HTC just debuted two new Desire phones at MWC and with the All New One coming March 25, it looks as if the Taiwanese company has a pretty decent line up on its hands for 2014. HTC looks to be adding to that as a successor to the HTC Butterfly S. A device that’s coded named “GLU2” surfaced with radios for CDMA2000 and appears to be built for the Japanese carrier KDDI. Other than that, it looks to be packing similar specs (still rumored so it could change) to the M8.
It will pack a full 5.2-inch HD display made by SHARP, a Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3GHz clock speed, 2 GB of RAM, either 16 or 32 GB of storage with a microSD slot, 5MP UltraPixel dual-camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. Android 4.4.X with Sense 6 is rumored to be on-board as well.
No word on pricing or timing, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know more.
Modular smartphones could be the next big thing in mobile thanks to Google’s Project Ara. What seemed like just a concept a few months ago, appears to be closer to reality now that Google has scheduled its first Project Ara Developer Conference. The big question is how much will it cost?
According to Google’s Paul Eremenko, the goal is $50. However, don’t get too excited just yet. As you know, Project Ara, is a modular smartphone, which means you will buy a bunch of parts to customize it the way you want. At $50, that would probably only include the actual frame of the phone, a screen, and a Wi-Fi radio. This would be called the “grayphone.” Then it will be up to you to buy other components such as the display, the CPU, the camera module, and so on.
Goophone is known for creating clones of well known devices, and over the years they have come up with a number of these clones. In recent times they have become well known for creating device clones in a matter of a couple days. That’s the case with their new Galaxy S5 clone, the Goophone S5.
While the Goophone S5 isn’t available to purchase just yet, it might come out even quicker than the Galaxy S5 itself. The visuals of the device are almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S5, but under the hood it’s a bit of a different story. The Goophone S5 will feature a 1080p HD display, a 13MP rear facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera. It will also boast a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, out of the box the device will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
As for the price of the Goophone S5, it will be far cheaper than the Galaxy S5, coming in at only $299.99.
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Asus releases wireless and wired docks for Nexus 7 2013
Google Now Launcher now available in the Play Store
RealPlayer Cloud, dubbed “Dropbox for videos,” is now available in the Play Store
MLB.com At Bat app updated, includes two new features
AT&T has put a few more markets under their LTE umbrella, adding to their growing list of cities covered by their speedy 4G network. They didn’t add any huge new cities to the list, but hey, more coverage is never a bad thing. A total of 12 new markets got the green light, including the following markets below:
- Defiance & Bellefontaine, Ohio
- Greenwood & Seneca, South Carolina
- Lumberton, North Carolina
- Deridder, Louisiana
- Lebanon, Missouri
- Gainsville, Texas
- Anderson, Indiana
- Midland, Michigan
- Claremont, New Hampshire
- Bismark, North Dakota
RealNetworks’ RealPlayer Cloud service has gone live and the app is now available over in the Google Play Store. Formerly known as just RealPlayer, RealPlayer Cloud will allow users to store and play videos from — you guessed it — the cloud. The company says it already has more than 500,000 users in the United States and Canada combined. And aside from being able to use RealPlayer Cloud with televisions and web browsers, Chromecast support is included.
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Boeing, the company that primarily makes fighter jets and all kinds of airplanes and aviation equipment, is stepping into the Android smartphone market with the Boeing Black. What makes the Black stand out in the crowd is its laser-focus on security; the device features top of the line security software and hardware based on Boeing’s own PureSecure architecture. The device is going to be aimed squarely at government agencies who need that type of insane security on a device.
If the ridiculous encryption and secure elements in the phone weren’t enough for you, the Black solidifies itself as the most secure phone ever with a self-destruct feature. If you try to physically break open the phone, the sensors will detect the tampering and quickly erase all information on the phone, James Bond style. Read more
HTC isn’t the only company getting a kick out of taking shots at Samsung. Above, you are looking at a teaser that Oppo is using to hype its upcoming Find 7 handset. On the left is probably a shadowed corner of the Find 7 that resembles the number itself. On the right is Samsung’s Galaxy S logo tilted to represent the number five which is for this year’s Galaxy S 5.
Hit the break for a video and another teaser image from Oppo. Read more
Android’s Google+ app is seeing a big update today that adds in a few new features, all focused on photo editing. It’s a gradual update that will slowly roll out to devices over the next week or so.
One of the new features is a non-destructive editing mode, which now lets users continue editing photos on a device other than the original device that started the editing. A full resolution can be backed up on a desktop, touched up on a tablet, then finished up on a smartphone, and all of the changes can be completely reverted at any time. Before now, if you began editing a photo on a phone, you wouldn’t be able to get the original photo back if you finished editing the photo on a different device like a laptop or tablet. On top of the editing feature is a whole new set of filters and creative tools that borrow heavily from Snapseed. Read more
Despite selling Motorola to Lenovo, Google decided to keep the Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) department and Project Ara in Mountain View. Today, Google has announced that the inaugural Ara Developers’ Conference will be held on April 15-16. The focus of this first event will be the Ara Developers’ Module Kit since it will enable developers to create components compatible with Project Ara. With Google now holding a conference for Project Ara, it looks like it is starting to gain even more steam.
Hit the break for an update video from Phonebloks. Read more