Two videos were uploaded to HTC’s YouTube channel over the weekend. They’re ads for the company’s Sense 5 skin, specifically the feature known as “BlinkFeed”. For those not aware of the feature, think of it like Flipboard integrated into your home screen. So when you unlock the phone, the first thing you see is news. Sounds like a great concept, but there’s no way to add your own sources, plus most people are used to seeing icons and widgets.
When Samsung announced the GS3 last year, they launched it in two colors: blue and white. Over time, the company added several more hues, including black, red, and even purple.
This year the South Korea company launched the GS4 again with only two color options: black and white. And now, thanks to what appears to be a sales brochure, we have evidence that there’s going to be a blue GS4 coming soon. To be specific, it’s “Blue Arctic”.
According to the rumors floating around the web, Samsung is going to announce three new variants of the Galax S4 by the end of the first half of 2013. One of them will be a ruggedized version of the GS4 called the GS4 Active. Another will be a smaller version of the GS4, but with a 16 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom called the GS4 Zoom. And finally there’s the GS4 Mini. As the name suggests, it’s a smaller GS4 with downgraded specs.
Nova Launcher, probably the most popular third party launcher in the Play Store among Android 4.0+ users, got a major update to v2.1 today. The update brings with it a number of enhancements including the ability to drag folder drawers to desktop, which was perhaps one of the most requested features among Nova users.
Here is some good news for Android users residing in Germany. It looks like Google has silently flipped on the switch on its “what’s thing song” music recognition feature in Google Now in Germany.
LG’s Optimus G, the device that was used as a template for the Google Nexus 4, is highly likely going to get refreshed this year. Rumors say the new G, let’s call it the G2 for now, is going to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with a beautiful 5 inch 1080p display. Now a photo of this alleged G2 hit the internets roughly five days ago thanks to @evleaks, the Twitter user who somehow magically gets information before everyone else.
Facebook recently invited a bunch of media outlets over to their campus to demo several features slated to come to a new version of Facebook Home. During the presentation, the company revealed that Home has been downloaded less than a million times.
If that’s not embarrassing, I don’t know what is.
Google I/O kicks off on May 15th. It’s the company’s annual event where they show off what’s been cooking in the kitchen. Last year they famously demoed Google Glass and announced the Nexus 7. According to AllThingsD, the company had plans to announce a physical Google credit card, but the CEO, Larry Page, killed those plans after receiving a flaky demo of the product.
The Chinese handset vendor Huawei, who I haven’t written about in a while simply because they haven’t done anything too exciting recently, is going to hold an event in London on the 18th of June. The title of the invitation reads “BEAUTY. Worth waiting for.” Why did they capitalize the word beauty? Probably because they think their next phone is going to be the best thing to ever come out of their design teams.
ASUS, the company that invented the netbook and the Android tablet that can turn into a full blown laptop, just posted a one minute video to YouTube that’s the very definition of artsy fartsy. It’s all about the never ending passage of time and how one doesn’t grow unless they innovate, which is pretty much the reality for every company out there.