HTC already has one of the most feature-packed camera suites on the market, but today they are bringing it to new heights with a new camera software suite they’re calling the “Eye Experience”. Among new features include the ability to shoot photos from the front and rear cameras at the same time, an “auto-selfie” feature that takes the photo once the phone is held steady for a couple seconds and voice commands that allow you to start shooting automatically.
After many, many leaks, HTC has finally taken the wraps off of their latest smartphone,. As expected, the major selling features of the brand new HTC Desire Eye are taking great photos and videos, and there’s quite a bit of emphasis on selfies, as expected.
The Desire Eye doesn’t feature the same sleek aluminum design as the HTC One, but instead opts for a plastic unibody frame. The design still looks slick and a little more “premium” than some other devices, but for those of you that loved the aluminum of the One, you might be a little disappointed here. Fortunately, this new design also includes waterproofing, which is a big plus.
Android Wear is still relatively new, but that isn’t stopping developers from adding support to their apps, and the developers of popular sports trainer app Endomondo are no different. Today’s update includes support for Android Wear (and the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S) as well as some new features for the Android app. After updating, Android Wear users can start a workout on their phone and then select the notification on their “Wear” device, or using Voice Activation they can simply say, “Start Endomondo”, or “Start a workout/bike ride/run etc”.
Users of Google’s popular Chromecast will want to update the Chromecast app on their Android or iOS device today as Google has announced a very cool feature for their cheap streaming device. The feature is called Backdrops and allows you to replace the stock images that appear when the stick is idle with photos from a number of sources including Google+ photo albums (personal and public), artwork from galleries and museums via the Google Cultural Institute, images from new sites such as The New York Times and The Guardian (US only) and satellite imagery courtesy of Google Maps. Additionally if you see a photo that piques your interest, simply open the Chromecast app, select “Backdrops” and tap the card for more info. The update is rolling out today, so be sure to take advantage of the new feature now!
Source: Google Chrome Blog
There’s no bundle like a Humble Bundle, and today marks the ninth installment in the Humble Bundle series, and in this writer’s opinion, easily one of the best since the Humble Bundle launched. For those new to the Humble Bundle, its a pay-what-you-want bundle of games with a twist: if you pay more than the average price, a second tier of games is added to the bundle, and as new games are added over the coming weeks, previous buyers will be given access to the new ones.
The latest version of CyanogenMod is available for download right now. It includes a ton of bug fixes as well as support for new devices. Aside from that, there are minor changes with features and animations.
Cyanogen continues to develop its software as they balk at big money from tech giants.
Hit the break to view the changelog.
HERE Maps is here for Android… if you have have a Samsung device. The application is available through the Galaxy App Store and works only with select Galaxy devices approved by Samsung. It does much of what you expect from a maps app, but the offline mode is unique. HERE Maps can continue to utilize turn-by-turn driving or walking without an internet connection. It has more than one hundred maps ready to download for offline use. The web component of HERE Maps is useful, too, because of its ability to plan something and then have the information sent over to the app.
Hit the break for a video and the download link.
A new patent that was filed in Korea reveals some work Samsung has been pursuing in developing new multi-window features for a user interface dubbed Iconic UX. The interface appears to be focused on an interface that provides several windows for apps to utilize. Similar to what Samsung has done with their Touchwiz multi-window function, users would be able to share content between open windows using drag and drop type interactions.
Next month, people in Europe eager to purchase an Android Wear device will have another option. The G Watch R has been listed by a Netherlands retailer to go on sale during the first week of November. The price listed by the retailer is €299 (or about $379 here in the United States). LG has made it clear that the G Watch R would be more expensive than the original G Watch, but a $400 price tag would be a bit much. Of course, converting currency is never a true portrayal of what something will cost.
Microsoft has released a new app, Microsoft Xim, that combines a couple different features for users to enjoy photos as a group experience. Similar to features found on some Android platforms, one person can share a photo on their device to the screen of other users in a group in real time. The benefit of this is that users do not have to try to huddle around a single screen to look at a photo. Microsoft built the app so that only the person sharing an image needs Xim while all others can view the image using a browser. When done with a session, Xim pulls a Snapchat type move and deletes the image after a short period so no storage is consumed.