It looks like the Droid Turbo moniker is all but confirmed as the user manual has leaked for the Motorola flagship that has long been rumored to be headed to Verizon's 4G LTE network in the U.S. Parsing through the manual, if it is an accurate leak, we now have more information about the phone's specs, including a whopping 21-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, 5.2-inch ultra HD display, wireless charging, and Motorola's software customization.
HTC today announced that a number of its current phones will receive an update in the coming months to add in the new "HTC Eye Experience" features that are debuting in the new HTC Desire Eye. Those features include the update camera application with options for Photo Booth, Crop Me In and Split Capture (front-back) modes, as well as advanced face tracking features.
At its "Double Exposure" event in New York City today, HTC took the wraps off a new member of the Desire family with a big selfie camera front and center — meet the HTC Desire Eye. Naturally we've got hands-on coverage of the Desire Eye and HTC's new imaging dealie, the RE camera for your perusal. But if you prefer a by-the-numbers look at the speediest Desire phone yet, head on past the break for the full spec sheet.
It's not exactly a cyclops, but this phone's 13-megapixel front-facing camera aims to see all
HTC's not been shy about trying things when it comes to mobile imagery. We've spent the last couple years in the world of the UltraPixel. But we're starting to see a bit of a shift back to more traditional sensors. That continues today with the new HTC Desire Eye. As the name implies — and any picture of the phone makes perfectly obvious — this cyclops is all about the selfie.
But beyond that front-facing 13-megapixel camera, the phone lends itself to a bit of a taxonomy conundrum. Typically the Desire line has been a bit below the One line. But on paper, the Desire Eye (like the One E8 before it) isn't far off from the HTC One M8 — it's the design that really diverges.
So there's a lot to talk about here. Let's take a dive into our hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye.
This grippy little guy is fun to use, but the $199 price may have many thinking twice
The idea behind a handheld, standalone camera isn't exactly new. I can remember sporting a Flip camera back in the day, a (relatively) affordable, easy-to-use digital video camera. It was quickly killed off as smartphone cameras took over.
And the idea of the auxiliary camera, tied to a smartphone, has been done before. Sony rolled out its quite-good QX line in Berlin in 2013. And while they weren't cheap definitely had a bit of a Borg feeling to them, they never really took off. (Kodak has its own clone as well.)
And today we have the new RE camera from HTC — a small, sleek, nicely designed handheld camera (yes, it looks a lot like a tiny periscope, or perhaps an upside-down asthma inhaler — that works on its own, or connects to an Android or iOS device. It's $199 retail, and will be available in the U.S. in the coming weeks, with other markets to follow.
We've spent a little time with the RE camera this week in New York City. Don't look for the future of HTC to be found in this singular product. But it is a fun little accessory.
Let's take a closer look. Here's our hands-on with the HTC RE camera.
Alongside the Desire Eye and RE camera, HTC has today announced that its "Zoe" video-sharing and editing app has exited beta, and will arrive on Android shortly as Zoe ver. 1.0. During the beta period, Zoe was limited to Sense 6 phones and just a handful of non-HTC devices; Zoe 1.0 sees the app becoming more broadly available for Android handsets. (And we're already seeing it marked as compatible for devices like the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Huawei Ascend Mate 7.)
Photography and selfies dominate HTC's fall offerings with the RE camera and Desire Eye
HTC today in New York City announced a new high-end (but don't call it a flagship even though it's close) phone — the Desire Eye, a new lifestyle camera called the RE that is just the beginning of the company's expansion beyond the mobile world, and few new software features that Android users can look forward to.
Here's the deal:
The HTC Desire Eye is a 5.2-inch smartphone with specs very similar to the flagship One M8, only in a spiffy flat polycarbonate body — and with a 13-megapixel camera not just on the rear of the phone, but on the front as well. Yes, it's the selfie phone. In the U.S., it'll be available on AT&T.
The HTC RE camera (which we'll also refer to as the Re camera) is a little handheld camera very much the size and shape of an asthma inhaler (but much better designed, of course). It's got a 16-megapixel Sony DSC sensor and a 146-degree field of view, tethers to Android or iOS phones or can shoot on its own. It's just the start of the RE line and the beginning of HTC's exploration of products beyond the traditional mobile world.
The HTC Zoe app exits beta and turns 1.0, bringing with it some new features, an updated design and new friend-finding capabilities.
Today marks HTC's entry into a new product category, with the HTC RE camera — a dedicated imaging device designed to work with Android and iOS devices through the RE app. You'll find much more on HTCs "remarkable little camera" in our hands-on feature, however if it's specs you're after, they're waiting after the break.
While we all were pretty sure something like this was coming, we just got our first look at HTC's new RE camera. This oddly-shaped camera has a Sony sensor, and works in conjunction with your Android or iPhone to provide pictures a little better than the built-in camera on your phone can offer.
We're all watching the live blog to learn more about this new accessory, be sure to join us. Of course, we'll have more once everything is all official-like.
We've seen our first peek at the new HTC Desire Eye — the Android smartphone with a whopping 13MP front facing camera — at HTC's Double Exposure event. This one phone should be perfect for all those selfies, and we expect to see some cool software to use things to their full potential.
We'll have more about the Desire Eye, and everything else HTC has to tell us shortly!
This week's photo contest is designed to have a diverse set of responses with the prompt "station." Whether you're getting on a train or listening to the radio there's a station involved, and we can think of a few more situations where the word "station" comes to mind as well. We're looking for your best station pictures this week, no matter the situation, as long as it follows the station prompt.
We hope to see a good number of entries this week, and we're going to be picking out three winners as a result. Each winner this week will take home a Chromecast for their winning photo.
Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (Oct 14) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.
Another Weekly Photo Contest comes to a close and two more people are marked as winners. With a few pages of great entries again this week, we had lots of awesome photos to choose from. We narrowed it down to the two winners listed here, and while we wish we could have picked more we're happy with these two great shots.
We're coming to you live this week for the first of two events. Starting at 4 p.m. EDT today, we'll be hanging out with HTC for their "Double Exposure" event, where the tea leaves suggest some sort of new phone with new camera goodness, and possibly a new toy to go along with it.
So bookmark this page, then join us back here this afternoon as we bring it all to you live. We'll have our liveblog and HTC's stream below.
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Of those knowledge panels, Google Now search scored 88% accuracy for properly addressing questions, Siri came back right 53% of the time, and Cortana got 40%.
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