Earlier this month, HTC unveiled the HTC Desire 820 smartphone at the IFA 2014 event in Berlin. This handset is the successor of the popular Desire 816 smartphone. Today, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer finally announced the much-awaited Desire 820 smartphone in India. However, this device will be available in two variants. The Desire 820 packs a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, while the Desire 820q comes with a 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor.
The HTC Desire 820 features an 8 megapixel front-facing camera for selfie lovers. It comes with the Photo Booth and Live Makeup feature which lets you preview the image you just took and set the desired level of skin smoothing before taking the photo. This handset will be available for purchase from early November. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, check out the complete specs below.
The leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 was already spotted in Malaysia. Today, the South Korean giant finally unveiled the Galaxy Mega 2 in Thailand. This device packs a large 6 inch HD display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 8 megapixel rear camera. Galaxy Mega 2 will be shipped with the latest Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) Operating System.
Apart from the specs mentioned below, it comes with the multi window function which allows you to run two apps on the same screen at the same time, energy-saving mode to reduce power consumption and one handed operation. The price of this device is expected to be around $500. The global availability of this device is still unknown. Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 will be available in Brown and Black colors.
We already love using third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey and Swype on Android devices. But, Apple never had the option of installing third-party keyboards on iOS devices. The recently launched iOS 8 comes with a number of interesting features, however the one that caught our attention is the ability to install and use third-party keyboards.
Third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey, Swype and Fleksy are already available on the App Store. You will just need to download these apps and follow the instructions given below to use it systemwide. These apps will create an icon on your homescreen just like the regular apps. After installing the app, follow these instructions:
Launch the “Settings” application.
Then select General.
Scroll down to keyboards.
Select Add new keyboard
Then choose your favorite keyboard from the list
You can easily switch between keyboards just by tapping the globe icon on the keyboard. To disable the default keyboard, just swipe to left on the current keyboard. To protect your privacy, Apple won’t allow you to use third-party keyboards while entering passwords.
iOS 8 comes pre-loaded on the recently launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can even install these keyboards on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and the iPod Touch 5G after updating to iOS 8. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.
Earlier in the year, Google had announced that it was working on bringing Android app compatibility to ChromeOS. However, developer Vlad Filippov has gone one step further. He has tweaked Google’s Android Runtime extension to enable Android apps to be installed as Chrome browser extensions on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Here are the quick steps to get started with ARChon runtime, which lets you run unlimited number of Android APKs on Chrome browser.
Open Chrome extensions tool and enable ‘Developer mode’.
Click on ‘Load unpacked extension’ and select the extracted instance of ArChon from Step 2.
Find the modified APK for ARChon from the web or download the APK and follow the instructions here to modify a new APK.
Extract the APK contents.
Click on ‘Load unpacked extension’ and load the APK.
Now, click on ‘Launch’ to start the app.
If you’re confused, check out the video demonstration below.
ARChon currently has several major limitations. The biggest is that it’s not automated, and the entire process has way too many steps for a casual user. It requires obtaining and modifying the Android app package (APK), which is not straight forward. It also doesn’t work for all apps. However, the Reddit community has been actively testing various apps. A small list of compatible apps and their direct download links is available here. Currently, there are better and easier ways to run Android apps on your desktop. However, this development is still exciting as it hints towards a future where all Chrome users might have access to the millions of Android apps available on the Play store.
The rumors were true. Microsoft announced on September 15, that they have agreed to acquire Mojang, the makers of Minecraft. Mojang, based in Sweden, announced that the founders Notch, Carl and Jakob will be leaving as part of this acquisition.
This acquisition has naturally created a lot of noise because on the one hand, many fear that Microsoft will ruin the company and in the worst case scenario, pull the cross-platform nature of Minecraft and make it Windows-only. On the other, there are sanerminds who have spelled out that, if done right, this would be a good bet for Microsoft to invest into the next generation of makers and therefore, potential developers.
Minecraft, for those who are not aware, is an online game very popular among kids, where players build environments much like using LEGO to build structures and things. There is a level of interactivity because of the online nature of the game, so for example, cousins across the world could be building stuff together. There is no limit to what you can build and there have been crazy examples of stuff built in Minecraft including an actual functioning hard drive!
The company is profitable, and Microsoft expects to be net positive for the deal by FY 2015. For Microsoft, since Mojang is based in Sweden, it helps them use some of the offshore cash which they would not have brought back to the US anyway, due to tax liabilities.
Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, has made it clear that nothing is planned to change. MINECON, the Minecraft conference will continue as planned. Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, said they are looking forward to the new opportunity this will bring to Microsoft:
“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”
Notch, the nickname of Markus Persson who created the game, said he is leaving Mojang because he could not handle the company now that it has become such a massive, global initiative. He wants to focus on software development and given the close working relationship he formed with Microsoft in the process of bringing Minecraft to Xbox, he thought it was best that Microsoft continues supporting and investing in Mojang.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft handles the obviously different culture that Mojang brings. We have seen them handle Yammer and Skype, both companies with a similar potential culture clash problem, by keeping them independent. Game makers are perhaps one step farther in terms of having a non-corporate culture, so besides keeping them independent, it will be important to see how the company is nurtured.
What are your thoughts? Crazy move for Microsoft? Crazy move for Mojang? Or mutually beneficial to both?