Motorola last week cut $100 from the price of its Moto X smartphone at three carriers, and orders placed online at its MotoMaker customization site also dropped to just $99 on contract. Motorola originally didn't drop the price on the off-contract price, but that has changed. Customers can now visit MotoMaker.com and place an order that lowers the off-contract price to just $479.99. The website is still limited to AT&T model phones, but customers can pay full price to avoid having to alter or renew their existing AT&T contract.
Sprint is now updating the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to fix problems related to call quality. Galaxy Note 3 owners previously reported problems hearing distorted, muffled, and odd robotic effects when conducting phone calls. The update should address that problem and greatly improve call quality on the Note 3. The update also promises to provide enhancements for the Samsung Keyboard Handwriting Mode. Galaxy Note 3 owners can check for an update by going to Settings > General > System update > Update.
AT&T and Samsung have jointly announced plans to deliver the Samsung ATIV S Neo beginning November 8. Previously available in the U.S. only through Sprint, the ATIV S Neo will offer AT&T customers a chance to obtain the Windows Phone 8 handset for $99 on a two-year agreement. The ATIV S Neo has a 4.77-inch HD display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal and 64GB external storage options, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It will be compatible with AT&T's 4G LTE network.
"Everybody seems to be making a tablet," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at today's iPad announcement, "Even some of the [initial] doubters." Despite the onslaught of tablet competition from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and other tablet manufacturers, Apple remains the most used and best selling device line, Cook claims. He also noted that the iPad has more than 475,000 apps in the App Store built specifically for the iPad. With a new line of products being announced in a few minutes, expect the numbers of tablets sold to climb soon.
Apple rarely broadcasts its product announcements, but the folks in Cupertino have decided to make today's iPad event one of the rare occasions at which the cameras turn on. In traditional fashion, only Apple devices will be able to access the stream. Video will go live at 10 AM PDT / 1 PM ET on Apple TV, an iOS 4.2 or later device, or a Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later computer. Users can visit Apple's websites from a Safari browser shortly before the event kicks off.
Hulu Plus added Chromecast support to its Android and iPad apps earlier this month, and the streaming video service has added the iPhone to the mix. In addition to being able to browse Hulu Plus on an iPad and have movies and TV episodes appear on a Chromecast-connected TV, iOS users can manage playback on an iPhone. The same restrictions apply, so users must have iOS 6 or later and a paid Hulu Plus subscription.
U.S. Cellular today announced that it is now selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear online and in stores. The Jet Black Galaxy Note 3 costs $299.99 after instant rebate when purchased with a two-year agreement. The Galaxy Gear smart watch, a Note 3-tied accessory offered in Jet Black or Oatmeal Beige, also costs $299.99, but it is sold without a contract.
AT&T today announced 13 new markets with 4G LTE as its enhanced 4G network has reached 240 million people. The carrier is on its way to reach 270 million people by the end of the year. The latest market launches include: Tuskegee, Ala.; Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, and Pontiac, Ill.; Lewiston-Auburn, Maine; Hickory, Jacksonville, and Sanford, N.C.; McAlester, Okla.; Adjuntas, Puerto Rico; Gillette, Jackson, and Sheridan, Wyo.
AT&T U-verse subscribers now have the added benefit of viewing live television broadcasts on an Apple iPad. AT&T has expanded its streaming options by letting customers watch live TV or On Demand episodes, browse local listings, manage their DVR, and see additional content on their favorite shows. Viewers will be limited to seeing only 100 channels when connected to their home Wi-Fi networks; an even smaller list of 20 channels are available when venturing outdoors. The complete list of channels included in the iPad streaming package, available at no extra cost, can be viewed here. Downloading the AT&T U-Verse app requires an iPad running iOS 6 or later .
Netflix has released Version 5.0 of its iOS app that includes the typical "playback optimizations" for the on-demand streaming of movies and television shows. The highlight features of the new launch are Netflix HD for iOS 7, which will allow for streaming higher-quality HD video, and AirPlay streaming to an Apple TV. Netflix previously supported AirPlay through mirroring, but the iOS 7 version can now offer background streaming to play video without the user having to remain in the app.