Verizon HTC One launch bumped to August 15th?


It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.

How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?

source: Droid Life

Clamshell lovers rejoice, image of the Samsung Hennessy (aka Galaxy Folder) leaks


We told you about the Samsung Galaxy Folder a couple of weeks ago. This clamshell Android phone bares the model number SCH-W789, and is also known as the Hennessy. This isn’t the first Samsung clamshell Android phone. They actually offered the SCH-W999 in China a year and half ago. This one is very similar, but with slightly better specs. There will be two screens just like the SCH-W999 and both will be 3.3-inches with a resolution of 480 x 320. It will also have a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. Android 4.1.2 is onboard, which isn’t the latest, but not bad for a phone of this caliber. These specs differ from what we first heard a couple of weeks ago.

It will be available in both China and Korea, most likely in August. China’s Telecom will get the “Luxury Gold” variant. We have no idea how much this one will cost, but the SCH-W999 went for ¥8990 ($1,410) back in December 2011. Not cheap.

source: Blog Of Mobile

Having trouble taking good Photo sphere pictures? Check out Google’s “how to” video


Photo sphere first debuted on Google’s Nexus 4 device and has taken pictures to a whole new level. Problem is, it can be quite tricky to get a clear and good Photo sphere picture. They’re not exactly as quick as taking selfie’s. Thanks to Google, they’ve given us a video giving a clear description on how to take good Photo sphere pictures. Check out the video below after the break!

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Best Android grocery list apps to help you organize shopping trips

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One of the easiest things to do is go to the grocery store to pick up one thing and end up buying several other things without getting what you originally went to the store for. People use their smartphones for just about everything; watching movies, listening to music, reading books, playing games, you name it. There’s a service or app for just about everything you could want your Android device to do, so why not use it to help you keep track of your grocery shopping? This is a list of top shopping list apps that’ll help you stay organized on your next grocery run. Hit the break to get started.

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HP Slatebook x2 launched on HP web site with availability in August


HP has officially launched the HP Slatebook x2 on their web site for U.S. customers. The convertible tablet device is listed as being available in August 2013 with a starting price of $480. The Slatebook x2 is an Android tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard similar to the ASUS Transformer line of devices. The Slatebook x2 is also one of the first devices to hit the market with NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 processor. Read more

Microsoft releases Office Mobile for Android smartphones


Microsoft has released an Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers app to the Google Play store which may benefit some users of the ubiquitous office suite. “May” is the key word as the app can only be used by those with an Office 365 subscription. In case you are not familiar with Microsoft’s Office 365 model, it offers users the ability to use the office suite for a monthly fee of $10, or $100 per year if paid in advance, versus laying out the cash to buy the full office suite. If you have an Office 365 subscription, the app will let you view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Read more

Asphalt 8: Airborne trailer surfaces, show some extremely impressive new gameplay


Asphalt is an extremely popular racing franchise for mobile devices that’s really come close to blurring the lines between console gaming and mobile gaming in its last few iterations. Now that we’ve gotten a look at the trailer for Asphalt 8: Airborne, it’s safe to say that trend is going to continue.

The trailer shows off the stunning graphics that the series is known for, as well as a few new gameplay tricks, including launching your car off of objects on a track and pulling off stunts in the air. Realistic? Probably not. Awesome? Definitely. It’s also coming with a brand new physics engine, 180 events, and 47 cars to test drive. Pretty impressive for a mobile game, right? Also, if you’ve managed to pick up a new Nexus 7, Asphalt 8 is optimized to run on its uber-high-resolution screen. Excited yet? Check out the video below to really get a feel for what they’re adding. Read more

MoDaCo.Switch for Galaxy S 4 passes original funding goal


The MoDaCo.Switch for the HTC One is awesome, there’s no denying that. Seamlessly switching between a carrier skinned ROM and vanilla Android on the fly is a feature that most people would love to have on their phones. Considering it was done on the HTC One, though, it would only be fair to extend that to the Google Play Edition of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, right? If you’re an S 4 owner, your wait is (almost) over. The MoDaCo.Switch developers started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to bring the switch to the S 4, and in less than five days, they hit their £1,000 goal.

There’s still a few days left to go in the campaign, so if you want to chip in a bit extra to get early access to betas as they come available (or a cool T-shirt) you can hit the link below to throw some money at your computer monitor. Who’s excited to get this running on their S 4?

source: Indiegogo

Moto X to include pixel binning for video recording, will combine 4 pixels into 1 perfect pixel


Last week we got a chance to see Motorola’s Clear Pixel technology on the new DROIDs. You can read more about Clear Pixel here, but it’s more a less a way to capture more light, which also improves the speed of the sensor. In contrast HTC’s UltraPixel also captures more light, but it’s achieved at only 4MP, whereas Clear Pixel can achieve similar results with 10MP. We all know that megapixels don’t make the picture better, but when it comes to cropping, it’s much better to have 10MP as opposed to 4MP. The difference seems to lie in the microns. The Galaxy S 4 has 1.1 micrometers pixels, and the HTC One has 2.0 micrometers pixels, which is astounding. The Moto X falls somewhat in the middle at 1.4 micrometers pixels. This allows for more megapixels, but with the same low light performance as the HTC One.

However, pictures is only part of the story as we can expect a very high quality video camera as well. Word is that the Moto X has a special camera module that has x4HD video capture, which bins 4 pixels together to create one perfect pixel. This is basically similar to Nokia’s oversampling technology in which they bin 7 pixels into 1. It can also shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS and be played back in slow motion at 30 FPS. On top of all this, you get 3D audio recording with three different microphones.

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New Chromecast app developed allowing for streaming of local media


As expected, the recently released Chromecast was taken apart, put back together, rooted, hacked, and investigated deeply by tons of developers this past week, as the device became available to the public in limited quantities.

It looks like some good has already come out of it, as Koushik Dutta has already built an application that will allow users to stream local media from their phones straight to their TVs via Chromecast.

He made the announcement yesterday on his G+ page.

Wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.

Also looking at sending music and playlists.

He later reveals that he is looking into working on a desktop application or Chrome extension which will allow for the same streaming of local media, but on the computer.

This definitely makes Chromecast even more useful for a ton of people, however the application cannot yet be distributed to the public because of Google’s policy with its Beta SDK, which states that written permission from Google is required before releasing the app. If Google sends it through to the Play Store, this will be good news for everyone.

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