Who would want that? Tweet According to a new report by Bloomberg , Microsoft last month reached out to HTC to see if the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer would be interested in adding Windows Phone as a second OS to its Android handsets. The story claims Terry Myerson, head of Microsofts operating systems unit, suggested “cutting or eliminating the [Windows Phone] license fee to make the idea more attractive” to HTC. The Taiwanese firm makes the Windows Phone 8X and 8S, but reportedly has no plans for further devices running the tiled OS. HTCs relationship with Microsoft is likely somewhat strained as a result of the Redmond, Wash.-tech giants close ties with Nokia, and indeed its purchase of the Finnish companys hardware division, and this could be a good way of repairing some damage and getting Windows on more phones. Its an interesting story, if true. HTC reported its first ever loss — 2.97 billion Taiwan dollars ($100 million) in the third quarter — and despite the popularity of the HTC One, its losing major ground to rivals like Samsung which is forecasting a record profit for the same quarter. But what, actually, would this deal achieve? As my colleague Mihaita Bamburic said in the newsroom this morning, it equates to trying to “save a dying company with an unpopular OS.
Report: Microsoft Wants Windows Phone on HTC Android Devices
To sweeten the deal, Microsoft has reportedly offered to drop the licensing fee it would normally require handset makers to pay in order to load the mobile OS on their phones. Nothing has been agreed upon; Myerson will reportedly pitch HTC execs in Taiwan this month. HTC has released several Windows Phone-based devices, after promising in Sept. 2012 to “go big” on the Microsoft OS. That includes the HTC 8X, 8S, and 8XT (above), which landed on Sprint in July. But as HTC struggles in a marketplace dominated by Samsung and Apple, it likely can’t afford to back Windows Phone-based devices if they are producing limited returns. According to Bloomberg, HTC has no current plans for another Windows Phone device; it’s currently focusing on its flagship, Android-based HTC One .
Android 4.4 Running on LG Nexus 4: 10 New Thins on User Interface, Home Screen and Features Revealed!
The South Korean company has just released a major update for ChatON for Android devices, which brings a completely new UI design that promises to make it easier to take advantage of the application’s features. In addition, with the latest version of ChatON, users will be able to change the background of My page as they want and upload multimedia content, including images, videos, and location information on PostON. Sharing multiple news from LIVEpartners with ChatON buddies is now possible as well. Last but not least, some abnormal stop issue when using Samsung Push Service v1.2.2 or above has been addressed. You can now download ChatOn 3.0.533 for Android for free via Softpedia.
ChatON for Android 3.0 Now Available for Download
7. Syncing with Third-Party Applications QuickOffice now syncs with Google Drive services and apparently included inside the Android 4.4 KitKat software as a default office application. QuickOffice is Google’s own office type application which allows the user to create and edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations. 8. Gallery App Features Credit: Android Authority Android 4.4 KitKat brings new editing options for your images which include Tilt-Focus, Centre Focus, Negative and Posterise and an adjustable quality slider that can be used when exporting final image versions. 9. Automatic Data Switching According to the publication, Android 4.4 features an option to prevent mobile data usage whenever the device is connected to a personal hotspot or Wi-Fi connectivity. This new feature will automatically switch between data connection whichever is working or present.
AliveCor ECG comes to Android, transmits your palpitations to Instagram
It’s about sharing yourself. And becoming smarter about your health.” Currently, biostatistical data is generally confined to the sensor or the sensor software, and does not port to multimedia applications, such as social network sites. BioGram acquires and shares the biometrics. The app was co-invented and coded by engineers at the USC CBC. —– ALIVECOR UNVEILS VERSATILE MOBILE HEART MONITOR Technology can now be used with iOS and Android Smartphones LOS ANGELES, CA., October 4 — AliveCor, Inc., announced today at the University of Southern California Body Computing Conference its new versatile Heart Monitor that easily attaches to any compatible smartphone or smartphone case. This new universal design includes the proprietary AliveCor ultrasound technology that enables a clinical-quality ECG recording of the heart’s activity, while minimizing battery drain. The compact design is easy to install and is transferable among various mobile devices. Just like the current Heart Monitor, it is clinically accurate, simple, and powerful. “We have today extended the benefits of our mobile ECG technology to a new range of smartphones, significantly expanding customer access,” said Euan Thomson, CEO and President of AliveCor.
Android 4.3, JellyBean Moto X Update Leaks, New Software Update Improves Camera
It can also lead to the voiding of the owner’s warrantee. The Moto X currently runs Android 4.2.2, JellyBean. AT&T rolled out another software update earlier today thatgives owners improvements on their camera and quality of images. It does not bring the smartphone up to another build of Android, but still provides the user with enough to keep them satisfied until the next big roll out. Otherimprovements include and enhanced camera auto-white balance performance and color accuracy, improved exposure when taking photos outside or backlit, improved clarity in low light, faster touch-to-focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light or scenes with continuous motion. The software also brings faster response and improved accuracy when using Touchless Control along with an easier set up and training of the “Ok Google Now” trigger. Enhanced transfer of content from older phone to a new one will be made easier with a new Motorola Migrate feature. The feature that helps users find a lost phone has been fine-tuned to work properly.
Themer offers a radical new look for your Android phone
(Disclosure: CNET News is published by CBS Interactive, a unit of CBS.) Related stories Comcast Xfinity on-demand services get deeper CBS bench Separately Thursday night, ABC said its Watch ABC live-streaming app is available on Android phones running Ice Cream Sandwich versions of the operating system or higher. Disney rolled out the Watch ABC app on iOS and Kindle Fire devices, as well as some Android tablets, including Samsung Galaxy devices. The Watch ABC offering is unique among television networks’ video apps, going beyond just video on demand to allow viewers to stream its live broadcasts anytime — provided the viewers are part of participating TV subscription services in eight ABC-owned station markets. They include New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham, Houston, and Fresno, Calif. The company also has agreements with pay-TV providers that give subscribers access to some of its “Watch” family of apps and online video, including Comcast, Verizon Fios, and AT&T U-verse.
ABC, CBS expand TV Everywhere apps to more Android devices
It’s in beta testing that requires people to go register at the Themer app Web site for an activation code. So far, more than 114,000 people have done so. If you sign up now, you’ll get this message advising patience: “We know that the whole app waitlist thing is a bit cliche at this point, but we’re adding users as fast as our little servers can handle.” Themer and its themes are free. So how exactly is this a business? “There are many monetization models that we may pursue in the future,” Dhingra said. Here are two ideas: Themes from companies that want to have their brand names promoted, and themes with suggested apps that developers want people to install.