Google and Motorola are trying to change the mobile game as you know it. For those who want a higher-end smartphone without committing to a long-term contract, there's the Nexus 5 that Google commissioned LG to build. However, some may find the $349 starting price a bit too rich. To combat that, Motorola today held a big press event unveiling the Moto G, an unlocked smartphone that starts at just $179 with no contract to sign.
AT&T seems to be at the front of the line a lot when it comes to mobile devices. For a period of time, it was the only carrier offering Apple's iPhone, and more recently, if you wanted a customized Moto X device from Motorola, you had to be an AT&T subscriber. Not anymore. Motorola announced that the Moto X is now available for customization on all major U.S. carriers, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and of course AT&T.
Be prepared to wait up to a month if you order a Nexus 5 today
Google treated Android fans to its first official serving of KitKat (Android 4.4) on October 31, 2013 by releasing its Nexus 5 smartphone. Available in Google Play, users can choose between 16GB ($349) and 32GB ($399) models in either black or white and be one of the first to sample the newest version of Android. Unfortunately, there's a penalty for having taken the weekend to think about things, and that penalty is now having to wait up to 4 weeks.
Today's smartphones are essentially mini PCs that fit in the palm of your hand. The processing power and GPU capabilities of these devices, combined with the internal storage (and cloud storage) are nothing short of impressive when you stop and think about how compact these devices are. What really separates a smartphone from a PC, however, is that they're not upgradeable. Not yet, anyway. Motorola has plans to change that.
Is the era of flat smartphones coming to an end? Probably not, though we do expect an influx of handsets with curved screens. One of those devices is the LG G Flex, supposedly the first device to offer a 6-inch curved display to follow the contour of the face. To complement the curved design, LG said it built a new user experience to take advantage of the form factor's unique features.
Nearly everyone owns a smartphone these days, and if you're rocking an Android or iOS handset, you can turn your device into a handy gaming peripheral simply by downloading and installing Roccat's new Power-Grid app. The free app is currently in beta, and when used with accompanying host software, which runs on Windows, Power-Grid effectively turns your smartphone into a customizable remote for PC gaming, or just for navigating your PC.
With today's addition of the Windows Phone platform, you can now download and install the Maxthon Cloud Browser (MCB) to devices based on any of the top three mobile operating systems (Android and iOS being the other two). It's designed to make navigating the web from multi-devices a little easier, and one way it does that is by syncing your favorites online so that they're accessible to other devices using MCB.
Microsoft on Monday announced that its third Windows Phone 8 update will allow for physically bigger displays with more real estate to play with courtesy of Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) support. It's one of a handful of improvements being introduced in the newest Windows Phone 8 update, which will enable smartphone makers to launch Windows Phone devices with 5-inch and 6-inch displays.
BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), if you prefer, is quickly finding itself the odd smartphone maker out. Dreams of catching up to Android or iOS in market share now seem farfetched, but on a global scale, BlackBerry has even taken a backseat to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, a relative newcomer to mobile. Something has to change, and apparently that begins on the ownership side.
We've been hearing about curved displays for a long while now, and putting lip service into motion, Samsung today introduced the Galaxy Round, the world's first curved display smartphone. The Galaxy Round features a Super AMOLED flexible Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display measuring 5.7 inches, which is in the vicinity of phablet territory. So, what can you do with a curved display?