Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
It looks like HTC may be planning to unveil a new product in the Desire series at CES 2015. The Taiwanese manufacturer has shared an image with the tagline "Always Desire more" on its social media channels in China, along with a reveal date of January 6.
Other than that, there is no indication as to what HTC is planning for CES. We will be on the ground covering the event exhaustively, so be sure to stay tuned for more on the upcoming product. HTC has been focusing its attention on the mid-tier segment this year with offerings like the Desire 816 and more recently the Desire 820, which offers a 5.5-inch 720p display along with a octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 CPU:
Monday, December 29, 2014
CES 2015 is coming up fast, and Qualcomm wants you to know that you'll be seeing new hardware with a Snapdragon 800-series processor inside. The close-up graphically-transparent (probably not actually like that in real life) phone in question has hints of an LG design, down to the metal-but-not-actually-metal finish back panel set around the signature back-mounted power and volume buttons. It's not any LG phone we've seen so far, and for all we know if might just be a generic render that just so happens to have design features in common with what we'd expect from LG... so what might this be?
Sunday, December 28, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is already a speedy phone, but there's a new version that can download over LTE even faster than before. The current version of the Galaxy Note 4 includes LTE-A with dual-band carrier aggregation — the ability to combine two frequency bands (carrier, in this case, is frequency on which the tower is broadcasting) — for downloads up to 150Mbps. The new version, however, bundles together three bands for downloads that can reach up to 300Mbps.
All of this falls under the umbrella of "Category 6" LTE service, and the tri-band Note 4 will also support LTE-A Category 9 with up to 450Mbps download speeds, but that's not expected until later in 2015 (and will see the same restrictions as noted above for Cat 6).
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
China-based Xiaomi has now sold one million of its Android smartphones in India, according to an announcement today from its Indian chief Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter.
The company started selling smartphones in India just under six months ago. Until just recently, it had three devices on sale in that country; the Xiaomi Mi 3, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, and the Xiaomi Redmi Note. However, Xiaomi got hit with a sales ban in India earlier this month, due to a claim from Ericsson that its smartphones violate several of its patents. The sales ban won't be lifted until at least Feb. 5. However, the company later got an Indian court to allow them to sell smartphones that have Qualcomm chipsets until Jan. 8, which allows sales of the Redmi 1S to continue. The Redmi Note 4G will go on sale in India next week.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Classic endless runner Temple Run has made its way to the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition with the release of Temple Run VR. In the latest from Imangi Studios, you'll run through an Arctic wilderness avoiding enemies in one of the Gear VR's first games. This game brings the Temple Run action into the first-person perspective for the first time in the series.
Stealing an idol from an ancient temple, you'll need to dodge the deadly Arctic Demon Monkeys to make it out alive. You'll face a variety of hazardous environments, such as patches of snow and ice, rickety, icy footbridges, countless cliffs to jump over, and other obstacles.
Temple Run VR is available now for free from the Oculus Store.
If you've been waiting to get an HTC phone, the company is holding a sale on all of its phones as this week's "Hot Deal". HTC is offering 20 percent off any of its phones from now until 9PM PST on January 2, 2015 when purchased through their website. There is a limit of one phone per customer.
To take advantage of the deal, customers must select their phone, then enter the code HTCHOLIDAY20 at checkout. While there is a device limit, unlike previous "Hot Deals," there doesn't seem to be a customer limit on today's offer, with phones on sale for all customers for the duration of the deal.