22 hours ago
Former HTC executives create, Kazam, their own smartphone startup
Former head of sales at HTC Michael Coombes, and former U.K. marketing director James Atkins may have left HTC during this tumultuous spring, but that doesn't mean they plan to stop making smart phones. The two high level HTC execs have joined together to create the startup Kazam, and they plan to keep building phone hardware with a "stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service" for the European market.
While there is no news about any actual hardware just yet, CEO Coombes says they will be focused on support after the purchase. This should allow them to differentiate themselves in a very competitive market, but it will be easier said than done.
We're assuming Android will figure big into their plans, and we're going to keep a close eye on the duo and their new company.
23 hours ago
T-Mobile gets the Sony Xperia Z this summer
1 day ago
Huawei announces the Ascend P6
Huawei this morning from London announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, a ridiculously thin 4.7-inch Android device.
The thinness is Huawei's lead bullet point here, with the phone measuring in at a mere 6.18 mm. It's sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2.2. The LCD display proclaims to have "MagicTouch" -- basically meaning you can rock gloves with this guy.
Camera-wise, the Ascend P6 has an 8-megapixel shooter out back with an f/2.0 aperture. It's also sporting a full 5-megapixel camera out front, so your duckface pics will have a higher resolution than ever before.
We're live from the launch event in London. Be sure to check our liveblog!
1 day ago
Samsung to live-stream its Galaxy & ATIV event from London
A quick heads up for those of us who can't make it to London on Thursday for Samsung's Galaxy & ATIV event -- it'll be streamed live on YouTube. Specifically, you can find it at youtube.com/SamsungMobile.
Start time is 7 p.m. BST, or 2 p.m. on the east cost of the U.S., or 11 a.m. out west.
1 day ago
HTC Desire 200 gets official with 3.5-inch display
HTC this morning took the wraps off the diminutive Desire 200, sporting a look that mostly is a throwback to the pre-HTC One days but still has hints of its flagship line.
This is decidedly not a high-end device. The 3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution -- nearly unheard of these days but not unexpected for a phone this small. It's rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor running at 1 GHz, and it's got a mere 4 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. (The included SD card slot lets you bump that up, of course.)
1 day ago
We're live from London with Huawei at 1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. EDT
We're live from Camden's Roundhouse in London, where Huawei is showing off its new smartphones. We're expecting the Ascend P6 -- heavily teased, but not yet officially unveiled, along with more Android goodness. And there's a chance we might get a look at the manufacturer's new Windows Phone handset too, the Ascend W2.
We'll bring you live coverage starting at 1pm local time (BST). That's 8am EDT, or 5am PDT. Liveblog's after the break!
1 day ago
Minus 2.0 brings a redesigned interface and simplified navigation
Following up on a pivot that shifted Minus to be a chat and photo sharing service, an update to version 2.0 today brings a nicely refreshed and improved interface to the table. Building on the idea that Minus is made to help people meet and chat with its app, the new interface gives users an easy option to browse around a globe to find new people to connect with. Once you've made some new connections, the changes continue including a new greetings inbox for incoming chats, icons to indicate online users and an overall simpler navigation paradigm. As always, you still have access to a full-featured chat interface with both text and media sharing options.
The new version 2.0 update of Minus is now available in the Play Store, which you can find at the link above.
1 day ago
Dragon Mobile Assistant hits version 4.0 with new features, stability improvements
Nuance's assistant app, Dragon Mobile Assistant, has just received a notable update to version 4.0 today bringing in a new set of features and enhancements. With this latest update, Dragon Assistant will now automatically switch to Driving Mode when it detects that you are moving quickly enough to be driving, creating a seamless experience. Additionally, users can now have email dictation, so you can now create, dictate and send email through the app. Facebook activity will now automatically read out when enabled for notifications and newsfeed updates as well.
And what good would an update be without a bunch of stability and performance improvements, along with a bunch of bug fixes? Those are all here too. The version 4.0 update of the app has just been pushed out to the Play Store, which you can find at the link above.
1 day ago
LG Optimus G Pro sales surpass 1 million in Korea
Average daily sales of over 8,000 push total sales to 1 million in just 4 months
Since its introduction to the Korean market back in mid February, the Optimus G Pro has passed the 1 million sales mark according to LG. The manufacturer claims that this is the fastest it has reached the 1 million device milestone in its own country, hitting it in just 4 months with average daily sales of over 8,000 for the period. LG Says this tops its previous record sales of the Optimus LTE in Korea, which took a full 7 months. Naturally LG gives the credit to the number of features it packed into the Optimus G Pro, from the hardware side with LTE and a large HD display to the software UX improvements it has included and upgraded.
LG isn't talking about the sales figures of its Optimus G Pro elsewhere in the world, but these sales figures in its home country are certainly promising.
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1 day ago
Sprint files lawsuit against Dish, Clearwire to block strategic purchase
Delaware law and Equity Holders Agreement both stand in the way of Dish's bid for Clearwire, claims Sprint
While it has publicly voiced its opposition to Dish's attempt to purchase a large portion of Clearwire, Sprint is taking things to the next level today by filing a lawsuit against the two companies to stop the deal once and for all. In a release put out to its official newsroom, Sprint details the fact that it has filed a complaint in Delaware against the two companies, citing that if the deal were to go through it would violate not only Delaware law but also Clearwire's Equity Holders Agreement (EHA).
The current deal, which could see Dish purchasing up to the 49.5-percent of Clearwire that Sprint doesn't already own, violates several different principles in Sprint's view.