Anyone who wants to know how to find a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy, LG G2, or HTC One, no have to rely on third-party options. Google today released Android Device Manager, an app capable of locating a lost phone or tablet and wiping it if the device is stolen. More
Spotify today announced a new version of its streaming service that no longer requires a paid subscription in order to listen to music on an Android or iOS device, though the new rules place some restrictions. More
ASUS has ignored the US market with each smartphone release, but the Taiwanese manufacturer will finally begin selling in the U.S. next year when it delivers the Padfone phone that can transform into a tablet. More
Nokia planned to release an Android smartphone prior to news that Microsoft would purchase its handset division for $7.2 billion. Despite expectations that the project was likely to be killed, Nokia is continuing work on its "Normandy" Android phone and may release it before the Microsoft deal is finalized. More
Sprint today announced that it has launched its tri-band 4G LTE Sprint Spark service in Chicago and it plans to have several other markets online by the middle of next year. Sprint Spark works only with a handful of devices, and the next smartphone to be included will be an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The device remains identical to the one launched last spring with the exception that the 1.9 GHz quad-core processor has been added to go along with the connectivity changes necessary to support switching between 800 MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz spectrum bands. The phone will cost $199.99 when purchased on a two-year agreement.
Samsung and HTC were the first companies to release versions of their popular smartphones running plain versions of Android through the Google Play Edition program. That has extended today with the announcement of the first GPE tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3. More
Chromecast, the $35 HDMI dongle that can control media streaming from a smartphone or tablet, has added support for several new media apps today, including popular content sources like VEVO, Songza, and Revision 3. More
Sprint today brought its Sprint Spark brand of 4G LTE service to Chicago and some surrounding markets of the Chicagoland area. So what exactly is different about Sprint Spark 4G? More
Apple always gets in the holiday spirit by releasing free digital content through its 12 Days of Gifts app for iOS. For the first time, the app is available in the United States. More
The LG G2 has a large 5.2-inch display thanks to designers keeping the margins on the phone very thin. The G2 is still a fairly large device, so LG is reportedly working on a smaller version to attract more potential buyers.
Google Hangouts took over the messaging duties on some Android devices in recent months, and that led to some headaches that were not fixed until a new version of Hangouts was released today. More
Smartphone vendor Xiaomi, the fast-moving Chinese upstart that hired Hugo Barra to gain more popularity outside of Asia, may soon be in the business of releasing a smartphone capable of customizing specific parts of a phone to build the perfect device. More
If Nokia thought that it might be a good idea to more forcibly attempt to earn money, that idea seems less likely now that the EU has prematurely threatened to punish the company if it becomes a patent troll. More
Motorola will give one final push to its Cyber Monday sale that drops the price on the Moto X to $349 without contract. Motorola had originally intended to make the sale a one-day promotion last week but its website failed to handle user demand. The solution was to have customers register for codes at motorola.com/holiday2daysale in order to get a voucher that lowers the price. Motorola will resume delivering those codes today at 12 noon ET / 9 AM PST, and supplies are limited,. Once a code is obtained, users have 7 days to create phone on Motomaker.com to complete their orders.
The HTC DROID DNA is getting an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that will include several new features from Sense 5, including a long list of user interface improvements and new features like Blinkfeed. More