For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
Currently, the device ships with Android 4.1.2, and will run ZTE's MiFavor user interface layered on top. Receiving a jump from Jelly Bean to KitKat will enable users a handful of new features including quicker access to Google Now.
Interested buyers can purchase the 4G LTE handset for $299.99 prepaid from Boost Mobile. In addition to the expansive display, the … Read more
Verizon Wireless has long considered itself the Cadillac of carriers.
Following Thursday's introduction of its "More Everything" plan, which brings price cuts, more data, and a few other freebies, it's clear that carrier wants to remain the premium brand in the wireless industry. While the discounts are welcome to existing Verizon users, its rivals still offer more competitive plans.
More Everything is a concession that even Verizon, which has long sought to stay above the competitive fray, is no longer immune to the pressures facing the industry. But the changes suggest Verizon is slowly, even reluctantly, … Read more
Android was the top smartwatch platform in 2013, but the fledgling market means its success is of little impact right now.
Google's operating system was running on 61 percent of all smartwatches shipped last year, Strategy Analytics reported Thursday. All other operating systems garnered just 39 percent share, according to the company.
Although that might seem like an important victory for Google, further inspection reveals it's rather premature to call the company's platform the dominant force in smartwatches. Just 1.9 million smartwatches were shipped worldwide last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Out of that, 1.2 … Read more
Verizon Wireless is finally getting its hands dirty in this price war.
The company on Thursday officially introduced "More Everything," a plan that promises more data, 25GB of cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging. Most important, it finally gives customers who have opted for its Edge monthly installment plan a break in their monthly bill, moving to a standard pricing model embraced by every other carrier. The changes going into effect today.
Details of new plan had been leaked early on Wednesday.
"More Everything" is Verizon's return salvo following a recent flurry of activity from … Read more
ZTE may not be on the tip of everyone's tongue when it comes to popular mobile phone companies in the US, but in a few years, it just might be.
As the fourth biggest phone vendor in the world, ZTE continues to make incremental but noticeable strides when it comes to expanding its brand presence in the US. In addition, with Mobile World Congress kicking off at the end of February, I expect to see even more from ZTE than last year in terms of device quality and specs.
That's because in just a few short years, ZTE … Read more
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son isn't so pleased with the way the US mobile market looks at the moment.
Speaking to reporters in Japan on Wednesday, Son said that AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two largest telcos in the US, have an oligopoly in the market, according to Reuters. It's not clear whether his comments went beyond that complaint, but Reuters did say that he wouldn't comment on his subsidiary Sprint or the possibility of that company merging with T-Mobile.
Several reports have suggested recently that SoftBank and Sprint are considering a deal to acquire T-Mobile. … Read more
It looks as if Samsung plans to make good on a promise it made at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013, according to one report.
At last year's event, Samsung showed off a screen display that wraps around the edge of a smartphone. Now the Korea Herald is reporting that Samsung has a Galaxy-branded "bent" smartphone slated for launch in 2014, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans.
Flappy Bird's takedown by its creator has given malware creators a new outlet to exploit unsuspecting users.
According to security firm Sophos, it has discovered several applications claiming to be Flappy Bird in third-party Android app marketplaces. The trouble, however, is that the games in some cases contain malware and in others force users to send a text message to a given number, effectively giving the malware creators all they need to potentially exploit users.
Yet another rumor has cropped up on the Web suggesting that Apple has big plans for its the expected iPhone 6.
Apple will launch two iPhones later this year featuring larger screen sizes than those currently available, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday, citing industry sources. One version will come in at 4.7 inches, while the other will feature a 5.5-inch display. Both products will launch in September, the report claims.
In addition to talking screen size, the report claimed that the iPhone 6's display would be made entirely of sapphire -- the same material used … Read more