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  • Google Plans to Add Bluetooth, GPS to Android Wear

    2 September 2014, 12:12 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Google is working on several updates to Android Wear that will introduce more features to the platform for wearables. Director of Engineering for Android Wear, David Singleton, told CNET that the first update to arrive will add certain Bluetooth functions to…
  • Sprint Selling the HTC One (E8)

    29 August 2014, 10:43 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today added the HTC One (E8) to its roster of Android smartphones. The E8, which was announced earlier this year, is a plastic version of the M8. It carries over many of the same features, such as the 5-inch full HD screen, BoomSound speakers, 2.3GHz…
  • AT&T Resurrects $100 Credit for Next Plan Subscribers

    29 August 2014, 9:07 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    AT&T today rekindled a $100 credit offer to new and existing customers who add a new line of service with a smartphone on an AT&T Next plan. The Next plans allow customers to pay for devices over time, don't require upgrade/activation fees, and don't require…
  • Samsung to Offer Nokia's HERE Maps to Galaxy Devices

    29 August 2014, 8:28 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Nokia and Samsung today announced that HERE Maps will soon be available to Samsung's Galaxy smartphones for free. HERE Maps allows users to download entire countries or regions, which makes the maps available even when the device is offline. Downloaded maps…
  • Spint, SoftBank to Sell Sony Xperia Phone

    29 August 2014, 8:14 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint and SoftBank will for the first time sell a flagship smartphone from Sony, according to Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Sony is prepared to announce new devices at the IFA trade show in Berlin on September 4. One of the new devices is expected to…
  • Review: HTC One for Windows

    29 August 2014, 7:30 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Verizon Wireless was the first U.S. carrier to score the HTC One for Windows, which swaps Android for Windows Phone. Here is Phone Scoop's full review of this stylish handset.
  • T-Mobile to Sell HTC One for Windows this Fall

    28 August 2014, 11:21 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today voiced support for the HTC One for Windows on its web site. The company will sell the device in the weeks ahead. It is already sold by Verizon Wireless, and will also soon be sold by AT&T. The One for Windows runs Windows Phone rather than…
  • Sprint Gives Samsung GS4 International Wi-Fi Calling

    28 August 2014, 11:18 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today said an over-the-air software update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sprint Spark will allow owners to use Sprint's Wi-Fi Calling service when traveling abroad. The service lets people connect calls for free over Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi calls don't…
  • OneDrive for Android Adds Business Account Support

    28 August 2014, 11:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today updated its OneDrive cloud storage application for the Android platform. The primary new feature of the app is support for OneDrive Business accounts, which allows device owners to sign in with either or both of their personal or work-assigned…
  • Sprint Adds Avatars to Visual Voicemail

    28 August 2014, 10:43 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Sprint today announced a new service that will allow customers to add animations and avatars to their voicemail messages. The service is available to Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile USA customers with select Android handsets. The base service includes…
  • Samsung's Latest Smartwatch Can Make Voice Calls

    28 August 2014, 8:00 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    Samsung debuted a new smartwatch that can make and receive voice calls, as well as send and receive messages thanks to built-in 3G radios. The Gear S is based on Samsung's Tizen platform and features a 2-inch, curved Super AMOLED display with 360 x 480 pixels.…
  • LG Debuts Round Android Wear Watch

    27 August 2014, 10:00 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    LG today announced the G Watch R, a round smartwatch based on Google's Android Wear platform. LG already offers a square-shaped device called the G Watch. In designing the G Watch R, LG said it carefully weighed how consumers view watches as accessories and…
  • Microsoft to Cleanse Windows Store of Questionable Apps

    27 August 2014, 9:09 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Microsoft today announced it is making changes to the Windows Store in order to improve the quality of the apps therein. To start, it has established three main criteria apps need to pass in order to be certified for sale through the store. App names need to…
  • Apple Denied Injunction Bid Against Samsung

    27 August 2014, 4:59 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Apple lost in its attempt to ban the sale of select Samsung devices today, as U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request. The company sought a ban on devices found to infringe on its patents at trial earlier this year. "Apple has not…
  • FCC Finalizes $819,000 Fine Against T-Mobile

    27 August 2014, 2:36 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    The FCC today levied an $819,000 fine against T-Mobie for its lack of support for hearing-aid compatible handsets. The FCC originally made its claim against T-Mobile more than two years ago, when it discovered T-Mobile "willfully and repeatedly" failed to…
  • Cricket Offering Five Lines for $100

    27 August 2014, 2:28 pm by: Eric M. Zeman

    Cricket Wireless, which is owned by AT&T, today announced a new incentive to win over T-Mobile and other customers. Cricket is offering five lines for $100 per month. The plan includes one more line than T-Mobile's current promotion (four lines for $100).…
  • AT&T One (M8) Receiving Android 4.4.3

    27 August 2014, 11:48 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC said via Twitter that owners of the AT&T variant of the One (M8) can download Android 4.4.3 beginning today. The minor system update, which fixes bugs and improves performance (esp. GPS), can be installed over the air.
  • T-Mobile to Sell Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Evolve 2

    27 August 2014, 9:35 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile and Alcatel today announced the addition of the Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 to T-Mobile's value handset roster. Both devices run Android 4.4 KitKat. Shared hardware features include 5-megapixel main cameras, VGA user-facing cameras, 4GB of built-in storage,…
  • T-Mobile Dials Music Freedom Up to 13

    27 August 2014, 9:10 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    T-Mobile today expanded the availability of its Music Freedom program to include six new music services. Music Freedom already allows T-Mobile customers to stream music from iHeartRadio, iTunesRadio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Samsung Milk, Slacker, and Spotify for…
  • HTC Intros Desire 510, A Low-Cost LTE Phone

    27 August 2014, 8:13 am by: Eric M. Zeman

    HTC today announced the Desire 510, an entry-level device that includes LTE 4G for many regions around the world. The 510 is made from polycarbonate and HTC created a DotView case for the device, which allows owners to answer calls even when the case is…

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