25 February 201477By Simon SageWe're rounding up all of our important Samsung Galaxy S5 coverage for you right here
You might have noticed that we've covered the heck out of the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress. It's a lot to take in, but we're going to round up all of the important stories right here for your easy reference.
For those unfamiliar, let's go over the broad strokes. The Galaxy S5 is launching in April worldwide. It's got a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Some of its fancier features include a heart rate monitor built in near the camera and a fingerprint sensor, though there are plenty of iterative updates. Dig into the stories below for a fully detailed look at the Samsung Galaxy S5.
25 February 201432By Jerry HildenbrandMoto X will arrive in India and Australia, Moto Maker coming to Europe and Mexico
More news from Motorola's Bareclona press dinner, and this time it's all about the Moto X.
The handset itself will be crossing a few new borders and is headed to India and Australia...
25 February 201435By Jerry HildenbrandMotorola thinks wearables should look like jewelery
We're having a friendly press dinner with Motorola at Mobile World Congress, and Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of product management, has been talking about wearables...
25 February 201417By Richard DevineYes, that really is its name
We have to confess the name is why we stopped to look at the LG homeBoy. Perhaps offering more hilarity in the west than LG's native Korea, the device itself is basically a large Bluetooth entertainment system for the LG G Pad 8.3...
25 February 201461By Alex Dobie'Anti-shatter film' no longer used on Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet
Good news for would-be Xperia Z2 buyers today, as one of our major bugbears with previous Sony smartphones has been consigned to history...
25 February 201410By Jerry HildenbrandCPU, GPU, LTA modem and multi-radio support all in one 64-bit chip
Geek out with me for a bit if you will, because it's time for some chip porn.
Marvell has pulled the wrapper off their latest Armada chip, and it shows that they are ready to tussle with the big dogs in mobile silicon. The Armada PXA 1928 brings just about every controller you would ever want into a single 64-bit package, and if their past holds true, they will be able to do it at a substantial savings for the people designing and building phones and tablets.
Currently a major player in the Chinese market, Marvell is a strong partner with folks like Lenovo, Hisense and Coolpad. Right now they power plenty of entry-level LTE devices with their affordable and existing solutions. The new PXA 1928 should give quite the bump in performance and power effeciency, and hopefully foster some competition worldwide in the mid-range category. Every phone running a Snapdragon is no good for the consumer.
More after the break.
25 February 201420By Simon SageNow you can mark up docs easily with an S Pen
Papyrus is a promising note-taking app for Android that we first spotted at the Samsung Developer Conference, and they've finally reached the 1.0 milestone. Papyrus has been enjoying quite a bit of popularity in their beta period, having built up the core functions, but the latest update includes a premium feature for PDF importing. This means you can take documents sent to you by e-mail or elsewhere, and mark it up within the app. You can also export the final product as a PDF if you like.
Papyrus is a pretty slick app. Besides being optimized for active styluses like S Pens, the app is vector-based, meaning anything you write or draw can be scaled up without any loss of quality. Though the core app is free, there are a few of extras, like the new PDF import and a cloud storage feature pack, that are tucked away behind in-app purchases.
25 February 201415By Simon SageStitcher, a major podcast app for Android, has rolled out a new update with a few solid features. The first is the ability to mark podcast episodes to listen to later. This is perfect for lining up the listening for your commute...
25 February 2014118By Simon SageT-Mobile's fourth quarter and year-end results came in today with losses but also a few victories
T-Mobile's Q4 financial results are in, and they're about what you'd expect given their recent strategies of giving away tablet data, removing device subsidies and their corresponding contracts, paying termination fees from competitors, wacky marketing campaigns, and free international data roaming. They lost money over the quarter, but gained subscribers. They're up to 4.7 million customers, which is up 1.65 million from the same time last year, and quarterly revenue was up to $6.8 billion, which is a $39% increase year-over-year. Still, this resulted in a net loss of $20 million for the quarter due to the aforementioned costs.
It takes money to make money, as they say, and in that light, these losses may seem worthwhile in the long run. How many of you guys are T-Mobile customers? How many of you have switched over in the last couple of months? Do the changes they're making in wireleess merit all the marketing attitude? Highlights from the quarter and full-year results are below.
25 February 20148By Rene RitchieVector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis podcast where we talk about the biggest stories and issues in tech with the smartest people in the industry...
25 February 20149By Alex DobieXperia Z series look and feel gets more affordable in Sony's latest mid-range handset
Alongside its new Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone and Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony's also showing off a new mid-range offering, the Xperia M2, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona...
25 February 20144By Andrew MartonikEarly software and questionable build quality have us wondering what the future holds for this huge phone
ZTE has taken the wraps off of the second generation of its large device, the Grand Memo II LTE, here at MWC in Barcelona and we've had an opportunity for some quick hands-on time at the show. This device is definitely large, even in this world where 5-inch screens seem normal, with a full 6-inch 720 x 1280 display. ZTE mitigates some of the size issues with very small bezels around all sides and a 7.2mm thick body, but in the end it's still mildly unwieldy at best. While it feels pretty solid in the hand and isn't overly angular even with the lack of thickness, the build quality was really lacking on all of the units we had a chance to touch.
As a quick refresher, for specs we're looking at a Snapdragon 400 processor (although the confusion of whether or not it will eventually have an S800 still stands), paired up with 2GB of RAM, 3200mAh battery and a pair of cameras at 13MP and 5MP. The display looks pretty good to our eyes — it's an IPS panel — at the distance you usually hold large devices, although we do find the colors and brightness to be a bit lacking, at least in the trade show lighting scenario.
The software on the Grand Memo II LTE seems to follow pretty much in lock step with the previous version, even with the press conference indicating that the MiFavor 2.3 UI was a solid departure from the past. The devices on show here at MWC weren't using the Play Store or Google services, though, so we're thinking the software is still early. For what it's worth, the software shown off in demos and press materials looks far better to our eyes — we're withholding judgment until it's all final.
Be sure to hang on past the break and see a quick video walkthrough and more pictures of the ZTE Grand Memo II LTE.
25 February 201467By Richard DevineAlso confirmed to be Octa-core Exynos variant for selected markets
The Samsung Galaxy S5 event passed by without too much detail on just what chipset is actually powering things. This morning, we've got word on two different versions for presumably different markets...