Android has always played second fiddle to whatever branding the most popular manufacturer of the time used. Google has instituted a new policy among Android manufacturers that may help curb that lack of recognition.
Before most smartphones are released, they take the requisite trip to Mr. Blurrycam, a half-joking reference to the almost uniform case of leak artists taking pictures that are out of focus and very blurry. The latest device to get the Blurrycam treatment is the All New HTC One
When Motorola first introduced Project Ara, it was pitched as a concept that would take time to flesh out with help from the development community, and Google is now seeking to encourage that help by hosting an online developer conference.
While Google Maps is the more known provider of public transit directions in the US, Nokia's HERE Transit solution has gained a wide reach in several markets spread across the globe. Nokia today share some progress statistics about Here Transit, including the revelation that it supports subway, tram, and bus directions in 800 cities in 53 countries. Service has been expanded in parts of the United States, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico City, Israel, Sweden, and Brazil. It has also added schedules in several countries, as well as confirmed plans to complete coverage in several other countries. Details about the expansion can be found here. HERE Transit is available for download in the Windows Phone Store.
The 2014 version of the HTC One is officially being unveiled on March 25. HTC has begun sending invites for press events taking place in New York City and London next month when we'll finally see the the phone that has been leaked several times as the M8.
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Conventional wisdom has said that Samsung would not announce the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress later this month, but the Korean manufacturer has sent out press invites to an upcoming event with a blatant teaser for the S5.
AT&T has announced that it will be the exclusive carrier of the Asus Padfone X, marking the first time that the Android smartphone-tablet convertible will be officially sold through the carrier in the US. It will also be the first 4G LTE Advanced device from the carrier.
That's not a problem for most people, but consumer habits may eventually create one. In the past year, the amount of data traffic that the average US subscriber uses is almost twice as high as it was last year.
HTC has been trying various ways to promote its flagship phone, the HTC One, and the latest method includes footing the bill for buyers who don?t want to deal with up-front costs. Customers who visit HTC.com can apply to get an unlocked HTC One, compatible on AT&T and T-Mobile, for $0 down. Buyers with qualified credit can get the $599 phone for no money down and monthly payments of $25. More details about the financing are available at HTC.