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.
Google Voice Search supports telling Google to look up information in a variety of languages, but the replies have until now been audible only in English. Voice Search has gone international and added replies in three new languages.
The Google Nexus 5 will be the first smartphone to receive the Android 4.4.1 update. The KitKat variant is a small update meant to fix bugs, the biggest and most important being a series of changes to the camera app that should greatly improve the photo-taking capabilities of the Nexus 5.
Verizon Communications, the parent company that jointly owns Verizon Wireless with Vodafone, has received approval from the FCC to buy out its partner and assume full ownership of the wireless company.
LG is gung-ho about devices like the G Flex that are capable of bending or curving to accommodate different features. LG is so confident in the form factor that it estimates 4 out of 10 smartphones will have similar features in the next seven years.
Samsung has sold tens of millions of phones with plastic bodies, yet persistent rumors suggest Samsung might switch to metal to better compete with HTC and Apple. Those rumors have resurfaced once again suggesting that the Galaxy S5 might have a metal frame instead of another glossy exterior.