Many of the latest and greatest technologies come out of the US. Streaming services like Netflix have revolutionized the way the world watches movies and TV shows. However, to watch Netflix you need data, and US consumers are paying nearly 20 times more for data compared to Europeans.
MetroPCS, the prepaid service connected to T-Mobile, is starting to see some trickle-down effect from T-Mobile’s Uncarrier efforts with three new changes to the MetroPCS service. To help data hungry consumers, MetroPCS is adding an extra 1 GB of 4G data capacity on “its most popular plans.” They are also expanding the amount of data available through Mobile Hotspot tethering, moving it up to 8 GB of data from 6 GB of data. Read more
Google stepped out of the Chinese mobile market years ago, and since 2010 China has seen a ton of growth for many other manufacturers which puts Google in a sticky situation and six years behind some of its competition. However, the Chinese market is too big to ignore and we’ll likely see Google push its mobile app store back into the country sooner rather than later.
A mobile analytics firm measured how much of the market some of China’s most popular app stores currently hold, and Google’s own Play Store sits at number 10 with barely 3.5% penetration rate. Compare that to Tencent’s 18% penetration rate for its own app store, and even rates from competitors like Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, and Google would have a long road ahead to get things back in full swing. Read more
Music and fitness are like peanut butter and jelly: they just go together. However, when you’re out on a run with headphones in your ears, wires can get extremely frustrating as you continuously yank them out during your jog. That’s where the Active Wrap Wireless Headphones come in. There’s no annoying wires, as it hooks up via Bluetooth so that users can listen to music and take phone calls without a tether. It’s extremely handy!
Withings announced today a new addition to their line of Activité activity trackers, the Activité Steel. Unlike many of the trackers hitting the market today as dedicated units, like those from Fitbit or Jawbone, or built in to smartwatches like the Motorola Moto 360 or the Samsung Gear S2, Withings is following a hybrid route with the Activité Steel by combining a traditional watch with a modern activity tracker. Read more
ASUS has become the latest company to publish its plans for rolling out Android 6.0 to its smartphones. Unfortunately, while ASUS has posted its plans for Marshmallow, there aren’t many handsets on the list.
Sony has just begun pushing out an update to the camera app for its Xperia Z5 range of handsets. The updated camera app, or Camera 2.0.0 as it is called, can be found in the pre-installed ‘What’s New’ application. The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium handsets, and includes tweaks, bugfixes, as well as some new options. Read more
Right off the heels of a leaked Samsung roadmap for Android 6.0, an XDA user with a Galaxy Note 5 on T-Mobile was found running an early build of Marshmallow for the device. Considering that the Galaxy Note 5 is rumored to get Android 6.0 this December, this early build could have some credibility to it.
BlackBerry is enjoying a sort of renaissance thanks to the positive publicity generated by its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv. Featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out, the Priv has seen demand outstrip supply, with direct orders from BlackBerry only shipping from November 30th. In the UK though, it’s possible to order the BlackBerry Priv SIM-free from Carphone Warehouse (CPW) with next-day shipping for £559 ($849). Read more
What would you regard as a cheap smartphone? It all depends on your circumstances, some would consider the Moto G 2015 to be a cheap handset, whilst others would be looking at a price in double figures as a good start. What about under $10? You may think its crazy, but LG’s TracFone Lucky LG16 costs just $9.82 from Walmart. Really. And if that isn’t enough of a bargain for you, shipping is included free of charge. Read more