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Sense 7 for the HTC One (M8) will be paired with Android M


Wondering when your HTC One (M8) will get the latest version of the company’s Sense 7 software? The wait will be at least a few more months.

On Twitter, HTC’s Mo Versi commented on the status of Sense 7 for the 2014 flagship.

Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, noted that owners of the One (M8) will not see Sense 7 until the major Android M software update. The company has decided that it would be best for the handset’s software to receive a major change at once rather than focusing resources now on Sense 7 and later on Android M. The latter is expected to arrive in October or November; therefore, it probably won’t be until December at the latest for the One (M8) to receive this software update.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

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HTC One M8 won’t see Sense 7 until Android M

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Back in July HTC confirmed that the HTC One M8 would, in fact, be upgraded to Android M. What we didn’t know, however, is that HTC would be skipping the Android 5.1 and Sense 7 update in favor of M. In a tweet this weekend, HTC’s Mo Versi revealed that the Sense 7 upgrade for the One M8 will be tied to the upcoming Android M update. While he didn’t say for sure that the phone won’t receive an update to 5.1 (just without Sense 7), it certainly sounds that way.

With the One M7, HTC vowed to improve its mixed reputation with device updates delivering new updates as close to 90 days from general release as possible, and for a while it succeeded at delivering this promise. Unfortunately, the One M8 received quite a few update delays over the course of its life, and it is hard to say what kind of fate the One M9 will find when it comes to update transparency and speed.

Of course, things could be worse. HTC could have released Sense 7 and Android 5.1, only to abandon the phone after that. Though Android 5.1 introduces several bug fixes to Lollipop, it’s still far from perfect and so it is great news that HTC is planning to bring Android M to the device. The big question is just how long that will take. If HTC can deliver an Android M update to the One M8 within a few months of its final release with the new Nexus family, good on them. But if we are waiting until early 2016? We imagine there will be a number of One M8 users strongly considering jumping ship.

What do you think, are you surprised to hear that Sense 7 to the One M8 won’t be coming until Android M? Or do you feel it isn’t that big of a deal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Microsoft built a robotic air hockey table to show off Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 air hockey table

Microsoft is more than a little proud that a version of Windows 10 runs on tiny, embedded PCs — proud enough that it’s willing to make clever devices to show this off. The folks in Redmond have built a robotic air hockey table whose virtual player is powered by a diminutive MinnowBoard Max running Windows 10 IoT Core. It’s simple (it largely depends on an overhead camera to track the puck), but it’s good enough to keep up with at least some shots, as you’ll see in the video below. You aren’t about to buy this table in a store — it’d need to keep up with a ruthless human rival, for starters — but it’s proof that modern Windows can find its way into some very unusual places.

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Challenge friends to real-life wizard duels with ‘Maguss’

Harry Potter‘s brand of magic may not exist in the real world, but smartphone applications, electrical engineering and plastic wands sure do. Maguss uses all of these things, plus a badge that acts as a motion-sensing receiver, to bring wizard duels to the physical world. Maguss is on Kickstarter right now, seeking $66,191 to create and ship a kit allowing wannabe wizards to challenge friends to duels in-person and online. Players cast spells by waving the wand in specific motions — in-person, the motion is picked up by the enemy’s badge and smartphone app. Online, players conduct spells at their own badge and the motions are transferred to the rival wizard’s app. In either scenario, whoever has the best wandwork wins.

Maguss starts with this simple premise, but the Kickstarter campaign features stretch goals offering a more robust game system. At $120,000, Maguss will add a “complex game mode” inspired by RPGs where players can uniquely level up, join factions, earn a spot on the ranking boards and embark on quests. At $180,000, the Maguss team promises to add GPS tracking and an interactive map to the game, meaning players would be able to find and challenge nearby people to duels. But, for now, the team needs $66,000 to make the standard Maguss magic happen.

Say it with us, Muggles: Accio Maguss!

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OnePlus 2 delayed 2-3 weeks in North America

Unfortunately, the OnePlus 2 hasn’t gotten off to the start I’m sure the company were intending and despite attracting a huge number of people to the reservation list, shipments of the OnePlus 2 in North America are to be delayed by 2-3 weeks.

The big launch day is tomorrow, August 11th, and those with invites will be itching to press that order button and part with their hard-earned cash for the OnePlus 2. However, the phone won’t ship straight away to the US or Canada and will experience a substantial delay. Shipments to the rest of the world appear to be unaffected.

The production of the OnePlus 2 is in full swing and we’re excited to get the OnePlus 2 in your hands. However we do want to tell our users in North America that due to production schedules, shipping to the States and Canada will commence 2-3 weeks after shipments to Europe.

The reasons are unknown – perhaps it was to give OnePlus a bit more time to get the logistics side ironed out in the US, but breaking this news one day before sales begins does seem rather drastic.

But don’t worry, this won’t affect our selling date. You can still use your invite codes to purchase the OnePlus 2 starting August 11.

How can OnePlus expect users to buy a phone they’ve never seen, using an invite, to be shipped at an unknown date?

Source: OnePlus Forums

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Huawei’s Android Wear smartwatch is “right round the corner”


Will the Huawei Watch be made available next week, next month, or next year? That is the thought of many since Huawei’s Android Wear smartwatch was announced almost six months ago. The company still has not offered a release date or specified its price. Huawei has remained silent on sharing any details. A new signup page, though, could be an indication that Huawei is preparing to release its smartwatch very soon.


The page is headed by a teaser saying that the Huawei Watch is “right round the corner.” You would be correct in seeing two meanings there. The smartwatch will indeed have a round design and its release is in the near future.

Taylor Wimberly, a Huawei employee, also posted to his Google+ account the following:

Huawei may be waiting for a major update to Android Wear before sales of its first Android Wear smartwatch begin. Until then, you can marvel at the Huawei Watch’s alleged retail packaging.

Source: Huawei

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DIRECTV app gets UI refresh, ESPN streaming, other features in latest update


Fresh off their acquisition by AT&T, the DIRECTV app for Android has received an update that brings some handy new features along with a slightly refreshed user interface. DIRECTV has made some changes that make it easier to use all of your devices – smartphones and tablets – along with the DIRECTV receivers to start, stop and resume programs on different devices.

DIRECTV says the new homescreen should make it easier for users to find and watch or even record shows. A quick peek at the screenshots show some prominent access to options to watch a show on your smartphone or tablet, although your device can also serve as a remote control.

One new feature that will be welcomed by sports fan is direct access to ESPN Live which can be streamed to any receiver or device. In the past, accessing ESPN Live meant having to fire up the separate WatchESPN app, so having access while within the DIRECTV app will cut down on the app switching requirements.

Although cable and satellite companies have been advertising the ability to “switch” screens easily, the reality has not always been so smooth. DIRECTV says they have made improvements so it will be easier for users to start a show on their device and switch it to their receiver hooked up to a big screen or vice versa. This is true not just for regular shows, but also for On Demand content now. DIRECTV also added a restart button so users can launch a show from the beginning in case they start watching it late.

You can grab the new DIRECTV app if you are a subscriber from the Google Play Store using the link below.


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Vulkan API promises significant graphical improvements for Android gaming and 3D graphics

vulkan gnomes3D graphics have been moving very quickly in the mobile space, getting increasingly competitive with traditional home video game consoles and the like. That trend will continue now that Vulkan, a 3D rendering API, is coming to Android to improve the graphics experience on mobile devices.

Vulkan is a much more efficient API than Open GL ES that Android currently uses, offering a significantly lower CPU overhead and better tools for developers. A video showcasing a horde of gnomes was created to really show off the difference between the two APIs, and it’s incredibly apparent how much better Vulkan should be for mobile gaming. 

The video shows tons and tons of gnomes on screen, and while both video stay pretty close in FPS at first, once the camera starts panning around and scrolling, Open GL fails to keep a decent framerate. On top of that, not only does Vulkan offer a drastically smoother experience, but CPU usage is much lower, too. That gives more room for game developers to squeeze some extra processing power out of an app, but it also means that energy consumption should be vastly improved.

The Vulkan API isn’t publicly available just yet, but once it is we should start to see some pretty quick improvements on gaming on Android devices, including things like Android TV consoles. Something like Razer’s Forge TV and NVIDIA’s Shield TV stand to gain the most from a more efficient API, since they’re competing more directly with home consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

source: Android Developers Blog

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime with 4.7-inch IPS HD display coming to India


Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Redmi 2 Prime which is a memory upgrade to its counterpart, the Redmi 2. Over the course of the past month, most rumored specs about the upcoming device have stood true. The smartphone will include a majority of the same specifications as the budget Redmi 2 smartphone.

The Redmi 2 Prime will offer the same 4.7-inch IPS HD display, Snapdragon 410 processor and 8 MP rear-facing camera as the original Redmi 2. However, it will differ from its counterpart when it comes to the RAM and memory departments. The Redmi 2 Prime will be coming with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, double that of its predecessor.

Xiaomi plans to use this smartphone to continue its high focus on the Indian market. The company believes it has a real shot at huge growth in the territory.

Xiaomi was sure not to leave pricing details for the Redmi 2 Prime out of the announcement. The smartphone will go for $109, just $15 more than the original Redmi 2. For an extra 1GB of RAM and twice the storage capacity, it should be worth the extra penny to the majority of buyers.

The company will try and meet the strong demand by using a new facility in Sri City that offers a much larger capacity. Unfortunately, the smartphone probably won’t hit other countries worldwide.

Source: Xiaomi

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Huawei’s Honor 7i might launch on August 20 with a sliding camera system


Late last week, we saw a mysterious Huawei handset with a sliding camera setup pass through China’s TENAA. The ATH-AL00 is now being called the Honor 7i and may make its debut on August 20.

The handset will indeed come with the sliding camera system that makes it stand out from competitors. Huawei recently teased the handset and said “You Can Change The Vision Together.” By this. it’s talking about the camera setup. We are hoping it brings an advantage to picture quality and won’t just be for its unique looks.

The specs will likely include a Snapdragon 615 processor backed with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on board storage. The handset will also include a new Xenon front-facing flash to bring better quality lighting to selfies. Pricing for the handset is expected to be between 1999 and 2499 Yuan.

Source: Huawei (Weibo)
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