HTC Sense 5 was debuted in the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One, and brings a much updated UI. While HTC hinted at a few phones receiving Sense 5, the Droid DNA was left out. Since it’s a fairly new device, the upgrade will happen at some point, but if you can’t wait, a developer by the username newtoroot has you covered. Porting Sense 5 to the Droid DNA has begun and a ROM is available. Everything is working except MMS and Zoe which is HTC’s new feature that allows you to snap still images and record HD video simultaneously. Read more
Sprint Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 customers will be happy to know that upgrades to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 are gradually rolling out starting today. Over the next few weeks, users will finally get access to exclusive Google features such as Project Butter, Google Now, more in-depth notifications, and an improved home-screen. As with any software upgrade, we recommend your device have a solid charge and you’re using WiFi. You can read the full press release below: Read more
Several Droid 4 owners who opted to try out for test software builds are receiving emails inviting them to try out an early preview of new software for their devices. The emails never explicitly said the update was Jelly Bean, but a thread has popped up in the Motorola forums with a friendly reminder to make sure IMEI numbers are correct on user accounts because the update was, in fact, Jelly Bean. While there’s still no official date for mass rollout, or even a change log for that matter, this is definitely good news for Droid 4 owners. While we know the device is slated for a Jelly Bean update, getting it sooner rather than later would be a nice surprise.
source: Motorola Forums
Update: Due to such a massive demand that overloaded servers, the promotion through Comixology’s Android app has been postponed indefinitely.
Comic book fans can rejoice with a very cool promotion going on until March 13th at 4 AM GMT. By downloading the Comixology app available on Android for both tablets and smartphones, you can get access to 700 Marvel Comics for free. It includes very early issues of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Captain America, and many more. There are many Marvel Now issues from the past several months and comics can also be viewed from a web browser.
Marvel announced the promotion at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas as well as its new subscription service, Marvel Unlimited. The service gives access to over 13,000 comics for $9.99 per month and is currently only available on iOS with an Android app coming soon. What makes Comixology different from Marvel Unlimited is that comics don’t hit the app until six months after publication, and you have to pay so much per comic.
HTC’s President of Global Sales, Jason Mackenzie, sat down for an interview about the HTC One. Let’s just say he had a few slightly unkind words for Samsung and a few other Android OEMs.
It’s no secret that the HTC One X had a very highly praised camera. The pictures were fantastic, and HTC included several different nifty little features for users, such as burst shot and slow motion video capture. Now, though, it seems like every phone you buy has burst shot for pictures and slow motion video camera, and apparently that irks HTC a bit. Read more
Last week, Samsung hit us with their first teaser video for the Galaxy S IV. It didn’t show us a whole heck of a lot, and now we have second one. As the title states, it’s a teaser video, so don’t expect any more. What we can tell you is that, “It will blow you away,” “It’s unreal”, and “totally amazing.” You knew that already didn’t you? Oh, there is one other thing, it’s Jeremy’s favorite color. Hit the break for the full 1 minute and 26 second video.
A Dutch website got a tip with the above image and specs for the upcoming Motorola X phone. The image itself is pretty worthless, but the key is the branding. You can see nXT, which I would assume would be the name of the said device. The automatic assumption is that somehow the “n” is a play on Nexus. Now on to the specs. Let’s start with what is at least believable. According to the tipster, it will come with an edge to edge full HD display and it will have the NVIDIA Tegra 4i chipset. As to the display size, the site says it’s 4.7-inches, but they also refer to it as 5-inches as in this translation: “contain a 5-inch screen is recessed into the casing.”
Now on to the crazy. Motorola has never been known to have good cameras, which is one thing I am hoping will change with Google’s ownership. Supposedly it will have a 16MP rear camera. That seems a little high, but what’s even more crazy, is the notion that it will come with a 5MP front camera. This front camera will also serve as a light sensor and it will track your eye for automatic scrolling of web pages and emails. Sounds a lot like Samsung’s new feature that will be on the Samsung Galaxy S IV.
It’s been a while since we’d heard that Amazon planned on entering the smartphone arena, so it certainly surprised us to hear that Amazon is certainly intent on bringing something soon… very soon. According to the gang at Digitimes:
“The production of Amazon’s much-fanfared smartphone is still under its engineering verification test (EVT) period due to issues related to its mobile platform, the sources indicated, adding that the development of the smartphone is being handled by FIH’s subsidiary Ensky Tech, which has been responsible for the production of Amazon’s e-book readers and tablets.”
So to sum up: Amazon’s supply chain intended to have everything ready within the last quarter or two, but wasn’t quite happy with how the software looked and performed, so it’s putting more time tweaking everything and sorting out any other kinks with the smartphone’s production before releasing the phone to the masses. Once the software is up to par on the level of its Kindle Fire tablets, then we should see everything ready to go by sometime in Q2. That’s probably a good thing too considering it will have all sorts of competition by then
As the big day quickly approaches, the leaks will start a flowin’ more and more. A Chinese forum recently posted a gallery of photos of a mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone. According to the GT-I9502’s AnTuTu benchmark test, this mysterious device a 1.8GHz chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a 13MP camera, a full 1080p display and Jelly Bean 4.2.1 running the show. While the specs almost certainly indicate this is a variant of the Galaxy S IV, the GT-I9502 has one key distinction that is unusual to say the least—- it will utilize dual-SIM technology. So in essence, this could very well be just one of many prototypes that Sammy is testing, but then again… maybe not.
Regardless, it’s just a matter of days before we finally see the anticipated device in person.
source: Sammy Hub
Starting earlier this year, Samsung has been running a series of commercials that follow a mythical company developing a Unicorn Apocalypse game. Samsung fans have consistently called on Samsung to actually produce a Unicorn Apocalypse game. Samsung has delivered with the release today of Unicorn Apocalypse on the Google Play Store. In the game, you play as the lone unicorn that wreaks havoc on humanity. Samsung has provided the unicorn with magic dash powers and rainbow lasers to help in the battle against the Anti Unicorn Force. Read more