Google launches standalone Camera app in Play Store

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that...

HTC reportedly hires Samsung exec who made Galaxy the 'next big thing'

HTC has confirmed the hiring of Paul Golden, a former Samsung US chief marketing officer, following a report from Bloomberg News. Golden, whose LinkedIn page says he "created and launched the highly successful Galaxy brand," was at Samsung between 2008 and 2012, a time in which the Korean company rose to global prominence in the smartphone market. A lawyer for Samsung in the ongoing patent...

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HTC One, Sony Xperia Z2, and the Galaxy S5: Android's flagship phones in pictures

They're the big three Android smartphone launches so far this year — HTC's 2014 One, Sony's Xperia Z2, and Samsung's Galaxy S5 — and they are all now hitting stores across the world. We've pulled them together for a picture comparison to take a look at some of the more intricate differences that exist between them. While each handset has a 1080p resolution, the One has a 5-inch screen, the S5 uses a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel, and the Z2 is the biggest at 5.2 inches. It's tough to draw a physical distinction between them, however, owing to the One's big vertical bezels and the similarity in thickness and weight.

The HTC One is the only one of the group to not offer water resistance, but that also means it's the only one that doesn't cover up its USB port with a flap. You'll find the headphone jack nestled next to the charger port at the bottom of that handset. Samsung and Sony position the headphone jack at the top, and also differ from the One in placing their power buttons...

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Apple, Google, Microsoft and others sign anti-phone-theft pledge

A new pledge signed by nearly every major player in the phone industry is promising that after July of 2015, it will be a lot harder to steal a smartphone, according to a new report from Re/code. After that date, the companies pledge that every user will be able to remotely brick and wipe their phones in the event of a theft, features currently offered by Find my iPhone and the Android Device Manager. Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have already signed on,...


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The plot to kill the password

Last Friday, Samsung's new Galaxy S5 arrived with an unexpected and underhyped feature. Like the iPhone 5S, it came with a fingerprint reader, but this reader plugs directly into PayPal, which in turn connects you to dozens of different payment systems. It’s a clever trick: instead of a password, all you need is a fingerprint, carrying you through the entire web. If it catches on, soon you won’t need a password at all.

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Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks are stand-ins for modules that might someday go into the Project Ara phone, which in theory will let users swap in different components on the fly...

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