Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” Read more
Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.
Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:
- Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
- Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
- Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.
Dennis Woodside has left the building. After being Motorola’s CEO since May 2012, Woodside has decided to leave to become the COO at Dropbox. This comes after Dropbox raised $350 million and being valued at $10 billion. Not a bad move, right? As for Motorola, it is unknown who Lenovo will put at the helm of their smart acquisition.
Source: Digits – The Wall Street Journal
The Galaxy S 5 won’t be the only device Samsung is planning to announce at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It now looks like the Galaxy Tab 4 series, which leaked a few days ago, and the Galaxy Gear 2 will be announced as well. The focus for their MWC press conference will be smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Samsung’s event is scheduled for February 24 at 20:00 CET (or 8pm EST).
Source: ZDNet Korea
You have to hand it to T-Mobile, they have really stirred the mobile carrier pot with their UN-Carrier programs. Verizon has been waiting and watching, but once AT&T jumped into the war, Verizon was forced to do something. That something is “More Everything,” which will give customers more data (or cheaper pricing) and international messaging.
More Everything replaces the Shared Everything plan with lower prices across the board. So you have a choice of either lowering your monthly payment, or staying with the same payment and grabbing more data. In certain situations, you might actually double your data. Plus, they are also finally offering a further discount for those that are in the Edge program. It has been a huge beef for many that Verizon continued to offer the same monthly rates for those that are willing to pay full retail for their phones.
LG officially unveiled the LG G Pro 2 earlier at a press event in Korea, however we didn’t get to know when the device will be available in the Asian, US and other markets.
According to Cho Sung Ha, LG’s Head of Sales for Korea, the LG G Pro 2 will be available in the Korean market this month, followed by other Asian markets in March. He also said that the device will not be available in the US and European markets before April. The reason behind this is due to a survey conducted by LG which revealed that the demand for phablets is the highest in Asia. In the U.S, consumers favor 5.2 inches phone while European consumers prefer devices with 5 inch display.
The Nokia X has been listed at an online retailer in Vietnam as the Nokia X A110. The listed price is between 2.2 million and 2.5 million VND. That equates to roughly $110. To give you a point of reference, the same site has the Nokia Lumia 525 (Windows Phone) for 3.39 million or $160, but it also has 512MB more RAM and an extra 4GB of internal storage.
It was a few weeks ago when (former) Motorola CES Dennis Woodside said that they would like to offer a smartphone for $50. We are just about there folks.
If you own a U.S. Cellular Moto X, than you will be happy to know that the most recent version of KitKat (4.4.2) is being pushed now. The build number is KXA20.16-1.27, and you must be connected to WiFi to pull it. There is no changelog posted, but you can expect the usual bug fixes and tweaks. You can wait for the over-the-air update to automatically hit your phone, or you can head over to Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it.
source: U.S. Cellular
Active Display is a feature that most of the Android devices lack. Moto X was the first phone to implement the Active Display feature and it was soon ported to other devices by the ChameleonOS developers. Active Display works by displaying your notifications on your display in a minimalist fashion, without turning on your entire display. It gives you the information you want while saving battery. You can either ignore them, open the notifying app or view the notification’s preview. The drawback of the Active Display feature created by the ChameleonOS team is that it’s limited to phones with a custom ROM.
Thanks to XDA developer AChep, any device now running on Android KitKat with the stock firmware installed, can now experience the Active Display feature using the AcDisplay application from the Play Store. Jelly Bean support will be added as well. The developer re-designed the user interface completely such that the notifications are much easier to read and displayed in a nice manner. As soon as you receive a notification, a small banner will pop up on your display showing you the notification. Read more
In collaboration with design studio Universal Everything, Radiohead has released its own smartphone and tablet application, named PolyFauna, for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The application uses imagery and sounds from the song “Bloom”, based on the band’s ‘The King of Limbs‘ session.
The application’s despcription reads :
PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom. Read more