Nexus 8 specs revealed

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Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus 8 have been circulating for a while now, but we have some juicy details for you. If these leaked specs are true, this will be the tablet of the year.

The Nexus 8 is codenamed T1, and it’s expected to sport an 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600) display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra chip, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, and optional LTE. How is that for some serious power?


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HTC Gallery app updated to allow users to share Duo Camera photos on the web

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One of the coolest selling points on the HTC One M8 is the Duo Camera setup, which lets users snap photos then apply depth of field focus and other effects after the fact. It’s a fantastic feature that, until now, has been limited to the HTC One M8 and the newer HTC Butterfly J. But thanks to an update to the HTC Gallery app on the Play Store, you’ll now be able to share your photos on the internet and allow others to toy with the photos, including adjusting depth of field focus and other post-processing effect.
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HTC allegedly working with Bose to shrink speakers size for smaller bezels

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There are not many complaints when it comes to the HTC One (M8). It flaunts an aluminum unibody, sharp display, and BoomSound speakers. With that last one, though, comes some disadvantages. The speakers take up a decent amount of space and then HTC’s own logo-stamped bezel gets stacked on top of that. So the biggest issue people have had with the device is its bezels. It seems like HTC has a response by working with an audio expert.

For their next flagship, presumably called the HTC One (M9) for now, the company will work with Bose Corporation in order to make a more efficient set of stereo speakers. In return, the bezels of the device can be reduced and achieve the near edge-to-edge display that so many other hardware manufacturers are working towards. Bose has solely focused on the audio equipment industry, so HTC is outsourcing the work to a company that very well knows what potential solutions are.

Source: @TKTechNews
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung’s U.S. market share grows as LG, Motorola, and HTC all see small dips

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For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.

Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
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T-Mobile keeps going and going in battery tests

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New results are in examining battery life for some leading smartphones across carriers and T-Mobile continues to demonstrate superiority compared to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Some of the results are quite impressive for T-Mobile and overall paint a widely divergent picture when it comes to battery life. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was able to go 10 hours 57 minutes on the T-Mobile network while lasting only 7 hours 30 minutes on Verizon. Similarly, the HTC One (M8) was able to go 10 hours 50 minutes on T-Mobile, but only 8 hours 42 minutes on AT&T.
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July sales for HTC hit five-month low

HTC_One_Max_Back_HTC_Logo_02_TADespite the fact that HTC has hit earning estimates and turned a profit in the second quarter of 2014, sales in July hit a five-month low for the company. HTC reported sales of NT$ 10.6 billion (US $ 353 million) for the month, leading the company to say the figures underline a product transition period.


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The new HTC J Butterfly launched by KDDI

ButterflyKDDIThe all-new HTC J Butterfly — that’s based on the One M8 — is being released in Japan on KDDI and Okinawa Cellular. While it’s based on the 2014 flagship, it comes with a few caveats the all-metal phone doesn’t have. The phone is waterproof so dropping it in the sink or the toilet (if you’re one of those who can’t do their business without phone in hand) won’t cause any issues. However the kicker is, in order for you to have this waterproofing you’re not going to get the BoomSound speakers. However the Taiwanese company is throwing in a JBL in-ear headset.


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HTC holding press event on August 19, likely a One (M8) with Windows Phone

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Next month in New York City, HTC will be holding press event that could see the introduction of a new product that is a little familiar. The company is expected to announce the One (W8) for Windows on August 19 and a release date is to follow two days later with Verizon being one of the named carriers. The device is rumored to be a One (M8) repackaged with Windows Phone as the operating system rather than Android.

The One (W8) for Windows is rumored to keep all of the goodies that come with HTC’s Android flagship. This means that BoomSound and the Duo Camera are sticking around. And with Windows Phone’s latest update, smart covers are supported; therefore, the Dot View case will presumably make its way to the One (W8) as well. Earlier this month, we did learn that HTC would be bringing its unique case to additional devices and a ‘W8′ was spotted on the list.

Source: Windows Phone Central

Samsung is still the king of smartphones but continues to lose market share

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It’s been quite a party for Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S was introduced, they never looked back as they stream rolled over the competition. Getting to the top is no easy task, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get there than to stay there. Samsung is definitely feeling it as their market share has dropped significantly over the last year. Are consumers starting to get sick of Samsung’s dominance? Or is this just a bump in the road?


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