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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The modern smartphone era is a tough one for fans of phones with a keyboard, but it's not completely hopeless. QWERTY aficionados will soon have a new option in the LG Optimus F3Q, heading to T-Mobile.