Want another sexy phablet to feast your eyes on? We’re not so sure we do either, but at least LG’s (066570) Optimus G Pro packs a bit of style along with its Note-chasing aspiration. The handset packs a 1.7 Ghz quad-core chip, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a 2 megapixel front facing HD camera, a massive 3,140 mAh removable battery, and a laundry list of proprietary LG technologies including smartshare, Tracking Focus, and WDR recording. More →
Sony (SNE) has largely flopped in the mobile market because it hasn’t given Android fans any reason to spend money on its smartphones or tablets. They don’t have the top-notch hardware of HTC (2498), nor do they have the stylish design that has made Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy series a hit, nor do they have an especially attractive skin that enhances Android’s usability. Sadly, this trend persists with Sony’s new Xperia Tablet Z, which actually marks a regression of the tablet form factor as a whole and would be considered subpar even by 2010 standards. More →
It looks as though Google (GOOG) is almost ready to start taking registration applications for its 2013 Google I/O conference. The company’s official I/O website on Friday posted a notice that registration for this year’s I/O will start March 13th and 10:00 a.m. EST, or just over two months before the conference is slated to kick off in San Francisco on May 15th. The announcement also urges prospective attendees to set up both Google+ and Google Wallet accounts, although it’s not clear if signing up for both of these services is a requirement for attending.
Las Vegas is a much better place to be in January than Boston, and I’ve typically had fun covering CES in the past. I skipped it this year, however, and after taking a look at all the “big” announcements unveiled by major tech vendors at CES 2013, all I can say is, “Thank God I’m stuck freezing in Massachusetts.” Let’s put it like this: If the most exciting announcements at your electronics trade show are a Sony (SNE) Xperia phone and a Samsung (005930) chalkboard, then you have failed horribly at convincing major tech vendors that you’re a worthy launching pad for their best new products. More →
The wait is finally over. Apple (AAPL) kicked off its iPad mini event just moments ago, and while we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store, there could definitely be a few surprises thrown into the mix. Beyond the new iOS tablet with a 7.85-inch display and an ultra-thin case that we saw leak on video just moments ago, Apple is expected to unveil a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, new Mac mini PCs and an updated version of iTunes. To start things off on Tuesday however, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to talk numbers. More →
With Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini press conference less than five hours away, the company is currently making preparations for the various new products it will unveil on stage in San Jose, California. Part of those preparations, of course, include taking the online Apple Store down to set up pages for new products. Apple is expected to finally take the wraps off of the iPad mini later today, and new Mac computers are expected as well. While taking the Apple Store offline ahead of a press conference is standard fare for Apple, streaming its event live is not — but the company will make an exception today, and here’s how you can watch all the action unfold live on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV.
Apple (AAPL) typically doesn’t stream its press conferences live to the public, but the company will make an exception for its iPad mini unveiling later today. Under the heading “Apple Event,” Apple has added a new entry for an “Apple Special Event” on the Apple TV that is set to stream live beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT. Apple is expected to announce a number of new products beyond the iPad mini including new Mac computers, an updated version of iTunes and an updated third-generation iPad with a Lightning port and an optically bonded display. Live blogs will be great for catching bits an pieces of today’s event, but for those who want to see all the action as it unfolds and hear the news straight from the horse’s mouth, Apple’s event channel is free for all Apple TV owners. More →
September has been one of the busiest months we can recall for consumer electronics companies, and it’s not over yet. Where smartphone vendors are concerned, we’ve seen what Motorola, Nokia (NOK) and Apple (AAPL) will have to offer in the coming weeks and months, and now HTC (2498) is next up at bat. The company has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th, and while the announcements coming at the event are a mystery, odds seems pretty good that we can expect new handsets to be unveiled. ”When beautiful hardware meets stunning software,” is the only official word we have to go by, but rumors suggest some new Windows Phone 8 phones might be in store. Nothing is official until HTC makes it official though, so be sure to tune into BGR’s live coverage for all the news as it breaks.
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before HTC’s press conference begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. EDT, 8:00 a.m. PDT.
Microsoft (MSFT) confirmed over the summer that its next-generation desktop and tablet operating system Windows 8 will launch on October 26th, and now the company is getting ready for its big day. Microsoft on Monday sent invitations to media for a Windows 8 launch event scheduled to take place in New York City on October 25th. No further details were provided. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems carry Windows Phone’s tile-based user interface over to desktops, laptops and tablets when they launch next month. BGR took a look at Windows 8 back in February and called it the first step toward a terrific unified experience across all of Microsoft’s platforms.
The press conference the world has been anticipating for months finally kicked off on Wednesday, and Apple (AAPL) didn’t waste any time getting the show on the road. Tim Cook took the stage at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco and started with some numbers. After announcing that OS X Mountain Lion has been purchased more than 7 million times to date, the Apple chief noted that his company has sold more than 84 million iPad tablets and more than 400 million total iOS devices to date. Cook also noted that Apple is responsible for 68% of all tablets shipped in 2011 and 91% of all Web traffic from tablets, suggesting that sell-through among Apple’s competitors has not been anything close to what Apple has seen with its iPad. Cook went on to confirm that there are now more than 250,000 apps tailored to the iPad in the iOS App Store, and iPad users download more than 100 apps each on average.
Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen — Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone 5 is just a few hours away from becoming a reality. Apple is gearing up for what will be the biggest consumer electronics launch of all time by all accounts, and the iPhone 5 will be Apple’s most successful iPhone yet at the very least. Months worth of rumors, parts leaks, photos and videos point to a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, twice the RAM and a brand new thinner design, but Apple could certainly have a few surprises in store — like a brand new A6 processor, perhaps.
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Here is the page you should tune into for all the latest iPhone 5 news as it breaks
Apple’s press conference kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT and on top of the iPhone we’ll likely see some new iPods as well as the final feature-complete version of the company’s iOS 6 software. Apple might not have invented anything, but this latest recipe is shaping up to be its most impressive to date.
UPDATE: It looks like photos of the final version of Apple’s iPhone 5 may have leaked just ahead of today’s announcement.
It’s kind of hard to imagine that BGR first launched almost six years ago. In October, the site will turn six and what better way to celebrate our sixth anniversary than to hold a special event for our readers? We held our first ever event for readers with Samsung last year and we had lines outside the venue that were two blocks long in the rain — but this year, we’re making it even bigger. We’re also giving you the opportunity to vote and help pick the location of our anniversary event. Crazy, we know!
UPDATE: New York City it is! More →
This fall is shaping up to be one of the busiest on record for tech fans, and while Apple’s (AAPL) September 12th iPhone unveiling is likely the most highly anticipated of the season, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Nokia (NOK) and Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility each have press conferences planned for tomorrow, September 5th, and we’re in store for a number of fresh new smartphones. Nokia is rumored to have two or three Windows Phones to introduce, including the Lumia 920 with Windows Phone 8 and a PureView camera tech, and Motorola appears ready to expand its Android-powered RAZR line. Will there be a few surprises in store as well? Be sure to tune into our live coverage to find out.
Nokia event: Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 press conference begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. EDT, 7:00 a.m. PDT.
Motorola event: Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly Motorola’s press conference begins at 2:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT.