HTC reveals One with “Nexus user experience”

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 MAY 2013 Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1 Steve Costello HTC confirmed plans to offer a version of its One smartphone with a “Nexus user experience” through the Google Play store, stripping its flagship device of the manufacturer’s Sense user interface customisation.At the time One was launched, much was made of HTC’s customisation, including the BlinkFeed feature which pushes content from various sources to the home screen. While this has provided the vendor with a differentiating feature, it has diverged from the basic Android user experience.In the initial reviews of HTC’s new flagship, the device’s form factor has been widely praised, at a time when Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been criticised for lacking a “premium” feel.If nothing else, it will provide HTC with another One variant for relatively little effort, enabling it to improve its shipment volumes and benefit through economies of scale through the hardware commonalities.With the troubled vendor’s First smartphone – its other recent high profile release – having fallen by the wayside, the ability to make the most of the well-regarded One will be crucial for its recovery.Of course, this is not the first time that HTC has offered a “Nexus” device, being the manufacturer behind Google’s initial foray into the unlocked smartphone space. While this was not deemed a massive success at the time, Google has continued with its efforts, also working with vendors Samsung and LG Electronics in the smartphone space.Earlier in May, Samsung announced a version of Galaxy S4 which includes “the user experience that ships with our popular Nexus devices” – thereby removing any vendor customisation.According to reports earlier this week, LG Electronics, the manufacturer of the current Nexus 4 smartphone, has said it is not in the frame to deliver the next generation of the smartphone. It has not said that it plans to offer a Nexus-ised version of any of its current smartphones.Perhaps the biggest question now is the motivation for Google to continue its own Nexus activities, now that two of the most high-profile smartphones of the day are available in Google form.The company does traditionally introduce a new Nexus device with new Android platform releases, and may choose to stick with this practice, although part of the core Nexus premise is that upgrades are available for existing hardware shortly after.So far, the Nexus-esque versions of the HTC and Samsung devices are only available in unlocked form in the US via Google Play, priced at $599 and $649 respectively. Author HomeDevicesNews HTC reveals One with “Nexus user experience” Previous ArticleParents warned on kids’ app securityNext ArticleCanada’s Rogers signs 4G network sharing deal center_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Devices HTC readies Vive Pro 2 VR headset Related KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move GalaxyGoogle PlayHTCLGNexusoneS4Samsunglast_img read more

The Need For Bus Service

first_imgThose of us who must travel to get to our jobs — and that’s most of us — have little recourse but to drive. That means having the wherewithal and funds to purchase a vehicle. It also means bearing the cost of insurance and maintenance, and having a state authorized license to drive.The lack of a valid license plays out most publicly in the Latino community, where undocumented drivers, needing to get to work to survive, say they have no recourse but to do so illegally since they cannot obtain a valid license.Latino advocacy groups bemoan the fact that penalties accrue for repeat violators, and could lead to deportation. Certainly, that is an extreme punishment. But let’s not overlook the facts in our zeal to find a solution.One in every five fatal car crashes in the United States each year involves a driver who does not have a valid license, according to a highly reputable study released just a week ago. The report, “Unlicensed to Kill,” released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, concluded that 8400 people die each year in crashes with unlicensed drivers. It also found that 28 percent of the law-breaking drivers had received three or more license suspensions or revocations in the three years before their fatal collisions.Rhetoric aside, these are not victimless crimes.A recent court decision turned back a deal Suffolk County had with federal immigration enforcement officers to lease holding cells to house repeat offenders, a practice that had been harshly condemned by Latino advocacy groups. But the AAA study cited above illustrates the downside of leniency. People are maimed, innocent folks die, and lives are ruined. At its worst, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle can be a violent attack on an innocent victim with a lethal weapon. Those responsible should be punished to the full extent of the law. There are no mitigating circumstances. They belong behind bars. What’s to be done? Clearly, informal carpooling already takes place, but an effort to expand it would probably run afoul of livery laws. The county needs to ratchet up its public bus schedule to be sure; but towns, always willing to blame the county for public transportation woes, need to foot some of the bill for a system that works locally and meshes with neighboring municipalities. Every worker should have an opportunity to board a public bus in the morning and another to get home at night, and it is a cost that should rightly be at least partially underwritten by all taxpayers. Sharelast_img read more