One of the greatest features that Facebook has introduced recently has been the floating Chat Heads found in their messenger app. It’s a fantastic notification/multitasking system for chatting and messaging with friends on top of other applications. The developers of Paranoid Android ROM have decided to take that amazing feature and apply it to notifications across the board, whether that’s a text message, email, or any other notification. Instead of having to switch back and forth between apps, PA’s “chat heads” will let you truly multitask regardless of what you’re doing on your phone.
For the Android OS as a whole, this feature is a gigantic step forward. Multitasking has always been a strong suit for Android, but this builds on the multitasking framework in a major way. Hopefully we’ll see this feature hit more devices in the near future.
So you know how I just told you about Google releasing a how-to video showcasing the Glass UI and how it worked? Well it looks like early Glass adopter Dan McLaughlin decided to up the ante. You should know who he is as he brought us a detailed, albeit choppy, unboxing video for the Explorer Edition of Glass when they first debuted. In these two new videos he demonstrates how the UI looks when he interacts with it. You see how he navigates through menus either through touching the side of Glass or by using gestures such as nodding. The voice recognition is pretty impressive as well.
The videos are done via screencast mirroring so while the Google how-to video gave us an insight on how it’d look on the device, these videos show us just how that interacting will work. If you have roughly 12 minutes to kill then hit the break to check out each video. They’re worth the time you’ll take watching them. Enjoy!
With the Explorer Edition of Google Glass gracing the hands of early adopters we’re seeing various news tidbits trickle in. From the specs powering the spectacles to various apps coming to Glass one thing was missing. That missing piece was how the UI would look for the user. Well it’s missing no longer as Google released a 68 second how-to video today showing off that very thing. It demonstrates how you’ll be able to swipe between the various cards it as as well as how to share photos and use specific instances. If you’re interested in checking it out, hit the break below. While we’re still a year or so out on a retail release, the software doesn’t look half bad. What do you all think?
Smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards are a dying breed, especially the ones with portrait keyboards. Despite that, AT&T appears to be planning on releasing the NEC Terrain to the masses, which is a candy bar style phone, complete with an unspecified Android version and a physical keyboard. It’s not exactly a visually appealing device, and there’s no official specs for it, but I could definitely see it as a cheap gateway phone for old Blackberry holdouts. (Believe it or not, they still exist)
We’ll just have to wait for NEC or AT&T to make this device official.
If you’re the tinkering type and you’ve been eyeing the Galaxy S 4 on AT&T, you may want to rethink your options. According to Cyanogenmod founder Steve Kondik, AT&T’s S 4 does indeed have a locked bootloader out of the box. While the locked bootloader doesn’t necessarily mean custom ROMs and kernels won’t come eventually, it’s going to take a little longer than usual. Of course, with the inevitable popularity of the S 4, there’s likely going to be a crazy amount of dev work being done on the device right out of the gate, so an unlocking method will likely come along sooner or later.
I don’t expect this to make a huge impact on S 4 sales on AT&T, but for the modding community, it’s a bit of a let down.
source: Google Plus
Samsung added S Translator and an Optical Reader in the latest version of TouchWiz on the Galaxy S 4. S Translator is essentially a lesser version of Google Translate, and it allows you to get language translations via text or by the spoken word. It translates Brazilian Portuguese, English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish. If you’re in another country, you could literally have a conversation with someone even if they don’t speak the same language as you. S Translate also has predefined phrases for you to use and allows you to favorite some translations that you might use more often for quick access.
The optical reader also serves as a translator by scanning written text on documents. It can also scan QR codes as well as create a new contact based on information from a business card.
Hit the break for a better understanding on how both of these features work and how they may help you in real life situations. Don’t forget to check out our other Galaxy S 4 guides, which cover everything from the latest TouchWiz additions to the camera application.
Ladies and gents— Twitter is officially on the way to Google Glass. Using an official Twitter for Glass app, an excited gentleman took a photo of some nice scenery and uploaded the photo using the Twitter app. While the gentleman had immediately deleted his tweet, a screenshot of the tweet was already saved by some enterprising folks and as you can see above, it clearly labels some interesting information. The most noteworthy thing to note is the “Twitter for Glass” label— which clearly marks the (unofficial) arrival of the app’s testing for Glass.
Naturally Twitter has stayed mum on this minor snafu and won’t give up any details, but now that we know that something is being worked on behind the scenes, it probably won’t be long before we see more of what Twitter for Glass is and its potential for the cool device.
Verizon is looking to bring its customers an enhanced cloud storage solution by introducing its Verizon Cloud app. Also known as a revamped and improved version of its VCast Media Manager, the Verizon Cloud app allows users to choose specific files (think text/MMS messages, images & videos or music, etc.) to be backed-up and synced automatically on Verizon’s unique server. For some added flexibility, Verizon will even allow users of its app to access the files through a traditional PC computer or any other supported smartphone as well. Sweet.
As of now, there are some flexible options for select Verizon customers now. Customers with supported devices have the option of starting out with 500MB of storage for free, though there is the option of moving up to 25GB for $2.99/month, 75GB for $5.99/month and 125GB for $9.99/month. Of course not all Android owners will have the luxury of using the service as of this time as the following devices are supported at this time: Motorola DROID X, DROID X2, DROID 2 Global, HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible, Incredible 2, Samsung DROID Charge, Fascinate, Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2″ and 10.1″, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Verizon confirms that additional devices will see support for the cloud storage solution at a later date.
source: Verizon Wireless
Samsung just announced that they are going into production on their 4 gigabit (Gb) low power data rate 3 (LPDDR3) mobile DRAM. It’s produced at a 20 nanometer (nm) class data node. What does this mean? More speed and less power consumption, not to mention they are a little thinner. As to speed, the 4Gb LPDDR3 can transmit data up to 2,133Mbps as compared to 800Mbps on LPDDR2. You can basically transmit three full HD videos (total of 17GB) in one second over this new chip. You can also expect a savings of about 20% in power consumption.
“By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner.”
Full presser after the break.
The HTC One is one hell of a smartphone— but its premium build and cost may be a bit out of reach for many customers. So with that in mind, HTC is quietly working on a stripped down version the device behind the scenes called the 608t. Design-wise, this mysterious new toy certainly mirrors One features including dual-stereo speakers on the front of the device, as well as a similar button layout. Of course the similarities end there as this Jelly Bean-powered smartphone features “modest” guts including a quad-core chip + 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 960 x 540 (qHD?) display and an 8MP camera. Not too shabby HTC. Not too shabby.
Now for the part that you all want to know— the pricing and availability. While we don’t know the cost as of yet, the leak certainly suggests that this device will at least be headed for Chinese markets in the near-future. For those of us out in the States, there’s no word on if the 608t will ever make it out to our shores, maybe HTC will surprise us and unveil this device in the US at some point sooner than later.
source: Ameblo (Jp)