The new HTC One is leaked before its official reveal
Brian Tong here and welcome to Googlelicious for everything Google that we can pack inside of a show each week.
And Mobile World Congress has wrapped up and really the focus is now on HTC.
Their official reveal for the next HTC One is that for March 25th, but it looks like they've already been scooped by a kid from Schaumburg, Illinois.
He posted a 12-minute hands-on with the device nearly three weeks ahead of HTC's own announcement.
Now, the video shows a familiar leaked design that Evleaks has posted as a still image.
The video also shows off a lot of the next Sense 6.0 UI.
It confirms the dual-rear cameras that could help to enable optimal zoom on smartphone cameras or could be used to shoot deep bogus images and the addition of a micro-SD card slot.
It also brings a simplified camera interface with six shooting modes, but it's a pretty darn good first look and shows off a whole lot more than
even the teasers HTC is putting out on their own right now.
But HTC, really, you guys have got to keep this under wraps better than that.
All right, it's safe to say Samsung had a pretty busy week last week, but they're bringing more with the official announcement of their Chromebook 2 series notebooks in two sizes, an 11.6-inch model at $319 and a 13.3-inch model that also features a full 1080p display that will retail at 399.
And its base design feature, its faux leather stitching
on the edges that really make it look like a notebook.
Now, you can expect to see these Chromebooks available in April.
And a lot of buzz around cars with mobile operating systems this week after Mercedes, Volvo, Honda, and others announced that Apple's CarPlay, formerly known as iOS in the car, will be coming in 2014.
Now, a recent job posting revealed Mercedes is looking for an engineer to work on a Google projected mode for integrating content from android devices into an in-car system.
Now Mercedes will showcase an Apple CarPlay system at the Geneva motor show this week, but they also won't be platform specific and went on the record to say they would also offer android support as soon as Google brings its own in-car infotainment system to the market.
So, it's good to hear, not that that we're all buying a Benz any time soon, but car manufacturers aligning with just one mobile OS and not others wouldn't be the smartest move, but this is a very young market, so we'll see how it figures itself out for consumers.
And a lot of you asked or commented on the Google Nexus smartwatch last week that's rumored to be revealed in March.
Here's something we're checking out from android police after they've put together an article for the Motorola prototype watch that never became a real project, but was allegedly going by the name Google Watch with the official code name, Gem.
Now remember at that time Motorola's mobility division was still under Google before they sold it recently to Lenovo.
Now, these images were from 2013 and you can even see the USB connector on the wrist strap.
This doesn't mean this is what the Google watch will look like, but Motorola mobility even tweeted
that they will release a smartwatch of their own this year because who isn't and this could be a hint of what's coming from them.
all right, let's check out some quick hits.
Sticking with Lenovo a little bit, they've announced that they will be releasing a line of smartphones in partnership with Ashton Kutcher.
You know, Ashton is a smart guy, but yeah, I don't want a phone from him.
Also, Project Ara released a new video to let people know what they've been up to lately
as their phone blocks modular smartphone concept continues to evolve.
They've partnered with 3D systems to help build some of the modules that will be part of the phone and they'll also be announcing news for availability of the development kit in the near future.
And also, the guessing game for where Google's barge will settle next after it was ordered to leave Treasure Island looks to have found a home in Lovely Stockton.
The rumored floating showroom, which might showcase some of their Google X projects, will finish construction at the Port of Stockton.
All right now, we asked you last week to tell us what you thought of Samsung's announcement and here are some of them.
Ken says, "In a word, lame.
Due to replace my S2 and was looking forward to something innovative in the S5, but nada." Now, Ron Curr writes in with, "I was looking forward to the new Galaxy S5, but it isn't what I expected.
The rumors on the internet showed a full metal case with no buttons and it looked awesome.
I have an HTC One and it looks better than the Galaxy." Now Ron, the reality is that rumors
And they might seem like they're facts, but that's why you can't get your hopes up too high until you actually see what a company officially delivers.
Now, Zoha says, "Can I ask you to stop hating on Samsung?
I mean it's so obvious you are not a fan.
I think the Galaxy S5 was awesome and a lot of people would buy it when it comes out.
I personally can't wait." Zoha, I'm happy for you.
But I called the S4 the best phone last year and did you forget that I raved about the Gear Fit?
you were one of only a handful of Samsung users that were so positive about the announcements.
Most people were just lead down.
All right guys, that's gonna do it for this week's show.
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