Video from HTC previews some new Edge Sense features

A video released today by HTC reveals some upcoming new capabilities for the Edge Sense feature on the HTC U11. By squeezing both sides of the flagship handset, you can have the phone respond in certain ways. Certain apps can be opened, and photos taken. Based on the new features seen on the video, activating Edge Sense will allow you to zoom in on Google Maps. A similar function will be available for Google Photos. Squeeze in to zoom in on a picture, and squeeze again to return it to the original size.

The new Edge Sense features even extend to the HTC Calendar. While the latter …


Facebook to launch new app aimed at video creators later this year

As part of an update to Mentions that will be released in the coming months, Facebook plans to introduce a new app targeting video creators. Just like Facebook Live, the new app will make its debut inside Mentions later this year.

The announcement was made at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. The new update will add a new Community tab that will allow video creators to connect with their Facebook, Instagram and Messenger followers much easier.

Also, the app will feature special tools aimed at video makers that will allow them to add intros …

OnePlus 5 fails at 4K video stabilization: comparison vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The OnePlus 5 is the new kid on the flagship smartphone block, but how does it do when it comes to 4K video recording? We test its video stabilization (or lack thereof) against the popular Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 5 lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and relies on electronic IS only, while the iPhone 7 Plus support both OIS and EIS.

Even the slightest trembling of the hand results in an earthquake-like commotion on screen

And the results are… disappointing. At least for the OnePlus 5 that is. …

Watch ABBYY TextGrabber Pro 6 lift text, phone numbers, links, and addresses straight from video & TV

Digital scanning powerhouse ABBYY’s character recognition app TextGrabber has been an example of “black magic” mobile technology for a long time. If its ability to capture text from written pages failed to entertain you for some reason, check out what has come to the newly released version 6!

TextGrabber is now able to pick up text from live video streams, entirely offline and with support for 61 languages. Of course, we aren’t talking only articles or some sort of long-form literature. Rather, TextGrabber nabs links, phone numbers, addresses (e-mail, www, street), times and dates, and other …

Essential Phone prototype caught on video in public transit

So far, most of the world has only seen the Essential Phone in static images. There are no video previews, hands-ons, or reviews of Android creator Andy Rubin’s peculiar smartphone. The best we’ve got to work with for now is a newly published Snapchat video that’s only 10 seconds long, but is entertaining nevertheless.

Taken in public transit, the paparazzi video shows someone using a prototype Essential Phone. WhatsApp and the notification drawer are being used and clearly visible. The prototype phone looks exactly like the final unit up front, so this is as close as seeing the real thing …

Video watching on smartphones reaches record highs in Q1, long-form content preferred, report shows

What a weird species we are. We have developed masterpieces of TV screens, progressively growing larger, sharper and with more detail, but still bend our heads over 4-5 inches of display to watch clips, show series and even films. The extent to which we keep our necks in the curved position to watch a video on a mobile device has been revealed in a recent report on smartphone video plays in Q1.

Online software and services provider Ooyala has just published stats that show that 57% of all video content watched worldwide in the first three months of 2017 was viewed on smartphones. …

Plex 6.0 makes it possible to play video files stored on your Android phone or tablet

The team behind Plex had been pushing new features and improvements to its application very often in the last couple of months. After bringing Live TV to all Plex Pass subscribers for free, the developers are now adding an important new feature to the Android app.

If you have Plex installed on your Android smartphones or tablet, you will be able to open video files stored on the device’s storage or SD card with the new player. Files like MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV and more can now be played without a server. Furthermore, you can even open a video file in another app and choose to play it in Plex …

PlayStation Video app for Android TV released in the Google Play

The PlayStation Video application for Android phones and tablets is available in the Google Play for quite a while. Today, Sony expanded the reach of PlayStation Video to Android TV.

Android TV owners can now search for the PlayStation Video app in the Google Play and decide whether to download it or not. The application allows you to buy or rent movies, as well as stream favorite movies and shows directly on your Android TV.

With PlayStation Video, you also have access to PS Video library, but you’ll also be able to access your PS3 and PS4 systems. …

Nvidia SHIELD TV update v5.2 brings Plex Live TV, option to cast 4K YouTube and Netflix video

Nvidia recently announced it has kicked off the roll-out of another update for SHIELD TV, which brings a broad range of new features and improvements. First and foremost, SHIELD Experience Upgrade 5.2 adds the option to cast 4K YouTube and Netflix video to the SHIELD TV. Nvidia also announced that 4K cast would be available on additional apps based on region.

Another notable new feature included in the update is support for Plex DVR with Live TV. You’ll also be able to record shows to a NAS (Network Attached Storage). Obviously, you’ll still need a Plex Pass, but …

The OnePlus 5 shows audio recording superiority over OnePlus 3 in a new video

With the OnePlus 5 just around the corner, it is hardly a surprise that new details about it pop up every day. Yesterday we took our first look at the new phone, and today, we learn that we can expect improvements in the audio recording capabilities of the OnePlus 5. 

Heeding the feedback of OnePlus 3 and 3T users who wished for better audio capturing in noisy environments, the OnePlus guys are outfitting the OnePlus 5 with microphones of a higher grade. In fact, here’s a clear example of the difference between audio recordings from the OnePlus 3 and the …