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HTC confirms it will not be unveiling a smartwatch at its event tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


We’ve known for a while now that HTC is gearing up to launch its first ever smartwatch. Recent rumors pointed towards the much-anticipated wearable being unveiled at the company’s ‘Double Exposure’ event tomorrow in New York.

However, Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC USA, put paid to that notion by announcing the wearable the company has been developing for the past few months isn’t ready for public use, just yet.

“When we come to market with our product we want to make sure the product has a strong point of view and there is a really compelling reason to strap it on your wrist. We think the strategy we were working on will get us there, but we want to take our time and get it right. We honestly don’t think anyone has gotten it right.”

So as it stands we can only assume that HTC is planning to announce either the long-awaited Desire Eye smartphone, its upcoming GoPro competitor or both at tomorrow’s conference. We’d love to know what you think the manufacturer is preparing to showcase, so be sure to drop us a line in the comments section below.

Source: Re/Code

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HTC teases upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event on Twitter

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


HTC took to Twitter earlier today to tease its upcoming ‘Double Exposure’ event, which is scheduled to take place this Friday, October 10. Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what the company is planning to unveil at its exclusive conference, but if we had to hazard a guess we’d say either the much-anticipated Desire Eye or its upcoming GoPro competitor.

Hit the break below to view the teaser.


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Mobile World Congress 2014: We’re here in Barcelona

Posted by wicked February - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

After several flights, with several layovers in several countries, we are now here in Barcelona. The show has yet to officially begin, however we have already begun seeing some announcements. One in particular, Samsung put an end to the recent rumors, and officially announced the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. We also spotted the still unannounced Huawei smartwatch during our trip to Barcelona.

We expect Huawei, amongst many others to begin pushing out announcements soon enough. In the meantime, we can offer this post with a brief rundown of what can be expected in terms of coverage. The actual show opens tomorrow, but there are some events that begin a bit later today (February 23rd). Two in particular will be Digital Experience and MobileFocus.

These are smaller, more personal events and we expect to get plenty of hands-on coverage. You can look forward to that hitting the site sometime later this evening, and possibly through tomorrow morning. And remember, we are talking Barcelona time here, which is 6 hours ahead of eastern, and 9 hours ahead of pacific for those in the US.

Then, come Monday morning the main show opens, and from that point it will be a matter of running around the show floor and hitting some one-on-one meetings. As for what that should mean for the readers — plenty of hands-on coverage. Make sure to keep an eye on the site, with a special focus on the MWC 2014 hub.

Nokia X announcement expected during Mobile World Congress

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Rumors related to the Nokia X “Normandy” have been increasing in frequency lately. Speculation had been suggesting the handset would get an official unveil during Mobile World Congress, and while Nokia hasn’t offered much in the way of specifics here — a recent press conference teaser appears to be highlighting an X.

The image seen here in the post is the X, which is actually the green space between the four arrows. But regardless of whether Nokia is using an actual X, or making one out of the negative space — it seems we are going to be seeing the long-rumored Nokia Android handset on February 24th.

There wasn’t much else here in terms of hints, or even speculation. The invite mentions how Nokia will be holding a press conference during Mobile World Congress and about how it will be taking place at 8:30AM (Barcelona time) on February 24th. Of course, the Android Community team will be in Barcelona and will be looking to get hands-on with the Nokia X as quickly as possible.

Nokia will also be streaming the event on the website. But in terms of time, remember, this event will begin at 8:30AM Barcelona time. Or in other words, you would be looking at 1:30AM eastern time. Those on the west coast however, do have a slightly better chance of seeing the livestream as it would be happening at 11:30PM. But remember, those on PST would be looking at February 23rd for a date.

While we wait for the 24th, make sure to head down in to the Story Timeline sitting below for a look at our earlier Nokia X coverage.

HTC confirms March 25 announcement event

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

HTC has sent out the latest ‘save the date’ reminder. This one is set for Tuesday March 25, 2014. As often happens, HTC hasn’t offer much in the way of specifics here, and has simply offered a date and time, along with a location. Basically, nothing in terms of what they are planning to show during the event.

Of course, speculation suggests we will be seeing the successor to the HTC One. The handset is currently still using the codename of HTC M8, and has also been referred to as the One 2, One+ and One Plus. Though, based an earlier trademark filing from OnePlus, there may be a valid reason for HTC to avoid those latter two names.


Either way though, the leaks and rumors have been increasing in frequency and that will likely hold until the time of the announcement. Along with HTC announcing the successor to the One, Samsung is also planning to announce their next flagship. Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S5 at Unpacked 5 during Mobile World Congress.

This would get Samsung out first in terms of an announcement, however as we have seen in the past, device announcements often don’t mean as much as device availability. Having said that, both the HTC M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are both shaping up to be solid offerings — assuming the rumors and leaks prove to be accurate.

Droid World returns to San Francisco

Posted by wicked December - 4 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Droid World are always a must-see draw and at Apps World North America this February, Droid World, which is free to attend, is set to be as big an attraction as ever. There will be a number of top speakers confirmed already, including representatives from Expedia, Target, The Weather Channel, Google, Orange, and SwiftKey.

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Google confirms October 24 “night out” Google Play event

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

It looks like Google has begun sending out some invitations. The event is set to take place next week, on October 24th and in New York City. The catch is, while we are hoping to see the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat — this event appears focused on Google Play. In fact, the announcement mentions a “night out with Google Play” with further talk of music, movies, games and a special performance.


Sadly, that special performance isn’t specifically listed as being Nexus 5 or Kit Kat related. To that point, it was said the special guest will be Capital Cities. Anyway, as we often see with these types of event invites, the details are light and that leads to some speculation. Or in this case, the hope the Nexus 5 is made official.

Touching on the bit about this being “a night out with Google Play event” and there is potential to see the Nexus 5 and Kit Kat. After all, as we saw back in July with the ‘Breakfast with Sundar’ event, the name didn’t exactly spill all the details. That is to say this seems to fit the pattern we saw in July — a mysterious title and an announcement.


But again, all we can say for certain is this event will be focused on Google Play. While we hope this not be the case, it could have nothing to do with Nexus or Kit Kat. That all being said, one thing we can say for sure, there will certainly be one difference compared to the July event — Hugo Barra will not be unveiling the Nexus 5 as he did with the Nexus 7.


Google I/O sessions released – only one keynote this year

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2013 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google has just released the schedule full of developer sessions for I/O. Over the past few years, Google’s always exciting annual developer conference has featured two morning keynotes where they share all the exciting details. Announcements like Google Now last year, Jelly Bean, Nexus 7, and of course Google Glass. However, this year they will be unifying those keynotes into one main event on day 1, then focusing all their efforts on sessions for developers.


Instead of having loads of announcements during a keynote on day 1, as well as day 2, we’ll just get the bulk of it on the first day. This doesn’t mean we won’t have as many announcements, it just means Google wants to focus more time and effort on the actual developer event and developer sessions. Could they be unifying Android and Chrome into one? Since day 2 was supposed to be about Chrome? Doubtful.

We’ll be enjoying a 3 hour keynote on the first day where we are expecting Google to unveil all sorts of amazing things. From Google Now improvements, Google Glass, possibly Babel for unified messaging, and of course hardware. We’re still up in the air here, but reports suggest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be announced. And not Key Lime Pie.

Speaking of Google Babel, there’s a sessions called “Google Cloud Messaging” that will be interesting to check out, and we’ll report anything exciting from the event live. I’m still hopeful for a new Motorola smartphone to be announced, as well as Google Games to get off the ground. Tell us what you’d like to see, then hit the link below for a list of developer sessions.

[via Google I/O Sessions]

LG confirms Optimus G Pro will take NYC Atlas Genius stage

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

Last week we confirmed that the folks from LG were set to debut a new device at a press event at the beginning of May, and now we know exactly what’s to be shown off come May 1st. That being the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the LG Optimus G Pro. Complete with a 5.5-inch screen and a dedicated home button, read on for more details on the upcoming event.


LG has been teasing that they’ll “share the genius” with us on May 1st in New York City with a few save the date emails, but today they’ve spilled all the details. LG will be showcasing and announcing the all new flagship Optimus G Pro and showing us its “genius” by hosting an Atlas Genius concert live in NYC.

So essentially the Optimus G Pro will be taking center stage. And with good reason. The smartphone packs a 5.5-inch 1080p HD IPS display, quad-core power, and more. That quad-core is a Snapdragon 600 series at 1.7 GHz accompanied with 2GB of RAM, and the device is paired with 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Then it’s rounded off with a 13 megapixel camera, micro-SD slot, and finally a 3,140 mAh battery for all day enjoyment.


As you can see above, LG has followed their earlier press invites with the Optimus G Pro clearly taking center stage, literally. LG will be hosting an Atlas Genius concert in the heart of NYC and the Optimus G Pro will be a big part of the show. LG invites us to “experience true brilliance” as we enjoy some classic Indie Rock and then see their latest smartphone.

Can the 5.5-inch quad-core powerhouse compete with the GALAXY S 4? That is the question. We’ll need some more time with it to decide. It should be headed to AT&T, and check out our hands-on coverage of the G Pro below.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Optimus G Pro
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : February 18, 2013
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :


  • Screen Size : 5.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1920×1080
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.91 Inch
  • Width : 2.99 Inch
  • Depth : 0.37 Inch
  • Weight : 172 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 3140 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 4.1.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM


    CPU : Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
    CPU Clock Speed : 1700 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

Facebook Home: here’s how Android gets social to the core

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2013 - Monday Comments Off

The Facebook Phone for Android will be revealed on April 4th. More accurately ‘Facebook Home’ will be released, and is coming to take over your device. That is what we’re expecting to be the star of the show on April 4th at the event. We don’t need another fork in the Android OS, and instead Facebook’s just going to wrap it in their social network web. Read on for what to expect.


There’s been a lot of talk lately regarding what we’ll see from Facebook. Many believe they’ll actually have a ‘Facebook Phone’ designed from the ground up, but that’s highly unlikely. Facebook isn’t getting into the hardware business. Instead, we’ll be seeing exactly what we reported last week. Which will be a skin, or wrapper, delivering Facebook’s social world easier and faster to your fingertips.

This plan has been in place for a long, long time. How do we know? Because we’ve all already seen it! Facebook gave us a glance at their plans back last year when they released an update that took over our app tray. As you see in the image above they had their own icons and camera app and everything. All which quickly were removed in the next update. Fast forward to today they’ve polished all aspects of that, redesigned Facebook for Android to resemble and fit nicely with the web, and we’ll be seeing the project come alive on Thursday.


They have their own messenger that you can use to communicate with all your hundreds of fun (and boring) friends, they offer their own camera app with instant upload which will be the stock camera on any Facebook Home-powered device. Then of course they have VoIP calling. Which is free WiFi calling, only using data, and you’ll be able to call any of your Facebook friends. Voice, messaging, pictures. That’s all you really need for a Facebook phone.

Facebook Home will be a home screen replacement that will take over the look and feel of your device. When you first boot the phone it will automatically sign-in to Facebook, and you’ll instantly get everything delivered right to your eyes. All front and center. Think of this like Blinkfeed which HTC recently announced, but we’ll talk more on HTC shortly. Facebook Home, if we had to guess, will essentially be a home screen launcher and widget blend into one. It will instantly and automatically update and give you up to the second updates from all your friends.

In fact, the actual APK (since it will be an installable app) has already leaked into the wild and our friends from AndroidPolice have the dirty details. At least a few. The app isn’t usable so we are still left completely in the dark for now, but what we’ve mentioned above is essentially what you’ll get. Your main screen will be taken hostage by Facebook, your default camera will be Facebook-made and instantly sync all (or hopefully only some) photos directly to Facebook, and you’ll be able to message all your friends for free with Facebook messenger. Fun!


Next is HTC. We’ve been told the Android OS will need to make a few adjustments or sacrifices for Facebook Home to take over, and won’t just be an easy app to download and install. For now that remains to be seen, but the leak above shows HTC and Samsung both integrated and supported. HTC is reportedly going to be the launch partner, and we’ll see a mid-range HTC Myst 4.3-inch smartphone as the official Facebook Phone, but we doubt they’ll call it that. Here’s the leaked specs:

• HTC Myst on AT&T with 4G LTE
• 4.3-inch 720p HD display
• Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
• 5 megapixel rear, 1.6 front camera
• Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean covered in Facebook
• Sense UI 4.5 (not new Sense like the One)
• WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, etc.
• and more

Most of this stems from speculation, leaks, and rumors, so until Facebook takes the stage we won’t know anything for sure. However, this is the logical move for Facebook. We could see a Samsung made device, and HTC, and even a launch carrier like AT&T offering data-only. Then of course Facebook VoIP and messenger would handle the rest. While that last part is a stretch, the rest seems quite likely.

We’ll be live at the Facebook Home event on April 4th, so you’ll want to stay tuned right here at Android Community. Now, we’d like to hear your thoughts. Would you ever buy this ridiculous device? It’s mid-range and will probably be free with a new 2-year contract. If Facebook Home can be installed to take over your home screen will you use it? Or will you just stick to the standard mobile app? Or… Or, are you a Google+ fan? Let us know!

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