Thanks to HTC M7, get used to the new term “Ultrapixels”

More HTC M7 news as we close in on HTC’s New York City event next week where the device is expected to officially debut. This bit of news involves the camera technology HTC is incorporating into the M7. Traditionally buyers have become used to assessing the quality of a phone based on the megapixels, with a larger number generally regarded as better. Leaked specifications indicate the M7 will have a 13-megapixel camera, which is not too shabby. However, reports now indicate that HTC will actually use a camera measured in “Ultrapixels.”
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Things still looking down for HTC as revenues projected to tumble 17% in Q1

Last week HTC threw a big party for employees to celebrate the start of a new year. CEO Peter Chou was excited to show off the HTC M7 for those in attendance. The big question that still continues to float out there for everyone is whether Chou’s confidence in HTC and their ability to turn things around in 2013 will materialize on the back of new devices or is it too little too late. The new year got off to a rocky start as HTC released new numbers for their first quarter sales projections, and the numbers are not good. HTC is projecting revenues to slip by as much as 17 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Keep in mind the fourth quarter of 2012 was a terrible one for HTC, coming in as the lowest quarter of profit in eight years for the company. Their net sales of approximately $34.4 million USD represented a stunning drop of 91% compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. The march to improved profitably during 2013 will begin in earnest next week when HTC has slated the likely unveiling of the M7 at an event in New York City.

source: The Next Web

Carbon For Twitter Finally Arrives At The Play Store, It Was Worth The Wait

It was almost a year ago when we thought Carbon For Twitter, not to be confused with Carbon App Sync & Backup, looked very promising. Normally I tend to think if you want to get into the least exciting Android apps then let’s talk about Twitter clients. Carbon surprised me. It doesn’t reinvent Twitter, it just delivers it in a sharp package with smooth animations. Scrolling is nice and quick and it even incorporates two-fingered scrolling to jump to the top or bottom of your feed. It has an easy and clean method for accessing lists, filtering for people and hash tags. The only thing I didn’t see was a widget (for the lock screen or home screen). I’ve been pretty happy with Tweetdeck but it might be time to jump ship.

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Google Publishes New Android 4.2.1 Open Source Code To AOSP

 

It appears that another Jelly Bean build is now on the way folks. Now before you all go thinking this would bring the version at 4.3 or even a 4.2.2— you may want to think again. Google published its Android-4.2.1_r1.1 and Android-4.2.1_r1.2 open source codes  which correspond with the JOP40G and JOP40F Android builds. For now, it appears that the new open source codes bring some very minor bug fixes— but there may be a surprise or two trickled in there somewhere.

You’ll find additional details once you hit the source links.

source: AOSP 1 | AOSP 2

Samsung Shows Off Extended Version Of Its Next Big Thing Super Bowl Commercial

 

We know that most of you Android fanatics out there were no doubt tickled seeing Sammy’s Super Bowl teaser last week— but viewers of the Big Game were treated to an even better version of the ad. In this extended version of the advertisement, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen each take some time to go back and forth about who should be featured in the ad and why they should be featured, while highlighting a typical Samsung device’s noteworthy feature (i.e. being able to take a photo and scribble on the photo with the Galaxy Note II). Of course when given the opportunity, they are each given the chance to pitch their reasoning to a top Samsung exec on what should be featured in the ad— only to realize that the advertisement should feature the world’s greatest basketball player featured as opposed to something with Rogen and Rudd in the ad.

Of course only reading about the funny ad is only half the story— hit the flip to get a good chuckle from the 2:00 min ad.


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New Floating Stickies app supercharges the note taking process

With the increasing power available in modern smartphones, we have started to see manufacturers provide the ability to have multiple “windows” open at once on their devices, emulating the desktop environment. This can be useful for people who do not necessarily want to back out of one application to access another. One area where this can lead to some real benefits for the user is when a quick note needs to be jotted down. Owner’s of smartphones running older versions of Android can join in on the fun now thanks to XDA Developer forum member Mohammad_Adib who create the Floating Stickies note-taking app.
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Access notifications with invisible notification bar on custom ROMs

Android users who are running CyanogenMod 10 or CyanogenMod 10.1, and probably many other custom ROMs, looking to  clean up their device’s display by getting rid of the notification bar now have an option to achieve that goal. Best of all, the solution ensures the user can still swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get access to their notifications. This feat was accomplished by XDA Developers forum member enryea123 through some tweaks to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. According to enryea123, this solution will eliminate the ability to pull down the notification bar from the lockscreen. All of the changes can be undone just by restoring the stock apk files.

The guide that walks you through the process can be accessed on the XDA forums using the source link below.

source: XDA Developers Forum

Xperia T Jelly Bean update rolls out to some devices

Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we saw Sony prepping some Jelly Bean updates for Xperia T devices, and today they’ve officially started rolling out. The update that’s been hitting devices matches what was on the original website, so it looks legit. As of right now, the update is confirmed live in just the Netherlands, but it’s bound to pop up on other parts of the globe. Let us know in the comments if you’re getting your taste of Jelly Bean on your device.

source: Xperia Blog

HTC giving away free Playstation Mobile games to Sense 4+ users

Are you a fan of using Playstation Mobile on your certified HTC device? You’re about to get pretty excited. HTC is giving away free Playstation mobile games to users with devices running Sense 4.0 or above, and Android 4.1. This includes several HTC devices, but unfortunately leaves out AT&T and T-Mobile users that are still waiting on their Jelly Bean update. It’s hard to blame HTC for that, though, as they’ve updated their other versions of many of their devices.

They’re running a different free game every week until the end of February. This is pretty similar to Sony’s giveaway that’s going on right now. All you have to do is set up your account and download away. Happy gaming!

source: HTC

Paramount releases Star Trek Into Darkness app to hype up movie’s release

Paramount has released a Star Trek application for free in the Play Store as a companion app to their new movie. It adds a lot of user engagement to the upcoming movie by offering bonus material for users that go on “scavenger hunts” within the app, some of which involve photographing movie posters or billboards to unlock new content or using sound recognition while watching movie trailers. It’s a pretty cool app that’s definitely one-of-a-kind. If you’re a die-hard Trekkie or just excited for the new movie, hit the source below to download the app.

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