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
The Moto G may have been given an early public showing in the UK.
Eagle-eyed observers on Monday discovered that the Amazon UK site had listed the Moto G on preorder and available for delivery on November 14. The listing, which has since been removed, didn't mention the Moto G by name, but does show the model number that's believed to correspond to the Moto G.
The listing was first discovered by Pocket-lint.
Motorola, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Google, announced last week that it will host an event on November 13 to show off the … Read more
Windows Phone 7 users beware: soon enough, you won't have access to some video content.
Microsoft issued an e-mail to Windows Phone 7 and Zune users over the weekend, saying that Xbox Video content they currently own will no longer be accessible on their devices starting in late February. The video content will, however, be accessible on Windows Phone 8 handsets.
In the e-mail, which was published on Monday by Pocket-lint, Microsoft said the move "will allow us to more quickly and efficiently add the highest quality video content to the Xbox Video service." The end to … Read more
The astronomic growth in the mobile arena has been due in large part to the increasing popularity of smartphones, new data from Ericsson reveals.
The communications technology company on Monday released mobile phone sales data for the third quarter, and revealed that smartphones accounted for 55 percent of all worldwide handset sales during the period, though they still represent just 25 percent to 30 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions. But by 2019, Ericsson said, 5.6 billion of the 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide (60 percent) will be for smartphones.
The trend is being driven by the arrival … 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
MetroPCS on Friday added its latest Android smartphone, the waterproof and shock-proof Kyocera Hydro XTRM.
Priced at $169.99, the no-contract handset is a rugged Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience designed to take accidents in stride. In addition to standing up to water and the occasional drop, the Hydro XTRM is also dust-proof.
Internally, the Kyocera smartphone is generally lackluster in hardware. The 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is par for the course in today's entry-level devices; the 5-megapixel camera was unimpressive in CNET's review of the U.S. Cellular version. Other noteworthy details include a … Read more
AMSTERDAM -- How does a national-scale carrier go from nonexistent to profitable in five years?
There's probably no single, simple path. But in the case of YTL Communications in Malaysia, the answer combines aggressive construction of a 4G network, a government boost for new network operators, and a business that embraces the services that many carriers don't like.
That's according to Chief Executive Wing Lee, who sat down to talk with CNET News' Stephen Shankland during a visit to Europe. Lee, who previously worked for 15 years at Sprint and Clearwire, was named CEO of YTL Communications … Read more