HTC has been adding many of the built-in apps from its Sense UI Android overlay to the Google Play Store over the past months. One by one, we’ve seen the Sense launcher, lock screen, weather app, and the camera app in the Play Store. And today the Sense Web browser joins them.
It’s called HTC Internet, for whatever reason, but make no mistake – it’s the browser that’s built into recent HTC devices.
Facebook will start showing AMBER Alerts to its users in their News Feeds. This will happen on both the Web and inside Facebook’s mobile apps for iOS and Android. Obviously, you’ll only see those alerts that are relevant to your location.
AMBER Alerts have been issued in the US since 1996. It’s a child abduction alert system, in case you didn’t know. So far AMBER Alerts have made it to radio and TV stations, and even digital road signs and LED billboards in some places. They are also sent via email and SMS, and have recently been expanded to appear in Google searches and in Google Maps.
Grand Theft Auto V is already available for consoles, but if you’re a PC gamer you’re still in for a wait. Originally the PC version of the game was supposed to come out on January 27, but there’s some bad news today – that release date slipped.
And not by a few days, either. Rockstar Games, maker of the GTA franchise, has officially announced that GTA V for PC will only become available on March 24. So that’s quite the delay, almost two months in fact.
Xiaomi is a mere 2 days away from a press conference where it is obviously going to launch a new flagship. The Chinese manufacturer has intensified its teasing campaign by uploading a video of its employees’ reactions when they were shown the upcoming device.
Now, we have to admit we were really expecting an intriguing announcement even before the teaser, but it must be some hugely groundbreaking stuff. Or they picked the most emotional chaps at the office. Or, you know, it’s a tiny bit staged.
Xiaomi is barely a few years old, but is already the top smartphone manufacturer in China and among the top makers worldwide. It’s eyeing global dominance though its presence outside its home country is still fairly small. Facebook is by far the biggest social network around the world – except in China where it’s blocked by government censors.
The two companies sound like a good match for each other – Xiaomi wants out, Facebook wants into China.
The champagne is popping over at the Microsoft headquarters as the company is now boasting 560,000 apps in its Windows Phone and Windows stores combined.
The number of combined apps back in November, 2014 was 525,000. The Windows Phone Store had 340,000, while the Windows Store was rocking 187,000. Currently, there’s no data how the newly added 35,000 apps are distributed.
The wearables market may have created a lot of buzz over the past few quarters, but looks like it will take some more time for that buzz to convert into genuine consumer interest. According to a latest research report from GlobalWebIndex, which surveyed around 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% said they have a smartwatch, and even less, 7%, said they own smart wristbands.
In contrast, around 80% of the people surveyed said they own a smartphone. While that’s undoubtedly a major chunk, it’s still less than the proportion (91%) using PCs. As for Android vs iOS, the data presented in the report puts the former far ahead of the latter (see image below).
Marvel released a second trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron blockbuster. The mega-budget, star-studded flick is set to debut this spring, on May 1.
At one minute and forty seconds long, the latest trailer for the movie is decidedly dramatic.
With all this talk about the upcoming Windows 10, it’s easy to forget about Windows 7 and how many computers out there still run it. Microsoft is focused on convincing those who didn’t upgrade to Windows 8 to do so for Windows 10. In the meantime, though, the company will be ending “mainstream support” for Windows 7 tomorrow.
This means that the aging OS will no longer receive new features, or any design changes or the likes. It will, however, still get security updates until January 14, 2020.
If you’re in the UK or Ireland and are looking to purchase a Lumia-branded Windows Phone in the near future, this might interest you. Microsoft has started a promotion today which gives you a free Fitbit Flex wristband if you buy one of three Lumia devices.
Spotify is undoubtedly one of the biggest revolutions to come to the audio industry ever since Napster was stirring up heat online. With the New Year the music master has a lot to be proud of as it recently announced that it now has 15 million paid subscribers and the whopping 60 million plus active users.
Last November these very same numbers were circling around 10 million paid and 40 million total users, so this represents a huge leap forward and foretells a bright future for the streaming service, provided that legal issues don’t get too severe.
Since it was announced, the Asus Zenfone 2 has been king of the hill in our popularity ranking. Besides popularity, the new phone is the first to come with 4GB of RAM – provided you get the higher-specced of the two versions. That one comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 with a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz.
The $200 version of the phone will be based on the Z3560 (1.8GHz) and will have “only” 2GB of RAM. Here’s an early comparison of performance in AnTuTu 5.5.
China’s top smartphone player Xiaomi, which is also the world’s third-largest mobile handset vendor, is expected to launch its next flagship, allegedly dubbed Mi 5, this week. Previous rumors have indicated that the device will sport a 20- or a 16-megapixel rear camera, but some latest leaked photos (see below), which were allegedly taken using the device, suggest otherwise.
According to a report from GizmoChina, which first spotted the pictures, they carry the Xiaomi Mi5 name in their EXIF information, and were taken with a resolution of 4208×3120, which indicates that the device will sport a 13 megapixel camera.