ZTE teases full-metal body and extremely high-resolution camera for its Nubia X6

ZTE Nubia X6

ZTE is building up hype for its latest flagship device, the Nubia X6, by releasing some vague press renders and camera shots from the device. The press render, as seen above, doesn’t show off the entire device, but from what we can see it looks like the device will sport a metal body. Metal is a fan-favorite choice for premium smartphones (as we’ve seen with the HTC One) so it’s nice to see ZTE putting build quality at the top of the list of features for the X6.

Aside from that small glimpse of the physical phone, there were also some photos leaked that are supposedly from a Nubia X6. We already knew the camera was going to be impressive, but the photos show an extremely megapixel count in their details. Similar to what we’ve seen with Oppo’s Find 7, the X6 photos show the resolution of a 74.6 megapixel camera. Now, the phone may not actually have a 70+ megapixel shooter, but it may have some kind of new camera optics that can take extremely high resolution photos like Oppo’s latest. Read more

Pocket Casts now comes with Chromecast support

Pocket Casts

Users of Pocket Casts who have been wishing that the app would add Chromecast support will be happy to know that their wish as come true. In an update to v4.5, shiftyjelly has finally added support for the Google dongle. As the developer puts it:

“__Finally__!!! Pocket Casts 4.5! Chromecast support! Up Next Playlist which you can re-arrange items in! New Interface that’s sexy, and picks up podcast colours! Soooo Many Enhancements! More Exclamation Marks! Capitals in Odd Places!

One does not simply update an app like Pocket Casts. One has to take the One Codebase to some silly mountain and do so in epic 3-part triloginess. Heck one might even make more movies about a dragon too. But hey, we have hairy feet so we’re as Hobbit as they come.”
As we can see, Chromecast support isn’t the only feature to be added. Pocket Casts comes with a new coat of paint and some visual enhancements on top of a new UI. You can now also re-arrange items in the “Up Next Playlist.”
We have the QR code and download link for you after the break if you’re looking to download the app.

The Moto X is finally coming to Australia


The Moto X has slowing made its way around the world, and the next stop is Australia. Unfortunately there is no Moto Maker option and we don’t know exactly when it will launch. Plus, the price isn’t all that aggressive at $549.

It will be compatible with 4G LTE on Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, but the frequencies of the devices are limited to 800, 1800, and 2600 MHz. That means no niche networks like Optus’ 4G Plus network, which operates on the 2300 MHz frequency.

We do have to ask the question….is it just a little too late for Motorola to make any noise down under?

source: Ausdroid

Google Play Games will have multiplayer support in both Android and iOS


Prior to the start of the Game Developer’s Conference, that starts today and runs through March 21, Google accidentally released a blog post announcing some new features coming to Google Play Games (GPG).

The first aspect that’s new for GPG is the fact that players can send in-game items as gifts to other players. This can be done with people in your Google+ circles, or through a player search aspect. On top of that, GPG will feature 18 new categories that will make it easier for gamers to discover new games.

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Galaxy S 5 camera has a new six-lens optics that Samsung is having trouble producing


It seems that almost every year, with a new generation of the Galaxy S series, there’s always a story involving Samsung and its struggle with keeping up production. First it started with a fire, that all but destroyed the factory that made the printed circuit boards used in the S5. This time around, Samsung appears to be struggling with the six-lense optics on top of the camera sensor.

This new 6-element lense requires fitting into the same camera lens as before. The issue here is the molding of the optics to be precisely centered. As an industry insider put it:

“On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mold technology is necessary.” 

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HTC Desire 816 gets more than 1 million pre-orders…kind of


Today it was announced that HTC‘s new midrange device, the HTC Desire 816, received more than 1 million pre-orders. This news comes after the upcoming Nokia X also reached a similar number of pre-orders.

While that may seem like huge news, there is a rather big catch to it. Pre-ordering the device doesn’t actually commit you to anything. While it is great for generating interest in the device, the number of people who actually buy the device will be far lower than 1 million.

Source: Weibo
Via: GforGames

HTC’s newest technical translation video explains Zoes


HTC’s fourth “technical translation” video explains Zoes. Zoes are a feature that allows your camera to snap up to 20 pictures and a 3 second video at the same time, including images occurring one second before you even press the shutter. After the pictures are taken, you can stitch the images together to create a video highlight reel.

Enough words though, check out how it works in the video past the break.

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Video showing HTC Sense 6 leaks, shows a slew of “Motion Launch” gestures


The All New HTC One (or the HTC One 2014) is coming on March 25. While we have gotten plenty of looks at the hardware, the software has remained out of the spotlight… until now. Over on YouTube, someone posted a look at what Sense 6, HTC’s software skin, will look like. The video did not go too far into things; however, we now know that HTC will certainly be utilizing motion gestures.

Like the LG G2, the user can wake the device by double tapping the display. Also, swiping to the left will bring up the widgets panel and swiping to the left activates HTC’s BlinkFeed. Swiping up will bypass the lockscreen (if you do not have a password).

Hit the break for a re-posted version of the video as the original has been pulled. Read more

Phones 4U starts advertising The All New HTC One


The All New HTC One has garnered a lot of attention with all the leaks it has faced recently, and as if we haven’t had enough, an ad poster for the The All New HTC One was placed outside one of the Phones 4U store, a British phone retailer.

The poster displays a pixelated photo of the device with a large banner on it hinting at the announcement date , March 25th. The poster also confirms that the new device might be called “The All New HTC One”.

The only thing that’s left to be known now is of course the pricing and the availability date. Considering the rate of leaks of this device, this information might be leaked soon.

Source: Android Central

Nokia X’s Chinese pre-order total may not have actually been one million


Slow down there, Nokia. Over in China, it was announced that more than one million pre-orders were made for the upcoming Nokia X. But now it looks like that it was all a sham. Reportedly, retailer JD.com in China did not require any money to be laid out when pre-ordering because it was actually a contest being held. Hitting ‘pre-order’ was an entry into the contest; therefore, it looks like the Nokia X was not an automatic pre-release hit in China just yet.

Source: LiveSide
Via: WMPoweruser