Detailed benchmarks of a Motorola handset code-named “Shamu” are making the rounds and there’s evidence this phone could be the Nexus 6. But the chip choice of this handset doesn’t make sense; it will likely be different if this is a Google Nexus with Android L. Read more »
Google and HP have been discussing an enterprise partnership for the past year with little progress made, according to a new report. Topics have included a “Nexus tablet” with hardware encryption, as well as a version of Google Now for business data. Read more »
HTC will release its Zoe app to other high-end Android phones later this week. Zoe, which debuted on the HTC One M8 earlier this year, is a way to remix video and photos into sharable 30-second clips. Read more »
A new service called Live App Testing is available for programmers making apps that run on Amazon’s FireOS devices. Live App Testing allows beta versions of such apps that developers can distribute to users who own a Kindle Fire, Fire Phone or Fire TV says Android Central. Amazon announced the Live App Testing initiative through its developer blog on Wednesday noting that end users can be invited to install and beta test applications, helping developers ensure they run properly on Amazon hardware. In that regard, Amazon’s Live App Testing is similar to programs currently available or planned for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.
Lookout, which is all over consumer phones, now has money — from Bezos Expeditions and others — to attack the corporate mobile security market as well. Read more »
Amazon’s Local Register has a lot in common in Square’s Reader, but Amazon is hoping to set itself apart from its rival by dropping its transaction fees to 1.75 percent for the next 16 months. Read more »
Got an Android Wear smartwatch but dismayed by the current lack of apps? Check out Wearable Widgets which can put nearly any Android phone widget on your wrist. Read more »
Electric Imp, which is inside many connected devices from Quirky’s products to fun Budweiser promotional gear, has raised $15 million to tackle the industrial internet as well. Read more »
Samsung announced its long-awaited metal-edged smartphone on Wednesday. It’s components are not as high-end as those found in the Galaxy S5, but it is a compelling device. Read more »
SIMSme is a fully-fledged rival to the likes of WhatsApp, Threema and Snapchat, with the added bonus of being based in a jurisdiction with really tight data protection laws. Read more »
With carriers changing up their handset upgrade and hardware subsidy strategies, Apple looks ready to keep you coming to its own stores to buy that new iPhone. Why? More foot traffic, exposure to other Apple products and a seamless buying experience. Read more »
If I’m paying $200 to see the Red Sox play (don’t laugh), do I really want to be spammed with offers on my iPhone? Maybe yes, maybe no. This the sort of question team execs are wrestling with in our hyper-connected era. Read more »
Oculus and Samsung have been working together on a virtual reality headset that uses a phone as a screen. New photos show it is fairly far along ahead of an expected September reveal. Read more »
Want faster data transfer speeds, reversible plugs and more power from your USB port? You’ll get all that with products following the new USB Type-C spec but you’ll probably need some adapters during the transition. Read more »
Apple released its internal diversity numbers in an open letter from CEO Tim Cook. Seven out of 10 Apple employees are male, and 55 percent are white. Read more »
Square’s retail finance ambitions led it to create its own prototype credit card, but the company killed the project off, according to Fast Company. Read more »
Android made gains in the workplace this last quarter according to Good Technologies but I doubt Apple is too concerned: It still leads by quite a bit and has a new IBM enterprise deal. Microsoft, however, is blip on the radar. Read more »
Yo wants to be far more than a notification hub. Like IFTTT and larger platforms its trying to become the connective tissue between the web and the real world. Read more »
You won’t see mention of it in the release notes, but the latest version of Google+ for Android now has a Chromecast button. Android Police spotted the Chromecast icon and says you can cast a main Google+ stream to a television over Wi-Fi using Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle. Using your Android phone or tablet, you can scroll through your feed — just the “Everything” feed at the moment — or let the app automatically scroll as new content becomes available. We’ve seen situations in the past where the Chromecast icon appeared and disappeared, so it’s possible Google is just testing the feature for now.
Microsoft’s gaming console is taking another step towards fulfilling its promise as a centralized entertainment system: After the next software update, the device will be capable of streaming live television to phones, tablets and computers around the home. Read more »
The new full-size iPad Air has reportedly entered production, with the new iPad Mini to follow shortly, for a release later this fall. Read more »
Finnish handset maker Jolla has begun offering its Sailfish OS-based smartphone in Hong Kong through the carrier 3. This is the first notable Asian channel for Jolla — when the merry band of ex-Nokians were first developing their Meego-derived platform, they were set to have a huge distribution deal through Chinese retailer D.Phone, but that didn’t pan out. Jolla handsets, which can run Android as well as Sailfish apps, will also soon be on offer through Indian retailer Snapdeal. According to recent reports, Jolla is looking to hire former Nokia employees recently laid off by Microsoft, to support its international expansion.
We spend a lot of time on the show discussing standards and how data should move easily around the internet of things, but this week Tom Coates tells us that vision isn’t realistic. Read more »
T-Mobile announced on Monday it is making changes to its prepaid Pay As You Go plans, simplifying the billing rate as well as adding an option to add limited-time LTE data passes. Previously, prepaid minute purchases at T-Mobile were tiered: If you bought 30 prepaid minutes, it would cost $10. Compare that to 1000 minutes for $100 — those are two very different per-minute rates. Starting August 17, after a $3 monthly minimum charge that includes 30 minutes, a single minute or text message costs $.10. If you’d like data, $5 gets you a one-day pass with 500MB. There’s a $10 option for a seven-day pass with 1GB of LTE-eligible data as well.
On Monday, Intel shared a few details about its next-gen Broadwell processors, which are manufactured using a 14 nanometer process. Read more »
Current Windows Phone devices gained many new preview features last week but the more significant news could be aimed at future devices. In addition to new screen resolutions, Windows Phone can run on Wi-Fi-only devices up to 7-inches. Surface Mini redux? Read more »
Zubie’s plug-in car gadget tracks and analyzes your driving behavior, communicating that that information to your smartphone. Both Nokia and auto parts maker Magna are investing in that technology, leading an $8 million round. Read more »
The first handset to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 chip, which supports 64-bit processing, will be a middling HTC device codenamed the A11. Read more »
Square Appointments will link client booking and staff scheduling tools to Square Register, which is becoming far more than just a payment processing app. Read more »
Since Microsoft bought Nokia’s hardware division, the company is in the non-smartphone market whether it likes it or not. To that end, Microsoft announced the Nokia 130 on Monday: A basic €19 ($25.43 US) handset aimed at music listeners and video watchers. The candybar styled handset runs Nokia OS and can pump out tunes for a whopping 46 hours on a single charge; there’s definitely a battery life benefit to not running a complex mobile OS or having to power a multitude of sensors. As you’d expect at this price, hardware is minimal: You’ll be watching videos on a 1.8” color screen, for example.
Acer’s strategy of a Chromebook leader by offering many different models is continuing and this time, it’s enlisted Nvidia’s help. The Tegra K1 powers the new Acer Chromebook 13 with 1080p display option and 13 hour battery life. Read more »
Hoping to rely on a tablet as you (or your kids) head back to school this fall? Consider some of these tips. Read more »
In a crowded mobile market, how do you ensure your new app stands out? Start with a soft launch says Craig Palli of Fiksu. Palli offers his tips on how to gather the data you need to make impactful changes ahead of a major release. Read more »
Web apps are still an easier choice for many enterprises to make when it comes to deciding how best to develop for smart devices. Even if they wanted to develop a native app, often times they simply cannot. Read more »
It’s looking more likely that Samsung’s next phone uses a metal case in lieu of plastic. Google is previewing its Fit SDK for health-tracking apps while HP takes another swing at the notebook market by using Android to power a full-HD laptop. Read more »
A clever new Kickstarter uses a Lenovo Thinkpad A/C adapter to charge a big external battery for your phone. Read more »
Unlike last year’s Moto X flagship which opted for an older processor, this year’s handset is expected to have a chip that let it compete favorably with other top-performing phones. Read more »
By the end of the year, carriers will be required to route all of your emergency texts to 911. The problem is most emergency services agencies aren’t yet equipped to receive them. Read more »
A Japanese news-recommendation app called SmartNews that mines Twitter for topical content has raised $36 million and says it plans to use those funds to expand into North America and take on Flipboard Read more »
Every quarter, T-Mobile refuted Sprint’s basic argument for the merger by performing so well. Mobile industry analyst Chetan Sharma believes the two carriers will get together, but not while T-Mobile is growing so quickly. Read more »