CNET Update: HTC One M8 hopes to impress with dual cameras
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CNET Update: HTC One M8 hopes to impress with dual cameras14:50 /
The new smartphone from HTC touts new focus-changing tricks with two rear cameras. Also, Google has a plan to give Glass a higher cool factor, and Spotify offers students a big discount.
HTCs new phone will have you seeing double. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. For months you've heard the rumors and seen the leaked photos but now finally HTC has officially unveiled its new top of the line smart phone. It's called the HTC One M8. Like its predecessor, it has a sleek, all-metal design that makes it feel like a high quality device. This one comes in a brushed metal, silver or gold finish, and the model is just a little larger with a 5 inch screen And if you care about weight, it is tad heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S5. And it sports a pair stereo speakers called Boom Sound and they're pretty powerful for a phone. Certainly better than last year's model. Inside you get plenty of top notch hardware with a qualcomm processor that can offer 25% faster graphics than other recent Android phones. It runs Google's latest version of Android, known by the nickname KitKat. And HTC layers on its own interface on top of it, called sens. And that adds some color schemes, and widgets, like the BlinkFeed news aggregator. The good thing about the M8, is now you can turn off BlinkFeed if it annoys you. Many Android phones try to stand out from the herd with different tricks and gimmicks. And with this phone it's the two back-side cameras that let you edit the focus of a photo after you've have taken it. Because the photo takes and stores two photos at once, it's smart enough to let you change the focus to the foreground or to the background after the photo has been taken. The only thing is that HTC's camera is four megapixels. Well, it calls them ultra pixels. It's less resolution than the cameras you find on other smartphones, but you may not notice the megapixel difference if all you do is upload photos to social media. In other news, Google is hoping to give it's Glass headset a bit more style with the help of Oakley and Ray Ban. The parent company behind these well-known brands has partnered with Google to create stylish frames that attach to the wearable computer and camera. It doesn't mean you'll see Glass on your favorite Oakleys right now, they're still working on some designs. It's all really just a big tease to say, hey, we'll have something cool when it's released to the public and, it won't just be for nerds. The Spotify music service has a plan to expand quickly in the U.S. It's now offer college students memberships, at half the cost. Normally, Spotify Prime costs ten dollars a month, to let you listen on a mobile device. But college students in the U.S. can get a subscription for 5 bucks a month. That's your tech news update. Head to cnet.com for more details on these stories and a full review on the HTC One M8. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]