You'll be able to pop the gesture-friendly Sailfish onto your Android device as a launcher or an OS replacement
The folks at Finland-based Jolla announced that their mobile OS Sailfish is now commercially available for distribution after hitting their 1.0 release and will soon be available as a launcher for Android. For those unfamiliar, Sailfish uses a lot of what was left behind by MeeGo,...
Confirming news we broke in January, Sprint this morning announced that it's bringing free Wifi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 Mini. An over-the-air update is required before you'll be able to use the free Wifi calling, and Sprint says that'll be pushed out over the next few weeks.
The Wifi calling will be expanded to other devices this year, Sprint said.
The SURFACE Case with kickstand by Seidio is the perfect Galaxy S4 hard case; combining a super-slim design, protective outer shell and a magnetic kickstand for convenient viewing. The exterior features a custom soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops.
The Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) is available for just $17.95, 49% off today only. Take your pick of...
Both Tegra Note 7 models updated to Android 4.4 with Gamepad Mapper functionality
Those looking for a portable 7-inch tablet with mobile data access now have another option — the Tegra Note 7 LTE. While it may not be the hottest-selling tablet out there, the Tegra Note 7 offers a pretty solid set of specs — Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a quality stylus setup all for $199...
New teaser shows the power of five
Continuing its focus on the "power of five," Samsung's teaser for its Unpacked 5 event next Monday in Barcelona leaves little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy S5 on the first day of MWC. Intercut with buzzwords, artsy photos and gratiutous use of the number five, it's not immediately clear what many of these slogans have to do with "The Next Galaxy," but you...
7-inch tablet and mid-range phone revealed
Thanks to its bizarre MWC teaser trailer, we know Huawei wants to make a splash at Mobile World Congress next week. And now we have a good idea what two of its new products will look like, as the Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 have leaked out online ahead of their expected arrival in Barcelona. The MediaPad X1 is Huawei's latest 7-inch Android...
Not that I have any idea what they're saying. It's just that Korean commercials are just so much more fun than what we usually get in the U.S.
The LG G Pro 2 launched in Korea this week for around $900 U.S. We'll get a better look at it next week at Mobile World Congress, and it's a good bet we'll see it in the U.S. at some point.
Phone will have full access to 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for fastest Rogers LTE
LG has announced that its latest big device, the G Flex, will be making its way up to Canada in short order. The wrinkle here is that it will be exclusive to Rogers, with no talk of expansion to other carriers at this point. If you are (or are willing to be) a Rogers customer, the G Flex will bring a full-speed LTE...
Google's location-based game, Ingress, kicked off another global event recently dubbed #Recursion, and as a part of it, the're introducing some new gameplay mechanics. The first is ancient artifacts. Enlightened and Resistance agents have limited windows in which to claim, move, and deliver these items between portals in a #Recursion city. Sounds like a massive co-operative globe-spanning relay...
Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's been back on the prowl recently with his oddball and descriptively-titled Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, though his eponymous "show about nothing" has never been far from the public consciousness (see: iToilet and Google Wallet). Seinfeld himself showed up on The Tonight Show this week and he, as he's prone to do, talked about how we use our smartphones and...
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has always been an odd device, but starting next month you'll be able to get a new version of the odd device: the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 starts shipping globally this March for $450. If you happen to be living in South Korea, ZDNet Korea is reporting that you can actually grab the Galaxy Camera 2 today for 499,000 won, but the rest of us will have to wait a few weeks...
And that, folks, says it all. E-mails are going out inviting folks to a soak test for Verizon's Moto X, with an update to Android 4.4.2 on the way. Not in the soak test? You shouldn't have to wait too terribly long for an official update.
More in our Moto X forums.
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Archos today announced four new devices ahead of Mobile World Congress — a tablet and three phones. Here's what we're looking at:
Archos 80 Helium 4G: An 8-inch Android 4.3 tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor and sporting 4G LTE data. It'll have full access to Google Play and costs $249.
Archos 50c Oxygen: Thus guy is a 5-inch phone (at 720p) running Android 4.2 Jelly...
Work on the Pebble 2.0 app for Android continues, with Beta 10 dropping for developers this afternoon. Here's what's good:
Improvements to speed in MyPebble
Improvements to connection stability (this fixes the appmessage getting stuck bug)
Improvements to power use
Installing apps via websockets will now auto launch them
Will we see the Galaxy S5? Something else? Only one way to find out!
Join us Monday as we're live from Samsung Unpacked 5 in Barcelona, Spain, at Mobile World Congress. And on tap this evening — mid-day for those of you back home in the U.S. — is, well, the latest and greatest from Samsung!
Folks are expecting the Galaxy S5 to be announced — and that's certainly a possibility. We've already...
Developers can apply to receive one of 200 prototype units to build software for
Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a small group of engineers inside the company dedicated to new and exciting projects, has announced its latest effort in the smartphone space — Project Tango. ATAP has been working with devices that leverage dozens of different sensors to monitor everything around...
Hang tight, folks. Looks like Google Drive is struggling. Affected are Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Sheets.
We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly.
Google Sites has been added to the list as well, and the latest update says to look for more by the top of the hour.
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HTC One found to be just as durable as the all-plastic Moto X
Following the announcement by HTC that it will start offering free broken screen replacements, the folks at SquareTrade decided to take a complete look at durability on HTC's most recent devices. Going through a testing system that looks at the physical aspects of a phone, how easy it is to hold and how well it survives a drop test...
Posted by Chris Umiastowski on 20 Feb 2014 12:27 pm
The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last five years and doing a darn good job of executing on a growth plan, I'm impressed with what they've done. And while I was shocked to see the deal's valuation...
A quick heads up for you Waze users — the traffic-mapping app just unleashed an update that syncs up with your calendar. It's optional — so if you prefer not to use it you can turn it off in the advanced settings.
And update to the iPhone version is coming, Waze said. But for now, Android first!
Snag the update at the link above.
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