HTC fans in the US, listen up. The snazzy blue-hued version of the company's flagship phone is headed to Best Buy retail stores on September 15. … Read more
The iPhone apparently is popular not just with consumers but with the National Security Agency, though for somewhat different reasons.
The NSA can retrieve user data on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices, according to internal classified documents obtained by German news outlet Der Spiegel. Special task forces within the agency have reportedly studied the three mobile platforms with the goal of accessing the contacts, instant messaging traffic, and location data found on the devices.
The classified documents don't point to any "large-scale" snooping of smartphone owners, but they do highlight the historic record of a few specific … Read more
Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked version of Android powered by an 800MHz processor, and flaunting a big color OLED screen. Heck, it even has a mic and speaker plus a camera.
But just how useful are these watches really, and how do they stack up against each other? Read on as we break down Samsung's and Sony's tempting wearable tech entries.
Sony SmartWatch 2 If you're … Read more
While building new phone hardware and software together, Microsoft and Nokia could once be compared to two ships passing in the night.
The companies often touted their deep partnership on smartphones, but it turns out they still kept many secrets from each other. Sometimes those secrets caused one or the other to scramble to change features before a phone launched, and led Microsoft to rethink core aspects of its mobile operating system.
"There are real-world examples of situations where Nokia was building a phone and keeping information about it secret from us," said Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice … Read more
If you've been tempted by the new Motorola Moto X smartphone but was wondering when it'll actually land on Sprint, get ready to smile. The carrier officially confirmed it will arrive on Friday for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
For those of you not familiar with Motorola's latest creation, the Moto X is the first Motorola-branded handset born from the company's new reincarnation under its parent company Google. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Moto X flaunts a wide range of abilities including a few extra tricks.
This includes "Touchless Control" … Read more
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 and the just-revealed Galaxy Gear smartwatch are coming to America's biggest wireless carrier, and Verizon says you can declare your intentions for both as early as Friday.
"Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the Samsung Galaxy Gear on Friday, September 6th at 9AM EST," read Verizon's landing page for the Note 3 after the massive, stylus-toting phone was revealed Wednesday at IFA in Berlin and simultaneously at an event in New York.… Read more
Like other smartwatches on the market, Toq doesn't have the full functionality of a smartphone or tablet. Rather, it syncs with users' smartphones, allowing them to quickly scan through texts, phone calls, and other alerts, such as calendar and WhatsApp notifications, without taking their phones out of their bags. It runs on Qualcomm's operating system and uses the company's low-power mirasol display. For now, Toq will only work with Android, but Qualcomm is considering extending the connectivity to … Read more
Consumer electronics show IFA kicks off in Berlin this week, and Samsung is making a play to dominate the show with not just one, but two press conferences. This first one is called "Unpacked 2013 Episode 2" (the first episode happened in London in June). It is widely expected that the company will use it to take the covers off a smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear, and a new version of the Galaxy Note.Follow CNET's live stream and live blog on Wednesday.
CNET will be in Berlin with an up-to-the-second live blog featuring a live stream, … Read more
Looks like Google doesn't need as much of our money as previously estimated. This week the company dropped the price of the Nexus 4 by $100, and now the latest "it" smartphone from Google-owned Motorola, the Moto X, is beginning to see its price tumble just a few weeks after its initial release.
The Nexus 4 was initially offered for $299 unlocked, and many expected the Moto X to be offered in a similar manner. But instead, Motorola announced it would roll out its new flagship Android phone through the familiar two-year carrier contract deal in the United States with an initial cost of $199.
But there's new hope for you thrifty early Android adopters out there, as Moto X prices are falling quickly in Canada and there's word that American carriers will soon follow suit.… Read more
If you're looking to score a true Android smartphone on the cheap, and with no contract, the new $79 Huawei Valiant for MetroPCS just may be the ticket.
Judging from specs alone, the Valiant doesn't pack much of a component punch. While the phone's screen measures a sizable 4 inches across, it's powered by a relatively slow 1GHz dual-core processor. It also has just 2GB of internal storage, though features an SD card slot for upgrades.
The Valiant's 3-megapixel camera likely won't impress, and Huawei fails to mention how much RAM the handset has … Read more