Unparalleled Build Quality
HTC has been in the Android business for quite some time now (more on that later), and during that time, they have learned a great deal about what makes a great smartphone, well, great. You of course have the software, sound quality (it is a phone after all), radio quality, screen technology, camera capabilities, the list goes on and on. One of the most important features though, is the design of the smartphone itself. I mean, come on. The phone might be able to do a hundred things, and then some, but if it looks hideous and is uncomfortable to use, no one is going to want to use it. Well, almost no one. Anyway, HTC took that into account when they designed their latest smartphones, and it shows. The metal unibody of the HTC One M7, M8, and soon to be released, M9, has made HTC one of the leading exemplars of how a smartphone manufacturer should design their devices.
A Company of Firsts
When the first Android device came out, guess who manufactured it? If you guessed HTC, then you guess right. (Not too hard, since this article is primarily focused on HTC). The HTC Dream was the first commercially available smartphone to hit the market back in 2008 with the Android operating system on board. One of the biggest hits of the year, and the beginning of what would be one of the largest mobile operating systems in the world. All thanks to a Dream shared between Google and HTC. (Pun intended.) HTC was also the chosen carrier for Verizon when they decided to release their 4G LTE network to the country, and so they created the HTC Thunderbolt. It able to download and upload at speeds that, at the time, were unheard of. And lets not forget the Nexus One. After so many manufacturers took the Android OS and made countless adjustments to it, Google wanted to create something that would run vanilla Android, with no OEM tweaks whatsoever. HTC was again chosen to be the leader of the pack, and they released the Nexus One, which would be followed by various other Nexus devices in the upcoming years.
One of the things that has befuddled many a user is the fact that OEM’s (which stands for original equipment manufacturer) have always placed the phones media speakers on the back of the devices. When you are watching a video, the sound can sound distorted, since it is moving away from you instead of towards you. HTC decided to make a change, and they moved not one speaker, but two, to the front of the device. As a longtime Android user, I can definitely notice the difference it makes having the speakers face you, instead of facing away. Sound is clearer, louder, and more defined, and makes any media experience better because of it.
After so many years, OEM’s have run into the issue of what they can do to differentiate them from the crowd. While one can say it has only made Android devices better in the long run, it has also lead to some not so useful features that look and function like they were scrapped together in an attempt to just add them into the Android OS. We wont name any names, but HTC has managed to say clear from that policy of some of its competitors and instead has focused on making features that are useful, such as HTC BoomSound and HTC Sense, which we will discus in more detail later on.
HTC Sense was born of out a need to stand apart from the other smartphone makers. When everyone was scrambling to make what really were just skinned versions of Android, HTC was busy trying to compliment it, not detract from it. So out of that came HTC Sense. Though I will say it was a bit buggy and laggy when it first came out, it is now one of the best features about owning an HTC device. Most notably, BlinkFeed, which shows you FB posts, twitter posts, and news right on the homescreen. There were also some UI tweaks that just made the overall experience of owning an Android smartphone all the better.
While this is by no means a complete list of why owning an HTC smartphone is a great experience, it does cover some of the more notable features that has made the smartphone company one of the best for so many years. I have owned devices from Motorola, Samsung, Asus, and some others, and I always come back to HTC. It’s hard not too when they make such great devices. For more information regarding the various smartphones manufactured by HTC, you can can head over to Amazon using the link provided.
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The Nexus 6 has barely been out for 6 months and rumours are already swirling around who is going to manufacturer Google’s next Nexus smartphone. While Huawei appeared to be the leader in the early going, attention has shifted to LG, who allegedly had Google engineers visit their headquarters and factories in Korea this month. […]
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The next Nexus phone faces a bit of a naming dilemma – where do they go after the Nexus 6? Can’t go Nexus 7 because that already exists, and any reduction in number would seem like a step back in generation. Whatever Google decide to call the next Nexus, a new report suggests that the manufacturer behind the device is LG.
Codenamed ‘N000′, sources report that Google engineers recently visited LG headquarters in South Korea to discuss the device, which also reportedly carries the name ‘Nexus 7′, but take that with a pinch of salt.
If true, this would be the third Nexus device made by LG in the lineup. Would you like to see a third LG Nexus device?
Google has posted brand new Android 5.1 factory images for several Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and the slightly older 2012 version of the Nexus 7. If you’re ready to start flashing them on your device, hit the right link below and follow our guide to flashing factory images on your Nexus device.
Come comment on this article: Android 5.1 factory images are live for Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10
Last week we told you that not one, but two Nexus phones could get launched this year,and it was rumored that LG and Huawei would be the makers. Today we are getting further confirmation on Huawei as the Director of China Research at iSuppli, Kevin Yang, has confirmed it.
If you look at this in hindsight, it can’t be a surprise since Huawei is so up and coming right now, it’s ridiculous. They are sitting as the 3rd phone manufacturer in the world in terms of market share and they made a huge splash with a very nice looking Android Wear smartwatch. It will be interesting to see if Huawei utilizes their own Kirin processor in the phone.
It still hasn’t been officially confirmed if there will indeed be two Nexus handsets, but as I said before, it makes the most sense to offer new versions of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 since Google cannot offer a Nexus 7 phone for obvious reasons.
Come comment on this article: Huawei confirmed to make the next Nexus phone
The Nexus 6 is a great, but flawed, device. It had every hallmark of being a standout, but lack of availability has relegated it to the realm of guilty pleasures. For Google, it appears that the Nexus 6 filled a logical hole in its Nexus device line-up, perching its new ‘phablet’ device squarely between the […]
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Today, many people only own one camera and they always keep it in their pocket. It is their smartphone. This has caused phone manufacturers to constantly improve the cameras and camera software on their phones with each new generation, and developers focus on making camera apps that improve photo quality and add features to make smartphone cameras as useful as possible. Motorola put a great 13 megapixel camera in the Nexus 6, and today we are looking at the 5 best camera apps you can get on the Nexus 6.
A Better Camera
A Better Camera brings several great features to the Nexus 6 that other apps do not. It also takes advantage of Lollipop’s Camera2 API, but you do not have to be running Lollipop to download this app. A Better Camera offers both HDR photos and HDR video; however, the latter is not working on the Nexus 6 but is coming with the next update. Multishot allows you to take a group picture and choose the best face for each person, take a sequence shot, and remove unwanted objects from a picture. Preshot takes pictures before you press the shutter button to ensure you will not miss the shot. Best shot takes several pictures and automatically chooses the best one and deletes the rest. A Better Camera also includes a Burst mode and Night mode plus many other modes and options to fine tune your photo. For more experienced photographers, it also includes exposure bracketing, a live histogram, and the option to shoot in RAW. Of course, A Better Camera is not without its flaws. You cannot shoot video in 4K resolution, the time-lapse feature is not available in the Nexus 6, and the interface is not as appealing as other apps on this list. A Better Camera is free in the Play Store, but there are in app purchases that unlock other feature that some might find useful which can be purchased these individually or buy them all for $7.99.
Camera FV-5 is an app that gives you almost full manual control over your phone’s camera, but it also has some other goodies baked in. You have the option to adjust shutter speed, ISO, focus distace, and white balance. For those looking for a more professional experience will be glad to see the inclusion of light metering, exposure bracketing, and a live RGB histogram. One of the coolest features in Camera FV-5 is the ability to assign a camera function to the volume keys. In other apps, you can use the volume keys to take a picture, but in this app you can use them to control different setting in the camera. You can assign you most used setting, such as shutter speed, to the volume keys to that you can raise or lower it by simply pressing the buttons. Another feature that some will find appealing is the option to do a time-lapse. While Camera FV-5 has some great features, it also has its downsides. While there is a video camera icon in the app, video recording is not available. Touching the icon will simlpy give you the option to install a separate video app. Also, the Lite version will only take pictures up to 640×480 resolution. To unlock higher resolutions, you have to buy the Pro version. Camera FV-5 has the ability to shoot in RAW, but the Pro version is also required for that. It is also not the most visually appealing camera app out there. However, if you want a plethora of options and are up for shelling out a few bucks, you can pick up Camera FV-5 Lite free and Camera FV-5 Pro for $3.95 in the Play Store.
Google Camera is the stock camera app that comes preloaded on the Nexus 6, but that does not mean that it is bad. Google Camera has several cool features that you simply will not find on the other apps in our list. One is Lens Blur which allows you to blur the background around an object in the center of the photo. Photo Sphere is another feature that allows you to take a full 360-degree photo in the shape of a sphere. Google Camera also has one of the best panorama modes out there. It gives you the option to shoot video in 4K resolution and take HDR pictures. The shutter is extremely fast with almost no time between touching the shutter button and taking a picture. While Google Camera has several great features, it is also missing many features that other camera apps include such as control over white balance, shutter speed, ISO, burst mode, scene modes, and full camera control. If you are looking for an easy to use, beautiful camera app that just works, you do not need to look further than Google Camera which you can get free in the Play Store.
L Camera is different from the other camera apps on this list because it is not available on the Play Store. You have to download the APK from their website and install it from there. Also, L Camera is an experimental app that demonstrates and tests the new features in Lollipop’s Camera 2 API which means you have to be running Lollipop to use it. With L Camera, you are given the option for manual control over focus distance, shutter speed, and ISO. You can take pictures in RAW format and record in 4K which are both useful options. You also have the option to record video at 60fps in 1080p. One of the most appealing features of L Camera is its use of Material Design. The app looks amazing and takes Google’s new design language into account with every detail. Since this app is experimental, there are several functions that are simply not there. You do not have the option to control white balance, there is no photo review, there is no flash control, and no portrait orientation. Since the developers are constantly working to sort out every bug and bring new features to the app, it will definitely be updated to include more options. Unfortunately since it is not on the Play Store, you will have to go check their website periodically to check for new updates. All that being said, L Camera is still a fantastic looking and operating camera app that takes full advantage of the Camera2 API even though it may be lacking some features. You can get L Camera free from their website.
Manual Camera is currently my favorite camera app out there. This app takes advantage of Android Lollipop’s new Camera2 API which causes photos to look even better. The best part about Manual Camera is that it give you full manual control over your camera’s settings. You can control exposure, shutter speed, ISO, focus distance, and white balance. White balance is not working on the Nexus 6, but that should be fixed in a later update. You are also given the ability to capture pictures in RAW format which many will find extremely useful. On of the best features of this application is the selection wheel. When you choose a setting you want to change such as shutter speed or focus distance, you can change them by rotating a wheel in the bottom right. This is extremely well implemented and makes the app fun and easy to use. Overall, the app looks and functions very well, but there are some downfalls. As I mentioned, white balance is not working yet on the Nexus 6. Also, there is no video mode so you will need a separate video app if you want to record any. The app also requires Lollipop and, according to the description, only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 work well with this app. That being said, if you are using the Nexus 6 and want full control over your camera and a great looking camera app, you should pick up Manual Camera for $2.99 in the Play Store.
These 5 camera apps give you the best control of your new Nexus 6’s camera and several take advantage of the new Camera2 API that was introduced with Lollipop. Give one or all of them a try and leave a comment telling us your favorite one. If we missed your favorite camera app, tell us down below in the comments, too!
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The Google Nexus 6 smartphone has been available for over two months through carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. However, the nation’s largest carrier, Verizon Wireless has been somewhat absent from the action. It seems like that could change over the coming weeks, with the smartphone going up on the carrier’s website with a “coming soon” sign.
Unfortunately, there’s still no word on when the smartphone will actually arrive on the carrier’s shelves. But we like to think that the day is not far away now. At this point, users can’t do much apart from signing up to receive updates on the smartphone.
The Nexus 6 is Google’s latest flagship smartphone and its arrival on Verizon will certainly be welcomed by the fans.
The device packs a 5.96 inch QHD display, a 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 chipset, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS, a 2-megapixel front camera, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, Android 5.0 Lollipop with the promise of latest updates and a 3,220 mAh battery.
Come comment on this article: Nexus 6 listed as ‘coming soon’ on Verizon’s website
Never got around to purchasing the Nexus 5? Then rush over to Google Play right now because the device is in-stock, albeit in a limited way. Only the black color option in both 16GB and 32GB storage sizes is now available. The 16GB version costs $349 with 32GB adding $50 to that price. Both will leave the warehouse within 1-2 days of ordering.
Source: Google Play
Come comment on this article: Google Play selling black Nexus 5, both 16GB and 32GB storage sizes
Burn-ins on your AMOLED screen are the worst. They are just absolutely terrible. There is nothing worse than seeing a ghost on your phone for all eternity. The good news is that you don’t have to site idly by while your OCD goes crazy.
One Brendon Sled has taken it upon himself to fix your devices unfortunate screen. AMOLED Burn-in Fixer is an app designed to be effective and easy to use.
The basic idea behind the app is to invert the colors of your status bar and/or navigation bar (depending on which location is showing signs of burn-in) to reverse the eye sore.
There are three easy steps to fixing these burn-ins. Install, Test and Fix. It is that simple.
Step one, install the app from the Google Play Store for free. You can either search “AMOLED Burn-in Fixer” or make use of the widget at the bottom of this post.
Step two, test your screen for signs of burn in. You just follow the yellow brick road on this one. Tap the “Test Burn-in” tab, then select “Hide UI”. You will be presented with a solid gray background that will reveal any burn-ins to you. This will most likely be around the status bar and navigation bar areas as previously stated.
Step three, fix all the things! Once you determine the areas that require doctoring, go back to the “Fix Burn-in” tab and select the locations you require. Then, follow the instructions on screen. Enable inverted colors in your system settings and hide the app settings.
Everything is simple and painless. You just have to leave the inverted screen up until the signs of any burn-in are reduced to your satisfaction.
Unfortunately, the app only installs on Lollipop devices.
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