Project Ara showcases its current look

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Project Ara is still in its development stage, but a prototype is expected to be completed by the end of this month. The team has recently provided an inside look at where its progress stands. And now it has given The Verge a look at what Project Ara may end up looking like when complete. The images show a modular phone along with some shots of components connected, such as a display and a front facing camera.

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How to setup and use Sense TV on the HTC One (M8)

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Just like last year’s HTC One (M7), this year’s One (M8) sports an IR blaster. It’s part of the power button, so you might not even notice it’s there. This makes your One (M8) a very convenient remote control for your home theater system. It can control your TV, cable/satellite box, and an AVR receiver. You can even configure different rooms so when you’re laying in bed, just use your phone to change the channels.

In order to do all of this, HTC has provided their own Sense TV app. Not only does Sense TV assist you in configuring all your equipment, but it also serves as your TV guide. It will tell you what’s on TV now with nice cover art and even recommend shows to you based on your interests. Just tap on a show and your cable or satellite box will magically tune to the appropriate channel, or you can simply get more information about the show or movie.

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Xiaomi teases their first tablet

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Today Xiaomi started teasing a new device to be released on April 23rd. The device hints at the company’s first tablet, which looks set to have a similar design as the Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

Xiaomi is a relatively new company, but has been climbing the ladder pretty quickly. In fact, just last year they appointed former Google Android project VP Hugo Barra.

There’s no info regarding the specs of the device just yet, but that should be released in the next few days.

Source: Weibo
Via: Pocket Droid

LG L65 joins the L Series III as another mid-range smartphone

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The LG L65 that leaked recently is now official. The 4.3-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 800×480 and the design language stays true to the other L Series III devices. Under the hood, paired with 1GB of RAM, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. The camera on the back has 5MP and the front has 0.3MP. The microSD card slot expands the storage by 32GB since there is only 4GB built-in. Powering this little guy is a 2100mAh battery.

The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is ready for sale in Russia for RUB 7,490 (or roughly $210 in USD).

Source: LG (Russian)

Google to launch $100K developers’ challenge for Project Ara

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As Google continues their march toward release of the modular Project Ara smartphone, one of the things they will need to make the device successful are apps, especially those that are unique to the modular platform. At the second day of their Project Ara developers’ conference, they have announced a developers’ challenge that will launch in May and run through September with a $100,000 prize. Read more

MetroPCS has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 online and in-store starting today

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Here is an intriguing option for MetroPCS customers. Today, the carrier has announced it will begin selling the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The device does carry a rather hefty price tag, though, when buying through MetroPCS. To go with plans starting at $40, MetroPCS is selling the Galaxy S 5 for $649 plus tax. But then again, it does cost that much just about everywhere else without a two-year contract. Read more

Smartphone cameras to rival DSLRs in 12 to 18 months according to HTC

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Smartphone cameras have certainly gotten better and better over the years, but the thought of rivaling DSLRs seems far away at this point in time. However, we might be closer than you think, according to HTC camera expert, Symon Whitehorn.

Whitehorn recently had an interview with Vodafone and had some very interesting things to say regarding future camera tech. One big step towards this would be the implementation of optical zoom. Manufacturers have wanted to implement this, but more refining is needed. Whitehorn thinks that we will have huge advances in phone optics in the next 12 to 18 months.

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HTC hires former marketing head at Samsung to be an adviser

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Poaching is something very common in the mobile industry. A company comes along and plucks an executive out of another company to work for them. It happened to Android’s VP of product development, Hugo Barra, when Xiaomi swooped in and stole him from Google. Now, it looks like HTC is doing the poaching to Android’s biggest force.

HTC has hired Paul Golden, Samsung’s former head of marketing. His role will be as an adviser to Cher Wang, the chairman. Golden will not be a full-time employee just yet. For now, he is being contracted for three months of work. What marketing can be done in three months is beyond me, but that is why it is likely Golden’s stay gets extended for a longer period of time.

Source: Bloomberg

Google, NASA test Project Tango equipped SPHERES in Zero G

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Although just recently surfacing publicly, Google has been working on their Project Tango smartphones for a while now. Not all of that research and development on the 3D world sensing phone was confined to the Google campus though. Turns out Google has been working with the NASA Ames Research Center to integrate the Project Tango technology onto a robotic platform called SPHERES. The SPHERES platform is intended to be a zero-gravity autonomous unit. Read more

Motorola to introduce new ultra-thin smartphone very soon

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The Moto G (pictured above) is Motorola’s best selling smartphone, but they have something else up their sleeve. A new phone has been approved by Brazilian authorities and is only 6.2mm thick. It will will also feature a 4.3-inch (unknown resolution) display, an unknown 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5MP rear camera, 1900mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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