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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire Eye

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HTC Desire Eye

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.

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2 weeks ago

Hands-on with the HTC RE camera

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HTC RE camera

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.

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2 weeks ago

HTC RE camera + Desire Eye availability

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Wondering where and when you'll be able to buy HTC's new imaging-centric devices, the selfie-snapping Desire Eye and the RE camera? Look no further, we've got all the details you crave down below.

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2 weeks ago

Beta no more: HTC Zoe 1.0 launches on Android

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HTC Zoe 1.0

iOS version also on the way

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.)

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2 weeks ago

HTC announces the Desire Eye, RE camera, new software and more!

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HTC Desire Eye and RE camera

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.
  • New camera software on the Desire Eye will be coming to HTC's other high-end devices in software updates in the coming months.
  • 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.

  • Check out the hands-on with the new HTC Desire Eye

  • Checkout the hands-on with the new HTC RE camera

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2 weeks ago

HTC RE camera specs

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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.

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2 weeks ago

HTC's RE camera is real and on stage in New York

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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.

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2 weeks ago

HTC shows off new Desire Eye on stage in New York

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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!

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2 weeks ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Station

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 Station

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.

Enter this week's photo contest

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2 weeks ago

Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Wheel' winners!

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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.

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2 weeks ago

Join our HTC 'Double Exposure' liveblog at 4 p.m. EDT today!

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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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2 weeks ago

Google Now voice search edges out Siri and Cortana in comparison

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Over the course of 3086 queries made by digital marketing consulting firm Stone Temple, Android's voice-activated search through Google Now returned 1795 results enhanced with custom content, while Siri on the iPhone served up 908 knowledge panels, and Windows Phone's Cortana gave 630. Knowledge panels are custom-built to answer specific types of questions, and do more than just shoot back web results.

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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2 weeks ago

Chrome brings more Material Design in latest update

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Google has just released a new update to the Chrome browser for Android today, though it may not hit your devices right away. This will be a gradual roll out that happens over the next few days, and though the change log is short, it should add a lot of performance improvements. Google also says that there are "additional Material Design updates," along with support for battery status and screen orientation APIs.

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2 weeks ago

Humble Bundle offers Devil's Attorney for free in ninth bundle

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Humble Bundle is running a promotion that makes the game Devil's Attorney a free download. The ninth bundle includes six games that you can name your price for. These games include Syberia, Neuroshima Hex, Bardbarian Golden Axe Edition, Leo's Fortune, Out There, and First Strike, with more games promised to come soon. The special bundle, along with the free Devil's Attorney game, is good through 11 AM PT on October 22.

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2 weeks ago

AT&T agrees to pay $105 million to settle claims of unauthorized third-party charges

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AT&T has agreed to pay a total of $105 million to settle claims that the wireless carrier "billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services."

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