Samsung has yet another music streaming service to deliver the latest hits to smartphones. In addition to its internal music app that ships with every phone and its former Music Hub powered by 7digital, Android's leading manufacturer today unveiled Milk Music, a Slacker-powered streaming music app that is exclusive to Galaxy devices in the United States. More
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro has a desktop-inspired interface thanks to tools like Multi Window and the new Magazine-style layout. The Android tablet with a 12.2-inch HD display also has a laptop-inspired price. More
Motorola is going back to school in the latest update to its MotoMaker customization site. Moto X buyers can now choose from nine new back colors or three new accent colors to get more options for personalizing the device. Motorola pitches the new colors as a way to get combinations related to American universities. More
Though the Moto X can prompt Google Now even when the phone is off, the Nexus 5 can only do it on the home screen. A new video shows that the Nexus 5 is capable of having always-on listening just like the Moto X; Google simply chose not to include it. More
Google Play Music has a new feature that allows users to create radio stations based on their current playlists. The new radio station tool appears to allow for a shortcut to having a more diverse and accurate station than the typical artist or song based tools that take time to learn the best songs to play based on feedback. A quick comparison of my DMX stations shows the playlist-sourced station did a better job playing the hits. Users can create a station by navigating to Playlists and tapping the column of three circles and selecting "Start radio." The tool works only with handcrafted playlists, so auto-created playlists for Recently added, Purchased, or Thumbs up will not work. Download Google Play Music
Verizon Wireless is the best performing network, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Analytics firm RootMetrics recently released those rankings, which pleased Verizon and obviously upset T-Mobile. More
Google is quick to throw up a sale in celebration of certain milestones, and the latest promotion is to commemorate Google Play turning two. Google has lowered the price on several apps, games, and media its storefront, including free in-app bonuses or discounts in games like Badland, FIFA 14, and The Sims FreePlay. Several Dr. Seuss books can be had for only $1, movies like Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Great Gatsby are $9.99 or less, and an annual subscription to Entertainment Weekly is now at half price. The full list of deals are viewable in Google Play.
LG, in an attempt to promote its G Flex smartphone, has taken a rather strange path to let people know about the device's self-healing coating and curved display. Very strange. More
Google has announced plans to end its support for using Google Apps services on BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). The change affects only customers still using BlackBerry OS 7 or older, which happens to be the bulk of BlackBerry users. Google gives the following reason for the end of support: More
Despite the underlying BlackBerry QNX operating system, CarPlay still looks and moves like something one might expect from Apple. Here's a look at the feature formerly known as iOS in the Car. More
Windows Phone 8 users now have a dedicated Facebook Messenger app rather than the old solutions of using the Facebook app or the Messaging Hub. The switch to a standalone app includes new support for stickers and photos, and lets users jump right to messages rather than rely on the app. More importantly, it makes it easier to distribute updates when new features are added. It's far easier to issue app updates than it is to issue firmware updates when the messaging client is updated. Redundancies are created in notifications, so users will need to turn off message notifications in Facebook and Windows Phone if they were previously enabled.Download Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone
Wireless provider FreedomPop has offered a new-ish phone for people who care just as much about government surveillance and security as they do about apps and messaging. FreedomPop's Privacy Phone has encryption, privacy controls, and even Bitcoin payment. More
Dish Network still isn't giving up on its wireless aspirations. Though the company missed out on opportunities to purchase Sprint and Clearwire, it's still amassing wireless licenses for the eventual launch of a wireless provider or sale of its comparatively small but valuable spectrum holdings. Dish won the entire set of licenses in the 1900 MHz frequencies recently auctioned off by the FCC. Dish offered an unchallenged bid of $1.564 billion for 176 licenses and walked away the winner of the auction. Now that Dish has added to its spectrum treasure chest, the hard part becomes figuring out how these new airwaves can help launch the wireless network CEO Charlie Ergen seems determined to start.
Anyone who ventures into the densely populated areas of major U.S. cities can tell you that cellular coverage can be spotty if not downright useless at times. Qualcomm is in trials to fix that problem with small cell sites. More
Hardly any of the people who have ventured into T-Mobile to take advantage of its BlackBerry trade-in promotion have chosen to remain in the BlackBerry camp, despite higher values for choosing a BB10 phone.