February 15, 2012 |
HTC's $300-million investment in Beats Electronics has, so far, resulted in Beats earbuds being packed with Android smartphones. But the partnership may soon take a major step forward as HTC and Beats are reportedly looking to develop a music service that may end up challenging the likes of Apple's iTunes and Spotify. According to a report from the news site GigaOm , HTC and Beats will roll out a new line of smartphones and tablets with Beats audio features and possibly even a music streaming service that could be unveiled as early as the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, later this month. Om Malik, GigaOm founder and reporter, wrote in the report that HTC is leaning on the connections of Beats co-founder and Chairman Jimmy Iovine's connections in the music industry to build a streaming service that "will be offered as a default music client on HTC phones and tablets.
January 30, 2013 |
HTC sent out media invitations Tuesday to a press event set to take place on Feb. 19 where the company is widely expected to announce its next flagship phone. The event is scheduled for a 10 a.m. EDT and will take place in New York City. The invite says "Save the date" and features a generic photo of a person on a street. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 HTC is expected to announce an Android phone called the M7 at the event. The rumored phone is said to have a 4.7-inch screen and a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor.
January 17, 2013 |
An image of what's alleged to be HTC's next flagship phone has hit the Web, and the device in the picture looks a lot like Apple's iPhone 5. The computer-generated image, which was posted by UnwiredView.com , shows the back side of a tall and narrow phone. Most of the phone's back cover is black except right at the top and bottom, where it changes to white panels. The two-tone back cover resembles that of the iPhone 5's back. The latest Apple smartphone, which comes in black or white, also has one large back panel that's framed by top and bottom panels in a different shade of the phone's color.
April 30, 2013 |
AT&T wants users to ditch their old smartphones and buy new ones. The Texas-based carrier announced it will begin the trade-in promotion Wednesday that offers users at least $100 in credit for their used smartphones. The credit, which can be significantly higher than $100 depending on the phone and its condition, will be given through an AT&T promotion card that can be used toward products and services from the carrier. "That means you can get 50% off the latest and hottest phones," a company spokeswoman said in an email announcing the promotion.
October 12, 2010 |
Microsoft Corp., which has struggled for years to capture the attention and dollars of smart-phone users, debuted handsets Monday that will run on its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. AT&T Inc. will be the first to offer the phones, starting with the Samsung Focus, arriving in stores Nov. 8. HTC Corp. and LG Corp. will each release a model "a few weeks later," Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at an event in New York to introduce the phones. Each of the three AT&T handsets will sell for $199.
December 21, 2011 |
Apple Inc. has persuaded federal authorities to ban U.S. sales of some Google-powered Android phones that unlawfully use iPhone-like features. But don't expect the more than 500 varieties of Android smartphones and tablets to disappear from shelves any time soon. The ruling Monday from the U.S. International Trade Commission was one of the more anticipated developments in Apple's global legal battle with major Android manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility and HTC Corp.
October 31, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is rolling out KitKat, the latest version of its popular software for smartphones and tablets with an ambitious goal: to get Android devices all over the world to run the latest version of the software. During a news conference in San Francisco, Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and apps, said Google created KitKat to reach the next billion smartphone users by making the new software work well on low-end phones in addition to the pricier Samsung Galaxy and HTC devices.
June 6, 2013 |
Physical keyboard lovers, BlackBerry hasn't forgotten about you. The Canadian company's Q10 smartphone, the second phone running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, began rolling out to U.S. carriers this week. Featuring BlackBerry's much-loved Qwerty-keyboard, this is the smartphone for which many users were holding out. And struggling BlackBerry, in the midst of playing catch-up to the iPhone and Android devices, needs the phone to perform and sell well. Physical keyboard phones are becoming more rare as touchscreen-only mobile devices take over.
January 19, 2013 |
A rumor sprang up this week suggesting that Samsung would release a 5.8-inch smartphone in Europe that would be its biggest phone yet. The name of the device, however, leaves some of us scratching our heads. Fonblet? The term appears to be a combination of the phonetic sound of "phone" with the back end of the "tablet. " But as silly as the name is, it raises the important question of what we should call these oversized devices. Samsung kicked off the whole smartphone/tablet hybrid device trend in 2011 with the launch of the 5.3-inch-screen Galaxy Note.
June 29, 2012 |
Beats by Dre, the Santa Monica-based maker of high-end headphones founded by rap pioneer Dr. Dre and veteran music executive Jimmy Iovine, is expected to shortly announce a deal to acquire digital music service MOG, according to executives familiar with the transaction. The agreement, which is not yet finalized, calls for Beats to pay roughly $10 million for MOG, a Berkeley, Calif.-based streaming service with about 500,000 subscribers. A MOG spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment. A Beats spokesman declined to comment.