HTC One has been in the news a lot over the past few days. With rumors of stock Android models, bigger 5-inch screens, and patent lawsuits from Nokia. Today we have more good news though, as the HTC One is the first device to become HTCPro certified for business use in the U.S. and will be taking on Blackberry and Samsung SAFE.
Google Glass is still very much in the early stages, and obviously a developer platform with tons of features we may or may not see on the final product. Now that the wearable technology is getting in the hands of thousands of developers we're learning a few more tricks. Things such as wink options to snap photos, and even an "always-on" listening mode that makes using Glass much easier.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. A set of pictures leaked from the folks over at XDA showing an LG Nexus 4 with Android 4.3 at a mobile trade show. Luckily for us another leakster was also able to snag multiple photos and a video of the new camera UI. That's just one of many new improvements we're expecting too.
AT&T GoPhone users can now get access to 4G speeds. This includes AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE networks, though it is provided the user has a supported handset. For now AT&T appears to have this aimed at those who already have a capable device and simply want to avoid signing a contract on something new. These new speeds are available at this time and will be available with the $65, $50 or $25 per month plans.
Gmail for Android. What we're seeing could be something new that is coming soon, or instead just a mockup that was used by Google. What you see below is a screenshot from a Google I/O developer session last week, and it's a completely new Gmail with the slide-out navigation bar and all.
Best Buy is planning a weekend sale that will bring some discounts on select Android smartphones. There are a few handsets that will be available during this promotion and they look to be spread between two carriers -- AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Before anyone gets excited thinking there will be deep discounts on handsets such as the GALAXY S 4 or HTC One, we will offer the warning up front as these are older model handsets.
hands-on time. Perhaps more important, the folks at ZTE had said the handset would begin rolling out during the first quarter and was expected to arrive for those in the US sometime later in the year.
Google Glass now have another reason to consider using a Nest thermostat in their homes. The Nest is a learning thermostat that is touted as being the "next generation." Aside from the convenience of being able to control the Nest using a smartphone, the thermostat is said to be able to lower your heating and cooling bill by up to 20 percent. More to the point for today though, the Nest thermostat now has a Google Glass app.
Glass for consumers, however it looks like the display technology may have been decided. Based on details coming out of a recent Korea Times report, Google will be using Samsung’s organic light-emitting diode technology (OLED) for Glass. For now the details are coming by way of still unnamed sources.
Google I/O this year didn't have any crazy new hardware announcements or a change in the Android OS version. With speculation of a new Nexus 7, Motorola's X-Phone, or even an LTE Nexus 4 we were all excited. Don't worry though, because it's all still coming. A new report from DigiTimes claims the new Nexus 7 is already shipping to warehouses, and will be announced next month.