Android devices using Google Play Services will now use ‘Powered by Android’ branding

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In a very smart move, Google is mandating that Android manufacturers use “Powered by Android” branding on their devices. The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S 5 are the first devices to do this. This “Powered by Android” branding will appear during the boot sequence in both phones, and we suspect all future Android phones. At least the ones that use Google Play Services.

I’m surprised Google didn’t mandate this from the very beginning. If you think about it, with all the manufacturer custom UIs such as TouchWiz and Sense, mainstream consumers have no idea that their own phone is running Android. Most people probably think these manufacturers are using their own proprietary software much like Apple is with iOS. Well in a way, they are, but at least they will know there are other options out there, even though the experience might not be identical.

source: Geek

Not so stealthy ad reveals potential HTC One (M8) in Stealth Black and Stealth Red

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When HTC announced the HTC One (M8) earlier this week, the only colors available initially were Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver. There are many buyers of smartphones who look for devices with a little more pop and want other colors. HTC seems to be preparing to respond to these demands with at least two new colors – Stealth Red and Stealth Black. These colors were discovered after users performed some searches on Google and discovered ads for these variants showing up at the top of the search results.

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HTC releases Dot View app to Google Play

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Since releasing the HTC One (M8) the company has been on a bit of roll with releasing core services to Google Play. They have already announced the availability of BlinkFeed and Zoe in Google Play now or coming up soon. The big question for many is what other devices, even from other manufacturers, will HTC make these apps available to run on. One app that probably won’t have any application outside of HTC devices is the software powering the Dot View cases introduced this week. Nevertheless, HTC is now making HTC Dot View available for install through Google Play. » Read the rest

T-Mobile to offer HTC One (M8) on April 11

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If you’re a T-Mobile customer and the HTC One (M8) is your next phone, you will have to wait until April 11. They will offer it both online and at retail stores, and it won’t cost you a dime up front. T-Mobile will offer it for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.50 while utilizing their Simple Choice Plan. That comes to a total of $636. Who is going to grab one?

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Developer edition of all new HTC One (M8) to be offered in Amber Gold or Gunmetal Grey

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HTC will be releasing 4 versions of the all new HTC One - the normal carrier locked version, a Google Play Edition, an unlocked version, and a Developer Edition. You can get the Google Play Edition from Google Play now, with an estimated shipping date of 2-3 weeks. The Developer Edition is now available directly from the HTC web store.

While the Google Play Edition runs stock Android, the Developer Edition is based on HTC Sense 6.0, and even comes with an unlockable bootloader.

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The HTC One (M8) will have a slightly higher clocked processor in Asia

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The folks overseas in Asia always have it better when it comes to smartphones. While the United States offers quad-core smartphones, Asian markets have devices with eight cores! While the new HTC One (M8) does not have an octa-core processor, Asia does still have an advantage with the device. In the United States, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) will be clocked at 2.3GHz; however, Asian markets will get the same processor (MSM8974AC) set slightly higher at 2.5GHz.

Just 200MHz separates the two (as well as the end of their IDs). Will the difference between the two devices exist? Yes. Will it be noticeable? I highly doubt it. Regardless, owners of the new HTC One (M8) are getting one hell of a device.

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HTC to release BlinkFeed and Zoe in the Play Store this summer for other devices

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HTC does not plan on keeping BlinkFeed and the Zoe camera application restricted to just HTC-made devices like the new One (M8). In the press release announcing the new flagship, HTC points out that those two services will be heading to the Google Play Store in the future.

Yesterday, we found out that BlinkFeed was destined for the Play Store; however, today we are learning about the Zoe camera app being released there as well. Why? HTC wants to give everyone a taste of what they are offering. And, hopefully, owners of a non-HTC device like these two services, they will look further into buying an HTC smartphone. » Read the rest

HTC One (M8) Mini and mysterious “M8 Ace” device get name-dropped

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HTC is not going to stop with just the brand new HTC One (M8). According to @evleaks over on Twitter, there are two more devices that will join the M8 family. One of them, we have already heard about from him. That would be the HTC One (M8) Mini. Last month, @evleaks provided some specifications for the device including the Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.5-inch display, and a on-screen buttons like its bigger sibling.

The other device mentioned today is the “M8 Ace.” What is this device? It can be one of two things. A phablet, like the HTC One Max or a tablet, something that HTC has moved away from. But remember, there was a report that HTC would be manufacturing a Nexus tablet due for release later this year. And this could be the tablet that the Nexus tablet will be based on (as are all Nexus devices). » Read the rest

Could HTC release Blinkfeed to other Android devices?

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HTC’s announcement of the HTC One (M8) yesterday came with news about an update to their UI overlay for their devices. One of the biggest components of HTC Sense 6, or Sixth Sense, is the BlinkFeed app. The app is a feed aggregator that collects information from social networks, your calendar, news sources, and other content and puts it all in one single stream. Currently, BlinkFeed is only available on the HTC One (M8). » Read the rest

HTC is working on an octa-core smartphone

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HTC has been rumored to be working on an octa-core handset for a while now, and we finally have a little more info. The said phone will be the Desire 616 (or Desire 616w) and looks to be for only China.

Now don’t get all upset that it won’t be available elsewhere because it’s going to sport a MediaTek processor, so it  won’t  be as powerful as the One (M8). Plus, it’s going to be all plastic and have mid-range specs. The specs include a 5-inch (720p) display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. So you see, there is really nothing to get jealous about.

No work on a release date or pricing, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.

source: Phone Arena