Google IO 2017 Coverage

Beautiful Widgets gets updated to version 5.1 to include new widgets, more functionality

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Beautiful widgets has just gotten updated to version 5.1 and gives it even more options and flexibility for users—making the awesome app even better than ever. In addition to having a few new widgets available (such as Barebone for tablets), the developer has finally removed the geolocation option in the widget— finally allowing users to manually enter their desired home location manually. Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of the Lifestyles widget which in conjunction with AccuWeather, helps users to show different ratings in order to help you plan those fun outdoor activities like going out for a run or finally having that long overdue cookout.

There are more neat improvements and new additions to the app, but you’ll need to hit past the break to get an idea of what each are and grab the updated app from the Play Store as well.

HTC One London launch replay now available online

 

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So you’re feeling a little blue because you missed out on the HTC One smartphone announcement yesterday? Well cheer up as the Taiwanese manufacturer has made its entire London announcement available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Once there, you’ll be able to see Peter Chou and Co. offering HTC’s perspective of what the device is and what it means to the brand and of course, consumers. Of course you won’t be able to get all up and close with the device in the video feed, but at least you have our own hands-on to give you a better idea of how the sexy smartphone looks up close.

You can check out the full announcement once you hit past the break.

GoSmart Mobile prepaid service launches nationwide in U.S.

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T-Mobile has launched their new GoSmart Mobile prepaid wireless service brand this month according to a press release they issued as we previously reported. Plans start at only $30 per month for unlimited voice and text or add $5 more per month for 2G web service. An unlimited voice, text, and 3G data plan is available for $45 per month. GoSmart is hoping to tap into customers who may be happy with their device but are looking for something prepaid by offering a Mobile SIM kit that will work with any compatible GSM phone. They also offer GoSmart branded devices, with two options available for under $100.

If you are interested in GoSmart Mobile, head over to their web site at www.GoSmartMobile.com to place an order. GoSmart Mobile indicates they will be available at dealer stores nationwide. Check out the full press release after the break for more details.

Root achieved for Sony Xperia Z before most of world has access to it

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You may not be able to get your hands on a Sony Xperia Z quite yet as it is just starting to trickle out to some international markets, but when you do, instructions are already available for those who want to root their new device before doing anything else. Gaining root access has been accomplished by XDA forum member DoomLoRD using a modified root file he had for a Google Nexus 4. After some modifications, and with the assistance of some other developers, the new file for the Xperia Z is ready. If you hit the source link for access to the necessary files and instructions, you might note that DoomLoRD achieved this remotely as he does not yet have the device himself.

If you do get an Xperia Z and want to go down the root path, keep in mind you are taking some risks in unlocking the bootloader and flashing a new kernel on your device.

source: XDA Developers Forum

LG Optimus F5 and F7 leak ahead of Mobile World Congress

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Yesterday we posted a teaser video for LG’s big presser at Mobile World Congress. The F series was one of those teased as “Freedom” phones, but we already have the leaked press shot of both the F5 (right) and F7 (left). We don’t have any specs to go on, but one thing that I find odd is the different layout for buttons on both phones. Since both of these are within the same series (in this case F), it surprises me that there would be differences like that. It’s one thing to have different processors or display sizes, but button layouts? Odd indeed, but this is LG we’re talking about, so nothing surprises me. I guess we will find out more on February 25th, in Barcelona so stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

Google gives you an idea of what life will be like through Glass [Video]

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Google usually releases some pretty cool videos, but today is especially cool. Today’s video gives you a really good idea of what Project Glass is going to be like for you. We already know what it will look like aesthetically, but other than the skydiving stunt last year, we really never got a good look at what the experience will be like. This 2 minute video features many clips from family activities and events. It shows you how you will interact with Glass with your voice and it also shows you what types of information will be displayed. If you have even the slightest interest in Project Glass, you need to check out the video. I was already excited about Glass, but now I’m even more excited about the possibilities. Hit the break to see the full video.

SwiftKey Flow now out of Beta and part of SwiftKey 4, Promo price of $1.99 to celebrate

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I know a lot of you have been testing the Beta version of SwiftKey Flow, but it’s now available to all as part of the new SwiftKey 4. Now if you’re already a user of SwiftKey Pro, you don’t need to worry about the promo price since it’s a free upgrade to existing users. If you are one of those that hasn’t tried it yet, now is your time to grab it for half the price and get one of their biggest upgrades. I personally love their stock keyboard and I’m not much of a swiping type of guy, but the fact that you get both in one package makes SwiftKey 4 one of the best keyboard replacement apps available for Android.

Nexus 7 sales estimated to be approximately 4.6 million units for 2012

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Just how successful is the Nexus 7? According to mobile analyst Benedict Evans, Google sold between 4.5 and 4.6 million units in 2012. While these numbers are surely impressive for Google, they do lack when compared to the competition. Evans said that Apple sold 10 million iPad mini’s, and although we don’t have an actual estimate, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD “outsold” the Nexus 7 as well. What do you guys think of these numbers? Let us know your feedback in the comments below.

Source: BGR

The HTC One in red doesn’t exist, at least for now

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There was no mention of a Red HTC One at today’s event, but for whatever reason the HTC site showed it as an option, and the image above was taken from their site. We reached out to HTC PR and we’re being told it was a mistake and it has been removed. This doesn’t mean a red version won’t pop up at some point, it just won’t be at launch. I find it crazy that someone would put a red version of the phone on the site if it didn’t exist. So I think it’s something to look forward to, but if you plan on picking up a One phone at the starting gate, your choices will only be silver or black. Maybe we will see it in the summer as an AT&T exclusive.

Source: HTC

 

CyanogenMod adds HDR mode to camera app for all devices

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The crew with CyanogenMod announced the merging of HDR functionality into the CM 10.1 camera app today. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, mode is a process that takes multiple images of a shot and then merges them together to produce a single photo. The technique is useful when a scene contains both bright and dark areas, though it can also be used effectively to add some “pop” to an image.

Mozilla releases Firefox 19, adds built-in PDF viewer

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Firefox for Android has finally received a hefty update from the folks at Mozilla today, bringing massive improvements like a built-in PDF viewer to the third-party browser. The new build, version 19, also brings native support for themes, allowing Android users to customize a large portion of their browsing experience.

While most enhancements have been made to the mobile version, desktop users will also notice a few improvements like speed improvements and lower hardware requirements. Be sure to hit the download link after the break to get in on the action.

UK Site Clove Taking Pre-Orders For The HTC One

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If you loved what you saw in our hands on with the HTC One, the UK site Clove is ready to take your money. Pre-orders for the 32GB One are available for both colors, Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. The phone will set you back £425 (about $658 USD) + VAT. Clove expects to receive the unlocked and SIM-free handsets March 15. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, shipping to the US is £ 16 ($25 USD).

Source: Clove

 

Hands on with the HTC One and the new Sense 5

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All the speculation and rumors can now stop as HTC officially unveiled the new One smartphone in both New York City and London this morning. I can say that it’s one of the best phones ever made with it’s metal construction. It features a 4.7-inch 1080p LCD 3 display at 468ppi, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of storage, 4 UltraPixel camera, and so much more. The biggest part of the announcement was concentrated on the new Sense 5 (on top of Android 4.1), which includes BlinkFeed, Sense Voice, Sense TV, BoomSound, UltraPixels, and Zoe. Just what do these things do? Check out our full hands on video from the New York show highlighting the hardware and the cool new features of Sense 5. HTC is calling this the greatest phone ever made. What do you guys think? Hit the break to check it out.

Canonical officially unveils Ubuntu for tablets

 

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Canonical has lifted the curtain off of Ubuntu for tablets. What separates this OS from others is the ability to change subtle things about the UI depending on the device. Features include new side stage multi-tasking, which allows for simultaneous usage of tablet apps and smartphone apps and full encryption and multi-user logins which have always been at Ubuntu’s core. Paired with Ubuntu’s newest HUD (heads up display), Canonical has released a very clean and elegant UI that is sure to be on many tablets to come.

We already know that Canonical will bring the Ubuntu preview for Nexus phones February 21st, but now it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will get a little taste of the Ubuntu action as well.  Click the break to see the press release along with the debut video showcasing Ubuntu for tablets. 

HTC offers cash back upgrade incentives for customers upgrading to the HTC One smartphone

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Earlier today, HTC officially announced their newest flagship phone, the HTC One. The smartphone features a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a new Sense 5 UI. Now, HTC is offering a $100 cash back incentive for those looking to upgrade their smartphones to the One. If the trade in value of your old smartphone is greater, they will send you the money for the phone. You must head over to HTC’s website and enter an e-mail address to pre-register for the incentive, then purchase a HTC One when it becomes available. After that, HTC is asking that you send in your old smartphone that you’ll be trading in and proof that you’ve purchased the HTC One. It’s that simple. If you’re in the market to upgrade to HTC’s tantalizing new HTC One, head on over to the source and register for your incentive now.

Source: HTC