There was a time when T9 dictionaries were all that we wanted to use on our smartphones. But with modern day handsets, we’ve quickly transitioned into standard sized QWERTY/AZERTY keyboards. But a new homescreen launcher app called T9 Launcher promises to bring back some memories.
XDA member wutk3ksHD has brought a new app to the Play Store called Tiny Apps which lets you take multitasking on your Android device to the next level. The app essentially offers users 12 apps or widgets which will float on your homescreen, thus giving you access to them at any given time.
Flickr has been sharing some data they have been mining for the past couple years on camera ownership as reported by users who upload images to their site. The data shows a big turnaround that started in mid-2014 to increasing use of the site by owners of Android devices. Although Apple devices dominate the top 10 listing of mobile cameras and images from Apple devices comprised about 60 percent of images for much of the time period covered, starting in mid-2014 a definite shift occurred to favor Android cameras.
We’ve seen so many “smart gadgets” as part of the Internet of things movement, but most of them have worked as dedicated ecosystems and haven’t been compatible with one another.
But Logitech thinks it has an answer, and it’s in the form of an API.
The Harmony API creates a vision where a consumer is watching a movie on his or her Samsung flatscreen via Apple TV and the Philips Huelights in the living room dim to the appropriate level.
Logitech says the programming tool will give developers access to over 270,000 smart devices, allowing the kind of expansive control we haven’t gotten from other smart home solutions.
We’ll have to wait a bit before products become fully integrated and the API is fully developed, but this is a promising start.
OnePlus has just teased the arrival of a new basket weave pattern back cover for the OnePlus One smartphone. These covers which are also known as StyleSwap covers were made available in a Bamboo pattern initially, only to be stopped before hitting global markets citing lack of manufacturing prowess.
T-Mobile has continued to offer competitive deals to prepaid customers, luring them away from other carriers. Today, the company unveiled a “Simply Prepaid” program that is sure to keep the trend going.
The plan offers unlimited talk and text, and as much 4G LTE data as you’re willing to pay for, with plans starting as low as $40/month:
- $40 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 1GB of 4G LTE
- $50 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 3GB of 4G LTE
- $60 / month for unlimited data, talk and text + up to 5GB of 4G LTE
Those on the plan will also be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling at no extra charge. Hit the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.
On top of the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, Xiaomi also announced the Mi Box mini, which is an “impossibly small set-up box” that runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and can stream 1080p video easily.
What do I mean by small? It’s a small cube that plugs directly into your outlet. It’s 1/4 the size of the original Mi Box, which means you can easily carry it in your pocket. As far as specs go, it sports a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4, and support for both Dolby Digital Plus and DTS 2.0. It also comes with a Bluetooth remote control.
The “next big thing” from Samsung, presumably the Galaxy S6 flagship, will not feature the usual upgraded Qualcomm (Snapdragon 810, in this case) chip.
Samsung will be using its self-produced Exynos-series chip in the device, because of concerns that the Snapdragon 810 has overheating problems.
As expected, Xiaomi made some announcements today. the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are both smartphones with larger displays.
Both phones sport metal sides with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 at the front and back. There is a 2.5D curve for the front display that they refer to as gentle. The back sports a more pronounced curve, at 3D. The Mi Note Pro differs in that the display is QHD vs FHD and has more power. Both phones come it at only 6.95 mm thick. Hit the break for the full specs for both devices.
Lightroom mobile has been available on iOS since last June, and now Adobe has finally made it available for Android phones. Lightroom is one of the most powerful photo editing tools for photographers, and the mobile version has most of the familiar desktop tools and presets, including non-destructive processing using Smart Previews.
It’s part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which means that you will have access to all your images in the cloud from your phone, and any changes that you make will be synced so that you can continue where you left off with a Mac or Windows computer.