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HTC EYE update rolls out for T-Mobile One M8, Verizon tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 22 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As promised, HTC has started the push to get its new EYE features to its flagship smartphone, at least for those who purchased one under T-Mobile‘s patronage. This practically puts the One M8 on the same level as the surprisingly premium, except in looks, Desire EYE, with the added bonus of a premium design and duo camera setup. Meanwhile, Verizon customers need not gnash their teeth as the OEM promises the same treatment for the Verizon One M8 tomorrow, at least if all goes well.

HTC semi-surprised the mobile world when it revealed its new digital imaging thrust from multiple fronts, from an odd-looking but decent RE camera, to the high-end but plastic Desire EYE, to its new suite of camera apps and software as part of its new EYE Experience package. The latter, which came with the HTC Desire EYE by default, was promised to trickle down to many of the company’s smartphones. Of course, it isn’t surprising that the 2014 flagship would be the first to get it.

Mo Versi, HTC’s VP for product management, yesterday tweeted about the upcoming EYE software update for the One M8 under T-Mobile’s care. That update has arrived today but also brought a small little surprise with it. The firmware update bumps the Android version to 4.4.4, marking the last KitKat version before the smartphone switches over to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The 4.4.4 update itself was quite small and rushed, practically just an urgent security update. So the real focus here is, of course, on the new EYE camera features. If you need to get up to date on those, HTC has provided some tutorials on how to use them.

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Mo Versi and HTC aren’t done yet. Taking to Twitter again, the exec noted that they have received technical approval for the same update, this time from Verizon. So Verizon customers need just wait for the update to roll out tomorrow, barring any last minute issues, to get the very same features on their HTC One M8.

SOURCE: @moversi
VIA: XDA

Eye SW update for T-Mobile HTC One M8 rolling out tomorrow

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the launch of the HTC Desire Eye – the new smartphone with probably the world’s most powerful selfie camera – HTC also rolled out new features for its camera suite, called the Eye Experience software. Last week, HTC One M8 developer and unlocked versions got an OTA rolling out these new software features, and it seems like T-Mobile HTC One M8 models will be the next to get them.

HTC VP for Product Management Mo Versi announced via his Twitter account that the software update just got technical approval (most probably from T-Mobile) and that the update should start rolling out tomorrow OTA. If you’re a T-Mo user of the HTC One M8, you should expect a pretty hefty update by tomorrow.

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We’ve discussed the Eye Experience at length here recently, when HTC put out tutorial videos for them. If you want to check them out, go to our past post here. But we warn you, though some of these features are definitely useful, some will border on creepy and “what were you thinking?!?” Just our two cents there, but of course, you will be the final judge of that.

The update will include, specifically – Face Tracking, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Voice Selfie, Live Makeup, and Photo Booth features. Give us some feedback of you do like these features.

SOURCE: @moversi

Oppo N3 teased again with exploded camera pic

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Oppo is in tease mode again for the new N3 smartphone that will be launching soon. The unveil is set for October 29, so it won’t be long before we have all the details on the device. For now, Oppo has been teasing us with images here and there of the smartphone, and particularly of the camera.

Last week Oppo offered hardware details on the camera confirming that the rotating camera has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and auto rotation. The camera is also pegged to have 16MP resolution. We already know the N3 has a rotating camera that allows that camera to be used on the front and back sides of the N3.

Oppo has unveiled a new teaser shot is an exploded view of the camera. If we hadn’t seen the images of the camera with its rotating capability, the new teaser shot makes it look like a fixed rear camera. You can also see the fingerprint reader below the camera like in the G3.

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There are lots of parts inside that camera for sure; it’s easy to forget how complex smartphone cameras are until you see an image with all the components separated like this one. We are about a week from the official unveiling when all of the details will be laid out.

Samsung Galaxy SM-A300H appears at FCC without 4G LTE

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The announcement of Android 5.0, codenamed Lollipop, and the impending arrival of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player, has taken up much of our attention these days, enough to distract us from rumors about Samsung‘s “premium only in looks” Alpha family that is yet to materialize in any official manner. To seemingly remind us that it’s still in the running, one of them, particularly the SM-A300H has made its presence known at FCC, but sadly it didn’t bring along with it some 4G connectivity.

This development is both disappointing and yet unsurprising. The three Alpha’s, the A3, A5, and A7 were from the beginning poised to be budget versions of the real semi-premium Galaxy Alpha that recently debuted. Much of the attention has been lavished on the A5, or A500 in some places, with few given to the A3/A300 and even fewer to the A7. This FCC sighting does adds little to our repository of leaks and rumors, unless you consider confusion and disappointment as additions.

Based on a more detailed TENAA listing, the Galaxy A3, or SM-A3000, is the least and smallest of the three. It has a 4.5-inch screen only capable of qHD resolutions. This is pushed by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and, somewhat surprisingly, 1 GB of RAM. There’s only 8 GB of internal storage and the camera team is made up of 8 megapixels and 5 megapixels, rear and front respectively. Of course, the selling point of this Alpha series would be its seemingly premium looks, though we have yet to know the exact non-metal non-plastic material that Samsung is said to be using for the device.

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That said, the TENAA page lists support for 4G networks, at least China’s bands, so what gives? The answer can perhaps be found in the model numbers. TENAA lists the A3000 while FCC has the A300H. The speculation goes that the latter is the 3G-only variant of the model. There are also said to be a dual SIM versions available. It isn’t yet known if these guesses are on the mark and, if true, which ones are intended for Samsung’s many markets but the SM-A300H’s presence in the FCC implies that, at the very least, a 3G-only model of the device is being considered for use on US networks.

SOURCE: FCC
VIA: Blog of Mobile

5-inch HTC Desire 820 Mini accidentally leaked by website

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A new configuration for the recently launched 64-bit smartphone HTC Desire 820 was apparently accidentally leaked by HTC’s official Chinese language online store, but has been summarily taken down. But not before it was captured via screenshot – a 5-inch smartphone which they are calling the HTC Desire 820 Mini.

You can guess our initial reaction to this, which was somewhere along the lines of “What has this world come to if a 5-inch phone is considered a ‘mini’?” The original HTC Desire 820 – launched and released in September this year – was a big phone considering its 5.5-inch screen. In that sense – and only in that sense – would a 5-inch phone be considered a mini, as it is indeed a smaller version of the original model.

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But we whine too much. If HTC wants to call it that, who are we to force our purist views on them? The rumored spec list on the Desire 820 Mini includes a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor – probably from Qualcomm, although we won’t know at this point if it will also be 64-bit capable as its bigger predecessor. It will also sport a 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

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If this is a trend, then the word “mini” will lose all sense of definition. We rather like Samsung’s definition of what a “mini” is, and maybe Sony’s definition for its “compact” suffix. We also grant that there might not be a lot of marketable terms for HTC to use in naming a phone model smaller than the original. Given that, there is precedent for it – the OPPO N1 Mini is also a 5-inch beast, but acceptable only on the basis that the OPPO N1 was a gigantic phone with a 6-inch screen to begin with. What do you guys think?

SOURCE: MyDrivers.com

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 available on AT&T this October 24

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve only been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 to arrive in the US. The phone is already out in Asia after being spotted in a Thai website. Before that, it was certified by TENAA in China and then passed through the FCC. No more waiting as the new Galaxy Mega 2 is set to arrive in the country through AT&T starting October 24.

The Android smartphone will take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Phone comes equipped with an 8 megapixel camera with 4X zoom, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 6-inch multitouch , 2,800mAh removable lithium-ion battery, 1.5GB RAM, microSD card slot, quad core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor, and NFC.

Key features of the handset include an Ultra Power-Saving Mode that extends battery power, Private Mode that protects personal files, Interruption-Free Experience for uninterrupted movies and browsing on a small pop-up window, and Multi-Instance Mode that allows different windows of the same app to be opened at the same time.

AT&T will be offering the Galaxy Mega 2 under different monthly plans: $23.75 with Next 12 and $19.80 with Next 18, $149 with a 2-year contract. You can also get the phone with no annual commitment for only $479.99.

AT&T is also offering the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 with a $100 bill credit when subscribers activate an existing or new line on the AT&T Next service. With the size of the screen, we can consider this a phablet already—joining the ranks of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Motorola Nexus 6, ZTE Grand X Max, and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2.

SOURCE: AT&T

OnePlus to offer limited-time pre-orders on October 27

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It’s finally happening for those of you who have been waiting endlessly for an invite to buy the OnePlus smartphone but haven’t gotten one. For a limited period this coming October 27, they will be accepting pre-orders for those who were not among the thousands of people who received an invite to purchase the elusive smartphone. This is the first time they will be doing so, after receiving numerous requests and complaints as well as to their method of letting consumers have access to their device.

While their unique approach to creating buzz and hype for their product was at first impressive, eventually, people started getting frustrated at the fact that they cannot just outrightly buy something that they want and have to jump through hoops first. They realized and acknowledged eventually that it was becoming impractical and inconvenient, and so they recently announced the details for the pre-order system. While waiting for the official pre-order date schedule, you can now “arrange” your shopping cart, like delivery address, payment options, etc so that placing your pre-order easily on the designated date.

Pre-orders will be accepted starting October 27 at 15:00 GMT (that’s 08:00 PST and 11:00 EST) and will only last for an hour. Once you place your pre-order, you will be told the estimated shipping time for your device. In case you suddenly receive that elusive invite after you’ve placed your pre-order, you can just skip the queue and get instant delivery for your device. Accessories sold on their site will also be on sale during this one-hour window, including the JBL E1+Earphones which will be available for $24.99 and will go back to its regular price of $39.99 after the pre-order period.

It’s a good thing that the OnePlus has more than lived up to the hype and its promise, or else this marketing ploy would have spectacularly failed. The one-hour pre-order period might seem too short but it’s at least something to assuage disgruntled consumers who just want to buy the device. Let’s just hope their inventory and system can handle the expected onslaught of orders, or else, they will have even more annoyed would-have-been OnePlus owners.

SOURCE: OnePlus

Sony Xperia Z4 flagship phone details leak

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony’s current top of the line smartphone is the Xperia Z3 and the device is just now getting ready to hit market. In fact, there are still pre-order deals out there on the Z3, one of which will get you a free PS4 game. Despite the fact that the Z3 is just launching now, Sony is already looking ahead to next year and the Z4.

Some details on the Xperia Z4 smartphone have leaked and one of the interesting things to come with the leak is word that this will be the only flagship device launched in2015. We are used to Sony launching two flagship smartphones each year.

The Z4 is tipped to launch early next year, likely in March at MWC in Spain. If rumors are accurate, the Z4 will have a Snapdragon 810 processor with eight cores and support 64-bit OS. Internal storage will be 32GB and it will certainly have storage expansion with memory cards.

Mated with that octa-core CPU will be 4GB of RAM and the device is said to be the first Xperia smartphone to feature LTE Cat 6 connectivity along with Bluetooth 4.1. The camera will get an IMX220 20.7MP sensor with a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor. The display is tipped to be a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 unit. It’s worth noting that the source of this leak also leaked details on the Z3 compact that were accurate.

SOURCE: Androidorigin

HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop update timeline tipped

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Android fans were thrilled to hear earlier this month that Android L was ready for primetime. After the OS was deemed ready to launch by Google, the next thing that Android smartphone and tablet users want to know is when they can get their hands on the OS for their device. What is claimed to be the timeline for HTC to upgrade their devices to Android 5.0 has leaked.

As with any leak, you need a grain of salt with this one. It’s also worth noting that some of these devices are reportedly still being evaluated for the update so there is the chance some of the HTC devices listed won’t get the update at all.

According to the rumor, the first devices to get the Android 5.0 update will be the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7. GPE based devices will get the update in late November or early December with Sense devices getting the update January-February. The Desire EYE, HTC One M8 dual SIM, One M7 dual SIM, One E8, and One E8 dual SIM along with the Butterfly 2 getting Lollipop in the January-March timeframe.

In March-April, the HTC One Mini 2 and Desire 816 are expected to get the upgrade. In the March-May timeframe the HTC One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S are rumored to get the latest flavor of Android. Desire devices based on MTK processors are under evaluation according to the source. Not too long ago Motorola’s Android L upgrade plans surfaced.

SOURCE: Llabtoofer

OPPO releases KitKat-based ColorOS V2.0.0i for Find 7 and 7a

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Users of OPPO’s Find 7 and 7a smartphones rejoice, you’ll finally be getting some Android KitKat goodness (while others move on to getting some Lollipop, haha) at long last. OPPO has just released V2.0.0i of its own take on Android called ColorOS, and this update will be available for the OPPO Find 7 and 7a.

Features of the new version include a more minimalist design aesthetic, a global Gaussian blur effect for that svelte feel, more fluid animations, a redesigned task manager, and all the other inherent goodies coming with Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone’s relatively strong specs should be able to handle the transition, although we don’t really know how much the blur effect and the animations will tax the phone’s resources in daily use.

I suppose time will tell if this iteration of ColorOS will be a user favorite. According to OPPO’s official forum post, the update will not be available OTA, so users will have to manually do the update by downloading the files needed. For more info on the features, check out the video below.

You can find the complete instructions via the official forum post here, scroll down to find the link for the update instructions. As always, a good backup will be needed for operations such as this – we hardly need to remind you of that. So go on, enjoy some KitKat with this update.

SOURCE: OPPO