HTC’s COO, Matthew Costollo, Has Now Departed From His Post

THE HTC ONEIn what is a never-ending death spiral for HTC, the Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Costello, will depart after three years on the job, according to a report from Bloomberg. He joins the ranks of HTC Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik, and numerous designers and engineers. Most likely the decaying status of HTC can be attributed to the recent  low  quarterly profits, but ironically employees are leaving the company as things have stated to pick up: $970 million was generated in May revenue, nearly double the previous month.

For now, it’s entirely up to the HTC One flagship smartphone to rake in major profits — maybe even save the company?

Via:  Bloomberg

Qualcomm Has A New Low-End Mobile Processor: The Snapdragon 400

qualcommQualcomm has been making great strides with the Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors for the best smartphones in the industry. But to make ends meet, Qualcomm has a quad-core edition of the Snapdragon 400, working in tandem with 3G and LTE built-in. A1.2GHz, Cortex-A7  handle 42Mbps HSPA+ and China-friendly TD-SCDMA, plus 802.11ac WiFi. To complete the transition, QUalcomm also has new reference tablet designs that are in 7-inch and 10-inch variants, targeted for developing markets.

Via: Qualcomm

The Redesigned Gmail For Android App Is Now Rolling Out, Slowly


Google has another rolling app update available: Gmail for Android. it features the new inbox interface recently activated on desktops, and also sports overall interface redesigns, including pull down to refresh, a left-side sidebar that offers navigation between different folders, and an even stronger interface designed to work around Android 4.0 and up. The update is planned to roll out over the next few weeks on the Play Store, buy .APK files of the app can also be downloaded and installed on the device, at the user’s own consent.

Via: Android Police, Play Store

Vine Arrives For Android On The Play Store, Starting Today

VineAndroidFinally, Twitter has released the Vine app for Android. The social networking service spin-off from Twitter is gaining popularity among users an companies, for its simple sharing of 5 second video clips. The app supports all Android 4.0 devices and up. Twitter will also bring the app up to the speed of the iOS version, introducing hashtags, mentions, search, Facebook sharing and the ever-important use of a front-facing camera for frontal shots. Vine is now available on the Google Play Store, for free.

Via: Vine, Twitter

Oh, Cute: Acer Outs A Small Windows 8 Tablet

Acer_Iconia W3_landscape-580-75The Acer Iconia W3 is its name. It’s the first small Windows 8 tablet. A screen size of 8.1″, the tablet is 11.3mm thick, with a dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 clocked at 1.8GHz inside.  The screen is 1280 x 800 resolution, with dual front and rear 2-Megapixel cameras and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. Only pricing in the UK has been confirmed so far, at £280 for a model with 32GB of onboard storage and £320 odd for a 64GB machine.

Also, as a note, Acer updated its S7 and S3 portables to wield Intel’s new Haswell chipset range, with the 13.3″ S7 also upgraded to feature a 2560 x 1440 touchscreen. Not bad.

Via: TR

ASUS Brings The Gorgeous Zenbook Infinity To Computex 2013

transformer infinity thingyIt’s the first laptop to ever have a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, and boy, is it beautiful. A 13.3-inch display, USB 3.0 port on each side, along with an SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort round of initial specs. There are no exact words on what processor and GPU it uses besides a “dual-core Haswell”, but considering that everyone is moving to Intel Haswell and updated GeForce graphics, it is a high possibility. Overall, it measure 15.5mm thick, and will launch sometimes in the third quarter of the year, with Windows 8.x on board.

Meanwhile, ASUS also updated its Transformer tablet/laptop hybrid: a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS screen, Tegra 4 processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and exporting of 4K video via HDMI. Ports-wise there’s a USB 3.0, 5-megapixel camera and sports a 1.2-megapixel front-facer.

Via: SGImage by Verge

Samsung Outs 10-Inch And 8-Inch Galaxy Tab 3

tab3-8and10Taking it up a notch, Samsung has unveiled the rest of the family that makes up the Galaxy Tab 3. A 7-inch model has already existed, but now 8-inch and 10.1-inch models have joined. The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.5 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, WXGA TFT 1280 x 800 (189 PPI) display, 1.5GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 4,450 mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

The 10-incher has a 10.1-inch model features a 1.6 GHz Intel dual-core processor, a solid 1280 x 800 (149 PPI) WXGA TFT display, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and a 6,800 mAh battery. However, the 10.1-inch tablet only features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both tablets run Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s Touchwiz customization. A release date is pegged for early June, globally; no prices have yet been confirmed.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Intel Preps Haswell Core Processor Launch For June 14th, Ushers In New Era

haswell-580x428Another era of computing is dawning on us: the 4th generation of Intel Core processors. This June 4th marks a genesis where the current“2-in-1″ computing method: that’s convertible computers – flipping screens, removable displays, and everything in-between — are in need of a processor that are more inclined towards achieving that. What this means for the consumer is more battery life and slightly more performance than Ivy Bridger, the 3rd and previous generation of processors. Also, integrated graphics performance that is capable of playing 3D games, even on Ultrabooks.

To make it all easier, Intel is dividing the new Haswell family into groups: the H, M, U, and Y processors. Haswell’s H category works with Quad Core and Intel Iris Pro graphics, while M works with Quad Core and dual-core  chips. Starting with U, Haswell processors are designed for Ultrabooks, the U category bringing an SoC (system-on-a-chip) with Intel Iris graphics options, the Y category bringing in the SoC with the lowest power made specifically for detachable computers.

Intel took care not to forget desktop users: the desktop Haswell processors exist in the K-Series for enthusiasts — unlocked and ready for overclocking. There will also be performance and mainstream Haswell architecture for both performance and mainstream apps in both quad-core and dual-core configurations, with the loweat power going to the S-Series and T-Series Intel Haswell chips.