Order the Google Pixel 2: Verizon | Best Buy | Shop: Black Friday 2017

Headlines

4 years ago

Motorola posts picture of Moto X being made in Texas plant

87

'Designed by you. Assembled in the USA.'

The official Motorola Mobility Twitter account has just sent out the above picture, indicating that it is showing workers in the Texas plant that is manufacturing the upcoming Moto X. The picture shows plant employees diligently working away at some complex tools, and is accompanied with some not-so-subtle wording:

"Yep. This guy is building exactly what you think he is. Designed by you. Assembled in the USA."

That is of course the tagline that has been used since Motorola spilled the beans on the Moto X name in a nationwide newspaper advertising campaign, reminding people that the upcoming device will be customizable and assembled here in the United States.

Remember we also have an upcoming Google event on July 24th -- with this intensified marketing push by Motorola we could be in for a real treat next week.

Source: @Motorola

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Larry Page on the Moto X: 'I'm very excited'

55

Three simple words today from Google CEO, speaking on the long-awaited return of Motorola with the Moto X:

"I know you're all eagerly anticipating what Motorola is launching soon. Having been a tester for a while. I'm very excited."

Google's got an event laid on next Wednesday in California

More in our Moto X forums.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Larry Page: 1.5 million Android devices activated every day

19

Android device activations set to hit 1 billion soon

For his opening statements in the Google Q2 2013 earnings call, CEO Larry Page took a minute to remind us the number of Android devices that are out there today. Mirroring what we heard back at Google I/O, Page reiterated that over 900 million Android devices have been activated since being introduced in 2008. He also dropped another number, letting us know that at this point 1.5 million Android devices are activated daily.

Those are some huge numbers considering that Google I/O 2012 gave us a milestone of 400 million total activations. At this rate we'll see that magical 1 billion number soon enough.

Read: Google's Q2 2013 earnings are in — revenue up 19 percent

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Google's Q2 2013 earnings are in — revenue up 19 percent

17

Google's Q2 2013 earnings are in, and the earnings call itself is just minutes away. The big strokes:

  • Revenue was up 19 percent over the second quarter of 2012 at $14.11 billion.
  • On the advertising side, cost per click fell about 6 percent over Q2 2012.
  • Motorola saw $998 million in revenue but still had an operating loss of $342 million.
  • Google reported $54.4 billion in cash on hand.
  • Headcount fell from 53,891 as of March 31 to 44,777 as of June 30.

Google's stock closed Thursday at 910.68, down 7.87.

Be sure to join us for the earnings call and live chat!

More: Google Q2 earnings report

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Join us at 4:30 p.m. EDT for Google's Q2 2013 earnings call!

5

Strap in, boys and girls. Google's getting set to drop its its second-quarter 2013 earnings report on us this afternoon, and we're all coming along for the ride.

In addition to all the usual financial stuff, you'll want to stick around for the Q&A session, where the execs aren't limited to prepared remarks — and during which we occasionally get some extra insight into what's been going on in the world onf Android, and what lies ahead. And it's an even bigger possibility given that Google's got an event laid on next week in San  Francisco.

So, check back in at 4:30 p.m. EDT (that's 1:30 p.m. on the West Coast). We've got the video stream up above, the live chat down below, and a bag of popcorn at the ready.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

LG Optimus F3 available today from Virgin Mobile for $179

10

Price valid for customers with a Beyond Talk plan, starting at $35 per month

Previously announced on parent company Sprint for $29.99 on-contract, the LG Optimus F3 is now available off-contract for Virgin Mobile customers. The Optimus F3 can be purchased for $179.99 with Virgin's "Beyond Talk" no-contract plan, which offers unlimited data and messaging starting at $35 per month.

This budget-friendly phone comes with LTE connectivity on Sprint's network, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and up to 16 hours of talk time on a single charge. A 4-inch display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a 5 MP rear camera are powered by the Android 4.1.2 operating system.

For more details and photos, see our hands-on with the LG Optimus F3 from Pepcom. A complete list of features and specifications are also available after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Verizon Q2 2013 earnings: $20 billion revenue, 941,000 net customer additions

54

Earnings numbers increase across the board; 36-percent of customers now using 'Share Everything'

It's that time of the quarter where the big companies are posting their earnings, and this morning Verizon released its Q2 results. While Verizon operates both a wireless and wireline division, we're going to focus on just the wireless portion as it pertains to Android more directly. Here are the high points:

  • Revenues of $20 billion for the quarter, up 7.5-percent year-over-year
  • Service revenues accounted for $17.1 billion of that, up 8.3-percent y-o-y
  • ARPA (Avg Revenue Per Account) was $152.50 per month, up 6.4-percent
  • Operating income margin of 32.4-percent, up 1.6-perecentage points
  • 941,000 net postpaid customer additions
  • In total, 100.1 million retail connections, up 6.3-percent

Verizon also broke down a few more of its customer demographics and how they use its network. More than 36-percent of postpaid accounts are now on "Share Everything" plans, with an average of 2.7 connections per account on the network. Smart phones now account for over 64-percent of the postpaid customer base, up from 61-percent last quarter. Postpaid churn (how many customers are leaving the carrier) was 0.93-percent, and up slightly year-over-year.

As part of its earnings, the carrier also took a few lines to remind us that its LTE network now covers 301 million people across 500 markets, meaning that it now covers 99-percent of its 3G footprint as well. Overall it was a strong quarter for Verizon posting increases in all the right places from earnings to customer demographics.

Source: Verizon

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Not yet there: the problems with mobile apps and media - Talk Mobile

193

There was a time when the word 'ecosystem' referred exclusively to the environmental version, describing the interdependent parts of a biome. Today that term has been expanded to modern electronics.

4 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate launches as a Vodafone UK exclusive

9

Free for £29 per month for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers

After it was confirmed just over a week ago that Vodafone would be carrying Huawei's newest phablet, the Huawei Ascend Mate has launched as a Vodafone exclusive. We first saw this device at the Las Vegas CES 2013 in January.

Packing a generous 6.1-inch screen, the Ascend Mate uses an IPS display with 280 x 720 resolution. A 1.5 GHz quad-core processor is powered by the 4050 mAh battery inside. Internal memory comes in at 8 GB, which is expandable via micro-SD for an additional 32 GB. Android Jelly Bean 4.1 will be the shipping OS.

As for pricing, Vodafone states the "Huawei Ascend Mate is free for £29 per month (including 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data) for pay monthly customers and £300 for pay as you go customers." The full press release can be found after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Verizon's new 'Edge' program allows no-contract upgrades every 6 months

151

Verizon Edge starts for customers on Share Everything plans August 25

Competition is definitely a good thing. Following the lead of other carriers (and not so much others), Verizon is introducing a new phone upgrade policy. Dubbed "Verizon Edge," this program will allow customers to upgrade their phones more frequently, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Basically a phone payment plan, Edge will enable customers on Share Everything plans to upgrade their basic phone or smartphone, spreading the full retail price over 2 years of monthly payments. Through this program, upgrades every 6 months are possible -- as long as 50 percent of the retail cost has been paid.

The first month's payment will be due at the time of the upgrade. Verizon states that customers will have no finance charges or upgrades fees when using this program. Verizon Edge will be open to eligible customers starting August 25th.

Source: Verizon

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

Android 4.3 on the Nexus 4: A second look at the next version of Android

120

Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, new Wifi location settings and improved touch response

A week out from the likely announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, we've just come across a second leak of the next version of Google's mobile OS. Android 4.3 (build JWR66N) originally leaked out for the Google Play edition Galaxy S4 a few weeks back, and today the same build is floating around for the Nexus 4. So we've decided to take it for a spin, and bring you some a quick look at how the next version of Android handles on Google's reference phone.

Check out our hands-on video after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

HTC One Mini hands-on preview

31

HTC's new 4.3-inch handset is no lightweight​

As much as we might like to believe otherwise, not every phone buyer is after a gargantuan slab of glass and plastic. And if you're the sort of person who likes your smartphones to be hand, pocket and wallet-friendly, it's not always possible to work the latest features and the fastest performance into that formula. So here's HTC with the HTC One Mini, a device that promises most of the features of the larger, more expensive 4.7-inch HTC One in a smaller chassis at a lower price point.

Despite recent successes with the HTC One, the past year hasn't been kind to HTC, and the manufacturer's mid-range efforts in particular have failed to impress. Last year in particular saw the HTC One brand being applied to phones which, if we're honest, probably didn't deserve it. This summer, then, the Taiwanese manufacturer will be looking to make a splash in the mid-range space its latest handset, officially announced today.

We've had the chance to spend some quality time with the HTC One Mini, and you'll find our full video walkthrough, along with more photos and words, after the break.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Mini

5

Check out our HTC One Mini photo gallery

The HTC One Mini is finally official, and we've had the chance to get our hands on HTC's latest miniature marvel. The One Mini packs many of the features of the full-sized One into a dinky 4.3-inch chassis, with a 720p display and re-tooled internals. At a glance, the Mini's design is much the same as its big brother — but take a closer look and there are plenty of subtle differences to see.

So be sure to check past the break for our HTC One Mini photo gallery, including side-by-side shots with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

By the numbers: HTC One Mini versus HTC One

23

HTC's One Mini brings the already iconic look and style of its big brother the HTC One in a slightly smaller package. While a few seasons ago nobody would have considered the 4.3-inch phone a "mini", in today's landscape anything under 4.5-inches certainly qualifies. 

While the internals are scaled down as well, the Mini looks to be a very capable performer. But of course, the inevitable comparisons between what's under the glass of the "normal" HTC One against the specs of the Mini are going to happen. And we're going to kick it off.

Hit the break, have a look.

HTC One Mini hands-on | HTC One Mini in pictures | HTC One Mini forums

Read more and comment

 
4 years ago

HTC One Mini official specs

17

The HTC One Mini is officially official, finally, and it's coming your way (maybe) pretty soon. The short version is that we've got a 4.3-inch Android 4.2 smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.4 GHz. The longer version is that it's a smaller, slightly less powerful version of the HTC One with most — but not all — of the bells and whistles on HTC's flagship phone for 2013.

Specs aren't everything, but they're still important. And we've got 'em all listed after the break.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages