Budding astromoners might know March 24th as the anniversary of the discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet that ultimately collided with Jupiter in July 1994. However, the rest of us simply see this Sunday as the end of another week of Android news.
This week we’ve seen rumours of a subscription news model in Google Play, Sony’s unveiling of the Xperia SP and Xperia L handsets and the announcement of a new service from Google, Keep. Let’s jump in and take a look!
We’re into the third week of 2013 and the 62nd day of the year. You might know it as the birthday of Brian Cox, but it also happens to be the culmination of another week of Android news.
Since last week’s instalment, we’ve seen hardware announcements at Mobile World Congress, the release of Photoshop Touch on iOS and Android and more. Let’s dive in and take a look…
This week saw the announcement of HTC’s flagship device for 2013: the HTC One. As Connor covered in today’s This Week In Android recap, the One sports a mind-boggling display density — 468ppi, which is leaps beyond the 300ppi standard that Apple introduced for “Retina” displays. But that’s not the only significant feature of the One.
Aside from the now obligatory processor and RAM bumps, the One features a new UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization that captures a lot more light than a regular mobile phone camera. It also comes with dual front speakers for a sharper and louder sound, a built-in InfraRed port that allows you to remote control your TV, and packs it all in a full metal body with glare and scratch-resistant glass.
On the software front, there’s BlinkFeed on the homescreen that pulls data from your important services and sites, and Zoe that brings your Gallery to life by making any photo you capture into a 3-second video with 20 separate frames.
HTC is definitely hoping that this will be the One device to save it from the downward sales and marketshare spiral it’s been in over the past year. But will all of it be enough to make the One your One phone? Alright, no more puns. Wait, One more! OK, I’m done.
It’s February 24th and today, we not only celebrate the birth of the late Steve Jobs but also say goodbye to another week of Android news. This week has seen the HTC One finally announced, the reveal of the PlayStation 4 and its integration with your Android device and more!
Let’s dive in…
Another week and more Android news is upon us. This week saw the revival of Nexus 4 sales to meet the demand it originally faced, a new Android statue joining Google’s campus and more. Let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the robotic world of Android this week…
September has been a fairly big month for Android announcements, with a number of phone and tablet makers taking the stage to announce new products. From the unveiling of a new line of Kindle Fires to Google and Motorola’s Droids, in this article we’ll take a look at some of the new gear.
HTC has always held a place of honor in the Android community in general. Since the launch of the Dream, they have grown bigger and stronger and have not looked back. While still holding an extremely influential place in the smartphone industry, they have evolved from their humble beginnings into one of the industry’s largest innovators.
However, at this year’s Mobile World Congress, HTC’s launch of the One series of smartphones signalled a shift in philosophies that had served them well for the past couple of years, but was starting to show signs of weakness. I believe that this change is definitely for the better, and indicates exciting times ahead for HTC, consumers and developers.
Last month, Nathaniel Mott told us why manufacturer’s custom skins should disappear. I and many others were quite excited for the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, hoping to catch a glimpse of the next generation of Android handsets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but collectively, I think we were disappointed. Why? Certainly not because of the specs, or even the design, but because of the skins.
If we take a look at the HTC One X, it’s not an incredibly ugly phone when it comes to user interface, but it’s nowhere near as well designed as stock Ice Cream Sandwich. It seems that the phone makers have taken Android’s open, versatile nature to mean it is there for them to mess up.
When I first saw the EVO 3D hit the market, I honestly believed it was nothing more than a gimmick to grab the attentions of enthusiasts, geeks, and braggarts. I couldn’t begin to understand the use of a 3D phone/camera/camcorder. As someone who has worked in film, I looked at the technology as another fad that would be replaced by something newer and greater in a matter of months. Then I got my hands on this phone…
The 3D? Yeah, it’s cool, though I have to admit the best features in this phone have nothing to do with its namesake.