6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Update: LG's smartphone throws a curve

About Video Transcript

CNET Update: LG's smartphone throws a curve

2:55 /

The screen in LG's next phone is curved, Samsung HomeSync competes with Apple TV, and Google's music app may be coming soon to iOS.

Would you want a smartphone with a curved screen? I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. CNET has learned that LG is working on a smartphone with a curved 6-inch display. LG did show off flexible screen technology earlier this year. LG will likely call the phone, the G Flex. But even though it's called the Flex, don't count on this phone being flexible. That screen will be set in a fixed position. Here's a rough sketch CNET obtains so you can tell it would be a slight curve. We're expecting LG to reveal this phone in November and this comes while there's buzz about Samsung working on its own curved smartphone that would also be unveiled soon. But the curved screen trend doesn't stop at smartphones. Both Samsung and LG had been pushing curved OLED televisions in the US costing $9,000 and $10,000 respectively. Samsung's Home Sync is going on sale Sunday and this media center for the living room is sort of like an Apple TV, but it has one terabyte of internal storage for media and it's controlled by Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The $300 glossy black box lets Galaxy users stream videos, games, music and other media from a phone or tablet to the television. It works with Samsung Link, that's a program for sharing content between devices. Up to 8 accounts can be synced to the box and it also works with several apps like YouTube and the Google Play store and it has a web browser. Those that buy can get $50 of credit to spend on movies and TV shows from the Samsung Media Hub. Also coming Sunday, Target will launch its own brand of prepaid mobile services called Brightspot and it will run on T-Mobile's network. Walmart has also been selling its own prepaid plans under the brands Straight Talk. As the competition heats up between music streaming services, Rdio is trying to stay fresh by offering a new free feature called Stations. You can listen to music from 20 predefined stations built on songs from different musicians and you can also create your own stations just like Pandora and iTunes radio. To lure in more users, Rdio won't play commercials like the other guys, but if you wanna pick the exact songs that you want to listen to, it'll cost you $10 a month. This new feature is now on iOS and android. And now also in music news, there's a report from myGadget that Google's music app could be coming to iOS later this month. The app Google Play Music all access cost $10 a month and it's a way to listen to unlimited songs and create custom radio stations, but the free version serves as a locker for your music. That's your tech news update and you can get more details at cnet.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

The 404 Show 1,585: Black Seadevils terrorize the subconscious (podcast)
23:11 November 24, 2014
The world's best Bridget Carey joins Ariel and Iyaz to decipher smart phone apps, Star Wars trailers, and deadly toys.
Play video
Smarter Driver: New thinking on driver distraction
1:45 November 24, 2014
Brian Cooley runs down new research by the IIHS and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on driver distraction and what causes i...
Play video
Car Tech 101: The future of head-up displays
4:13 November 24, 2014
Head-up displays are starting to show up everywhere. Brian Cooley tells you why HUDs may be the next revolution in car tech.
Play video
On the road: 2015 Acura TLX V6 Advance
4:00 November 24, 2014
At a time when Acura seeks to redefine what it is and where it stands in the pantheon of new cars, this all-new model draws some pretty...
Play video
Top 5: Reasons for head-up displays in your car
2:32 November 24, 2014
Head-up display technology is emerging as one answer to driver distraction. Brian Cooley offers his top five reasons you need a HUD...
Play video
Black Friday tech tips
0:59 November 24, 2014
For a lot of Americans, Thanksgiving weekend is synonymous with shopping. People line up at stores hours, and days, in advance to get...
Play video
HTC Desire 510 is a dirt-cheap way to get 4G LTE data
2:04 November 24, 2014
The HTC Desire 510 isn't the most high-specced phone around, but if you want 4G LTE and you're shopping on a tight budget, it's one...
Play video
Crazy Carts: Turn your office into a rally stage
5:32 November 24, 2014
XCAR takes a break from high-end sports cars to test drive the Crazy Cart, an electric go-kart with a handbrake-style handle that lets...
Play video