Suffice it to say, we may know everything there is to know about the "M8" handset when the day arrives. Heck, even HTC is playing coy with the device, having recently started a new series of videos highlighting features.
Microsoft's Xbox Live hub is one of the most robust, well-developed social gaming spheres out there, and it's about to go more mobile in a big way.
The company is looking into bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android games, rounding out the cross-functionality of the service and extending it from Xbox consoles, Windows phones, and machines all the way to iPhones and Android handsets, according to a report from The Verge Monday.
The news was originally hinted at in a recent Microsoft job listing that read, "We will create a modern framework that is open-source, lightweight, … Read more
Volvo wasted no time getting to the starting line with Apple's CarPlay.
Apple early on Monday unveiled CarPlay, its new system for integrating the iPhone into people's dashboards and driving habits. With a CarPlay-enabled iPhone plugged into their rides, drivers will be able to use Siri or the car's touch screen to search maps, play music, and answer phone calls "with minimized distraction," said Apple.
Six automakers will be rolling out models with CarPlay during 2014, according to Apple's CarPlay site: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. And while Volvo may be last … Read more
Samsung is sweetening the pot for people who want to get their hands on the Galaxy S5.
The Korean electronics giant on Monday announced that Galaxy S5 customers will be able to enjoy "free, long-term subscriptions and premium" access to several applications when they pick up their handsets in April. Among the apps included in the "Galaxy Gifts" bundle: 1 year of premium service with personal trainer app Run Keeper, a six-month subscription to The Wall Street Journal, a three-month Premium LinkedIn account, three months of Evernote Premium service, three months of Bitcasa 1TB storage, and … Read more
Google and Samsung have taken to the China Ministry of Commerce to express concern over Microsoft's impending $7.5 billion acquisition of Nokia, a new report claims.
The companies went before the Ministry of Commerce recently to say that the acquisition could give Microsoft too much control over the patent market by taking on Nokia, which has a massive patent portfolio, and thus could put competitors in a troubling competitive position, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the talks.
Microsoft isn't technically taking on all of the Nokia's mobile patents in the … Read more
The iPhone 5S is still a hot item on the shopping list of many smartphone buyers, according to a new survey.
Among the 1,003 consumers polled last week by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, 33 percent of those who plan to buy a smartphone expect to snag an iPhone 5S. That percentage is down only slightly from the 35 percent eyeing a 5S in December 2013 and the 38 percent right after the new model debuted last September.
"The main takeaway from our most recent smartphone purchase intent survey is that the iPhone 5S seems to have staying … Read more
Fueled by a 127 percent surged in worldwide sales, Android tablets collectively overtook the iPad last year, research firm Gartner said Monday.
Android tablet sales jumped to 120.9 million in 2013 to snag a global market share of 61.9 percent, up from sales of 53.3 million and a 45.8 percent share in 2012. Over the same time, iPad sales grew to 70.4 million from 61.4 million. But Apple's share of the tablet market dropped to 36 percent from 52.8 percent.
Apple's slice of the market fell amid increased demand for smaller, … Read more
Gone is that mouthful, in is the new moniker: CarPlay. (Not to be confused with a Monster product by the same name.) The concept stays the same: replication of a simplified iOS interface into a touch-screen display in the car, plus extensive voice command. As we saw in earlier videos, the focus here is simplicity and safety, with no complex interface elements and, seemingly, no virtual keyboards.
Instead, many … Read more
Google took a break from its monthly update cycle for the Google Glass Explorer Edition, saying it's working on a bigger change to the 4.4 KitKat version of Android.
Google's Teresa Zazenski announced the change on the private forum for owners of the electronic eyewear, according to Glass Almanac. Google didn't want to publish an update that "isn't ready for prime time," she said Friday, but what's coming next will make Glass smoother and give it a better foundation for other changes:
The pace isn't changing and we're still committed … Read more
Samsung appears to have a new Chromebook in the works that sports the company's new trademark faux leather cover.
Images tweeted by @evleaks shows what appears to be a Chrome OS-powered notebook featuring a back wrapped in textured fake black leather and framed by stitching on the edges, much like last year's Galaxy Note 3 and the recently announced Black Edition of the Galaxy S4 smartphones. The images, which evleaks identified as a Chromebook 2, features a notebook with the familiar Samsung and Chrome logos.