Everyone is jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, so it was not a big surprise when we learned HTC had plans to enter the market. Despite working with Microsoft in the past on a wearable device, new details indicate HTC is planning to produce an Android powered device that will include camera hardware. This news came from Chairwoman Cher Wang during a town hall style meeting where she was trying to rally the troops. According to sources, HTC will not have a device ready until the second half of 2014. This will make HTC one of the later entrants into the market, although analysts anticipate wearable devices will blossom into a $19 billion industry by 2018 so there should be plenty of room for HTC to capitalize on the opportunity. Analysts and traders seem to think the move will be a good one for HTC as their stock rose by 6.9 percent on the Taipei market.
We anticipate more details about possible price points, marketing strategies, functions of the device, and hardware specs will continue to slowly reveal themselves over the coming months.
I don’t remember a more anticipated app since Instagram hit the Android scene last year. BlackBerry Messenger has been promised for a long time, and many wondered if it would ever arrive, but it’s here. I know not everyone can get their hands on it just yet, and at the same time, many of you are new to BBM. That’s why BlackBerry released six instructional videos to get you started. You will learn how to add a contact by PIN, share pictures & more, get updates from your contacts, start multiple person chats, know when your messages have been delivered, and create & manage groups. So hit the break to seem them all and get more comfortable with BBM.
In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been slowly but surely reworking its Maps products into something that both Google and businesses can better monetize. Today Google announced another step in that process will the release of what they describe as a “professional mapping tool,” Google Maps Engine Pro. The primary piece of this new service is the ability to import data from a variety of sources and geolocate that data on a map. Google thinks this will make the creation of maps using their tools as easy as creating a word processing document or a spreadsheet. Businesses can capitalize on this new tool by building information tools to help internal decision-makers or creating tools that face their customers. Read more
Last week we showed a few leaks of the new Play Store app, version 4.4.21, which features a new slide-out navigation menu. As a refresher, the slide-out menu will have the following options: Store home, My apps, My wishlist, and Redeem, in addition to “Shop” at certain times. Today, Android Police has the update for us to download. There’s no card based layout as we originally thought this update might bring, as the slide-out menu seems to be the only addition in this update.
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source: Android Police
About a week ago, we saw evidence for a refreshed version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Today, we’ve got another leak in the form of an AnTuTu benchmark that’s in line with what we’ve heard previously; a bumped up 2.5 GHz clock speed, slightly faster Adreno 420 GPU, and the same APQ8084 model number. No word on if Qualcomm will market this is an upgraded Snapdragon 800 processor or as something completely different (Snapdragon 1000?) but I’m sure we’ll hear about it before any official announcement.
This is probably one of the first of many leaks we’ll see about this processor before Qualcomm makes anything official, but since we haven’t seen any mention of this processor powering any holiday devices, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see it until next year.
source: My Drivers
In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.
Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.
If you frequent XDA, you may have heard of Switchr. It just hit the Play Store, and as the developer Mohammad Adib says, it’s a “well polished, feature packed and simple, yet practical application that allows switching between running tasks with impeccable elegance and flawless perfection.”
Switchr gives you two ways to switch between running apps: Switchr Flow gives you a coverflow animation and Switchr Slide is inspired by Windows 8 swipe gestures. You can grab the app for free, but Mohammad also offers a paid version for $2.00 that allows you to take advantage of all gestures, customize all visual aspects, configure blacklists/whitelists to your liking, show unlimited running tasks, and much more.
Hit the break for a demo video, screenshots, and download links. Let us know what you think.
AT&T is now offering an Android companion app for their U-Verse TV service. Users will be able to watch over 100 live channels on a phone or tablet, plus manage scheduled DVR recordings. You can also browse channel listings to check out what’s going to be on later when you’re home.
Unfortunately, watching and streaming shows isn’t available on all devices because of restrictions with licensing agreements, but if you’re a U-Verse subscriber and have one of the few supported devices, this is an app you should check out. Read more
Blackberry has announced they are “resuming” their rollout of the BBM for Android app. According to a post on their blog, the official app should start to appear in the Google Play store and some Samsung App Stores in the next few hours. Just grabbing the free app from Google Play will not get you where you want to be if you are planning to use BBM for Android as they are deploying it in phases. In order to actually use the app, you have to open it and enter your email address to hold a spot in a virtual line that Blackberry is creating. Once your name hits the top of the list, you’ll be notified that you can start using the app. However, if you had already signed up at BBM.com in the past, you will be able to start using the app right away.
According to Blackberry, about six million people already signed up for information about BBM clients and one million Android users grabbed the unreleased version of BBM in just seven hours when it was briefly available earlier this year. It seems there is certainly some demand for the messaging platform on non-BBM devices despite continued advances by others like Google with their own ecosystems.
Let us know if you are able to get the app and start using the service.