Whether you’re a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. Android Police revealed a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly updates might not be monthly anymore. That’s not necessarily a bad thing however, since the team is focused on making larger changes, and is currently focused on moving Glass from the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) software it shipped with to the current version of Android, 4.4 (Kit Kat).
There will be very little mystery to the All-New HTC One when it launches next month. In addition to the multiple leaked pictures we’ve already seen, @evleaks has now posted a leaked press shot of the device that clearly shows AT&T’s branding on the rear casing. Other than that, the leaked image pretty much shows us everything else we’ve already seen about the All New HTC One including its dual rear-facing cameras, on-screen buttons and light sensors that have been shifted over to the right-hand side of the phone next to the front-facing camera. HTC will formally unveil the All New HTC One on March 25th. Continue reading
The Nokia X is finally official, announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 earlier today, and it’s bringing some friends with it. The oft-leaked Nokia X has been announced by Nokia today, and it will be accompanied to the Android market by two other phones named the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL in their bid to reach emerging markets with these affordable handsets.
“The X family boasts Nokia’s exciting, high quality hardware design and a range of bright colors. The brand new, tile-based Home screen offers you a simple, elegant way to manage your apps and phone functions and also reintroduces a redesigned version of the enormously popular Fastlane notifications centre – a second Home screen if you like – from the latest Asha devices,” said Nokia.
Users of iOS devices will find themselves with a new software update to install, thanks to a certificate validation flaw in the mobile popular OS. While Apple provides very little information when disclosing security issues, the company said that an attacker with a ‘privileged network position could capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.
Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.
HTC customers in the US no longer need to worry about cracking their smartphone’s screen. HTC has announced it will now provide one free screen replacement at any point during the first six months of phone ownership. The offer covers the HTC One, One mini, and One max, but it’s only good for devices purchased beginning 02/18/2014 going forward.
Existing customers will need to stick with their carrier’s insurance plan or turn to third-party options like iFixit for repairs. Still, no other smartphone manufacturer offers worry-free protection like this in the US, so HTC is setting itself apart in a big way.
T-Mobile announced yesterday that a Federal Court in Texas has ordered the AT&T subsidiary Aio Wireless,to stop using a “plum color as a central part of its trade dress,” as it is “confusingly similar” to its own trademark magenta.
According to court documents, T-Mobile claims the Plum in question, Pantone 676C, is so similar to its own Pantone Process Magenta that it “dilutes its strength and likely causes confusion among consumers.” The court’s preliminary injunction will prevent Aio from using large swaths of the offending plum color and “confusingly similar shades” in advertising, marketing and store design. T-Mobile brought the suit against the pre-paid carrier, which is owned by its competitor AT&T, last summer, just months after its initial launch.
Although Apple is very close to being done with iOS 7.1, iPhone users may have to wait a little longer to finally get their hands on an update. One of 9to5Mac’s sources says that the final version of iOS 7.1 won’t be available until March and that it won’t include any secret surprises that we weren’t expecting. Instead it will include “some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes,” 9to5Mac writes.
Google has released a convenient way to keep up with the Winter Olympics in Sochi. This new card has started appearing in Google Now providing us quick access to the upcoming events schedule and current medals table.
Nokia has unveiled a rather mysterious Windows Phone teaser today. In a YouTube video, the company simply asks, “Have you heard what’s coming?” After some car revving the 15-second video goes on: “See and hear what you’ve been missing,” before it fades out to Nokia and Windows Phone logos. Nothing else is teased, and it’s not immediately clear what Nokia is planning to announce. However, Nokia has posted this particular teaser to its US YouTube account, suggesting this isn’t a worldwide announcement.