Expected to roll out over the coming days, the KitKat update also brings a number of other noteworthy changes. Specifically, it adds compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear as well as the ability to drag and drop to uninstall apps. AT&T, for its part, promises improved call quality.
The update is a sizable one, weighing between 412MB and 842MB, depending on which version of Android the user is currently running. Because of its size AT&T will only allow … Read more
Like at any technology show, the biggest product releases of Mobile World Congress dropped in the first couple of days. But the latter days of an event remain just as interesting. You actually have time (well, a few minutes anyway) to roam the show floor to find hidden gems and underdog products, and you can dig up a few juicy scoops. All of that is just what happened on day 3 of the world's biggest wireless show.
The return of BlackBerry? By now you may have forgotten about BlackBerry, but the former smartphone powerhouse showed up in Barcelona with … Read more
IBM wants to bring its Jeopardy-winning cognitive computing system Watson to the mobile industry.
During a keynote address at Mobile World Congress 2014, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge, a global competition to promote the development of mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson.
During the next three months, IBM is calling on software developers who are willing to develop and bring to market a commercial application that leverages Watson capabilities, such as the ability to answer complex questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy, and confidence. Three winners will receive IBM support … Read more
Looking for dirt-cheap phone service for your smartphone? If it's an unlocked GSM phone that began life on AT&T or T-Mobile, you might want to check out UppWireless.
For as little as $15 per month, you can stock your smartphone with a no-contract SIM card that leverages Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity for calls, text, and data. But is it really as simple as that?
I'll let you know once I've had the chance to test UppWireless for myself. In the meantime, I can tell you that your $15 buys you unlimited calling and texting … Read more
Google's Sundar Pichai has denied at Mobile World Congress that his company bid on WhatsApp, the popular mobile instant messaging and SMS app.
Pichai, senior vice president in charge of Chrome, Android, and apps, said in Barcelona this week that it was "simply untrue" that Google had offered to buy WhatsApp, reported the Telegraph.
An earlier report indicated that Google was outbid by Facebook for WhatsApp, which Mark Zuckerberg permanently friended for $19 billion. Google had reportedly offered $10 billion, according to Fortune.
Though there may not have been a formal bid from Google for WhatsApp to … Read more
Goophone, a company that has made a name for itself by building smartphone lookalikes, is at it again.
Just days after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, Goophone has launched a lookalike. Appropriately named the Goophone S5, the device has a 5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and runs Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Although its specs might not match those of the higher-end Galaxy S5, the handsets look nearly identical.
Goophone's online store currently lists the S5 as out of stock. Customers looking for other lookalikes, however, can pick up the Goophone i5S for $160 or the Goophone i5C … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Are you curious why everyone is talking about the Internet of everything? Cisco CEO John Chambers gives 19 trillion really good reasons.
Chambers believes the Internet of everything, also known as the Internet of things, will create $19 trillion (yes, that's with a "t") in economic benefit and value over the next decade.
The Internet of things is the concept that any device that could use an Internet connection should get one, allowing it to talk with other devices on the network. It's widely believed to be the next catalyst for innovation in … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- While companies are still figuring out the best way to use Apple's location-sensing tech, iBeacon, push notification specialist Urban Airship believes it has a way to make it relevant to both retailers and consumers.
Urban Airship on Wednesday unveiled enhancements to its service, offering a new way to automate marketing messages and specifically target audiences for push notifications, or those alerts that pop up on your phone based on the apps you've downloaded. It announced compatibility with iBeacon, and hopes its smarter system will spur adoption of the location-based feature.
Urban Airship Chief Marketing Officer … Read more