Google IO 2016 Coverage

Screenshot from Galaxy S 5 confirms new circular icons


Yesterday, Samsung tweeted a little teaser revealing a new circular icon look for TouchWiz. Not that we needed confirmation from something that was offered by the company itself, but a leaked screenshot from the Galaxy S 5 does just that. As you can clearly see, the image probably comes from China, but is has some of the same icons that were shown in yesterday’s teaser. Hit the break to see the comparison.

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Creator of DashClock releases Muzei, An artistic daily live wallpaper for your enjoyment



One of the things that the app DashClock has been known for is its ability to allow others to take advantage of it. The creator of DashClock, Roman Nurik, looks to do the same with his newly released live wallpaper. Enter Muzei. Russian for museum, the app will showcase a work of art daily as your wallpaper. However rather than be obtrusive the wallpaper will be dimmed and blurred as to not distract you from going about your business. Although, if you’re interested in seeing the actual work of art and information on it, that’s just a double-tap away.

If works of art don’t interest you, you can set the wallpaper to cycle through your photos instead. And this is where the open API comes to play. By keeping it open, developers can use the code to create their own wallpaper sources. Basically this equates to the ability to use other images, for instance, nature, lightning or space related wallpapers to name a few.

We have the Download link and QR code after the break. Also, there is both a gallery and a video for you to check out as well. As you’ll notice, Muzei offers a subtle and classy touch to spruce up your wallpaper. Enjoy!

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Leaked photo of HTC’s “Desire 8” shows off a beautiful mid-range device

HTCDesire8The other day, HTC came out and said that it needed to push out “mid-tier” devices in order to capitalize on a market it has been somewhat absent in. This would then help the struggling company to turn a better profit. With that, a leaked “Desire 8” shows off a pretty classy looking mid-range device. The leak surfaced on the Chinese tech web site, MyDrivers, and was later confirmed by Engadget.

The device will be a dual-SIM phone with a 5.5 inch display. The resolution is unknown at this time. Other specs include a 13 MP Camera (not of the Ultra Pixel variety) and a 5 MP front facing camera. That will come with something called beautification mode. We would expect that the device will come in a plastic housing and will be available in multiple colors. As we can see from the picture, it will have front facing speakers, that not seem to be the standard for HTC devices. What we also see, or don’t see for that matter, are capacitive buttons, suggesting that the device may sport on-screen buttons like the HTC M8.

No word on when this will debut, but the image suggests that March 18 will be the day with Beijing being the place to be. That leaves us with a little over a month to wait.

source: MyDrivers
via: Engadget

Nokia could have more Android phones in the pipeline


We are anticipating that Nokia’s first Android handset, the Nokia X, will be announced at Mobile World Congress, but will that be the only Nokia Android phone? According to Chinese media, Nokia has been testing other phones and might release them in May or June. The source is a company called Artesyn Technologies, which manufactures power conversion and mission critical embedded computing technology solutions for communications, computing, medical and industrial applications. Nokia happens to be one of their customers, so they might have a good idea what is going on behind the scenes.

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Another photo of the HTC M8 leaks, now with less bezel

HTC-M8-LEAK-FRONTYesterday we saw a photo leak of the supposed new generation HTC One. It looked like an elongated HTC One with onscreen buttons. The only issue with the leaked photo is that it shows a design not fit for the One successor. Not only were there thicker bezels, but there was a waste of space in a black bar that housed nothing more than an HTC logo.

Folks across the internet complained, and someone listened. Today we see a leaked photo showing a similar device but with a thinner bezel and no black bar. We can also see that the app tray and notification bars are transparent, giving it a more KitKat feel. Other than that it looks to be very much an HTC phone with on screen buttons.

We have no way of knowing for certain which leak is real or if any of them are. As we edge closer to an official announcements these leaks that are trickling out now will start to flood. Here’s hoping that as that happens we start to see a consensus in leaked photos.

source: HK-Android
via: PocketNow

Google Play Store returning error 403 for some users when downloading an app


If you’ve been receiving an error 403 while downloading or updating apps, you’re not alone. Some users have reported that they are receiving an error 403 whenever they try to download an app from the Play Store.

What does Error 403 exactly mean? A 403 error means that your request was “Forbidden”. This means that your request was sent but the server chose to deny it. Read more

Press images for Verizon’s 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 leak

galaxy note 10.1

Twitter user @evleaks has leaked out the press images for Verizon’s 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1— the tablet, which saw the release of its WiFi version back in October, will feature 3GB of RAM and will come in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions, all of which can support an additional 64 GB of memory via microSD. The screen will be a 2560×1600 Super clear LCD display. Processor is still unknown, but could either be a 1.9 GHz  Octa Core processor or a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, but we’re going with the latter.

Expect official information from Verizon shortly.

Source: @evleaks

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S 5 (SM-G900T) allegedly found in UA profile

samsung-logoThe Samsung SM-G900T, supposedly one of the many variants of the upcoming Galaxy S 5, is real. More specifically, the SM-G900T, the T-Mobile version of the S5, had its User Agent profile  discovered on Samsung Mobile’s website earlier today. The UA profile is incredibly similar to the SM-G900A, which is believed to be AT&T’s S5. The Sprint S5, the SM-G900P, was also found on Samsung Mobile’s website today.

Samsung should announce the next version of their flagship phone at MWC later this month during an “Unpacked” event on February 24.

Source: Samsung Mobile
Via: PhoneArena


User agent profile for Sprint’s Galaxy S 5 appears, sports a 1080p display


The last twenty-four hours have been filled with news regarding the Samsung Galaxy S 5. It started with Samsung potentially teasing user interface changes. Then a closeup of the device’s retail packaging was photographed and shared with the world. The design of the device was leaked. Even a rumor regarding fingerprint scanning on the sides surfaced. But now a user agent profile for the Sprint variant (SM-G900P) has leaked, providing some conflicting information. While the retail packaging suggested a QHD display (2560×1440), the user agent profile cites a 1920x1080p resolution. What this could mean is that there will be two models, as previously reported by an AnTuTu benchmark. The premium model will have the QHD display and the other will feature a display identical to the Galaxy S 4.

What do we know for sure? That the madness has only begun. Samsung’s press conference at Mobile World Congress will take place on February 24 in Barcelona at 20:00 CET (or 8PM EST in the U.S.).

Source: Sprint
Via: Phandroid

[Deal] Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 free on AT&T


In the market for a tablet and not looking to spend a fortune? AT&T has got you covered. From now through March 31, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is free with a new two-year contract. Normally the tablet would cost $299 with a new contract, so you are getting a great deal. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. Inside is 16GB of memory, but Samsung of course offers a microSD card slot to expand that memory. Interested in this deal? Head on over to AT&T’s site through this link.

Source: @ATTDeals