Contrary to what had been previously reported, HTC is still planning to launch an Android Wear-powered device sometime in early 2015. According to sources, they are planning something that will stand out from the competition. HTC is known for their design elements, so the device should at the very least be quite attractive. Read more
Apple has been the butt of a lot of jokes since they announced their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, especially from various Android manufacturers like HTC and Samsung. Well, less than a full day after Apple’s launch event, Samsung is back for a little more friendly taunting with a couple of knee-slapping commercials.
Bad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.
The Moto 360 is currently offered in two different options. There is the dark metal watch case with a black leather band and the light metal watch case with a grey leather band. It turns out that Motorola has accidentally listed and sold another option that featured the light metal watch case with the black leather band. That option does not actually exist. Regardless of what was listed, the shipment will turn out to be the dark/black option.
Google Hangouts is receiving an update to bring voice calling to hangouts in addition to video calls. The calls are free to other hangouts users, U.S. numbers, and Canadian numbers. Read more
Customers of Google Play are very fortunate with refund windows for apps and games. Google has long had a refund window implemented with the time limit being fifteen minutes. For some downloads, that amount of time is just not enough. So Google has extended the refund window for apps and games in Google Play to two hours.
The change is now official as the Google Play Help page includes a description of the new policy. Within two hours of purchasing the item, Open and Refund buttons will be found on its page. This leaves when the time has passed and Google recommends contacting the developer to try and get a refund if unsatisfied.
Source: Google Play Help
The next wave of games for Humble Mobile Bundle 7 has arrived. With any donation, you will get three games. The games at this tier include The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium, and Heroes of Loot. Then, donating more than the average will net an additional three games and more as others get added to the mix. The average donation sits at $3.96 at the time of this post’s publishing. The games here are Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Horn, and Sorcery. Soundtracks for some of the games are also bundled.
The Humble Mobile Bundle series benefits both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity.
Source: Humble Bundle
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Google officially launches Voice integration in Hangouts
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Google Play apps refund window officially set at two hours
Android distribution numbers were released earlier today showing slow, but continued growth for Android 4.4 KitKat. Last month it was on 20.9% of devices, and this month it has climbed up to 24.5%. Not all that significant, but it’s more than Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich combined, which wasn’t the case last month. Android Jelly Bean continues to dominate with 53.8% of devices, which is slightly down from the 54.2% it showed last month.
Any picks on what KitKat will show next month? I say 28.7%.
source: Android Developers
In case you haven’t noticed, we are a selfie nation and smartphone manufacturers are looking to capitalize on it. HTC is one of those companies as they sent us an invitation for an event in New York City on October 8th called “Double Exposure.” It’s obviously centered around selfies because the invitation shows two females capturing a selfie. So what phone could they introduce?
It’s likely to be the rumored HTC Eye. The last leak we heard about that one is that it will be available on all U.S. carriers. It’s also possible that the Eye is a variant of the recently announced Desire 820, which sports an 8 MP front-facing camera.
I am sure we are likely to see a leak or two leading up to the event.