This Week in Android: Oct 7th – 13th

It’s time to bid farewell to jealousy of those iPhone 5S owners who can unlock their device with the mere print of their fingers with the announcement of the alleged announcement of HTC’s Fingerprint-Scanning HTC One Max. If that’s not quite your thing, HTC’s otherwise attempting to attract you with a new metallic variant of the existing HTC One. Let’s take a look!

October 15th: HTC One Max

October 15th seems to be the day for any Android enthusiast living in anticipation of the day their phone sports a fingerprint scanner.

An alleged photo of the HTC One Max from Weibo user zacjasonr, via Pocket-Lint.

An alleged photo of the HTC One Max from Weibo user zacjasonr, via Pocket-Lint.

Roughly a month after Apple’s new flagship introduction — the iPhone 5S, which features a fingerprint scanner — HTC has scheduled events in Asia, the subject of which is being reported as the HTC One Max. The HTC One Max will, allegedly, feature a 5.9-inch 1080p display and run on either a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 or 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor (currently used in the HTC One).

The extent of software integration with the reported fingerprint scanning hardware is yet unknown.

HTC Announces Gold HTC One

With the market for gold phones fast filling up, HTC has followed up Apple and Samsung’s subsequent effort to release a gold variant of the HTC One. This one’s a little more expensive than a gold iPhone 5S or Galaxy S4, priced at £2,750 for the 18-carat phone.

The gold HTC One

The gold HTC One

The phones, which have been designed to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the MOBO Awards, are very limited in availability with only five models produced.

Google Glass’s New Monthly Update

This month’s update for Google Glass has been revealed and released this week, bringing public transit directions to the wearable device. Once the update’s installed, selecting the Transit option when recieving directions will allow wearers to be directed to their destination with the assistance of public transport, highlighting instructions such as embarking trains.

Twitter Announces Tablet Optimised Client

Twitter has finally announced a tablet-optimised version of it’s official client for Android tablets. Larger screen Android devices will now be able to benefit from more optimised use of screen real estate with a two-column view available by rotating a tablet to a landscape orientation.

Twitter's new Samsung-exclusive app

Twitter’s new Samsung-exclusive app

There is a catch though; the app will only be available for Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1 before eventually rolling out to other tablets in the near future. There is no timescale announced for this exclusivity to end, unfortunately, leaving owners of tablets such as the Nexus 7 to deal with existing solutions.

Other Updates

  • Xbox Live achievements have debuted on Android with the release of Microsoft’s own Wordament game. The app offers up 50 gamerscore which is collated alongside achievements from Xbox 360 and Windows games.
  • Sony, through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, has announced the Xperia Z1F, a smaller variant of their Xperia Z1 handset. Instead of the Xperia Z1’s 5-inch 1080p display, the Z1F sports a smaller 4.3-inch 720p screen.

Check in next week for another look at the week in Android!