Although the HTC One has been hitting the spotlight lately, HTC has not lost sight of upgrading its low to mid-range smartphones for those of us with shallower pockets. Examples of these are the HTC Desire P (pictured above) and Desire Q (pictured below), which are rumored to be just over the horizon. Thanks to leaked images we get a good look at the overall design and specifications.
The Desire P (T326h) will be released in China, and will have:
- A 4.3-inch WVGA display
- Beats Audio Technology
- 8MP rear camera/Front-facing camera (Unknown MP)
- Dual-core 1GHz processor
- MicroSD card support
- Available in Red and White
- Price: ~$365
In answer to Google’s latest decision to drop the Google Reader, Digg has announced their efforts to replace it with a reader of their own. In a recent outline released by Digg, they hint at what their new RSS feed reader design goals will be. According to Digg there are four “key points” behind the basis of the design:
- Keep it simple, stupid (KISS)
- Make it fast (lightning fast!)
- Synchronize across devices (the more, the merrier)
- Make it easy to import from existing Google Reader accounts (key to a successful replacement for sure)
Although Digg gives Google’s product props for being a solid reader, they claim it left some definite “room for meaningful improvement.” They claim the improvements they bring to the antiquated reader will be “clean and flexible…blending easily and intuitively to the needs of different users.” Which is exactly what Google Reader’s followers really need, a new twist on an old classic! Read more
Earlier today we reported on some rumors concerning the Motorola X Phone. Since the news broke, folks have been working to try to verify as much of the information as they could and we now know some of that information was not entirely accurate. The possible release date was the subject of much of the research, with sources indicating the device is on track to be announced at Google I/O. The X Phone should be available for consumers by July. If accurate, this would seem to rule out the presence of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. Earlier reports also appear to have overstated the battery size, with more recent data pointing toward a 3,300 mAh size battery.
We’ll continue to watch to see how many of these rumored specs turn out to be accurate, especially with the rumor mill getting into full gear regarding this forthcoming Motorola smartphone.
François Beaufort has been doing a great job giving us a sneak peek at upcoming features to Google Chrome. They’ve ranged from Google Now notifications on the desktop to the high class Chrome Pixel. Of course these peeks were never official in capacity. Well that’s going to change as Mr. Beaufort took to his Google+ account to announce that Google has snatched him up.
With being hired, it appears that he will be giving us in-depth looks at behind the scenes action and making announcements officially. It’s a brilliant move by Google as it curbs leaks being made and it brings one of the biggest Chrome supporters to the team. It’s bad news for us though as we may see leaks on upcoming features drop to a trickle.
via: The Verge
The Sony Xperia ZL has been available for pre-order on Sony’s US web store for several weeks now, and finally received a price. At $720 for the HSPA+ version and $760 for the LTE version, it’s definitely at the higher end for an unlocked smartphone. As shown in our hands on, the Xperia ZL is no slouch. You can expect a 5-inch 1080p HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and 13 megapixel camera. Maybe Sony thinks the high price is warranted thanks to its sleek design. However, with the upcoming unlocked Galaxy S 4 costing less, the Sony Xperia ZL could be a tough sell.
Source: Sony Store
The original Pac-Man quite simply revolutionized video gaming as we knew it with its insane graphics and incredibly addictive gameplay. So it’s fitting that as part of a special commemoration of the famed game, Namco has placed a special edition of the game called Pac-Man + Tournaments available for free exclusively in the Play Store— not on Apple’s platform as of this time. Here’s Namco’s reasoning for why Android fans get first dibs on this new take on the classic game:
“Android is the biggest OS in terms of installed base today. While PAC-MAN is already very present on iOS, it can benefit from a lot more visibility with Android users. Additionally, Google’s recent initiatives on games have really won us over, and it was a logical step for us to launch this new title first on Google Play.”
The game will come jam-packed with custom goodies as well. In addition to the standard mazes the game will come with, gamers will have the option of obtaining weekly updates containing additional mazes and levels to play. Of course individual gamers will try and beat out the scores of other folks all across the world, allowing for hours and hours of gaming fun. So what are you waiting for…? If you’re a Froyo+ user, hit the break and grab the game today using the Play Store or QR code link.
The Samsung Galaxy Note III will be out later this year and may feature an unbreakable display. According to South Korean news site Asiae, the display will be unbreakable thanks to flexible AMOLED technology, measuring in at 5.9-inches and in full 1080p HD. As far as specs are concerned, we’re still hearing a Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel camera, bigger battery, and Android 4.2.2 onboard. However, with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie being announced at Google I/O, the Galaxy Note III could ship with that. Either way, even if the Note III doesn’t feature an unbreakable display, we’ll be sure to see a better HD display, performance, and many new features that debuted in the Galaxy S 4.
Via: Unwired View
Another day, another Motorola X rumor. Unlike previous rumors claiming the Motorola X will be a series of phones rather than a singular phone, the latest rumor shows specs for a single Motorola X phone. PhoneArena received a tip from an anonymous source stating that the Motorola X phone will have a 4.8-inch display made out of sapphire, which is said to be three times tougher to break than Gorilla Glass. Other specs mentioned are a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU clocking in at 2 GHz and a 4,000 mAh battery. The device is said to also be water resistant with a design that includes a carbon fiber back and rubber bumpers on the corners. Whether or not there is any legitimacy to this rumor remains to be seen, but if they are indeed true, this is sure to be a very impressive smartphone.
HTC certainly has one heck of a smartphone that the world is anticipating, but it’s up to the marketing chief to ensure that the masses recognize not just what the HTC One is, but how HTC as a whole can get its groove back. That’s why its marketing chief Benjamin Ho took some time to answer some of the ever-growing concerns that we here in the Android world are thinking and pondering about. In regards to why the One smartphone is delayed, Ho stresses that “there is some shortage, because the phone’s camera was designed specifically for us, and production cannot be ramped up so quickly”, which confirms what we have heard before.
As far as it goes with its marketing strategy, HTC appears to be pulling no stops either. Ho highlights that HTC has “a lot of innovations but we haven’t been loud enough”. What this will mean is the fact that HTC will be much more bold with its promotions and marketing of its devices and the features of its devices. It certainly didn’t take long for the brand to be bold too, considering it launched a full-fledged attack against Samsung during its flagship announcement which also included a pretty clever “#theNextBigFlop” Twitter campaign.
Looks like HTC is finally moving from being “quietly brilliant” to being boldly brilliant— which may be a good thing of course.
source: Wall Street Journal