A listing on the Taobao retail site for a replacement cover for the HTC 10 appears to have provided the Internet rumor mill with several images of the upcoming HTC flagship. Depending on how accurate and legitimate the listing was, HTC may not have much to reveal in terms of design when they launch the HTC 10 on April 12th during an online event. The Taobao site has taken down the bulk of the listing for now, notably the images, but in true Internet fashion they were already captured and are spreading so you can check them out below. Read more
Over the weekend we saw some images that were supposedly of the Huawei Ascend P8 surface on the Internet. The device that was shown in those images was obscured by a case making it difficult to determine much detail or even verify that the device is the Ascend P8. A new set of leaked images has surfaced, this time for a case that is meant for the Ascend P8, and these images may provide us with a few more clues about what Huawei has planned for their forthcoming smartphone. Read more
If you are hoping to grab a Nexus 9 for $100 less than the regular price thanks to the trade-in deal Best Buy is running you have a new way to spend those savings. The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is now on sale on the Google Play Store site with an indication that it is in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. You will use that $100 credit and then some as the case runs $129. Read more
Two accessories for the Nexus 9 arrived in the Play Store on Friday. Both have to do with protection and usability. The first is the official Nexus 9 Cover that also folds into a stand. It comes in Black, Lime Stone, Coral Amethyst, and Mint Indigo with the polyurethane material. The other options are Black Leather and Natural Leather. It folds in a bunch of different ways for various positions. One of the corners folds, when on the backside of the tablet, to expose the camera and activate it for quick snapping. The official cover costs $39 and Google lists it as “Coming soon.”
Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.
Now, Samsung has released an official statement on the problem. Hit the break for the official word. Read more
LG’s Quick Circle cover is a smart case for the G3 that allows you to interact with your device without actually flipping the cover open. It’s pretty similar to something like Samsung’s S-View covers or HTC’s Dot Case, but from what we can tell, the Quick Circle offers a ton of functionality that you’re not going to find in other cases.
We’ve got a hands on video showing the different clock faces, the quick camera shortcuts, the health and fitness integration, and the quick music player, among other things. Hit the break to see it in action. Read more
Remember that contextually aware lock screen from a few months ago, Cover? The app hasn’t made any waves lately, but that didn’t stop Twitter from scooping up the app and its developers.
Twitter is generally pretty platform agnostic, so it’s interesting that they were willing to acquire a startup that only applies to the Android side of the fence. Of course, there’s always that chance that Twitter only bought Cover for some interesting technology or the developers, especially since Cover plans to stay available in the Play Store for the foreseeable future. Read more
Samsung has combined two popular cover options into one with the release this week of the Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 3. The S-View feature gives users access to their phone’s features without having to actually flip open the cover. Users can access information like the clock and phone status, accept or reject incoming calls, quickly access the camera, open the Action Memo menu and even navigate music. Read more
Contextually aware apps are all the rage these days, but until now, we hadn’t seen a good lock screen that adjusted to what you want, when you need it. Cover for Android might change that. Cover is a lockscreen replacement app that promises to learn when and where you use the apps on your device. This is accomplished through cell towers and WiFi signals, which then gives the app the information needed to display shortcuts to the apps you tend to use where you are, whether it’s home, work, or in transit.
The app tray fits six shortcuts, which also allow you to peek inside the app by sliding to the side. In addition, Cover lets you multitask by jumping between apps using a drawer that slides out from the right hand side, and lets you set a custom ringer volume and wallpaper based on time and location.
If you’re interested, head to the source link and request an invite. You can also check out a promo video for Cover after the break.
We have already heard that Motorola is working on releasing a lower-cost variant of the Moto X, and now we’re finally starting to see some traces of the device. A Sina Weibo user has leaked a photo of what looks like swappable back-covers for a lower-cost Moto X, which means that those looking to get it would not have to go through Moto Maker to get their new phone. Nothing else about the phone was released, except the fact that there may be dual-SIM support. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some hard evidence of the cheaper Moto X…