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HTC opens One M8’s Duo Camera to developers with SDK, bokeh for all

As I’ve written about 20,000 times already this week, one of the headline features on the spanking new HTC One M8 is its dual-lens Duo Camera setup, which welcomes a whole bunch of fancy camera effects.

The Taiwanese have now opened the Duo Camera to developers, by way of the official HTC Dual Lens SDK.

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Samsung still planning Android Wear wearable tech - not just Tizen

Samsung still planning Android Wear wearable tech - not just Tizen

Lewis Curdie  3 hours ago

To be honest, Samsung planning anything at this stage in the game comes as little surprise, as the South Koreans generally like to keep a finger in each and every pie on offer (much like me when I was a bachelor, badum tsh!).

I’ll forgive the lack of dropped jaws, then, when I say that Samsung is planning – shock horror – wearable tech with Android Wear on board, that’s in addition to its Tizen stuff.

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Five things you should know about Project Ara

For our money, one of the more interesting things happening in the world of mobile right now isn’t QHD displays or faster processors or higher megapixel counts or dual-lens cameras or even wearable tech, but the idea of customisable “modular” phones.

First announced last October, Project Ara is racing along at a fair old pace, and there’s been plenty of news to chew on over the past few months. Indeed, this week marks the first Project Ara Developers Conference, so what better time to pull all the facts together?

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LG G3: QHD resolution confirmed, ‘golden hue’ likely

LG G3: QHD resolution confirmed, ‘golden hue’ likely

Lewis Curdie  5 hours ago

LG has been keeping uncharacteristically quiet this year, leaving rivals like Samsung, HTC and Sony to steal the limelight with the Galaxy S5, One M8 and Xperia Z2 respectively.

But we all know South Korea’s other favourite manufacturer is busy beavering away on the LG G3. While we await the official launch, the rumoured QHD resolution has supposedly been confirmed, and we’re also seeing the box in gold.

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Google Camera: standalone Android camera app released

Google Camera: standalone Android camera app released

Lewis Curdie  6 hours ago

If there’s one thing Android was crying out for, it was surely… a standalone Google Camera app?

To be fair, it actually sounds pretty good, with an “out of your way” UI (almost invariably a good thing) and a handful of interesting features.

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Project Ara Grey Phone:  to build, January 2015 release

Project Ara Grey Phone: $50 to build, January 2015 release

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

For those who’ve been hibernating for the past few months, Project Ara is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, and aims to unleash customisable “modular” phones.

The first Project Ara Developers Conference is going down this week, and we’re getting tons more info, including word of the first Project Ara phone.

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DigiTimes: expect more dual-lens smartphone cameras

One of the standout features on the HTC One M8, and one of the things that sets it apart from last year’s HTC One, is the presence of a dual-lens camera on the rear.

Word from out east suggests HTC may be at the forefront of an imminent trend, with several smartphone manufacturers expected to jump on board the dual-lens bandwagon.

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First OnePlus One pic leaked ahead of next week’s launch

First OnePlus One pic leaked ahead of next week’s launch

Lewis Curdie  Yesterday

Phew, big week for leaked pictures of previously unseen phones. Earlier today I scribbled about the Amazon smartphone, and here we turn our attention to the imminent OnePlus One.

Admittedly the OnePlus One picture is comparatively terrible, but it’s a good excuse to chew the fat over the wallet-friendly super-phone.

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Samsung exec: Galaxy S5 should outsell Galaxy S4, Tizen phone in Q2

While some manufacturers are struggling to turn a profit, Samsung’s problem is comparatively luxurious: from atop your throne as King of Mobile, how do you stop profit decline?

Well, firstly, you throw a ton of weight behind the Samsung Galaxy S5, and then you unveil the long-awaited Samsung Tizen phone in Q2. Sounds like a plan to us.

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Behold: the Amazon smartphone

Finally, after literally years of speculation, we’re seeing the first leaked photographs of the much-discussed Amazon smartphone.

Alas, the design of the Amazon smartphone is largely concealed behind an intentionally silly case, but we can still make out a few details, including – most interestingly – those four front-facing cameras for 3D silliness. Lots more detail below.

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