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.
More: Google Apps Status
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.
More: Waze blog
Nokia might be about to dip its toe into Android waters, but that doesn't mean we should all run out and celebrate
Normandy. A name we've been hearing with increasing frequency of late. Why? Because if the rumor mills have been churning the right way, then Normandy – now referred to as Nokia X – is a forthcoming Nokia smartphone based on Android. If all goes according to what we've heard so...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Feb 2014 10:00 am
Stand-alone messenger apps are popular, but how popular? Take this week's poll.
I admit it. I only use Hangouts (formerly G Talk) for messaging on my phone. I have Google Voice for folks I don't know well enough to add to hangouts, and I have Skype installed for communication here at Mobile Nations, though I never use it. I've only installed others to make sure they do what they claim to do...
The Mobi Products S-Line Case is a slim, form-fitting TPU case that wraps around your device to protect against drops and scratches while providing a better grip. This case sports a unique "S" design on the back, giving your Galaxy S4 a personalized look.
The Mobi Products S-Line Case is available for just $4.95, 67% off today only. Take your pick of 9 different color options!
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LG just officially announced the LG G2 Mini, and we'll get a good look at it next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Now we've got a very brief teaser video to go along with it. Nothing particularly stands out, other than apparently it turns you into a shredderiffic skater boy.
More: LG G2 Mini specs
The Samsung Galaxy S5 hasn't even been announced yet, but already focus is beginning to turn to when we'll actually be able to buy the phone. Today our first clue comes from GSMArena, which says it's been told by an unnamed Samsung executive that the GS5 will be arriving in three weeks time. The outlet says it's received corroborating information from other "trustworthy sources," which would...
Update: @evleaks has followed up with another M8 render, this time showing the device in silver. You'll find it after the break.
Original story: Following yesterday's leak of the 2014 HTC One — also known by the codename "M8" — in gold, leaker @evleaks has today published a render of the device in gray. The chassis design appears the same as in the earlier leak — an HTC One-like design with...