AT&T made claims last week that didn’t sit well with Verizon Wireless. In a series of advertisements, AT&T said that it now operates America’s most reliable 4G LTE network. A Verizon spokesperson previously told BGR that “AT&T can make up whatever claim they want,” adding that Verizon will “let consumers make the ultimate decision.” Building on that response, the company also took out an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal on Monday. As spotted by CNET, Verizon acknowledged that “others have tried to claim reliability,” adding that reliability is “not a hollow claim. Or a slogan. Or a fancy ad campaign.” The company also cited its track record for reliability and recent investments it has made to further improve its network, along with third-party data from RootMetrics that praised its call, text and data performance. Verizon’s full ad follows below. More →
A new report suggests that Google’s next-generation Nexus 7 tablet will be released at the end of July. According to an image of an upcoming Best Buy flier published by Phone Arena, the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will be available at Best Buy stores starting on July 30th. The leak also seemingly confirms the device’s 1920 x 1200-pixel display, 16GB of internal storage and $229 price tag. The latest rumors claim the Nexus 7 2 will also be equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, support for both wireless charging and 1080p output, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.T he second-generation Nexus 7 will be available in both 16GB and 32GB sizes, with the latter expected to cost $269. The leaked image follows below. More →
Google has invested in a Taiwanese semiconductor firm that produces liquid crystal on silicon chips used in devices such as Google Glass. Reuters reports that the company purchased a 6.3% stake in Himax Technologies subsidiary Himax Display. The investment will help Google further develop its wearable computing device, which CEO Larry Page recently called “vital to the company’s future.” Google Glass is currently being tested in a public beta with a limited number of users, and it is expected to launch in early 2014. Himax noted in a statement that the terms of the deal allow Google to increase its stake in the company to 14.8% within a year. The transaction is expected to close later this quarter and specific terms were not disclosed.
Google CEO Larry Page this week revealed that more than 1.5 million Android devices are being activated each day, up from 1.3 million last September. The company previously announced that there were more than 900 million Android devices worldwide, which the executive said is “pretty amazing given the first Android phone launched less than five years ago.” Google’s app marketplace has also seen unprecedented growth and Page revealed that over 50 billion apps have been downloaded from Google Play, or double the 25 billion apps the company reported last September. Google is expected to pass Apple’s App Store, which reached the same milestone in May, in total app downloads later this year or early next year. The executive also noted that even though it is only four years old, there are now more than 750 million Chrome users worldwide. Google disappointed Wall Street with its second-quarter results, however, reporting earnings of $9.56 per share on revenues of $14.11 billion.
A new report claims that Apple has acquired a local data startup as part of its latest effort to improve its Maps application on the iPhone and iPad. According to AllThingsD, Apple has come to an agreement with Locationary to both buy the company’s technology and hire its team. The Toronto-based startup is described as a “Wikipedia for local business listings.” The company uses crowdsourcing information, along with a federated data exchange platform to “collect, merge and continuously verify a massive database of information on local businesses around the world.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. An Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD that “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
A new leak gives further evidence that the Moto X smartphone will be released across multiple carriers in late August. According to an image published by AndroidCentral, Motorola’s upcoming smartphone will launch on U.S. Cellular on August 26th. An earlier report suggested that the device would be available from Verizon on August 23rd, so it looks like Google and Motorola are gearing up for a late August launch. The Moto X is expected to be equipped with a 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 10-megapixel camera and a nearly stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has also been reported that certain aspects of the smartphone will be able to be customized by the user, such as choosing different colors and being able to have a custom engraving on the back of the device. The leaked image follows below. More →
Apple on Thursday issued a software update for its latest 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air computers to fix issues with the screen and improve Wi-Fi connectivity. Some users had reported that their screens would flicker when using programs like Adobe Photoshop, while other were complaining of a bug that caused them to disconnect from Wi-Fi and would require a full system reboot to reconnect. Earlier reports had suggested that the company was still trying to pinpoint the problem and was replacing affected devices. The latest software update can be downloaded through the Mac App Store or Apple’s software update page.
Motorola on Friday sent invitations for a press event in New York City on August 1st where the company will announce its highly anticipated Moto X smartphone. The latest rumors suggest the device will be equipped with a 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 10-megapixel camera. Along with being the first smartphone manufactured in the United States, the Moto X will be the first handset that users will be able to customize with different colors and custom engraving options. The Moto X is expected to arrive on multiple carriers by the end of August.
Poor Surface sales be damned: Microsoft is moving forward with its Siri-mocking advertising campaign. The company previously compared the ASUS Vivo Tab and Dell XPS 10 to Apple’s iPad. In a series of television commercials using a fake Siri voiceover, Microsoft has repeatedly mocked the iPad’s limited capabilities such as no expandable storage, no USB port and high price tag. Microsoft is back at it and this time is comparing the iPad to its Surface RT tablet. The commercial shows off the Surface’s kickstand, its USB port, keyboard cover and reduced price tag, while “Siri” tries to make excuses for the iPad. Microsoft’s latest ad can be viewed below. More →
A new leak claims to reveal the specs for Google’s upcoming second-generation Nexus 7 tablet. According to Engadget, the slate will be equipped with a 7-inch display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel camera on the back. Earlier rumors had suggested that the display would include a 1980 x 1200 pixel resolution, and it is still unclear what processor model the next-generation Nexus 7 will include. Some reports had claimed it would feature a Snapdragon 600 chipset, while others said it would include a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. The latest leak also notes that the device will run Android 4.3 and will feature wireless charging capabilities and a “slim port” for 1080p output. The second-generation Nexus 7 is expected to be released later this month or in early August. The 16GB model is said to be priced at $229, while the 32GB will reportedly be offered for $269. The leaked image follows below. More →
A new report claims Apple’s low-cost iPhone will launch in two different versions for different markets. Both versions of the so-called “iPhone Lite” are said to feature a 4-inch display, however the two models will have different processors and connectivity options. According to a report out of China, per PhoneArena, the handsets are code-named “iPhone Zenvo” and “iPhone Zagato/Bertone.” Leaked images also suggest the low-cost models will be offered in a variety of colors. The Zenvo model will reportedly be equipped with a dual-core processor that is manufactured by Samsung and will feature 4G LTE connectivity and 1GB of RAM, while the Zagato/Bertone version is said to feature an “H6P” processor and support for TDD-LTE networks in China. Apple is expected to announce the low-cost iPhone sometime this fall. The leaked image follows below. More →
Sunil Lalvani, managing director for BlackBerry India, apparently confirmed in an interview with IBN Live that BlackBerry Messenger will launch on Android in the next two months. The executive reiterated earlier statements made by BlackBerry that the service will launch this summer, however he was quick to add that in North America summer doesn’t end until September. When asked to clarify his comments and whether BBM would be available before the end of the September, IBN Live noted that Lalvani’s “response was in the affirmative.” A bogus BBM app recently appeared on Google Play and revealed that there is in fact a surprising amount of demand for the messaging service. The fake app racked up more than 100,000 downloads in only a few hours before being pulled from the marketplace.
Consumers continue to prefer the iPhone and Android smartphones over Nokia and BlackBerry devices, and now analysts are questioning if a third platform will ever have the chance to succeed. Charlie Wolf of Needham & Co downgraded Nokia shares to Hold from Buy on Thursday, Barron’s reported. The analyst explained that he upgraded Nokia “too early,” adding that it may have been wrong to upgrade the company all together. He noted that Nokia’s recent earnings were “disappointing on virtually every dimension,” adding that Lumia sales, while they rose 32% from last quarter to 7.4 million units, are concerning because the average selling price declined 18% to roughly $205. Wolf is now questions “whether consumers are even interested in a viable third platform in the smartphone market,” noting that “Nokia’s second quarter results raise the possibility that consumers are content with just two platforms.”