Sharp today announced that it has partnered with design firm Frog to create a new user experience for the next wave of Aquos smartphones. Expected to arrive this summer, the Feel UX promises to have a highly customizable interface that integrates features like a personalized lock screen and widgets with real-time weather. … Read more
The LG Optimus L5, an Android 4.0 handset that is equipped with dual SIM capabilities, is readying itself for a European launch this month.
U.K., Germany, and France will be the first countries to receive it. Afterward, customers in the Middle East, Asia, Central, and South America will be able to nab the device.
Unfortunately, LG has not released any information about a U.S. release.
The … Read more
Google has acquired more than 50 patents from Magnolia Broadband, a company focused on improving scalability and capacity across the mobile space.
According to Magnolia, the patents come from its Mobile Transmit Diversity portfolio, which includes a host of technologies related to increasing mobile network capacity, expanding coverage, improving uplink transmission speeds, and increasing a device's battery life.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
According to Magnolia CEO Osmo Hautanen, the software Google's newly acquired patents relate to can be "embedded into any mobile broadband device." The software is sold to mobile device … Read more
You can scratch a Nook-inspired tablet as the product Microsoft is unveiling at its mysterious event today.
Dow Jones Newswires initially reported that Barnes & Noble will not be a part of Microsoft's event. Business Insider, which initially picked up the Dow Jones report, independently confirmed with book retailer that it isn't participating the event.
CNET has also confirmed that Barnes & Noble will not be a part of the event.
A report over the weekend had Microsoft unveiling an entertainment-focused device alongside Barnes & Noble.
It contradicted several other reports that Microsoft was unveiling its own tablet … Read more
Apple's iOS 6 software development kit comes with a new Auto Layout feature. And now, some are wondering whether that indicates Apple will be launching a new iPhone this year with a larger screen.
Auto Layout essentially allows developers to establish parameters for how user interface elements show up on a screen. Depending on a device's resolution, those elements will move to their correct place, based on the parameters established by the developer.
TechCrunch yesterday asked whether that feature indicates an iPhone with a larger display will launch soon. The blog said that it spoke with one developer … Read more
Samsung Electronics' new CEO called for the company to redouble its focus on software, which could hint at a move away from Android and toward its own proprietary operating system.
Samsung has long desired to push its own integrated hardware and software experience, investing in its Bada operating system and selling devices in select markets. But the popularity of Android, which powers its most successful smartphone and tablet devices, including its flagship Galaxy S III phone, means the company can't exactly quit the platform.
Samsung has been steadily investing in its own proprietary software, an initiative that new CEO … Read more
Verizon continues to define speed when it comes to home Internet service.
The carrier already has the further reach when it comes to super-fast 4G LTE service on the wireless end, and is pressing its advantage on the fixed-line side with Fios and a new top-tier 300-megabit-per-second service. In addition, it is boosting nearly all of its other speed tiers.
While much of the telecommunication industry's focus has shifted to the wireless end, Verizon continues to press its landline servce, particularly after the massive investment in Fios, the all-fiber network that covers a large part of its territory. The … Read more
Developers can't wait for iOS 6 and Facebook to show up on Apple's mobile devices.
That's according to Matt Gillis, who spent much of last week chatting with developers at Apple's WWDC event. As the head of global monetization for mobile advertising company Millennial Media, he's tapped into the developer community.
The key verdict from WWDC: a lot of excitement over the closer integration between Apple and Facebook. Developers are licking their chops waiting to tie their apps into Facebook, allowing the apps to show up in news feeds and eventually solving the problem of … Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Just a short bicycle ride from Stanford University, there's a work space befitting any hip startup.
Squat, teardrop-shaped chairs and short, lime-green swivel chairs sit atop a colorful checkered carpet, across which a small dog casually pitter-patters. Lining the sparse ceiling are rows of florescent lights, wooden beams, and large ventilation tubes, adding an industrial-chic ambiance. On one side lies a sliding divider made up of strands of cable lines strung closely next to each other, while the other side features a movable row of hanging chains, creating a flexible space that can be manipulated … Read more
Verizon Wireless's new Family Share plans were supposed to simplify pricing for Verizon Wireless customers. But since the new plans were unveiled earlier this week, it seems like wireless users are more confused than ever.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I'm going to handle things a little differently than usual. Typically I select a couple of questions that I've received from readers and I answer them. But since I have gotten so many emails asking me about this particular issue, I decided to put together a quick FAQ that will help explain and clarify some of … Read more