Google's Moto G is contract-freeGoogle's new smartphones pack in features at low prices, Jawbone Up24 wristband adds a new twist, and PlayStation 4 gets reviewed before its Friday launch.
Google is giving Motorola a new edge. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Google is venturing into new territory with its smartphones and it has to do with price. Some of its latest models are so cheap, you don't need to sign up for a 2-year contract with a phone carrier to just afford one. Take for instance the newly announced Moto G. It comes in a few colors and it's got pretty decent specs including a quad-core processor. But it's only $180 unlocked and off-contract. One downside with the low price is that it's not 4G, it only gets 3G wireless speeds but there's also the Nexus 5 and that top-end phone with 4G is just $350 unlocked and with no contract. Normally, a top phone like that could cost around $600 or $650. Google priced new phones like this can certainly make the wireless industry more competitive when folks aren't stuck in contracts. Another fitness tracker has arrived. The Jawbone UP24 is an upgrade to the previous wristband and it has a similar look but now it can sync its data to an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with Bluetooth. Sorry, it doesn't work with Android yet. Since it has no screen, you need to open the app to keep track of your day's progress. It's $150 and it has a few tricks like vibrating to wake you up from sleep, depending on your style preference though. You might wanna go for the Fitbit Force instead, it's slightly cheaper and has a screen to display your progress. Without the usual dramatics and fanfare, Apple quietly began selling the new iPad Mini on Tuesday. This new model of the 8-inch tablet has a high resolution Retina Display and it starts at $400, but you can expect it to be in short supply. Recent reports indicate that there were issues producing enough Retina screens to meet demand and that could be why Apple didn't promote exactly which date it would go on sale. For you Gmail users out there, the next time you get an e-mail with an attachment, you'll be able to save it directly to your Google Drive storage, instead of downloading it to your computer. It works with all types of files and this option will roll out to desktop users over the next week. The PlayStation 4 has arrived at CNET and it's going through testing. Be sure to read our first impressions of Sony's new console, which hits stores on Friday. Unless you're a fanatic gamer, you may wanna wait just a little bit to buy this $400 machine because there will not be many blockbuster titles available at launch, and don't forget, it's not compatible with your older PS3 games. That's your tech news update but you can find more details on the blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.