HTC is supposed to released the HTC Max (codenamed T6) during the 3rd quarter, and we finally have some pictures of it. Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like an HTC One, only bigger. The HTC Max is a phablet if you will, with a 5.9-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. It will also have the latest and greatest form Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 2MP front camera, and 3,300mAh battery. It is also supposed to be 9.4mm thick.
Three variants are being created for China: TD-SCDMA for China Mobile, CDMA for China Telecom, and WCDMA for China Unicom. I would expect to see this one in the states as well, but don’t expect it on all four carriers at the start. With Verizon not even launching the HTC One yet, this could end up being their 4th quarter HTC device.
One more pic after the break.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. By far the biggest news this week has to be the unveiling of the Moto X. It’s was one of the most hyped up phones, but did it deliver? We also saw Chromecast get root, but in a flash, it was taken away. The new Kindle Fire specs leaked, but seriously folks, why would you consider a Kindle Fire when you can grab the new Nexus 7? Google announced the much needed Android Device Manager for tracking and wiping/locking lost devices.
It was definitely a busy week, but things aren’t slowing down anytime soon with the big LG G2 announcement next week. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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Some recent documents have emerged that detail a few slightly invasive things the FBI can do to access Android devices, and it’s some pretty scary stuff. Apparently, in an effort to keep up with criminals and technology, the FBI has developed a few techniques that blur ethical boundaries, including developing software that basically acts like malware to mine data from computers, as well as some technology that would allow them to remotely activate the microphone on a laptop or Android device without user knowledge. PRISM part 2, anyone?
Naturally, no parties involved have publicly said anything about any of these documents or accusations. A former US official did say that these techniques were generally only used in cases related to terrorism or child pornography, so there’s really no reason to think the FBI wants to listen in on your phone calls to make plans with your buddies for the weekend. Still, though, the potential is there, and that’s a pretty scary thought, especially with all the privacy concerns that have been leaking all over the internet every week. Rule of thumb: if you don’t want anyone to find out about it, don’t use your phone to tell others about it. Better safe than sorry, right?
source: Wall Street Journal
When the Google Play Edition devices were announced there was much speculation as to how soon after the Nexus family received an update that they themselves would receive updates. If latest update from Google is any indication the answer is quite quickly. Just a little over a week after Android 4.3 was announced and pushed to the Nexus tree the GPe devices are starting to see the update hit. The download is 150MB and 180MB for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One respectively. The update will bring your device to build JWR66V.
The folks over at AnandTech have done some digging and from what it appears, there are some significant changes with this update. Besides increased icon sizes on widget panels the HTC One now has working IR. The S 4 now has Bluetooth tethering which should make you Google Glass wearers out there happy. Besides that there are a few aesthetic changes with the solid black background in the S4 settings being changed to the vanilla Android 4.x gradient.
So if you have one of these two devices you can check for the update in the Settings > About Phone > System updates section. After you get the update you’ll be able to experience the buttery goodness they remelted into Android 4.3. Enjoy!
We just posted that Google has released their latest version (3.2.25) of Google Play Services. One of the highlights is the implementation of the Android Device Manager, but another cool feature is Photo Sphere Compass Mode. This means that the Photo Sphere viewer can utilize your device’s internal compass, which will allow you to navigate the sphere by moving your device. This is similar to Street View’s Compass Mode.
Once you have the latest Google Play Services installed on your device, you will notice an arrow icon in the lower left corner of the screen. This icon will disappear when you aren’t touching the screen allowing you to move around freely. If you want to download the latest version (3.2.25) of Google Play Services, click here.
source: Android Police
Yesterday Google introduced the Android Device Manager, which provides location tracking and remote wiping/locking of lost or stolen Android devices. It’s not available just yet, but it appears they plan on launching it with the latest Google Play Services update (version 3.2.25). Unfortunately, we still don’t have complete access to the app because Google needs to start the service and launch the actual application. For now, you can only check to turn on or off the Android Device Manager. If you want to grab version 3.2.25 of Google Play Services, we have download links for the apk after the break.
A few days ago we showed you an app that Koushik Dutta created that lets you send video or pictures from your phone or tablet directly to the Chromecast. It’s not something that is available just yet, but he obviously proved that it can be done. Now he has created another app that will send videos or pictures from Dropbox to the Chromecast. He can create a similar app that utilizes Google Drive instead.
Of course all these apps are cool, but the big question is when we can get our hands on them? Koushik said, “Eventually, I’m going to release some open source, free, and paid Play apps. I haven’t decided on what each will be, what they will include, pricing, or anything like that. I’m just playing with various ideas for the time being to gather my thoughts. Prototyping is the most fun part.”
Koushik shows the Dropbox method in a short video. Hit the break to see it.
Just last week we saw a root method surface for the Chromecast, and just like that, Google is closing the door. Google released build 12840 as an over-the-air update a few days ago, and one of the enhancements is to close the root method. Of course, you might not see that as an enhancement if you were looking to root your Chromecast.
Now it might not be all doom and gloom as XDA member tchebb has posted a couple of methods you can try to stop the OTA from hitting your device. The first thing you need to do is check to see if you’re device has been updated. Just open the Chromecast app on your phone or tablet and tap on the specific Chromecast device. The current build number will be listed at the bottom. If your Chromecast didn’t get the update, then hit the break for instructions.
When the Moto X was revealed to the public yesterday, a big complaint was the locked bootloader. Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, is trying to relieve some of that worry, telling us that while the bootloader will be locked initially, it will eventually be unlockable using Motorola’s tools, down the road.
Soni says Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Rogers Moto X users will have the ability to unlock their bootloader. Verizon and AT&T are left off the list, but that may be because a Google Play Edition Moto X will be available for those carriers.
Source: Phone Arena