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HTC One M8 press render leaked, reportedly destined for Verizon

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


When the HTC One M8 was officially unveiled last month, it debuted in three colors: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold. Of course, it was only a matter of time before we saw even more colors, just like with the original HTC One.

With this in mind, yesterday @evleaks tweeted the above photo, giving us a look at the red version of the HTC One M8. The upcoming red model is reportedly going to be an exclusive color choice for Verizon, at least in the United States. Aside from bringing a new color, the red HTC One M8 should provide an identical experience to other models, though at least it should stand out from the crowd.

So when will the red model debut? Unfortunately, @evleaks doesn’t give us any details on this, though we wouldn’t be too surprised if an announcement is made within the next few weeks — though that’s really just speculation on our part.

For more details on what to expect for the HTC One M8, be sure to check out our full review.

What do you think, any Verizon subscribers interested in getting their hands on a red version of the HTC One M8? Conversely, do you prefer the existing color choices over the flashier red variant?

Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 Revealed, Now On Sale Overseas

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 Revealed, Now On Sale Overseas

Previously detailed in March, thanks to a leak from a certification process, we have known that Samsung has been working to release a followup to 2012′s Galaxy Beam. The Galaxy Beam 2 is now completely official, already on sale through select retailers in Asia. The device, much like its predecessor, features a newly-enhanced digital projector, capable of projecting images onto flat surfaces with “professional-grade” quality. 

Specs for the Galaxy Beam 2 include a 4.6″ 480 x 800 (WVGA) display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, and the device comes running Android 4.3+. No details are specified for the rear-facing camera, but we would assume it’s at least 8MP or around there.

As stated, the device is currently available in Asia at certain retailers, and there doesn’t appear to be any plans to bring this device to the US. Bummer.

If it does come to North America, is this something that would even remotely interest you?

Via: Samsung

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No, Google Glass is not available for everyone

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

A few news articles are touting that Google Glass is available to all today, effectively ending the Explorer beta program and opening up the world of Glass to anyone. Clicking a specific link gave access to the Glass order page from their April 15 sale, but the Glass home page yields a different experience. We’ve reached out to Google, and have the official story.


We can confirm that Glass is absolutely NOT available for anyone who wants it just yet. Google tells us the link users are clicking is one that has gone unedited since the April 15 sale, and those who clicked the link are not able to order Glass just as they would have a little over a week ago.

This link will soon go dormant from the Glass home page, which was what initially tipped us to there being a website issue. Clarifying the issue, Google had the following to offer us:

This link was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline from last week’s sale. We’re shutting it down shortly. As always, we will continue to experiment with ways to expand the Explorer program in the weeks and months ahead.

There you go, everyone. Glass is not available for mass consumption. It was simply a matter of someone clicking a bookmarked link that was left unattended by Google. We’re not sure if any orders have shipped, or if anyone has been charged, but Google assures us those not “in the pipeline” won’t be getting Glass. Feel free to return to your Thursday routine.

Vic Gundotra, the Father of Google+, announces his departure from the company

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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After eight incredibly successful years with Google, Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, has announced he’s leaving the company. The news of the SVP of Engineering’s departure first broke via Re/Code, after Gundotra took to Google+ to formally announce the news.

“Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years,” announces Gundotra in his ‘goodbye’ post. He continues, “I’m also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team.”

After eight incredibly successful years with Google, Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, has announced he’s leaving the company.

As is often the case with the departure of major execs, there’s not a lot of details on why he is choosing to leave the company. Gundotra does state, however, that it is “time for a new journey. A continuation.” Gundotra says he’s excited for what’s next, and honored by all he’s accomplished at Google.

Shortly after Gundotra announced his departure, Larry Page also took to Google+ to honor the man with some kind words:

You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great. When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects.

Then you built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion. I really enjoy using Google+ on a daily basis, especially the auto awesome movies which I really love sharing with my family and friends. Good luck with your next project after Google. In the meantime we’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans.

So what’s next for Google and Google+?

That’s a great question, though obviously one we don’t have any immediate answer to. In his G+ response, Larry Page made it clear that they will continue working as a company to expand Google+, but there’s no denying that Gundotra’s departure will affect the future direction of the growing social network.

Thankfully, Google+ has come a long way since its founding, in large part thanks to Gundotra’s efforts. These days there are many loyal Google+ fans and its pretty obvious that the service is a priority for Google. Still, it’s sad to see Vic go.

Gundotra’s resignation goes into effect immediately, so who’s taking his place? While Google has yet to formally announce their plans, Re/Code claims that sources suggest Google VP of engineering David Besbris may likely be taking the role. Another possible candidate is Google+ product head Bradley Horowitz.

We’ll be sure to keep you informed as we learn more about Gundotra’s departure and Google’s plans to replace him, so be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority.


Google Glass Now Open to Anyone… With $1500 to Spend

Posted by Will Verduzco April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Google Glass, which recently received its official update to KitKat (as well as a maintenance update to XE16.11), is the company’s first attempt at wearable computing. Although it has been available to developers and early adopters for a little over a year now, many would-be purchasers have been unable to get their hands on Glass. This changes today, however, as Google has opened up Google Glass Explorer Edition to everyone… well everyone with a spare $1500 USD to spend, that is.

You may recall that a few weeks ago, Google made Glass purchases open to everyone for a single day. Now looking back, this move can be viewed as Google testing the waters of consumer adoption. But they were either not overwhelmed with demand or they simply wish to bring Glass to the greater population, as now Glass can be purchased by anyone. Unfortunately though, the price remains at the Explorer Edition $1500, and purchasing is US only.

If you’re ready to plunk down $1500 to get some Glass action, head over to the ordering page, select your color and style, and try your hardest to not be a Glasshole. Once you’ve gotten your own pair, make sure to head over to our Google Glass forums to get in on the discussion.

Vic Gundotra Leaves Google

Posted by Kellex April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
Vic Gundotra Leaves Google

Vic Gundotra, VP at Google and master of all things Google+, announced today that he is leaving the company after 8 years. Gundotra announced the move himself in a post on Google+, stating that it is “time for a new journey,” although, he also mentioned that now isn’t the “day to talk about” specifics of that. Instead, Gundotra wants to celebrate his past 8 years with the people he worked with at Google. 

Re/code has added some depth to the move, noting that VP of engineering Dave Besbris is rumored to be the next in line to run Google+ and fill Gundotra’s role. Larry Page has reportedly confirmed that the departure is immediate.

Gundotra is best known for his work with Google+, helping both create and then turn the once “ghost town” of a social network into a thriving platform that has 300 million active users. Google enthusiasts may also know him from his time on stage at Google I/O conferences, often taking subtle jabs at the competition whenever a new Android feature is unveiled. His personality is pretty addictive – the man always seems so calm, yet passionate.

No one knows exactly where Gundotra will end up, if he already has another job lined up, or if he is simply going to take some time to reflect on life. In his departure post, he mentioned the recent passing of his wife’s uncle, along with a story from the uncle’s daughter about life and what you are doing next. I guess we will just have to wait to see what that is.

Via:  +Vic Gundotra | Recode

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Vic Gundotra leaving Google, has his “and then” moment

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Vic Gundotra, who has championed Google+ since inception, is leaving Google. He confirmed the departure via his Google+ page, and CEO Larry Page further discussed the matter with Re/Code. Gundotra’s farewell touched on his passion, and finding what’s next. His departure is effective immediately.

It seems the genesis for Gundotra’s considering his departure was a tragic family accident, wherein his wife’s uncle was killed in an accident. A speech at the funeral touched on moving forward, and pushing on — words spoken from the heart. Gundotra hasn’t mentioned what led him to actually leave Google, but he was full of praise for everyone he’s worked with – and for.

Larry Page, speaking to Re/Code, said “Vic cut his teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning Google’s disparate efforts into something great … And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects. Then Vic built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his hard work and passion.”

Who replaces Gundotra? Re/Code cites sources as saying it will be Dave Besbris, who is an exec currently working on Google+. Those who follow him online will know he’s an avid photographer who shares a lot of nature shots (easily the highlight of my Google+ stream). Besbris came to Google is 2008 after 10 years at AOL.

Vic Gundotra, in his Google+ announcement of departure, noted his now passed uncle would always start conversations with “and then?”. That’s how Vic leaves us, with a question of what’s next. Speaking personally, I’ve come to know Vic casually through various friends and colleagues. Always gracious, always kind, always a champion for what was next — the “and then” of Google, so to speak.

Source: Google+, Re/Code

New image surfaces of revamped Dialer for Android

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


A few days ago it appeared that someone at Google leaked a couple screenshots of a new dialer for Android 4.4.3. Now, a user on the XDA forums has posted another screenshot purporting to show another view of the Dialer app. This new screenshot uses a tiled display of contacts using the contact picture for those with one or a colored block with first initial ala the Gmail app for those with no picture. Judging by the search bar at the top, this could be the contacts screen as opposed to something like the call log screen. It is also unclear whether this would be the only view of the contact list or just one option for users.

source: XDA forums

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[Breaking] Vic Gundotra is leaving Google

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


After almost 8 years with Google, Vic Gundotra is leaving the company. Vic’s position was Senior Vice President for Social at Google ,and he led the creation and rise of Google+.

In a Google+ post, Vic said……

Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else.

Vic also talked about the concept of “and then” of which he learned from his wife’s uncle, who sadly passed away recently. Before he died, he would call Vic’s wife every day, and he started every new conversation with “and then” because he felt it was always a continuation from the previous conversation. Vic compares this to our own lives in which we “pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become “and thens” as we move on to the next.” 

Vic didn’t announce what his next “and then” will be because “this is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.”

We will certainly miss Vic Gundotra very much, and Google I/O won’t be the same without him. Good luck  with your next “and then” Vic.

source +VicGundotra

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IFTTT is Now Available on Android

Posted by Kellex April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
IFTTT is Now Available on Android

IFTTT – “if this, then that” – is now available on Android. The incredibly popular automate-your-life service has been an internet favorite for some time, especially for those who want things to just happen depending on certain circumstances. Think of it a bit like Tasker, only even more broad with tie-ins to popular internet services. Could I have been more vague there? Probably not. Let me try to explain this. 

IFTTT works like this. You decide if this happens, then you want that to happen as a result. For example, if you leave work, you could have your phone text your wife. I know, that’s nothing new, but it gets better. If you showed up to the Whitehouse, you could have your phone automatically Tweet at Barack Obama. If the weather calls for rain tomorrow, you could have a notification sent to your phone. If you receive a Gmail message with an attachment, you could automatically send that attachment to Dropbox. If you post a picture to Instagram, you could have it automatically set as your phone’s wallpaper.

Starting to make sense?

Those examples I just described are called “Recipes.” Recipes are built from Triggers and Actions. Triggers are the “this” part, while Actions are the “that” part. There are also Channels, which are the building blocks for Recipes.

It’s pretty awesome. You should definitely check this out, along with the IFTTT site to get inspiration or find pre-built Recipes. Because, yes, there are tons and tons of Recipes already available that may be perfect for you and will require that you not even life a finger. OK, maybe one finger just to activate it.

Got any good Recipes to share?

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IFTTT is Now Available on Android is a post from: Droid Life

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