After months of leak after leak after leak, HTC finally took the wraps off of their latest flagship, the HTC One (M8), today in New York City and London. There wasn’t much left to shock us, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this is an amazing phone. Will it be the phone of the year? I will wait until I spend more time with it until I make that decision, but it certainly is off to a good start.
Spotify has announced a new discount program for students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities to cut the cost for their premium service in half to only $4.99 per month. Existing student subscribers as well as new customers can take advantage of the deal. Students who want to sign up for the program have to submit a copy of a student ID card, a transcript, a tuition receipt or some other type of documentation that proves they are a student at an accredited institution in the U.S. Upon signing up, students are committing to a one year subscription term that can be renewed for two additional cycles for a total of three years. According to Spotify, the offer is for a limited time and while supplies last.
If you are a student and want to jump on this offer from Spotify, hit the source link.
via: The Verge
Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S 5 worldwide starting from April 11, but it seems that the company is working on another variant of the device as well. According to a new leaked information, Samsung is most likely working on a ‘Zoom’ variant of the S5, just like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom which was released last year with a better camera and bulkier body. The leaked information comes in the form of a handwritten notes from a Samsung Poland’s presentation.
However, compared to the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom will have a slimmer and thinner body due to a lens better inserted in its case. The device will come with a 20MP camera, 4.8 inch HD display with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. In addition, it will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and updated version of Samsung TouchWiz.
During the HTC One (M8) launch event today, HTC announced the next version of their UI overlay to Sense 6, which they are calling Sixth Sense. The new HTC One (M8) will come with Sixth Sense straight out of the box. To help support current owners of HTC One devices, including last year’s model along with the HTC One Mini and the HTC One Max, the company will be rolling out Sixth Sense to owners of those devices some time this spring.
HTC also announced during the event their HTC Advantage program, which is their commitment to ensuring their devices receive updates in a timely fashion. This commitment is to roll out major updates to Sense or Android within weeks after they are made official for up to two years after they put a new device on market.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with an octa-core processor and 5.5-inch 720p display, which is set to be launched in the Chinese market tomorrow, March 26, with a price tag of $130. Hearing this news, its competitor, Meizu, has posted the above teaser image of its upcoming handset called the Blue Charm Note which sports an octacore processor as well.
The teaser image reveals the specs of the device as well. It will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display (compared to Redmi Note’s 720p display), octacore MT6592 processor, 8 mega-pixel camera and Flyme 3.0. While the device has a lower camera sensor compared to Redmi Note’s 13 MP camera, the company says that its own camera will take better photos because of the optimizations they made. As for the price, it has been blurred but according to past rumors, the price will lie in 1000 Yuan ($161) range.
Unlike last year when HTC’s release of the HTC One was plagued by delays, the company is ready to push out the new HTC One M8 starting today on a much more aggressive schedule. As expected, the new smartphone will be available from Verizon today, including retail stores, starting at 1:00 pm Eastern time, so people could be out on the streets with the latest from HTC later this afternoon. Depending on your interest, you may want to adjust your schedule for your lunch hour.
If you are not on Verizon or don’t have time to run to a retail location, you can still get the device quickly as the major U.S. and Canadian carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Rogers, Bell, and Telus – are all scheduled to open their online systems at 1:00 pm Eastern time to accept online orders. If you pick next day shipping, it may be possible to have the HTC One M8 in your hand as soon as tomorrow.
Along with the aggressive release via Verizon retail locations, HTC indicates the other carriers should have the devices available before April 10th for most retail customers. They are also rolling out the device to over 230 carriers in 100 countries before the end of April. We’ll keep monitoring the carriers for information on pricing throughout the afternoon.
Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile’s US arm, told CNET today that Sony won’t be using Google’s new Android Wear OS, an Android OS designed specifically for wearable products, for its smartwatch products. He said that they would continue to use their own Android-based platform designed for their smartwatch products.
“We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,” Nookala told CNET in an interview.
Google announced its Android Wear OS designed for wearable products last week, which is heavily based on Google Now voice-recognition technology. LG will be the first to implement the Android Wear OS on its G Watch followed by Motorola’s Moto 360, while Samsung has already opted for its own Tizen OS to be run on the Galaxy Gear 2.
HTC confirmed that they will be releasing a Google Play Edition of their new HTC One in the coming weeks, and the preorder for the device will go up later today. It will be available directly through the Play Store for the not so low price of $699.
The GPE HTC One will feature all of HTC’s new hardware, but you’ll lose all of the Sense 6.0 features in favor Android 4.2.2, obviously. It’ll be interesting to see if the phone will be able to take advantage of the duo-camera setup on the device without Sense, but I guess we’ll know for sure in the next few weeks.
HTC has finally unveiled the most leaked device of the 2014. The successor to their universally praised HTC One looks like it will keep the same name, (no All New One branding anywhere yet) but improves just about everything that the HTC One did.
As far as specs go, you’ll get a premium metal unibody design, a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD3 screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot, a nano-SIM tray, and all the standard WiFi radios, Bluetooth 4.0, etc. The IR blaster is also making a return, as well as HTC Zoe, BoomSound, and all the stuff that made the One stand out last year. The duo-camera system is still present from all of the leaks, and Peter Chou says the cameras will “capture true depth information for your photos.” The third camera on the device will be specifically used for focusing photos, including refocusing an image after you’ve taken it. It’ll keep your photos clear and sharp, something that HTC is very proud of doing. Read more
The highly anticipated OnePlus One will be fully unveiled next month on April 23. The image above was posted by Carl Pei over on the company’s forums. Pei is the Director of OnePlus Global. So yes, this is very official. In the post, Pei reiterates what the OnePlus One will be all about — quality and benefits. The device will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a 3100mAh battery. Inside, you will find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. While maintaining premium build quality, the device will have replaceable rear covers.
Here is the full post by Pei:
We’re almost ready to showcase our baby to the world. On April 23, the OnePlus One will be fully unveiled.
Forget gimmicks and bloat. It’s time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It’s time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it’s the user that benefits.
Thanks for everyone’s patience and support over the last few months. We promise it will be worth it.
Source: OnePlus Forums