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Alcatel One Touch Idol coming to U.S. with $299 price tag

Alcatel One Touch Idol coming to U.S. with $299 price tag Alcatel may not be the brand that you'd seriously consider when purchasing an Android phone but the price of its One Touch Idol may entice you to buy it. The Alcatel One Touch Idol is now up for pre-order from the Alcatel website for $299. Cheap, right? But don't even think that this smartphone is underpowered. On the contrary, it packs some pretty good specs under its hood. The Alcatel One Touch Idol features a 4.7-inch display (540x960), 1GHz ...

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Moto X (Google X Phone) confirmed at D11, will be “contextually aware”

Moto X (Google X Phone) confirmed at D11, will be “contextually aware” X Phone conceptMotorola officials have unexpectedly confirmed the Google X Phone – apparently called Moto X – during a D11 interview.Moto’s Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan were took the stage at D11 to talk about, well, Motorola-related things, and the Moto X came out.The phone has not actually been shown, but Woodside confirmed that the device is called Moto X and that he had it in his pocket but was unable to show it.This is most likely ...

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New Nvidia Shield video shows off pre-loaded games and what to expect from the upcoming handheld

New Nvidia Shield video shows off pre-loaded games and what to expect from the upcoming handheld Boys and girls, the Nvidia Shield is almost here! The unique Android gaming handheld has been up for pre-order since the 17th of May and is expected to ship starting in June. With the console’s launch imminent, Nvidia took to its blog to talk about what was involved in getting the Shield ready for its commercial phase.While interesting and worth a read, the more exciting news is that the company has released a new video, which further highl...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and S4 Zoom Tech Specs Surface Prior to Official Launch

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and S4 Zoom Tech Specs Surface Prior to Official Launch Samsung will hold a press conference on June 20'th in which they will show off their latest devices, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and S4 Zoom; but already the tech specs surfaced online. If you are an Android fan, and you probably are since you're reading this article, stick around and have a look at this: A Russian tech website (those sneaky Russians!), High-Tech.mail.ru, claims that it has the tech specs of the aforementioned smartphones. T...

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Alcatel One Touch Idol coming to the U.S. for $299

Alcatel One Touch Idol coming to the U.S. for $299 Looking for a cheap, unlocked smartphone around the $300 mark? Alcatel is hoping you will consider its One Touch Idol ($299), which is now making its way over to the United States for sale directly via Alcatel’s website.The big question is whether you should care. In a pre-Nexus 4 world? Sure, it might have been worth giving it a glance. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 has really changed the way we think about off-contract handsets. We just expe...

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Are We Facing a Perpetual Shortage in Smartphone Components?

Are We Facing a Perpetual Shortage in Smartphone Components? We all know about HTC's recent technical troubles, when they were faced with a shortage in smartphone  components for their latest flagship , the HTC One. Even if they managed to get over it, the problem was very real and pressing, shipments were delayed, as contractors failed to produce enough aluminum unibody chassis and Ultra Pixel camera sensors. This situation came in the most unpleasant moment, in the first month of HTC One's production,...

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Twitter 4.1.0 rolls out to Google Play, includes new compose window and improved notifications

Twitter 4.1.0 rolls out to Google Play, includes new compose window and improved notifications Are you a Tweet-a-holic? If you can’t get enough of Twitter on your Android device, you’ll be happy to know that version 4.1.0 has arrived to the Play Store. The latest version of Twitter includes several changes, including photo enhancements, a new compose window and improved notifications.Probably the biggest change is the compose window, which is no longer a pop-up and instead runs in fullscreen. Additionally, the compose screen g...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Zoom specs leaked ahead of launch

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Zoom specs leaked ahead of launch If you weren’t already excited for Samsung’s upcoming smartphone launches, information leaked ahead of the company’s June 20 press conference might just pique your interest.High-Tech.Mail.Ru, a Russian technology website, reportedly obtained the specifications of both the highly anticipated ruggedized Galaxy S4 spin-off – the Galaxy S4 Active – and the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which allegedly appears externally similar to Samsung’s in...

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Study shows Android users spend larger percentage of time browsing than their iOS counterparts

Study shows Android users spend larger percentage of time browsing than their iOS counterparts Are you reading this on your smartphone? If so, you’ve got about 14 minutes to finish up.A new study by Simmons Connect finds that smartphone users spend about 14 minutes a day looking at websites. They also compared Android to iOS users, and found some interesting statistics which may cast doubt on previous claims of iOS usage over Android. Interestingly enough, this all comes to light the day after Tim Cook noted (again) that iOS users spend ...

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Geneva Model S Wireless Review: This Bluetooth Speaker Is Chic Décor Eyes Will Dig And Ears Will Love

Geneva Model S Wireless Review: This Bluetooth Speaker Is Chic Décor Eyes Will Dig And Ears Will Love I don't have high expectations when it comes to audio. I want something that sounds good enough not to make my friends cringe and doesn't take half a day for me to figure out how to set up. If the device producing the sound happens to look nice, that's an added perk. When I pulled the Geneva Model S Wireless out of the box and started streaming music from my phone with zero setup time, I was in love. Its user experience is as simple and clean as ...

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Are smartphone component shortages here to stay?

Are smartphone component shortages here to stay? We already know that the reason behind the Snapdragon 600 and Exynos Octa split in the Galaxy S4 came down to production issues, and how can anyone forget the HTC One’s component shortages. It’s obvious that there’s a growing trend with production difficulties in the smartphone market, and it seems that other component manufacturers are also struggling to keep up with the growing demand for smartphone hardware.Today we learn that SK Hyn...

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Newly revealed specs for Galaxy S4 Active and Zoom

Newly revealed specs for Galaxy S4 Active and Zoom While we continue to wait for the expected official announcement on June 20th, further information has been leaked in regards to the technical specifications of the Galaxy S4 Active and S4 Zoom. New information in regards to the latest and greatest S4 Active and Zoom / ...

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ASUS Transformer AiO updated to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, support for multiple accounts in tow

ASUS Transformer AiO updated to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, support for multiple accounts in tow ASUS’s Transformer AiO, the company’s all-in-one PC/tablet hybrid that dual-boots Windows 8 and Android, is a strange beast. To call the 18.4-inch device unwieldy is a massive understatement.Much to ASUS’s credit, though, the concept behind the AiO is interesting: instantaneous switching between Windows and Android with the touch of a button. That kind of flexibility is certainly nice to have, and even more so now that ASUS seems dedicated ...

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Pebble ready to ship out more pre-ordered smartwatches soon

Pebble ready to ship out more pre-ordered smartwatches soon It’s been four months since Pebble first started shipping out smartwatches to its Kickstarter backers, and after some technical glitches and a few delays, Pebble is finally just about ready to start shipping watches to those who pre-ordered after the initial Kickstarter campaign.In a forum post, Pebble announced that customers who ordered Jet Black and Cherry Red Pebble’s will be receiving an email to confirm their shipping address at some po...

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Intel buys ST-Ericsson’s GPS chip division, first acquisition under Intel’s new CEO

Intel buys ST-Ericsson’s GPS chip division, first acquisition under Intel’s new CEO With PC sales continuing to decline, the mobile market is becoming increasingly important for Intel. The company already has several Android and Windows-based mobile devices that run on its x86 chips, and could even soon be adding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to that list. All of this is certainly a step in the right direction, but if Intel really wants to compete against more established mobile chipset companies like Nvidia and Qualcomm, it ...

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Amazon announces its new “Login with Amazon” service for Android

Amazon announces its new “Login with Amazon” service for Android Tired of remembering dozens of usernames and passwords for each e-commerce website and gaming service? I know that I certainly am, and so does Amazon, as the company has just announced its all new “Login with Amazon” service. The new functionality will be making its way to Android, iOS, and other websites as soon as developers can implement it.The idea is to expand Amazon’s business model, allowing for a broader range of developers and busi...

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Chinese copies of the best smartphones.

Chinese copies of the best smartphones. HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, Galaxy Note 3, iPhone, ... all, or nearly all high-end devices have their own clone in the Chinese market, some even are released before the original reaches the hands of consumers. But ... To what extent are these replicas? Is it worth it to save some money and switch to a chinese knockoff? ...

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New Verizon Galaxy S3 Update VRBMD3 is Live

New Verizon Galaxy S3 Update VRBMD3 is Live Verizon is one of the best carriers out there when it comes to reliability and customer service, but when it comes to pushing out updates they are the worst. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S3 through Verizon, today’s your lucky day as they have finally put out the Verizon Galaxy S3 update that a lot of us have been waiting for... The Verizon Galaxy S3 update brings your phone up to build VRBMD3, and it’s also bringing along a slew of new featu...

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Galaxy S4 Mini with Snapdragon 400 Dual Core to be revealed June 20th

Galaxy S4 Mini with Snapdragon 400 Dual Core to be revealed June 20th Samsung already increased the number of products it's launching out of its cannon. It seems that the South Korean company is just ready to keep bombarding users with a new device every other week. With the release of the Galaxy S4 still fresh in our minds and glitter from the release party in New York still in our hair, it seems like another huge event is just on the horizon. Samsung is inviting everyone to London in June and during this tim...

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The new Gmail is here!

The new Gmail is here! It’s official: Gmail has been updated.That update, rumored for quite some time, is now a reality. All the features previously noted, like tabs showing up in your inbox on mobile, and the left hand menu sliding out, are here. While the mobile version of Gmail has had a few iterations, this is the first significant update for our desktop Gmail in quite some time.The new design is meant to keep you organized above all. For those of us who have sev...

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Transferring WhatsApp chats to new devices: Ridiculously simple

Transferring WhatsApp chats to new devices: Ridiculously simple As convenient as the popular WhatsApp messenger may be, there's always a catch: You can't really use the app on more than one device at a time. This is quite annoying when you have multiple smartphones or you pick up the latest and the greatest device. But wait. What if I told you that could easily transfer over your chat history to a new device? Here's the low-down on how to do it. ...

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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 gets a major update, brings Multi-Window and support and more

Verizon’s Galaxy S3 gets a major update, brings Multi-Window and support and more Samsung Galaxy S3 owners on Verizon’s network will be happy to hear that the last-generation flagship device is receiving a major update — Android 4.1.2!The update comes with a pretty extensive changelog noting that it brings support for features like Multi-Window multitasking, Multi-Screen, S Beam’s Auto Share Shot, and more. There’s a whole host of bug fixes for the device too. The full changelog is pictured below.In add...

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Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (T-Mobile Galaxy S3 mini) now available on T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (T-Mobile Galaxy S3 mini) now available on T-Mobile The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, or the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, is now available for purchase, and it’s a pretty good option for those not wanting to shell out a lot of cash on a new phone.The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit was certainly not a secret, as its presence on T-Mobile has been discussed as early as February. It did take a while, but the device is now here for you to buy (with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini almost upon us).This is not a d...

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Indiana Stone: The Brave and The Boulder Rolls onto Google Play

Indiana Stone: The Brave and The Boulder Rolls onto Google Play Some will say that the Endless Runner genre is a bit overdone, and most of us would agree. Indiana Stone The Brave and The Boulder looks to shake things up a bit by bringing you an Endless Roller complete with 9-bit art. Curious? If you have a heartbeat, you’ve probably seen Indiana Jones and know all about the famous boulder scene. Indiana Stone plays off that famous scene by letting you control the boulder instead of the adventurer. That’s...

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Apple's Tim Cook Slams Google Glasses, Hints at Apple Wristband

Apple's Tim Cook Slams Google Glasses, Hints at Apple Wristband Tim Cook on the future of wearable technology: "It's an area that's ripe for exploration." ...

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Transform Multiple Androids into a Race Track with "Racer" by Google

Transform Multiple Androids into a Race Track with "Racer" by Google Chrome's "Racer" transforms multiple smartphones into a race track. / ...

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Google Blimp To Deliver Wi-Fi Connectivity To The Heart Of Africa

Google Blimp To Deliver Wi-Fi Connectivity To The Heart Of Africa When you mention Google, what comes into your mind? Chances are, we will think about Google being the first and foremost search engine authority in the world, and that is absolutely correct. The thing is, Google's foray into making humankind live better surpasses more than delivering accurate as well as relevant search results. Without Google, we would not have Android, and consequently, this website would be pretty much non-existent. Go...

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Galaxy Note 3 Confirmed to be in the Works

Galaxy Note 3 Confirmed to be in the Works Given the previous success of the Galaxy Note line of phones, it seems to be a formality that Samsung will launch another Galaxy note phone this year to add to its collection The Current Generation Galaxy Note Phone / ...

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