Say the name Boeing to ten people and nine of them will probably think about aircraft first. Boeing does build a lot of aircraft for commercial and military uses, but it also has its fingers into more than the aviation pie. A new smartphone has crossed the FCC looking to provide secure communications made by Boeing.
It might sound odd that Boeing is looking at making a smartphone. Considering that the US government prefers homegrown tech to items supplied by foreign firms when it comes to security for government projects and the Boeing Black might be a success.
We don't know all the details on the smartphone right now. What we do know from the FCC filing is that the device will support dual microSIM cards. The filing also says that the phone will work on GSM, WCDMA, and LTE networks.
MWC 2014 - SlimPort is one of those technologies that change up the game in a very good way, and now Analogix has raised the bar even more. At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Analogix demoed its new SlimPort 4K line of devices that lets you take a 4K enabled phone like the Google Nexus 7 and stream the display onto a 4K TV in real-time with no apparent latency at all. This makes for a seamless gaming experience, something no one else has been able to do until now.
Johannes Knapp was on hand today to take a first hand look at the new SlimPort 4K technology, and as you can tell from the video above, SlimPort 4K is no joke. Over the years, many have tried to bring a latency free smartphone gaming experience to the big screen, but no one has managed to nail it as perfectly as Analogix has.
This also allows users to stream 4K video from their phone or tablet directly to their 4K TV, a handy feature for someone without a 4K streaming device. This video marks the end of our on-site MWC 2014 coverage, but Johannes will be back in a few weeks with live coverage from CeBIT, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that!
MWC 2014 - We haven't heard much about the next-gen Moto X smartphone lately, but Motorola did take some time at Mobile World Congress 2014 to tease its upcoming refresh to the Moto X.
Motorola responded to a question on Twitter asking "When is the next version of Moto X?" to which Motorola responded with "A: Keep posted - hint - late summer". We didn't know until now that it was being worked on, but it's great to know that it's coming. Are you holding off for the refreshed Moto X smartphone?
MWC 2014 - Motorola had something quite surprising to announce at Mobile World Congress 2014, that its Moto G smartphone has been "the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola's history".
The statement came from Motorola's Senior VP of Product Management, Rick Osterloh, while talking about the company's commitment to Android, the current merger with Lenovo, and the future of Motorola. Osterloh added that the company is making profit on each sale, and will make even more money after teh acquisition by Lenovo is complete.
Broadcom introduces BCM435 SOC which is the first 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac) 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) SOC for smartphones. This will allow manufacturers to provide twice the Wi-Fi performance of a single MIMO enabled devices while improving the power efficiency of up to 25% while using wireless applications.
This chip also supports Rezence wireless technology which is developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP). This chip will work for Android, Windows and Chrome based systems. It was reported earlier that Dell recently joined the alliance to get the wireless charging technology for its devices.
Apple quietly provided iOS 7.0.6 update to fix a vulnerability issue in an SSL connection verification. Many security experts concluded that there's a major security flaw found in the OS.
End users should update their Apple devices with the latest iOS patch. Such users who do not do so could be to open to attacks or or have data being viewed, altered or downloaded via the SSL. The security patch document specified that iOS Secure Transport 'failed to validate the authenticity of the connection'.
It was also reported that banks have contacted their customers and advised them to update to iOS 7.0.6 immediately.
While the general conscious is that the Galaxy S5 is nothing to get terribly excited about, the phone does bring a few new features to the market and it can now lay claim to being the fastest gaming smartphone in the world. Today Rightware announced that the Samsung Galaxy S5 scored high enough in its Basemark X benchmark to claim the number one spot on its fastest smartphones list.
Featuring a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked to 2.5GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU, the Galaxy S5 was able to obtain a Basemark X score of 23501.52 which is 1155.36 points higher than its closest competitor the ASUS Padfone Infinity 2 which runs the Qualcomm MSM8974, a quad-core processor clocked to 2.1GHz. The Galaxy S5 also beat out the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and both variants of the Xperia Z1.
There are plenty of smartwatches on the market today. Samsung has its Gear line of products and there is the Pebble smartwatches as well. Qualcomm has had its Toq smartwatch on the market for a while. The watch launched in December of last year.
So far, the reviews of the Toq have been mixed and sales haven't been as strong as Qualcomm probably hoped. Today the announcement was made that the Toq will be cheaper. Not just a little cheaper either, Qualcomm has cut the price of its Toq smartwatch by $100.
The new retail price for the Toq is $250, it launched at $350. Other than the price cut, the watch maintains the same features. Qualcomm is selling the Toq in black or limited edition white via its website for $249.99 right now.
MWC 2014 - HTC didn't do much to impress at Mobile World Congress 2014, but maybe for good reason: the company has teased that it has an event coming on March 25. We should expect the Taiwanese smartphone maker to reveal its successor to the HTC One.
Peter Chou, company CEO, teased MWC 2014 attendees by reminding them that there's an upcoming event toward the end of March. During MWC 2014, we saw HTC unveil the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The Desire 816 featuring a 5.5-inch display while the 610 featured a 4.7-inch screen. The March 25 event should hopefully see the HTC Two unveiled, or possibly the HTC One Two... now wouldn't that be quite the name?
Chinese smartphone and electronics maker Hisense is known for making things like smartphones, tablets, and TVs among other things. The company is at MWC 2014 and has unveiled an interesting smartphone with a massive screen.
The 6.8-inch screen definitely puts the Maxe X1 smartphone into the phablet realm. In fact, the screen is so large that Hisense ships it with an NFC enabled Bluetooth mini phone that weighs 20 grams. That mini phone can be used to answer and end calls.
It can also be used to send and receive SMS messages and can be used as a swiped bus or subway pass. The phone has full HD resolution on the big screen. It runs a Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3 GHz. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat with a custom UI over the top.
BlackBerry has announced a couple new smartphones that will be landing later this year. The company hasn't offered up all the details on either of the devices. The new BlackBerry smartphones are the Z3 and the Q20.
The Q20 smartphone promises the physical QWERTY keyboard that fans of the BlackBerry line known and love. The smartphone will run BlackBerry 10 for the OS and has the largest touchscreen ever used on a physical keyboard device from BlackBerry. The screen measures 3.5-inches.
The Q20 has physical end, send, and back buttons as well. The Q20 will launch in the second half of 2014 and more detail will be offered then. The other smartphone is the Z3, which is pictured here. The Z3 offers an all-touch device with a 5-inch screen.
MWC 2014 - Quickly following our hands on of the new Fonepad 7 LTE edition, Johannes took a few minutes to check out ASUS' other Fonepad being shown off at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. The Fonepad ME175CG is a 7-inch tablet featuring a 1280x800 resolution screen. An Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor is on hand to manage the computational duties and 1GB of RAM to keep everything running smooth.
Android 4.3 is loaded from the factory, but there is no LTE featured. 3G radios are installed alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Storage is set at 8GB but is easily extended via the built-in microSD port. Like all ASUS Fonepad's the ME175CG is capable of making phone calls as well as functioning as a normal 7-inch tablet. A 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties while a 1.2-megapixel front shooter is on hand for selfies and video conferencing.
MWC 2014 - ASUS updated its Fonepad 7 tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014, providing LTE capabilities to its 7-inch slate. The new Fonepad 7 LTE features an IPS-based panel, with an LTE modem cranking along inside to give you super-fast mobile Internet.
Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at MWC 2014, had some hands-on time with the LTE-enabled Fonepad 7. Inside of the refreshed 7-inch slate, we find the underused Intel dual-core Atom Z2560 processor (Clover Trail+). The 7-inch screen features a resolution of 1280x800, 32GB of storage, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera are also featured.
One surprise found in the new Fonepad 7 is the new Android-based UI, ZenUI. ZenUI will first appear in the PadFone Mini, PadFone and ZenFone products before it filters down to the Fonepad 7 devices. At the moment, more detailed specifications aren't available, nor is pricing information. We should hear more about that in the coming weeks.
MWC 2014 - Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 yesterday during Mobile World Congress 2014, but it didn't mention anything about the Exynos-powered version of its new flagship.
Well, the company did announce it, but very quietly. While the main Galaxy S5 will feature a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, there will also be a 2.1GHz octo-core version, based on the company's Exynos SoC. Samsung performed a similar move with its Galaxy S4, but the LTE-powered Galaxy S4 featuring the Exynos-based processor didn't really get pushed out of its South Korean market, unfortunately.
MWC 2014 - Our man on the ground at Mobile World Congress 2014, Johannes Knapp, had some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can check out our hands-on time with the Galaxy S5, below.
If you didn't already know the specifications of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has used a 5.1-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz processor (with a 2.1GHz octo-core processor version coming soon), 2GB of RAM, an option between 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, 16-megapixel 4K-capable rear-facing camera, a heart-rate sensor, fingerprint reader, and the choice of four colors: gold, black, white or blue.
You'll be able to purchase the Galaxy S5 in April.
Silent Circle and Geeksphone announced today that it has officially opened up pre-ordering for its Blackphone, a smartphone designed with encryption and privacy in mind. The phone retails for $629 and is claimed to be the only 100-percent secure smartphone in existence.
The Blackphone will feature a quad-core 2GHz processor of unknown origin as well as 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and full support for most LTE networks. While the BlackPhone will not outshine flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and HTC, the device is said to beat them all in security, a topic at the front of many minds after recent PRISM and Snowden events. The phone will run a flavor of Android that has been highly customized, as well as custom apps designed by Silent Circle to remotely wipe the phone from anywhere, as well as a full featured security center.
MWC 2014 - The quest for a $25 smartphone has been at the forefront of Mozilla and Canonnical's minds for sometime and now it appears that those dreams just might be coming true for Mozilla. Today Mozilla and Spreadtrum announced that they have teamed up to create a few turnkey FireFox OS powered reference design smartphones based on Spreadtrum's entry-level smartphone chipset.
Spreadtrum and Mozilla have completed several devices running Firefox OS and Spreadtrum's WCDMA and EDGE chipsets, reference designs that will allow OEMs to bring the first $25 smartphones to market. "Spreadtrum's turnkey reference design brings together this highly cost-effective chipset platform with the intuitive, easy-to-use experience and Web/HTML5 application ecosystem of Firefox OS," said the company in a release. "Firefox OS smartphones are the first devices powered completely by Web technologies to deliver the performance, personalization and price users want in a smartphone with a beautiful, intuitive and easy-to-use experience that is unmatched by other phones."
MWC 2014 is underway meaning that there is lots of news in the smartphone realm today. One of the new devices that was unveiled today at the show is the ZTE Grand Memo II LTE. As the name of the smartphone suggests, the device operates on 4G LTE networks.
The smartphone runs the Android 4.4 KitKat OS and measures 161.5 x 83 x 7.2mm. The screen is a bit 6-inch HD TFT unit that supports 16 million colors and multi touch. The rear camera of the smartphone is a 13MP unit and it uses a Sony BSI image sensor.
The rear camera also has flash and auto focus. The front camera is a 5MP unit that has fixed focus. The battery that powers the device is a 3200 mAh unit. The Grand Memo II LTE uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The smartphone also has GPS with AGPS, integrated Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
MWC 2014 - In front of a packed house and more than 1/4 of a million live stream viewers, Samsung's CEO, JK Shin, took the stage at the company's Unpacked 5 event to unveil the long awaited successor to the unimaginably popular Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Samsung says the Galaxy S5 has been built to help enhance our daily lives, and to make every day task easier.
The Galaxy S5 is not the full redesigned smartphone everyone had asked for, but the new flagship smartphone is definitely an update from the Galaxy S4. The S5 features a larger 5.1-inch 1080p, Super AMOLED display that is on par with the Galaxy S4's image quality. The Galaxy S5 also still retains the familiar plastic frame, but does feature a waterproof IP7 rating, as well as an integrated fingerprint scanner. More details on specific hardware will be unveiled tomorrow at part 2 of the Unpacked event, but the last thing we do know about the device is that its smooth back has been replaced by a new dimpled texture which is available in several different colors.
Last year the first YotaPhone debuted. The device was the first dual screen smartphone to feature a normal LCD on one side and an electronic paper display (EPD) on the other. That LCD screen is perfect for playing games and watching videos that need full color.
On the other side, the EPD is perfect for reading in direct sunlight and saving battery power when viewing documents. At MWC 2014, the next generation YotaPhone has been unveiled and it has some nice updates from the original.
The updates include an electronic paper display that has full touch control. The electronic paper display is always-on and is very power miserly for long battery life. The new YotaPhone allows people to respond to messages, social networks, emails, and calls without having to wake up the color LCD and consume more power. The EPD is 4.7-inches and the LCD on the other side is a 5-inch AMOLED unit.
Fujitsu is showing off a cool prototype tablet at MWC 2014 that has haptic feedback tech inside. The tablet is able to allow the user to feel smooth and rough surfaces on the screen with their finger. That means if a picture has smooth and rough parts, you can actually feel them. Fujitsu is showing off a demo of this tech with an image of an alligator that lets you feel the bumps on its hide.
Another of the demos Fujitsu has is of a harp that lets the user feel the strings as they pluck them. The way the tablet is able to create the haptic feedback is by using ultrasonic vibrations. The vibrations produce a high-pressure layer of air above the screen that acts as a cushion for the finger.
When that cushion of air is there, the screen feels very smooth. By alternating the air cushion quickly, Fujitsu is able to produce the feel of a rough surface. The technology has been miniaturized to the point where it can fit inside a tablet and run off the amount of power available to mobile devices.