While it's not exactly ripe with details, the Hulu Plus for Android app's latest update promises increased playback resolution for three popular 1080p handsets: the Galaxy S4, DROID DNA, and HTC One. The assumption you might make, then, is that it's adding 1080p playback.
That's possible, though the amount of 1080p content Hulu currently provides is pretty limited, apparently. And Hulu itself lists a maximum resolution of 720p on its supported devices page. Last summer, the Hulu app was updated with "high resolution" support for small tablets, so my guess is rather that this new update merely allows 720p playback on phones, not the Full HD experience. Read More
Listen up, developers. Google knows you like its cloud platform, but all that arduous setup and coding... yikes. That's why Google is launching a new one-click solution to power apps with a ready-made cloud backend and application framework. It's called Mobile Backend Starter, which pretty well describes what it does.
The PadFone2 is a bizarre device, but at least t's getting some update attention from Asus. Firmware update V10.4.16.8 is in the wild, and you can download the full 700-800MB package on the Asus site. The device stays on Android 4.1, but there are a host of improvements and bug fixes.
Unless you have the HTC One with BoomSound , you probably don't want to listen to music through your phone's wimpy little speakers. A Bluetooth speaker is a popular solution to the problem, but they can get pricey. The Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker for Android is priced pretty reasonably, and it's on sale through Amazon today.
After months of speculation and rumors, Verizon announced the HTC One for its network with all the pomp and circumstance and extravagance it deserved - just kidding, they tweeted about.
So there it is. The One is coming to Verizon "later this summer." This is HTC's first four-carrier Android device in the US, albeit a little late, but cool nonetheless. It's also the second-ever HTC Android phone on Verizon to not be a carrier exclusive designed specifically for Big Red. Read More
Don't get too excited if you see an update notification on your T-Mobile HTC One or Galaxy Note II today – they're both getting minor updates. Both devices stay on Android 4.1.2, but cheer up. There are phones that don't get any update love.
The HTC One update has version number 1.27.531.8, and is coming via OTA. You may notice this isn't even the 1.29 HTC software revision containing fixes for the camera and sluggish buttons. In fact, T-Mobile says all this update does is improve the performance of Visual Voicemail. This one is an 18MB download, and you have to be completely stock to get it. Read More
Vine is a way to shoot short videos and share them on Twitter, but it's been an iOS exclusive for the last few months. Well, Twitter has finally seen fit to grace the lowly Android users with some mini videos. Happily, the interface has a bit of Holo to it.
The Vine app is still propagating in the Play Store, so don't be alarmed if the link doesn't work yet. Once you get up and running, you'll be able to shoot 6 second videos with sound. That might not sound terribly impressive, and from a technical perspective, it isn't. Vine is useful because it makes sending videos over Twitter much easier. Read More
Asus really went big with announcements at Computex this year, naming 11 new products in about 30 minutes. One of the really interesting devices to make the cut was the Fonepad Note FHD 6, a smaller cousin to the 7-inch model announced earlier this year at MWC. In many ways, the super-sized phone blends qualities from other popular devices like the HTC One's front-facing speakers and a smart stylus from the Galaxy Note. While this obviously isn't the first phone to include a stylus, it's certainly new to this OEM's portfolio. The new handset will also remain faithful to Intel, but jumps to the brand new Z2560 processor. Read More
It's that time again, boys and girls: Amazon is having another massive Gold Box sale on SanDisk-brand memory cards and other storage mediums. Specifically for mobile devices, the SanDisk Ultra 32GB MicroSD (SDHC) card with a free card reader is just $21.99, a savings of 69% off the retail price. The 64GB (SDXC) version of the same card is $42.99, 57% off the retail price of a hundred bucks. Both are currently in stock and qualify for Amazon Prime free shipping. The deals are valid for today, Monday, June 3rd only.
If you've got a more versatile device (or just need some storage for your camera), the SanDisk Extreme SD cards are also on sale. Read More