Letting your fingers do the talking is becoming more of a reality with gesture-based user interfaces and related startups popping up everywhere. Pebbles Interfaces, an Israeli-based startup making a gesture-UI just scored $11 million for its hardware and software to enable gesture-based computing.
Forget black or white. Moto Maker lets you customize the Moto X exactly to your liking with over 2,000 unique combinations. Read more »
A high-profile smartphone that supports both global versions of LTE is exactly what Sprint needs to kick off its TD-LTE launch this year. Read more »
The Moto X speculation is over now that the phone has debuted. What makes it different and who is it for? I spent time with Google and Motorola representatives to get answers. Read more »
The Moto X is finally here. See how the specs stack up against its biggest competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the Apple iPhone 5. Read more »
These types of low-power technologies are super important for small mobile devices — say, a wearable device — because you need to be able to use a small battery to power them. Read more »
Verizon has long dominated J.D. Power’s customer service satisfaction index, using the rankings as a bulwark to its reputation for reliability. One report won’t destroy that reputation, but it’s definitely a chink in Verizon’s armor. Read more »
People are increasingly using Wi-Fi to connect their mobile devices, a study for the European Commission has shown. As data usage in general is shooting up, that will probably require more wireless capacity down the line. Read more »
Google Sync support on Windows Phones was set to cease on July 31, but the service gains a reprieve until Dec. 31. Microsoft has included CalDAV and CardDAV support in Windows Phone to replace Google Sync. However, not all Windows Phone handsets have the new software. This extension should give Microsoft enough time to push the software out to all of its devices.
Panasonic recently introduced the KX-PRX120, a smartphone-style landline handset that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can make video calls. Read more »
The production ramp-up of the next-generation iPad mini is about to begin, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the 7.9-inch tablet will “likely” have a Retina display. That’s Apple’s high-definition display technology that’s already in the original iPad and the iPhone. Now that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is going to ship with its own extremely high-res display, people are looking to see if Apple will match it in specs with the iPad mini. Apple is also considering colored back panels of the mini’s casing, according to the report.
Qualcomm’s IZat platform, which involves location technology hardwired into the company’s mobile chipsets, will draw on indoor mapping data derived from Nokia’s Here team. Read more »
O2’s 4G services will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29 August, with 10 more cities to follow this year. With EE’s 4G already up and running, that just leaves Vodafone and Three to firm up their dates. Read more »
According to a news report, Google is experimenting with adding hyperlocal news cards to Google Now, its automated personal assistant for smartphones — a service that would also come in very handy on Google Glass. Read more »
Suffering from an unresponsive home button? There’s an app for that, sort of. Read more »
The free Wi-Fi project could be a prelude to large-scale small cell rollout in one of Europe’s busiest financial and commercial centers. Read more »
Google Play has surpassed the Apple App Store in downloads for the first time ever, according to a new report. Google Play downloads bested the App Store by 10 percent, due in part to a sharp increase in downloads in Russia and Brazil. But Apple still leads in revenue, taking in more than 2.3 times the amount of Google Play.
With so many different Android phone models comes a wide variance in hardware, software and design, so a single Android phone can’t compete against the iPhone. Or can it? We may find out with Moto X: Google’s Android phone for the masses. Read more »
If a tiny virtual carrier like Ting can get access to such a high profile device at the same time as Verizon, AT&T or Sprint, then it’s likely many more small operators will as well. Read more »
The iPhone isn’t the only newcomer: the joint effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will also work with Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerry phones. Isis says it will be available all over the U.S. by the end of this year. Read more »
Investment giant BlackRock led the round, but consulting firm Accenture also contributed, showing it might be interested in branching out into developer programs. Read more »
When you add mobility to computing you change everything. But when you add computing to every device, you change everything again. We will explore these shifts in infrastructure, business and our social lives at Mobilize 2013. Read more »
After a June release of Mobile Office for iPhone, Microsoft has followed up with a version for Android devices. The app is free but requires an Office 365 subscription and tablets are on the outside looking in. Read more »
NEC announced that it is pulling out of the smartphone business, though it will continue to sell and develop feature phones and tablets. Read more »
HP’s next Android tablet is expected to become available in August. Unlike the so-so HP Slate 7, this one looks pretty solid, complete with a fast Tegra 4 chip, full HD display and docking keyboard that boosts battery life. Read more »
Boston startup ByteLight’s ultimate goal is to turn a store’s lighting fixtures into a communications network, but for now it’s starting out small. It’s developed a countertop LED reader that can communicate with any camera phone. Read more »
Microsoft’s 10-Q filing shows that total Surface product revenue for last quarter was $853 million, which is less than the $900 million inventory adjustment the company took for Surface RT. Bearing in mind that the total revenue figure includes sales of both Surface Pro and Surface RT, it’s pretty clear that consumers — and hardware makers — haven’t been kind to Surface RT. But we knew why that would happen.
Built by former Good Technology employees, Mynd helps users stay on top of their schedule and then lets them look back and see where they’ve been, who they met with and more. Read more »
The Moto X launch is just a day away, but a new leak shows it may be one of the first phones to use a nano-SIM since the iPhone 5. Read more »
This week’s audio podcast is all about the Chromecast: What it is, what it runs and some tips on how to best use it. And our app of the week could help you get some content to ‘cast if you use BitTorrent. Read more »
Canonical is not on track to hit the lofty $32 million crowdfunding target it set for its smartphone. And telling its Linux-centric fanbase that openness and hackability are not top priorities will not help its cause. Read more »
While it has mapping data and navigation, the primary purpose of the app is to create personal maps that can be shared and collaborated on with friends. Read more »
Some users are claiming the water-resistant Galaxy S4 Active isn’t really all that water-resistant. On top of that, Samsung doesn’t cover water damage in the phone’s warranty. Read more »
Most of the uses imagined for Google Glass so far are pretty geeky, but video journalist Tim Pool has a different perspective, based on using the device while reporting on protests in Istanbul for Vice magazine. “When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at […] Read more »
An update to Instagram is likely blocking third-party Windows Phone apps from posting pictures to the social image sharing site, and there is still no official app in sight. Read more »
How does Motorola plan to create a phone with wrap-around “Magic Glass”? A leaked image of the Moto X front face shows that the bezel may be as smooth as glass where the front of the phone transitions to the back. Read more »
LG’s G2 smartphone hasn’t made a public appearance yet but the case for it has: And it looks awfully familiar. Remember Samsung’s S-View with screen cut-out for the Galaxy S 4? Read more »
Losing your stuff happens all the time, but a connected tag called Tile wants to use Bluetooth and your smartphone to make finding your keys — or even a stolen bike — easier. Read more »
iOS has long been the leader in mobile games by downloads and monetization. But Facebook’s effort comes at a time when some smaller developers are starting to rethink how they market and drive revenue to their apps on Apple’s increasingly crowded platform. Read more »