Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization


When Google released their Camera app on Google Play earlier today for users who have Android 4.4, one of the new features noted was something called Lens Blur. This is a new mode Google has introduced that enables a software based shallow depth of field. One of the main uses of a shallow depth of field is to create a bokeh effect where the primary subject of a photo is in focus while the background is blurred. HTC recently enabled this in their new HTC One (M8) through hardware consisting of a dual camera system. Google’s new Camera app achieves this entirely with software. Read more

Mystery LG device hits AnTuTu Benchmark site


Today a mystery LG device surfaced in AnTuTu’s Benchmark site that bears similar resemblance to the G3, except that it’s resolution is 1080p. This device could very well be the LG Liger (LG-F450). Upon further investigation, the phone has three different model numbers for three different Korean carriers: LG-F450K, LG-F450L and the LG-450S. With the specs of the device almost exactly like the G3’s , could we be seeing maybe a G3 Mini? Or perhaps a cheaper G3? Stay tuned!

source: Phone Arena

LG finally ends rumors and confirms its own mobile processor is in the works


It has been rumored for months now that LG is planning on producing its very own mobile processing chip dubbed as “Odin.” Today LG has finally came forth to end those rumors and confirmed that those reports are indeed true and that they are working with TSMC to make it happen. The SoC will feature LG’s very own ARM-based design with rumors having it at four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.7GHz with the GPU being a PowerVR Series 6.

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Android 4.4 now available for AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active



AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be their next device to receive Android 4.4. The device launched last summer at Android 4.2.2, before it received an update to 4.3 in January. The 4.4 KitKat update brings all of the regular UI, system, and app enhancements.

If you haven’t already received a notification to download the update, head to the Settings icon in the apps menu > Select the More Tab > Tap About Device > Select Software Update > Select Check for Updates and follow on screen instructions.

Source: AT&T Blog


HTC releases duo-camera SDK for developers


HTC has released their SDK for the duo-cameras on the HTC One (M8) for developers to take advantage of. The SDK contains plenty of APIs, libraries, and samples for reference, so it shouldn’t take long for a developer to work that into an app.

To download the SDK, you’ll have to create an HTC Dev account, but after that, it’s free to use. Now that it’s available for everyone, we just have to wait and see how many apps take advantage of the unique features that HTC’s camera offers over the competition.

source: HTC Dev

OnePlus One gets a price tag for different markets



The OnePlus team has been very transparent with the generous amount of information they share about their upcoming One smartphone. Today, just one week before the device gets full unveiled, we have information regarding the pricing of the OnePlus One across the globe. And it looks like OnePlus is pricing the One very aggressively.

In the United Kingdom, the OnePlus One will cost less than £290 while other European retailers will sell it for under €350. And in Hong Kong, it will be under $3,000 HKD. What about the United States? OnePlus will be fighting the Nexus 5 by selling the One for less than $400.

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Google’s Project Ara phones will be available to purchase in January 2015


If you’re waiting to get your hands on a Project Ara device, you’ll only have to wait until January of next year. Google has announced that the customizable devices will be available to purchase in January 2015 through a configuration tool similar to Moto Maker for the Moto X. Project Ara plans to go beyond the simple color tweaking that you could get through Moto Maker, though, and it will allow you to change the components and design of the phone, in addition to different colors and materials. Read more

Chrome Remote Desktop exits beta and can now be used by anyone


Google is giving everyone access to the Chrome Remote Desktop application starting today. It was previously in an invite-only beta, but now the company has released it for the masses. Android devices running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above can run Chrome Remote Desktop.

As the name suggests, Chrome Remote Desktop will allow users to access their computers directly from a smartphone or tablet. Just how responsive a user’s experience will be may vary depending upon the device’s power and the connectivity. Regardless, it is a handy tool to have by your side. To get started, users need both the application available in the Play Store as well as the one found in the Chrome Web Store.

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Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store


Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.

Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.

Hit the break for the full features list, screenshots, and download links.

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