Verizon might be first out of the gate with its Android 4.4 update, but that doesn't mean Motorola is planning to pump the brakes any time soon. On the contrary, the hardware maker has quietly expanded its database to show no fewer than a dozen smartphones expecting the KitKat treatment.
If you swing by Motorola's software upgrade page today and go through the effort of methodically selecting carriers from the drop-down menu, you'll find that there are at least six more devices across multiple carriers that will receive an Android 4.4 update.
Motorola, for its … Read more
It could happen to you any time, or maybe it already has: You're on the bus playing Angry Birds or browsing Facebook on your phone, when someone snatches your handset, sliding out the closing doors and slipping away into the crowd. Or, worse, a thief takes your phone from you at gunpoint. However it happens, there's no recourse. Your phone is gone, and while you always can buy another handset, all your personal information now lives in the hands of a criminal, petty or otherwise.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, more than 50 percent of the … Read more
Earlier this month in Korea, LG launched the G Flex, a quad-core smartphone that features an arched touch screen and rear control buttons. The device was announced after LG revealed it had successfully developed curved smartphone batteries. CNET has confirmed it'll be available in the US next year, but official carrier info has not yet been released. (You can purchase it unlocked, however, over at Negri Electronics). As for rumored carriers, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all been speculated that they plan on carrying the G Flex.
Design So, what does a big, curved phone like the … Read more
According to a company blog post, Verizon customers will start seeing KitKat as soon as today.
Rolling out in phases, the software brings features such as an improved dialer, new photo gallery effects, and redesigned status and notification bars. Oh, and let's not forget the colorful emojis in the keyboard.
Motorola has also folded in some custom tweaks, integrating features into services such as Touchless Control. In a move that feels entirely out of place, there are no Verizon … Read more
The Filip Smartwatch promises to give parents more piece of mind by locating kids quickly. Priced at $199.99, the Filip functions as a location tracker as well as a communication device that's able to conduct phone calls and receive text messages in an emergency.
Built with internal GPS circuitry plus cellular GSM radio, the Filip connects to AT&T's wireless network to keep your kiddos within virtual arms' reach. Another interesting safety feature is Safezone, the capability for responsible adults to create approved areas on the map. If the Filip detects it's leaving these electronic … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has exceeded the company's sales expectations, according to a new report.
Samsung told Reuters on Tuesday that it has sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear units over the past two months since the smartwatch has been on store shelves. Samsung didn't say how many units it had expected to sell, but said that sales have so far exceeded expectations.
Questions remain over the exact nature of Samsung's Galaxy Gear sales. Yonhap News is reporting that Samsung might have meant sales to the retail channel. In other words, Samsung could be saying that it … Read more
It's 10:30 p.m. and already there's a line of two dozen or so people.
They're sitting on lawn chairs, tucked under blankets, and pushed neatly to the edge of the sidewalk by one of those extendable nylon straps you see at movie theaters. It's chilly here in San Francisco, and Ryan Rawson wears an extra jacket to keep warm.
"What kind of things do people actually get excited about in life?" he asks, standing nearby the line. "A date? Buying a car?" Then he says definitively: "Getting an iPhone.&… Read more
Students looking to slash the cost of a mobile phone plan will now find a new option available through Sprint.
Announced on Monday, the My Way Student Promotion provides students with a full year of free calls, text messages, and data from Sprint. To qualify for the offer, buyers must purchase a Sprint phone at the student activated price through Best Buy and activate a new line via Sprint's Unlimited, My Way plan.
The plan offers unlimited talking and texting and 1GB of data per month for smartphones and unlimited calls and texts for feature phones. The promotion starts … Read more
AT&T has taken down its Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update, according to a new report.
Android Police on Monday reported that the carrier has taken down the update to address "issues." Neither AT&T nor Samsung revealed what those problems are, according to Android Police, but did say that they're examining "potential improvements."
CNET has not independently confirmed the Galaxy S4 update has been put on hold. CNET has, however, contacted both AT&T and Samsung for comment, and we will update this story when we have more … Read more