HTC’s next member of their One family of smartphones, the HTC One Mini (previously known as the HTC M4) is rumored to be landing in T-Mobile stores sometime this summer. HTC developer @LLabTooFeR tweeted that all signs point to a T-Mobile release, with no word on availability through other carriers. The One Mini is one of two rumored devices being released by HTC alongside the HTC One Max, HTC’s newest entry into the phablet market.
The HTC One Mini is rumored to pack a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Ultrapixel camera and Sense 5 all packed into the same aluminum design as the One, front-facing BoomSound speakers included.
As the market for small phones shrinks (pun intended), a device of this caliber is much needed. Let us know below if this device piques your interest.
Ever since Nvidia debuted the Tegra 4 platform earlier this year we haven’t seen hide nor hair of an announcement of a device running on it, besides the Nvidia Shield and hints of other devices that is. According to news posts a few days ago we weren’t expected to see it in a phone until quarter one of next year. However it looks like ZTE is going to change that if the current AuTuTu Benchmark database is correct.
According to the database the ZTE U988S was tested running Android 4.2.2. with a Tegra 4i processor running at 1.8GHz. It was benchmarked in China and came out with a score of 29,784. The phone will have a 5.7 inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear/2MP front camera, as well as the other staple amenities. That will include Bluetooth, a MicroSD slot, GPS and microUSB.
We’re not sure if this will make a debut anywhere but China at this point as it hasn’t even been officially announced by ZTE. We’ll let you know when they do. Stay tuned!
source: GSM Insider
Bars are a place to be social and enjoy a brew, which unfortunately for some patrons means social networking and enjoying a browser instead. The Salve Jorge Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil has found a solution to this problem in the bottom of a beer glass (literally). Designed by advertising agency Fischer & Friends, the Salve Jorge Bar now serves their beer in the Offline Glass, a glass designed to only stand straight when propped up on a smartphone. Hit the break for a video of the Offline Glass in action.
The Offline Glass is designed to “save people from the online world”, forcing drinkers to put down the phone and enjoy the atmosphere and company. Obviously the idea has its shortcomings (phones of various sizes being the biggest issue) but as the idea spreads I’m sure we will see more glasses of the like. As for condensation, the designer says the glass is shaped so the condensation does not drip down the side to your phone.
An innovative idea, it will be interesting to see if this catches on in other bars. Let us know in the comments what you think of the idea, or if you will just find a clever way to use your phone while balancing the glass.
Source: Phone Arena
Google is no stranger to outlandish ideas, and it appears they will stop at nothing to make sure the whole world is connected. In that tradition, Google has announced Project Loon, a crazy (hence the name Loon) idea that plans to bring the world internet via high-altitude balloons. The idea is that in many parts of the world, internet access costs more than rent and is out of reach for the average citizen. The plan is to launch a ring of balloons orbiting the globe on stratospheric winds, broadcasting an internet signal comparable to that of most 3G connections. On top of connecting rural areas and other parts of the globe that previously didn’t have internet access, it could also aid in disaster relief, providing a means to stay in contact with devastated areas. Hit the break for videos breaking down how the technology will work.
Unsurprisingly, infamous twitter user @evleaks has been gracious enough to list the specs of the new Motorola X phone, and its looking to be a solid mid-to-high end device. The Google-owned company has put together a phone running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean powered by 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.7GHz MSM8960 Pro processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. For those of you worried that a dual-core processor won’t satisfy your needs, it should be noted that in benchmarks the device out-performed the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. On the outside they’ve put a generous 10-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The display has a 1196 x 720, 720p resolution and its safe to assume it will be of the standard IPS variety. Read more
Last week we reported on an alleged deal between Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. That deal appears to have been completed based on the image above that was posted to Samsung Mobile USA’s Facebook page. As you can see, Samsung and Jay-Z want fans to tune in to game 5 of the NBA Finals and turn up the volume. The question is whether whatever is revealed will be just another clue to the partnership or will it reveal the nature of the deal itself.
If you are interested in finding out what the buzz is about, get ready to watch some NBA basketball.
As smartphones get bigger, better and more powerful, batteries unfortunately have stayed pretty consistent. Major manufacturers keep promising that it will get better but have yet to deliver the goods. French startup SunPartner Group says that the secret to power management may not be in the battery, but in the screen. SunPartner has been hard at work designing a new 82 percent transparent display with standard thin-film solar cells spread throughout, in theory giving your phone an extra charge between charges.
How significant a boost is yet to be seen, but SunPartner claims it could add up to 20 percent more time to your normal charge, provided you’re phone catches enough sun.
Currently in the prototype stage, the designers state that by the time it goes to market it will be 90 percent transparent, and since the technology is already well-established, the screen will only add about $2.30 to the build price of each phone that utilizes the technology.
Source: Android Authority
When Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy S 4 Mini, they did not mention which carriers would make the device available. Given the wide number of spectrum bands available for the device and Samsung’s strategy with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 of making it available with a wide number of carriers, we would not be surprised to see the same thing play out with the Galaxy S 4 Mini. The first carrier that seems to have surfaced for the U.S. market for the device appears to be Verizon based on some Bluetooth SIG information.
A Japanese web site has reported an entry has been found in the Bluetooth SIG database for a Samsung SCH-I435. In the past, Samsung devices that are given a model number starting with “SCH” have landed on the Verizon network. The numbering scheme would seem to peg it somewhere below the Galaxy S 4 and its SCH-I545 and the Galaxy S III with SCH-I535.
source: Blog of Mobile
Pay-what-you-want services are taking over every form of media and why not? It allows consumers to decide what various goods and services are worth to them personally. Of course as with any payment model it has its shortcomings, and developers have come up with some crafty services, one such service being the excellent Humble Bundle. For the uninitiated, the Humble Bundle is a pay-what-you-want service that bundles top-notch eBooks, music apps and games and the more you pay the more awesome stuff you get.
This week the service is hosting a bundle of excellent indie-Android games and with an average donation of $5.86, its a great opportunity to save a bunch of money and support developers and charity at the same exact time. The games in this bundle include:
Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign ( normally $3.99)
Sleepwalker’s Journey (normally $0.99)
Funky Smugglers (normally $0.99)
And if you donate a more generous amount you get:
Anomaly Warzone Korea ( normally $3.99)
On top of all that the bundle includes wallpapers for every game in the bundle and a 3D Print figure of the Mech from Anomaly 2. Bust out the wallet, do yourself and the Android community a favor and grab some really cool games. When your done with that feel free to thank us in the comments.
Source: Humble Bundle