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HTC One ‘M8 Ace’ leaks online, shows itself in red


HTC is prepping for the launch of the HTC One M8, a follow-up to the well-build HTC One from last year. Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile and SaskTel will be releasing this flagship in a few days and many have already received the device early through the “pre-sale” program.

Shortly after HTC announced the M8 there were rumours of the company making a mini version called the HTC One M8 mini. This is a similar track the the One too with the HTC One mini with its scaled down specs. Today, reputable device leaker @evleaks has revealed a device called the HTC One “M8 Ace.” It’s not known exactly what this is… possibly the mini version of the flagship, but could simply be a new colour option for the M8. A few weeks ago HTCSource posted a report that in addition to the Gunmetal Grey, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver, HTC would also see a red variant for the device.

Until more info on this comes forward we can gander at the above image.
Read our One M8 Review here.

Source: @evleaks
Via: HTCSource
(Thanks Sean!)


Oppo’s Find 7a now available to preorder, offers free shipping and accessory bundle


One of the best deals on an unlocked Android smartphone is now available for preorder.

Oppo’s Find 7a, the slightly less-powerful sibling to the Find 7, is now up for preorder in Canada, and arrives with free shipping and three accessories, including an Easy Cover, an extra battery and a 32GB microSD card.

Oppo isn’t a well-known name in North America, but with the release of the Find 5 and N1, along with the recent announcement of the Find 7 and Find 7a, the Chinese manufacturer is looking to change that.



Samsung’s new Galaxy Ace Style tests KitKat’s 512MB-optimized performance


Samsung’s got a new entry-level Android device, and it’s both familiar and intriguing. The Galaxy Ace Style is the first from the company to ship with 512MB RAM and KitKat, testing Google’s claims that the newly-launched OS version is more consistently performant with less system memory.

Other than that, the 4-inch device sports a 800×480 pixel LCD display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, 4GB of internal storage, a 1,500mAh removable battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and a “new” version of TouchWIZ called Essence.

Available in “Cream White” and “Dark Gray,” the device is expected to go on sale during April, though there have been no Canadian announcements just yet. This is actually a significant downgrade from the Ace 3, which launched in July of last year, as that device had LTE support and 1GB of RAM. If the device does come to Canada, expect it go debut at $0 on contract and roughly $150 outright.


Apple: ’87% of devices are using iOS 7′


Apple has once again updated their weekly chart that show iOS adoption. These stats are based are mainly for the developer community and is based on the number of users visiting the App Store. Dated April 6th, Apple says that “87% of devices are using iOS 7,” this is up from 79% in January. iOS 6 users visiting the App Store make up for 11%, followed by 2% using earlier versions.

Comparing to its main competitor, Google’s latest OS update pegs Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat adoption rate at 5.3%. In addition, from a Canadian perspective, the latest report from comScore shows Android owning 44% of the Canadian smartphone market and iOS 37%.

Source: Apple
Via: AI


Sony Xperia M upgrade to Jelly Bean now available


It’s progress. Bell has pushed out an update to the entry-level Sony Xperia M. It’s also safe to assume that the update has arrived on Virgin Mobile. The OS has now been graced with Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean to the device, but also improved battery life.

No indication if the Xperia M will receive KitKat, but for now Jelly Bean is waiting for you. Check your device: press Settings >> About Phone >> Software update.

(Thanks Jason!)


Ottawa International Game Conference announces keynote speakers


At it approaches its third year in existence, the OIGC is slowly building an international gaming conference of some renown in our own backyard. Labelling itself “Ontario’s largest game conference” the OIGC will host 600 attendees over two days in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, with the major companies you’d expect in attendance, like Ubisoft and Square Enix.

The OIGC announced its speaker list this week, and quite a few will be of interest to mobile developers. Peter Heinrich of Amazon will be speaking about Amazon GameCircle, the companies cross-platform alternative to the iOS Game Center. The conference will also feature a few imports from across the pond: Oscar Clark of popular mobile ads network Everyplay GameAds, which was recently purchased by Unity, will be speaking on game monetization – which is perfect, because he literally wrote the book on free to play design. UK studio Exient, makers of Angry Birds: Go!, will also be on had to discuss dev studio partnerships.

The OIGC says it will be adding more mobile speakers as the conferences approaches, but it’s worth a look now while early bird registration is still available.


Samsung and Apple expose mutual anxieties in newly-released trial documents


In the second high-stakes trial in a year (the first ended with Samsung owing Apple almost a billion dollars), Samsung and Apple are once again at loggerheads over patents.

Apple is suing Samsung over five software utility patents — no hardware design issues this time — that the company claims were used in a number of its devices, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Note 2, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S3 and a number of US-exclusives.

Most of the patents are integral, Apple claims, to the practical use of iOS as a whole, including “slide-to-unlock” and universal search, which incorporates web and local data into a single text input. Apple is suing for approximately $2 billion this time, or $40 per device sold, while Samsung is countersuing over two patents for around $7 million.



Bell focuses on shared data in simplified plan lineup


Bell’s renovating its house, and the first area to receive a new coat of paint is its plan lineup.

The company launched a new layout for its monthly price plans over the weekend, putting an end to its confusing mixture of individual Voice & Data plans along with shared data options, opting to go all-in on the latter.

Like Rogers and TELUS, Bell is now offering a unified lineup of shared data plans that combine a base price of $40-60 depending on the device and subsidy, and optional shared data add-ons beginning at $20 for 500MB, increasing to $105 for 15GB. Data is now optional, so users can choose to stick with a base voice plan with unlimited national calling, unlimited texting and Message Centre Lite without spending anything else.



Twitter acquires Android lock screen replacement Cover


Twitter has acquired Cover, the high-profile contextual lock screen replacement that emerged from private beta late last year.

The acquisition comes after Yahoo bought Aviate, with offered a similar product as a home screen replacement. Cover will continue to be offered in the Play Store for now, but that may change as Twitter decides what it wants to do with it. Cover’s an interesting product because it uses your phone’s lock screen as a context gateway, offering shortcuts to apps that you use most often depending on the situation.

Twitter has also been working on improving its Android app in recent months, but the development continues to feel a step behind its iOS counterpart. The company also tends to offer unique services like the now-defunct Twitter Music, only on Apple’s platform. Still, acquiring Cover means that Twitter sees potential in bringing its social network to a new spectrum of Android users, which is good news for the ecosystem as a whole.

“Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter — more useful and more contextual — and together we’re going to make that happen. We’ll be building upon a lot of what makes Cover great, and we’re thrilled to create something even better at Twitter.”

Anyone use Cover here? Does this decision change your mind about it?


Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs bring 64-bit to Android’s future flagships

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So far, we’ve seen Qualcomm announce three 64-bit systems-on-a-chip, the 410, 610 and 615. All of these, though unreleased, target the mid- to upper-mid crowd, but today’s announcement of the Snapdragon 808 and 810 reinforce Qualcomm’s commitment to the high-end.

The chips won’t launch until sometime in 2015, so don’t get your hopes up too high, but when they arrive they’ll be among the first supporting ARM’s new ARMv8 instruction set, along with newer technologies like CAT6/7 LTE and 3x20Mhz carrier aggregation, among others. (more…)