Today Nokia saw its upcoming Lumia 630 windows phone leaked by the infamous leakster @evleaks via his Twitter account. If true the new Lumia 630 brings back the vivid and rich hues that Nokia was famous for in its earlier Lumia smartphones. The leak shoes the Lumia 630 in a very bright orange, yellow, and green with white and black also being present.
The Lumia 630 is not much to get excite about though as it features a 4-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core processor. If recent rumors are true, then Nokia will also release a 635 variant that has provisions built-in for a dual-SIM setup, but nothing has been confirmed as of this writing. We expect for Microsoft and Nokia to launch the Lumia 630 during Microsoft's upcoming Build Conference where many expect Microsoft to map out the future of Windows Phone.
With March Madness in full swing, Motorola has just created a way for you to show off your favorite NCAA team with its Moto Maker software. Now you can customize your Motorola Moto X smartphone in your alma mater's colors and include the mascot on the rear of the phone. Beginning today Motorola has opened up its College Collection design gallery and will allow customers to select pre-configured school color combos from over 40 NCAA colleges.
"Moto Maker lets you express yourself and your style through your phone. Now, you can express your school spirit too! Just in time for the tournament, we're introducing the College Collection, a range of college-inspired Moto X customization options that allow you to showcase your favorite school colors," said Motorola. "We took a look at college colors across the board and added nine new back colors and three new accents to our Moto Maker palette so you can create the ultimate fan phone."
Smartphones aren't exactly cheap; they can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars if you don't buy them with a new contract. That shiny iPhone may only set you back $199 when you sign up for service, but if you drop it you are looking at about three times that amount for a replacement off contract. That means that a lot of people have opted for insurance.
One insurer called ProtectCell has offered up some statistics on the millions of devices it insures that looks at what devices are most likely to need replaced. The company says that iPhone users are 46% less likely to need a replacement device versus other smartphone users.
While those iPhone users are less likely to break their device, they are more likely to lose their device. The company says that iPhone users are 65% more likely to request a replacement due to losing their smartphone.
Former Apple, Inc's CEO John Sculley is going to launch a new smartphone brand for India. He'll be partnering with the former head of Micromax's smartphone division and HTC's India head Ajay Sharma. The team is based on former employees of HTC and Micromax and is funded by a Singapore-based investment and acquisition company 'Inflexionpoint'.
Though the name of the brand is not yet revealed, the unnamed company plans to launch its series of smartphones and feature phones at April. These phones are said to be priced between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 which is that's approximately $82- $245.
Some of you might remember when Goophone listed a knock off of Samsung's Galaxy S5 just hours after the phone was launched, but the company has taken it another step this time. With more than two weeks before HTC is expected to launch its HTC One 2 smartphone, Goophone already has a knockoff for sale on its website.
The only thing that appears to be the same on the Goophone M8 is the front facade which appears to feature the thin aluminum bezel as well as dual speakers and camera locations. The phone it self features a slower processor, 1GB of RAM and only supports 3G data connections. Flipping the device over and you will see that the dual camera's we have seen on leaked images of the official M8 is gone, and there are no seams in the rear housing where antennas would be. This leads us to believe that the rear of this device is plastic. The knock-off sells for $230, but I would strongly advise against purchasing it.
When we first heard rumors about Apple's iPhone 5C we all expected a cheaper version of the iPhone to be released by the company, but sadly that was not the case. The iPhone 5C debuted to the world as a very expensive iPhone 5 wrapped in a new plastic skin, and when asked about a cheaper version, Apple basically laughed in everyone's faces.
As with everything in the consumer-driven world, the consumer will glorify a product or condemn it to obscurity, and it appears that the public has spoken. A new report from VR-Zone is cluing us in on how well the iPhone 5C is actually doing. Since its release, reports have been flooding in that the iPhone 5C is a horrible failure for Apple and this new report suggest that the company has as many as 3 million units sitting in distribution warehouses just collecting dust.
While that may not sound like a big deal, you need to take into consideration that Apple usually has a hard time keeping iPhone's in enough supply to meet demand. With 3 million units sitting idle now, that number could double before Apple releases a new iPhone later this year, and with a manufacturing cost of about $200 each, Apple has roughly $600 million tied up in iPhone 5C units that just wont sell. Fortunately Apple has almost $100 billion sitting idle as well, so $600 million is just another drop in the bucket.
This week, Motorola began rolling out updates to its Touchless Control software featured on its Motorola Moto X smartphone. The new feature allows users to simply ask the phone "Whats Up?" and it will respond by reading off the pending notifications found in the notifications bar. Users can also access this feature by saying "Read my notifications." The new features also work on Verizon's Moto Droid Android-based smartphones too.
To use the feature, users must first wake up their smartphone by saying "OK Google Now," the command that activates the Touchless Control feature. The feature is auto updating to some phones, but users can make sure they have it by updating the Touchless Control app via the Google Play Store. Some users are also suggesting that Motorola has optimized the app and fixed several bugs as well as speeding things up overall. This is the one feature I wish HTC would bring to its HTC One flagship and I would use it several times a day. Maybe Google should make this a core feature? What do you think?
I am sure that BlackBerry isn't happy with the program that T-Mobile has been running targeting its customers specifically. T-Mobile has been offering a special $200 trade in offer for BlackBerry devices that ended on March 5.
Some numbers from that campaign have now been published and things don't look good for BlackBerry. According to a leaked screenshot, the $200 trade in offer for a working BlackBerry device resulted in 15x the normal number of trade-ins on BlackBerry devices.
The big number here is that almost all of the users who traded in their BlackBerry went to a different platform .T-Mobile says that about 94% of those customers who traded in their device went to a different platform. Those who traded in their BlackBerry during the event received a $50 instant credit if they upgraded to a BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 and free expedited shipping.
Fitness tracking devices are very popular today with a number of companies offering wearable devices to track your vitals. Many of these devices are wearables in the form a of a watch with embedded sensors. If you are the sort of person that doesn't like to wear watches, but you want to monitor your health Azoi has a case for your iPhone that might be perfect.
The case is called the Wello and it works with sensors to monitor your health functions and present them via an iPhone app. The case can measure your blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, ling function, and more.
It appears that the smartphone case doesn't offer you statistics in real-time; you have to stop and hold the case for it to work. There are sensors embedded on the case that gather your data. The case also supports remote access allowing family members or others to keep an eye on your statistics.
One of the most prolific types of theft around the world today is the theft of smartphones. The reason is that smartphones are very common, worth a lot of money, and relatively easy to steal and resell. Authorities around the world are working with carriers in an effort to help curb theft.
The carriers are introducing methods that will make stolen or lost devices unusable for whoever has them. The hope is that by making it known that the smartphone a thief steals won't work the thefts will stop. Sprint has announced that it will begin adding all lost and stolen smartphones its customers report to an international stolen property database.
The database is called CheckMend and it will be open to carriers and police to use. The idea is that by listing all of the devices users buying a used phone can check to see if it has been reported stolen or lost. If the device shows up on the list Sprint won't activate the phone.
Bellabeat's new Bellabeat Tracking System is now available, which provides upcoming parents with the ability of tracking their unborn baby using a small device, that connects to a smartphone.
The Bellabeat Tracking System is a pocket-sized digital tracker that uses an accompanying app to allow parents to listen to their unborn babies' heartbeat, as often as they like - all without visiting a doctors office or hospital. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android devices, which provides "innovative sound visualizations, fetal movement counter, vibrant illustrations of fetal development and a tool for tracking and planning pregnancy weight gain. In addition to the fetal monitoring services, the app is also a social platform allowing the user to interact with a global community of expecting parents and their support systems".
One of the biggest features of the Bellabeat Tracking System is that it features a Kick Counter chart, keeping tabs on your babies kicks while he or she is in Mommy's tummy. The Bellabeat System is available for $129.
HTC has rolled out a new budget smartphone that aims at offering maximum value to the user. The smartphone is called the HTC Desire 310 and it will land in Taiwan next month. The smartphone promises seamless multitasking, video creation, and smooth web surfing for the entry-level users.
The phone has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that promises enough power for smooth mobile gaming and other needs. The phone runs Android for the OS and has HTC BlinkFeed for the home screen. The phone supports an offline reading mode that lets the user save up to 120 articles when they are on Wi-Fi networks to read when networks aren't available.
The Desire 310 has a 4.5-inch screen with an unspecified resolution. Don't expect high resolution since this is a budget smartphone. The 301 also has a 5MP rear camera for shooting images and video. HTC is staying mum on pricing right now and there is no word on availability outside Taiwan.
According to a new report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple's new A8 processor is currently under production with its new chip partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The report claims that TSMC began producing Apple's new A8 processor last month, which should power the upcoming iPhone 6. The report also stated that, according to supply chain sources, TSMC won most of the manufacturing orders for logic and power management integrated chips for the upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple.
We should expect the A8 processor to be built on a new 20nm process, come in a quad-core design with 64-bit capabilities and 'quad-core' graphics. Up until now, Samsung has been the exclusive manufacturing partner of Apple for A-series chip production, so it will be interesting to see how Apple fares with iPhone stock numbers with the iPhone 6 and its A8 chip being produced by TSMC.
Samsung is really going all out with its Galaxy S5, which will be pumped with $500 worth of premium app subscriptions and services. Samsung is calling this Galaxy Gifts, which will include long-term subscriptions to fitness, productivity and lifestyle apps.
Premium app upgrades and subscriptions will also be provided, including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. When totaled up, the Galaxy S5 will be loaded with as much as $576 worth of content. The six-month WSJ subscription comes in at $160, three months of LinkedIn Premium costs $75 and the six months of 50GB storage with Box comes in at $60.
Samsung will also provide a bunch of fitness tracking and lifestyle apps, a full year of Lark's premium service, a year of Run Keeper's elite membership, and six months of premium membership to Map My Run and Skimble. Three months of Evernote premium, three months of 1TB of storage from Bitcasa, and over $50 in freebies from PayPal (through participating retailers) will also be given to Galaxy S5 owners.
Google's Nexus 5 smartphone has only been on the market for 5 months now, but that does not stop the rumor mill from cranking out new rumors about its successor. Today Gizmodo Germany released a report that suggest that Google will release the Nexus 6 later this year alongside its first Nexus smartwatch.
The rumor states that LG is sticking around as the manufacturer of the Nexus 6 which make perfect sense as it is also the manufacturer of the Nexus smartwatch. The reoport says that the Nexus 6 will be a "lightweight" version of LG's G3 flagship which also falls inline with the previous Nexus smartphones from LG that were versions of the Optimus G and G2 smartphones. With the news of the new Nexus 6, the report also suggest that it will be June before we see the LG G3 launched and October before the Nexus 6 arrives.
We first talked about the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet back in September of last year when it went official. If you like the idea of that tablet, but want one with baked in LTE connectivity Verizon has just announced exactly what you are looking for. The LG G Pad 8.3 will land on the Verizon network on March 6.
The tablet will cost $99.99 with a new 2-year contact between March 6 and March 10. After that, the tablet will sell for $199.99. If you want one of these, you should really pick it early up and save the hundo. The tablet can be added to a More Everything plan for $10 per month.
The tablet has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and an 8.3-inch screen. The screen has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. Other hardware features includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP rear camera.
FreedomPop has just unveiled its Privacy Phone, nicknamed the "Snowden Phone", which allows for encrypted communications. The Privacy Phone can be purchased with Bitcoins if you want another layer of security, too.
The Privacy Phone secures voice and text communications with a 128-bit encryption, but all application and Internet data will be sent through a secure encrypted virtual private network (VPN). If this isn't good enough for you, you can change the phone number on your smartphone at anytime. Steven Sesar, COO at FreedonPop explains: "In light of recent violations in consumer's privacy across social networks and mobile devices, privacy is becoming increasingly important to many Americans and we all have a right to communicate anonymously".
He continues: "Large carriers don't have the flexibility, desire or creativity to invest in privacy. We don't agree with this approach and felt it was up to us to create a truly private mobile phone service at an affordable price". The Privacy Phone is just a Samsung Galaxy S II, and costs $189 without a contract. It includes three months of unlimited voice and text, and 500MB of data. After the first three months, it will only cost $10 per month.
It looks like Samsung will be looking after you in the car with its upcoming flagship smartphone, with Dutch website KopenGalaxyS5 posting a leaked screenshot teasing a new "Driving Mode" for the Galaxy S5.
The new Driving Mode will let you use voice commands to do basic functions on the Galaxy S5 without the need of your hands, these commands will include answering your phone, getting turn-by-turn navigation and playing your tunes. You'll be able to do all of this by simply saying "Hi Galaxy" while the Galaxy S5 is sitting in Driving Mode.
This will work very close to how Google Now accepts commands by saying "OK Google", and how Google Glass does things by accepting commands by saying "OK Glass".
Judging by a job listing at Microsoft Careers (now taken down), it looks like the company wishes to create an open source framework that is lightweight, extensible and scalable across multiple platforms, specifically naming the mobile platforms from Apple and Google. Since Xbox Live is integrated with its Windows Store and Windows Phone already, it looks like Microsoft wishes to do the same with iOS and Android.
Reports point out that Microsoft is also trying to win the hearts of game developers by working to provide improved tools for Xbox Live integration. Reports also indicate that Microsoft may ease up on restrictions and provide greater access to the necessary tools.
Pizza Hut has joined forces with Chaotic Moon Studios to build an interactive table which you sit at, and order your pizza by touching the table itself. You can pinch-to-zoom your pizza to make it small, regular or large, and then the fun starts by sliding on your toppings.
It's an ingenuous way of getting people to stay in the brick-and-mortar store, as you can order your sides from the table, finish it up by tapping your phone to the table to complete the payment and then when it's all said and done, you can play some games on the touch table while you're waiting for your pizza to be made.
MWC 2014 - Mobile World Congress has come and gone for another year, but now that the mobile extravaganza is all wrapped up and finished, we can reflect on the show that was. Moor Insights & Strategy, a technology analyst company, walked around the event taking notes on what companies were showing off.
What they saw was surprising, with Qualcomm powering a considerable chunk of the mobile devices at MWC 2014. You can see in the image above, that Qualcomm powered significantly more devices than Intel, with MediaTek powering nearly the same as Intel, another surprising take on things. This of course doesn't represent all devices, but just the ones that Moor Insights & Strategy had taken note of.
Intel is only starting to rev its mobile engine, but from the looks of things Qualcomm is definitely has a massive head start. We can see that Qualcomm is powering some of the most popular, best-selling and future best-sellers on the market, such as the upcoming Galaxy S5 from Samsung, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 from LG and Google, as well as the LG G Pro 2, and many, many more.