Despite Facebook Home, HTC First May Be a Phone for Android Purists

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Despite being the first Android smartphone to launch pre-loaded with the Facebook Home launcher out of the box, the HTC First may be a great phone for Android users who prefer a pure Google experience. According to HTC, the HTC First runs a stock Android build–Facebook told¬†GottaBeMobile that the phone runs Android 4.1 under the […]

This is How Facebook Home Looks on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (Video)

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We saw Facebook Home being showcased as an out-of-box experience on the HTC First, but Facebook also promised that on April 12th, users will be able to download the free Facebook Home launcher onto select devices, so how does it look and work? We had a chance to sit down with a Facebook designer and […]

Android (As We Know It) is Dead.

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Maybe proclaiming the death of Android in early 2013 is a bit outlandish, but the Android landscape has changed dramatically since HTC had announced the very first Android smartphone, the HTC G1, in October 2008, and the platform will continue to evolve drastically in years to come. In a few years, I speculate that Android […]

Google May Add Touch Gestures to Rear of Phones

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Google had filed for a patent that could potentially bring a touch-sensitive controller to the rear side of the phone so users can interact with the back, rather than the primary touchscreen, for simple touch commands. The backside touch controller would be used for basic tasks, like scrolling, turning the page of an e-book, or […]

New HTC Sense 5 UI Spotted on HTC G2?

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A new leaked screenshot of HTC’s Sense user interface overlay on top of Android was spotted with claims that this iteration of Sense will be headed to the rumored HTC G2, which is considered to be an entry-level smartphone. According to earlier leaks, the HTC G2 may be debuted alongside the oft rumored HTC M7, […]

Samsung Trademarks Suggest More Eye Tracking Technologies

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Samsung had filed for trademarks for ‘Eye Scroll’ and ‘Eye Pause,’ suggesting that the Android smartphone-maker is exploring new eye tracking technologies for its mobile devices as part of a plan to refresh the Nature UI overlay on top of Android. Nature UI is a refresh of the Samsung TouchWiz user interface that debuted on […]

Applications for Capri Kinect Tech Could Extend Beyond Smartphones

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We had reported that Capri would bring Kinect’s motion tracking technology to smartphones and mobile devices thanks to the shrunken chipset that would be 1/10th the size of the motion tracking chip inside Microsoft‘s home gaming console accessory. On the surface, Capri would open the doors to natural user interfaces and new ways that a […]

HTC Sense 5.0 UI on HTC M7 Smartphone: Inspired by Microsoft’s Live Tiles?

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In another batch of leaked photos revealing the unannounced and oft-rumored HTC M7 smartphone, HTC’s latest Sense user interface was spotted with a refreshed look and feel. Though unannounced, the major revision to the Sense software may get branded as HTC Sense 5.0 once the Android user interface overlay gets announced with the latest HTC […]

Microsoft: 2-Week Learning Curve for Windows 8

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Windows 8, with its touch-centric and re-designed UI, may not be as intuitive as Microsoft would like upgraders to believe as the software giant has confessed that getting used to the new user experience would take at most two weeks to learn. Windows 8 is a radical upgrade from Windows 7 on the desktop space […]

Google to Deliver Tablet-Optimized News

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Google is getting serious with tablet UIs, especially now that the company has waded into the tablet space with its own branded Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. In a recent announcement, Google has announced that it will be bringing a better news experience to the tablet space with Google News. The company says that […]

A Phablet Owner’s Wishlist for Android 5.0: Forced Tablet UIs

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Over the last few years, Google has made great strides in bringing a great user experience to the smartphone and to the tablet. With the debut of the Motorola Xoom almost two years ago, Google debuted Android 3.0, which for the first time brought the Android OS to the big screen officially with a new […]

How Will Google Evolve Android’s UI With Rumored Viewdle Purchase?

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Google is rumored to be acquiring artificial reality and facial recognition company Viewdle in a deal that is set to close this week for about $30 to $45 million. Google and its hardware business, Motorola Mobility, declined to comment about the deal and Viedle CEO told¬†ZDNet to contact Motorola Mobility for comment, suggesting that the […]

Touchless Phones to Become the Future for Huawei

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When Apple had announced the iPhone in 2007, it brought with it the disruptive technology known as capacitive touchscreen, and since then we’ve seen this employed on a number of handsets using various platforms such as Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, HP/Palm’s webOS, Nokia’s Symbian, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS. Now, it seems that […]

Wozniak Endorses Windows Phone, Says Lumia 900 the Reincarnation of Steve Jobs

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In a bit of controversy and publicity, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had picked up the Nokia Lumia 900 flagship smartphone using Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. Though Wozniak says that the iPhone is still his favorite device of choice, the Apple co-founder has demonstrated that he can be objective in his rivals’ products and was […]

Leaked Encased Galaxy S III Shows Off Large On-Screen Menu Button

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In the latest leaked image of a device that is widely believed to be the third-generation flagship Samsung Galaxy S III (or Galaxy S3), it appears that Samsung is taking extra precautionary ¬†measures to keep the design of the phone secret by hiding the device inside what appears to be a plastic housing that resembles […]

Motorola’s Latest Webtop OS Ditches Custom Linux OS for Ice Cream Sandwich

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With Android Ice Cream Sandwich being the first version of the Android operating system that melds together’s Google’s smartphone edition and tablet edition (previously limited to Android 3.x Honeycomb) of the mobile OS together, we’re seeing the lines between phone and tablet being blurred. With the traditional phone-centric build of targeted at finger-friendly mobility highlighting […]

New Apple TV UI Is a Steve Jobs-Reject, Says Former UI Designer

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According to a tweet posted by former Apple TV UI designer Michael Margolis, the newly revamped Apple TV UI released on the 2012 box that was introduced alongside Apple’s new third-generation iPad is actually a design that was rejected by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Replying to a user on Twitter, Margolis expresses some concern […]

Google Trackpad Patent Hints at Lapdock Accessory for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?

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Google had recently filed a patent for multitouch trackpad gestures, potentially bringing new functionality to Chrome OS and the company’s Android OS. However, another potential, rather than the merely using Android on a laptop or desktop system, would be the trackpad as an application for Google’s scalability feature that comes with the next-generation Android 5.0 […]

Sony UXP NXT Interface Leaked on XPERIA S Promo Video

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Two new promotional videos for the Sony XPERIA S were leaked showing new changes to Sony’s smartphone user interface on top of Android. Called the Sony UXP NXT, the new Sony UI reveals changes to the gallery, music player, and TimeScape. Additionally, there’s a new setup guide, a new lock screen interface, an FM Radio […]