Cricket digs deeper in holiday goodie bag, offers Galaxy S4 and S5 for half off

Bet you never expected prepaid specialist and AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless to return with a second batch of holiday deals, after unveiling a pretty enticing first slate of Black Friday promos. Well, as it turns out, the no-contract carrier is ready to celebrate Cyber Monday in style too, offering whopping 50 percent discounts on two more »

Android 5.0 Lollipop rolls out to second-gen Verizon Moto X

With Verizon known for generally withholding software updates a lot longer than competing networks, and Google themselves having trouble ironing out Lollipop kinks on Nexus devices, things didn’t look particularly encouraging for Big Red’s Moto X owners.

Black Friday deals: Nvidia Shield Tablet comes with free controller and games

Mobile gaming enthusiasts must have thought their Thanksgiving present this year was an impressively timely Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nvidia’s Shield Tablet. But the Santa Clara-based chip maker extraordinaire has at least one more surprise in store for the holidays.

It’s happening: Android 5.0 Lollipop en route to Korean LG G3 this week

Google sure messed up the Nexus family’s Android 5.0 rollout, with successive delays and buggy early builds, but somehow, LG seems to be handling the Lollipop optimization and stabilization process better.

Microsoft slashes $30 off HP Stream 13′s price, throws in free $25 gift card

Microsoft has only recently started taking Google-endorsed Chromebooks seriously, but the number of highly competitive low-cost Windows contenders is already remarkable. HP is leading the charge on Chrome OS laptops, and the company’s Stream line is expected to become even more attractive after Black Friday discounts.

LG F60 debuts on Verizon prepaid as LTE-capable Transpyre at $100 off-contract

LG is sure weird, at least when it comes to naming its low-cost Android soldiers. The on-the-rise Korean mobile manufacturer unveiled the F60 for “international” markets nearly two months back, then offered it to MetroPCS clients in the US as the Optimus F60, and now sells it to Verizon customers under the awkward moniker Transpyre.

That’s more like it: Huawei Ascend Mate 2 skips KitKat to leap straight to Lollipop

The controversial Huawei Ascend Mate 2 software support saga is about to come to an end, after an excruciatingly long month of confusion and heartache. Once again, the power of the people has prevailed, as public backlash against Mate 2’s manufacturers forced the company to reconsider their updating stance.

Microsoft sells no-contract AT&T Lumia 635 for $39, $60 off list price

Microsoft is the latest big name in retail to get a jump on holiday promotions, with an exceptional early deal for Windows Phone aficionados. For a limited time, the cheapest 2014 member of the Nokia Lumia family is available even cheaper, at an incredibly low $39.

Deal alert: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 at $200 on Best Buy ($100 off)

Forget Black Friday, as a heap of high-profile US retailers seem to have kicked a Black Week of sorts into gear. Best Buy is perhaps the most aggressive discounter, shaving among others a full hundred bucks off the list price of the spectacular Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

Wonder what’s next for Chromebooks? Touchscreen convertibles, rumors say

Google has achieved quite a lot in a narrow window of time with its web-centric Chrome OS platform. Chromebooks, although received with prudence back in 2011, quickly became the leaders of the education PC sector, pushing Windows machine manufacturers to significantly cut their prices to keep up.

Delayed: Android 5.0 updates for HTC One M8, M7 Google Play Editions

The most radical overhaul in Android history is about to turn into Google’s worst nightmare. Since day one, we’ve felt Big G’s software developers didn’t have a great handle on Lollipop stability. Nexus devices were supposed to score the 5.0 firmware update mere days after the big unveil, which went down on October 15.

Acer quietly intros Iconia Talk S, yet another voice call-supporting tablet

Admit it, you reckoned gadget manufacturers went mad when starting to unveil 7-inch tabphones. But somehow, they seem to have grown on people, particularly in Asia, so nowadays, everyone from Samsung to Lenovo to Asus to Acer has at least one or two to offer their eccentric customers.