Since Google’s acquisition of YouTube ages ago, it hasn’t seen an insane Google takeover in terms of design and features until relatively recently when Google+ profiles began merging with YouTube usernames. This week, Google is going to be changing things up a bit more as YouTube comments will change from those that are the most “recent” to those that are most “relevant.” We must not forget that Google is a search engine, of course, focusing on high-quality results— this business model has crossed over to nearly all of their products in recent years, and is expected to continue in the future. It has been successful, after all.
So, what does “relevant” mean when you’re talking about a YouTube video? We’re talking about full-on Google+ integration here with your circles. Comments from your Google+ friends will appear at the top of the comments section on videos, so that you can reply, engaging in meaningful conversation with people that you actually know. I’m sure Google looked long and hard at all the terrible things going on in the comments section on videos, including full-fledged arguments, name-calling, and outright stupidity. Rarely have I seen a meaningful and intelligent debate on a YouTube video regarding a serious topic. Maybe (probably not) this will change things.
Well would you look at that! It seems as though HTC has made good on their promise of getting the latest versions of Android to their top-line devices as fast as they can. A leaked version of Android 4.3 for AT&T’s HTC One has appeared, and has been tested by Android Central’s Kevin O’Quinn— so far so good, they let us know. He hasn’t found any bugs, and fluidity is great.
If you want to test it out for yourself, an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery is required to flash it, of course, head on over to the source link.
Hopefully it won’t be long after that other carriers will start to have their own versions nearing release. Of course we’re all thinking Verizon here, but I guess I wouldn’t expect them to have it for a while considering it wasn’t too long ago that they actually started offering the HTC One to customers.
Source: Android Central
Archos’ GamePad 2 has been outed online on a retailer’s website, including press images and specs. The page and its information has since been removed…
The original GamePad’s successor will feature a sexier screen of 1,280 x 800, 7-inch IPS display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, and options for a 8/16 GB model. A microSD slot will also be available. Pricing and availability remains a mystery, so we’ll just have to wait until Archos announces the device officially.
Yesterday we brought news that the T-Mobile Moto X received an update that included enhancements to its rear camera. Owners of the X on other carriers don’t have to feel left out for too long. Motorola Mobility’s VP for Product Management, Punit Soni, posted on his Google + account on Tuesday that the update should be “coming to other carriers soon.”
As a reminder, the T-Mobile update improves the quality of pictures taken, focuses on your subject faster while preventing unnecessary focusing, and quickens the time the phone takes to switch from the back to the front camera. In addition, a few bug fixes were included.
All good things must come to an end— but sometimes, it’s for the better. The Paranoid Android team has announced that they’ll be making some changes in the way that they design/distribute their ROM for Android 4.4 KitKat.
First up is an availability change, with stability in mind. In order to create a highly stable ROM, Paranoid Android (or any developer for that matter) should focus on fewer devices. By now, we all know that all devices are not created equal, and because of that, we’re going to see Paranoid Android’s ROM on higher-end devices that they choose to develop around. This is not to say that their ROM won’t work on your device, but it just won’t be specifically designed for it, and may be less stable than it is intended to be. (Nexus 5 is quite clearly the focus here.)
CyanogenMod’s update to version 10.2 will bring plenty of welcome improvements, and one of them is an updated Privacy Guard app to version 2.0. This app currently allows users to manage app permissions, not only displaying what apps have access to what information, but letting the users control which information they will voluntarily share with their apps.
Privacy Guard 2.0 will integrate “AppOps,” which lets the system remove permissions and return empty data sets when permissions are denied for an app. You will be able to easily switch on/off individual permissions for things such as location, reading contacts, SMS/MMS, etc. A notifications feature has also been added which will let you know when you are using an app that has permissions blocked that it requires to run. It’s definitely a good troubleshooting tool for when your app suddenly doesn’t work anymore after it doesn’t have the ability to use your device’s GPS, for example. The UI has also been changed a bit to make it simpler to navigate the app. It’s definitely a nice addition to CM 10.2 and we’re looking forward to seeing what other goodies are in store from the CM team.
It is widely believed that Samsung will adopt a metal chassis with the Galaxy S 5, and presumably the Note 3. ETNews is reporting that they are being designed under a Project Team called F. The first such device is scheduled for March, which would indicate the Galaxy S 5, followed by the Note 4 later in the year. Of course there will be likely variants of the Galaxy S 5 just like there was with the Galaxy S 4.
A metal housing will be adopted and they will push the camera to 16MP. As to flexible displays, they are saying some of the devices will adopt it, which would make the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4 safe bets.
Next year is going to be very interesting for Samsung as it appears they are adopting the Apple way in that they are redesigning every two years.
As we continue to wait to see what Motorola may be planning as far as a new tablet device, our latest clue comes from their exclusive partner for DROID devices, Verizon, and the @DROIDLanding account on Twitter. Verizon has used the account in the past as a way to build up buzz for forthcoming device releases. Over the course of the past week Verizon has been tweeting using the account, asking fans to submit their #DROIDtheory in response to a video that is linked in the tweet. As an inducement, Verizon is offering those responding a chance to attend their next commercial shoot in October. Read more
With Samsung already making octa-core devices, who is going to be next? The latest comes out of a Greek site called Tech Community. They have a screenshot from a device that is supposedly an HTC One. In the screenshot, under the processor field, you see “Octa-core”. Now some sites are saying this is fake because it just lists “Octa-core” and nothing else, but my DROID DNA has just “quadcore” under the same processor field. You will also notice 3GB under RAM, which would make it the first device from HTC to sport that much RAM.
The first question is what brand processor will this phone have? Samsung is the only company offering an octa-core chip at the moment, and they can’t make enough for themselves, so it’s highly unlikely they would offer any to HTC. Qualcomm isn’t planning on offering an octa-core anytime soon, so who? The only company that could possibly make it would be MediaTek. MediaTek has already announced they will have a true octa-core ready for manufacturers by the end of the year.
As if supply chain troubles are not enough of a challenge for HTC, on Monday a judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission determined HTC has infringed on two Nokia patents. In the preliminary ruling, the judge ruled HTC violated two patents owned by Nokia that relate to signals sent and received by mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The next step in the process is for the full ITC panel to take up the judge’s preliminary ruling and make a final decision sometime in January 2014.
Mark Durrant with Nokia indicated the company “is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents.” The products involved in the case, filed in 2012, include the HTC Amaze 4G, the Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound, and the Sensation 4G. Nokia’s complaint asks the ITC to ban the products from the U.S. market.