AT&T makes international calling and texting more affordable

ATT-Mobile-Phone-Wireless-Logo-Store-WindowToday, AT&T is making it much more affordable for customers to text and call internationally from the United States. Beginning Friday, all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will come with unlimited international texting from the U.S. In addition, AT&T is adding a $5-per-month package that allows subscribers to call any of 35 countries for a penny per minute. The 35 countries includes Canada and Mexico, as well as a multitude of Latin American and Caribbean countries.

This is clearly a response to T-Mobile, who cut international costs last year, and gave subscribers free texting and internet access internationally, as well as Verizon, who also cut international rates.

Source: Re/code

 

The Moto G is Motorola’s most successful smartphone ever

Moto_G_Back_Camera_TAThe Moto X may have been Motorola’s most hyped device of the past year, but instead it’s the lower-end Moto G that has met the marks, and exceeded them. Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh proclaimed that the Moto G “has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola’s history.”

Osterloh went on to say that Motorola is making a profit on every sale, and that they will make even more once the Lenovo action is complete.

Source: Android Central

 

Quixey expands Functional Search to provide info from within apps

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Quixey, the search engine for applications, has announced the next step for its application. Rather than just locating apps that fit a search, Quixey will now go within an application and take you directly to where you need to be. Functional Search aims to list all of the information possible as to where the user would like to go. So as you can see in the image above, a Linkin Park search will bring up Spotify will suggest tracks or albums and other information that may be useful. The private beta for this feature will open next month and a launch is slated for June.

Source: Quixey

Sony no longer including permanent screen protectors for Xperia Z2 devices

xperia-tablet-z2There’s good news for you prospective Xperia Z2 buyers. At a meeting today at the Mobile World Congress, Sony confirmed that their “fixed screen protectors,” also known as “anti-shatter film,” will not be used on the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet. Instead, the devices exteriors will just contain bare glass and metal.

The previously used film had many problems, including their tendency to scratch and pick up fingerprints more easily than reinforced glass, which makes this news very welcome as Sony introduces their next generation of devices.

Source: Android Central

 

Samsung’s Knox 2.0 provides better app data security and brings a new cloud-based store

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Samsung has announced today the next step for its Knox security suite. With Knox 2.0, apps no longer have to be run within Knox. Instead, many apps from the Google Play Store can now operate with Knox to secure app data. Samsung has also launched the Knox Marketplace — a cloud-based store that allows managers to remotely install apps on employee devices. So far, Box and GoToMeeting have joined the Knox Marketplace and Samsung says more companies are actively working on adding their apps. While the Galaxy S 5 ships with Knox 2.0, other Knox-ready devices will be upgraded when they receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

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2014 GSMA Global Mobile Awards are in, phone of the year goes to…..

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Every year at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA holds the Global Mobile Awards, and this year was no exception. They have a slew of categories for devices, services, and apps.

For best phone, it went to the HTC One unsurprisingly. Unfortunately winning in this category doesn’t always translate into sales or profits. Did an Android tablet get best tablet? Unfortunately not, as the Apple iPad Air grabbed that one. Again, unsurprisingly.

What about innovation? The most innovative device manufacturer went to LG. AT&T also took best consumer mobile service.

If you want to see all the awards, hit the break for the full presser.

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Motorola to launch a smartwatch later this year, Moto X followup coming this summer

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Motorola held an event at Mobile World Congress, but it wasn’t like most of the manufacturer events we have seen. Normally companies who hold press events during MWC, usually have some products to introduce, but that wasn’t the case for Motorola. That wasn’t a surprised since they did announce their intentions when they scheduled the event.

There was a Q&A session and the panel of Rich Osterloh, Steve Horowitz, and Mark Randall confirmed that a smartwatch will be unveiled by the end of the year. They also confirmed, and not surprisingly, that a Moto X followup should be ready for late summer.

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Nokia tries to attract developers with claim that 75% of Android apps already compatible

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When Nokia announced their new Android-based smartphones yesterday at MWC 2014, they revealed that they had in fact forked Android for their devices. Immediately the company started fielding questions about how users could get existing apps onto their new devices if they decided to go the Nokia route. While sideloading apks is a possibility, Nokia is hoping developers will submit their apps to Nokia’s proprietary app store. To help move that process along, they are encouraging developers to submit their apps for inclusion and they are indicating that 75% of apps should be compatible with no modifications. Read more

New two camera system for HTC M8 shown at MWC 2014

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When spy shots of the MTC M8 surfaced, one item that really stood out was the existence of two cameras on the back of the device. The companies that helped develop the new two camera system, Qualcomm and Corephotonics, were on hand to demonstrate the new system and talk about what it will mean for the new HTC smartphone. According to Corephotonics, the new system will provide better zoom capabilities for users, it will produce superior images, and enable adjustable depth of field effects even after an image is captured. Read more