If you made a New Years resolution to get in shape this year, and you’ve managed to stick to it so far, we’ve got a pair of apps that might help you along a bit. The developers of Runtastic Pro, who have also collaborated with Google for some nifty Google Earth features, have released Runtastic companion apps for mountain bikes and road bikes.
Both apps feature specific features to whichever kind of biking you plan on doing, The apps features excellent GPS tracking, live data tracking, and interfacing with popular Runtastic fitness accessories. Both apps also feature a lite version with fewer features, and a paid version that has all the features in each app. If you’re already the exercising type or just looking for something to help you get started, these apps are worth checking out. Hit the break below for the download links.
Earlier today HTC decided to give consumers an extra option to get their hands on a new HTC One device. On their own web site, HTC was offering a special unlocked 32GB version of the HTC One that would work on any GSM network. The price is listed at $575, which is slightly less than the $650 being asked for the Developer Edition which was recently delayed. Unfortunately, HTC is already reporting the device is out of stock with next availability not scheduled for two to four weeks from now.
Last year, HTC promised a unified marketing effort with the One brand, but it didn’t seem to go as planned. They started with the One X, One S, and One V. Then came the One SU, One SV, One VX, several Desire devices, and the Butterfly. Lets not forget variants such as the EVO 4G LTE, the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, and the DROID DNA. Unfortunately 2012, was another bad year for HTC, and they have come back with the same story for 2013, which is to offer a unified marketing effort and one flagship phone. This time around they did indeed unveil “one” phone, appropriately called the HTC One. There are plenty of reviews already published on the HTC One, and you will have a hard time finding anyone who doesn’t think it’s the best phone ever made. I will cut to the chase and tell you that it’s very unlikely that I will disagree with that assessment, especially when you consider the fact that I picked the One X as the best phone for 2012 while everyone and their brother chose the Samsung Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II. Unfortunately being the best doesn’t guarantee success nor does it mean that you should buy it. Sometimes its better for the average person to buy what’s popular rather than what’s considered to be the best. The bottomline is the One is the underdog salivating for your hard earned dollars. Underdogs need to prove their worthiness. In other words, does the HTC One provide enough greatness to break brand loyalty for the average consumer? A year and half ago, it was all about specs for phones, but Samsung and Apple recognized that mainstream consumers don’t buy on specs. They buy on consistency, software features, and a recognized brand. The One X may have achieved the best phone last year in terms of pure hardware, but they failed in all three categories. Will this year be any different? Hit the break to find out.
Cricket has announced today that they will be offering a new family unlimited plan, complete with unlimited text messaging, unlimited calling, and unlimited data, and it’ll only run you $40 per line. What’s the catch, you’re probably asking yourself? The unlimited data is throttled after 1 GB of usage, and you have to opt in to the automatic bill pay. Oh, and it’s strictly for family plans, not individual plans. Still, it’s $10 cheaper than the single-line plan, and Cricket is throwing in a free subscription to Muve Music, so it’s an excellent deal, even with the relatively minor caveats.
You can also go with a $60 plan that offers 2.5 GB of non-throttled data, and a $70 with 5 GB of non-throttled data. Both of these plans also include the mobile hot spot capabilities. If nothing else, it’s good to see some other carriers try to take on the big guys with better value bundles. Hit the break below for the full press release.
Huawei’s latest mid-range device has officially been outed for the masses. The device— identified as the A199— comes jam-packed with the usual allotment of goodies including a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 720p 5-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and an 8MP camera (plus 1.3MP front-facer for good measure). Best of all— Huawei managed to stuff the pieces into a fairly slim package— as the A199 will arrive in a 8.9mm package weighing at a mere 160g.
One major item to note is the device’s dual-SIM capabilities— which pretty much implies the device won’t make it Stateside… at least anytime soon. We’ll be sure to provide more launch details which will include the pricing and availability as we hear them.
Could the end of broken displays truly be upon us? It appears that Samsung is certainly working hard behind the scenes for that to be a reality. Early rumors are reporting that with Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone, the manufacturing giant is also planning on bringing a major first to the industry— the world’s first plastic OLED display. Early details highlight this breakthrough display will not only be light in capacity, but will also be of a RGB stripe variety and arrive on the Galaxy Note III in a 5.99-inch display capacity.
Unfortunately, we have yet to see any news about what the exact resolution of this plastic display will arrive in, as well as if Samsung will be able to produce enough display units to meet demand of the Galaxy Note III— but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we get additional details.
Since your phone is always in your pocket, why not use it as a remote control for your home theater system? IR blasters will be on a number of phones this year and the HTC One happens to be “one” of them. But controlling your TV, cable/satellite box, and AV receiver is just part of it. Since your phone has a rather large display, it can also show you programming information and even recommend shows for you to watch based on your interests. Peel has been doing this for a couple of years now, but HTC has implemented something similar that’s simply called HTC TV and is available on the HTC One. All you need to do is tap on the TV icon in your app drawer and spend a couple of minutes setting things up. It really isn’t that hard, but we put together a tutorial and hands on video showing you how it’s done. Skip on past the break to learn how HTC TV will make it so you no longer have to fight for the remote control.
So it’s looking like that supposed “new Samsung design” concept is not going to be such a big deal after all. The gang at SamMobile officially confirmed through its insider that the photo that evleaks recently leaked out is not only inaccurate, but the leak represented in all actuality a Galaxy S 4 developer model. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since Samsung has recently moved towards a more general type of design for its devices which include sleek and rounded corners— not boxy edges.
All of you Samsung purists can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief now.
Well that didn’t take long at all. If you’re looking for a very simple and quick way to unlock and root your AT&T or Sprint HTC One, you can do it now thanks to hasoon2000 over at XDA. He already posted a toolkit for the international version a month ago, so this is very similar. This desktop application will install HTC Drivers, unlock the bootloader, and flash your own recovery. You want to make sure you grab the correct download that matches the carrier version of your phone so hit the appropriate source link below for instructions.
sources: XDA - Sprint version / XDA - AT&T version / XDA – International version
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 might be the most anticipated phone right now, but how would the Gorilla Glass 3 display hold up with a steak knife? Now it’s unlikely you will ever think your GS4 is your dinner, but somehow there is nothing worse than scratching your phone’s display. Is the Galaxy S 4 good enough to throw out your screen protectors? Check out the video after the break and see for yourself. Now all we need is a drop text and our lives will be complete.