Huawei may not be as well-known as other Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo and Xiaomi, but the vendor is doing remarkably well in the smartphone segment. The brand witnessed an increase in revenue by 30 percent to $12.2 billion, making 2014 the first year for Huawei with revenues of over $10 billion.
Breaking from its new modus operandi of "uncarrier," T-Mobile apparently has gone the somewhat predictable route for its 2015 Super Bowl commercial, tapping former sex-tape participant and current model, host, and reality-show narcissist Kim Kardashian to talk about selfies for 30 seconds of your life you'll never get back.
Xiaomi is set to continue its meteoric rise with the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro. The first batch of Mi Note devices went on sale in China earlier today, and was sold out in under three minutes. The exact number of devices sold wasn't disclosed, but a Xiaomi VP revealed that the sale received over 220 million reservations. The next batch of Mi Note devices will be available on February 3, with the Mi Note Pro set to go on sale in the month of March.
Google Fiber is coming to four new metro areas in the US. That's according to a new report over on the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation. It's reported that Google will soon announce coverage in Atlanta, Charlotte (N.C), Raleigh-Durham (N.C), and Nashville (Tenn.) in the coming days.
Update: Both social networks are now functional again. If you can't access them in your region just yet, hold tight. Services are being restored.
Facebook and Instagram, the popular social network and it's photo-centric sub-division, are currently experiencing a denial of service attack that's affecting access for some users. If you've been trying to check your feeds and you've been getting errors, don't worry — it's them, not you.
Once expected to be just vaporware, the Saygus V2 is actually going to go on sale starting with official pre-orders this Thursday, January 29. After making a debut at CES 2015 with actual hardware that we could see and use for ourselves, Saygus has been running "pre-registrations" for those interested, but hasn't actually taken orders just yet — now we know (some of) the details.
Media streaming service Plex dropped an update for its Android app today that brings a revamped UI along with the ability to cast from your camera roll to Plex clients and cast-enabled devices. Additionally, Plex has switched to offering in-app purchases to unlock features for new users in its app.
A few years ago, you had little choice if you were looking for a phone with a bigger than big screen. Phones were gradually getting larger, but until Samsung pulled the original Galaxy Note out of their hat there just wasn't a phone that bucked any and every trend and had an extra-large screen, and didn't try to hide the fact that it was a big phone for all the people who wanted and needed a big phone. There was ridicule, there was disbelief, and there were predictions that Samsung would fail. Every one of them were wrong.
In 2014 we saw extra-large phones from all the major players. This includes Google and Apple, and is a testament to Samsung's vision and early market research. It also means more competition for Samsung, and that's always better for us consumers. We want Google to borrow from Samsung, and we want Samsung to take what Google has created and make it better. This endless circle means we all have better devices from both companies to choose from.
The Nexus 6 is Google's first trip into the land of giant phones, and they have a difficult road to travel to try and make their big phone as desirable as Samsung's, who currently owns this space. Let's see how their first effort matches up with he current big phone king, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
We've got some good news and some bad news for you Dropcam owners out there. If you own one of the older Original or Echo models, the bad news is you won't be able to use it for much longer. The good news is that the company is going to make it up by sending you a new one for free.
Welcome to the first mainstream connected home appliance everyone should want to own
Much in the same way that smartphones have come to enhance the way we communicate, the world of connected home tech is all about enhancing the way your living space communicates. There are a couple of really great examples of this technology (and heaps of truly terrible examples to match) but one of the best right now is the Nest Thermostat. Nest Labs was created to build products that change how we use regular household tech, with an immediate focus on efficiency, safety, and ease of use. The biggest reason to consider one for yourself, aside from how nice it looks on the wall, is all of the tech baked into this tiny casing that dramatically changes how you use your thermostat.
The folks behind the Big Android BBQ have spent the last year working on ways to bring a taste of their annual Texas-based event to different parts of the U.S., and in April the East Coast will get what's coming to them. The Big Android Meat and Greet is a one-day event that combines a developer event with a great party for Android folks to get together and enjoy. Since it's in Virginia, right on the water, the party is going to be held on a Riverboat during the infamous Cherry Blossom Festival.
Tickets have been made available over on the BAMG site, broken out into the two major parts of the event. If you only want to come for the Code Kitchen and check out the developer sessions contained within, that event is free. The Riverboat tour, on the other hand, is $75 and will include some of the same amazing food and celebration that makes the Big Android BBQ so cool to go to. We'll have at least one or two of the AC team enjoying both parts of the event, so if you're going be sure to say hello!
Just as our fearless leader promised in his weekly missive, we're going to start taking a more focused approach for certain topics, and I have the honor of being the first to bring this to you. We're going to start off with the now Google-owned Nest Labs and their Nest Thermostat. Rather than post a single long post on the Nest Thermostat like we would a smartphone or tablet review, we're going to break down the basics of why you would want one, installation, ownership, and getting the most out of the $250 tiny wall computer.
Each day this week we will have something new in the series to share with you, and with each post we'll be doing our best to answer questions in the comments sections. By the end of the week we'll have covered the basics as well as we know how to cover them, and next week we'll fire up a whole new series. Coming up this afternoon we'll start with the simple question: What is a Nest, and why would you want one?
So get ready for more on the Nest Thermostat, what it means for us as consumer, and what it means for the connected and mobile industries at large. To make sure you don't miss a thing, lock in on our Nest Thermostat page.
Google's first Android TV box now available from even more retailers
A couple months after its initial release, you're finally able to purchase the $99 Nexus Player from retailers other than Google. That's important for a number of reasons — perhaps the best of which is that you might well have a gift card or to for other retailers just burning a hole in your pocket.
But why buy a Nexus Player when it's nearly three times the price of a Chromecast? We can sum that up in two words: Android TV. Think a full-fledged Android system connected to your large-screen television, complete with dozens and dozens of games. And that means if you've purchased a game once on a phone or tablet, you might not have to buy it again for Android TV. (Some games may have completely new versions, though.) You'll also get great experiences for YouTube and Google Play Music, as well as a number of other multimedia apps, including Bloomberg, Pandora, Songza and more.
There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Nexus 6, reverting it back to its out-of-box condition. Maybe you've decided to sell your device. Perhaps you want to eliminate any problematic apps and start again from scratch. Whatever the reason, it's easy to clear out your apps, photos and other content and start again from scratch.
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