HTC releases new flagship phone, The HTC One
HTC, one of the top smartphone manufacturers based in Taiwan, released their new flagship Android handset called the HTC One. The phone has full metal construction, amplified front stereo speakers, and live social feeds that stream to the home screen, similar to Windows Phone’s live tiles. It also has a special “ultra-pixel” camera that takes 20 photos and a three second video clip at the same time. Early reviews are very positive.
Republic Wireless promotes $19 Unlimited Android Plan
This week several news outlets covered the $19 a month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data plan from a new cell carrier called Republic Wireless. In order to keep service costs down, Republic uses Wi-Fi as the primary connection for making calls, and the Sprint cell network as a fallback if you’re not near a Wi-Fi signal. The service isn't without its trade-offs however. At this point there is only one phone to chose from, and it has some rather low end specs, including the older Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a slow 1GHz processor, and a smallish 3.7” screen. Also, in order to switch from Wi-Fi to Cellular calling, you have to disconnect your call and wait for the phone to call the other party back, which could be annoying to some users.
Hotel Tonight and Wunderlist 2 get updates
Both Hotel Tonight, the same-day hotel discount app, and Wunderlist 2, the to-do list app got updates to their Android apps this week. Hotel Tonight, updated the tablet version of their app, changing the design so that it makes better use of larger screen sizes. Wunderlist 2 added a DashClock extension to their app, so that users with Android Jelly Bean can add Wunderlist to their DashClock widget and access tasks from the lock screen.