As the Galaxy S5 enters officialdom, Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world -- presiding over an indomitable gadget kingdom. But how did a company best known for Blu-ray players and TVs become the all-eclipsing superpower it is today? In this special episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain the Galaxy strategy, and tell the story of how Samsung forged its Galactic gadget empire. Press play now.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Here at MWC 2014 BlackBerry announced its newest touch screen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3. Once codenamed the Jakarta, the Z3 will offer a big 5-inch high-resolution display and rely on an all-touch interface, rather than a physical keyboard. BlackBerry plans to sell the Z3 for under $200, unlocked.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
The BlackBerry Z3 will also run the company's latest version of its operating system, BB 10.2.1. Additionally, BlackBerry has pledged to equip the Z3 with a high-capacity battery boasting enough juice to last a good while between charges. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- The next battleground for carriers is shaping up to be international calling and text messages.
AT&T is the latest to fire a shot, saying Tuesday that it would throw in free international text messages from the US to the world for anyone signed up with a Mobile Share data plan. Current members will get the benefit too.
In addition, AT&T introduced a new World Connect Value plan that allows members to make phone calls to more than 35 countries for 1 cent per minute. The plan limits calls to only 1,000 minutes … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- BlackBerry pulled the wraps off of the new Q20 handset at MWC 2014. Billed as the "BlackBerry Classic" by company CEO John Chen, the device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard along with fresh BlackBerry 10 software. Alongside the Q20, Mr. Chen unveiled a touch screen handset once codenamed the Jakarta, now called the BlackBerry Z3.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed two new phones were on their way this year.
The first, codenamed "Jakarta," but known as the BlackBerry Z3 will launch first in Indonesia in April before moving to other markets. It will retail for less than $200.
The second phone, the BlackBerry Q20 (which Chen dubbed "BlackBerry Classic" because of its keyboard) is designed for big business and government clients and will launch by the end of the year. It was also designed by Foxconn.
"We are definitely here to compete and make up some lost ground," … Read more
At the 2014 Geneva auto show beginning next week, the new Peugeot 108 will debut with a standard MirrorLink connection, letting the car's LCD show a connected smartphone's screen. Peugeot joins Toyota and Volkswagen, along with aftermarket head unit makers such as Pioneer, in adopting the MirrorLink standard.
Antti Aumo, marketing director for the Connected Car Consortium, the body responsible for developing MirrorLink, told CNET that other production cars currently implementing or slated to get the technology are the Toyota iQ and Verso, and the Volkswagen Polo. Although world market cars, localization affects which cabin electronics are available … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- On the first full official day of Mobile World Congress, some of the industry's biggest names brought out their largest guns.
While today marked CNET's second day of coverage, it feels like the fifth -- that's just how much news this venue has generated in 48 hours. We wrapped up yesterday's wave of news already, and it's a good thing because the flood continued today. Here's some of what we saw.
Samsung Galaxy S5 debuts, along with a trio of new Gear wearables
BARCELONA, Spain -- French phone developer Wiko will be one of the first out of the gate with an Nvidia Tegra 4i-based device. Its Wiko Wax smartphone will hit European markets sometime this April. No word yet on price or if the phone will eventually be available in the US.
The Wax looks and feels like typical Android phone fare; black, moderately thin, but also light. The phone will ship with Android 4.3 initially, but Nvidia tells me it will be upgraded to 4.4 soon after.
The specs are also squarely mainstream: 4.7-inch screen, 1,280x800 resolution. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Let the sun shine, let the sun shine in...on the first Ubuntu phones. The BQ Aquaris will, alongside the Meizu MX3, be the first phone to show off the Android-rivaling new operating system some time this year.
I dropped in on Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, at Mobile World Congress 2014, where I got my hands on prototypes of both the Aquaris and the Meizu MX3. Sadly, neither are actually working models yet, but at least we can get a glimpse at what's in store when Ubuntu arrives.
Both phones are existing Android smart … Read more