HTC has planned a press event for March 25 at which we expect to see the company introduce its flagship smartphone for 2014 (the formal invitations just went out today). Though HTC has yet to spill any details about what we'll see that day -- all signs point to an "HTC One 2" -- I have a few suggestions as to what needs to happen before the company can hit a home run. Sure, some of these are little more ambitious than others, but that's all right. There's at least a month's worth of … Read more
The HTC First, the first (and thus far only) phone to ship with Facebook Home, is less than a year old and yet is all but forgotten. Needless to say, that big push at a "Facebook phone" was something of a flop, but Mark Zuckerberg hasn't let that stop him or his mobile aspirations. The company's recent Paper release has been met with rave reviews, and of course there's that Whatsapp acquisition...
What's next on the docket? Let's find out from the man himself, who will be keynoting this year's Mobile World … Read more
The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear 2 aren't the only gadgets set to debut at Samsung's Unpacked event on Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The South Korean tech giant is also rumored to be building a health-centric gadget, dubbed the Galaxy Gear Fit.
Korean site MK reports that the Galaxy Fit features a sensor instead of a camera and can monitor your steps and sleep habits. Citing "sources in the electronic sector," the site says you'll also be able to share how much you've been exercising via social networks.
If real, the … Read more
Opera Software announced a variation of its Web Pass service, adding a new ad-sponsored option to the technology that lets carriers grant people free access to the Net.
Opera Web Pass already was available as a way to let people use the Net with some restrictions -- a limited time, or a limited number of services, for example. The idea was that people who might not have the money to sign up for a full-on subscription would be willing to pay an operator for short-term access.
The Sponsored Web Pass option means they could get that access in exchange for … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Will Nokia finally go Android?
On the first official day of Mobile World Congress, Nokia is widely expected to unveil an Android-powered smartphone -- a departure from its previous decision to solely stick with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The company will likely unveil a few Windows Phone devices as well, but an Android phone would certainly capture all of the headlines.
CNET senior editor Jessica Dolcourt, photographer Sarah Tew, and I will be bringing you all the details, photos, and commentary from the event. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Monday local Barcelona … Read more
In case the rumors, leaks, and Unpacked event invitation hadn't convinced you that Samsung is on the verge of announcing its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, a new teaser video should.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress
The Korean electronics giant's video, published Friday, gives a starring role to the number 5 in the video then concludes with the words "the next Galaxy." That broad a hint doesn't leave much to the imagination, though unlike many teaser videos, the phone itself doesn't make an appearance even in silhouetted form.
By showing a boy … Read more
Anywhere I roam, where I lay my head is home. If only that was the case for the humble smart phone, which as soon as you board a boat, plane or dirigible magically transforms into a pocket-sized money-vampire, international roaming charges sucking money straight out of your wallet with every call, text or data connection.
But to help you relax and enjoy your vacation, business trip or hot-footed flight to somewhere without an extradition treaty, Simgo turns your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy phone into a local native and dodges those shocking international costs.
Off the beaten path I reign … Read more
The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from network monitoring app OpenSignal.
In the February 2014 report, the United States ranked 15th of 16 countries for download speeds, losing ground as the average data rate dropped to 6.5Mbps from 9.6 megabits per second in the February 2013 report.
Of the country's major network operators, T-Mobile had the best data rate, at 11.2Mbps. AT&T rated 8.9Mbps, Verizon 7.6Mbps, and Sprint 4.2Mbps. However, Verizon, followed by AT&T, rated much better … Read more
Any new mobile operating system faces challenges attracting developers -- even a browser-based one like Firefox OS that can take advantage of the fact that there are already countless Web developers.
Which is why it's notable that Firefox OS now works with Cordova, an Apache Software Foundation project that eases the difficulties developers have getting apps to work on multiple operating systems.
"Over the past few months, Mozilla has been working with the Cordova team to integrate Firefox OS into the Cordova framework, making it possible to release Cordova apps on the Firefox OS platform," Mozilla developer … Read more