HTC One has just arrived at our office and is here to stay for a review. The HTC flagship is supposed to feature some advanced camera tech behind those 4 million+ ultrapixels, so the first thing we did was a quick impromptu shootout.
Unlike most of its competitors, the HTC One bets on fewer, but bigger size pixels on its image sensor, rather than many tiny ones. In theory this should allow it to shoot photos that have less digital noise and more dynamic range. But of course, you have got to remember that when you downsize a say, 13MP photo down to 4MP it also visibly decreases the digital noise.
Anyway, we would refrain from passing a judgement at this stage (we’ll save that for the full-featured review), but here are several comparison shots of the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z, which has a rather densely packed 13MP camera sensor, featuring one of the smallest pixel sizes currently used in flagship products. Read more »
Oppo, the Chinese manufacturer, has released the kernel source code of its Oppo Find 5 smartphone. This will surely attract interest from the developers and one can expect a slew of custom ROMs and kernels for the device to appear shortly.
The source code is currently available from the company’s official forum and the developers who are interested can get it from the source link below. Read more »
The recently launched Sony Xperia Z has been the talk of the town for its powerful specifications and amazing features. The guys over at XDA developers have been working hard to get root access on the smartphone and after their initial success they have now managed to find an exploit that works even if the device’s bootloader is locked.
The latest exploit allows the Xperia Z to be rooted, even if don’t want to mess with your bootloader and risk bricking your device. Read more »
Samsung released a few commercials over the last two months advertising the security environment of Galaxy S III, Note II and Note 10.1. Obviously those ads targeted the corporate clients, but they all have one thing in common – the mysterious Unicorn Apocalypse game.
As it turns out, the game is real and is now available for free in the Play Store. Read more »
Angry Birds has been one of the most popular games of the mobile age, with each title in the series becoming an instant hit across the platforms it’s available on. The company has now given itself a well deserved pat on the back as the different titles available on multiple platforms have already been downloaded a whooping 1.7 billion times.
More importantly, Rovio has announced the new series of Angry Birds cartoons, which will debut on March 16. The first season will contain 52 episodes and the show will be telecasted on Saturdays. Read more »
Here is the official change log from Google: Read more »
It seems Rovio is not ready yet to give up on Angry Birds Rio. Even though the movie-related episodes are over, an update came in the form of Market Mayhem.
It’s a brand-new episode with 30 regular and 2 bonus levels and 15 hidden strawberries. Read more »
HTC is giving potential buyers of the One a taste of what it’s put into the recently-announced flagship with a new interactive site.
While it’s not the same as holding the device in-hand, the website does let you experience several of the new features such as the BlinkFeed news feed, BoomSound, and Zoe. Read more »
The original Temple Run hit iOS back in 2011. The game was an instant success, reaching the top of charts around the world. It arrived on the Play Store last year and saw similar response from Android users as well.
It was also last year when Imangi released Temple Run: Brave, a variation of the original game made in collaboration with Disney for their movie ‘Brave’. It featured a new character and different level design but was essentially the old game in a new wrapper. But earlier this year, Imangi released Temple Run 2 that brought with it completely redesigned visuals and some new gameplay mechanics.
Now, shortly after the release of Temple Run 2, the developers have released Temple Run: Oz. Like Temple Run: Brave before it, Temple Run: Oz is based on an upcoming Disney movie, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and carries forward the visual and gameplay enhancements from Temple Run 2 but with new level designs keeping with the theme of the movie. Let’s see how this latest installment has turned out. Read more »
The original Riptide GP released two years ago was one of the first games to be optimized for NVIDIA’s Tegra series of mobile GPU. The game featured advanced visual effects, such as water splashes and motion blur that were exclusive to devices running Tegra processors.
Now, NVIDIA and Vector Unit have announced a sequel to this jet-ski racer, called Riptide GP 2 and it will be optimized for the upcoming Project SHIELD running the Tegra 4 processor. Read more »
The LG Optimus G Pro brings several upgrades over the regular Optimus G, including a big 3,140mAh battery, but also a new screen and updated chipset. Let’s find out if the increase in battery capacity offsets the higher power demands of the screen, which is both bigger and higher res.
Before we go on, we’d like to note that our Optimus G Pro review unit (which came from Korea) has a spare battery and a battery charger/phone stand in the box. The international version might not have these goodies. Read more »
Emergency broadcasts on the radio or on TV are a thing of the past – people rely on the Internet for such things. For that reason, Google is bringing its Public Alerts international starting with Japan.
Earthquake and tsunami warnings for Japan will appear on Google’s Search page, Maps and even Google Now. Read more »
We already gave you our Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos review, but now it’s time to examine the battery life of the smartphone in great detail. You already know the final score, but let’s see how the different parts of the dual-SIM phone’s performance stand in comparison..
With a 2100mAh battery and a modest WVGA resolution you would always expect the Samsung Galaxy Grand to do well even if has a large 5″ screen to power and dual-stand-by to cater for. Read more »
Sony Xperia Z was announced back at CES in January and its popularity grows bigger by the day. We have already had the Sony Xperia Z for quite a while in our office and its in-depth review is over here but once the MWC wrapped up we were also able to complete its battery test.
The smartphone has a large 2330 mAh battery to rely on, but the quad-core Krait CPU and the 5″ 1080p display are known to consume quite a lot of power. The fact that the battery isn’t user-replaceable puts even more pressure on the Xperia Z to do well here, and we were as curious as you are to find out if that’s actually the case. Read more »
Samsung was expected to launch a bunch of other tablets along with its Galaxy Note 8.0 at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress. One of the more appealing of the rumored tablets was the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus and the good news is that the tablet launch might just be around the corner as it has been officially listed on the Bluetooth.org website.
The listing confirms the model number of the tablet to be GT-P8220 and the existence of an LTE variant. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus was reported to boast a 2560×1600 resolution display and the tablet is expected to rub its shoulders against the likes of Google Nexus 10 and Apple Retina iPad. Read more »