OnePlus One camera samples released

OnePlus One camera samples released

For a $400 handset, the OnePlus One sports a mightily impressive 13MP F/2.0 camera at its back. While this sounds impressive on paper, it is not yet known how the camera performs in real life.

Today, a member of the OnePlus forums uploaded some pictures shot from a prototype of the OnePlus One that shows off the camera capabilities of the handset in real life. 

Weekend roundup: All the best Android tips and tricks from last week

Weekend roundup: All the best Android tips and tricks from last week

As we close out one week and kick off another, let’s take a moment to look back at the top tips and tricks from the past seven days. Some of the tips you may recall, some may be new to you, but all the “how-tos” below are worthy of a second mention.

Top 5 must-have Apps for Chromecast

Top 5 must-have Apps for Chromecast

For $35, Google’s Chromecast sure does offer an exceptional value for money. The HDMI media streamer allows you to easily cast your photos, videos and movies to your TV without any hassle. While development for the device was slow initially due to the lack of SDK, things have greatly picked up ever since Google released the SDK to public late last year. 

How to root Samsung Galaxy S5

How to root Samsung Galaxy S5

It has been a week since Samsung’s next big thing — the Galaxy S5 — hit the retail stores in majority of the markets across the globe. Compared to the S4, the Galaxy S5 is a modest upgrade with a better camera, performance, battery life and an IP67 certified rating.

If you recently got your hands on the S5 and are looking to root it to remove bloat or use some root related apps, follow the guide below. 

How to set up Chrome Remote Desktop

How to set up Chrome Remote Desktop

A couple of days ago, Google released the Chrome Remote Desktop app on the Play Store. This new app allows all Android users to remotely access their PCs or laptops using Chrome. Compared to other similar services like Teamviewer, Chrome’s Remote Desktop is lightweight, works in the background and is completely free to use. 

Forget your phone’s brightness settings, use Lux instead

Forget your phone’s brightness settings, use Lux instead

The LG G2 has one the most crowded notification areas so I wouldn’t install an app that adds one more thing to it unless it was absolutely awesome, would I? That app is Lux and it forced me to make an exception for it because it solved all my screen brightness problems.

HTC hires former US Samsung marketing executive as a consultant

HTC hires former US Samsung marketing executive as a consultant

Its no secret that HTC’s advertising campaigns are absolutely terrible. It does not matter if the company can make excellent products like the HTC One; until it can market them properly to consumers, its phones are not going to sell in tens of millions of units. Things might soon change for the good though, as HTC has reportedly picked up Samsung’s ex-marketing executive in the United States — Paul Golden.

Top Android apps to follow the IPL 2014

Top Android apps to follow the IPL 2014

The initial schedule of one of the biggest events in cricket — the Indian Premier League a.k.a IPL — kicked off a couple of days ago. Surprisingly, this time, the IPL will be hosted in two parts — the first part being held in the UAE and the second one in India. For cricketing maniacs, IPL is associated with huge sixes, some tense moments and nail-biting finishes, which is what has made the tournament so popular in such a short time.

Samsung reveals the top 10 hidden features on the Galaxy S5

Samsung reveals the top 10 hidden features on the Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is filled with a plethora of features — some that are very much in your face while others are buried deep inside the Settings menu. To avoid consumers missing out on some not-so-obvious features, the company has posted a list of 10 hidden features present in the Galaxy S5. Most of these are extremely useful and have not been marketed much, which may lead to users not being aware of them.

Future HTC smartphone cameras could feature optical zooming

Future HTC smartphone cameras could feature optical zooming

Current camera technology is mostly limited to software tweaking with not much emphasis given to the actual hardware, unless you’re Sony of course [Ed note: or Nokia and developing Windows Phone devices.] But according to imaging expert Symon Whitehorn, we could soon see optical zooming technology coming to smartphones, at least from HTC. Symon stated that this technology is certainly not far off and might potentially make its way to consumer devices in the next 12-18 months.