In the days leading up to MWC 2015 Silent Circle announced they had bought out Geeksphone, their partner in development of the original Blackphone and their own operating system, PrivatOS. The company has now revealed their plans to provide a complete Enterprise Privacy Platform consisting of hardware devices like a new Blackphone 2 smartphone and Blackphone+ tablet, improvements to their PrivatOS operating system, and apps designed to enhance privacy for end users. Read more
Qualcomm is certainly making some news this week at Mobile World Congress. With a new 820 chip, a collaboration with Cyanogen, and now a new fingerprint sensor that promises to be better than Apple’s Touch ID.
Based on Snapdragon Sense ID, this new fingerprint sensor verifies your fingerprint in 3D using ultrasonic waves. This ultrasonic technology is now being used in biometric security applications. It can “penetrate the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” What that means is that others won’t be able to use a copy of your fingerprint to break into your phone. Apple’s Touch ID is based on a 2D image scan.
Earlier last month, it was revealed that Google was readying their own MVNO carrier plan. In other words, a seller of other carrier networks, namely Sprint and T-Mobile. Today Sundar Pichai as confirmed that Google will indeed offer some sort of plan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he didn’t reveal anything else other than it will be “in the coming months.” Reading between the lines, you have to think that they will make an announcement at Google I/O.
Lenovo has just launched the Tab 2 A10 and the Tab 2 A8 during its event before the MWC officially kicks off. The devices are budget oriented and carry a price tag of under $200. Read more
Today is the second day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and after HTC and Samsung hogged the limelight yesterday, Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z4 tablet that boasts a 2K display and is only 6.1mm thick. We have the specifications, video, a gallery of images as well as the full press release just after the break.
The Mobile World Congress has started in Barcelona, and the pace is beginning to pick the closer we get to the HTC (watch it live here)and Samsung announcements. We’ve just seen Huawei unveil its very stylish Watch, its B2 and N1 TalkBands and now we have Huawei’s stylish 7-inch MediaPad X2 making an appearance. In its press release, Huawei called the MediaPad X2 the First Ultra Octa-core 4G LTE-enabled Dual-SIM Phablet. Join us after the break for the specifications and full press release. Read more
Owners of the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet should start noticing a popup to install an update with minor enhancements. Labeled version 2.2.1, this hotfix improves areas such as the display and video streaming.
The update includes the following according to NVIDIA:
- Display color-space correction
- Improvements to Netflix experience
Earlier today, an unannounced Sony-branded tablet passed through the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we could be looking at the new Galaxy Tab 4 Lite 7.0 LTE.
If you’ve been considering adding a tablet to your monthly cellular plan, Sprint will soon be selling LG’s G Pad F 7.0 on a two-year contract. The tablet comes equipped with LTE radios for Sprint’s network and is the first LG tablet that the carrier has offered. The tab is free on a two-year contract, and it runs just $10 a month on Sprint EasyPay. Read more
A couple of days ago, Sony mistakenly or on purpose outed the Xperia Z4 tablet in their Xperia Lounge app. The immediate assumption was that we would see it at Mobile World Congress next week, and Sony has confirmed it. In a Tweet a little while ago, Sony said, “Slimmer. Lighter. Brighter. All will be revealed on 02.03.15. #Xperia #SonyMWC.”