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After the launch of the HTC One M9, HTC Today has updated its Blinkfeed Laucnher in the play store with a complete new look and rebranding it to "Sense Home". The update brings Sense 6 users a bit closer to the Sense 7 UI.

 

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Sense Home now integrates HTC Themes App, one of the features that debuted on the One M9, allowing users to create custom themes in order to give their phone a personal touch. Colors, fonts, icons and sounds all these can be changed. Besides creating their own themes from scratch, users can also browse and download high-quality designs from the app's catalog. Sense Home widget is another novelty: based on your location, the widget automatically shows your most frequently used apps.

 

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You can download the new Sense Home on the HTC One M8, as well as on the two-year old HTC One M7. However, not all features are available for the M8 and M7, as they require Sense 7 UI (which has yet to be released for the two handsets).

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HTC Sense Home [Play]

 



In spite of Samsung's best efforts to keep things silent, rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S8 are plenty. In fact, you can almost make a complete specifications chart based on what the rumors are providing. However, they are only rumors and therefore, are perfectly capable of being absolutely wrong. We had heard previously that the S8 will feature a 4K display to make VR more enjoyable on the device, but the latest ones are reporting that the S8 will continue to use a Quad High Definition or 2K display just as its predecessors before it. This might actually be a good decision as a 4K display can put tremendous strain on the battery.


We have now heard it multiple times that the S8 will feature a full-screen dual curved display without any physical Home buttons whatsoever. In confirmation to that rumor, new reports are suggesting that none of the Samsung's suppliers have received orders yet for supplying the parts that would be necessary to construct the iconic Samsung Home button. This leaves us to speculate that the fingerprint scanner which has so far been embedded into the Home button will be replaced with an optical fingerprint sensor or may be an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. We will keep you updated as we hear more.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



By now, almost everyone knows about the rumors and expects the Galaxy S8 to come without the iconic Home button. A new rumor is even suggesting that the virtual Home button and navigation keys on the Galaxy S8's display will be pressure-sensitive in nature. What this means is that the soft keys will react differently to varying levels of pressure, much like the "3D Touch" or "Force Touch" technology which made its smartphone debut on the iPhone 6s. Additionally, the soft buttons will also be completely configurable.


As one can probably imagine, the physical Home button will be removed from the front of the Galaxy S8 in order to make room for the rumored bezel-less display. If you are wondering where the fingerprint scanner would end up, as it had traditionally been placed inside the Home button in Samsung phones, we are not exactly sure. There are two theories regarding this. One suggests that the fingerprint scanner will simply be moved to the back of the device, while the other disagrees. Some of the leaksters are of the opinion that the S8 will sport the waterproof, optic fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which will be placed behind the front glass of the phone's display. Which one would you like to see?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After a series of leaks, images and videos revealed almost everything about the upcoming S8 and S8+, the situation has become kind of boring now. While we are sure that there will be more leaks as we approach March 29, not much is really left to leak in all honesty. Having said that, we do have news for you today which points to two very unique leaks!


We had reported earlier that the S8 series may get a violet version and it seems that we were not wrong after all. Samsung India has opened up a sign up page for its users which lets you choose the color in which you would like to experience your Galaxy S8. The color options include Black, Silver and the brand new Amethyst.


In other news, the Always On virtual Home button we have already seen a few times by now is rumoured to be pressure sensitive in nature. At this point, it is hard to predict how it will be implemented, but we are guessing that the button will sense different levels of pressure and perform different actions accordingly.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



For the first time ever, Samsung has removed its iconic physical Home button from the bottom of a smartphone manufactured by them, i.e. the Galaxy S8 (and the S8+). What does that mean for you as a user?


No Fingerprint Scanner in Front


The rather awkward position of the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on the two S8 smartphones is a result of the physical Home button being replaced by the virtual on-screen one. While Samsung should have definitely placed the fingerprint scanner in the middle of the back, it would have been better if they simply opted for an under-the-screen ultrasonic scanner instead.


Less Screen Real Estate


For the first time ever, the display on the smartphones will have to sacrifice a bit of screen space at the bottom to make room for the on-screen buttons. Although, given the extra-long nature of the two displays, that shouldn't really be a problem.


Pressure Sensitivity


The Home button, capacitive as it maybe, is pressure sensitive by nature. What it means is that you can now touch it to feel a vibration or tactile feedback, not unlike what we are used to seeing on the latest iPhones. Also, a bit more pressure or "hard pressing" as Samsung calls it may bring up more options.


The move was made to make way for the near bezel-less design that Samsung is going for with the S8 and the S8+ and it seems like a good one, even though there might be a few problems here and there. Even the Samsung logo was moved to the back, which actually makes the infinity display look even better.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



While the entire world is busy with speculating about the iPhone 7's unveiling next month, Bloomberg has recently published a report on the iPhone 8, which is probably still in the drawing boards. Even though the iPhone 7 would most likely resemble the current-gen iPhones in many ways, the iPhone 8 might be a different beast altogether.


At the core of the redesign lies the decision to remove the physical Home button usually found in the middle of the bottom panel. Obviously it will still be there, but as a part of the display. This would mean that the future iPhones may have nothing but an OLED edge-to-edge display (as per rumors) in front. The touch-sensitive sensors integrated in the display will give the user a vibrating feedback to mimic the sensation of actually pressing a physical Home button. Since we have already seen something like this with the MacBook trackpads, we imagine that it is quite a plausible possibility. The OLED panels on the other hand are definitely coming, but whether they will make it to the iPhone 2017 models is something that we will have to wait to find out more on.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Can you live without a home button on your next shiny new iPhone? Well, you are probably living just fine already if you own the iPhone X, but at least you had a choice to go for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 2017. As per recently posted images by 9to5Mac, none of the iPhones which Apple will release in a week's time will have the Home button. Does this mean that Apple is bidding adieu to the fingerprint scanner completely? Well, it certainly looks that way, unless they can do a Vivo and install the fingerprint scanner right within the display! Check out the images yourself, which also happens to have the 4th gen Apple Watch on there as well.


Just in case you are not up to date with the rumor mill, let us remind you of the key ones below.


·         Both iPhones will be styled similarly to the iPhone X


·         Only the larger, 6.5" iPhone will have an OLED display and two cameras


·         The older iPhone X might receive a price cut, but an upgrade in hardware ($899)


·         The new 6.1" device will be sold at $699 and the large screen, 6.5" iPhone will cost $999




Do take all this with plenty of criticism because unlike Samsung, Apple usually plays things pretty close to their proverbial chest.


Saikat Kar


Pearl

 

The most amazing thing about the just released Apple Watch, is the User Interface. Well, Even if Apple Watch will not be available until early,2015. You can get this incredible UI right now on your Android Wear Smartwatch and its customizable too.

 

It turns out that someone has already copied the home screen of the Apple Watch, with all those circular icons, and made it available for Android Wear devices. Note that this is just a watchface. Hence, the icons don't do anything, you can't tap them to enter apps or the likes.

 

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The design is still there, though. What you see above is called the "Pear Watchface", and it can make it to your Android Wear watch by using the WearFaces app which you can find on Google Play. As you may have guessed, this app lets you install many different watchfaces on your Android Wear powered smartwatch, and now Pear is one of them.

 

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Download Pearl Watchface

 


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