When Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat to the world, one of the benefits they touted was Project Svelte, a concerted effort to minimize the memory footprint to encourage the system’s deployment to older or less powerful hardware. Trying to make Android run easier on more hardware is not the only way Google is trying to reduce fragmentation and in effect “flatten” the world. They are also working on efforts that blur the line between the desktop and mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The latest example is news that Google is poised to enter the beta stage in January 2014 with “Mobile Chrome Apps,” a project to build a toolkit for developers so they can more easily deploy the apps they have built for Chrome on the desktop over on mobile operating platforms like Android and iOS. Read more
Earlier today, we reported that a UK judge ruled in favor of Nokia in a patent argument against HTC, thus banning the HTC One Mini (and now the One Max) from the UK. What we didn’t realize at the time was that judge Richard Arnold divulged some details of the HTC One successor (M8) in his published ruling. In his 45th point, he noted that HTC hasn’t revealed the launch date, but Nokia “has adduced evidence” suggesting it would be launched in February 2014. Hit the break for the full statement…
HTC received some bad news today about their plans to sell the HTC One Mini in the U.K. – they can’t. That word came as part of ruling issued by Judge Richard Arnold in a case between Nokia and HTC involving chips in the HTC devices. Nokia claimed the chips were infringing patents they own. The sales ban will go into effect on December 6th. According to Judge Arnold, the HTC One is also infringing on Nokia’s patents, but he did not institute a sales ban while HTC appeals the ruling due to the “considerable” damage HTC would suffer. Even with that small reprieve, it appears HTC has agreed to stop importing any of their HTC One devices into the U.K. while an appeal is underway. Read more
Android users who may have seen their iOS-owning friends using an app called VSCO Cam for mobile photography can now get in on the action with the release of VSCO Cam to Google Play. Like so many other photography apps on the market, VSCO Cam promises to make your images “stunning” through the use of a variety of preset adjustments and filters that can be applied. If the free adjustments that come with the app are not enough, VSCO offers several more through in-app purchases. Read more
A new Asus tablet just passed through the halls of the FCC, which is able to dual-boot into both Windows 8 and Android 4.4, much like its previously released Transformer Book Trio.
The tablet currently has three model names, M82T, L82T, and R82T— the difference in the variants are unknown to us at this point. The tablet should pack an Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU, which could be either the Z3740 or the Z3770. The battery is 2910mAh, and internal storage should be offered in both 32GB or 64GB.
Just by looking at it, it seems that it could be a 7-inch display, but screen size and resolution were not mentioned.
A Windows-only variant of the device actually has three model numbers, M80T, L80T, R80T, while an Android-only variant also has three model numbers, M81T, L81T, R81T. Again, differences between Windows-only and Android-only model numbers (separately) are unknown to us at this point.
We could see the tablets at CES, but all other information is relatively hidden as of now.
The Vivo Xplay 3S, which is supposed to be the first 2K display phone with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, should be announced on December 12th. It should also pack a Snapdragon 800 processor and massive battery. Performance will be unknown until testers get their hands on the device.
Today, a picture of the five Vivo Xplay 3S’s leaked, each one featuring a different chassis color. This is all rumor for now, but some time next week this should all be confirmed.
Via: Phone Arena
A diamond in the rough tends to pop up on XDA-Developers every week weeks, and this time it’s ddggttff3‘s PwnedCast ROM for the Google Chromecast. The ROM is based on the 13300 stock image, is rooted, and features its own OTA system. It also has a dedicated recovery and a custom kernel. If you have a rooted Chromecast, hit the break to link over to the XDA-Developers post with instructions and more details.
The R1 will be out in late December and promises to give us great night shots according to OPPO’s latest tease. OPPO’s comments are translated below….
Next-generation R1 OPPO smartphone for night shots. New revolutionary sensor for great night shooting, new PI engine to preserve the real colors of the pictures. Glass body, excellent craftsmanship, and beyond the best technology is coming in late December!”
Night shots might be the main feature, but as you can see, they plan on giving us a well crafted device. Add in OIS and LTE, and the R1 might be a winner. Stay tuned.
Back in September, HP announced 4 new tablets for the Holiday season: the Slate7 Extreme, Slate8 Pro, Slate7 HD, and Slate10 HD. All but the Slate7 HD are now available on HP’s website. We’re not sure if the Slate7 HD was cancelled, but they are offering a slightly different Slate7 Plus, which comes with a Tegra 3 processor as opposed to a dual-core Marvell.
The Slate8 Pro is the best of the bunch, priced at $329. It has an 8-inch (1600 x 1200) display along with a quad-core Tegra 4. The Slate10 HD (pictured above) sports a 10-inch (1280 x 800) display along with a dual-core Marvell CPU. It’s priced at $299. The Slate7 Extreme is priced at $199 and has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display along with a Tegra 4. Lastly, the Slate7 Plus is priced at $149 and has a 7-inch (1280 x 800) display along with the already-mentioned dual-core Marvell CPU. Hit the link below to get your order in.
It has already been rumored that Samsung will adopt a metal housing for the upcoming Galaxy S 5, but it appears the rumor is gaining traction. The latest report out of Taiwan names Catcher as the company supplying 10 to 30 million metal housings this month, followed by BYD and Ju Teng.
Of course, there are no guarantees in this business, but I would say chances are pretty darn high that the next Galaxy S phone will be sporting metal.