Qualcomm has now confirmed a previous report from this morning that it has entered into a settlement with the government of China's National Development and Reform Commission to settle an antitrust dispute. The amount of the settlement will be 6.088 billion Chinese Yuan Renminbi, or about $975 million.
AT&T owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active should be able to see an over-the-air firmware update that will take the smartphone up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
The update is apparently a mandatory one for owners of the smartphone and should be available for every owner of the device to download in the next few days. Aside from KitKat, the change log only says this download contains "miscellaneous improvements, bug fixes, and security updates."
Most Sony Xperia fans are still hoping for a flagship unveiling at the Mobile World Congress 2015 from Sony, although spirits have been dampened somewhat by rumors that the Sony Xperia Z4 won’t be launched at the Barcelona trade show but will be pushed back to a mid-year launch date. Of course, nothing is sure, and this leak of possible Xperia Z4 front panels might just give people some hope.
This is reportedly the first leak of the Sony Xperia Z4 front panels – although leakers usually would like to claim they were first. From these pictures, if legit, we can see that Sony is really standing by their design language and has not made any radical changes to the look of the device – at least the front panel. It looks like the same dual front speakers will still be present.
The news that NVIDIA will be coming up with an upgraded version of its highly successful and acclaimed SHIELD Tablet comes as no surprise, especially as we were treated last week to an unveiling of the octa-core monster that is the Tegra X1 at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The new SHIELD Tablet in the works is likely to feature the Tegra X1 as its processor.
There was a fear that NIVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet would be a one-off, because it was just that good. The updates for Android came promptly, and it offered close to stock Android experience – no bloatware. The hardware was built around the Tegra K1 chip, still one of the fastest and most efficient processors out there even today. So what’s not to like? Well, maybe before this piece of news, there was a fear that NVIDIA would not come up with an upgraded version.
Now that the Fire Phone event is all wrapped up, what have we learned? We're getting a phone with a different look, but not a true 3D effect. Prime is involved, even moreso than the Kindle Fire tablets. If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for all your Fire Phone info, we’ve got you covered.
To start, the screen isn’t really a “3D” display. The orientation of the device gives you different looks at what’s on the screen, which is why Amazon is tracking your face with four cameras ont he front of the device. You get the opportunity to “peek” around corners and such in games, so it’s a cool addition — but likely not reason to snatch one up.
Firefly, though — that might be a reason people will want this one. The service lets you snap pics of objects you may want to buy, and links you to the Amazon listing for the item. Even better, you can save items for later, letting you just walk around snapping photos of stuff you want to buy.
Samsung is now starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat software update to Galaxy S3 owners on AT&T's network. The update will be pushed out via an over the air (OTA) software update and users are advised that WiFi is required to download. Hit the break to see the full change log.
Google has just updated their Android for Gmail app, and this means that you as the end user will be able to enjoy a slew of new features that ought to enhance your portable Gmail experience. Of course, the update will most probably be installed by just about everyone over the course of the coming few days, and there are plenty of new features to get excited about, including the ability to save to Google Drive. This means you no longer need to use up precious storage space on your device due to downloading email attachments, but you will be able to save those directly onto Google Drive, that makes it accessible also when you are at the office with a computer but do not have your smartphone with you.
Are you one of those folks out there who are rocking to a Windows Phone 8 device? Well, most of the Windows Phone-powered smartphones from Nokia tend to come with a decent camera, which some other high end models would have the ability to deliver stunning shots instead. With Windows Phone 8.1, it will allow the Nokia Camera app to send such photos to the OneDrive’s backup folder. Previously, only low quality photos will enjoy this privilege, but now, high quality photos would be on the receiving end of such treatment, although it will require you to hook up to a Wi-Fi network instead.
There is a spanking new Yahoo Mail app for Android in town, and you can be sure that it will not lose out to its Yahoo Mail for iOS rival, either. The latter was released a couple of weeks ago, and with Yahoo Mail for Android, it will offer a somewhat similar experience, albeit there will be a little bit more to tantalize you. In fact, this new Yahoo Mail for Android app comes with two more features that cannot be found anywhere else – all that you need to do would be to swipe left or right or tap the relevant icon in the upper right-hand corner of your display, and you will be able to move between your inbox, news stream, and Today in a jiffy.
Are you currently on the lookout for a highly affordable handset that will not break the bank, and yet is more than capable of doing all that you want to do with a smartphone where communicating is concerned? If you have answered in the affirmative, then the ZTE Concord II from T-Mobile looks set to fit the bill perfectly, where it is also touted to make its way to MetroPCS next Monday, May 19th.
Huawei of China might have had its fair share of smartphones released to the masses in the past, and certainly the Huawei Ascend P6 has captured its legions of fans when it rolled out last year, considering how it did really well in the international market. Having said that, it was in November last year when the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Ascend P6 was announced to arrive soon, but it is now in mid-May this year with nothing in sight. Hence, we cannot help but be a little bit apprehensive upon hearing that the Ascend P6 will receive the KitKat update this June.
Ahead of Samsung's K-themed event in Asia, more images of the Korean manufacturers next camera focused smartphone have leaked out. Previously referred to as the Galaxy S5 Zoom, the new moniker is reportedly the Galaxy K – which would tie in nicely to the forthcoming event – and it has that distinctive optical zoom lens on the back.
Perhaps more importantly, this device looks to be slimmer than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 zoom, which is important since it's supposed to be a phone as well as a camera. The Galaxy S4 zoom was far too cumbersome to use as an everyday smartphone, whereas this looks much more manageable.
Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, Viber has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat design we’ve seen throughout the new operating system.
Viber had been in pretty desperate need of a redesign for quite some time. On the one hand, there’s something charming about an up-and-coming app that looks slightly outdated or unpolished (the way Snapchat used to be), but Viber has grown up and needs a design that matches that level of maturity.
Xiaomi has decided to one-up fledgling OnePlus by holding its press event half an hour ahead of the other. However, Xiaomi's surprise lineup, which consists of two routers and a TV box, might not be what many have been excitedly waiting for.
First up is the Mi Router, something that has already been common knowledge among testers. This wireless router supports dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac and comes with its own 1 TB hard drive. The form of the device itself is rather strange, sporting a elongated cylindrical shape that might remind some of one of Apple's products.
OnePlus has finally taken off the veils from its highly hyped device. It has promised to never settle for mediocrity and put out the best of the best, but the question now is whether it was able to deliver on its word. Like many devices, it's a hit on some and a miss on others, but the market will be the final judge once it finally lands in the hands of users.