Today isn’t all about HTC news. We’re seeing some for the DROID Turbo with news in a leaked user manual from motofirmware. According to the manual we’re seeing a 5.2-inch qHD display, a 21 MP camera, multiple microphones, capacitive buttons, Qi wireless charging with Motorola’s Turbo charging. But that’s not it.
Along with the HTC Desire EYE, HTC finally released its GoPro-esque RE camera at its Double Exposure event and we’re still not sure about it. The periscope style camera is both bluetooth capable and works on Android and iOS. The waterproof device comes in a 16 MP variety and like the Desire EYE, we’re not sure about availability or pricing. That being said, we have a hands-on that gives us a good look at the RE. Check it out after the break.
Earlier this afternoon, HTC finally unwrapped their latest smartphone. The selfie-oriented HTC Desire Eye offers a premium feel in a plastic design that’s both waterproof and colorful. The 5.2-inch HD display is accompanied by BoomSound and a 13MP front and rear camera. As we already know, we’re not sure how much it’ll cost or when it’ll be available but our very own Robert Nazarian had a little hands-on time with the new Desire. Here’s hoping that it’ll keep you satisfied in the mean time. Hit the break to see it in action.
Enterprise Chromebook users will be happy to know that they’ll be getting some new features here soon. Posting on the official Google Work blog, the search giant announced a number of enhancements coming to users. Google is adding a new single sign-on feature to Chromebooks, allowing you to log into Chrome with your work credentials. On top of this is multiple user sign-on allowing enterprise users a chance to use their Chromebook for both their work and personal accounts. From there users will also be able to manage wireless network certificates easier. Management support that allows new workers to jump in with Chrome apps and extensions.
Google has also optimized virtualization capabilities as well. In addition Google is adding a new pricing plan. For $50/device/year enterprise users in the US and Canada will access to all the Chromebook for Work features. For those who want to read the nitty gritty parts you can hit the source link below.
source: Google Work
In what seems to be an ongoing trend, Android has lost a small piece of their market share to Windows Phone and iOS, according to comScore’s latest report. It is quite a small change, however, and still sees Android having over half of the market, still a whole ten percent ahead of Apple’s iOS. In equally unsurprising news, Samsung and Apple still dominate the market with slight increases for both manufacturers as well as a slight increase for LG. HTC and Motorola both saw slight drops in their market share.
Another not so surprising bit of information is which smartphone apps have the farthest reach, with Facebook and Youtube still holding the top two spots. The only app to see a significant increase is Facebook’s Messenger app, which makes since considering for most users its the only way to access messages from a mobile device.
Google is currently in the process of distributing a stability update for its official Chrome for Android client via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings a shed load of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations, as well as “additional Material Design updates,” support for battery status and screen orientation APIs.
Hit the break for the full changelog.
Chromecast owners in the UK can currently head over to Google’s official Offers web page to register for a complimentary three-month Entertainment Pass for Sky’s recently-launched Now TV streaming service.
HTC’s rumored portable camera has been made official at their Double Exposure event today, and it’s a weird little device. The camera looks like a long tube that bends into a camera lens, and there is no viewfinder or anything aside from the handle and camera.
The RE camera features a 16 megapixel lens that can shoot full HD video, and to get around not having any type of viewfinder or screen, it shoots extremely wide angle videos to make sure that it captures everything you’re pointing it at. You won’t miss anything in the video this way, but it also means you won’t be able to keep the subject perfectly centered, either. However, the device can be used in conjunction with an Android or iOS device so you can get a better view of what you’re shooting. It doesn’t sound convenient, but it’s certainly functional. Read more
Alongside the Desire Eye, HTC announced some improvements to Zoe, the automatic photo-and-video-mashup app that ships on Sense devices. Today, Zoe is finally ditching its beta tag and moving up to version 1.0, and that’s bringing a few new features and some wider device compatibility.
Zoes can be made shorter now, which was something that was apparently highly requested while Zoe was in beta earlier this year. HTC has also added in social sharing into the app where users can share and collaborate with their photos and videos. Perhaps the biggest new addition, though, is that multiple devices can install the app, so it isn’t just limited to HTC’s own devices anymore.
The update won’t show up for everyone immediately, but keep an eye out for it if you’ve wanted to test out HTC’s software without buying one of their devices.
HTC already has one of the most feature-packed camera suites on the market, but today they are bringing it to new heights with a new camera software suite they’re calling the “Eye Experience”. Among new features include the ability to shoot photos from the front and rear cameras at the same time, an “auto-selfie” feature that takes the photo once the phone is held steady for a couple seconds and voice commands that allow you to start shooting automatically. Read more