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29
Mar

HTC’s One E9+ is its latest phablet with a stunning screen


Just like that, HTC has quietly — well, maybe unintentionally — unveiled its latest phablet on its China website. With some minor differences, the One E9+ is pretty much what we saw on the certification database earlier this month. The biggest selling point of this half metal, half plastic device is perhaps its 5.5-inch Quad HD (534 ppi) display, making it the sharpest screen ever used on an HTC phone. Oddly, though, the website’s spec sheet states a 1080p resolution, which we’ll assume is actually meant for a lesser E9. Likewise with the 2GB of RAM instead of 3GB, as well as the 13-megapixel main camera instead of the 20-megapixel version mentioned on the product page.

If the rest of the specs are correct, we’re looking at a 64-bit, octa-core 2GHz MT6795M chipset from MediaTek, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 128GB, dual Nano SIM slots, a 2,800 mAh battery, an UltraPixel front-facing camera and the trademark BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers. And of course, you also get multi-mode LTE along with 802.11ac WiFi. All of these goodies are tucked into a 7.49mm-thick body. Alas, that’s all we’ve got so far; no price nor date just yet, so stay tuned for more.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HTC

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Via: Engadget Chinese

Source: HTC China

27
Mar

Samsung Galaxy S6 is still full of bloatware



The hopeful promise that Samsung was doing away with their bloatware applications for the Galaxy S6 is unfortunately an empty one, with no less than 56 pre-installed applications on the device.

According to Gizmodo, the Galaxy S6 has six more apps pre-installed than last years Note 4, which now include Microsoft’s suite of apps. That is combined with Google’s, Samsung’s, the carriers, and even social apps like Whatsapp and Instagram.

For a comparison, the ‘near-stock’ build of the Moto G comes with 33 pre-installed applications.

This means that of the 32GB of available storage on the basic model of the Galaxy S6, only 24GB is available to the user. In addition, the mention of being able to uninstall pre-installed applications is only true for a very slim sub-set of the selection, with most only able to be disabled.

Best get that 64GB model after all.


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27
Mar

Olio Model One smartwatch is premium and mostly round, works with both Android and iOS


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If you think there are too many smartwatches on the market already, just wait until this time next year. The Olio Model One is another newcomer, but it’s not Android Wear. However, just like the Pebble and Pebble Time, it’s compatible with both iOS (8.0+) and Android (4.3+).

Let’s start with the quality and design. It sports a 316L stainless steel case that’s brushed with hand-polished accents. It has a Guilloché textured high-impact Ion-Exchange glass crystal and caseback. The case is 47 mm and weighs 81 grams with the genuine leather band or 161 grams with the steel link bracelet. It’s also water-resistant.

Olio didn’t go into the specifics of what processor they are using or the resolution of the display. As you can see in the images, the display is not fully round. It’s a flat tire at the top vs at the bottom on the Moto 360. We do know that it sports Bluetooth 4.0 and LE, along with wireless charging.

They are offering the watch in two variants. The Steel collection is silver and starts at $595 with a your choice of one of three leather straps or $645 with a silver steel link strap.

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The Black collection is black and starts at $745 with a your choice of one of three leather straps or $795 with a black steel link strap.

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The first run will include only 500 each of the Steel and Black collections and they will ship this summer. You can sign up to be one of the first to know when they are taking orders. Just hit up the source link below.

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26
Mar

Google Keep makes to-do lists easier to find with labels


If you’re the type who maintains a massive amount of to-do lists and notes, you likely need a system to organize the things that keep you, well, organized. That’s probably why Google has introduced labels for its Keep note-taking app on Android. It’s pretty self-explanatory: you can tag files with labels of your choice (such as “Travel,” “to pack,” “shopping,” “grocery,” etc.) to make them easier to find later on. They’re not exactly folders that can keep things tidy, but tags can prevent you from wasting time finding a list that’s supposed to save you time. In addition to the new labeling system, the updated app now also features recurring reminders, which you can set to nudge you every day, week, month or year.

Filed under: Misc, Mobile, Google

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Source: Android (Google+), Google Play

26
Mar

Create apps for your quadcopter with 3D Robotics’ free ‘DroneKit’ software


3D Robotics develops the open source software that powers a lot of home brew UAVs. Today it’s introducing a new tool to the public: DroneKit, software that allows anyone to create apps for, well, drones! DroneKit works with any craft that uses 3DR’s “APM” autopilot (a small device you add to your ‘copter), and apps can be created for Android, web and standalone “companion” devices (that you then connect to your quadcopter). What can you do with these apps? So far, mostly the same things you can do with existing flight planning software (like 3DR’s own Tower app). That means controlling fly paths with waypoints, following GPS targets and access to all the telemetry of the drone. But, of course, now you can do it in new and creative ways. That’s a good start, but its 3DRs promise to support the tool and keep adding new features that will change what we can do with these increasingly popular aerial craft.

Filed under: Misc

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26
Mar

Google makes it easier for Android users to view custom maps


A custom map you’ve created for a trip is only useful if you can access it when you need it. Thankfully, Google’s bringing back My Maps integration with Android, so it’s now easier to view your personalized files on mobile. As you might know, you can use My Maps to plan for hiking, canoeing or even for commuting or daily walks, as it lets you place markers on locations and draw lines or shapes to indicate routes. It also allows you to create layers for different kinds of content and even import geographic data, such as a place’s name and coordinates. To view your creations — or others who have shared theirs with you — just launch Google Maps on Android. The update has begun rolling out today, so keep an eye out if you’re planning for a road trip.

Filed under: GPS, Google

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Source: Google, Twitter

26
Mar

Tip: Clear your phone’s cache for more speed and storage



Something every Android owner should do that not everyone knows about is clearing your apps’ cache in your phone’s settings. An app’s cache is basically a temporary storage area for an application while it’s running. It can store things like temporary images downloaded from the internet. Clearing the cache can solve problems you may be experiencing with an app, or simply improve the speed and efficiency of it. Not to mention how much space you’ll be freeing on your phone, as Google+, Facebook and other big apps can store over 1GB of cache over time if not cleared occasionally.

First, go to your phone’ settings, then tap ‘Apps’

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You will then be shown a list of your downloaded apps. Tap any one of these apps.

You will see ‘App info’ at the top. Scroll down a bit and you will see the cache section which shows how much temporary files have been stored on your phone.

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Tap ‘Clear Cache’

And there you go! You can do this will all the apps on your phone, and you will clear up a lot of space depending on how much you use the app.

 

 


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25
Mar

Here’s how to get Android 5.1 on your AT&T Nexus 6



I recently wrote a post on my AT&T Nexus 6 getting Android Lollipop 5.1.  There was some confusion on my part on how to exactly get it right, but after experimenting and having others users confirm this method I can now give clear instructions on how to get the latest update, and let me tell you, the update is worth getting if you are tired of your phone rebooting, having poor battery life, or experiencing other random bugs.

1.  Backup your phone – go to “settings” and then go to “backup & reset.”  This will allow you to reset your phone to the exact way it was before the restore.  Select an account to backup your phone, and then click to back it up.

2.  Take out your Sim card.  You can do this with a Sim ejector tool or something small like a bent paperclip.  if you leave your Sim card in you will not be prompted to get the update.  You MUST remove it.

3.  Restore your phone – go to “settings” and then go to “backup & reset” and hit “factory reset data.”

4. When you are restoring your phone, you can restore from the latest backup.  Once you do these steps you will be prompted to update your phone to Android 5.1.  This update is not due out until June, so if you are tired of the bugs, I highly suggest you get this update.


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25
Mar

Prestigio MultiPhone 5550 DUO review



Budget phones are a brilliant way to break into the market, but it often means compromising on certain features in order to hit that price point. Prestigio have released their MultiPhone 5550 DUO and we took a look to see just how it stacks up.

Sporting a 5.5-inch IPS display at 1280×720, the 5550 DUO has a vibrant screen and great colours, even if the resolution is on the lower side. It is built using Gorilla Glass 3 so is very strong and resists some of the lighter scratches.

Under the hood is a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MTK6582 CPU with 1GB of RAM and a MALI-400MP GPU. The performance of the device was good and I didn’t notice any stutters when multitasking or photo editing. The device did begin to struggle under graphically demanding games but for the most part it ran everything without too much issue.

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It comes with 8GB of internal memory, although only around 4GB of this was usable so an expandable memory card will be essential.

The Prestigio MultiPhone 5550 DUO comes with a 13-Megapixel camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor which yields suitably satisfying photos. It’s not going to replace your DSLR, but for a budget device it certainly does the job.

The big feature here is the dual-SIM slot that is offered by the 5550 DUO which is brilliant if you need to run two plans, for work and personal for example. The supported bands are GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100.

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The 5550 DUO runs Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a number of pre-installed applications from Prestigio themselves. Think of it as Samsung but without the TouchWiz – their applications are actually really useful and contain some nice content.

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The Prestigio 5550 DUO comes in navy blue, gunmetal, and graphite black and is available for £119 (around $170) from Prestigio.


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25
Mar

HTC’s beefier M9 for China leaks with sharper screen and fingerprint reader


Rumor of a beefier HTC One M9 variant — aka “M9+” — had been floating around for some time, but we’ve remained skeptical until we came across the latest batch of leaks. Better yet, some of these are backed up by an official (poorly made but actually legit) Beijing launch invitation sent out earlier today; see for yourself after the break. What we’re seeing is that the Duo Camera feature on the M8 is here to stay, and there’s also the previously rumored front-side fingerprint reader which, sadly, reminds us of the home buttons on earlier Samsung devices.

Another leak shows that this “M9pt” device — the “t” means this is for China Mobile — packs a QHD (2,560 x 1,440) display, a MediaTek MT6795T 64-bit octa-core chipset (with PowerVR G6200 GPU), about 3GB of RAM and the same 20-megapixel camera as the M9 — albeit in a prettier circular shape instead of a squircle.

Little else is known about this M9+, but given the April 8th launch event in China, it won’t be long before we find out more. We must say, though, that HTC China really needs to hire better graphic designers.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, HTC

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Via: Nowhereelse

Source: Sina Weibo (1), (2)

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