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Dec

The HTC One 2/M8 3D Concept Takes Video Form


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The HTC One is considered by most the best smartphone that hit the market this year. Even if you hate HTC, or you hate the Sense UI, you still can’t say that it is truly the best built phone to date. I love the HTC One, and many would argue that I’m just an HTC fanboy and will love everything HTC puts out. Couldn’t be further from the truth, because I absolutely hate the pain it is to unlock the bootloader and get S-Off on the devices, and I am thinking my next phone will be a Nexus or a Moto X.

With that declaration though, comes a 3D concept video of the successor to the HTC One, and if the phone is anything like it is displayed here in this video, maybe I won’t jump the HTC ship quite yet. The HTC One 2, which will probably be among us as early as Q1, gets a 3D mock-up video, and the specs sound magical. A 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 5-inch 2k display, 3GB or RAM, Android 4.4, Sense 6, and a 4000mah battery. Did that make your mouth water? Let’s just say the blood in my head rushed elsewhere when I watched the video for the first time. The design is pretty similar to the original HTC One, but this time we get a matte black color and it just looks so pretty.

So check out the 3D concept video below. Hopefully some of the specs end up being true for the HTC One 2. Let us know what you think of it.

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12
Dec

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE starts to see Android 4.3 Update


Samsung has been on a roll as of late getting updates to Android 4.3 to its various flagship devices. The original Galaxy S III devices around the globe and on various networks have been seeing their updates roll in slowly over the last few weeks, with some minor tweaks and updates hitting from various carriers. However the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE version was not part of those roll outs. Obviously due to the difference in the radios on the device. A report coming out from SamMobile is now pointing towards an update for the LTE variants. Starting off with the international versions of course.

Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE In typical fashion the roll out will hit various regions at various times. Then there is the carrier version here in the states. Hopefully those of you sporting an LTE variant won’t have to wait too much longer for your official update. The Android 4.3 update brings in quite a bit of changes, but most notable is the inclusion of Samsung Galaxy Gear support, Samsung Knox, move-to-sd and much more.  Just take a read of some of the things to expect –

CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE
– GALAXY GEAR Support
– TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
– Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
– New Samsung Keyboard
– GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
– New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
– New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
– Daydream
– KNOX included
– Driving mode
– Actionable notifications
– Move-to-SD-card feature
– New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
– New Additions in Notification Centre
– Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
– Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
– New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
– Full screen Samsung apps
– New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
– Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!

If you are impatient, you can head to your device settings > more > ABout Device > Software Update > Update. The update should also be availabel vie Samsung KIES if you choose to open the software and plug your device in.

Anyone out there seeing this update showing up? If so, where are you located so others in your area might take notice and snag theirs too.

 

12
Dec

‘Cover’ the Innovative New Lockscreen App Lands in the Play Store


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The innovative lockscreen app, Cover, has now made its way into the Play Store in beta form. If you guys haven’t heard of Cover yet, then I would suggest checking out my review about it that I did for app of the week. Cover was actually developed by some former Google employees, so you know they know the Android system pretty well.

Cover will throughout the day change depending on the time of day, or depending on your location you are currently at. Like some other apps out there, Cover will figure out which apps you use the most while in these certain locations, and will display them on the lockscreen for quick access. The peak view feature is almost reminiscent of Blackberry’s layered UI, but it is still pretty cool to utilize. So if you want give the lockscreen a try, head into the Play Store and download it. It is free, so try it out and let us know what you think about it.

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12
Dec

SwiftKey Beta 4.5 update rolls with All-New Emoji Support


SwiftKey has made an announcement for the SwiftKey Beta program today that many are sure to enjoy. The update moves the popular Android keyboard replacement to v4.5 beta. It is a public beta, so everyone that wishes to give it a whirl is more than welcome to do so.

SwiftKey 4.5 BetaIn this release you find support for more than 500 emoji’s across five various categories: people, objects, nature, places and symbols. In this classic emoji, you will get a popup panel so you can choose what you want to add to your message. The buck doesn’t stop there though, there is also emoji word matching. Based on the word you are typing, you will be presented with relevant emoji’s to add to the message without having to search for it on your own.

Emoji word match:
As you type one of hundreds of keywords, you can opt to be offered emoji predictions in the candidate bar. For example, typing “Santa” will offer you a Christmas emoji in addition to word predictions, just tap the emoji image to select.

Fun examples include: “sleepy”, “pizza”, “broken”, “cheers” and “kiss”. Also, if you start typing a time of the day, such as 10pm, you may be greeted by the relevant clock symbol.

That is probably the best use of emoji support I can think of. I hardly ever remember to use them. Maybe this will help spice up my communications.

To top things off, there is now the added support of an option number row. Finally.

All of these new addition in the 4.5 beta version are easily turned on and off still leaving you in full control over your keyboard experience. If you want to pick it up then point your browser over to SwiftKey and download the apk.

12
Dec

Nokia releases Motion Tracker beta for Lumia 1520 owners looking to get up and go


With the number of gadgets that have contributed to our sedentary lifestyles, it’s always nice to see a piece of technology bent on getting people up and moving. After teasing the app a few months back, Nokia’s finally debuting Motion Monitor — well, the beta version, at least. The app’s currently only available to Lumia 1520 owners, as the handset maker notes that its feature set needs that specific hardware to function as intended. Once installed, the app is always on in the background, tracking your movement, an act the company says will have little impact on power consumption. You’ll be able to view your activity on a timeline, by day month or year. You can also check out activity as a live tile on the lock screen.

Looking to ramp up your movement ahead of the holiday? You can try out the beta now in the source link below.

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Via: WPCentral

Source: Nokia Beta Labs

12
Dec

The next game from Braid’s creator supports the Oculus Rift


After indie game darling Braid‘s mass popularity, creator Jonathan Blow didn’t go crazy and buy a Lamborghini or something. He started a game studio instead, to create his next big thing: The Witness. Blow was on-stage at Sony’s big PlayStation 4 announcement event back in February (that was this year!), where he announced The Witness as headed to the PlayStation 4 as a “console exclusive” — a coup for Sony’s PlayStation 4 after Braid initially debuted exclusively on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in 2008.

Since that announcement, Blow’s been in development mode. The Witness was featured at Sony’s PlayStation 4 review event, as well as trade shows like E3 and Gamescom, but he and his team have otherwise been pretty quiet. A few weeks ago, however, Blow posted a duo of enticing images (one of which is seen above) with the headline, “What could it mean??” The internet answered with the logical response: “Jonathan Blow possibly teasing Oculus [Rift] support for The Witness. This game seems like a perfect fit.” is Reddit’s headline. Surprising no one, The Witness — at least the PC version — will support the Oculus Rift.

“The main work we are doing is not for the Oculus,” Blow told Engadget. “But then, since we are doing 3D it is not that big a step to support the Oculus also, so we are implementing support for it.” In other news, apparently The Witness will support 3D televisions! It’s not clear how the headset will interact with the game in terms of gameplay input, but we’re thrilled enough by the thought of exploring The Witness‘ first-person open-world using the Oculus Rift. And hey, maybe there’ll be a consumer version in sight by the time The Witness launches in 2014!

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12
Dec

Google+ for Android update brings search and notification improvements, holiday cheer


Following last month’s update to enhance locations and photos, the folks in Mountain View are rolling out version 4.2.4 of Google+ for Android today. Added features this time around include the ability to search everything from the same box and content browsing by category from the What’s Hot stream. Notifications get a tweak as well, allowing users to control who’s able to buzz them immediately by adjusting “Who can notify me” in the settings menu. Finally, to show you’re in the proper seasonal spirit, shaking your device now adds animated snow to an open photo via Auto Awesome. A second shake will save the image for posterity. The updated software is making its way to Google Play “gradually,” so check back later if it’s not snowing… er, showing up just yet.

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Source: Vic Gundotra (Google+), Google Play

12
Dec

Borderlands 2 mobile app turns QR codes into absurd in-game armaments


Borderlands 2 is attempting the Herculean task of exciting people about QR codes. With its new LootTheWorld mobile app, Gearbox Software (Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and, er, Aliens: Colonial Marine) is turning any barcode or QR square into in-game gear like acid-burst armor or a flame-spewing sniper rifle with a 12x-zoom scope.

Whether you bought the game last year or just downloaded it for free from the PlayStation Store, this app could be one of the more useful mobile companions on your phone. Perhaps best of all, it’s free and available right now from iTunes and Google Play. We’ve reached out to Gearbox for info on how the loot is determined and will update this post if we hear back. You should hurry along though, Mercenary Day is almost upon us.

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Via: Gearbox Community, Gearbox Software (Twitter)

Source: Google Play, iTunes

12
Dec

The Engadget Podcast is live at 3:30PM ET!


It’s cold out there. Why not warm up under the glowing studio lights of the Engadget Podcast? It sure beats warming your hands next to a trash can fire. This week, Brian will be joined by Terrence and Sarah, who will be making her studio podcast debut along with the usual gang of tech mascot stuffed animals.

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12
Dec

iPhone 5s Top-Selling Smartphone at All U.S. Carriers, iPhone 5c Takes Third


The iPhone was the top-selling smartphone at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for September, October and November of this year, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley (via AppleInsider). We previously covered Walkley’s September numbers.

The iPhone 5s, which came out in the second half of September, has proved extremely popular with customers and has only recently gotten close to a supply/demand balance.

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Before the iPhone 5s and 5c’s release, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Sony, and Motorola all had handsets enjoying top-three sales at at least one of America’s big four carriers. Apple’s September announcement pushed all but Samsung out of the picture and relegated the South Korean conglomerate’s Galaxy S4 to the runner-up position across the board.

Apple has maintained a significant edge outside of the U.S. as well, even before the long-anticipated launch of the company’s devices on China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier. The iPhone 5s was “by far the top selling smartphone…at most channels where the smartphone launched globally,” Walkley notes.

Samsung’s Galaxy S 4, the iPhone’s chief competitor, now holds second place across all carriers with the iPhone 5c coming in third. Closer to the launch of the 5c and 5s, the 5c held second place at AT&T and Sprint.

Last year, the numbers were similar, although with different phone models. NPD claimed the iPhone 5 was the best-selling model of Q4 2012, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S III, and then the iPhone 4s and iPhone 4 models.

    



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