HTC began separating apps from its firmware a bit ago, but it’s been a few months since we have seen any continuation of that trend. Today, the company gave the Sense 6 lock screen the decoupling treatment, adding an entry for it into Google Play.
It predictably isn’t compatible for any device that isn’t running Sense 6. For those who are, note that it requires a reboot after install. (more…)
Smartwatches are poised to become a billion-dollar market by analyst estimations, so maybe it was premature to assume HTC was throwing in the towel so soon. CNET reports that contrary to an earlier report, the Taiwan-based manufacturer is in the process of refining a smartwatch and has plans for a 2015 launch. (more…)
It’s that time again, the Humble Bundle, a for-pay collection of apps that help to fund developers and charities, has refreshed its mobile collection.
The first tier features The Tiny Bang Story, Color Zen Premium, and Heroes of Loot. As always, there is no donation minimum; any amount you feel comfortable paying will net the three titles, and benefit their makers and philanthropic organizations in the process. (more…)
At least one feature of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus isn’t nearly as novel as Apple would have you believe. The biggest selling point (pun intended) of Apple Pay, a part of which relies on NFC to handle transactions in brick-and-mortar stores, is ostensibly its security measures.
At its press conference yesterday, Apple touted Pay’s obfuscation, which involves generating payment “tokens” – out-of-sequence strings meaningless to any would-be hacker – by randomizing your credit card numbers. As it turns out, though, Apple isn’t actually handling the conversion; at least one payment processor, Visa, will rely on a proprietary service to generate tokens. (more…)
Google Play’s 15-minute refund window on paid apps and games has been a source of frustration for many users, and while workarounds existed, the official policy remained the same. Thankfully, it’s changing for the better. Today, apps and games can now be returned within two hours for a full refund. (more…)
Are trade-in deals the next exciting front in the carrier wars? Judging by recent developments, it appears so. In response to T-Mobile’s improved trade-in program, Sprint announced a reworking of its own policies today.
The changes read like counterpoints to each of T-Mobile’s trade-in shortcomings. Sprint notes it allows customers to trade-in up to three phones per line and five in a calendar year, while T-Mobile restricts subscribers to one trade-in per line. (more…)
Sony may have unveiled a menagerie of new devices at IFA in Berlin last week, but that doesn’t mean its older tablets and smartphones are bound for obsolescence just yet. This morning, Sony support announced that an update to Android 4.4.4 has begun rolling out to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z worldwide. (more…)
Admit it, you have spotted a cool product in a tweet from the endless stream you scroll through every day, and thought to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a ‘Buy’ button?” Well, Twitter’s got your back. In yet another attempt to monetize its growing audience, the social media mogul is experimenting with embedded buttons that let you purchase goods straight from the source. (more…)