Google confirms stock Android HTC One launching June 26 on Google Play for $599

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Live from his D11 interview today (live blog here), Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai just confirmed the rumors of a stock Android HTC One. The device will officially be launching on Google Play on June 26th, alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S4, for $599. HTC also announced the device on its blog today:

Response to the HTC One has been phenomenal with reviewers praising the gorgeous design and innovative features. We’ve paired the stunning all-metal unibody with innovative HTC Sense features and the result is something truly remarkable. Now, we’re excited to offer HTC fans and admirers alike a new experience on what we think is the best hardware available today.

The stock Android HTC One will come with 32GB, an unlockable bootloader, and will be SIM-unlocked for GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T when it goes on sale at the end of next month– the same day as the recently announced stock Galaxy S4. The new stock ‘Nexus experience’ HTC One will initially only be available to users in the US.

You can see how the new Nexus experience HTC One stacks up against the Developer Edition and SIM unlocked version direct from HTC in the comparison chart below: Read more

Google rolling out nutritional information in search results

As noted by Droid Life , Google is rolling out nutritional information from the Knowledge Graph into its search results for users in the U.S. over the next ten days.

Google Now will be able to take advantage of these results across various platforms including Android and its iOS application:

From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, “How much protein is in a banana?” or “How many calories are in an avocado?” and get your answer right away. You’ll hear the answer to your specific question, see relevant nutrition information under an expansion, and be able to switch to other related foods or serving sizes.

Many consumers will value this information as caloric intake and personal fitness trends more and more popular. Even fast food restaurants are starting to report nutritional information for its products. Good on Google’s part for making this information more accessible for everyone. Read more

The future of military sensor systems: self-powered, wireless Android boxes

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It may not look like much, but this anonymous-looking plastic box could represent the future of military sensor and surveillance systems. It’s a prototype of a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) design for a modular sensor system for military applications called ADAPT, an acronym DARPA somehow manages to get from Adaptable Sensor System … Read more

Controversy as Google shifts to publicizing critical vulnerabilities after just 7 days

Image: krebsonsecurity.com

Image: krebsonsecurity.com

The Verge spotted a controversial post on Google’s Online Security Blog in which the company says it will now publish security vulnerabilities discovered by its security researchers after just seven days rather than the existing sixty.

The policy affects what Google terms “critical vulnerabilities under active exploitation” – in other words, weaknesses that can do Bad Stuff to users and which are already being used by attackers …  Read more

Russian site posts claimed specs of Samsung S4 Zoom and S4 Active

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Russian site hi-tech.mail.ru (via Unwiredview) has posted what it claims are the specs of two more products it says will be unveiled at Samsung’s press event in London (whose star will be the S4 mini): the S4 Zoom camera and S4 Active, the ruggedized version of the company’s flagship phone.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, will look a lot like Galaxy S4 Mini and will come equipped with:

  • 4.3” 540x960px Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
  • Android Jelly Bean OS
  • 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
  • 1.9mpx fron facing camera
  • 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
  • Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
  • 1900 mAh battery …  Read more

Hit pirates where it hurts – in their pockets, argues Google

Image: Voxindie.org

Image: Voxindie.org

Google has responded to calls from entertainment companies to block torrent sites from search results by arguing that it would make more sense to starve them of ad revenue.

TorrentFreak (via BGR) reported on a debate in which Google’s UK Policy Manager, Theo Bertram, said that attempting to block pirate sites from search results is ineffective, because the same content immediately reappears on a new site.

“Blocking websites, I don’t think is as effective as going after them as a business,” he said, using the now-defunct Megaupload as an example.

“The supply that was going to Megaupload had simply shifted to a whole new range of middle-ranking pirate sites. My worry is if we’re going after them one at a time with blocking, you start getting into the whac-a-mole thing.” …  Read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini specs and images released, screen bigger than the iPhone 5

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We’ve known for some time that it was coming, with the leaks starting back in March and further confirmations since then, but Samsung has now finally made it official: the phone is being launched at a press event in London on June 20. We’ll be there to bring you the hands-on.

It’s interesting to see the different paths taken here by Samsung and Apple where phone sizing is concerned: the screen on Samsung’s mini phone is actually larger than the iPhone screen. So it may be ‘mini’ in Samsung’s eyes, but it’s not an especially small phone.

No pricing info is yet available, but the specs are, as expected, almost identical to its bigger brother: same processor, same super AMOLED screen technology (in a smaller size, of course), same connectivity (with exact mobile data specs varying by market). There are a couple of compromises in what will presumably be a significantly cheaper handset: the main camera is 8MP instead of 13MP, and while the S4 comes with either 16, 32 or 64GB of on-board memory, the S4 has just 8GB – though offers the same microSD card capacities of up to 64GB …

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside introduces Moto X at D11 [full video]

The big news out of the event was obviously the Moto X but there was a lot more to talk about.

Motorola CEO confirms “Moto X” phone coming this year, focuses on sensors, built in USA

At the D11 conference, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that it is preparing a major phone called the Moto X for launch. The phone, he says, is heavily focused on sensors. For example, the phone is contextually-aware in that it could tell when you are in a car.

Another example is launching the phone’s camera sensor when the phone is taken out of a pocket.  Notably, the phone will be built in the United States. Production will occur in a 5000 square foot facility in Fort Worth, Texas. 2000 jobs will be created because of this launch by August.

Woodside confirmed that he is currently carrying this device (which is built to compete with Apple and Samsung’s offerings), but he will not demonstrate it to the crowd. Additionally, he says, Google executives have seen the device.

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Twitter updates Android app with new Tweet composer, richer notifications, & improved photos experience

notifications-new-Android-TwitterTwitter announced on its blog today that an update to its Android app is rolling out with a number of new features including full previews and other enhancements to photos, a new Tweet composer, and richer notifications.

Most of the new features listed below are rolling out to both the Android and iOS apps, but Twitter is also including more info about interactions to the Notification Drawer on Android:

One of the most requested features we’ve heard about from Android users is richer notifications. With this update, you will now see more details about your interactions on Twitter right in the Notifications Drawer. Just swipe the notification to expand and see more details. Read more