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[MWC] ZTE Grand S3 – the first flagship device to use biometric eye reading to unlock your smartphone

ZTE just announced its first flagship of the year in the form of ZTE Grand S3. Don’t think it’s the better version of Galaxy SIII because you’d be saying or thinking profanity. This time around, it’s not the name or the price that draws customers, but a unique feature that makes ZTE a pioneer in the mobile market. Anyone who will buy this phone when it becomes available will be able to unlock it with their eyes!




ZTE partnered with EyeVerify in order to get the Eyeprint ID solution and use it on an upcoming version of its flagship. That device is none other than the Grand S3, a phone already sold on the Chinese market. This smartphone is the first of a small bunch to use this technology and commercialize it on a large scale.

Basically, Eyeprint ID allows users to scan their retina by using the phone’s front camera and this could be a more secure way of keeping your phone secure when it comes to passwords. It should be better than retyping passwords while connected to unsecure WiFi on Bluetooth devices, right? The technology will also be implemented in other ZTE Grand devices and it will be integrated with mobile payment and other secure applications.

ZTE Grand S3 specs:

  • 5” 1920 x 1080 display
  • 5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage plus microSD slot
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 OS.

It appears that ZTE is planning on taking the phone to other parts of the world besides Central Asia but there is no timeline as to when that will happen.

Source: ZTE

News Updates/Software

HTC One M8 from Sprint gets OTA to Android KitKat 4.4.4 plus Eye enhanced experience

HTC One M8 the Sprint version is getting an OTA which brings about Android 4.4.4 with the enhanced Eye experience. The 4 Ultrapixel camera is finally receiving a boost that doesn’t really multiply the existing pixels but it expands what you can do with both of your snappers.

Among the Eye experience adjustments you will be able to find face tracking for video chat, auto-voice selfies, split capturing (for both cameras recording at the same time) and other interesting features. Apart from this upgrade, HTC M8 is getting an update to Android KitKat 4.4.4.

Here’s what you will find in the changelog:

  1. Android KitKat 4.4.4
  2. Eye experience boosts:
  • Live Makeup
  • Voice Selfie
  • Photo booth
  • Face fusion
  • Split Capture
  • Face Tracking.

The OTA update bears the number 3.30.651.2. and, as usual, it is going out in stages. If your Sprint HTC hasn’t received the update yet, be patient, it will soon be there.

Source: HTC


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News Updates/Software

T Mobile’s HTC One M8 gets OTA update to Android 4.4.4; Eye experience included

T Mobile’s HTC One M8 is receiving an OTA to Android 4.4.4 with the Eye experience. Apart from getting the update to the most recent and stable Android version, T Mobile’s HTC version will be getting the Eye experience as well.

The Eye experience is a feature bundle that includes Face Tracking, the facility to keep tabs on up to four faces on a video chat at the same time and it even shows them on split screen. A much more fun feature is Face Fusion, where users are allowed to blend their face with another person’s appearance, a useful feature especially for parents who want to know what their future kids may look like.

Split Capture, another useful feature, will let you record what is going on through both cameras at the same time, offering a unique view of what you are filming and of what your face looks like when you film funny (or scary) stuff.

The full OTA update is 256MB large and will arrive in waves, so you may have to wait a little before you get yours.

Source: AndroidPolice


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Accessories News

Google applies patent for micro cameras inside contact lenses

Google recently patented a revolutionary application in the form of a micro camera embedded in contact lenses. Google will also use smart contact lenses that use blink processing and improve them with this new camera component that may change everything for the blind and eye-vision deficient.

Nexus patent, source Patent bolt
Nexus patent, source Patent bolt

With this patent the Internet flamed up as this technology – if implemented – could mean taking photos literally at the blink of an eye, which means no one would even know or get a heads up on it!

This micro camera could replace glasses or binoculars, offering people zoom and farther focus and they could improve eyesight. The system may be able to announce the blind when they have an obstacle in the way or when they meet someone. The contact lenses system could even support more cameras or sensors to detect pressure and temperature for example.

The entire project is just a patent applied for by Google, which means that if it does come true, it will require many more years before it becomes commercially viable.

Google patent, source Patent Bolt
Google patent, source Patent Bolt

CF Lumen – the app that adjusts color settings according to sunrise and sunset

CF Lumen, the oh-so-popular app found on Gingerbread devices can now be used on KitKat devices as well! If what Chainfire says is true, people still want the night mode and color adjustment apps, which means at least one of them has to be ported to KitKat devices, right?

Right! CF Lumen is now available on Google store and it offers the usual possible adjustments of color on your screen. The app allows you to adjust colors and color temperatures on your phone or tablet and brings tones in line with the changing eye expectations in relation to the sun. If it does relate to sun light, CF Lumen reacts well to artificial lighting as well, and presents a sleep mode which turns the screen red to keep your eyes from straining. Users can override the service or use the light sensors on basically any device to adjust settings.

The app has color filters and a colorblind setting that redistributes colors across the spectrum, thus enhancing screen clarity and color detail.

The app can be used in Google Maps as well to set locations in order to adapt settings to sunrise and sunset times and it can make the phone or tablet vibrate for haptic feedback in the case of some UI components.

For some users the app may not work as it still is a work in progress and it does require KitKat devices to be rooted. It is said by the developers to be available for KitKat devices.