Rumored specs for the handset include a display of 5 inches or larger plus a Snapdragon 800 or Snapdragon 805 processor running the show. The flagship device is also said to employ a twin-sensor rear Ultrapixel camera. These sensors should bring better focus, depth of field and overall image quality.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be stylistically distinct from S3 and S4 predecessors, and the next-generation flagship Android phone could include an iris scanner when it ships in March or April, according to the company's mobile-products leader.
"Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology... We are studying the possibility," said Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile's division, in a Bloomberg News interview at the CES conference in Las Vegas published Thursday.
Iris scanners can identify a person based on patterns in the eye, and adding one would be a competitive response … Read more
New year, new changes: Every now and again I'm going to skip my daily deal post in favor of something a little broader, something that merits discussion. It'll always be about saving money on tech, of course, just not a "buy this while it's on sale" product or service.
Today, for example, I want to talk iPhones. (Don't flee just yet, Android users -- this discussion is relevant to you as well.) Yeah, yeah, "a true cheapskate wouldn't have an iPhone," but the reality is I've always loved the product … Read more
It's no secret that Android smartphones are on the rise, having eclipsed Apple's mighty iPhone in terms of total market share. But there are more reasons for Android fans to cheer. First, Google's buyout of Motorola is finally beginning to bear tasty fruit, in the form of sweet devices such as the Moto X and insanely affordable Moto G. … Read more
If you're looking for another way to purchase the supremely affordable Motorola Moto G Android smartphone, then consider Boost Mobile's version of the budget handset. Priced at a low $129.99, the wireless carrier has just announced it will sell the device online starting January 14 online. The Moto G is then scheduled to hit select Boost Mobile retail stores on January 20. … Read more
Happy 2014, everyone! I arrive to you refreshed from the holiday break and rarin' to round up the best deals money (or, ideally, less money) can buy.
If Santa didn't bring you a new smartphone, don't fret: this year promises lots and lots of new models. Even better, you'll enjoy more no-contract options from big and small carriers alike. (Prediction: the dreaded two-year contract will disappear by the end of 2014. And good riddance!)
Don't want to wait? You don't have to. For a limited time, and while supplies last, HSN has the Motorola Moto G no-contract Android phone for $99.95, shipped. … Read more
I've always said that I don't mind spending a couple hundred bucks for a smartphone -- it's the service that kills me. Paying $80 per month for a mandatory minimum of two years is not my idea of a great deal.
There are, of course, less expensive alternatives, but you're always going to be on the hook for some kind of monthly fee, right?
Wrong: For a limited time, StackSocial has a refurbished HTC Evo 4G smartphone with one year of service for $159 shipped.
What kind of service? Unlimited talk. Unlimited texting. And 500MB of … Read more
The time has come to retire your trusty old smartphone in favor of something shiny and new, but just don't toss it away blindly. Today's cell phones are more than powerful communication tools. They serve as vaults for all kinds of precious digital entertainment and sensitive personal data, the sort you don't want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.
Yes, chances are good that tucked away inside your handset are the audio tracks, movies, photos, and apps you took time and effort to gather and tweak. The same goes for vital e-mail, text messages, and calendar … Read more
With 2014 approaching, we at CNET would like to take this time and reflect. Reflect on our family and friends, our personal accomplishments, and of course, the smartphone highs and lows of 2013 -- this is a tech site after all, what were you expecting?
Unsurprisingly, the top handsets of this year were dominated by much of the same key players we consistently see from year to year. That includes updated iterations of popular phones such as the fingerprint-scanning Apple iPhone 5S, the powerful Samsung Galaxy S4, and the ultra-juiced-up Motorola Droid Maxx.
Others were flagships from familiar manufacturers, but … Read more
Google today released a mobile app for its Android Device Manager service. Available for free in the Google Play store, the app lets users manage and secure an Android tablet or phone associated with their Google account from another Android device (running Gingerbread and up).
The app gives access to all Android Device Manager features, including locating a tablet or phone on a map, resetting its lock code, and erasing it completely. Just note that your missing device must be connected to the cellular network or to Wi-Fi for it to perform the commands.
Though Google released Android Device Manager … Read more