Videos: HTC’s new ads for the One aren’t exactly great

Videos: HTC’s new ads for the One aren’t exactly great

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.

‘Blue Arctic’ Samsung Galaxy S4 shows up in Japan, will it come to other countries?

‘Blue Arctic’ Samsung Galaxy S4 shows up in Japan, will it come to other countries?

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”.

Eight leaked photos of the Galaxy S4 Mini hit the internets, they’re exactly what you expect

Eight leaked photos of the Galaxy S4 Mini hit the internets, they’re exactly what you expect

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 2.1 released; brings drawer folders to desktop and more

Nova Launcher 2.1 released; brings drawer folders to desktop and more

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.

Google Now ‘what’s this song’ feature now works in Germany

Google Now ‘what’s this song’ feature now works in Germany

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.

According to @evleaks, this might be a photo of the sequel to the LG Optimus G

According to @evleaks, this might be a photo of the sequel to the LG Optimus G

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 Home fails to crack a million downloads since launch

Facebook Home fails to crack a million downloads since launch

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 had plans to launch an actual credit card next week, but Larry Page personally said no

Google had plans to launch an actual credit card next week, but Larry Page personally said no

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.

Huawei to host an event on June 18th in London, plans to show off something beautiful

Huawei to host an event on June 18th in London, plans to show off something beautiful

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.

Video: ASUS is teasing a new product announcement for Computex, but what is it?

Video: ASUS is teasing a new product announcement for Computex, but what is it?

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.