Sure the Moto X isn't the most powerful Android handset money can buy. Neither is it a big-screen mobile monster like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Nor is the Moto X equipped with a ridiculously high-capacity battery … Read more
Flipboard, the social magazine app for iOS and Android, is extending its feelers further into mobile commerce with a new catalogs category. The update, released Monday, allows companies and individual users to create specialized buying guides out of items found within Flipboard and on the Web. The guides can then be deposited into custom magazines with price tags and product info alongside active links to allow purchases.
Back in March, Flipboard -- which in September raised another $50 million on a $800 million valuation -- introduced its magazine-creating feature in its 2.0 update. That extended the app's curation … Read more
By saying the words "OK, Google" when the phone is unlocked, you can launch any of Google Now's actions -- like searching the Web or dialing a number -- without having to touch the screen. Several Motorola phones, like the Moto X, did this prior to the Nexus 5's Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
Voice-activated Google Now is a terrific little convenience that can save time or … Read more
Available from the Google Play store, Sprint, and T-Mobile, the Nexus 5 is one of the most highly anticipated and low-cost Android phones of the year. For customers on T-Mobile who use a Wi-Fi connection to make phone calls, however, the carrier has confirmed with CNET that the Nexus 5 will not support that feature.
Having a phone with voice-over-Wi-Fi technology comes in handy to make phone calls, particularly when you're in an area where reception is weak or inconsistent.
No, T-Mobile isn't hosing customers who buy its Nexus 5.
T-Mobile on Friday said it would offer the Nexus 5 starting November 14 with a down payment of $42 and 24 monthly payments of $17. Add that up, and you get $450, which happens to be $100 more than what Google is charging for the phone at its Google Play store.
The natural assumption, given this is a Google phone, is that T-Mobile is somehow generating a tidy profit on the highly coveted device. But that's not so, says T-Mobile. A representative confirmed to CNET that it pays … Read more
T-Mobile announced today that it will begin selling the Nexus 5, Google's flagship handset of the season, starting November 14 online. The device will then be available in carrier stores a few days after that on November 20.
Although the carrier has not announced any info on the 32GB model, the 16GB model will cost $41.99 down, plus $17 a month for 24 months.
That brings the total cost of T-Mobile's Nexus 5 to $449.99, which is about $100 more than it costs from the Play Store. Currently, Google is selling the unlocked handset for $349 (… Read more
Sprint customers who've been waiting for the Nexus 5 can now buy the new phone.
As of Friday, the 16GB Nexus 5 is available through both Sprint and Best Buy. Sprint seems to have the better deal, selling the phone for just $50. But that price is a special online offer good only for new Sprint customers who bring over an existing phone number. The phone sells for $150 for existing customers eligible for an upgrade.
Best Buy is selling the 16GB Nexus 5 for $150 for both new and current Sprint subscribers.
Both prices require the usual two-year … Read more
Android 4.4, aka KitKat, comes with an experimental technology called ART designed to speed up Android apps.
ART is a replacement for Dalvik, the "runtime" software that has the job of executing Android apps. Dalvik is a virtual machine -- essentially a software version of a computer that lets Android apps run on a variety of hardware -- that's closely related to Oracle's Java technology.
ART is geared to speed things up by reworking a core part of the process. Developers write apps in high-level languages such as Java, and when they build them, the … Read more
Exclusive to the retailer in US markets, the blue smartphone will be offered across Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint networks. Pricing is not mentioned in the press release, but we expect it to cost $199 with two-year service agreements, the same as its retail price with the carrier.
The Blue Arctic Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available through all Best Buy channels starting November 14.
Customers can begin preordering the handset in stores and online effective November 10. MyBestBuy Elite … Read more
On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless officially introduced its 7-inch Android tablet, the Ellipsis 7, which boasts 4G LTE connectivity and seems to be a competitor to the likes of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX.
This is of particular interest to anyone who remembers that Verizon has been delaying 4G LTE activation of Nexus 7 users, despite that the Nexus 7 is compatible.
Taking an active Verizon SIM card out of another device and slipping it into a new Nexus 7 reportedly will allow the tablet to connect to Verizon's LTE network, but the company won't activate a new SIM specifically for the device. Back in September, Verizon addressed the issue with a statement:… Read more