Smartphones

VAIO, the former PC division of Sony and now an independent supplier of PCs, this week announced plans to introduce its first smartphone in Japan this spring. The company will use Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile operating system and will target business users with its VAIO Phone Biz handsets. VAIO intends to capitalize on Microsoft’s eco-system in order to offer products that will not directly compete against smartphones running Apple iOS or Google Android. VAIO will promote its smartphones together with Microsoft and local operators in Japan. One of the selling points of the VAIO Phone Biz will be its support for the Continuum technology, which lets users to connect their smartphones to large displays or televisions using Miracast technology, HDMI/DisplayPort outputs, USB type-C ports or...

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805: 2.5GHz, 128-bit Memory Interface, D3D11-class Graphics & More

Qualcomm has had an incredible year. It wasn’t too long ago that I was complaining about Qualcomm’s release cadence, the lull between Scorpion and Krait allowed competitors like NVIDIA...

105 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2013

Qualcomm Announces Fourth Gen Cat 6 LTE Modem – MDM9x35

In addition to the IPQ8064 news this morning, Qualcomm released a host of other product announcements we're working our way through. Among them is news of its fourth generation...

16 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Qualcomm Atheros Announces New Internet Processor Category - IPQ8064 and IPQ8062

Today Qualcomm Atheros is announcing two new products and an entirely new category on its roadmap, the Internet Processor, prefixed IPQ (Internet Processor Qualcomm). The two new SoCs are...

22 by Brian Klug on 11/20/2013

Android 4.4 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10

Although Google started its official rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat over the air updates to Nexus devices a few days ago, it always takes days or weeks before the...

33 by Brian Klug on 11/14/2013

Motorola's Affordable Moto G: $179 Off-Contract

Earlier this morning Motorola announced the Moto G, the second member of its new smartphone lineup and a far more affordable alternative to the Moto X we reviewed back...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/13/2013

Qualcomm's Modem Workshop - Lots of Comparisons

Last year Qualcomm flew me out to their San Diego headquarters to talk about modems and transceivers, and what ended up being of the biggest public disclosures made from...

18 by Brian Klug on 11/8/2013

Pebble Releases Update – Better iOS 7 Integration, New APIs, Enables Bluetooth LE

Today Pebble has released a major update for its popular smartwatch, enabling better integration and notification delivery from attached iOS 7 devices, a new version of the SDK (2.0...

12 by Brian Klug on 11/6/2013

Google Announces The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Details

It’s been leaked, teased, and practically dissected for a while now, but today Google is finally making the Nexus 4’s successor official. The Nexus 5 is finally formally announced...

120 by Brian Klug on 10/31/2013

Sprint Announces Spark - Its Tri-Band LTE Network

Today Sprint announced the official name for its new tri-band LTE network, Sprint Spark. For those who have been following operator rollouts of LTE in the US, today's announcement...

33 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

Intel Announces PCIe M.2 LTE Modules with XMM7160, Notes Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) Socket Win

Intel has been ramping up how much it's talking about its first available multimode LTE solution, XMM7160, which we've seen public disclosure of and talked about before. For those...

11 by Brian Klug on 10/30/2013

Motorola's Project Ara: Phonebloks from an OEM

Phonebloks was a campaign that focused upon attracting the interest of OEMs by showing that there was an incredible amount of interest for a modular phone. This was mostly...

55 by Joshua Ho on 10/29/2013

New Version of Google Glass coming, Free Swap for Current Glass Explorers

One of the shortcomings of the initial Glass hardware was its inability to be used in conjunction with prescription eyewear. Although users could sometimes get away with wearing Glass...

13 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

HTC One max Review - It's Huge

Big phones are all the rage right now. Although tablets promised the kind of extra screen real estate that would increase productivity while still retaining portability, there’s ultimately nothing...

197 by Brian Klug on 10/28/2013

A quick look at Blackberry 10.2 and web browsing performance on Z10

Blackberry has started rolling out OS 10.2 to BB10 devices such as Z10, Q10 and Q5. Update appears to be available in Canada and UK for a start. The...

45 by Rahul Garg on 10/26/2013

Nexus 5 Briefly Appears on Google Play - Starts at $349

In what may be one of the most interesting leaks thus far in the road to the official Nexus 5 announcement, today Google seems to have accidentally confirmed both...

28 by Brian Klug on 10/17/2013

Hands on with the MOBO Edition 18ct Gold HTC One

Gold seems to be on every device maker's mind right now. Recently we saw Apple introduce the Gold iPhone 5S, and then Samsung countered with a gold Galaxy S4...

30 by Brian Klug on 10/9/2013

Samsung Galaxy Round, a Curved Note 3

Just recently, news broke that the Galaxy Round is being released for sale in Korea. While Samsung can claim that they are the first to create a commercially sold...

25 by Joshua Ho on 10/9/2013

Some Thoughts on Smartphone Region Locking

Recently, reports of Samsung region locking the Note 3 came out via Clove UK, which posted on its blog that the Note 3 would be completely unable to use...

60 by Joshua Ho on 10/7/2013

They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks

Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung’s CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away...

365 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/2/2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

I still remember the first time I held the original Galaxy Note. At that point in time it wasn’t really obvious just how critical larger-display smartphones were going to...

305 by Brian Klug on 10/1/2013

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