LG UX 4.0 will be simpler, more intuitive – and very, very neon
Ahead of the LG G4’s launch event on 28 April, the South Korean manufactuer has given us a first look at its new improved interface.
While our first impressions from the officially released image of LG UX 4.0 is that it’s going to be very colourful, LG are keen to point it will be ‘human-centric.’
The launch of the HTC One (M9) heralded a leap forward for the Taiwanese company, but it is the news that they are making a dual attack on the increasingly popular fitness tracker and virtual reality worlds that has caught the industry’s interest.
HTC has partnered with gaming company Valve to create a virtual reality gaming headset called Vive. This headset will contain a 360-degree room tracking and refresh at a rate of 90 frames per second, meaning you shouldn’t feel disconcerted by lag when moving your head.
The headset will work with two HTC controllers that transform into a number of objects, such as remote controls or weapons in games. As HTC is in partnership with Valve, owners of gaming platform Steam and one of the world’s leading developers and publishers, the range of games should be excellent and varied. The developer edition is due to launch in the spring and HTC says that there will be a consumer version available before the end of 2015, bringing the world of virtual reality gaming to the masses.
HTC’s other big launch is the Grip fitness tracker. This thin, waterproof wristband has been developed in partnership with American fitness clothing giant Under Armour and will provide huge amounts of vital feedback and data to both professional athletes and casual gym-goers alike.
Leaked photos suggest the new HTC flagship will have a similar design to the HTC One (M8)
HTC’s flagship phone looks set to continue the trend for full-metal design, according to new pictures published by the French website NowhereElse. Users who already own a HTC One (M8) will also recognise the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, however the new flagship appears to have a thinner bezel and the sides seem flatter than earlier models.
In a seperate leak, sources have also told Forbes that HTC will continue the convention of seemingly naming their flagship phones after British motorways, dubbing the new flagship the HTC One (M9). More significantly, Forbes’ sources suggest that while HTC are definitely working on a wearable device, it is not an Android Wear smartwatch but a fitness band being developed in partnership with American sportswear brand Under Armour. Having pinned our hopes on HTC applying their high-tech metallurgy to the luxury smartwatch market, this new rumour is a little disapponting.
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has released yet, with a 5.9-inch screen making it a larger phablet than either the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3. A 2.7 HZ Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and choose between 32 or 64GB storage make the Nexus 6 a top device for enjoying media and games on the go. Built by Motorola, it looks like a super-sized Moto X (2014) with front-facing speakers and a metal flash ring surrounding the 13-megapixel rear camera and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back.
Amazingly, Google has said the new Turbo Charger for the Nexus 6 will give the phone up to six hours of use from just a 15 minute charge.
The red version of the HTC One (M8) will be available in the UK from 4 August, but will be exclusive to the O2 mobile network
The red version of the HTC One (M8) will be available in the UK from 4 August, but will be exclusive to the O2 mobile network.
The red HTC One (M8) joins the Amber Gold and Metal Grey models and will be available on a range of O2 Refresh tariffs that offer customers between 500MB and 8GB data as well as unlimited minutes and text messages.
Honed from a single piece of aluminium, with crystal-cealr BoomSound speakers and a range of other mulitmedia features, the the 4G-enabled HTC One (M8) has won critical acclaim for its innovative design. Its predecessor, the HTC One (M7) also won a prestigious iF Design Award.
HTC has downsized both the physical size and the specs of its flagship M8 for the One mini 2. Is it a perfect cut-price flagship or a cut too far?
With its new flagship One (M8), HTC has further refined the award-winning design that started with the original HTC One, the M7. Expansive aluminium still features heavily of course, but this time round the plastic edge insert has gone and the metal curves around beautifully to meet the screen. The M8 feels a million dollars just as much as its rival, the Galaxy S5, feels disappointing. The challenge for HTC is to bring this premium design and build to a lower price point (and a smaller physical product) in the refreshed One mini.
When HTC released the original One mini, it had the same challenge – to translate the M7’s design to a cheaper segment of the market. The route it chose (and followed with the phablet-sized One Max too), was to trim the whole edge of the device in plastic (white plastic on the silver model). While it might have reduced the manufacturing cost, it was a compromise too far from a design and feel perspective.
Thankfully, the One mini 2 doesn’t make the same mistake. When you pick up a M8 in one hand and the One mini 2 in the other, they feel extremely similar and the inevitable design tweaks are far less noticeable than on its predecessor. While the M8’s aluminium unibody wraps right round to the edge of the screen, the One mini 2 (in signature gunmetal grey) has a black plastic strip that sits between the front piece of the device and the back piece. As it is inserted between the two and doesn’t protrude, it doesn’t compromise the overall design and feel this time round.