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HTC announces new flagship mid-range Desire 816

BARCELONA, Spain--HTC's Peter Chou has just taken off the veil of its first smartphone for 2014 at Mobile World Congress, and it's not the high-end premium device you've been waiting for.

The HTC Desire 816 packs a 5.5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and comes in glossy plastic that's reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 5C.

HTC says the handset will be available sometime in March, first in China and the rest of the region in April.

Check out our hands-on with the Desire 816 here.

Samsung Galaxy S5 images leak ahead of Monday event

Update (11:00a.m. PT): The Galaxy S5 has officially launched. Check out CNET's complete coverage (including hands-on video and photos.)

Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S5 at a press event later on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and to whet our appetites, one Twitter account is showing off some images.

A Twitter account going by the name @SaudiAndroid has leaked several images of what it claims is the new Galaxy S5. Judging by the pictures, the device is slightly taller than the Galaxy S4 and appears to have a bigger screen. And although it still … Read more

Tight on memory? SanDisk microSD cards hit 128GB

BARCELONA, Spain -- Those whose mobile phones or tablets are maxed out with photos, apps, and videos will be delighted to hear that flash memory card maker SanDisk announced a new microSD card with 128GB capacity.

The company announced the new card, along with more modestly sized alternatives down to 8GB, at the Mobile World Congress here, where it's showing the products.

Prices range from $30 to $200, and the cards will be available online only at and

The cards use the higher-speed UHS-1 interface, SanDisk said, for faster read and write speeds. The top-end … Read more

Broadcom aims to double Wi-Fi speeds with new 802.11ac chip

BARCELONA, Spain -- Broadcom announced a new networking processor Monday that brings a faster flavor of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard to mobile phones.

The BCM4354 system-on-a-chip supports the 2x2 MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) technology, which can transfer data faster on a single frequency by using two transmitting antennas and two receiving antennas. The technology -- at least when a newer 802.11ac-equipped network access point is on hand -- doubles the data rate of earlier 1x1 products while cutting power usage by 25 percent, the company said Monday here at the Mobile World Congress.

Faster Wi-Fi is … Read more

Grand Memo II LTE serves up Android KitKat on massive screen (hands-on)

BARCELONA, Spain -- During a press conference at Mobile World Congress Monday, ZTE introduced its new 6-inch phablet, called the Grand Memo II LTE. The device serves as the successor to the Grand Memo, which debuted at last year's MWC. It will launch in China in April, and later roll out to other countries in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific for about $300 unlocked.

Design ZTE described the smartphone as "ultraslim," and at just .28-inch thick, it lives up to that description. However, because it also measures 6.33 inches tall and 3.26 inches wide, … Read more

WhatsApp to go big on voice communications in 2nd quarter

BARCELONA, Spain -- Mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will expand to voice communications in the second quarter, co-founder and chief executive Jan Koum announced Monday.

"We want to make sure people always have the ability to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones really affordably," Koum said in a speech here at Mobile World Congress. "We're going to introduce voice on WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year."

The startup has steadily risen in importance through a simple text-messaging service based on people's mobile phone numbers but avoiding carriers' common text-messaging charges. … Read more

Intel LTE poised to join upcoming Galaxy S5 family

BARCELONA, Spain -- At least one device in Samsung's Galaxy S5 family of smartphones could ship with Intel inside.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker is close to signing a deal with Samsung to provide LTE chips for one of the variations of the Galaxy S5 that will hit the market in the coming months, an Intel spokesman told CNET.

Hermann Eul, head of Intel's mobile chip business, had originally told CNET that his company would supply LTE chips for some models of the GS5. He had declined to provide further details about the chip or where those particular … Read more

Carriers: down with unlimited data and free services

BARCELONA, Spain -- Cash-strapped carriers moving to 4G mobile networks need to toe the line and avoid the big problem of the 3G era: unlimited data plans.

That was the exortation from Sok Koong Chua, CEO of Singtel, a carrier that offers mobile networks in Singapore, Australia, and several other countries.

"We need to be more discliplined. 4G is bringing so much more capacity to our networks. Let's not repeat mistake of 3G," she said in a speech here at Mobile World Congress, a show run by the organization that represents more than 800 such carriers.

Unlimited … Read more

Intel launches new Atom processors, touts mobile wins

BARCELONA, Spain -- Intel on Monday launched its new Atom processor for smartphones and talked up its progress in mobile as it tried to alleviate worries about its continued struggles in the market.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company unveiled two new 64-bit Atom processors and an LTE-Advanced chip during a press conference at Mobile World Congress. It also announced multiyear agreements with Lenovo, Asus, and Foxconn to develop mobile devices that run on Intel chips. Lenovo and Asus have partnered closely with Intel in PCs, and both also have introduced tablets with Intel chips inside. Lenovo introduced a smartphone with … Read more

Yahoo announces UK edition of its news app

BARCELONA, Spain -- Yahoo has announced the launch of the UK edition of its Yahoo News Digest app.

Nick D'Aloisio, the former teenage CEO of the Summly and current Yahoo Product Manager after he sold the company to Yahoo, made the announcement via a press release on Friday.

The iOS app will deliver the top news for UK readers two times a day and uses aggregation algorithms to generate a story based on multiple sources and which are then editorially curated.

You can grab the app here.

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