Motorola has touted the premium materials for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which could include a step-up for its face.
The Moto 360 could employ a sapphire glass face, according to games and gadget blog G for Games, which cited unnamed sources.
In addition, the site reported that the Moto 360 could also use an OLED display, as well as magnetic induction wireless charging.
A Motorola representative declined to comment on the rumor, but teased more to come.
These rumored details seem to fit in with what Motorola has hinted at with the Moto 360. Sapphire is often used in … Read more
Sprint recently cut a significant chunk of its staff dedicated to repairing and refurbishing phones and shut down its slower-performing stores, part of a broader effort to reduce the company's costs in the face of continued financial struggles.
The Overland Park, Kan., wireless carrier laid off 330 technical consultants, closing 150 service and repair centers across the country, a Sprint representative confirmed to CNET. It also shut down 55 of its worst-performing retail stores. The moves were part of a larger plan for layoffs and cuts that was announced in January.
Sprint is attempting to streamline itself and return … Read more
Sony has started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat across its Xperia line.
The company on Wednesday announced that the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact are getting KitKat updates starting on Wednesday, though timing and availability vary by market and carrier. Sony said the KitKat upgrade includes the standard interface improvements baked into the mobile OS, along with the company's "tweaked" Status Bar and Quick Settings features. Sony's KitKat installation also includes PlayStation 4-like user interface elements.
Like most mobile vendors, Sony customizes the standard version of Google's Android to … Read more
Smartphone makers are chasing new features like bigger screens, fingerprint readers, and motion sensors, but a consistent item I hear on ordinary people's wishlists is longer battery life.
Apparently somebody at Skype is listening.
Microsoft on Tuesday released an update to its service for voice, video, and text chat that comes with "aggressive battery savings," according to the Google Play store.
That means people can "leave Skype running all day with no noticeable battery drain," the company said.
One way the savings was achieved, though, was turning off push notifications for group chat. That can … Read more
Firefox 28 debuts with an emphasis on under-the-hood improvements to keep the browser in line with the latest plug-in-free media playback tools.
They're not exactly another nail in the coffin for Flash, since Firefox already offers broad HTML5 media playback support, but they do signal that plug-in-free codecs are maturing into broad usability.
LG Electronics has begun selling its G Pro 2 in some Asian countries, but people in other regions who want the big Android phone will have to wait to see if carriers express any interest.
The phone has a large 5.9-inch 1920x1080 screen, good performance, Android 4.4. KitKat, and the Knock Code mechanism for waking up and unlocking the phone. It's a companion to the LG's flagship G2 Android phone and several lower-end models with which the company is trying to make headway against its Korean rival, Samsung.
LG began selling it in February in Korea … Read more