Huawei made a statement on Sunday saying that they would condemn the NSA for snooping if reports of the agency doing so proved to be true. According to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA may have been monitoring executives at Huawei and their communications.
According to the New York Times, a goal of one of the NSA operations, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to find connections between Huawei and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Apparently the NSA also wanted to exploit Huawei’s technology and use telephone networks that Huawei sold to conduct surveillance.
We are only two days away from the unveiling of the All New HTC One (M8) so why not another thorough hands on video review? I have good news and bad news. First, the good news, this video is much better than previous ones. The bad news is that it’s in German, and Google’s closed caption translator isn’t all that effective. Still, you can get a pretty good idea of the new Sense 6.0 and some of the new Duo Camera features.
The video is a total of 14:02, but the camera section is pretty thorough and starts at about 5:30. The reviewer says the main lens is 4.1 UltraPixel and the secondary lens is 2MP. This contradicts with an earlier report indicating at least one lens is 16MP. As expected, the front-facing camera comes in at 5MP. The review does show how you can re-focus images in certain spots, and he even shows a tilting 3D effect, which I still don’t get.
Just when you thought everything was ‘smart,’ a company announces something new. This time around is LG with the all new Smart Lamp light bulb. The light bulb will connect to your Android device as long as it is running at least Android 4.3 or iOS 6 devices. LG says the Smart Lamp light bulbs will run for ten years if they remain on for around five hours per day.
So what do the light bulbs actually do? There is a security mode to turn on when you are not home in order to imitate someone actually being present. Also, unsurprisingly, the bulbs can enter a mode that matches the songs streaming from your Android device. And when someone calls, the light bulbs will let you know courtesy of some flashes. When available, LG’s Smart Lamp ligh bulbs will retail for around $32 in the United States (or 35,000 won in South Korea).
There was a report that the All New HTC One (M8) would be available in the UK right after HTC’s official unveiling this Tuesday. Of course everyone in the U.S. wanted to know where the love is, and we have an answer. A very “trusted source” has confirmed that Verizon Wireless, yup that’s right, Big Red, will offer the phone this Tuesday, March 25, at 1:00pm which is right after the unveiling. I guess that marketing poster we saw a couple of days was real.
For those of you on AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, your day will come, but it won’t be for another two weeks. Earlier reports indicated the global launch for that exact timeframe, so it looks that rumor will hold.
By far the biggest story of the week had to be Google unveiling Android Wear, a modified version of Android for wearables. Shortly after, LG and Motorola announced upcoming smartwatches, but Motorola clearly stole the thunder. It can’t come out soon enough. Sick of reading about all the leaks of the All New HTC One? Well the unveiling is finally here. We will finally get our paws on it this Tuesday, and who knows, it just might be available for purchase the very same day. The Game Developers Conference was this week and Google announced Google Play Games will place nicely with iOS. Speaking of iOS, could iTunes come to Android? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.
Premium headphones from Samsung leak, prices from $149 to $349
Apps – New
[New Chromecast App] Cast Store for Chromecast is a storefront… just for Chromecast apps
Galaxy S 5 Experience app lets you preview the upcoming flagship
Link Bubble offers chat heads for links
T-Mobile customers, get ready for an incoming smartphone from Sony. The Xperia T2 Ultra has passed through the FCC, meaning that the device’s release on the United States’ Un-carrier is imminent. The model number for this device is D5316 and generally an XXX16 model number is left for T-Mobile.
Via: Xperia Blog
Last month word came out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would join other devices in the manufacturers portfolio as a recipient of Android KitKat. However, no information was available regarding a projected date for the update to be available. A new entry on GFXBench suggests the manufacturer could be quite close to having the update ready.
The entry on GFXBench is for a version of the Galaxy Note 2 used by South Korean carriers. It lists Android 4.4.2 as one of the operating systems for the devices. This suggests Samsung has entered the testing phase with the updated operating system, at least for devices intended for their home market. Updates for international versions of the Galaxy Note 2 are probably close behind, although U.S. carrier customers will likely have to wait even longer for their devices to get KitKat.
via: G for Games
Google Glass Explorers in the San Francisco area will be glad to know that not every bar is seeking to ban the technological gizmo. In fact, the Stanford Court hotel in the Nob Hill area is offering a special deal for Glass owners who come in for a drink. Just come on up to the bar and get your first drink on the house if you are wearing your Glass device. Read more
A while ago we heard that Motorola was working on a 6.3-inch phablet to be released in 2014. That information was released way back in October, just after the Moto X was first released. Well we haven’t heard anything about the so-called Xplay since then. Until now, that is.
According to the source that first leaked the Moto X and Moto G, the 6-inch phablet is now set to be released in Q3 (between July and September) of this year. While this source does say a Motorola phablet will be released at this time, we don’t yet know if this is the Xplay, or if it’s even 6.3 inches anymore.
More information about the device should be released within the coming months.
The Nokia X is the first Android powered handset by Nokia which generated quite a buzz. It was recently reported that the pre-orders of the handset reached 1 million in China in just four days, although we later found out that no payment was actually required to pre-order, it was more of a registration to be eligible to enter the contest.