With so many battery packs out there in various shapes, colors, and capacities, there’s almost no end to the choices available. But, on the upside, it makes for a greater range of personalization. It’s easier than ever to accessorize with a certain look that you want to portray.
Slowly but steadily, BlackBerry’s US business is picking up, with sales of unlocked Passports and Classics reportedly breaking recent records, and carriers lined up to get a piece of the on-contract action. AT&T just welcomed both hybrid touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard-sporting handhelds on the network, and Verizon quickly followed its main rival’s lead.
Ready to start the Galaxy S6 and One M9 countdowns? At least as far as the former goes, you can literally do just that by heading over to YouTube. Then, in a little under 48 hours, this link will replace the timer with a live video feed from Samsung’s pre-MWC Barcelona press conference.
Just when Verizon customers thought the torment was over, and they’d be able to buy the biggest, fastest, coolest Nexus smartphone yet directly from their favorite carrier… nothing happened. The Nexus 6 is still listed on Verizon’s website as “coming soon”, and the sign-up page gives away no clues vis-à-vis the launch date.
Let’s not act surprised. Year after year, it’s the same scenario. The big fishes present at glamorous events like CES or MWC steal all the limelight of the shows, while the lower-profile exhibitors are forced to resort to early announcements. It’s the only way they can secure their ephemeral 15 minutes of fame.
It should probably come as no shock Samsung has its sights set on a few mid-range Galaxies in addition to flagship smartphones for Lollipop bumps over the next months. It’s also no surprise the Galaxy S5 mini is among the non-high-enders targeted for 5.0 goodie packs.
No stranger to nichey gear, meant to survive wars, not look pretty, and all sorts of rugged experiments, Kyocera is ready to take things to the next level, by exploring the market for gadgets drawing their juice from alternative energy sources. Namely, the tireless sun.
Using a LoopPay fob digital wallet to pay in stores, taxis, and restaurants, has replaced my wallet, better than ApplePay, but it’s about to change as Samsung has acquired LoopPay as a fully owned subsidiary. The technology doesn’t require bank or store participation as it uses Magnetic Secure Transmission that can be read by POS (point of sale) as if a credit or debit card has been swiped.
Perhaps jealous of all the attention HTC’s been getting this past week in the wake of some very thorough One M9 visual leaks, Samsung may have let the cat out of the bag once and for all. Granted, the Galaxy S6 was never the world’s best kept secret, but aside from a few schematics and parts of the alleged metal skeleton, we were yet to see the “next big thing” in the flesh.
Although Motorola was recently forced to justify its Android 5.0 upgrading lethargy for the original 2013 Moto X, we’re still waiting for a solid explanation as to the Lollipop delays on the advanced 2014 variant. And no, the “contemporary” Snapdragon 801 processor can’t be at fault here.
LoopPay delivers on what ApplePay, Google Wallet and CurrentC can only dream about: it allows you to leave your wallet at home. LoopPay’s bluetooth devices use MGT—Magnetic Secure Transmission— instead of the NFC (near field communication) technology in Google Wallet and Apple Pay.
Between Sony’s money problems, leading to rampant rumors the Xperia smartphone division is up for sale, and the Z4’s near-guaranteed “delay”, we were pretty certain at one point the Japanese would skip this year’s Mobile World Congress altogether.