Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 phone could try to compete on price as well as features.
Following "encouragement" from at least one wireless carrier, Samsung may sell the new S5 for less than previous S phones, a "person familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg. The goal would be to compete against not just Apple and HTC but also lesser-known rivals who price their products for budget-conscious consumers, according to the report on Tuesday.
The Korean electronics giant said availability of KitKat varies by carrier and product, but updates will begin Tuesday and will continue through the coming months. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are among the devices that will now run Google's latest version of its mobile software.
New features of that operating system include a redesigned dialer that allows users to search for any number, even if it's not in their phone books. For example, users can start typing the … Read more
A tweeted ad for Nokia's reported Android smartphone seems to confirm that it will be dubbed the Nokia X.
Tweeted by usually reliable leaker @evleaks on Monday, the promo shows the name above a series of images of phones headed directly toward you. The tweet doesn't reveal anything further, but the promo looks like one Nokia might use to tout the phone.
Photos and details of the Nokia X, codenamed Normandy, have spilled online over the past few weeks, courtesy of @evleaks and other sources. Expected to debut next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the phone … Read more
Consumer electronics giant LG plans to debut its third generation of L Series Android smartphones at the Mobile World Conference later this month.
The trio of mid-range smartphones will come with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed and sport 1.2GHz dual-core processors, the company announced Saturday. All three handsets come in a metallic frame with colorful Quick Window cases, which allow users to see the date and time on the screen without opening the case.
The top-end L90 sports a 4.7-inch display with a 960x540-pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, an 8MP rear-mounted camera, a 1.3MP … Read more
Google Play Music's premium All Access service includes custom radio stations, which can be accessed from the Web, iOS devices, and Android smartphones and tablets. The latest update to the Google Play Music Android app included some new features, like device management and offline listening of custom radio stations.
Offline music is helpful when an Internet connection is unavailable, such as when you're on a plane or in a remote locale. And if you don't keep your Android device loaded up with your own music, downloading some of your custom radio stations is one way to keep … Read more
The gooey center of Google's pitch to developers to make apps and services for Android is a series of terms easily misunderstood, but central to Android's flexibility and success.
Every once in a while, Android terminology discussions flare up like a stomach ulcer for Google. They center on Android's nature as a development platform, which in turn affects the variety and breadth of Android apps -- from Minecraft to Pandora to the latest Flappy Bird copycats -- that you can download, and how up-to-date they are. Is Android truly open-source? Can you "fork" Android? What … Read more
Apple fans in the UK recently came out and admitted to having "blind loyalty" to their iPhones. Devotees of particular brands love to throw names at enthusiasts of other brands. You get terms like "Fandroids" and "Apple fanboys" tossed around as intended insults.
All that name-calling plays off the idea that some people are completely dedicated to a particular phone brand. For instance, this guy is already waiting in line for an iPhone 6, before he even knows the first thing about it...like whether or not it's a good buy for his … Read more
Nokia has gone green. The Finnish company today changed the color of its Facebook and Twitter pages to an emerald hue, the signature color of Google's Android software -- which could mean the green light for the hotly-rumored Nokia Android phone.
Codenamed the Nokia X or Nokia Normandy, the as-yet-unconfirmed phone will be Nokia's first Android device, and is reported to fill in the gap at the low-cost end of the market where the Lumia line of smart phones is dominated by rival Androids. It's widely expected to debut at Mobile World Congress later this month.
A … Read more
If you haven't read my review of Blacksumac's Piper home security system, here's the gist: it's a cute, compact $239 device complete with a 180-degree fish-eye lens, a 1080p camera sensor, motion-detection capabilities, environmental sensors, optional integration with Z-Wave gadgets, and more. When it first launched, you could only access Piper via the free iOS app. Starting right now, Blacksumac has a new app available for Android users.
Blacksumac's co-founder and CEO, Russell Ure said in the official press release: "The smart, connected home is more accessible to users than ever before. Consumers want … Read more