Nokia Announces Three New Android Phones at MWC

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:20 -- Alex Gardner

Nokia was expected to announce its first Android phone at Mobile World Congress, but instead it shocked attendees by announcing three new Android phones on Monday -- the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL.

Nokia Android PhonesThe three new handsets will not ship with the standard Google services Android fans are used to, but instead they will feature mostly Microsoft services such as Bing. Nokia users will also only have access to the Nokia and third party stores, but not Google Play. However, some popular features such as SwiftKey and BBM will be available on Nokia's X family of Android devices.

Huawei Unveils MediaPad X1 Tablet, TalkBand B1 and Ascend G6 Smartphone

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 17:11 -- Marshall Walker

Mobile World Congress is in full swing and Huawei has unveiled a whole new lineup of gadgets including the MediaPad X1 tablet, the TalkBand B1 smartband, and the Ascend G6 smartphone. Here's a quick look at all three devices.

Ascend G6

MediaPad X1

Weighing in at just 239g and measuring in at 103.9mm wide, the MediaPad X1 is the lightest and thinnest 7-inch tablet on the market, and it can even make phone calls! The tablet ships with a high-res 1,920 x 1,200 LTPS display, a 5,000mAh battery, two cameras (3MP f/2.4 rear-facing, and 5MP f/2.2 front-facing), 16GB of internal storage which is expandable to 32GB via microSD, a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The X1 also supports LTE Cat 4 and is only 400 euros.

Samsung Kicks Off Mobile World Congress With Two Gear Smartwatches

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 13:20 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has officially unveiled the successors to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The two new watches drop the "Galaxy" branding and are just being called the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both watches will be available in April and both are powered by the same Tizen operating system found on Samsung's NX300M digital camera.

Samsung Gear 2The second-generation watches feature improved battery life (2-3 days according to Samsung) and a new external design. According to Engadget, who got an early peek at the Gear 2, the "camera is now built into the front of the watch alongside the IR blaster," and the mic is now located on body of the device itself. This means Gear 2 owners will be able to customize their watch by changing out the wristband with other offerings from either Samsung or third-parties.

Samsung Releases Galaxy 5 Unpacked Teaser Trailer

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:21 -- Marshall Walker

In case you weren't convinced that Samsung is going to announce the successor to the Galaxy S4 during its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, the company has released a teaser trailer which makes it pretty clear. The short video features images with various words like "together," "wet," and "create," and each word is immediately followed by the number five before it quickly disappears. As if the number five being predominantly featured in the video wasn't enough of a hint, the video ends with the words "the next Galaxy."

Samsung Galaxy S5 TeaserThe word "wet5" suggests that the Galaxy S5 waterproof rumors are probably true, and the taglines "focus5" and "moment5" possibly hint at an improved camera. However, there is no mention of the rumored full-screen fingerprint scanner that is expected to be featured on the S5.

LG Announces G2 Mini Ahead of Mobile World Congress

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:11 -- Alex Gardner

LG has unveiled the 4.7-inch G2 Mini ahead of Mobile World Congress. The new smartphone is a lot less impressive than the larger 5.2-inch G2 model. The G2 Mini's display features a disappointing qHD 540 x 960 screen resolution, and it is powered by a less powerful Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i processor, depending on the model. The LTE version will sport a 13MP rear-facing camera, while the non-LTE version will only ship with an 8MP camera.

LG G2 MiniOn the up side, the mini variant will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and LG's suite of added features like Guest Mode. Other specs include 8GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a removable 2,440mAh battery, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and the LTE model will include NFC capabilities. The G2 Mini also weighs in at 121g.

Samsung Announces Unpacked 5 Event for February 24th

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:26 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has sent out invitations for its "Unpacked 5" press conference in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be held on Monday, February 24th at the Mobile World Congress. The Korean tech company did not announce what they will be unveiling at the event, but the invites did mention that a "flagship product" will be in attendance. It is unknown if the "flagship" device is Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5, which Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile department, said would be announced "around March and April."

Samsung Unpacked 5The invites also read, SAMSUNG UNPACKED 2014 EPISODE 1, which suggests there will be multiple Unpacked events held this year. Some are speculating that Samsung will only tease the Galaxy S5 at the trade show, and that the company plans to hold a second separate event to showcase its new S device, like it did with Galaxy S4 in 2013.

Samsung could also be planning to unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Unpacked 5, Episode 1, and then announce the Galaxy S5 sometime in April.

Motorola Migrate Easily Transfers Your iCloud Data to Your Motorola Phone

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:37 -- Marshall Walker

Motorola has just released Motorola Migrate to the Google Play store. The new app is just like the iCloud data transfer tool added to the Moto Maker website last year. Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra or Droid Mini users can use the app to easily transfer their contacts and calendar events from iCloud to their device.

Motorola MigrateUnfortunately, both the app and Moto Maker transfer tool do not transfer files such as photos, videos, text history and so on... But Punit Soni, VP of product management, said back in November that Motorola hopes to offer the ability to transfer more than just contacts and calendar info in the future.

Galaxy S4 S-View Flip Cover with Wireless Charger Finally Available

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:57 -- Alex Gardner

Samsung's official S-View Cover with wireless charger for the Galaxy S4 is finally available a few months before the Galaxy S5 is expected to launch. The S-View cover uses Qi wireless charging technology to work with Samsung's Wireless Charging Pad. The black version is available for $60 on Amazon.com or you can nab it for $70 directly from Samsung. Samsung Galaxy S4 S-ViewThis isn't the first promised S4 accessory to arrive late, Samsung's Smartphone GamePad recently launched in select European markets back in December and it is still M.I.A. on the company's online US store. The GamePad is attachable to mobile devices ranging from 4-inches to 6.3-inches, and features a dedicated button to access Samsung's Mobile Console app. The app gives users access to a library of game pad supported games such as Need for Speed Most Wanted and Gameloft’s Asphalt8 : Airborne. It is unknown when it will be available in the US.

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Smartwatch Confirmed for April

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 15:08 -- Marshall Walker

Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile department told Bloomberg, that the Galaxy S5 and second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be announced "around March and April."

“We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time,” Lee said. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”

Samsung Galaxy S5Lee said Samsung went back "back to the basics" when designing the S5, but she also mentioned that the company did take note of customers' disappointment with S4's design.

"When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn't really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn't as big,” she said. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”

Unlocked Moto X Now Available for $399

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 18:15 -- Sammy Snyder

One of the biggest complaints about Motorola's flagship Moto X is its price, and it looks like the smartphone company has been listening to the criticism. The regular Moto X has already been reduced to $100 with a two-year AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract, and now you can nab an unlocked model for only $399. Motorola made the announcement via its official blogspot on Wednesday.

Unlocked Moto XMotorola claims it has been listening to smartphone shoppers by giving people "more control in how their phones looked" and longer battery life. The Google owned company also said that its botched holiday flash sales made them realize that people want "a new premium smartphone at a reasonable price without having to wait for a contract upgrade." So Motorola decided to offer its Moto X contract free at a reasonable price,

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