-inches) with AMOLED displays. We now have the first pics of the 7-inch version. As expected, it looks just like any other Samsung tablet with the same exact styling and that dreadful home button. One more pic after the break.
HTC has been rumored to be working on an octa-core handset for a while now, and we finally have a little more info. The said phone will be the Desire 616 (or Desire 616w) and looks to be for only China.
Now don’t get all upset that it won’t be available elsewhere because it’s going to sport a MediaTek processor, so it won’t be as powerful as the One (M8). Plus, it’s going to be all plastic and have mid-range specs. The specs include a 5-inch (720p) display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. So you see, there is really nothing to get jealous about.
No work on a release date or pricing, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.
source: Phone Arena
The folks over at iFixit already got their hands on the All New HTC One (M8) and did their usual teardown. Now the HTC One (M8) is one of the best phones in terms of quality, but there is a huge downside to that. It’s the fact that a DIY repair is going to be very tough. The bottomline is that the higher the quality, the harder it is to do anything yourself. It’s one of the biggest reasons why Samsung continues to use lesser quality materials. It might not feel as great in the hand, but Samsung’s devices are more durable and easier to repair.
Anyways, going back to iFixit’s work, they have given a repairability score of 2 out of 10 for the HTC One (M8). That is pretty dreadful so make sure you protect that bad boy as much as you can.
Hit the source link for more info and pictures. You can also hit the break for a video showing you how to rip it apart.